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Ellen Elizabeth Browning ’92

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Ellen Elizabeth Browning ’92, October 7, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York. Ellen was the first child of Kent and Kathy Browning, who were young and involved in school and work at the time of her birth, so that her grandparents and other family members played an important role in her early childhood. Ellen’s first 15 years were spent in Long Beach, California, where she was a gifted student, an energetic athlete, a wonderful friend to many, and a kind and caring daughter. To address serious health concerns that arose when she was 15, Ellen went to live in Maryland and eventually graduated from Sandy Springs Friends School. At Reed, she majored in history, writing a thesis, “The Appearance and Disappearance of Eastern European Jewish Immigrant Women and Their Daughters in the Labor Movement in New York, 1881–1924.” Her college years were spent in the manner of many students, says her family. She was adept at studying, working, partying, and trying to find out about life itself. Following graduation, Ellen moved to New York City, where many of her closest friends had grown up. She had a variety of interesting jobs, including that of a personal assistant to a renowned musician; a publicist for Farrar, Straus and Giroux; and head baker for the reputable Magnolia Bakery. Throughout her high school years in Maryland, her college years in Portland, and her many years in New York, Ellen made great efforts to remain connected to her family in California. She was a wonderful older sister to her brothers and sister. She also remained close with many of her Reed and Portland friends after college. Ellen met the love of her life, Edward Price, in New York. They married in April 2003 and had two children, Zachary and Louisa, to whom Ellen was devoted, caring for them full time until she became seriously ill and eventually passed away. “I lived with Ellen in Brooklyn for almost seven years before she married, and miss her very much,” writes Jessica Dunlap ’97, who worked with Ellen’s sister Laura Browning O’Boyle on the details for this memorial.

Wayne Holmes Caplinger II ’78

Wayne Holmes Caplinger II ’78, August 7, 2013, in California. Wayne came to Reed from Richland, Washington, where he was salutatorian of his class and a National Merit Scholar. He earned the rank of eagle in the Boy Scouts and went with his father, a scout leader, to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 1971. There, Wayne was selected to climb Mount Fuji. Randy Hardee ’80, who recently informed the college of Wayne’s death, met Wayne during freshman year at Reed in Math 200 and Physics 130 classes. Wayne earned a BA from Reed in mathematics and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in artificial intelligence. He went to work for Teknowledge in Palo Alto, California, where he helped develop the first “look ahead” data technology. His career took him to 15 countries, including Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, and South Africa. An accomplished athlete in his youth, Wayne explored judo, cross-country skiing, orienteering, scuba and cave diving, and sailing. He was a ski and sailing instructor, worked with ski rescue, and was a member of the Bay Area Orienteering Club. He was passionate about dancing and enjoyed English country and contra dancing with his wife, Robin Prothro, whom he married in 1992. He also enjoyed theatre and music, including opera, and taught himself to play a range of instruments. Later, as a guild member along with his partner Angela, he participated in the Renaissance Faire, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, and in dance troupes such as the Merry Pryanksters and the New Queen’s Ha’Penny Consort. Wayne’s pleasure in performance was apparent to Randy in the late ’70s, on Randy’s first trip to the Clinton Street Theater showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. “Wayne led the Reed contingent into the theatre, wearing a cat suit that he’d made for the occasion, and clicking a pair of finger cymbals.” Wayne and Robin had a son, Andrew (Jamie), and a daughter, Bronwyn. While his children were at the East Bay Waldorf School, Wayne served as a volunteer to teach students to juggle and to ride a unicycle. He founded the Berkeley High School Orienteering Club and supported student endeavors leading to successful outcomes in state, regional, and national interscholastic competitions.

John Terry Chase ’59

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Terry Chase ’59 with his wife, Sara Hunnun Chase, and their son Robert in 1978.

