In Memoriam

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James Clayton Almond ’55

James Clayton Almond ’55, January 3, 2014, in Elk Grove, California. Jim attended Reed for two years, and also studied at Brigham Young University and the University of Washington. He completed a doctorate in chemical engineering and mathematics and worked in computing in Stuttgart, Germany, guiding the installation of the first supercomputer in Europe at the Universität Stuttgart. He was a technical consultant for the university for more than 20 years, and served at the European Weather Research Center in England, and as technical lead for Daimler Benz in Stuttgart. He also was director of the University of Texas Center for High Performance Computing in Austin. Jim enjoyed outdoor recreation, singing, and performing music on guitar, cello, and ukulele. He and Anna (Nanni) had five daughters and a son, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren—all survive him. Jim was an adventurer, a teacher, an historian, and a gardener. His passion for life touched many individuals throughout the world.

Merlyn Leslie Anderberg ’55

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Merlyn Leslie Anderberg ’55, December 4, 2013, in Spokane, Washington, from complications of heart disease. Merlyn earned a BA in biology from Reed, where he was a resident adviser in Foster-Scholz, and played intramural football and basketball. He gained skills in problem solving and acquired an interest in a great variety of subjects during his studies at Reed, which helped him excel as a teacher, he later reported. Following graduation from Reed, Merlyn attended the University of Washington Medical School, leaving the program after three years to go into education. He earned a BEd and an MEd from Whitworth College, and taught biology in public schools in Spokane for several years. He then earned an MS in biology at the University of Oregon. In 1966, he married nurse and educator Gretchen Reim and joined the faculty in life sciences at Spokane Community College. A year later, he moved to the newly opened campus of Spokane Falls Community College. During his career as a college instructor, he taught zoology, human anatomy, and physiology, and served as department chair. Merlyn and Gretchen had two sons and two daughters and enjoyed gardening in their orchard property on the Little Spokane River and spending family vacations at their home on Spirit Lake, Idaho. Merlyn was drawn to a multitude of multimedia projects in retirement. He supported Reed as a volunteer for admission, and attended both his 40th and 50th class reunions. “Reed has continued to excel and to make alumni proud,” he remarked. In addition to his wife and children, Merlyn is survived by seven grandchildren.

George Wesley Anthony Jr. AMP ’44

George Wesley Anthony Jr. AMP ’44, June 4, 2012, in Filer, Idaho. A native of Filer, George took his early schooling in the town and came to Reed for the premeteorology program. Public records (Idaho State Journal, 1963) indicate that he later worked as a nuclear physicist in California and had three daughters.

Jack Edward Battalia ’43

Jack Edward Battalia ’43, January 29, 2014, in Portland. A Portland native Jack earned a BA in biology from Reed and entered the University of Oregon Medical School (Oregon Health and Science University), leaving in 1943 to do service in the U.S. Army Air Force in Virginia. Following the war, he completed surgical residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland and at the medical school. Jack was proud of the quality and context of his professional life. He practiced general surgery at Good Samaritan from 1954 to 1986, and he was active in the Oregon Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Multnomah County Medical Society, and the Portland Surgical Society. He served as medical director for Montgomery Ward and as a medical consultant for a number of insurance companies, including Safeco and Liberty Northwest, and for several Portland attorneys. He also was company physician to numerous Portland businesses. Jack volunteered as a medical adviser for the Portland Boxing Commission for 29 years and spent a number of years as a member of the Oregon Boxing and Wrestling Commission. He chaired the International Boxing Federation and U.S. Boxing Association medical committee for 12 years. His priority, he said, was “don’t let them get hurt.” Jack enjoyed fishing and hunting accompanied by a trusty canine companion, as well as woodworking and gardening. He was a longtime member of Rotary. Survivors include a daughter and three sons, born to Jack and his first wife, Doris Risley, who died in 1982; two stepsons, shared with his second wife, Cora, who died in 2004; five grandchildren; and his companion Gladys Kinzel. Jack suffered from the affects of Alzheimer’s disease for many years.

Ellis Bischoff ’42

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Ellis Bischoff ’42, right, with members of the Reed Ski Team in 1940, Gorder Facer ’41, David Smith ’41, and McGregor Gray ’41. Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

Ellis Bischoff ’42, December 31, 2013, in Des Moines, Washington, from cancer. A Portland native, Ellis followed his brothers, Jerome G. Bischoff ’31 and Theodore M. Bischoff ’37, to Reed, where he studied for two years. He then transferred to Oregon State College (University), and completed a BS in forest engineering in 1943. During World War II, Ellis served as a naval officer aboard PT boats in the South Pacific, and after the war he returned to the Pacific Northwest, where he was involved with the formation of, and became a partner in, the Mountain Fir Lumber Company. During his long career in timber, he testified before Congress concerning the timber industry, reports his cousin Edward Kessler ’50, who provided details for this memorial. In Portland in 1946, Ellis married Mildred Haugen, who was the love of his life, says Edward. Ellis and Milly had three sons, and enjoyed traveling, visiting family and friends, and taking a scheduled break from Pacific Northwest weather in the California desert. A love of boating led to Ellis’ association with yacht clubs in Portland; in Port Ludlow and Everett, Washington; and in travels to Alaska. He also enjoyed fishing and photography. Ellis is remembered as a bright, warm, witty, and sensitive man, full of love, and a friend to all. In addition to Edward, survivors include Millie; sons Kenneth, Robert, and Lawrence; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Marian Dorothy Brennan ’76

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Marian Dorothy Brennan ’76, November 25, 2013, in Washougal, Washington. Marian received a BA in English literature from Reed and went on to study law at Lewis & Clark College. She later earned a black belt in karate and taught at Karate for Women in Portland. She is remembered for her wit, her kindness, her generosity, and her fabulous cooking. Survivors include her life partner, Susan Helene Fletcher, two sisters, and a brother.

