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Most Recent Obituaries

Dorothy Jean Robinson Ainslie ’46

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Dorothy Jean Robinson Ainslie ’46, March 27, 2015, in Spokane, Washington. Dorothy was valedictorian of her graduating class at Walla Walla High School. She attended Reed for two years, focused on art, and served on the Griffin staff. She completed a BFA at Fort Wright College of the Holy Names in 1977, having also taken art courses at Washington State University in the ’60s. Her landscape paintings were in juried art shows at the Seattle Art Museum, and the Cheney Cowles Museum, and in other shows in Washington and California. She also sculpted and made quilts. Dorothy and John Ainslie were married in 1944 and had three children. Survivors include her daughter and sons, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother. “Having attended Reed has opened a lot of doors for me all my life,” Dorothy wrote in 1994. “It’s a great name to drop.”

Elizabeth Marie Andrew ’72

Elizabeth Marie Andrew ’72, April 6, 2015, in Memphis, Tennessee, from cancer. Beth earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing her thesis on the crustacean hyperglycemic hormone with Prof. Lewis Kleinholz [1946–80]. Among her recollections of Reed were hikes on Mount Hood, calligraphy class, singing in the chorus, and playing soccer. She went on to do graduate work at MIT and later entered a graduate program in nutritional science at Cornell University. She earned an MNS in community nutrition in 1977 and was employed as research assistant in the Nutrition Center of Tufts New England Medical Center before entering medical school. She earned an MD from New York University in 1984. After completing residency at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hospital, she practiced pediatrics in Silver Spring, Maryland, and moved to Memphis in 1992 with her partner, Thaddeus N. Nowak, director of research in the neurology department of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. Beth worked for the Memphis Children’s Clinic. She was recognized as an advocate for children and adolescents and their health and well being. She also was a longtime member of the Memphis Symphony Chorus and an accomplished photographer and knitter. Beth danced, played basketball, and ran numerous half and full marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2006. She cultivated prolific gardens at home and at Shelby Farms Park in Memphis. Survivors include Thad, her mother, three sisters, and three brothers.

Mark James Martinez Angeles ’15

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Mark James Martinez Angeles ’15, May 27, 2015, in Portland, from head trauma.

Mark was killed when a tow truck struck his bicycle just nine days after he graduated from Reed. Professors and friends described him as a dedicated student who was passionate about chemistry, cycling, and community service. “Mark brought all his gifts to the Reed chemistry department: his intelligence, hard work, and discipline could penetrate any topic, a huge heart that could lift any classmate, and a deep laugh that melted away sadness,” writes Prof. Alan Shusterman [chemistry 1989–]. “My chemistry colleagues and I loved having Mark in our classes, as a student, a scholar, and a friend.”

Mark wrote his thesis on the role of organometallic catalysts in neutralizing toxic pollution with Prof. Sarah Kliegman ’02 [chemistry 2014–]. He dedicated it to the late Prof. Maggie Geselbracht [chemistry 1993–2014], who introduced him to “the beauty and wonder present in science, mathematics, and the natural world.”


Jack R. Bailey ’36

Jack R. Bailey ’36, December 4, 2014, in Portland. Jack was born in the Philippines, where his father was a teacher, and the family returned to The Dalles, Oregon, when he was five years old. He attended Reed for one year (1934–35) and earned a BS from Oregon State College in 1949. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight instrument instructor. Jack was postmaster of Scio, Oregon, and president of the National League of Postmasters. He worked with the city of Scio in several capacities, helping to modernize the city water system and establish a library. He also loved growing things and farmed for many years. Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Winiford “Winnie” Ohlegschlager. Both he and Winnie were members of the National Grange for more than 80 years. Also preceding him in death were daughters Nancy and Julia; brother Don W. Bailey ’38; and a sister. He is survived by his daughter Sally, son Jack, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild, and a brother.

Elizabeth Adeline Bomber Baltzell ’39

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Elizabeth Adeline Bomber Baltzell ’39, January 26, 2015, in McMinnville, Oregon. Betty earned a BA from Reed in history, writing the thesis “A History of Oregon City from 1829 to 1849” with Prof. Rex Arragon [history 1923–74]. After graduation she taught at the high school in Enterprise, Oregon. During World War II, she served with the Red Cross in Washington D.C., and the U.S. Marines in Maui, Hawaii. She met her husband Charles Baltzell at a square dance gathering in Corvallis. They married in 1952 and moved to a farm in McMinnville. The couple and their three children (Sumner, Sherry, and Steve) enjoyed scouting, 4-H and FFA, and community activities, and Betty was active in the McMinnville Presbyterian Church. When the children were older, Betty returned to school, earning primary education teaching credentials from Portland State (University) and then taught grade school for many years at Dayton, Oregon. After she and Charles retired, they enjoyed making trips to Europe, the Middle East, and many of the 50 states, and were glad of the opportunity to visit friends and family. Betty lived and worked on the farm after Charles died in 1994, and she continued to travel to Europe and around the country. She moved into town in 2012. Survivors include her sons, grandchildren, and extended family.

Sacvan Bercovitch ’57

Sacvan Bercovitch ’57, December 9, 2014, in Brookline, Massachusetts, from cancer. Prominent author and literary scholar Sacvan came to Reed from the New School for Social Research in New York, leaving the college after a year to join a kibbutz as a dairy farmer in Israel. “He was an amazing scholar and a very kind human being,” writes Prof. Laura Arnold Leibman [English 1995–]. He has been called “his generation’s foremost scholar of Puritan America and of the cultural echoes that puritanism bequeathed to modernity,” as well as “the last of the great American studies scholars.” Sacvan was born in Montreal, the son of socialist immigrants from the Ukraine—his mother had been wounded while serving with the Red Army—and his name was chosen to honor Italian-born anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. After time spent in the kibbutz, Sacvan returned to Montreal with his first wife, and worked at a grocery to fund night school classes at Sir George Williams College (University). He completed an undergraduate degree in 1961 and earned a PhD from Claremont Graduate School in English in 1965. He taught at Columbia, Brandeis, and UC San Diego before joining the faculty at Harvard College. From 1983 until his retirement in 2000, Sacvan was the Charles H. Carswell Professor of English and American Literature and Language. He also held a parallel appointment in comparative literature, recognizing his work as a translator and champion of Yiddish literature. He retired as the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, Emeritus. He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, president of the American Studies Association, and general editor of The Cambridge History of American Literature. He received the 2007 Bode-Pearson Prize for outstanding contributions to American studies. The author of numerous books and essays, his book The Puritan Origins of the American Self is considered his most influential work. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Susan L. Mizruchi; two sons and two sisters.

Betty Bernhard, Faculty

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Prof. Betty Bernhard [theatre 1980–84], March 21, 2015, in Claremont, California, from cancer. Prof. Bernhard taught acting and other theatre courses and directed four plays, including a memorable production of the Threepenny Opera. She left Reed for a tenure-track position at Pomona, where she directed more than 30 productions, including two Sanskrit plays, Shakuntala and The Little Clay Cart. Her research interests were primarily focused on the confluence of theatre for social change and Indian theatre. She was named a Founding Mother of Asian Theatre Scholarship by the Association for Asian Performance.

Walter F. Berns Jr. Postbaccalaureate ’48–’49

Walter F. Berns Jr., special postbaccalaureate student in 1948–49, January 10, 2015, in Bethesda, Maryland. Noted academic and constitutional scholar Walter Berns served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and came to Reed as a postbaccalaureate student. After earning a BS from the University of Iowa and a PhD from the University of Chicago, he taught at Louisiana State University and at Yale. He joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1959, leaving a decade later after faculty granted amnesty to campus militants who had threatened them with violence during a civil rights takeover. Walter later reflected, “Tyranny is the natural and inevitable mode of government for the shameless and self-indulgent who have carried liberty beyond any restraint, natural, and conventional.” He went on to the University of Toronto and then to Georgetown University, where he was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. Walter’s focus was on political philosophy and constitutional law, and he wrote about democracy, the Constitution, and patriotism, including a collection of essays, Democracy and the Constitution (2006). He was awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2005. His choice to pursue an academic—rather than literary—career was attributed to his meeting Frieda Lawrence, widow of D.H. Lawrence, while he was a waiter in Taos, New Mexico, after the war. Survivors include his wife, Irene Lyons, whom he married in 1951; two daughters and a son; and six grandchildren.

Joseph Frederick Bunnett ’42

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Joseph Frederick Bunnett ’42, May 23, 2015, in Santa Cruz, California.

Joe entered Reed with Washington High classmates Jack Dudman ’42, Irwin Harrowitz ’42, Russell Parker ’42, and Douglas Smith ’42. At the new student mixer in fall 1938, he met Sara A. Telfer ’42—a good dancer, he noted, whose mother, Annie Harrison Telfer ’15, was a member of Reed’s first graduating class. Joe and Sara spent a lot of time on the dance floor and in Outing Club adventures in the years that followed; they married after they graduated.

At Reed, Joe worked closely with his thesis adviser, Prof. Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79]. After earning a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Rochester, Joe returned to Reed to teach organic chemistry in 1946–52.


