Illustration by Janice Wu
by Josephine Hammond [English 1913-16]
This play, written in “free-running iambics,” was produced at Reed in 1915 and included no fewer than 150 parts.
Reed’s indomitable student newspaper published its first issue Jan 16, 1913, and, defying all rules of common sense, has continued more or less weekly ever since. Next year will mark its 100th anniversary in print—take that, Newsweek!
by Karl Compton [physics 1911–15] & Everett Trousdale ’15
Article disproving molecular theory of magnetism was published in Physical Review. Compton founded Reed’s physics department, served as football coach, and later became president of MIT.
by William Trufant Foster [president 1910–19]
Typically provocative title from Reed’s iconoclastic first president, who scorned the “sheep-dip” approach to higher education.
by Beatrice Olson ’24
This piece in the 1922 Griffin is a delightful guide to the architecture of Reed’s first buildings, complete with marvelous descriptions of grotesques, spandrels, coats-of-arms, etc.
by Loyd Haberly ’18
After Reed, Loyd went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, became a letterpress printer, biographer, and translator, and published more than 20 volumes of poetry.
by Ada Chenoweth McCown ’15 [sociology and dean 1929-31]
Based on Ada’s PhD thesis, this book became an important text for American political scientists; ten editions were published between 1927 and 1967.
Paul H. Douglas [econ 1917–18]
This article in American Economic Review heralded the appearance of the celebrated Cobb-Douglas function, a significant achievement in the field of economics. Douglas went on to further fame as a U.S. Senator for Illinois 1949–67.
by Glenn Chesney Quiett ’20
A vivid history of the land barons, railroad tycoons, engineers, surveyors, lumberjacks, pile-drivers, and workers whose determination, sweat, and muscle forever changed the Western states.
By Ernest Haycox ’23
“Morgantown was at war, cattleman against sheepherder.” Ernest wrote two dozen novels, mostly Westerns, and over 300 short stories.
by Arthur John McLean ’21
Arthur was a prominent neurosurgeon and researcher who published more than two dozen articles on subjects from paraphysical cysts to intractable pain. This one was considered so influential it was reprinted in Surgical Neurology 40 years later.
by Jacob Avshalomov ’43
A distinguished composer and conductor, Jacob wrote this cantata for mixed chorus, contralto solo, and orchestra, compiling the words from the books of Habakkuk, Isaiah, and Psalms.
by David French ’39 [anthro 1947–88]
Iconic anthro professor examines the countercultural spirit of college students several years before the counterculture takes off.
by Sally Watson ’50
Scottish lass yearns to fight with Bonnie Prince Charlie against the English. Disguised as a boy, she is captured by the hated enemy and must find a way to escape. Sally wrote several historical novels for young adults, all with strong female leads.
by Dorothy Johansen ’33 [history 1934–84]
A definitive study of the Pacific Northwest, from Indian tribes to Spanish explorers to swashbuckling shipping merchants (yes, that means you, Simeon).
by Mary Barnard ’32
This spare, lucid translation of one of western literature’s earliest women poets became an instant classic of poetry both ancient and modern. Mary wrote about the numerous challenges of the project in Assault on Mount Helicon.
by Don Berry ’53
Set in 1848 on the wild edge of the continent, in the rain forests and rugged headlands of the Oregon coast, Trask follows a mountain man’s quest for new opportunities and new land. Widely considered one of the finest historical novels of the American West.
by Ladis K. Kristof ’55
Author, professor, logger, aristocrat, prisoner, refugee, and everything in between, Kris was also a political scientist of wide renown.
by Robert Froman ’39
Describes the attributes of such unpopular creatures as worms, spiders, octopuses, bats, snakes, vultures, cockroaches, and toads that have made them some of the most successful life forms on earth.
by Jay Rosenberg ’63
Based on Jay’s experiences living off-campus, this book is still in print. Jay donated all royalties to the Rosenberg Cookbook Fund Scholarship at Reed and went on to write many books as a noted philosopher.
by Margaret Thomas Murie ’23
Mardy describes life in the Alaskan wilderness with her husband, Olaus Murie. Their determination to protect the Alaskan landscape led to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Mardy was given the Presidental Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton in 1998.
by James Beard ’24
Gastronomic memoir paints a vivid portrait of Jim’s childhood in Portland, early days in New York, and career as a food writer. Although a student at Reed only for his freshman year, he received an honorary degree from Reed in 1976 and left much of his estate to the college.