John Terry Chase ’59, June 1, 2014, in Mitchellville, Maryland, following a stroke. Terry received a BA from Reed in history and went on to study at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on a fellowship. He demonstrated a lifelong commitment to teaching, whether in the classroom or as a volunteer, and served as an editor and publisher for numerous companies, including the Congressional Research Service and the American Historical Association. During the Carter administration, he was a speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency. He wrote essays and history books, including The Study of American History, Gum Springs: Triumph of a Black Community, and he coedited two poetry anthologies with his wife, Sara Hannum Chase. In 1987, Terry earned an MA in history from George Mason University. (He returned to George Mason in a doctor of arts in education program in the early ’90s.) For many years, he taught at the French International School in Bethesda, Maryland. Sara died in 1997 and Terry married again in 2000, losing his second wife to cancer in 2002. In his later years, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Terry worked to complete an autobiography, The Seasons of My Life: The Reflections of a Septuagenarian on His Life and Times. He read a great deal and enjoyed listening to classical music. He also traveled the Aegean Sea, where he fell in love with the Greeks and the eastern Mediterranean. Survivors include his son, Robert.

Ross Harding Coppock Jr. ’42

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Ross Harding Coppock Jr. ’42, June 10, 2014, in Vancouver, Washington. Born in Baker, Oregon, Ross grew up in small towns across the state and graduated from Hood River High School. He earned a BA from Reed in economics, working summers in lookout stations for the U.S. Forest Service, and hiking and mountain climbing. He was a junior economist and statistician at Bonneville Power following graduation. Just prior to beginning service in World War II, with the 10th Mountain Division ski troops in the United States and Italy, he married Dorothy G. Cottrell ’43. Ross wrote that he “dragged” Dorothy from camp to camp and that she earned all of his medals. Back in Oregon with daughter Jean, a toddler, and daughter Ann on the way, the family barely survived the Vanport Flood disaster of 1948. They raised Jean, Ann, and son Gordon in Portland and Beaverton. Ross and Dorothy enjoyed playing bridge, sailing, camping, and exploring recreational and out-of-the-way spaces along the Deschutes River and in central and eastern Oregon. Ross also operated a ham radio. For 23 years, he worked for Stanley Drug Products and was then in real estate until retirement in 1986. He was named Washington County realtor of the year in 1983. Ross was a board member for Washington County, a volunteer for the Reed alumni association, and a member of City Club. In retirement, he responded to the luxury of time by pursuing his love of words. He joined the Willamette Writers, wrote poetry, short fiction, and essays, and tried to avoid publication, he said. In his public obituary, we read, “He was a passionate champion of the underdog and compassionate fellow traveler for those who were less fortunate.” Colleagues admired his “simple, pipe-smoking, and laid-back manner and poker-face humor,” and valued his leadership, compassion, and critical judgment. “Little of this entailed Reed directly,” Ross wrote, “yet without Reed, the prospect of a full life and a happy one would have been quite difficult to come by.” Dorothy died in 2013. Their children and five grandchildren survive him.

Lynnette Allen Crane MALS ’86

Lynnette (Allen) Crane MALS ’86, October 2, 2014, at home in Portland, from ovarian cancer. Lynnette received a BA from Evergreen State College and earned a master’s degree from Reed in English. She wrote a creative degree paper, “The Prism,” with Prof. Gary Gildner [creative writing 1983–84]. Lynnette taught English at Olympic College and Clark College in Washington and at Columbia Gorge Community College in Oregon until 1994, when she traveled abroad to teach. She was an instructor at Exeter College in England, Işık University in Turkey, the American University and Zayed University in Dubai, and Kuwait University, and had recently retired from teaching English as a foreign language. Survivors include her daughter and son, four grandchildren, and a sister and brother.