Vivienne E. Morley Brenner ’51

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Vivienne E. Brenner Morley ’51, January 30, 2013, in Ithaca, New York. Vivienne earned a BA in mathematics at Reed, writing the thesis “A Study in Elementary Valuation Theory,” and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She attended the University of Chicago, where she met Michael Morley, whom she married. Both Vivienne and Michael taught mathematics at Cornell University.

Pamela B. Canty ’73

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Pamela B. Canty ’73, February 11, 2014, at her home in Portland. Pam earned a BA from Reed in psychology, completing the thesis “Reality and the Psychoanalytic Theory.” and following graduation worked as a mental health therapist for several years. She later did banking collections and was a credit manager, while taking courses at Portland State University with the goal of earning an MBA. Pam and Robert R. Granville ’76 married and had one son, Joseph; they lived for a time in Panama, where Robert served as a medical officer in the army. Her friend Sandy Sheehy, who notified the college of Pam’s death, wrote, “Pam always valued the education she received and the friends she made at Reed.”

Robert Joseph Corruccini ’38

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Robert Joseph Corruccini ’38, January 10, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. The son of an Italian opera singer, who became founding musical director of the Portland Opera, and an operatic singer from Nebraska, Joe earned a BA in chemistry from Reed, an MA from Oregon State College (University), and a PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in physical chemistry. While at Oregon State, he met graduate student Mildred B. Witham; they married in 1941. Joe worked for the U.S. Bureau of Standards (National Institute of Standards and Technology) as a research physicist, and later as an administrator for 30 years in Washington, D.C., and in Boulder. His work on calibration of thermocouples was later incorporated into the International Practical Temperature Scale. In the ’60s, he did research on liquid hydrogen fuel for the Saturn V rocket program that carried astronauts into space. Joe fostered an appreciation for opera, played bridge, enjoyed reading, and did mountain climbing. He made the first ascent of the Reid Glacier Headwall route on Mount Hood in 1938. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. His wife died in 2013.

Grace E. Frazier Courts, Friend

Grace E. Frazier Courts, December 22, 2013, in Portland. Grace was raised in Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and learned to be a stenographer after graduating from high school. Her parents were friends with the parents of Prof. Frederick A. Courts [psychology 1945–69]. Grace and Fred met in childhood and married in 1936. They lived in California and Missouri as Fred completed his education and began his teaching career. Grace was a wonderful homemaker and mother, “the best cook, friend, and counsel to all of her family.” She volunteered with the Red Cross, the Sierra Club, and the Democratic League of Women Voters. She opened her home to faculty and students of Reed and made many friends in the Reed community. Survivors include two daughters and sons; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Fred died in 1969.

Jennifer Craven ’74

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Jennifer Craven ’74, September 30, 2012, in Washington. We recently learned of Jennifer’s death from her cousin, Philip Craven. Jennifer attended Reed for three years, with a focus on biology and psychology. In the ’70s, she also worked with children in day care centers and with special-needs children in shelter homes. She organized and supported the newly established Outside In Clinic in Portland, and was a bookkeeper, debt collector, and salesperson for other businesses in Portland and Seattle. Jennifer earned an AAS in digital electronics technology and an AA in business and accounting at North Seattle Community College in Seattle, Washington. One of her instructors reported, “Jennifer was not only an ‘A’ student in my class, but she was also a delightful person, helpful to her classmates, cooperative with the school faculty, and, in general, well liked by all.” For Hewlett Packard in Everett, she calibrated, tested, and repaired electronic instruments. She then became a caregiver for her father when his health deteriorated, and studied health information technology at Shoreline Community College. Following her father’s death in 1999, Jennifer completed a course in medical records, and in 2009, she earned a BS in audiology from the University of Washington. She was thrilled to complete the degree, though shortly thereafter, reports Philip, she received a diagnosis of cancer. “She was extremely intelligent and a lifelong student. Very warm, with a lovely laugh,” Philip recalls. “I was proud of her courage during treatment and, especially, in using the Death with Dignity statute when treatment failed.” In addition to Philip, survivors include her mother, Clare, brother, Gilbert, and the Ferris families. Her sister, Bronwen Craven ’72, died in the ’70s.

Virginia Elizabeth Davis ’65

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Virginia Elizabeth Davis ’65, October 22, 2013, in Portland. Ginny earned a degree in history at Reed, completing the thesis “Henry Adams: A Political Biography of an American Intellectual.” After graduation, she worked at Harvard Business School, intending to enter the doctoral program in communications. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in her 20s, Ginny spent two decades in and out of psychiatric institutions. Prof. Jack Dudman ’42 [mathematics and dean of students 1953–85] and Barbara Reid Dudman ’60 [mathematics 1966–69] were instrumental in Ginny’s care during the difficulties she encountered while she was at Reed and when she returned to Portland in the late ’70s. Ginny completed an MA in English and creative writing and poetry from San Francisco State in 1978, and then traveled to Ireland, where she spent a summer writing and studying Gaelic. In Portland in later years, she became involved in the local literary community and gave poetry readings and occasional workshops. She also completed and published several poetry collections, including Rivers in the Left Quadrant, Anima Speaking, and Civilization of the Heart. Supported by the insight of a compassionate director and mentor, Ginny was employed for a number of years as a secretary in the Oregon Health Division. His accidental death forced her to deal with management less understanding and with the loss of her job as well as the opportunity to be meaningfully employed for the rest of her life. She volunteered with Oregon Consumers Network, the World Federation for Mental Health, Oregon Advocacy Center, and Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, and received an outstanding service award from the Mental Health Association of Oregon. She maintained a connection to Reed, and donated a bookplate collection done by her aunt, artist Donna Davis. She had one daughter and one sister and lived alone. Says Caroline Miller ’59, MAT ’65: “She was a published poet with a keen eye for life’s injustices. Having once been homeless, Virginia had a soft spot for the downtrodden. More than once, she opened her home to those desperate for shelter. Beyond that, she collected art to the extent that money and paying in installments made it possible. She harmed no one and helped as many as she could. She struggled with her inner demons every moment of her life, and I admired her for the grace with which she carried her burden. She was a brilliant woman, a poet with a tender heart, but so troubled with mental illness that her life was shattered.”