Jane Foulke Leedom Byrne ’48

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Jane Foulke Leedom Byrne ’48, October 6, 2014, in Cannon Beach, Oregon. A Portland native, Jane earned a BA from Reed in psychology. Her thesis, “Personality Test Results and Delinquency,” was written with Prof. Monte Griffith [psychology 1926–54]. “Reed opened horizons I would never have come in contact with, and exposed my mind to great ideas. I learned how to defend my views in argumentation in a rational, positive, and scientific manner and developed self-esteem from this. My life in general was greatly enhanced by finding a husband at Reed with a very sharp mind.” We read that when John Richard Byrne ’47 spotted Jane in commons, he reported to a friend, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry.” They did marry in 1948, and Jane went with him to the University of Washington, where Dick earned a PhD in mathematics. At the university, Jane completed a teaching certificate in primary education, and she taught school for several years. The couple lived in San Jose, California, and then returned to Portland, where Dick joined the faculty at Portland State University and taught mathematics for 37 years. Their marriage was a happy one. Jane was occupied with the work of raising their daughters, Suzanne and Diana, and volunteering with the PTA and as a girls’ club leader; she also opened a nursery school. She loved travel, including trips to Disneyland, and summer stays at Cannon Beach. When Dick retired in 1992, the couple moved to a 30-acre farm outside Corvallis, where Jane thrived, deriving a great deal of pleasure in caring for lost and homeless animals. She remained on the farm following Dick’s death in 1996. Survivors include her daughters and three grandchildren.

Irene Josephine Carson ’41

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Irene Josephine Carson ’41, December 3, 2014, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Irene earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing her thesis, “The Anatomy of Lepas Fascicularis,” with Prof. Demorest Davenport [biology 1938–44]. She made her career as the head chemist for the Hercules Powder Company (now, the Ashland Company), and she was a consistent and generous donor to Reed. Survivors include her loving godchildren.

Nancy Martin Clark ’41

Nancy Clark Martin ’41, December 26, 2014, in Rockville, Maryland. Nancy grew up on a pear orchard in Medford, Oregon, and spent two years at Reed, an experience that taught her to think, she wrote later. She served in the WAVES as an aircraft mechanic during World War II and then moved to New York City, where she met and married George R. Martin Jr. in 1953. The couple lived in Bronxville, where they raised three daughters. In retirement, Nancy and George moved to Easton, Maryland. Survivors include their daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Nancy is remembered for her good humor, generosity, and loving nature.

Edward Winslow Coolidge ’90

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Edward Winslow Coolidge ’90, March 8, 2015, in Troy, New York, from brain cancer.

Ed earned a BA from Reed in English literature and wrote his thesis with Prof. Tom Gillcrist [1962–2001] on “The Grotesque in Flannery O’Connor.” After graduation, Ed became a case manager for Janus Youth Programs in Portland. This experience became a foundation for teaching and working with disadvantaged youth. He went on to earn an MFA from the California Institute for the Arts and stayed in Los Angeles for 10 years, teaching, making, and exhibiting art.

In 2008 he moved to Troy, New York, where he taught art and technology at Tech Valley High School, which serves underprivileged youth in the Albany region. Ed excelled in encouraging his students to push artistic boundaries and was a talented academic adviser. In his free time, he renovated an 1890 row house. In 2012, stricken with glioblastoma, he withstood four brain surgeries with a fierce will to live, while continuing to care for his students.


Constance Helen Crooker ’69

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Constance Helen Crooker ’69, April 10, 2015, in Portland.

Connie earned a BA from Reed in art, writing her thesis on the revival of Italic handwriting with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69].

After Reed, she did window dressing for J.C. Penney and earned money buying and selling clothing. She adopted a hippie lifestyle, she wrote, and lived in a teepee. Her career in law began when friend Michael Krasik ’73 asked, “Why don’t we take the LSATs?” She discovered an aptitude for law and earned a JD from Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark Law School) in 1977. Connie established a practice in criminal defense, focusing on the Hispanic community, and led efforts in Oregon to professionalize the use of interpreters in the courts. She also was the first woman in Oregon to contract with the state to run a public defenders office, serving the community of Tillamook for many years. In 2000, she retired from legal practice, but taught comparative criminal law at the Universidad Latina de America in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.


Don Pieratt Crowson ’55

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Don Pieratt Crowson ’55, January 15, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Born in Arkansas, Don attended high school in California and began his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. He transferred to Reed and earned a BA in education and psychology, though was interrupted in this process by service in the army during the Korean War. His thesis, written with Prof. Robert Wilson [psychology 1953–57], was “A Study of Intelligence and Achievement Test Scores in Relation to Socio-Economic Status.” Don savored the experience at Reed: philosophizing, enjoying a beer at the Lutz Tavern, skiing, sailing, and mountaineering, and spending time with Gloria Spencer—a nurse in the college’s infirmary whom he married in 1952. During summers, Don worked for the U.S. Forest Service, manning a remote fire lookout on Indian Mountain in the Mount Hood National Forest. After graduation, he accepted a position with the RAND Corporation in Massachusetts. In his nearly four-decade career as a software designer and developer, Don was instrumental in pioneering computer science. That career carried Don and his growing family to all corners of the country, infusing the five children with their father’s adventurous curiosity, notes his family. Don spent the last five years of his career as the technical adviser for the U.S. Air Force delegation to a NATO working group on communication standards, and was recognized by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for enduring contributions to international security. “It was interesting and lots of fun roaming about Europe,” Don wrote to Reed. In retirement, he returned to college to study history. “I take literally that old contention that education is a lifelong process.” He earned a BA from Christopher Newport University (in 1998) and earned an MA from Old Dominion University (in 2006) in history. After living in Virginia for 35 years, Don and Gloria, moved to Salem, where Gloria had extended family and Don planned to enroll at Willamette University in order to begin a study of modern languages. (Instead he enrolled at Western Washington University, and was awarded a degree in political science posthumously in June 2015.) Accompanied by their daughter Gretchen, Don and Gloria visited Reed in 2008, and Don enjoyed another beer at the Lutz. Survivors include Gloria, and their daughters Gretchen, Anna, Heidi, and Grace, and son Mark; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Don’s older brother, musician Lamar Crowson ’48, also attended Reed.

James Gill Dennis ’63

James Gill Dennis ’63, May 13, 2015, in Portland, from a heart attack. Gill attended Reed for two years, and then served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He went on to earn an MFA from the American Film Institute (AFI) Conservatory. He became a highly respected screenwriter and teacher, who conducted workshops in Australia, Ireland, Portugal, and Scotland, and who also was active in the Portland writing community. His screenwriting credits include Riders of the Purple Sage, Return to Oz, and On My Own, and he co-wrote and directed Without Evidence. With his student James Mangold, he created the Oscar-winning film Walk the Line. Mangold remarked in an interview in 2005 that Gill’s teaching style surpassed traditional master-pupil roles. “He shared with students the struggles he was working through in his own work. We traded a lot of things back and forth and watched them get better. It was very exciting.” In his marriage to Elizabeth Hartman, Gill had two sons, who survive him, as do his widow, Kristen Peckinpah, and his two sisters.

Evelyn Louise Boese Dostal ’50

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Evelyn Louise Boese Dostal ’50, March 8, 2015, in David City, Nebraska. Evelyn served with the U.S. Marines during World War II, and during an army-marine dance event, met Louis Q. Dostal, a Nebraska grain farmer. They corresponded for 10 years before marrying in the Eliot Hall chapel in 1954. Evelyn earned a BA from Reed in political science, writing a thesis, “The Public Reaction to the 1906 Campaign of Jonathan Bourne Jr., for the U.S. Senate,” with Prof. Maure Goldschmidt [1935–81]. After college, she went to work at Jantzen clothing as an export clerk. In Nebraska, she led a home extension club, gardened extensively, quilted, and sewed. She enjoyed genealogy and researching iron crosses in Czech Catholic cemeteries. Louis died in 2014. Survivors include their two sons and four grandchildren.

David Howie Ernst ’42

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David Howie Ernst ’42, January 19, 2015, in Massachusetts, following a lengthy illness. David came to Reed from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and earned a BA in political science. His thesis, written with Prof. George Noble [1922–48], was on Roosevelt’s foreign policy. “Looking back on those four years,” he wrote, “my memories of faculty and fellow students are totally pleasant. Four-year segments since have never been the same.” He went on to the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, where he earned an MA in international studies in 1943 (as well as a PhD in 1950). He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during World War II. In 1947, he joined the State Department as a foreign-service officer and assumed posts in Cairo, Athens, Bombay, Paris, the Fiji Islands, New Delhi, and Washington, D.C. In Cairo, he met Rachel J. Bell; they were married for 63 years and had three children, Elizabeth, David, and Rodney Ernst ’81. David retired to Massachusetts, where he continued his public service on numerous committees and boards. He was a Wellfleet selectman for 14 years and a 10-year member of the Cape Cod Commission. He donated some of the family’s Wellfleet property to the Wellfleet Conservation Trust, which he helped establish. He enjoyed sailing and shell fishing. Survivors include his children.