Charles Kenneth Deeks ’43

Charles Kenneth Deeks ’43, June 21, 2014, in Eugene, Oregon. A Portland native, and graduate of Grant High School, Charlie lived near Marshall Cronyn ’40 [chemistry 1952–89] and followed him to Reed in 1939. He studied at the college for three years, completing a BA in biology. In 1942, he enlisted in the naval hospital corps and served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He returned to the United States in 1946 and that same year enrolled in medical school at UC Berkeley. He graduated in 1949 and did a medical internship at Los Angeles County Hospital and residency in urology at Multnomah County Hospital, where he met nurse Mary Jane Boozier; they married in 1952. Charlie returned to Reed in 1952–53 to study atomic energy with Prof. Arthur Scott [chemistry 1923–79]. He also did further studies in biological and chemical defense and set up a urology department aboard the hospital ship U.S.S. Haven. In 1958 he resigned from the navy and opened a urological medical practice in Fullerton, California. In 1979 Charlie and Mary Jane moved to Bend, where he opened a urological medical practice from which he retired in 1995. He enjoyed fishing, crossword puzzles, and family vacations. “With his keen memory, he became the family historian and keeper and teller of family stories.” Survivors include sons Rick, Don, Bruce, and Darryl; daughter Cherie; and four grandchildren. Mary died two days before Charlie did.

Georgia Lodema Shumway Edmonds-Hassett ’33

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Georgia Lodema Shumway Edmonds-Hassett ’33, November 30, 2014, in Redmond, Oregon, at the age of 102 years. Georgia graduated from Mount Baker High School as a salutatorian and came to Reed, where she earned a BA in general literature. Her sister Lucille Shumway-Schwichtenberg ’27 also graduated from Reed. “Like many of us, I couldn’t get a job until I was employed by the Portland Library Association in April of 1934,” Georgia wrote at the time of her 50th class reunion. “Teaching positions were at a premium and I was glad to be an assistant librarian at Jefferson High School until I got my first teaching job in 1936 in Sisters, Oregon. I taught everything the principal did not teach. From there I went to a three-teacher high school at Rickreall, Oregon.” In 1940, she received an appointment to a clerical job at the VA Hospital in Roseburg, Oregon. She met Walter I. Edmonds in Roseburg; they married and had one son. Georgia helped with the family ranch in the Lookingglass area and with an automobile repair business they operated in Roseburg. When they retired in 1968, the couple moved to Redmond. Georgia was active in the Presbyterian church and in book clubs. She enjoyed golf and bridge. Walter died in 1976, and Georgia later married John Hassett, who predeceased her. Survivors include her son, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Georgia’s niece Joann Schwichtenberg Freimund ’58 also attended Reed. “As I look back at my education at Reed,” Georgia wrote, “I am appreciative of the thirst for knowledge those years gave me. It was a good education and certainly broadened my life.”

David Heath French ’39

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Kay French, Jane Shell Raymond ’59, and David French ’39 in 1964

David Heath French ’39, emeritus professor of anthropology, February 12, 1994, in Portland, from a heart attack. In close conjunction with his wife, Kathrine Story French, David had long been noted for his work with the Indians living on the Warm Springs Reservation, studying all aspects of their culture, especially the languages and traditional uses of plants.

David’s father, Delbert R. French ’15, and mother, Evelyn Fatland French ’15, met at Reed. Delbert contemplated a career in anthropology but decided to pursue a career in economics. Academic and other forms of employment drew the family, including David’s brother, Robert S. French ’46, from Eastern Oregon to Fresno, to Palo Alto, finally, through David's high school years, to Eugene, Oregon. As a Reed undergraduate, David’s intellectual curiosity took him in several different directions: biology, psychology, and history. One early influence was his coursework with Prof. Alexander Goldenweiser [sociology 1933–39] and Prof. Morris E. Opler [anthropology & sociology 1938–39]. At the end of David's junior year, Prof. Opler left to take a position at Claremont Graduate School, and David followed him to California, working with him to complete a BA in anthropology at Pomona with honors and an MA at Claremont Graduate School. Among his circle of acquaintances at Pomona was Kathrine (Kay) McCulloch Story, the only daughter of Russell Story, then the president of Claremont Graduate School; she graduated from Pomona in 1942 with an interdisciplinary honor's thesis in anthropology and philosophy. The two met again as graduate students in Columbia's anthropology department and married in 1943. They were colleagues, partners, and friends for life.