Susan Deery ’69

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Susan with Larry Frisch ’67 in the late ’60s on top of Mount Ruth in the North Cascades

Susan Deery ’69 of Longview, Washington, was buried in an avalanche that occurred on August 11, 1971, near the Alaska-Yukon border. She was climbing with four others, including John H. Hall ’68, Lucille Borgen Adamson ’65, and her husband, Stanley Adamson. The party had completed the assault on Mount Logan and was attempting to scale Mount St. Elias from the Newton Glacier via Russell Col. Survivor Leslie Wheeler returned to the group's base camp, where he notified officials of the disaster and was rescued. Susan's classmate and friend, Dick Burkhart ’69, who assisted greatly in this memorial for her, was teaching in Laos when the climbers were killed, and was hit hard by the news when he learned of it months later. He reports that the Reed Climbers’ Reunion in August 2007 was held at the Deery family home in Longview in memory of Susan. "Most of these Reedies, and Susan, had been with me on our 1967 expedition to climb White Princess in the Alaskan Range, which, thankfully was without tragedy, but after Susan’s death I never went back." Susan's family had been very supportive of her and her adventures, says Dick, and climbers heading north often stopped at the Deery home to pack and plan for the trip ahead. Susan's mother, Ruth, whom Dick knew to be a vibrant individual, died in 2008. Susan graduated from Reed with a BA in chemistry, and found a mentor in pioneering mountaineer Arlene Blum ’66, her Reed roommate, who was also a chemistry major. 

Antonette Elmer Duncan ’60

Antonette Elmer Duncan ’60, May 6, 2013. Toni attended Reed for two years and completed a BA in psychology at San Francisco State and later a certification for counseling at Oregon Health & Science University. She worked as a counselor and as a bookkeeper. She had a daughter and grandson and lived in Lake Oswego.

Gary Robert Field ’56

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Gary Robert Field ’56, May 8, 2013, in McLean, Virginia. Gary grew up in Oregon and earned a BA from Reed in political science. He attended law school and earned a PhD in political science at the University of Oregon, doing his doctoral research in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar. He then joined the faculty in political science at San Fernando Valley State College, leaving that for a career as an intelligence officer with the CIA. He was a member of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, the Middle East Institute, the American Political Science Association, and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Taylor Field, to whom he was married for 53 years; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

Julian Norman Fotre Jr. AMP ’44

Julian Norman Fotre Jr. AMP ’44, September 5, 2008, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Jay came to Reed in the premeteorology program and served in the army air corps during World War II. He was a graduate of Purdue University, and worked in the steel supply industry, retiring as an executive at Castle Metal. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, two sons, and 13 grandchildren.

Burton Irwin Gevurtz ’50

Burton Irwin Gevurtz ’50, November 18, 2013, in Portland. The youngest of four children, and brother of Irma Gevurtz Robbins ’41, Jane Gevurtz Green ’44, and Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48, Bud studied at Reed for a year. He completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, and then joined the naval air corps as a pilot. He loved flying and maintained his skill as a pilot throughout his life. He also enjoyed skiing, fishing, and playing tennis. Bud and Suzanne Gilbert were married in 1954 and raised a daughter and son. Both the Gevurtz and the Gilbert families operated successful furniture businesses in Portland. Bud managed the Gevurtz family business for many decades. Suzy died in 1989 and Bud married Bernice Rosenfield Lynch in 1997. Bud and Bernice enjoyed their travels to places around the world. Survivors include Bernice, and Bud’s children and four grandchildren.

Margaret Rose Sullivan Guthrie ’47

Margaret Rose Sullivan Guthrie ’47, December 4, 2013, in Santa Rosa, California. Madge (or Sully) was a valedictorian in her Colorado high school and received a scholarship to Reed, where she pursued an interest in chemistry. Madge and George B. Guthrie ’40 married in 1946 and moved to Pasadena, where Madge enrolled at Caltech and completed a BS in chemistry. They then moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and began a family. Following their divorce in 1960, Madge went to California. She was a science editor for the Stanford Research Institute, and there met Bruce Barclay. They married and made a home in Malibu. She became a resident of Santa Rosa in 1991. Madge was a photographer, a writer, and an editor, who sought to convey intellectual joy and to combat ignorance through her work. She took pride in her personal library and read thousands of books, noting each one in the journal she began in high school. Beyond an enjoyment of reading and a passion for learning, Madge developed an expertise in numerous other subjects that fascinated her, including sewing and acting. She is remembered as an engaging individual who enjoyed lively and in-depth conversation on a wide range of topics. Reflecting on her education later in life, Madge stated that Reed was part of a continuum of learning and a gem in recollection. “The variety of learning Reed provided increased knowledge and confidence, useful in my several occupations.” Survivors include three sons and three grandchildren.