Neil Farnham ’40

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Neil Farnham ’40, September 17, 2014, in Redmond, Oregon.

An architect whose residential and commercial designs demonstrated a keen respect for the natural landscape, Neil left an indelible mark on the Pacific Northwest and at Reed, where his projects ranged from residence to reactor.

Neil grew up in central Oregon and engaged early on with the great outdoors—fishing, camping, and adventuring. He worked with the forest service and in lumber mills before attending Reed, where he focused on mathematics and physics, before transferring to the University of Oregon, where he completed a BS in architecture. Out of school, he was employed as a draftsman for the Bonneville Power Administration, and in 1942–46 served with the U.S. Army Engineer Amphibious unit in the Far East. He returned to military duty with the 434 Engineer Construction Battalion during the Korean War.


Franklin Delano Faulkner MAT ’66

Franklin Delano Faulkner MAT ’66, February 17, 2014, in Portland, following a long illness. Frank lost his father at age 3 and his stepfather at 12 and supported his family by selling newspapers and by working at Fred Meyer. He was a superb high school athlete who excelled at track. While earning an associate degree from Multnomah Junior College, he met his future wife, Norma Faulkner MALS ’70. The couple had one daughter, Marie. Frank went on to earn a BS in history and English from Portland State University (PSU) and a JD from Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark); his master’s degree from Reed was focused on the social sciences. Frank taught at PSU and Mt. Hood Community College. Survivors include his wife and daughter, a grandson, and three brothers.

Robert Maurice Fristrom ’43

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Robert Maurice Fristrom ’43, November 14, 2014, in Rockville, Maryland. Bob transferred to Reed from Albany College (Lewis & Clark College) and earned a BA in chemistry, working with Prof. Fred Ayres [chemistry 1940–70] to write the thesis “An Investigation of Phase Equilibria in the Ternary System: Ethanolamine-Water-Potassium Carbonate.” Reflecting on his years at the college, Bob wrote later: “My experience at Reed provided me with a broad, well grounded education and the confidence that I could hold my own in science or any other intellectual field. These are the tools one would hope to get from an education. The remaining requirements for success in science are a willingness to work, imagination, and some ability to get along with people.” He earned an MA with honors from the University of Oregon and served two years in the navy during World War II. After the war, he earned a PhD in physical chemistry from Stanford University, did a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard, and joined the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, where he met his future wife, Geraldine (Gerrie). Bob worked as a scientist at the laboratory for 44 years, pursuing research in combustion, propulsion, microwave spectroscopy, molecular beams, and chemical kinetics. He published three books and more than 100 research papers. He also won the Hildebrand Award for brilliant experimental investigations and interpretations of high temperature processes in the chemistry and physics of flames, the Combustion Institute Silver Medal, and the Alexander von Humboldt prize from Germany’s Humboldt Foundation. Bob lectured around the world and was a visiting professor at universities in the U.S. and in Germany. Retirement in 1995 gave Bob and Gerrie the opportunity to travel and to split their time at homes in Maryland and Florida. Gerrie died in 2007. Their son, Rob, and his family became the primary support for Bob thereafter. Survivors include Rob, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. “Bob gave friendship, wisdom, and happiness to all that knew him. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.”

Takeshi Fujino, Friend

Takeshi “Tak” Fujino, December 18, 2014, in Portland. A California resident of Japanese ancestry, Tak was interned during World War II and completed his high school education in Arkansas. After the war, he moved to Spokane, Washington, and in 1947, he married Sumiko (Sue) Kawasaki, who was studying to be a pharmacist. The couple made their home in Portland, sharing the same house for 66 years, raising their three children, and operating the Franklin Grocery Store in southeast Portland. In 1984, together with their son Gregg, they opened Woodstock Wine & Deli—now in its 29th year. The deli soon became a mainstay for Reed students, faculty, and staff who enjoyed its famous sandwiches, handmade cookies, and convivial setting. Reed regulars have included members of the mathematics department, the alumni office, and the computing staff. Tak initiated the deli’s anniversary bash, which boasts wall-to-wall wine vendors, an immense communal bottle of champagne, and oysters shucked to order. Crowds flocked to the deli for evening jazz shows and weekend barbecues. The deli provided part-time work for scores of Reed students over the years. Rabeca Reese MALS ’86, computer store manager at Reed, remarked: “Tak was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. He had an extraordinary memory for faces and names and for making people feel welcome and remembered. He really cared about friends and customers and almost always had a kind word or thought to pass along.” Sue died in May 2014. Survivors include children Gregg, Donna, and Gary; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and Tak’s brother and sister.

Peter Riffle Gilpin ’55

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Peter Riffle Gilpin ’55, December 22, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, following a long struggle with congestive heart failure. A California native and longtime resident of Honolulu, Peter was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he graduated from University High School in 1950. He came to Reed in 1951 and made many lifelong friends there, including his future wife Louise Palmer Gerity ’55. The young couple spent a year in New York City, where Peter attended art school while Louise completed graduate training in librarianship. After their return to the islands, Peter and Louise divorced. Peter completed his bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Hawaii, working as a teaching assistant and becoming very active in the cultural life of the university. He next went to California, where he spent some years as a clinical social worker in the San Francisco Bay Area, before returning in the late ’60s to Hawai’i. He worked for many years as a photographer, both freelance and at the Bishop Museum. Peter was known as an inveterate collector, and possessed a remarkable array of artifacts, from porcine masks, figurines, and graphics to beer steins, calligraphic equipment, and Japanese prints. He continued throughout his life to practice the calligraphy to which he had first been introduced at Reed. An independent scholar, raconteur, and keen cultural observer and commentator, and always interested in politics, he was very active in the campaign of his old friend Neil Abercrombie, congressman and governor of Hawaii, 2010–14. A random sample of Peter’s style, from a letter a few years back in which he described the renewal of his driver’s license: “The giggling of this old geezer is occasioned by some salubrious events which were rather unexpected and most welcome! My new driver’s license—known in Hawai’i as a ‘Driver License,’ you’ll note—is today in my actual physical possession . . . . Trepidation accrued unusually to this process because my vision of late has deteriorated substantially. Thus, fears of failing the eye test were foremost in my mind. But not to worry! As I utterly failed the first level required on the chart in the machine, the kindly woman switched over to a larger format, which I was able to correctly read! My heart had flipped up into my throat in the meantime, but I was redeemed! I was given a 20/40 rating. On to the ‘Question and Answer Section,’ I assumed, as has always been the case in renewals. Amazement! Disbelief! They shunted me right over into the ‘Photograph’ line where, after a short wait, I was photo’d and fingerprinted, and paid, and within 10 minutes the actual finished plastic product was in my hand. And now, I’m a licensed driver once more!” His eyes went on to fail, as did, ultimately, his heart. But his wit and humor accompanied him to the very end. He is survived by his sister Kate Gilpin, who composed this memorial, as well as many friends and colleagues who remember him as a true original.

Elizabeth Ann Havely Golding ’45

Elizabeth Ann Havely Golding ’45, October 6, 2014, in Portland. Betty was a lifelong resident of Portland and at age 10 was selected to be a Junior Rose Festival Princess. She spent 12 summers as a bugler and camp counselor at Camp Namanu—established by the Camp Fire Girls organization on the Sandy River. On a counselors’ retreat at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether in 1941, she met Thomas L. Golding, whom she married in Reed’s Eliot Hall chapel in 1946. (During their courtship, Tom was stationed in Europe with the army medical corps during World War II, and they affirmed their connection through an exchange of hundreds of letters.) Betty earned a BA from Reed in sociology and history Her thesis, “A Study of the Relationship between Attitudes and Information about the Japanese in America,” was written with Prof. Gwynne Nettler [sociology 1944–45]. Betty and Tom had a son and two daughters and enjoyed camping trips together in the summer and skiing in the winter. They provided a home centered in love, joy, and encouragement. In the ’60s, Betty returned to school to earn a teaching certificate. She taught social studies at Wilson High School in Portland for 17 years, and prepared students for participation in Youth Legislature, Model UN, and mock trial competitions. She led students on American Heritage trips to the East Coast and to Europe. She volunteered with the League of Women Voters throughout her adult life, and also supported the Audubon Society, Portland area Camp Fire, the Mount Hood Ski Patrol, and CASA. She enjoyed time with grandchildren, duplicate bridge, bird watching, quilting, and the luxury of working in her garden on a warm spring day. Tom died in 2002 and a daughter died in 2007. Survivors include a son and daughter, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Betty’s aunt, Elizabeth Havely Williston ’17, also graduated from Reed.

Joseph Francis Gunterman ’34

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Joseph Francis Gunterman ’34, December 4, 2014, in Sacramento, California. He was 101.