At Columbia, David took courses with Ralph Linton and Ruth Benedict, with William Duncan Strong (archaeology), George Herzog (linguistics), and others; Ruth Bunzel, Marian W. Smith, Gene Weltfish, and others were friends as well as teachers. He never lost his love of New York: in his graduate school period, taking the subway to Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, and Brooklyn Heights, meeting and getting to know an assortment of people—some of them “bohemians” since the ’10s—anarchists, artists, writers (including the novelist Richard Wright); there was a constant sense of being immersed in the rich variety of ethnicities, languages, dialects, lifestyles.

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Mary Jo Summers Gettmann ’66

Mary Jo Summers Gettmann ’66, September 14, 2014, in Portland, from cancer. Born and raised in Bend, Mary Jo loved the Cascade Lakes, skiing at Mount Bachelor, and being in 4-H in Bend. After high school, she spent a year traveling across Europe earning money as a translator. She attended Reed for two years and went on to earn a BS in mathematics from Oregon State University. In 1966, she married her next-door neighbor from childhood, Gary Gettmann. She dedicated her life to raising their family. She also served as a volunteer in teaching children how to program computers and worked with children in track, JROTC, band, and 4-H. Mary Jo was a master gardener and was active in maintaining and preserving urban greenery. She loved to cook, fish, travel, and spend time with her family. Survivors include her husband, daughter Melissa and son Brian, and four siblings. She was predeceased by her daughter Laura.

Robert Gordon Gillespie ’55

Robert Gordon Gillespie ’55, October 11, 2014, in Portland, after a struggle with Lewy body disease. A pioneer in the field of IT in higher education, and one of the first people to be considered a chief information officer in a university setting, Bob graduated from Grant High School in Portland and earned a BA from Reed in mathematics. “The process, the challenge, the demands prepared me to be creative, confident, and a risk taker.” He maintained a lifelong connection to the college and served as an alumni trustee in 1996–2000. After Reed, Bob entered the new field of digital computing. He first worked at Convair Astronautics, where he developed simulations for rocket guidance. Next, he was responsible for software research and architecture at Boeing, and then worked at Control Data doing software development. But it was at the University of Washington, where he served as director of the computer center and vice provost for computing, that he found his true calling.

Bob was a visionary, long anticipating the growth of technology and the internet; because of his early advocacy, he had a profound influence on federal policies that shaped technology in higher education. He assisted in the founding of computing organizations such as the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, EDUCOM (now EDUCAUSE), and the Seminars on Academic Computing, and was a model for subsequent generations of higher education IT leaders. His work was recognized with the Kaul Foundation Award of Excellence for achievements as an educator, author, and expert in the field of computing in 1996; the 2009 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in recognition of contributions to the computing profession; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NWACC in 2011 for his role in creating that organization.

In 1984, he cofounded the consulting firm of Gillespie, Folkner and Associates, which assisted in information technology planning for institutions of higher education, federal and state agencies, and the computing industry. In 1992, he founded Robert Gillespie Associates, which provided counsel on national issues of networks for universities and other partners. He was also an adviser on national computing and network policy issues for the Higher Education and Library Coalition on Information Policy, a coalition of national higher education and library associations.

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David Byron Baldwin James ’59 [’68]

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David Byron Baldwin James ’59 [’68], November 4, 2014, in Sante Fe, New Mexico.

David attended Reed for five years (and also took a graduate course at the college in summer 1969). Called away in his fourth year, due to the death of his father, he completed requirements for a BA in literature in 1968. Says Frances Land Moore ’59, who met David on the train en route to Reed for their freshman year, “At Reed, David was a cheerful, optimistic person, full of boundless enthusiasm and ideas—enjoyable company. On Sundays, when there was no food service in the commons, he was among a small group of us who used to make dinner (macaroni & cheese on a hotplate) in the social room of the New Women’s Dorm (now McNaughton), then sip black tea and take turns reading Winnie-the-Pooh aloud.” David began his studies as a philosophy major, then switched to classics, and took several classes from Prof. Heinz F. Peters [German 1940–59], who instilled in him a deep love of German poetry, says Frances, adding: “He didn’t finish his thesis on time, but nevertheless spent the next year in Göttingen, Germany, on a scholarship. During his stay he enjoyed visiting historic and picturesque towns, drawing new ideas and insights from whatever he experienced.”