Robert Dryden Hoss ’44

Robert Dryden Hoss ’44, February 6, 2014, in Tacoma, Washington. Bill, as he was known, earned a BA in physics from Reed and a BS in mechanical engineering from MIT. He married Dolores Ashkar in 1944 and they enjoyed 69 years together. During World War II, Bill served with the marine corps in China and then worked for Honeywell in Portland, Anchorage, and Minneapolis. In 1956, he joined Weyerhaeuser Company as a design engineer and became project designer and the company’s first manager of information services in Tacoma. He retired from Weyerhaeuser as regional manager in Longview, Washington, and was a consultant for 10 years following that time. Outside of his work, Bill volunteered with Little League and the Boy Scouts, and was a tutor in reading and mathematics for elementary school children. He competed in golf tournaments and served on the board of many foundations. Bill and Dolores moved to Tacoma in 2007 to be closer to family. Well respected and loved by family, friends, and colleagues, Bill is survived by his wife, his daughter and two sons, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Marion M. Grant Josselyn ’43

Marion M. Josselyn Grant ’43, January 10, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, following a major stroke. The daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Marion was born in Chongqing, China, and received her early schooling in China and British Columbia. She studied for two years at Reed, completing a BA in general literature. At the college, she met economics major Robert E. Grant ’43. They were married in 1945. Bob’s career with First National City Bank/Citibank in the overseas division led to their living in Africa, Asia, India, and the Middle East for nearly 40 years. Marion’s own experience of living outside the U.S. helped ease her family’s adjustment to new cultures. Bob retired in 1986 and they moved to Arizona. A kindhearted and considerate individual, who lived to please others, Marion is survived by Bob and their daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. During their life together, Marion and Bob remembered Reed favorably and were generous donors to the college.

Lawrence S. Karush ’68

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Lawrence S. Karush ’68, August 27, 2013, in Los Angeles, from cancer. A renowned pianist, composer, and educator, Larry is revered for his performance and improvisation in jazz, 20th- and 21st-century Western classical music, African-based percussion, and the music of North India. He began taking classical piano lessons at six. In his teens, he was introduced to the art of improvisation by his teacher Sam Saxe. “He was the first person to show me there was an equivalence between Mozart and Art Tatum,” he said in an interview. During his junior year at Reed, Larry heard saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his quartet in performance. “The band was so free and together at the same time.” The concert happened in the right time and place to introduce Larry to all of the possibilities of improvised music and to motivate him to perform it, he said. Larry graduated from Reed with a degree in psychology and later earned an MA from New York University. In 1968–73, he was in Berkeley, avoiding political entanglements in favor of doing music. “I had a nice little shack in the Berkeley flatland, and I just holed up and did my practicing.” For 14 years, he lived in New York. The experience provided him the best education “in all senses of the word,” he said. Larry and Michelle Berne, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and a dancer and choreographer, were married with a son; they returned to California in 1989. Larry did seven recordings and appeared in festivals in Canada, Europe, and South Africa. He was the recipient of grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA/Arts International, Meet the Composer, the California Arts Council, and the city of Los Angeles. In addition, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, and was nominated for the 2008 Herb Alpert Foundation Prize in Music. He performed solo jazz and also worked with musicians John Abercrombie, Jane Ira Bloom, Jay Clayton, Bennie Wallace, and Oregon. He performed world music with Kanai Dutta, Francisco Aguabella, and Glen Velez, and contemporary classical music with Steve Reich and Terry Riley. In the ’90s, he joined Glen Moore and Glen Velez to create the improvisational trio Mokave. He also toured with his own band, the Larry Karush Ensemble. Larry taught music for more than 30 years in New York City and Los Angeles. He lectured and gave demonstrations at colleges and universities, including the University of California, Tufts, Brandeis, New York University, Reed, Berklee College, and the California Institute for the Arts. As an artist in residence and lecturer at the University of California (1991–94), he offered courses in jazz, improvisation, and world music. Most recently, he was on the faculty of Occidental College in Los Angeles. A memorial concert for Larry, organized by Prof. David Schiff [music 1980–] was performed at Reed in February. Survivors include his son, Clayton.

Michael Vincent Mahoney ’62

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Michael Vincent Mahoney ’62, November 28, 2013, in San Francisco, from a stroke. Michael earned a BA in political science from Reed and worked briefly as a reporter for the Oregonian and other newspapers before taking a job in 1966 with the San Francisco Chronicle, where his father had also worked. He left the paper to attend law school. In 1974, he completed a JD at Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, and was a deputy district attorney in Clackamas County for several years. He returned to San Francisco in the ’80s, working for the district attorney in Santa Clara County and in a legal firm before opening a solo law practice. Survivors include his wife, Linda Elmlund Mahoney ’61, and his brother, Kevin.

Warren Quincy Miller ’67

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Warren Quincy Miller ’67, February 4, 2014, in Clarkston, Washington, following a 12-year battle with cancer.

Warren grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Phoenix, Arizona, taking many camping trips with his family to the mountains and deserts of the West—trips that influenced his life and his land ethic. Gay Walker ’69 remembers Warren as having a quiet and pleasant disposition and as a good calligrapher. They studied together with Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69] in his calligraphy and graphic arts class in 1966–67.

During the summers of his Reed years, Warren worked at the Teton Valley Ranch and for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) in Arizona and Washington. After graduating with a BA in physics from Reed, he went abroad to Europe, traveling with only a knapsack and with an idea of finding employment there. Gay was in London at the time for a junior year abroad and met Warren there. They hiked all over northeast London to Victoria Park. From a rubbish pile behind an apartment building, they foraged edible mushrooms and cooked them in her dorm room. Gay says, “He was entertaining, already a lover of the outdoors, and a good judge of mushrooms!” Warren spent a winter reading in London and a winter working with an avalanche research center in the Swiss Alps.


