Taught a Generation How to Look at Art
A preeminent scholar with a flair for teaching, he served as director of the National Collection of Fine Arts (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in Washington, D.C., transforming it from a mere repository to a dynamic center of intellectual ferment. He inspired thousands of students to deepen their connection with art, and wrote a bestseller on art criticism that influenced a generation.
From the Archives: The Lives they Led
Authored Elegant Thrillers
Saw Death Camp Twice: As Prisoner and as Liberator
Master of the sucker-punch sentence
AIDS Researcher, Gay-Rights Pioneer
The Architect of Zoloft
Sorted the "good" cholesterol from the bad
Journalist, activist, witness to history
Influential anthropologist, inspiring professor
Investigative journalist won Pulitzer prize
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
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 the life of Steve Jobs.
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