Carol Anderson, David’s classmate at Yale, who informed the college of his death, notes that he had a deep respect and affection for Reed and hoped that his children might have the joy of studying at the college. “He spoke of perhaps one day moving back to Portland.” From Frances we learned that David moved frequently and took many short-term jobs, including telephone sales and teaching Evelyn Wood speed reading. She saw him when he was at Yale, pursuing a PhD in literature and “still bubbling with enthusiasm.”

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Kathryn Beall Kirk ’82

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Kathy Beall Kirk ’82 at the little library box she asked husband Alan Kirk ’84 to install outside their home.

Kathryn Beall Kirk ’82, October 23, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from cancer.

In November, classmates gathered at Portland’s Lucky Lab Brew Pub to mourn and celebrate the life of Kathy Beall Kirk, beloved Beer Mama to a generation of early ’80s Reedies. Others attended the large memorial service held in November at Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School, where Kathy had taught English for nearly 30 years. The service was officiated by Holly Pruett ’85, who provided this memorial. 

The quintessential California girl, Kathy followed her brother Will Beall ’77 to Reed. She befriended nearly everyone. Along with making kegs appear on sunny days, and heading up RennFayre, Kathy hosted daily General Hospital viewings and birthed the party mantra, “Wake up, Old Dorm Block!” She was equally serious about scholarship. As tribute to her thesis on the influence of female characters in Shakespeare (“Assay the Power You Have”), her memorial included recitation of a Shakespearean sonnet and a keepsake bookmark featuring the wisdom Kathy personified: “To thine own self be true.” 

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Laurance Oliver Kunkel ’70

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Laurance Oliver Kunkel ’70, September 20, 2014, at home in San Francisco, California. “In 1969, Larry used Paideia time and money to begin work on a collection of photography, poetry, prose, and calligraphy. The book Cathedral appeared recently as a result; when I saw it, I was inspired with new confidence both in Reed and in the concept of an independent study period,” wrote Jan Clausen ’71 in an article in the Reed publication Sallyport (February 1970). The process of creating Cathedral (and producing 1,000 copies) took 14 months. “It was suggested by several faculty members that I apply for interdisciplinary standing as a major in art and literature,” Larry said. “I formed an advisory committee of two members from each department, which approved my request.” Cathedral: A Montage of Graphics and Literature, dedicated to Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], included work by 49 contributors and stood for Larry’s thesis. “I thought there was a lot of creative work being done at Reed that ought to have exposure. I wanted to produce something that contained beauty as a protest to the ugly things in our society.” Larry’s initial thought when he entered Reed was to study acting or physics. “I learned a great deal about what it means to read a poem, to look at a visual work, and most difficult of all, to gain some understanding of how the forms work together and relate to one another.” He went on to apprentice with a photographer in San Francisco. From Fred Ross, Larry’s closest friend, we learned that he became a successful commercial photographer in the Bay Area, “working from a beautiful, live studio that he restored. He specialized in complex, high-speed food photography in the age before digital cameras.” One notable ad, Ross says, captured a champagne cork an inch out of the bottle as it popped. “When his special skills were easily achieved with the use of digital photography, Larry turned to a meticulous renovation of a Victorian building next to his studio, where he lived out his last years in genteel luxury.” He is survived by his mother, Giselle V. Laurmann.

Beverly Bea Lipsitz ’72

Beverly Bea Lipsitz ’72, August 27, 2014, in Portland. Bev came to Reed from Stockbridge School in Massachusetts and studied at the college for a year and a half, and then took classes at Portland Community College and Portland State University, where she earned a BS in geography. In 1988, she completed an MA in geography at the University of Oregon and worked in climatology research. She also did computer programming and drove a school bus. When Bev received a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in 2008, she retired from her position as coordinator of the Banner student administrative database at Portland State. She studied photography and began traveling “just so she could use her camera in some of the most spectacular landscapes of the world,” says devoted friend Marie Reeder ’73. Bev went to Baja California, the Galapagos, Svalbard, Panama, and Costa Rica. She also traveled with photography instructor Eddie Soloway to California, Maine, Molokai, and Mexico. She supported other women with late-stage ovarian cancer at a weekly support group in Portland and at an annual retreat in Montana. She was active in the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students program. After living courageously for five years, supported by her family and close friends and her little dachshund, Scooby, she chose death with dignity. Survivors include her wife of 35 years, Rosalyn Basin; their son, Benjamin Basin, and his wife and son; and brother-in-law Daryl Bem ’60.

