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More Doyle Owl Tales
From Jack E. Day '50
During my freshman year at Reed, in 1946, a Canyon Day event was a treasure hunt, with one of the items being the Doyle Owl.
The hunt was won by Granny McCormick's group: he found a copy of The Doyle Owl, a sheet put out by Doyle House before WWII. It was then that the real owl assumed a sort of mythical status in my mind.
The evening before our daughter, Nancy Day Adams '68, was to be married, a station wagon pulled in our driveway, and her future husband and another student carried this large, blanket-wrapped object into our utility room and asked that we store it until the next afternoon. At the reception, the owl stood, resplendent in white and yellow paint with black eyes, at the tail end of the reception line. We have color photos somewhere. Knowing of the ferocious passion with which the thing was hunted, I thought half-seriously of sitting up all night guarding it with my rifle.
The only other time I saw it was during thesis parade in the spring of 1968, when it appeared out of one of the second-story windows of Eliot, and my son-in-law shinnied up a rope in an attempt to capture it.
Has Reed Gone Vegas?
Excerpted from a letter from Carl Wiener '73
What was formerly a campus of charming diversity-an array of different architectural styles with ample (and green) space between them to soften the jarring potential of disparity-is almost becoming a junior Las Vegas of incoherence and clutter (except that Las Vegas is currently showing more rigor and taste than Reed).
The design of Reed needs to be planned by people mindful of the rare peacefulness and beauty of Reed's plot of land. Reed could be shaped and designed as a landscaping and architectural jewel rivaling anything in the world.
As things are now, Reed is developing into an apparently mindless anthology of architectural styles. Something should be done to kyotoize (this doesn't mean decorate with a lot of japonica) and cohere and landscape things. Since structures on campus are multiplying, beautifying the campus will depend on what will be built in place of the cross canyon dorms. The nucleus of the campus is now no longer only on the Eliot Hall side of the lake, but on both sides.
To make Reed beautiful again within the new constraints shaping the curriculum and campus will require extraordinary concern and attention. Now students cannot eat their meals under the skylights of commons and simultaneously look upon the western lawn. The indoor view has been shut off. I hope the inadvertence and thoughtlessness of the new structure-prevalent phase of Reed's development ends there.
November Issue Sparks Comments
From Craig M. Brandt
Although I am not a Reed alumnus, I still read your magazine many years after my son graduated. I read with interest Richard Danzig's article on Reed College and the military. I found it not a little disingenuous that Secretary Danzig, in spite of his many years of service to the Department of Defense, would fail to note that he himself has never served in uniform.
From Carleton Whitehead '41
Any summary of Reed's concern about the injustices experienced by Japanese Americans should include the initiatives of E. B. MacNaughton, who served both as a trustee and as president [1948–52]. As president of the First National Bank he told all bank officers across the state to extend every possible assistance to Japanese Americans. More important was his concern and response to the anti-Japanese sentiment that flared in the Portland area after the war ended. He attended a meeting held in Gresham about "the returning Japanese." Seated in the back of the audience, he remained silent while people unburdened themselves. Finally he stood up and said how he felt about the meaning of the bill of rights and fair play. When he was through the audience was silent and then disbursed. This was the beginning of the end of the anti-Japanese movement. E. B. was a unique person. In addition to being a banker and publisher of the Oregonian, he was the first non-lawyer to be on the national ACLU board and also was national moderator of the Unitarian church. In his older years he used to drive through the campus to see how Reed was faring. I wonder what became of the bronze bust of him?
[The bust sits in the rare book stacks of the library. Ed.]
From David B. Tyler '55
Seldom am I moved to write about things published. With the November 1999 issue of Reed, I am at once amazed, appalled, and angry, and peeved.
Let's do peeved first. What purpose does re-hashing the injustices of the war-time detentions of Japanese Americans serve? As unjustified as it has been shown to be, why do you not-in fairness-contrast our treatment of those folks with the treatment the Japanese meted out to American nationals and other "non-Japanese" in Japan during the same time period?
Further, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which later in the war incorporated the 100th Battalion, was not just "much decorated": it was the most decorated unit in the U.S. Army. It was a regiment, about 3,000 guys, not a battalion.
Now on to "amazed" and "appalled." First, "amazed" by itself. Violet Kochendoerfer '41 "In 1943 feeling her skills were not well used . . . decided to leave"-and did so! WACs could just up and leave? Well, I'll be damned! If you were a man, and did that in those days, it was called desertion.
Now "amazed" and "appalled." Your writer's and editor's grasp of American history is appallingly even worse than mine. And in that dim light, Richard Danzig '65 answers his own question about the appropriateness of Reed as a "producer of officers for our military" by his, and the editor's, appalling ignorance of the salient attributes of WWII. Both are in need of "gaining perspective" on that war. Fifteen million Americans did not "volunteer." The vast majority of them were drafted. They could go in the service-when called-or damn well go to jail. Anyone with such profound ignorance of our military history has no business even being in office, much less serving as Secretary of the Navy or any other of our military services!
From Michael Munk '56
Your tribute to Reed's contributions to the WW2 effort should also include Reedies who volunteered to fight against fascism before the full-scale war began. Both Harry Randall '37 and Thomas A. Norton '37 were veterans of the Lincoln Brigade who, if their efforts to defend the Spanish Republic against fascism had received any support from the U.S. government, might have prevented the deaths of the 36 Reedies your November issue honors.
To the list of Japanese American Reedies deported from the campus to concentration camps should also be added at least 10 others who attended Reed after their return from the camps.
From Charles Arnold, AMP
I was one of the people who enjoyed the Reed premeteorology program and found that it affected the rest of my life. I came from a small town in Montana and had such a low overall standing that I probably couldn't have qualified for college. Reed, especially the classes in math, provided me with a background for my degree work in electronics engineering. Without a doubt, Dr. Griffin was the best teacher I have ever had.
The real reason we did not get to go on to meteorology school was the lack of advanced degree facilities, a fact the planners of the program had to know from the start. I've heard two explanations for the existence of the program. One was to keep small colleges alive during the war, and the other was to keep the bright men out of the front lines.
My two best friends at Reed both returned there after the war. Do your records show how many P.M.s returned to Reed?
[Records show that seven P.M.s returned and graduated from Reed. Ed.]
More Millennial Woes
Rachel Hall '94 points out that John Belmont's '62 criticism of her statement [November '99 letters] about the last year of the millennium was not her error, but as an inadvertent result of editing. Ed.
Annual Report Clarifications
Gifts In Memory
William T. Lankford, Jr.
Steven Forrest '80
Stanley W. Moore
Robert Richter '52
Brooks and Sue Ragen
Leslie H. Squier
Anne Wood Squier '60
Gifts In Honor
Lloyd B. Williams '35
Rhoda Lewis '38
James '59 and Linda Smith Riles '60
Washington, D.C, Representative To The Alumni Board
Scott Foster '77