In Memoriam

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Sydney Gorham Babson ’33

Sydney Gorham Babson ’33, September 5, 2010, in Portland. Gorie grew up in Hood River Valley, where his parents owned an apple and pear orchard. He spent two years at Reed before transferring to the University of Oregon, where he earned undergraduate and medical degrees. After a five-year-old relative died from bacterial meningitis, he decided to specialize in pediatrics and did training at Columbia Presbyterian Babies Hospital and at Stanford Medical School. While in New York, he married Ruth E. Lambert, a nursing scholar at Boston College. Gorie had a private pediatric practice in Portland, which he managed for 20 years. “Starting in, it was in the Depression. Business was poor. There were only six pediatricians in the whole area from Oregon City to Vancouver, Washington. House calls were the biggest business in those days, and that covered a lot of ground. I sometimes had as many as a hundred a month.” He was hired as the first full-time pediatric staff member at Doernbecher Hospital (now Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health & Science University) and became the first perinatologist in Oregon. “I got more excited about hospital life and training, and, in 1961, I somewhat sadly signed out my private practice with personal letters.” Gorie headed up the perinatology division at the hospital and developed and directed the Neonatal Intensive Care Center. He created the first neonatal growth charts and a modern infant scale, and did research on infant nutrition and growth. He also helped establish a regional transport system for babies in distress. “There were no private planes in those days, and we found the best thing to do was send a plane to the hospital with the baby in trouble—send the nurses along and the doctor, so they could give care in their birth room and then take the baby back to Doernbecher. This was so exciting, and so helpful.” He was coauthor of the first book on premature infants, a primer on prematurity and high-risk pregnancy, Diagnosis and Management of the Fetus and Neonate at Risk: A Guide for Team Care. In 1977, he retired and set a course to take one world-trip a year and to write about each one—nearly 20 booklets resulted. He also wrote poetry. In 2003, Gorie was recognized with the American Pediatric Society Perinatal Pioneer Award and OHSU established the Gorham Babson Lecture in Neonatology. Survivors include five daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2000. “A gentle-hearted and kind man, he was loved and admired by everyone.”

Patricia Elvira Ball ’47

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Patricia Elvira Ball ’47, August 20, 2013, in Portland, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Patricia and her mother moved from Chicago to Portland, where she began her schooling. She attended Reed for three years, focusing on sociology and psychology, and then trained with the IRS for a career as an auditor. She worked for 40 years in the field. In addition, she was a master gardener, loved dogs and cats, and was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. Reed provided her with “a continuous curiosity and interest in learning more about almost everything,” she wrote in 1989.

Herbert Kyle Beals ’55

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Herbert Kyle Beals ’55, November 2, 2013, in Gladstone, Oregon. A celebrated author and educational advocate, Herb will be remembered as one of Oregon’s most notable native historians. In addition to his unsurpassed histories of Gladstone and Oregon City, he contributed to national biographical publications, including the Who’s Who series, the Oxford Companion to World Exploration, and Coins Magazine, which drew from his own extensive collection of ancient Roman currency.

Herb was born in Portland to Jim and Mae Beals, owners of Beals Grocery in southeast Portland. Herb delivered groceries, sometimes by the streetcar trolleys. He was valedictorian at Jefferson High School at age 16 and then came to Reed, playing on the football team, which maintained a spotless record until an accidental victory ended its losing streak. (After the game, he joined the campuswide lamentations.)

Herb continued his education at Portland State, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in social sciences and where a plaque recognizes his achievements. As part of his military service in the mid-’50s, he helped spy on Russia and Cuba for the federal organization that later became the National Security Administration. Working for Clackamas County and Metro in the planning department, he drew up maps when they were still done by hand. In 1965, he took a planning position with the University of Oregon. Five years later, he went to work as a planner with the Columbia Region Association of Governments. Throughout most of his life, he was active in the Mazamas and the Geological Society of the Oregon Country. He helped the U.S. Forest Service produce On the Mountain’s Brink, a book on the 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption. For his skill in uncovering important documents, in particular “Juan Pérez on the Northwest Coast: Six Documents of His Expedition in 1774,” he received the North American Society for Oceanic History’s John Lyman Award in 1990. As one of his many hobbies, he made masks for various purposes—one remains on display at Timberline Lodge. Herb joined the Oregon Archeological Society in 1970 and was twice elected president of the organization. As a member of the Oregon Historical Society, he made it his personal duty to seek out the answer to any question he was asked. Many considered him a “great living encyclopedia.” Fellow members of Oregon City’s Atkinson Memorial Church, where Herb wrote the nine-part Definitive History of the Unitarian Universalist congregation, said that Herb was the reason that they were members. At the Gladstone Chautauqua Festival, his favorite event of the year, Herb participated in the parade and set up a booth for the Gladstone Historical Society. He gave tours of local historical homes during the festival and knew all the facts about the city from writing a three-volume history of Gladstone. Herb was a passionate volunteer at schools, historical societies, coffee shops, and churches and freely shared his knowledge. Even when riding the bus, he would often share his research with interested passengers. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brown Beals; two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Our thanks to Raymond Rendleman ’06 for writing a memorial for Herb, “Reedie Leaves behind Historical Legacy.”