Joe spent his early years in Calexico, California, where his father, a German immigrant, worked at the German Bank. Perhaps to take advantage of the high standards of culture and education available in Germany in the mid-’20s, Joe and his two older brothers were sent to live with their paternal grandparents in Kassel for three years, he told Jacque London Ensign ’53 and Eloise Rippin Bodine ’58 in an interview in 2000. He graduated from high school in Santa Barbara, and came to Reed after studying at Pomona and Santa Barbara State Teachers College (where an instructor encouraged him to consider Reed). Joe roomed with Franz Baumann ’35, whom he had met at school in Germany. (Joe came up with funding sources to assist Franz in emigrating from Germany, and years later Franz became a pediatrician and cared for Joe’s children.) 

Joe was interested in journalism and became editor of the Quest. He also did hashing in commons and yard work in Eastmoreland. He earned a BA from Reed in general literature, and went on to UC Berkeley, where he audited classes before moving to New York City. There he reconnected with Reed friends who were at the Bank Street School for Teachers. He completed certification at Bank Street and spent two years as a teacher at the Greenwich Country Day School before returning to California to await the draft.


Peter Dobkin Hall ’68

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Peter Dobkin Hall ’68, April 30, 2015, in a traffic accident near Branford, Connecticut.

During his freshman year, Peter joined an informal organization founded by his friends Kim Stapley ’68 and Howard Rheingold ’68 called the Bureau of Iconoclastic Projects (BIP) and passed out business cards bearing BIP’s motto: Chaos=Eternity. “During the 1965–66 school year, Peter and Kim lived in a funky apartment called the Woodstock Arms,” Debbie Guyol ’68 recalls. “The scene was (understatement) colorful. There was a jukebox to lend atmosphere. All kinds of art was everywhere in the apartment—paintings by Kim, Howard, and others, smallish statues left by a previous tenant, and Peter’s mural of the harbor at Castine, Maine, on one large wall. The mural was pure Peter, erudite and quirky. Peter chose the smallest bedroom for himself—it was draped with India prints and other exotic fabric so it resembled the tent-like quarters of some desert dignitary. In the midst of this full-on psychedelic decor and the hippie attire of his friends, Peter always kept his preppy look—tweed jackets, oxford cloth shirts, and horn-rimmed spectacles.”

Peter played banjo, guitar, and bass, and performed with the group Laura and the Vipers, founded by Laura Fisher ’68. “Peter was funny and smart,” she remembers. “He was like a radio; he could talk for hours on any subject,” a sentiment echoed by his wife, Kathryn Bonese, who said, “Every day with Peter was a salon.” He was an imaginative amateur painter and also collaborated with Kim on a Quest comic strip, “Milli the Model,” featuring the adventures of a statuesque blonde (rumored to be based on Kim’s sister Andrea Stapley ’69). “It was Peter who talked us into hand binding and illustrating our own books,” said Howard, who added, “When I think of Peter, which is often lately, his wicked laugh dominates my memories.”


Kenneth Lynn Hall ’49

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Kenneth Lynn Hall ’49, January 23, 2015, in San Rafael, California. Lynn had a well-rounded experience at Reed. “As a science major, Reed’s liberal arts course made for the ‘good life,’” he wrote. He learned to think independently and objectively, and enjoyed evening readings of humanities assignments at the home of Prof. Ruth Graybill Collier ’32, MA ’38 [English 1933–52], and lectures by Prof. Richard Jones [history 1941–86] and Prof. Frank Hurley [chemistry 1942–51]. He recalled with pleasure dancing the Viennese Waltz in the student union and discovering Dixieland music; he played trombone in the pit orchestra for college musicals. Lynn was student body president, SU manager, a member of the student education policy committee, and he played football. He completed a BA from Reed in chemistry; his thesis, “A Study of the Adsorption of Mercury Vapor on Silver Surfaces using Radioactive Mercury II,” was advised by Prof. Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79]. He then earned an MS from UC Berkeley in nuclear chemistry, studying with Nobel laureate Glenn Seaborg, and he earned a PhD in physical and inorganic chemistry from the University of Michigan. For more than three decades, he was a research associate at the Chevron Research Company, primarily investigating radiation; he retired in 1987. His love of music never waned. He founded the Jubilee Jazz Band in 1969 and also played in a 17-piece ’40s-style band. He did hiking, studied European history, traveled, and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. Lynn and Jacqueline Tucker were married in 1952. He is survived by their two sons and a daughter.

Marilyn Campbell Holsinger MAT ’65

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Marilyn Campbell Holsinger MAT ’65, March 10, 2015, in Portland. Miki earned a BA from the University of Oregon in drawing and painting in 1944, moving to San Francisco to work in advertising. She joined the art and advertising department of the San Francisco Examiner, and, with an interest in clothing, even modeled shoes for the newspaper’s store ads. In 1949, she married Frank W. Holsinger; they had one daughter, Joan. In 1960, Miki and Joan moved to Portland, where Miki worked on the staff of Studio 1030, a notable group of Portland designers and artists. She was drawn to Reed to study with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], she said, and earned a master’s degree in art. “Having Lloyd Reynolds as my teacher not only gave my artwork a new skill (calligraphy), but also gave me a fulfilling new philosophy of life.” Miki worked for the Oregon State University Press and for Western Oregon State. She taught calligraphy classes at the Bush Barn in Salem and at Linn-Benton Community College. In 1981–87, she taught art at the University of Missouri at Columbia. In retirement, she did graphic design for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, who honored her as volunteer of the year in 1994; she also volunteered with the First Unitarian Church, ran competitively, and skied. Survivors include her daughter and granddaughter.

William David Howell ’51

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William David Howell ’51, December 24, 2014, in Omaha, Nebraska. William earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing a thesis on pterin pigments of Lepidoptera with Prof. Ralph W. Macy [1942–55]. He went on to earn an MD from the University of Oregon and an MS in radiation biology from the University of Rochester. He was a career U.S. Air Force medical officer who was recognized as an expert in occupational medicine and medical epidemiology and in biological, chemical, and radiological defense. He was promoted to chief of preventive medicine in 1974, and his medical practice took him to numerous locations in the Pacific and Middle East. William and Carolyn R. Risk were married for 50 years and had two daughters and two sons. His wife and children survive him, as do five grandchildren.

Joe Alvin Hudson Jr. ’69

Joe Alvin Hudson Jr. ’69, April 14, 2015, in Dallas, Texas. Joe, also known as Skipper, grew up in Dallas and in south Los Angeles. He attended Reed across a span of several years and was a founding member of the Black Student Union (BSU). Among his Reed friends was Calvin Freeman ’69, first president of the BSU, with whom he hosted a local soul and jazz radio program. Joe went on to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and earned a degree in political science and history from Bishop College in Dallas. Joe and Elaine Robinson were married in 1974 and left Texas for Los Angeles, where Joe worked for the Los Angeles Community College District as a project assistant. He then worked in human resources in Texas before returning to Los Angeles, where he taught and coached basketball at Normandie Christian School and at California Christian School. He also taught adult education for the Los Angeles Unified School District and was an amnesty instructor for the Los Angeles Community College District. In 1993, the couple and their two children moved to Dallas, where Joe continued to teach school and where he took a leadership role at Valley Creek Church of Christ. A lifelong learner, Joe completed a master’s degree in education from American InterContinental University while undergoing dialysis. A kidney transplant in 2005 enabled him to continue to work, and he focused on writing and editing. “He was an encouragement to all those around him, ministering to them, and giving them the confidence to believe in themselves.” Survivors include his wife, his son and daughter, and his brother.

Gretchen Icenogle, Faculty

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Gretchen Icenogle in Lalibela, Ethiopia, and likely a St. George's lager, reports her husband Peter Stevens. “It is a truly magical and beautiful place that Gretchen and I fell in love with and we had so hoped to return.” Peter Stevens

Prof. Gretchen Icenogle [theatre 2008–09], April 11, 2015, in Portland, from cancer. Prof. Icenogle taught playwriting, directing, and theatre history and directed an energetic and memorable production of Marivaux’s The Double Inconstancy. After Reed, she continued her rich life as a writer, receiving an award from Literary Arts, and trained to work with animals, founding her own company, Bridgetown Dog Training. When diagnosed with cancer, she blogged about her experiences at Mouth of the Wolf. Her essay “Kansas in Technicolor” appeared in the Fix issue of Oregon Humanities magazine. A tribute to her life and work aired on Weekend Edition on OPB radio in April.

Paul E. Ingwalson AMP ’44

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Paul Ingwalson AMP ’44 on the Reed campus in 1943 Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

Paul E. Ingwalson AMP ’44, May 10, 2015, in Crosby, North Dakota. Paul attended the University of Minnesota for a year and a half before becoming a cadet in the premeteorology program during World War II. After a year at Reed, where he studied mathematics in great detail, he went to Harvard to study electronic engineering. Following his military service, he took up flying, logging 12,000 hours in his 55 years as a private pilot, and flying in (nearly) all of the air force first-line fighters. In 2011, he was invited to participate in the North Dakota Roughrider Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.—the last flight for North Dakota World War II veterans to visit the World War II memorial. With his father, he owned real estate in three states, and he was a Ford and Mercury dealer for 39 years. Survivors include his wife, Ardel Johnson Ingwalson; a stepson; and two stepdaughters.