Diane Lynn Mark-Walker ’81

Diane Lynn Mark-Walker ’81, September 16, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, from a rare cancer.

A wonderful, intelligent, quirky, witty, loving, and generous woman, Diane had lived with appendix cancer for the last seven years. She never felt like she was in a battle, never seemed to wonder “Why me?” Instead, she continued investigating this life with all its wonders.

Diane completed a BA in art, writing the thesis “The Monastic Context of the Book of Kells” with adviser Peter Parshall [art history 1971–2000]. She cherished her time at Reed as a place of genuine intellectual inquiry that had enough institutional humanity to allow her to pursue Neoplatonism and calligraphy with equal passion, and where she made some lifelong friendships. She went on to Harvard, where she earned a master’s degree in theological studies, focusing her work on the history of religion, and also earned an MA in art history and art appreciation at Boston University.

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Stanley Oleson ’54

Stanley Oleson ’54, August 29, 2014, in Denver, Colorado, from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. Raised on farmlands in Alberta, Canada, Stan received his education in a one-room schoolhouse and earned his keep doing chores—everything from milking cows to chopping wood. He moved with his family to Oregon when he was 15 and excelled at Colton High School, graduating as valedictorian. Following this, he worked on a dairy farm, attended night school, and delivered telegrams by bicycle for Western Union. He trained as a marine electrician and worked in the Portland shipyards until he enlisted, and received U.S. citizenship, to serve in the army air forces during World War II. He spent three years as a cryptographic technician in the Pacific Theatre. Stan then attended Reed and MIT in the 3-2 program in physics, receiving a BA from Reed and a BS from MIT. During summers, he worked as a forest ranger on Mount Hood, and he spent a year working as a rural mail carrier before completing his final undergraduate year. He also earned an MS at MIT. Stan met Mary Riddle while he was at MIT working as a research engineer; they were married for 58 years. The couple moved west in 1957, when Stan went to work for Boeing in Seattle and then at the Stanford Research Institute. He went on to make a 20-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, D.C. and Colorado. In retirement, he did freelance writing. He is remembered for undertaking challenges and endeavors on behalf of others, for his keen interest in scientific developments, and for his positive attitude and wry sense of humor. Survivors include his wife; three children, Keith, Nan, and Karen; and four grandchildren.

Richard Lyle Potter ’50

Richard Lyle Potter ’50, November 12, 2014, in Northridge, California. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dick attended Regina College, the University of Saskatchewan, and Reed, where he received a BA in biology. He went on to earn an MS in zoology from Washington State College (University) and a PhD in biology from the University of Rochester, and was a research associate at Cal Tech in 1958–61. He joined the faculty in biology at San Fernando Valley State College (California State University, Northridge; CSUN) in 1961 and taught courses in physiology at CSUN until retirement in 1992. He also helped create a highly effective preprofessional advising office at the university, dedicated to supporting student applicants to medical, dental, and other health-related programs. In retirement, Dick served as president of the Association of Retired Faculty at CSUN and volunteered with the Methodist church as a teacher and choir member. Dick and Glenda Eberley were married for 50 years and had one daughter, Jayna. They traveled abroad, including to Europe and China. In retirement, Dick delved into family genealogy and enjoyed watercolor painting. Colleagues at CSUN remember him as a remarkable individual, possessed of a fine intellect and good humor. Survivors include his wife and daughter, two grandsons, and one great-grandson.

