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Alumni association chapters


bostonWe had our third annual potluck in December, with over 20 Reedies attending. We are putting together events for our winter and spring calendar, including a guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts and a possible ski trip; Reed on the Road will bring a Reed professor to Boston in April. If you would like to host a New England event or would like to be put on our email mailing list, write to Greg Lam at


In October about 50 Reedies met acting president Peter Steinberger at the Mars Gallery. The event brought together Reedies of many generations; questions about the state of the college included how the campus was affected by the terrorist attacks, the presidential candidate search, and the current state of the honor principle. The chapter recognized Steinberger for outstanding contributions to the college and offered him an honorary lifetime chapter membership. We thank Peter Mars ’82 and Barbara Gazdik for the use of the gallery. In November the steering committee elected John Bergholz ’86 and Elizabeth Goldsmith ’81 as chair and assistant chair for 2002. We invite interested Reedies in the area (southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and northwest Indiana) to join our email list by emailing Chantal Sudbrack at c-sudbrack Planned events are announced by email and in our newsletter.

New York

The New York chapter had an especially pleasant event to kick off its relaunch, meeting at a Union Square pub for a reading by Reed author Barbara Riddle ’64. About 20 Reedies heard selections from The Girl Pretending to Read Rilke and her memoir Not the Village Idiot. A behind-the-scenes tour of the South Street Seaport Museum and dinner at a Chinatown restaurant were planned to cap off the year’s scheduled activities. Plans for museum trips and informal social gatherings are in the works. Check for chapter news at


The holiday party this year was its usual smashing success, maybe better than most. The end-of-semester pizza feeding frenzy was augmented by scrumptious edibles donated by Holly Hart ’68, owner of Old Wives’ Tales. We’re in the midst of planning volunteer activities for Renn Fayre, April 26–28; write to pdx-steering if you’re interested in volunteering. Please note that you’ll need a pass for the weekend if you’re planning to visit campus during Renn Fayre. Our exciting summer event is Alumni Westwind 2002, August 16-18 at Camp Westwind on the Oregon coast. Imagine hanging out on the beautiful Westwind beach with about 100 fellow Reedies and their families, watching the sun go down, eating good food cooked by volunteers. On a side note, 25 percent of the steering committee are expecting babies. We don’t think it’s contagious, but keep an eye on Additions for news of chapter babies.


seattleIn November about 50 western Washington alumni and friends enjoyed a talk on cryptography by Reed math professor Joe Buhler ’72. The ongoing Seattle-based groups continue their monthly meetings and encourage newcomers to join them at any time. In February the Reeding Group will be discussing Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset.

The Reed College Urban Brewing Experience (RCUBE) convenes at various pubs on the third Thursday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Complete schedules for both groups can be found on our web site, Call or write to Barbara Carter Radin ’75 at 206/523-2484, dradin@ix., for more information.

Southern California

Recent events included the annual picnic in September and a solstice celebration in December. The book group meets monthly in a member’s home, usually in the afternoon or evening of the second Sunday. Members take turns choosing the books. A recent selection was Dante’s Inferno; a probable upcoming selection is Diamond’s Guns, Germs, and Steel. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call or email ahead for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information, call Robert Hadley ’53 at 310/391-1427 or email

Washington D.C.

This fall’s activities so far included a September picnic. For information, email Leslie Overstreet ’71 at

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