Roberts dies at 92
Libby Roberts, presidential secretary at Reed
from 1961 to 1977, died this spring at age 92. She served as assistant
to Reed presidents Richard Sullivan, Victor Rosenblum, and Paul Bragdon,
and acting presidents Byron Youtz and Ross Thompson, until she retired
at age 68.
Libby was a presence at Reed during her considerable time there,
said Paul Bragdon. She had the utmost discretion and was extremely
loyal. Although she was businesslike and not given to frivolity, she had
a sense of humor and good relations with faculty. One of my own memories
of Libby relates to my own last day at Reed, in June of 1988, some 11
years after her retirement: I walked into the office and found Libby at
her command post just as she had been in August 1971 when I arrivedand
she had not changed significantly in the interim.
She was an extraordinary person, said Ottomar Rudolf, professor
emeritus of German and humanities. Her presence was felt by everyone
who entered the presidents officegracious, efficient, but
also protective of the presidents time. We admired her and respected
her and remember her with deep affection.
Roberts was born in 1908 in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Before working at Reed
she was a public relations representative for the Oregon National Guard
at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon. Her husband, Luke, died in 1988. Survivors
include her brother, Guy Tucker, and a niece and nephew.