David Lawrence Brown ’74

David Lawrence Browne ’74, August 5, 2013, in Tigard, Oregon, from a heart attack. A National Merit Scholar, Dave came to Reed from Moscow, Idaho, and took classes at the college for a little more than a year. He earned a BS from the University of Idaho, an MS from Montana State University, and a PhD in genetics from Michigan State University, and taught biology and genetics in Portland. In his public obituary we learned that he enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was especially “at home” tying flies and fishing for cutthroat trout in the many Pacific Northwest streams. “He loved to discuss politics, philosophy, and science, and was well read in a myriad of subjects. He had a sharp mind and a quick wit, and was known for his prodigious intelligence.” In addition, Dave was an excellent guitar player and performed blues music in Moscow, Idaho, in the ’70s. “We all appreciated his sense of humor, giving heart and gentle spirit.” Survivors include his wife, Linda, a son and daughter, his father and stepmother, and five brothers.

Leroy Skibsted Caspersen ’52

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Leroy Skibsted Caspersen ’52, July 20, 2013, in Portland, from cancer. Following his service in the navy during World War II, Cap married Coralee Stump, moved to Portland, and enrolled at Reed. He earned a BA in biology. “I received an excellent education and developed superb work habits.” Cap received an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School and began a practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Portland in 1960 that spanned 48 years and was marked by the delivery of 6,000 babies—including his grandchildren. He was a passionate golfer, a member of the Portland Golf Club, and he enjoyed skiing, tennis, and bridge. He was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and read two or three novels each week. A sudden decline in his health two months before his death, which baffled physicians, was finally diagnosed as metastasized cancer. Survivors include three children and six grandchildren. His wife died in 2004. “He was a wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather, filled with unconditional love for us all.”

Marcella Ann Cobb ’43

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Marcella Ann Cobb ’43, August 30, 2013, in Portland. Marcella was born in her parent’s house on Main Street on Mount Tabor. She attended Glencoe Elementary School, Washington High School, and followed her elder sister, Janette L. Cobb Schneider ’41, to Reed, where she earned a degree in mathematics—the only woman in her graduating class to do so. She graduated from Reed on a Sunday and went to work as an actuary for Standard Insurance of Portland the following Monday. She remained with Standard for 30 years. Her lifelong passion was dogs. From her first dog, Rin, in 1936, to her last dog, Katie, she was never without their company. On retiring from Standard she operated Misty Meadow Kennels on the family farm in Damascus until 2006. She loved Cairn Terriers and owned, bred, raised, and showed them for more than 50 years. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and her pioneer ancestors. Her great-grandfather, Chauncey Hosford, farmed 200 acres on top of Mount Tabor, and, in 1847, conducted the first formal religious service in Portland. According to a biography of Reverend Hosford, written by Marcella in 1991, Portland at the time consisted of “14 log cabins.” As a child and an adult, Marcella possessed a willingness to be pleased, and so she was. In a life long enough to experience a full share of life’s unavoidable tragedies, she still found something to be happy about every day of her life. She is survived by her five nieces and nephews, including Jeffrey L. Cobb ’80, who provided this wonderful memorial for his aunt.

David J. Coddington ’01

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David J. Coddington ’01, October 17, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois, from a fatal epileptic seizure, a complication of a cerebral hemorrhage that occurred six years earlier. Dave earned a BA from Reed in art and then worked in the art shipping business in New York City. He attended the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, working toward a master’s degree in interior architecture. He was passionate about travel and visited the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Scandinavia. He enjoyed the exploration of everything from an antique shop in the middle of nowhere to a hip restaurant in a large metropolis. He was a gifted artist, an excellent skier, and a devoted fan of Chicago sports teams, especially the Blackhawks. In notifying the college of Dave’s death, Sam Hudnall ’03 remarked, “He was a solid guy and a great Reedie.” Survivors include Dave’s parents, sister, brother, and maternal grandparents. “Though a man of few words, he had an amazing group of loyal supportive friends throughout his life. He will be missed by all of them, but most of all by his constant companion of 13 years, his dog Django.”