Jennifer Ariane Nonas ’00

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Jennifer Ariane Nonas ’00, January 1, 2014, from pneumonia. Jen had an intense two-year struggle with cancer, which she charted in her blog, Jen’s blog, while created for her to chronicle her experience with cancer, serves as an exemplary resource guide for those navigating the journey of cancer as a bystander. Along with narrating the battles with the cancer forms she named Lumpy, Sneaky, and the Rebel Forces, Jen catalogued what forms of support are actually helpful (and not helpful), and provided insight into how cancer may affect relationship roles. Jen came to Reed from West Milford, New Jersey, and earned a BA in psychology, completing the thesis “How Happy Will I be if I Lose? The Effect of Sensation Seeking on the Self-Prediction of Emotional States” with her adviser, Prof. Kathryn Oleson [psychology 1995–], who, along with Jen’s friend Moira Tofanelli ’99, contributed significantly to this memorial. After Reed, Jen worked as a web developer with CollegeNet in Portland and then attended Drexel University, where she earned a master’s degree in art therapy; most recently, she worked for WES Health Care in Philadelphia. Jen’s graduate thesis was on optimism, a practice she herself engaged in throughout her life and health struggles: continuing to delight in tastes of gelato when well enough; scripting an anticancer lullaby; creating a cancer cell cat toy so that her cat “could kill some cancer, too”; relishing chance meetings with neighbors while practicing walking on her prosthetic leg on sunny days through her Philadelphia neighborhood, Passyunk; and finding pride in her daily accomplishments.

While a consistently cheerful and lighthearted person, Jen held a depth of understanding of the world and herself that many can only hope to manifest. She demonstrated such self-awareness when, postamputation, she penned on her “little leg” a quote from Walt Whitman:

Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune,


Michael J. Owren ’77

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Michael J. Owren ’77, January 15, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. A teacher and scientist who analyzed the biological foundations of animal and human communication, Michael was born in Oslo, Norway, and raised in Alaska; New Hampshire; and Bergen, Norway. He attended Reed, along with his sister, Turid L. Owren ’74, and earned a BA from Reed in psychology, working with adviser Prof. Allen Neuringer [psych 1970–2008] to complete the thesis “Dejection, Disgust, and Despair: A Layman’s Guide to Two Theories of Blocking and Overshadowing.” Michael went on to earn a doctorate from Indiana University in experimental psychology in 1986 and taught psychology and neuroscience for over 25 years, first while doing postdoctoral work at the University of California, Davis, and later at the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Otago (New Zealand), Reed (1995–97), Cornell University, and Georgia State University. At the time of his death, he was an adjunct professor at Emory University. Michael loved teaching and served as a mentor to many undergraduate and graduate students. His research analyzed vocal phenomena in both animals and humans. He pioneered digital spectral analysis techniques, first developed in speech science for use in studies of animal communication. His work challenged a predominant view by showing that animal vocalizations “work” by influencing attentional, arousal, emotional, and motivational states in the listener, rather than by imparting representational messages. Michael’s empirical studies are widely recognized for their rigor and attention to detail. Longtime colleague Drew Rendall, chair of the University of Lethbridge psychology department, characterized Michael’s work as exceptional in its clarity of thought, expression, and vision. “His research techniques were widely embraced and became a standard part of the analytic toolkit of animal bioacousticians. Michael deployed his technical and methodological rigor investigating phenomena of very broad importance to theories of the origins and evolution of signaling systems in animals and humans, and he thus made enduring theoretical contributions to the discipline.” In addition to its academic recognition, Michael’s work generated interest in the popular media, including a Chicago Tribune article in 2003, which described his feline communication research as the “how of the meow.” Throughout his life, Michael enjoyed running and singing, and performed professionally with an a cappella group, Cool Shooz, in Denver. Friends and family enjoyed his dry wit and extensive knowledge on a great many topics—from beer to basketball to politics and world geography. Survivors include Turid, brothers Henry and Thomas, and 13 nieces and nephews. A memorial service for Michael was held in the Psychology building at Reed in March. Michael’s family, who provided this memorial, suggests remembrances to Reed College.

Gail Ann Abrahams Petersen ’61

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Gail Ann Abrahams Petersen ’61, January 28, 2014, in Reno, Nevada. Gail earned a BA from Reed in English literature, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. That same year, she and Fredric F. Petersen ’61 were married. Gail earned a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of London in England and an MA in reading instruction from the University of Nevada at Reno. Her vocation was elementary school teaching, and she taught in schools in Reno for many years before retiring in 2010. She had a number of interests, chief among which were folk dancing and listening to and playing early music. Survivors include Fred, children Soren Petersen ’87 and Sophie Petersen ’93, two grandchildren, and her brother, Karl. “She will be sorely missed.”

Margaret Clark Potheau ’70

Margaret Clark Potheau ’70, October 31, 2013, in Sherborn, Massachusetts, from metastatic melanoma. Margo was at Reed for two years and completed her undergraduate education at Boston University. A talented horsewoman, she won many dressage and jumping competitions in her youth in El Paso, Texas, and later, before her children were born, she drove a BMW in stock car races and was a member of the BMW Car Club of America. Margo ran a mail-order business and was certified as an EMT and a medic. She worked as a home health aide and as a volunteer for the Sherborn Fire Department. She enjoyed athletic competitions and celebrated the successes of the Patriots and the Red Sox. A woman of strength and a gentle spirit, Margo is survived by her daughter and son and her sister.

Donald Elliott Rehfuss ’53

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Donald Elliott Rehfuss ’53, March 18, 2012. Don earned a BA from Reed and a PhD from the University of Oregon in physics, and taught at San Diego State University from 1962 to 2004. He was the father of two daughters and two sons.

Carol Crowther Richards ’52

Carol Crowther Richards ’52, December 2012, in Aurora, Oregon. Carol attended Reed for one year and continued her studies at the University of Washington, UC Irvine, and the Claremont School of Theology. She was director of education for the Riverside district of the United Methodist Church and lived in Redlands, California. Carol married John A. Richards, a mechanical engineer who died in 2009. They had three sons.

Florence Kerr Riddle ’51

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Florence Kerr Riddle ’51, October 22, 2013, in Portland.