Mollie Levin Schnitzer ’35

Mollie Schnitzer Levin ’35, November 5, 2014. Born in Portland to Rose and Samuel Schnitzer, Mollie earned a BA in sociology from Reed. Her siblings, Edith Schnitzer Goodman ’35, Manuel Schnitzer ’28, and Leonard Schnitzer ’46, also attended Reed. On a visit to Los Angeles in 1938, she met Bernard Levin—they were happily married for 66 years and raised three children, Ellen, Harold, and Nancy. Mollie was self-employed as a realtor in Beverly Hills for many years. Survivors include her children, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her husband and one grandson predeceased her.

Jennifer Hartman Seminatore ’06

Jennifer Hartman Seminatore ’06, September 7, 2014, in Sacramento, California. Jenny earned a BA in sociology and wrote the thesis “From Negotiation to Critique: The Changing Character of U.S. Labor and Environmental Movements Confronting Issues of International Trade” with Prof. Erich Steinman [2005–06]. While in a doctorate program in sociology at UC Berkeley, Jenny earned the 2010 American Sociological Association Labor and Labor Movements/Critical Sociology Distinguished Student Paper Award for “The Consequences of Collective Action: The Blue-Green Coalition and the Emergence of a Polanyian Social Movement.” Prof. Alex Hrycak [sociology 1998–] notes that Jenny was very involved in unionizing grad students at Berkeley and was shop steward for her union (UAW Local 2865). Jenny was married to Samuel D. Walling and had a stepdaughter, Ziola Meereiltagh. Survivors include her mother, Cecilia Hartman, and brother William. Her mother remarked, “Reed was a wonderful part of Jenny’s short life.” Memorial donations may be made to Reed College for a scholarship program in Jenny’s honor that will foster collaboration between students and members of the sociology faculty on research projects motivated by Jenny’s commitments to social justice.

Gerald Stone ’65

Gerald Stone ’65, September 2014, at home in Alameda, California.

Gerry studied at Reed for a year and a half and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley. He served as editor for the Bancroft Library at Berkeley and was also a writer and photographer. “I met Gerry while we were registering for classes in 1961,” writes David Casseres ’65. “I looked over his shoulder at his paperwork and saw that he had attended Escola Americana in Rio de Janeiro. I went there, too, and we almost overlapped in time. We soon became close friends. We could make jokes with each other in Portuguese, baffling everyone around us. Gerry and I both loved to sing folk songs. Nobody else could sing like Gerry when the music moved him. He sang with a pure, angelic madness and with the authentic voice of cosmic laughter and sorrow—I look for words here, but those who heard him will know what I mean. And he made up little songs that sounded like nonsense, yet left you thinking about them for the rest of your life. ‘Fol the diddle i dee,’ sang Gerry.”

David and Gerry remained friends after Reed, though they were out of touch during the past few years. “He had a sad, funny, beautiful life while it lasted, and we all wish we could have him back again.” Marisa Casseres Schaer ’65 writes, “I didn’t see Gerry after my years at Reed, so my memories of him belong to the foolishness and joy of youth. My memories of Gerry Stone are serious, though. Along with being winsome, he was unfailingly kind, generous, and accepting. His was the kind of friendship that improves later life.”

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Margaret Frances Wakefield Tator ’34

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Margaret Frances Wakefield Tator ’34, October 6, 2014, in Portland, at the age of 102 years. Margaret moved to Portland from Michigan and attended Franklin High School. Her mother was a teacher and insisted on her children going to college, she told Will Levin ’05 in an interview in 2004. She learned about Reed because of a friend, Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34, who later became her sister-in-law. Margaret was a day-dodger until her senior year and built on an interest in history, formed in high school, with courses taught by Prof. Rex Arragon [history 1923–62, 1970–74], who became her adviser for a thesis on Stephen A. Douglas. Margaret noted, “Reed was a good background, so that you knew that you didn’t know everything.” She participated in activities such as Campus Day and attended choral concerts, theatre productions, dances, and faculty teas. And she dated Carlton Tator, the only member of his family who did not attend Reed. A great influence on Margaret’s life was Reed librarian Nell Avery Unger [1927–37], who later became head librarian in Portland. “She was an intelligent, smart lady, and she advised me to go to Columbia when I was deciding to be a librarian. (And she hired me as a branch librarian when I returned to Portland.)” Margaret earned a BS in library and archival science from Columbia in 1939. She and Carlton Tator married and had one son, John. They lived for 40 years in Palo Alto, where Carlton worked for United Airlines, and following Carlton’s death, Margaret returned to Oregon and lived in King City. Her son died in a traffic accident in 1984.