Linda Cudlin ’63

Linda Cudlin ’63, June 29, 2013, in Santa Rosa, California. Linda entered Reed at age 16 on a scholarship and earned a BA in history while working full time as an assistant to Mary McCabe [1955–78] in the Commons. After Reed, Linda worked for State Farm Insurance in California for 35 years. Reed was the perfect place for her, she said. She chose it over Stanford, where her parents intended that she study. To the end of her life, she applauded Reed’s rigorous academic program and was generous in her financial support of the college. She also was proud to have concealed the Doyle Owl in her laundry basket for six months. Linda was predeceased by her parents; brother; and her life companion, Elizabeth McPherson.

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. 

Constance Victoria Earnshaw ’70

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Constance Victoria Earnshaw ’70, November 11, 2013, from cancer, at home in Portland. Originally from Booth Bay Harbor, Maine, Connie came to Reed, where she earned a BA in biology and took classes in ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and calligraphy. Her work with Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69] nurtured an interest in Asian culture, which she went on to explore in graduate studies, she said. “I was given very high standards intellectually, which have served me well, as has my intense education in science, liberal arts, and visual arts. I gained a great deal by exposure to the creativity and intelligence of other students.” She completed an MFA in ceramics from Portland State University (1984), an MA in Chinese art history from the University of Oregon (1990), and was a PhD candidate in Chinese art history at the University of Washington. She worked as a professional potter, operating her own studio in Portland, creating ceramic sculpture and what she described as “functional” work. She also was a freelance artist doing graphics and design work that included illustration, posters, costume design, and calligraphy.

From her dear friend, Connie Crooker ’69, who supplied the details for this memorial, we learned that Connie’s vibrant creativity earned her renown as a top Oregon potter and ceramic sculptor. From the heads of her clay sculptures of kneeling goddesses sprout abundant tree-of-life vines in a frenzy of fragile foliage. She splashed her pottery with images of Portland’s Victorian homes, of perky animals, and of guitarists. Her work was shown in many galleries and in solo exhibitions at universities and cultural centers. “I met Connie as a colorfully clad young Reedie, dressed in multiple layers of vintage clothing, who had just discovered that the potter’s wheel gave her a delightful distraction from her tedious biology studies. Her wild mane of tousled curls, and her forthright confidence in her opinions on all subjects, were a force of nature.” After graduating from Reed, the two friends kept in touch with one another, finding and selling thrift store bargains, and playing music together, but ceramics remained her central focus. “Three-dimensional blackberries began to wind around her pieces,” says Connie C. “They grew out of the backs of her black dog Ruby, and out of the heads of her divine earth goddesses. She said the profusion of growth was inspired by Mexican tree-of-life ceramic pieces. To her, blackberries symbolized nature’s dominance over humankind’s futile attempts to control nature. She hated mown lawns. She loved riotous disarray, and she always rooted for the blackberries. She believed, like the poet Walt Whitman, that ‘the running blackberries would adorn the parlors of heaven.’”

Connie taught Asian art history at Portland State University and served as visiting professor or as adjunct faculty at Lewis & Clark College, the University of Portland, Clark College, Portland Community College, and the University of Washington. She knew sufficient Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin Chinese to converse and to aid her research. As an enthusiastic ceramics teacher, she inspired students at the Multnomah Arts Center, where she was assistant studio manager and instructor. She coordinated a tile mural project with youth at Outside In,and was a founding member of the cooperative Hawthorne Art Guild. Her creativity extended to music and dress. She played jazz guitar, sang, and composed music, which she sometimes performed at coffee houses. She wore layers of colorful clothing, channeling the free spirits of Isadora Duncan and Frida Kahlo. She and her husband, Shiaw Yen Lui, who were married in 1998, enjoyed camping, hiking, and exploring restaurants. Her notebooks of nature drawings serve as journals of their adventures. “If I had to describe Connie in one word,” says Connie C, “it would be ‘untamable.’ Her art, her unkempt hair, her unplucked eyebrows jutted in all directions with exuberance. In many ways, Connie lived the life that many people envy. Many of us put aside our creativity to earn our livings, and we plan to get back to our art after retirement, but the moment she first got her hands in clay back when she was in college, she knew her life’s course, and she never lost that vision. She breathed life and humor and endless imagination into her art, and the art she left for us is her abundant laughter made visible.” Survivors include her husband and her brother and sister.