Granddaughter of Reed trustee James Kerr [1914–30], daughter of Katharine Kerr Riddle ’21 and Matthew Riddle ’17 [biology and health services 1917–41, regent 1947–51, trustee 1951–56], and sister to Elizabeth Riddle Jackson ’47, Florence was preordained to be a Reedite, she said in an interview in 2007. Which was just as well—for her, Reed was a paradise.

Florence participated in the outing club and musical groups. “I belonged to a chamber group, a recorder ensemble that also had a harpsichord and strings that played with it, and we performed in Sound Experiments, as they were called.” She fondly recalled hearing the work of student composer Bob Crowley ’49 and singing in the Commons after dinner, with guitar accompaniment most often provided by Warren Roberts ’48 or Gale Dick ’50 (“who for me is a personification of the Reed ideas”).


Chester Albert Schink ’41

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Chester Albert Schink ’41, November 22, 2013, in Portland, following a short illness. Born and raised in Portland, Chet came to Reed, where he earned a BA in chemistry. He went on to complete a master’s degree in biochemistry from Oregon State College (University), and was recruited for service in World War II by the Hercules Power Company in Washington, D.C. He also served at Radford Ordnance Works. Following the war, he returned to Oregon State, where he completed a PhD in organic chemistry, and where, on a blind date, he met Hannah Johnson. “Her willingness to type his PhD dissertation convinced him that he’d met the right girl.” The couple married in 1947 and moved to New Jersey, where Chet worked for the DuPont Company in their research and development office. In 1951, Chet and Hannah and their children returned to Oregon. He was employed with Krishell Laboratories, a small agricultural chemical company that did research on antitumor agents and heterocyclic and other biochemical compounds. In 1956, he began a 30-year career at Tektronix, where he managed the electrochemical laboratory, developed a company-wide chemical safety system, and was a leader in worker safety. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and a founding member of the Portland Section. He also taught general and organic chemistry at Mt. Hood Community College. Colleagues greatly respected Chet for his integrity and support; his wealth of knowledge, generously shared; and his practical insights, humor, and wisdom. Chet is also remembered as a patient, determined, and compassionate individual. He loved to travel and he achieved a lifelong goal of visiting all 50 states; he and Hannah also traveled to western Europe, Scandinavia, and Australia, and cruised the Mediterranean. A great conversationalist, and loyal to friends and family, Chet maintained strong friendships throughout his life. He gardened and enjoyed community activities, including a longstanding role with the Masons and as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts, 4-H, DeMolay, and Job’s Daughters. He also was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church. In retirement, Chet used his keen interest in history to volunteer for the Portland-based Urban Tour Group, a nonprofit providing historical tours of Portland for schoolchildren. Chet and Hannah established the Chester and Hannah Schink Science Book Fund at Reed. Survivors include Hannah, a daughter and son, one granddaughter, and two great-granddaughters.

Barbara June Donnell Stockley ’55

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Barbara June Donnell Stockley ’55, December 5, 2013, in Elgin, Texas. Barbara and her family moved from Washington to Hawaii when she was 8 years old. She graduated from high school in 1943 and worked for the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor until she left to attend Reed, making her way to Oregon on a navy transport ship in summer 1945. After two years at the college, she went back to Honolulu but returned to Reed in 1953 to finish her studies and write her thesis, “The Face and Symmetry of Truth: A Study of the Imagery of Sir Thomas Browne.” Barbara earned a BA in general literature with honors, and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn an MA in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and moved to Austin to teach freshman composition at the University of Texas. Barbara then became a book editor for the University of Texas Press. She subsequently served as an editor for publications of the Texas State Historical Association, including Southwestern Historical Quarterly and the encyclopedic reference volume The Handbook of Texas: A Supplement (Vol. 3, 1976). In 1959 she married cattle rancher Franklin C. Stockley; they lived in a rustic, 19th-century, wooden ranch house north of Elgin until his death in 1993. In the late ’90s, she did some of the grant writing that led to the Elgin Historical Association’s obtaining the funds necessary to rehabilitate the then-derelict former railroad depot into the local history museum it has become, the Elgin Depot Museum. One of the permanent exhibits in the museum presents an enlargement of a photograph of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which marked the opening of the museum in 2002, in which Barbara appears alongside other members and officers of the historical association. At that time, she was still living out on the ranch, albeit in a modern manufactured home, until she moved into town in 2006. She served as a volunteer docent at the museum, working principally behind the counter on the historical newspaper archiving project, from its opening until 2011, when her declining health made her participation no longer feasible. Survivors include her brother, Alan Donnell; nephew Howard Donnell, who provided this memorial; nephew John Goode; niece Helen Donnell; and cousin Gordon Gray.