Writing about Margaret, librarian Tony Greiner reflected on meeting “this white-haired little old lady,” who wanted to learn to use computers more than 17 years ago at the Tigard library. “I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she caught on, and soon she was given the job of checking donations to see if we already had copies in our collection. It wasn’t long before she would bring a few volumes to me and say things like ‘We don’t have this book under this name, but we do as an alternative title.’ That led to my discovering her professional experience. Once a librarian, always a librarian. We became friends, sharing food and talking books and of her travels to Japan, Australia, Africa, and Kansas City.”

From King City, Margaret moved into the Holladay Park Plaza retirement community in northeast Portland to be with her sister. “Margaret had to reduce her belongings when she moved,” wrote Greiner, “but she kept a fine set of R.L. Stevenson that belonged to her father, and a well-worn first edition of Out of Africa by Dinesen. That one she had picked up when it was new. For her 100th birthday, she was taken on a fast ride in a red convertible by a nephew, visited the house she grew up in, and marveled at the size of a tree planted by her father.”

Richard Frederick Thompson ’52

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Photo by Irene Fertik, 1987; Courtesy of the USC University Archives

Richard Frederick Thompson ’52, September 16, 2014, at home in Nipomo, California.

One of the leading behavioral neuroscientists in the world, Dick researched the basic processes in the brain during the establishment of learning and the coding of memory. Regarded by many as the world’s leading authority in his field, he was the first neuroscientist to identify and map the neural circuits responsible for classical conditioning or Pavlovian learning. 

“The fundamental driver behind Dick’s work was the notion of behavioral plasticity, i.e that neural synapses will change as a function of the organism’s experience and that these changes can be stored,” says Joel Davis ’63, who was a junior at Reed when he met Dick. “At higher levels we call this memory and learning. Part of Dick’s genius was to find and examine simpler systems that showed learning-like plasticity but in a more restrained cellular network. Making use of newly developed intracelluar recording and stimulating techniques, Dick explored and described the cellular basis of habituation, or the learned ability to ignore nonrelevant stimuli. Dick’s second major contribution also involved a simple, model system to ascertain the site of certain types of classical, or Pavlovian, conditioning.”

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William Leonard Warner ’47

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William Leonard Warner ’47, August 27, 2014, in Florence, Oregon. Bill entered Reed in 1941, transferring from the University of Portland, and was called into active duty during World War II. He began naval training in 1943 at the Midshipman School at Columbia University, was commissioned an ensign in February 1944, and taught at Columbia until October that year. He was then assigned to the U.S.S. Spica in the Pacific as a deck officer, and after the war navigated the U.S.S. Manderson Victory from Puget Sound to Philadelphia. In 1946, he returned to Reed and completed a BA in economics, after which he worked for a year for Procter & Gamble in Portland. In 1948–50, he studied public administration at American University and worked in the management improvement group for President Truman’s budget bureau. Next, Bill moved to Modesto, California, working as a stockbroker and an allied member of New York Stock Exchange. He was an instructor in banking and investment for 17 years for the evening school of Modesto Junior College. He also worked for Dean Witter Reynolds, retiring as vice president in 1990, at which time he moved to Oregon. Bill and his wife, Ann, partnered the Winchester Bay Trading Company on the Oregon coast, selling gifts, books, and collectibles. Additionally, he was a broker with Brookstreet Securities Company, was active in the local community through a variety of projects and interests, and enjoyed fishing and gardening. With Heidi L. Hovgaard ’50, whom he married in 1946, he had three sons, Douglas, Robert, and Richard, who survive him, as do Ann and his five grandchildren. “The Honor Principle gave me a pride of place and participation which surpassed any other ethical or religious value I have,” Bill said. “I lived the F.L. Griffin credo: Four years of college can provide a beginning, but you must practice lifetime learning to finish the (endless) job.”

 

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