Ulrich Berthold Jacobsohn ’50

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Ulrich Berthold Jacobsohn ’50, May 6, 2015, in Augusta, Maine.

Born in Berlin, Ulli escaped Germany in 1933 with his mother, brother Peter [’50], and sisters Irene and Lillian. They met their father in Switzerland, where he had fled one hour after learning he was to be picked up by the Gestapo. The family found safety in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, until war erupted and forced them to move again—this time to Bangkok. His father, an ophthalmologist, was able to practice medicine in Thailand and founded the country’s first school for the blind. Ulli and Peter were tutored by their mother before the brothers found their way to Reed.

Though formal education in the U.S. was a challenge, Prof. L.E. Griffin [biology 1920–45] kept him from floundering, Ulli said. “Reed took a chance on helping a war refugee without citizenship . . . my first year was almost a disaster, but Reed helped me step by step until graduation.” He majored in biology and wrote a thesis, “Tracer Studies of Serine and Glycine Metabolism in the Silkworm,” with Prof. Frank P. Hungate [biology 1946–52]. He went on to Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he earned an MD in psychiatry.


Kent Hugh Johnston ’60

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Kent Hugh Johnston ’60, March 26, 2015, in Portland. Kent enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1950 and served in communications in the Philippines. Following the Korean War, he enrolled at Reed, where he earned a BA in physics, writing his thesis ,“Negative Corona Configurations along a Fine Wire,” with Prof. Jean Delord [1950–88]. Kent pursued a career in materials science at Tektronix. Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; his son and daughter; and two sisters.

David Young U Kim ’74

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David Young U Kim ’74, October 29, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, from complications of cancer. David was born in Hawaii, and joined the family of Dr. Walter C. Griggs in New Hampshire in 1968. He graduated from Hanover High School, where he lettered in soccer and baseball. At Reed, he earned a BA in American studies, writing the thesis “Irish Families in Portland, Oregon, 1860–1880.” He received a JD from the University of Oregon, and served as president of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California and as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He published many papers, predominantly on immigration law. “Through his work he had considerable success in keeping immigrant family groups intact in the United States.” He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and coached youth basketball. “As a tribute to David, please value the immigrants with whom you come in contact in your family, at school, at work, and in your community.” Survivors include his wife, Jane, and their three sons.

Dudley Nelson Lapham ’43

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Dudley (Six) Lapham ’43 with Constance Sumner ’43 in 1943 on their wedding day in Portland.

Dudley Nelson Lapham ’43, December 13, 2014, from complications related to old age.

Dudley “Six” was born in Stockett, Montana, to Pearl Beatrice Mann and Ray L. Lapham ’19. Before his first birthday, the family moved to a tiny town called Crane, in the wilds of Eastern Oregon, where Ray ran a school district consisting mainly of the kids from distant sheep farms. One night, in the winter of 1925, Dudley remembers being hauled out of bed and deposited into the front seat of the family’s Model T, while his mother was helped into the back. His dad cajoled and scolded his four-year-old son to advance throttle and retard spark levers while he spun the crank on the outside. They bumped their way for 30 miles through a blustery January night on the high plateaus to the nearest doctor’s house in the town of Burns where Dudley’s little sister Rosemary (Lapham Berleman ’48) was born.

The next stop for the family was in Walla Walla, Washington, where Dudley’s dad taught English literature at Whitman College. The Great Depression meant that more often than not, there were promissory notes from Whitman rather than paychecks. But the two Lapham kids were resilient. Rosie remembers Dudley delivering telegrams to the penitentiary, picking huckleberries, mowing lawns, pulling weeds, and selling newspapers, with plenty of time to play baseball and goof around with her.


Douglas Leedy, Faculty

Douglas Leedy [music 1973–76], March 28, 2015, in Corvallis, Oregon. Also known as Bhishma Xenotechnites, Doug was a composer, scholar, and teacher. He studied at Pomona and UC Berkeley, completing an MA in composition, and performed on French horn with the Oakland Symphony and the San Francisco Opera and Ballet orchestras. He also sang and played harpsichord. His interests included early European, ancient Greek, and South Indian music. He created chamber and theatre work, and traveled in Poland. He taught at UCLA, where he established the electronic music studio and an early music performance group, and also taught at Centro Simón Bolivar in Caracas, Venezuela. Reed students admired and respected Doug for his erudition, his passion, and his insistence on excellence. He also served as musical director of the Portland Baroque Orchestra and directed the Portland Handel Festival in 1985.

Elizabeth Carpenter Lindsay MAT ’66

Elizabeth Carpenter Lindsay MAT ’66, February 8, 2015, in Portland. Betty earned a BA in English literature from Oberlin in 1943 and then moved to Brooklyn to work for Life magazine. She met Dennis Lindsay in New York and they married in 1944, moving to Portland four years later with their first child. Shortly after arriving, Betty volunteered with the relief efforts for the Vanport Flood. During the ’60s, she served on the Riverdale School Board and earned a master’s from Reed in English literature and social studies. “I will always be grateful for the MAT experience,” she remarked. “It was simply magnificent.” Betty taught English and humanities at Marshall High School for decades and retired in 1987. She was a volunteer with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Center Stage. She enjoyed travel, books, and art, as well as her association with the Unitarian Church. Survivors include three daughters and a son, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Robert L. Martin ’41, Faculty

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Robert L. Martin ’41, December 23, 2014, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Robert grew up in Oregon and Washington, graduated from Renton High School, and attended Reed on a scholarship. He earned a BA in physics, writing his thesis “Growth of Ionic Crystals” with Prof. A.A. Knowlton [physics 1915–48]. After graduation, he worked as a teaching fellow at the University of Washington and as a graduate assistant at Iowa State College. During World War II, he served as a conscientious objector, working on a land reclamation project near Trenton, North Dakota. Following this service, he resumed physics at the University of Michigan, where he earned an MA and a PhD. His thesis concerned theory and experiments about photographic latent image formation. Robert taught physics at Reed from 1956 until 1962, then taught at Lewis & Clark College until 1985. In retirement, he continued to work on properties of metal in a vacuum with Prof. Jean Delord [physics 1950–88] at Reed and at the Oregon Graduate Center. Robert and Roberta Pruitt met in Seattle in 1936, were married in 1946, and raised a family of four. The couple moved to Willamette View Manor in Milwaukie in 1981, and Roberta died in 2005. Robert was an accomplished musician, beginning his study of the B♭ clarinet and tenor saxophone early in life and later performing tenor vocals in local musicals, operas, and choral groups. Music was important to both Robert and Roberta and was central to their family. Survivors include three sons and a daughter and four grandchildren.

Judith Tyle Massee, Faculty

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Judy Massee: Remembered

by John Vergin ’78

At the beginning there was music.

Born into a household filled with it, Judy Massee, as a young girl, assumed that all fathers were professional jazz drummers, who with their colleagues rehearsed in the living room late into the night. And all mothers played the piano and sang the songs of their youth.

Interest in dance came early. When mother played Tiptoe Through The Tulips, Judy envisioned a suave soft-shoe; when the in-house band played Muskrat Ramble, out came a snazzy Charleston.


Richard Lewis Meigs ’50

Richard Lewis Meigs ’50, December 9, 2014, in Olympia, Washington, from pneumonia. Dick attended Reed for close to three years before serving in the U.S. Army and the OSS during World War II. He returned to Reed, but completed a bachelor’s degree at Lewis & Clark. He earned an MA from the University of Washington and taught in a number of Washington high schools. A love of the outdoors led to his hiking and camping on Mount Rainier and in the North Cascades. In the mid-’60s, Dick moved to California, where he taught school and went on to obtain a degree in law. Admitted to the bar in four states, Dick practiced law in San Francisco for a number of years, doing pro bono work for homeless veterans. He returned to Washington in the ’90s, where he lived on Offutt Lake. Dick and Janet Bright ’52 married in 1952. They had two children and later divorced. His son and daughter survive him, as do three grandchildren and his brother, Gilbert.

Bonnie Jean Mentzer ’53

Bonnie Jean Mentzer ’53, March 5, 2015, in Portland. Bonnie trained as a welder at the Kaiser Shipyard during World War II, then attended Reed for two years before transferring to Oregon State College. She earned a JD from Northwestern College of Law (Lewis & Clark) and served as assistant attorney general assigned to the welfare recovery division of the State Welfare Commission and Bureau of Labor. She also worked for Multnomah County legal aid service. Bonnie traveled by bus to the American South during the early years of the civil rights movement and Freedom Marches. In 1998, she won the E.B. MacNaughton Civil Liberties Award, presented by the Oregon ACLU for participating in the Mississippi Civil Rights Program of the ABA’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She lived in her house in Sullivan’s Gulch in Portland for more than 60 years and was actively involved in her community. She is remembered for her contributions to neighborhood planning and development efforts, her amazing tomato garden, and most of all, her kindness and generosity to those in need. Survivors include a niece and nephew.

Michael Mercy ’87

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Michael Mercy ’87 and trustee, May 13, 2015, in Boise, Idaho, from cancer.