Bonnie Anne Stockman ’69

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Bonnie Ann Stockman ’69, October 8, 2013, from ovarian cancer, at home, in Oregon City, Oregon. An “army brat,” Bonnie grew up in various places, including Georgia, Alaska, Monterey, California, and Washington state, before coming to Reed, where she studied psychology when she wasn’t folk dancing or having other adventures. She took a break from Reed to study Zen Buddhism at the San Francisco Zen Center and Tassajara Zen Monastery, and spent a summer living in a miner’s cabin above Amador City, California. In 1974, Bonnie graduated from Portland State University with a BA in psychology and a certificate in social service. Her husband, David Lynn ’70, writes: “Bonnie combined a tremendous technical ability with a deep abiding passion and concern for other living creatures and the world they inhabit. That shows up in her early social work and community action jobs, her time as an ombudsperson for the startup HMO Cascade Health Care, later as a customer care specialist and systems analyst in the information technology department for various banks and finally Con-Way Trucking. While she was holding all of those positions, she actively participated with Oregon Equestrian Trails, which campaigns to keep Oregon trails and the environment generally open for use by people and their horses. Poet Gary (’51) Snyder’s book Mountains and Rivers without End was everywhere in her thoughts and actions.” Bonnie was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in 2009, shortly after returning from a trip to Iran in search of oriental rugs. Her response to her diagnosis was a renewed determination to live every moment to its fullest. She took early retirement, which freed her to travel to Turkey and China (more carpets!), and to Hawaii, Washington, and California. She went horse camping on Mount Hood and participated in maintaining various horse campgrounds. Not content with that, she embarked upon the study of Argentine tango and tai chi chuan, including the sword form. She volunteered with the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Oregon and Southwest Washington and with support groups for women with reproductive cancers. She served as a consumer reviewer for Ovarian Cancer Research Program proposals for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Bonnie spent the final weeks of her life at home in rural Oregon, surrounded by her family and close friends. According to her wishes, she was cremated wearing an old pair of jeans, a T-shirt with the John Muir quote “The mountains are calling and I must go,” earrings from the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, sexy underwear, and red satin tango shoes. This memorial was written by Deborah Ross ’68, who helped care for Bonnie and her family in the final weeks of Bonnie’s life. Survivors include David and two grown children.

Eric Oswald Stork ’50

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Eric Oswald Stork ’50, February 2, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia, from kidney failure.

A brilliant and controversial bureaucrat, whose stand on motor vehicle emissions made him a “thorn in the auto industry’s flesh,” Eric Stork defied stereotypes and faced career challenges with integrity and vision.

He was born in Hamburg, Germany, sent to Britain as a child, and at age 13 came to the United States, settling in Washington state. After serving in the army, he studied at the University of Washington for two years before transferring to Reed, where he earned a BA in political science, writing his thesis on the Pacific Northwest Field Committee of the Department of the Interior. His years at Reed were an enjoyable and positive experience, he said. “Being young, being out of the army, working hard at my studies and at various jobs to pay the bills, and associating with fascinating people whom I recognized to be a lot smarter than me.” At Reed, deliberating on his future, he determined that the most significant changes in his life would come from decisions made by the federal government. If he wanted to make a difference, to “make a dent,” he said, he would need to enter government service, “where the dents are made.”


James Edmund Story ’68

James Edmund Story ’68, February 27, 2010, in Roseburg, Oregon. Jim completed a BA in chemistry from Reed and went on to earn an MS in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark College and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of New Mexico. He was program director for the ADAPT counseling outpatient program in Roseburg. Jim and his wife, Margaret, had one daughter.

Cynthia Natalee Thatcher ’88

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Cynthia Natalee Thatcher ’88, August 8, 2013, in Denver, Colorado, following a long illness. News of her death came from her mother, Margarita Thatcher, who conveyed Cindy’s love for Reed. Cindy earned her BA in philosophy, working with faculty advisers Marvin Levich [philosophy 1953–94] and C.D.C. Reeve [philosophy 1976–2001], and completing the thesis “Characterizations of Love in The Brothers Karamazov.” In 2000, she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She became a Buddhist teacher and was a contributor to many online resources for Buddhist study. In 2008, she published Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception through the Buddhist Publication Society. The book explored in depth the Buddha’s significant teaching “When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,” relating to the practice of insight meditation. Cindy touched on the two kinds of reality—ultimate and conventional—expounded in the Abhidhamma, through the example of a pointillist painting that can be viewed in two ways. In addition, the book contains meditation instructions for beginners, an appendix on the perceptual process as described in Buddhist metaphysics, and a crossword puzzle of Pali terms. Just Seeing has been translated into Spanish and German. Describing the book, one reader noted Cindy’s eloquent and expressive language. Memorial services were held for Cindy at Buddhist temples in California, Colorado, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Herbert Walum ’58

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Herbert Walum ’58, December 7, 2013, in Bremerton, Washington, from cancer. Herb took college-level mathematics classes when he was 13 and earned a BA in mathematics from Reed. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, he completed a PhD in mathematics, writing a dissertation on prime numbers that was of particular value for code breaking. After teaching at Harvey Mudd College, he was enticed to join the elite number-theory faculty at the Ohio State University, where he taught until his retirement. Midlife, he discovered tantric Buddhism and founded the Karma Thegsum Choling Tibetan Buddhist center in downtown Columbus. Herb loved string quartets, photography, abstract mathematics, woodworking, cosmology, Puget Sound, cats, and trying to make sense of what other people felt. He was eternally grateful for the education that Reed afforded him, reports Laurel Richardson, his former wife who provided this memorial. “Reed gave me a wonderful education and a family when I needed one,” Herb wrote. Surviving a difficult childhood, alcohol addiction, mind-altering drugs, heart surgery, peritonitis, sepsis, prostate cancer, and a first bout of colon cancer, he chose to forego a third round of chemotherapy when colon cancer returned. Herb wanted to spend his last months living normally, chopping wood and carrying water, and he died near his log cabin on the Dosewallips River, not far from his childhood home of Port Orchard. Herb once remarked: “There is a saying that I did not make up, but expresses in humor what I think is important and sums up my life: the connection between the abstract and the grounded, the mysterious and the mundane. The ambiguity of life.” In addition to Laurel, survivors include sons Ben and Josh; grandchildren Shana and Akiva; and his companion, Moira McCluney. “In memoriam, please do something nice for someone in his name. He always had a kind heart.”

