News of Alumni Association 2001

Alumni association chapters

Bay Area

Fifteen Reedies, friends, and family toured the Di Rosa Art Preserve and viewed works ranging from the divine (a video installation based on a cathedral’s stained glass window) to the whimsical (outdoor sculptures of cows and sheep) to the disturbing (a bat’s body mounted in a display case alongside creepy poetry).

That was followed by a visitto Domaine Carneros Winery across the street, where Reedies sat outside in the sunshine, drinking bubbly and toasting Reed College, art, and wine and having some good conversations about Reed—the oldest member attended in the early ’60s, the youngest graduated in the late ‘90s. In addition, a hike at the Rancho San Antonio was planned for June.


In the works this summer in Boston is a baseball doubleheader: a day on the farm to watch the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox, and then a night at Fenway to watch the big club. Also planned are an art and architecture tour of the Boston Public Library, a new board game marathon by game-inventing Reedies, and a hiking trip to Vermont (August 18–19, so there’s still time to sign up). This fall: watch for the return of the Reed alumni potluck. For more information, email Greg Lam ’96 at


The Chicago chapter was officially recognized in mid-April, and David Perry ’73 was named the first chapter chair. Efforts have focused on filling the calendar with fun and stimulating events. Interested Reedies in the area (southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and North-west Indiana) are invited to join the chapter email list by emailing Chantal Sudbrack at About a dozen local Reedies (and significant others) attended the world premiere in April of the new Lee Blessing ’71 play, Rewrites, presented by the Dolphinback Theater Company. After the play, the group was treated to a discussion about the play and its meaning with the director and two of the cast members. The chapter is planning a fall outing to the Mars Gallery, owned by Peter Mars ’82. In addition, we hope to make it to a Cubs game and to the Ravinia Festival for an evening of music. Check the newsletter for more information about these and other events.

New York

Amy Ulrich ’97 has recently been appointed chapter chair of the New York City chapter. Email her at to volunteer, add your name to the email mailing list, and give your
suggestions for events.


The Portland chapter organized a recruiting drive to bring alumni together in April to help students with Renn Fayre. The group was called “alumni crew” and was funneled into a variety of different jobs. The response to the call was amazing and wonderful; alumni put in countless hours of work helping out. The alumni crew of 46 covered over 80 two-hour shifts in pass sales, coffeehouse, karma patrol, border patrol, clean up, feast preparation, and the black lodge. Thanks to all who participated!

Southern California

Chapter members gathered for a backstage tour of the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits and associated museum in May. The annual picnic is scheduled for September 23, noon to 4 p.m. The book group meets monthly, usually in the afternoon on the second Sunday. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call ahead for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information, call Robert Hadley ’53 at 310/391-1427 or send email to

Washington, D.C.
Two of the chapter’s most valuable members are leaving for California. Scott Foster ’77 and Susan Rudy ’79 have worked extensively for the chapter and Reed, and D.C. area alumni wish them the best of luck. The chapter is currently seeking new steering committee members, so if you have any hidden talents or time to help thechapter grow again, or would like to see the chapter organize a particular event, please call Dave Baxter ’87 at 410/325-4038 or email

Watch for news of a gardening group and future tours.

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