Mike came to Reed from Boise, Idaho, and quickly made his mark on campus, where he learned to fence, whisked the Doyle Owl away from the Society for Creative Anachronism, and participated in a truly epic prank—the burial of an MG Midget under the Hauser Library. He also was a founding member of the African American Student Union.

He majored in chemistry and biology, writing his thesis with Prof. Ronda Bard [chemistry 1984–89] and Prof. Ann Frazier [biology 1986–89]. He went on to earn an MD from Johns Hopkins in 1992 and was honored to serve as chief resident in his final year at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He returned to Boise and specialized in emergency medicine. He was a doctor of emergency medicine for Emergency Medicine of Idaho and St. Luke’s Health System. He also served as chair and medical director of the emergency department at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and as a consultant for the American College of Surgeons, verifying trauma facilities throughout the nation. After earning an EMBA from Boise State University in 2012, he became the chief medical officer for Predixion Software.


David Sidney Mesirow ’61

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David Sidney Mesirow ’61, November 21, 2014, in Portland, Oregon, from an accident at home.

As a student at Van Nuys High School in California, David was recognized for his excellence in both academics and athletics—it was a balance he maintained throughout his life. At Reed, he earned a BA in history, writing the thesis “Thomas Jefferson and a Naval Armament” with adviser Prof. Dorothy Johansen ’33 [history 1934–84]. Classes with Johansen, Prof. Richard Jones [history 1941–86], Prof. John Pock [sociology 1955–98], and Prof. Owen Ulph [history 1944–79] helped prepare him for his future success, he said, as did his association with Mary McCabe [commons and dorms director 1955–78]. David and Margaret Strawn ’62 met at Reed and were married in 1962. That same year, he earned a master’s in teaching at Harvard, and the couple settled in Portland.

David began his career teaching social studies at Marshall High School, and moved to the newly opened Adams High School in 1969. He developed the school-within-a-school model at Adams, and also helped to develop TeacherWorks, a national exchange for teacher-designed curriculum materials. Of critical importance to him—and ultimately to high school students at risk—was the alternative educational program, Portland Night School, which David helped to create in that setting. From 1980 to 1998, he served as both the director of the school and one of its instructors. “The work is endlessly challenging,” he wrote. “Both my colleagues and the students keep the action creative and varied; ‘boring’ is the only forbidden word, usually because there is no need to use it.” 


Paul Markley Mockett ’59

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Paul Markley Mockett ’59, March 30, 2015, in Seattle, Washington.

Paul grew up on a Nebraska wheat farm that had been in his family for generations and learned how to run the operation with his brother and sister. His mother suggested he attend Reed, where he majored in physics and wrote a thesis on the theory of magnetoresistance with Prof. Jean Delord [1950–88]. Paul went on to earn a PhD from MIT and was a professor of physics at the University of Washington (1972–2005).

His experiments in particle physics took him to Brookhaven National Lab in New York, Fermilab in Illinois, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California, and the Superconducting Super Collider in Texas. His final project involved building muon detectors in the ATLAS project at the CERN proton collider near Geneva, Switzerland. His device measured controlled collisions to detect fundamental subatomic particles called muons, whose presence might indicate new particles or mini black holes, which slough off muons in their decay.


Alice Elaine Tiura Moss ’52

Alice Elaine Tiura Moss ’52, April 11, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Alice’s grandparents emigrated from Finland and homesteaded in Washington. She was born in their log home, and throughout her life took pride in her heritage, serving as a trustee of the Finnish American Literary Heritage Foundation. She attended Reed for four years, but did not graduate. In fall 1950, she married Michael Mahar ’53. They lived in a Reed house on Southeast Lambert Street, where Gary Snyder ’51 and Allen Ginsburg stayed during their travels in 1956. Alice completed a BA and an MSW from PSU in the early ’60s, then was a caseworker and a mental health specialist for the Clackamas County Mental Health Department. She retired in 1986. Alice enjoyed photography and travel, and visited at least 26 countries. She and Robert Allen ’51 were married and she also was married to S. Roy Moss and helped raise his five children. She enjoyed making short films during retirement, including the video Tibetan Pilgrimage: The Real Tibet.

Ruth Suzanne Blum Nace ’45

Ruth Suzanne Blum Nace ’45, September 7, 2013, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sue studied at Reed for two years, leaving to work in San Francisco as a store manager. A renewed friendship with Margaret Nace (Mitter) ’43 there led to her marriage to Margaret’s brother George W. Nace ’43 in 1946. The year before, Sue completed a BA in political science and journalism at the University of Oregon. George attended graduate school in biology in Los Angeles and San Francisco and did postdoctoral study in Brussels, Belgium, and Washington, D.C. He taught at Duke University and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1956. During these years, Sue raised their four children, volunteered for remedial reading programs in public school classrooms, and worked with the International Neighbors program. When her children were grown, Sue became a substitute teacher and a proofreader for the book manufacturer Braun & Brumfield. “As a lifeguard in her youth, she developed a lifelong avocation for physical exercise,” her family reported. “She was a stickler for the proper use of words and grammar, an advocate for gracious living and sharing of ideas across cultures, and, as she described herself to the end, ‘fat and sassy.’” Sue enjoyed baking and stocked the kitchen pantry with homemade bread, rolls, pastries, and pies, as well as homemade preserves, jams, and pickles. Sue once reported to Reed, “My life is full, and like many others, I deplore the paucity of hours in the day to fulfill all my goals, but I feel blessed that I have sufficient health and alertness to achieve most of them.” George died in 1987. Survivors include two daughters and two sons, and four grandchildren.

Derrol Elwood Pennington ’38

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Derrol Elwood Pennington ’38, January 8, 2015, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Born on a prune farm on Kiger Island in the Willamette River, Derrol and his family, including brother Lloyd [’39], later moved to Portland, where Derrol attended Reed as a day-dodger, commuting from the West Hills, along with Dorothy H. Taunton ’36. While at Reed, Derrol and Dorothy joined the Outing Club and the Mazamas. They camped, hiked, and climbed most of the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. Derrol worked in the chemistry lab for his tuition and wrote a thesis on the carbon-hydrogen ratio with Prof. Walter Carmody [1926–41]. Derrol and Dorothy married in 1938, and he went on to Oregon State College and to the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a PhD in biochemistry and microbiology. He began teaching at the University of Oregon, but in 1943 was requisitioned by the U.S. Navy for submarine service. Following the war, he taught at the University of Washington, worked for a chemical company, and then joined Tektronix, where he met his lifelong friend Howard Vollum ’36. Derrol was a member of the board of Tektronix, the Beaverton School Board, the Foreign Policy Association, Great Decisions, and the Cedar Mill Library Board. He and Dorothy enjoyed square dancing, bridge, and classical music. Their gift to Reed of an 18th-century cello continues to reside with the college’s music department. Survivors include Dorothy, three children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. A daughter predeceased him.

Annie Laurie Malarkey Rahr ’53

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Annie Laurie Malarkey Rahr ’53, December 8, 2014, Long Lake, Minnesota, following a brief illness. Laurie was the daughter of Susan Tucker Malarkey ’25 and Thomas B. Malarkey ’23. Her brother John T. Malarkey ’52 also attended Reed. Laurie earned a BA from Reed in general literature. Her thesis, “Lawrence’s Theory of the Novel: An Examination of Women in Love,” was completed with Prof. Robert Hivnor [English 1952–53]. She went on to earn an MA in comparative literature at the University of Washington. At the university she met Guido R. Rahr Jr. They married and lived in Portland; Guido served on Reed’s board of trustees in 1959–65. In 1971, they moved to Minnesota with their family of five children. Laurie had a vast knowledge of literature, music, theatre, and art. She also painted throughout her life. She was passionate about the environment and supported and served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Children’s Theatre Company and the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library. Other family members with a Reed connection included her cousin Stoddard Malarkey ’55, his wife, Deirdre Malarkey ’57, and their two sons, Gordon Malarkey ’84 and Peter Malarkey ’86. Laurie’s uncle Henry Cabell also served on Reed’s board of trustees and Laurie was married briefly to Prof. Stanley W. Moore [philosophy 1948–54]. “Of all the schools our large family has attended, Reed’s performance is the best,” Laurie stated. “This kind of education made me a lifetime student.” Survivors include three daughters and two sons and 11 grandchildren. Guido died in 2005.

Dario Michael Raschio MA ’49

Dario Michael Raschio MA ’49, April 5, 2015, in Portland. The son of Italian immigrants, Dario graduated from Oregon State College in 1938 and taught high school science until enlisting in the navy and serving as a pilot in the Pacific. In 1944, he was shot down while operating a floatplane and was rescued by a U.S. Navy destroyer, whose crew spotted a shark circling below the wreckage on which Dario and his crewmate floated. After the war, Dario married Maria Dardano and built a home in Eastmoreland, where they raised their three children. After earning an MA from Reed, Dario taught at Franklin High School, covering the subjects biology, chemistry, physics, aeronautics, and driver’s ed. A “dapper dresser,” he augmented his teacher’s salary by selling men’s suits at Meier & Frank. He grew tomatoes; was a runner; played tennis, racquetball, and handball; and he loved to dance. He was active in the parish of St. Michael the Archangel Church, having been baptized, confirmed, and married there. At the age of 100, he was honored for his heroic war service by Oregon senator Ron Wyden. Dario is survived by a son and two daughters, including Pamela Brown MAT ’69; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and his dance partner and companion, Karyn Conlon.

