The Architect of Zoloft
Most of them will never know his name. But millions of people around the globe have fought off depression and led more fulfilling lives thanks in part to his discovery—sertraline hydrochloride, better known as Zoloft. Chemist B. Kenneth Koe ’45 died peacefully on October 7, 2015, in his daughter’s home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, at the age of 90.
From the Archives: The Lives they Led
Cartographer of the Brain
Radical lawyer Fay Stender fought for prison reform -- and paid with her life
A life of promise cut short by tragic bicycle collision
Literary Scholar, Dedicated Teacher
Saved lives as an ER doc, buried a sports car
Visionary. Iconoclast. Rebel.
Experimental polymath hunted behemoth prime numbers.
Electrifying economist investigated the economics of air pollution.
Prison governor reformed British penal system.
Literary sorcerer whose fantasy novels became international bestsellers.
Zen priest, beat poet
Photojournalist captured flames and the spirit of firefighters
The "Godfather of Old Town" revitalized Portland's inner city
Particle physicist stopped bulldozers from razing Hidden Peak
"Unorthodox" dean, inspiring correspondent
From wartime welder to molecular biologist.
Cardiac pioneer was on the scene of every heart attack in Juneau for 14 years
Michigan congressman led fight for sanctions against South Africa
Teacher for the deaf
Dancer, choreographer, and library curator
Poet of Ordinary Mysteries
Leading political scientist survived Nazi prison.
Scarred by war, dedicated to helping Oregon's poor.
Anthropologist revolutionized field of sociolinguistics
Inventor of the Gordon Wrench
Author, filmmaker, anthropologist
The Henry Ford of higher ed.
Rocket scientist and father of the Aerohydrofoil sailboat
Historian of towering stature
Escaped Nazis, became a US spy, captured key SS dossiers.
Beloved dean played key role in Steve Jobs’ life
Nuclear physicist who influenced space exploration
Pioneer in computer animation
Anthropologist, linguist, ethnobotanist
First Native American student at Reed served as teacher and social worker
“Father of Shaw Island”
Chemist helped develop polio vaccine
Intelligence officer did fieldwork for OSS and CIA
Author, translator, and artist
Inventor whose oscilloscopes played key role in the electronic age
Influential historian of the Pacific Northwest
Photographer, Executive, Mayor of Lake Oswego
Her translation turned Sappho into a modernist icon
Conservationist and wilderness preservationist
Brilliant surgeon, tragic accident