William Wood Wessinger, Trustee

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William Wood Wessinger, February 7, 2014, in Portland. Great-grandson of Portland brewing legend Henry Weinhard, Bill earned a BA in economics from Cornell in 1940. During World War II, he served in the army in the Aleutian Islands, and after the war worked as a freight forwarder in Pendleton and for a steamship company in Portland, before becoming assistant treasurer for the family-owned Blitz Weinhard Brewing Company. Through night classes, he became a CPA and took on additional responsibilities for the company, later operating the business with his brother, Frederic G. Wessinger ’50. They sold the brewery to Pabst Brewing Company in 1979. Bill was elected to Reed’s board of trustees in 1967 and served until 1978. He believed in supporting the state and the community, and among the list of organizations he supported were the High Desert Museum, the Portland Opera, Boys Club of Oregon, the Nature Conservancy of Oregon, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He was appointed to a number of state commissions and committees, and helped create the first student housing for Portland State University and purchased land that would expand the boundaries of Forest Park. He directed both the Blitz Weinhard Foundation and the Wessinger Family Foundation and established the Henry W. and Romayne Wessinger Scholarship Fund. Bill and Patricia Lue, noted philanthropist, were married in 1946 and had five children. Weekends provided time for the family to camp, hike, and ski, and summers were spent in central Oregon. Bill, who was an early member of the Mazamas, hiked with Pat throughout the Cascades; they explored the Canadian Rockies, and took other extensive and challenging travels abroad. Pat died in 2011. Survivors include 3 daughters, 2 sons, 14 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.

Willard Alan Willett MAT ’65

Willard Alan Willett MAT ’65, May 3, 2013, in Newberg, Oregon. Al grew up in eastern Oregon, the youngest of six boys. He drove tractors, sang baritone, and loved opera. He was a naval aviator during the Korean conflict, and remained in the naval reserves for a number of years after the war. Building on a BA in secondary education, Al considered teaching music, but then earned a master’s degree at Reed in behavioral science and taught school in Parkrose High School. On a fellowship, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, intending to earn a doctorate in counseling psychology. He decided instead to become a professional pilot and took a job with Pan American Airways, flying 20,000 miles during his 25-year career. In retirement, he bought 17 acres of land outside Newberg, which he registered as Sanctuary Farm. He did research on horse breeds and built a herd of Morgan horses. He made trips to meet with other ranchers, led 4-H groups, and was involved in the Pacific Northwest Morgan Horse Association, sponsoring an annual most versatile horse award. He rode with the Yamhill County Posse for years. Al married and had three children. Survivors include his son and two daughters, three grandsons, and two great-grandchildren.

David Wilson Williams ’48

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David Wilson Williams ’48 August 7, 2013, in Yakima, Washington. David attended Reed for two years, leaving for military service in the army, and then returning to the college to complete a BA in biology. In 1947, he married classmate Florence Boyrie ’49. He went on to earn an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School (Oregon Health & Science University) and to do his residency at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and at the Veterans Hospital in Portland. Completing that in 1956, he opened a medical practice in Yakima. David was devoted to his family, which comprised two daughters, including Susan E. ’72, and three sons, including David E. ’75. Over the years, David W. and Florence also welcomed eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren into the family fold. For 35 years, he organized family reunions, and was named by one grandchild as the “conductor of the family orchestra.” David was dedicated to providing excellent medical care for his patients and to improving health care in the Yakima community overall. He pioneered the use of pacemakers and introduced enterology. He founded Cornerstone Medical Clinic and served as senior partner in the practice until his retirement in 1994. Colleagues revered him. During his career, he was chief of medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, a visiting consultant at Toppenish Memorial Hospital and at Yakima Osteopathic Hospital, and an assistant clinical professor for the University of Washington Yakima Family Practice Program. He was a member of many medical boards, including the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and the Washington State Medical Society. His medical associations included the Yakima County Medical Association, the Washington State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He was named a fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology in 1976 and a master in 1994. David also was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Rotary International, and a longtime supporter of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, the Capitol Theatre, and the Yakima Valley Museum. During retirement, David and Florence traveled throughout the world and visited all seven continents. Survivors include Florence and their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

David Wallace Williamson MA ’63

David Wallace Williamson MA ’63, January 31, 2014, in Everett, Washington. David attended Longview Community College, served with the army during World War II, and taught high school and community college courses in English. For nearly 20 years, until his retirement in 1986, David taught at Edmonds Community College. He greatly enjoyed competitive sailing, backpacking, mountain climbing, and snow sports, and was a member of the Everett Mountain Rescue Unit for 25 years. On his 70th birthday, he climbed Mount Whitney with his wife, Stella. The couple were married for 49 years, until her death in 2000. Survivors include his son and daughter, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and his dear friend, Karen Stolworthy.

Frank H. Wolf MAT ’66

Frank H. Wolf MAT ’66, December 9, 2013, in Portland. Frank graduated from Pacific University in mathematics in 1951. His career as a teacher and athletic coach, spent in public and private high schools in Oregon and in Portland, spanned 38 years. During retirement, Frank and his wife Margaret Hipple, whom he married in 1947, lived in Manzanita on the Oregon coast, where Frank became involved in city government. Frank and Margaret were named Manzanita citizens of the year in 2005. Frank was also a veteran of World War II. Survivors include a daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren. His wife died in 2007.

Howard F. Wolfe ’41

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Howard F. Wolfe ’41, January 22, 2014, in Portland. A Portland resident, Howard came to Reed from Lincoln High School and earned a BA in biology. He also earned an MA in biochemistry and a PhD in immunology. During World War II, he was an army medic, serving in both the European and Pacific campaigns. He survived the landing on Omaha Beach and a kamikaze attack on the hospital ship Comfort. Back in Portland, he became director of the Portland Allergy Clinic laboratory. He volunteered with youth education at Temple Beth Israel and with youth rehabilitation for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Department. He supported Grant High School’s Dad’s Club and Meals on Wheels. Howard loved the Oregon coast, tennis, and basketball, and cheered on the San Francisco 49ers and the Oregon Ducks. Howard and Frances Aiken Wolfe were married for 70 years. She, along with their two sons, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, survives him.

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