Alfred Cecil Hughes Rhodes ’51

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Alfred Cecil Rhodes Hughes ’51, May 1, 2014, in Los Altos, California, following a long illness. Hailing from New York, Fred served in the army before coming to Reed. He majored in psychology and wrote a thesis on the Bellevue scale with Prof. Frederick A. Courts [psychology 1945–69]. Fred earned an MD from Washington University in St. Louis and did an internship and residency in pathology at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Los Angeles and at Highland View Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1964, he and his wife, Danish nurse Else Bertelsen, and their two children moved to California, where Fred directed physical medicine at El Camino Hospital. He later opened a private practice in electromyography diagnostics. Fred and Else were married for 56 years and enjoyed performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Survivors include his wife, son, and daughter.

David A. Ross ’53

David A. Ross ’53, November 22, 2014, in Astoria, Oregon. David came to Reed in 1949—his studies interrupted by service in the Oregon National Guard during the Korean War. Following the war, he returned to the college and then went on to earn a degree in civil and structural engineering at Purdue University. He also completed a master’s degree at the University of Washington. We read that David enjoyed a varied and interesting career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working on many large projects including the Lost Creek Dam and Fish Hatchery in Southern Oregon. He and Dorinne Rupprecht were married in 1955; they had four children, and later divorced. David volunteered as a leader for his sons’ Boy Scout troops and he taught his children a full range of home-remodeling skills. He also was a master gardener. David and Sharron Emery married in 1979 and lived in Forest Grove, Oregon, for more than 35 years, moving to Astoria in 2012. Survivors include Sharron, a daughter and three sons, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Nathalie Elizabeth Georgia Sato ’45

Nathalie Elizabeth Georgia Sato ’45, September 2, 2014, in the Highlands, North Carolina. Nathalie was born in Ithaca, New York, where her parents, Frederick R. Georgia and Lolita Healey Georgia, lived while teaching at Cornell University. Her father was one of the founders of Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1933, and Nathalie resided in the Highlands in 1931–32 when her father bought the Flat Mountain one-room schoolhouse and converted it into the family’s summer home. She earned a BA in political science from Reed, writing the thesis “The Political Activities of Wendell Willkie” with Prof. Charles McKinley [political science 1918–60]. “The intellectual environment of Reed may have been overpowering,” she wrote later, “but my social and political beliefs had their beginnings at Reed.” Nathalie went on to study political science and city planning, and received an MA from Cornell and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a planner in state and local government, beginning her career as the chief urban planner for Chicago area transportation studies, and, at the time of her retirement in 1983, she was a planning analyst for the Pennsylvania state planning and development office in Harrisburg. In retirement, she returned to the family’s summer home in the Highlands. “When not walking the dogs in the woods, I do get out for new and old hobbies, and for volunteer work.” Nathalie hiked, gardened, and also did weaving on the loom that her father had built at Black Mountain. She served as docent at the Highlands Historical Museum and helped catalog the archives of the Highlands Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her son, who died in an accident in 2006, and her brother.

Frederick David Schatz ’50

Frederick David Schatz ’50, March 7, 2015, in Jacksonville, Oregon. Fred graduated from high school in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and served two years with the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II. He spent two years at Reed and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. In 1955, he completed a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Oregon and became a certified public accountant. Fred and Donna L. Anderson married in 1957 and lived in the Willamette Valley and Rogue Valley. In 1967, they built a home in Jacksonville, where they raised their two children. The family enjoyed visits to the cabin Fred built on Crescent Lake in Oregon—they sailed, canoed, skied, and hiked. Fred volunteered on the Jacksonville planning commission and with the Boy Scouts. As a member of the Jacksonville Kiwanis, he helped design and build more than 100 wheelchair ramps throughout the Rogue Valley. He also built beautiful furniture. Survivors include his wife, son, daughter, granddaughter, brother, sister, and nephew.

Ernest Martin Scheuer ’51

"The report of my death was an exaggeration," Mark Twain declared in 1897, responding to some mangled newspaper accounts of his fate. In the June issue of Reed, we mistakenly reported the demise of Ernest Scheuer ’51. In fact, he's alive and well and living in southern California. Somehow his name crept into a database we rely upon for this sort of news. We offer our sincere apologies to Ernie and to all our readers for our erroneous report.

Michael Allen Schoenbeck ’92

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Michael Allen Schoenbeck ’92, November 2, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia. Mike (“Doc”) earned a BA in mathematics-economics, and wrote “An analysis on the Credit Card Market: The Implications of Interest-Rate Rigidity,” with Prof. Jeffrey Parker [economics 1988–]. After graduation, Mike worked as a research assistant with the Federal Reserve Board and spent the next 19 years at Freddie Mac, in the Office of the Chief Economist.

Paul Elliott Sikora ’70

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Paul Elliott Sikora ’70, January 17, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Paul came to Reed from California and earned a BA in art, working primarily in sculpture and painting. His thesis, “The Reed Campus: Conglomeration, Continuity and Harmony,” was written with adviser Prof. William Lipke [art history 1969–70]. His four years at the college were “very difficult but wonderfully rich,” he wrote later. Paul defined his early career as an aspirant writer and he enjoyed travel. “I would program computers for awhile, then use the savings to travel or to hole up in a cheap place in Seattle writing fiction. I traveled mainly by thumb. One of my journeys led to digging wells in Upper Volta. I published none of the fiction.”

In the late ’70s, Paul entered law school at Lewis & Clark. During this time, he served as associate editor of Environmental Law; he also sailed, wrote fiction, and learned to make mobiles. His introduction to mobiles came in 1966 in New York City, when he was en route to Europe following high school graduation. “The Guggenheim Museum had an eight-meter-tall mobile of white circles by Alexander Calder, who invented the art form in the ’30s,” Paul later wrote, referring to himself in the third-person. “As I climbed the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright spiral, I spent as much time looking in wonder on the changing perspectives of Calder’s mobile as I did at the rest of the museum’s art.”


Allan Silverthorne ’56

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Allan Silverthorne ’56 on the Reed campus Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College

Allan Silverthorne ’56, January 25, 2015, in Washington. Allan earned his BA from Reed in philosophy and political science, writing his thesis, “A Definition of Freedom,” with Prof. Edwin Garlan [philosophy 1946–73]. Allan went on to earn an MA from UC Berkeley in political science, to teach at Chabot College, and to earn a PhD from UCLA in political science. Allan’s concern for issues of justice and equality were central to his professional and personal life. He worked for the federal government as an organization development specialist, assisting in changes to major private and public institutions such as Blue Cross, Pacific Bell, and the FAA. He also supported the work of many diverse nonprofit organizations. He enjoyed spending time in California’s mountains, deserts, and coastline, and took pleasure in hiking, body surfing, skiing, and basketball. He also enjoyed music and a good pun. He was passionate about ideas, and studied and read extensively throughout his life, including study in spirituality through the Diamond Approach. In the ’90s, Allan moved from California to Seattle and there met Ann Tamminen, whom he married. They lived in Normandy Park. Allan was very close to his daughters from his first two marriages, Barbara and Katherine, and their families, who survive him, as do Ann, her children, and his brother, Wesley Silverthorne ’62.

David B. Smithhisler ’57

David B. Smithhisler ’57, October 13, 2014, in Portland. David was a U.S. Army veteran who attended Reed for one year with a focus on physics. He later worked for Tektronix. He loved the outdoors, art, music, culture, and travel. Survivors include a sister and two brothers. His wife, Clara Brainerd Smithhisler, predeceased him.

Arthur David Soderberg AMP ’44

Arthur David Soderberg AMP ’44, April 21, 2015, in Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio. A Seattle native, Art earned a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Washington and attended Yale. During World War II, he studied at Reed in the premeteorology program and served as a navigator and in search and rescue operations with the U.S. Army Air Corps. After the war, Art pursued a career with U.S. Gypsum, and he worked in numerous plants throughout the Midwest over a span of 40 years. He played semi-pro baseball and enjoyed boating, golf, swimming, and gardening. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, the American Legion, the Elks, and Kiwanis. His family notes that he was a role model of patience, perseverance, and optimism. Art and Dorothy J. Sandberg were married for nearly 50 years. Survivors include their daughter, three sons, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Richard Carl Spangler MAT ’65

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Richard Carl Spangler MAT ’65, May 2, 2015, in Tacoma, Washington, from ALS. Dick grew up in West Seattle and served in the navy during the Korean War. Following the war, he enrolled at Seattle Pacific College, where he met Margaret Wubbena in a math class; they married and raised three children. Dick earned a master’s degree in education from Seattle Pacific and an MAT with a focus on teaching math from Reed. He taught math in elementary and junior high schools and community colleges in Washington, where he initiated the first community college math learning center in the state. He also created a mathematics-learning lab (now MARC) at Tacoma Community College, where he served as head of developmental education and also was active in literacy associations. Dick worked as a consultant and reviewer for major publishing houses and wrote 22 books on mathematics, which have been used in classrooms across the United States. He retired in 1993 and enjoyed travels with Margaret to many destinations abroad. In reporting his death to the college, Margaret wrote that Dick felt that Reed had opened the door for furthering his love of individualized instruction for students of mathematics. Dick’s love of mathematics was also shared by his daughter and two sons, who survive him, as do his four grandchildren.

