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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, 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, 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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
Kay French, Jane Shell Raymond ’59, and David French ’39 in 1964 Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.
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.
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 “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, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
"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, 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, 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.”
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.
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, 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.