William A. Gittelsohn '48, 1925-2000Trustee and alumnus Bill Gittelsohn died on June 24 at age 75 of cancer. A memorial service was held on June 26 in the Reed chapel. Gittelsohn was noted for his tireless energy and enthusiasm for Reed College, with which he had a longtime association. In addition to his service on the board, which began in 1987 as an alumni trustee, he volunteered for the development office for almost 50 years, working for the Griffin Society and many committees, and holding the post of chair of the Annual Fund and director and vice president of the alumni board of management. He received the volunteer recognition award for development from Reed in 1993 and the Foster-Scholz distinguished service award in 1998. He was one of the founders of the Gittelsohn-Georges Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1986, and he supported many facets of the college, including the Campaign for Reed College, the Cooley Gallery Art Associates, and the Chinese Humanities Fund. Gittelsohn was almost always seen with a camera and was known for his generosity in distributing snapshots to all involved.
Gittelsohn was born in San Francisco on June 18, 1925, and he attended Berkeley High School. After graduating from Reed in economics in 1948, he earned an M.B.A. at the University of California- Berkeley. Shortly after, he began working for Oregon Laundry (later named Oregon Linen Rental) as a CPA. He became president and copartner of the firm, which had grown into one of the leading linen rental services in the Northwest. He sold the company in 1986 before retiring.
He held many civic posts in the Portland and Oregon community, including those of president of the Oregon State Laundry Owners Association, treasurer of the Portland City Club, and member of the board of organizations that included the Jewish Federation of Portland, the World Affairs Council, the American Jewish Committee, the Cannon Beach Historical Society, and the Cannon Beach Homeowners Association.
He was married for more than 50 years to Shirley Georges Gittelsohn '49, a well-known Northwest artist. After retirement, he and Shirley spent time at their homes in Portland and on the coast at Cannon Beach, Oregon, and in Mexico, at Vida del Mar.
Survivors include the Gittelsohn's three children, Dena, John, and Judith, and one grandchild.
Engelman and de la Huerga join the board of trusteesTwo new trustees were elected to the Reed College board in April. Donald M. Engelman '62 has been named a trustee and will serve a five-year renewable term, and Carlos de la Huerga '73 has been named an alumni trustee and will serve one four-year term.
Engelman, a leader in the field of biophysics for over 25 years, serves as the Eugene Higgins Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and director of the division of biological sciences at Yale University. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1997. After completing a B.A. in physics at Reed, he received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale. Engleman's current research focuses on membrane biology; he has published over 150 articles in scientific journals. His many honors include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Francis I Medal from the Collge de France. A director of the Stryker Corporation, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since 1989, Engelman serves on the advisory panel for the Brookhaven National Laboratory and as a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was editor in chief of the Annual Review of Biophysics from 1984 to 1993. Engelman is a donor to Reed's National Academy of Sciences research fund, which supports summer research for Reed students.
de la Huerga is the president and founder of Telaric, in Milwaukie, Wisconsin, a company devoted to the development and licensing of new medical technologies. He graduated from Reed with a B.A. in mathematics in only three years. After working briefly as a medical school research assistant, he went on to work for over 20 years at Marquette Medical Systems in Milwaukee, serving as corporate vice president of engineering until he left to found Telaric. In 1994 he established the Carlos de la Huerga Mathematics Scholarship Fund at Reed for math and science students. He has been an active alumni volunteer and is a member of Reed's Technology Advisory Council.