Dean St. Dennis ’53

Dean St. Dennis ’53, January 11, 2015, in Port Haywood, Virginia, from congestive heart failure. Dean attended Reed for three and half years. He became a journalist, working on several newspapers before reporting for the Associated Press and later the San Francisco Chronicle. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he was appointed assistant director of public affairs under Attorney General Ramsey Clark at the U.S. Department of Justice. He worked for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration and set up the press office for Archibald Cox during the Watergate investigation. He also worked for the FBI and was assistant director of public affairs under Director Louis Freeh. Survivors include his wife, Helena Uunila St. Dennis, to whom he was married for 54 years, and his daughter and brother. A son predeceased him.

Carole Anne Smith Taylor ’65, MAT ’67

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Carole Anne Smith Taylor ’65, MAT ’67, March 11, 2015, in Scarborough, Maine.

Carole earned a BA from Reed in general literature and a master’s degree in teaching. Her adviser, Prof. George Roush [English 1964–70], assisted with her thesis “Piers the Plowman: Toward a Re-Evaluation of the Allegorical Method.”

 “Carole and I were freshmen roommates and then good friends again for the last 20-plus years,” writes Cynthia Brodine Snow ’65. “I have never known a more thoughtful and imaginative person or anyone as committed to social justice. That first year at Reed, Carole threw herself into an acting class (a monkey, in our Abington room) and created interesting dialogues with the rudiments of first-year German. She erupted from the bathtub one evening and rushed off to the music building, having been struck by inspiration for the incidental music she was writing for a production of The Tempest. We shared a love of folk dancing throughout our years at Reed, and she was still dancing along with Serbian folk dance videos the last time I saw her.”


Mary Lou Williams Thomas ’47

Mary Lou Williams Thomas ’47, May 28, 2015, in Portland. A native of Portland, Mary Lou came to Reed from Grant High School and earned a BA in general literature. She and Lloyd T. Thomas ’47 had three children and lived in Salem for many years, where Mary Lou taught in the Talented and Gifted Program in the Salem Public Schools. Mary Lou’s lifelong passion, reports her family, was for the pursuit of knowledge—nature, science, art, oceans, and sea life—and she “graciously shared her joy in these subjects.” A gifted artist and skilled in calligraphy and in working with gold leaf, Mary Lou was a member of the Portland Society for Calligraphy and the Gold Bugs. She also was a member of the Mazamas and summited every peak in the Cascade Range. Lloyd and their daughter Margaret Ann (Megan) preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Clyde Wilbur Van Cleve ’55

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Clyde Wilbur Van Cleve ’55, March 6, 2015, on Vashon Island, Washington.

Born in Missouri, Clyde came to Reed to learn from Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69]. “The workshop [established by Lloyd] was kind of a haven, or a hideout place to escape the toughness of the academic world. It was not that I didn’t care for the academic work, but if you have a tendency or a desire to make an object, rather than manipulate an idea, there’s no real substitute for that. It was really the making of objects—whether they are letter forms or lines of type or broadsides or printed books—that had great appeal.”

Clyde earned a BA from Reed and a BFA from the Museum Art School (PNCA) in art, writing his thesis, “Colored Wood-Engraving as a Medium for Book Illustration,” with Prof. Reynolds. On the testimonial he created for the Heritage of Calligraphy exhibition at Reunions 2003, Clyde wrote that Ray DaBoll’s 1948 broadside, which asserts, “Disciplined freedom is the essence of it,” remained the brightest principle of the enlightenments that Reed and Reynolds provided him.


Henry William Von Holt Jr. ’49

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Henry William Von Holt Jr. ’49, October 13, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. Henry grew up in Portland and enlisted in the army air corps and trained as a pilot during World War II. He came to Reed on the G.I. Bill and received a BA in psychology, working with Prof. Frederick Courts [psychology 1945–69] to complete the thesis “A Study of the Concept of Direction in Lewin’s Vector Psychology.” Henry went on to earn an MA at the University of Oregon and a PhD from Clark University in psychology. He taught at the University of Oregon and at Western Michigan University before joining the faculty in psychology at Stephens College in Columbia. Henry and Lael H. Powers married in 1954 and raised three sons. His family remembers his kindness, compassion, and wit; his enthusiasm as a fan of the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals; and the remarkable friendship he had with many dogs throughout his lifetime. Survivors include his wife, sons, and three granddaughters.

Ruth Susan Hahnel Watson ’43

Ruth Susan Hahnel Watson ’43, February 19, 2015, in Vancouver, Washington. Ruth grew up in Portland, where her father worked for the Oregon Journal. She earned a BA from Reed in general literature, writing her thesis, “The Propaganda Value of War Fiction,” with Prof. Victor L.O. Chittick [English 1921–48]. A year before graduating, she married Edward G. Watson ’43. Ruth went on to study education at Hastings College in Nebraska, taught high school in Portland, and worked in the library at Whitman College. After earning an MLS from the University of Washington, she became the director of the Coos Bay Public Library and the director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library, where she oversaw major growth and expansion of the library system over two decades. She was a member of numerous professional, community, and service organizations, including the American Library Association, the Pacific Northwest Library Association, the AAUW, and the YWCA. Ruth and Ed parted ways in 1966, but remained lifelong friends in the care of their daughter and son. Ruth’s partner, Luci Graffunder, preceded her in death. Ruth is remembered as forthright, honest, fair, accomplished, and compassionate. Her life lesson was “to rise above most conflicts, never sink to low or unethical levels, be honest, be direct and you will succeed, and, in doing so, you will help others do the same.” Survivors include her children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Estelle Frances Asher Wertheimer ’46

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Estelle Frances Asher Wertheimer ’46, November 8, 2013, in Seattle, following a brief illness. Known as Stuff to her dear friends, Estelle earned a BA from Reed in psychology. Her uncle, Arthur M. Hoffman ’18, was also a Reed grad. In 1946, Estelle and Stephen Wertheimer ’48 were married; they had four children and later divorced. “Our mother wore many hats throughout her life,” Brian, Linda, Sheri, and Emily wrote. “During her college summers, she worked in a candy factory and drove a forklift truck at a naval shipyard. She always laughed when recalling those early jobs. She was assuredly a lifelong learner, an adventurous world traveler, a politically active and articulate voter, and a volunteer with the League of Women Voters for decades.” Estelle also volunteered at the Youth Service Center in the ’60s and for many years at the Seattle Art Museum Rental Loft; she was a member of the Women’s University Club. In addition, she was a gourmet cook, a green-thumbed gardener, a passionate lover of the arts and of poetry, and a dear friend to a great many people. “Of all these things, closest to our hearts is, of course, being our wonderful Mom and Gramma to Emily, her sole grandchild. She raised us solo—back when that was unusual—with love, humor, grace, and wisdom.”

Dorothy Blosser Whitehead, Honorary Alumna

Dorothy Blosser Whitehead, January 16, 2015, in Milwaukie, Oregon.

Honorary Reed alumna Dorothy Whitehead had a distinguished career as a teacher and trainer in the field of learning disability.

She was raised in Berkeley, California, where her father worked for Standard Oil and her mother taught mathematics and language. The family was a musical one and Dorothy loved singing and had the gift of perfect pitch.


Gregg Donald Wood ’39

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Gregg Donald Wood ’39, January 8, 2015, in West Linn, Oregon, following a bout with pneumonia.

Gregg grew up in Portand and went to  Washington High School before coming to Reed, where he distinguished himself as both a scholar and a sportsman, playing badminton, Ping Pong, and first baseman for the Reed baseball team. He made friends with Howard Vollum ’36, who used to throw pebbles at Gregg’s window in Winch when he wanted to meet up. In the winter of his freshman year, Gregg and some buddies attempted to distract news crews who had come to campus to film Emilio Pucci ’37 and his ski uniforms by jumping naked into the canyon swimming pool. (Unfortunately, the ruse failed.)

Gregg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed with a BA in biology, writing his thesis with Prof. L.E. Griffin [biology 1920–45] on the embryonic development of dogfish. He earned an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1943 and did an internship at Ancker Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. During World War II, he served as captain of the Army Medical Corps. After the war, he completed a general surgery residency at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in Portland. Gregg practiced general medicine and surgery for more than 50 years at the Lovejoy Medical Clinic in Portland. He also worked in private practice in Lake Oswego, during which time he was quoted in news stories regarding concerns about the future of family doctors in the U.S. medical system being increasingly centrally controlled. He also served as staff physician at Reed in 1955–65, and at Lewis & Clark and Marylhurst colleges. 


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