Deborah Jean Parr Emery ’75

Deborah Jean Parr Emery ’75, April 20, 2013, in San Luis Obispo, California, from staph pneumonia. Deborah’s parents worked for the U.S. State Department and she spent most of her early years in Turkey. After graduating from Reed with a BA in art, she flew to Kabul, Afghanistan, where her parents had been stationed, and worked as a lifeguard. Following a severe back injury, she was flown to Silver Springs, Maryland, where her parents were living at the time, and underwent surgery. Deborah then enrolled at University of Maryland and earned a second BA in business. Her four-year college roommate Ellen Mankoff ’75, who provided details for this memorial, was in graduate school at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore at the time and saw Deborah often. Deborah had a distinguished career in business, beginning with her work with the Opera Company of Boston, where she advanced to the position of comptroller in 1977. After that time, she moved to Seattle with her partner, a set designer with the Seattle Opera Company. In the early ’90s, she was business director for Kitsap Mental Health Services in Bremerton and a finance and operations manager for Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle. In 2005, she earned an MSN from Seattle University College of Nursing, passed the national boards, and became an advanced-practice psychiatric mental health nurse with a focus on addiction. She also was employed with the California Men’s Colony in Atascadero, California, and specialized in working with prisoners recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Reporting Deborah’s death, her sisters said that Deborah had not been in good health for many years, due to complications of knee replacements, and had suffered repeated bouts of pneumonia.

Reeve Edward Erickson ’50

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Reeve Edward Erickson ’50, April 15, 2013, in Portland. Reeve grew up in Gresham and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1941.He later worked at the Oregon shipyard and then enlisted with the marines, serving with the 4th Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre. Following the war, he enrolled at Reed, where he earned a BA in psychology. “I will always remember Monte Griffith [psychology 1926–54],” he wrote. After graduation, he rejoined the corps and was sent to Korea. Injuries during this time led to his retirement from the corps and a return to school. He earned an MS in psychology from the University of Portland and the same year married Mitzi Jones. He was a school psychologist with Multnomah County until he retired in 1983. He also was a mental health examiner for the court in commitment hearings for 20 years. Reeve and Mitzi enjoyed travel, hiking, bicycle riding, ballroom dancing, and bowling with seniors. In addition, he wrote poetry. Survivors include his wife, his stepson and stepdaughter, a grandson and great-granddaughter, and two sisters.

John Kenneth Fiedler ’51

John Kenneth Fiedler ’51, September 18, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. At 16, John moved from Minnesota to Oregon, where he built ships before being drafted into service during World War II. He attended Reed for three years and then moved to Seattle, where he worked for Boeing for 35 years as an engineer and strategic planner. A passionate liberal and Democrat, he fought for civil rights and peace. John lived 10 years in Naches, Washington, raising apples with his wife, Beth. He was predeceased by his wife and a son and daughter. Survivors include a daughter and son, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Lesley Corbett Forster, Trustee

Lesley (Judy) Corbett Forster [trustee 1957-73], November 5, 2013, in Portland, from age-related issues. A lifelong resident of Portland, Judy was the third of five daughters born to Elliott R. and Alta Smith Corbett, a former Reed Regent (1919-41). She attended Riverdale School, Miss Catlin’s School (Catlin Gabel School), the Branson School, and Smith, graduating in 1936 with a degree in history and a minor in physics. An eventful plane trip from Portland to Smith in her junior year—which included landing in an Iowa cornfield—sparked her interest in joining the Smith College Flying Club. Returning from college in 1939, she met physician Donald Forster, whom she married. They raised a family of three sons and one daughter. She was an active participant in the Portland community, serving on the boards of the Parry Center, OMSI, and Reed. In sharing the news of her death, President John R. Kroger said, “Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Judy, I know her connections to Reed run deep, and that the college has lost a beloved friend.” Judy volunteered with the PTA of Riverdale School and lent her support for the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, Smith College, Catlin Gabel School, and the League of Women Voters. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Her husband and son predeceased her. Her cousin, Laurie Cummins ’39, also served on the Reed board of trustees. Remembrances may be made in Judy’s name to Catlin Gabel School or Reed College.

James William Fristrom ’59

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Jim Fristrom, an outdoor enthusiast, traveled to Alaska with his wife, Dianne.

James William Fristrom ’59, October 29, 2013, in Oakland, California. A native of Chicago, Jim was born to Carl Fristrom and Katherine Kermeen Fristrom and graduated from Francis Parker School. He earned a BA from Reed in biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received a fellowship to the Rockefeller Institute, where he earned a PhD in life sciences. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biology at the California Institute of Technology and then joined the faculty of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley in 1965. For the next three decades, Jim made significant contributions to the field of fruit fly genetics and development. He ran a large laboratory at Berkeley: a total of 23 graduate students received their doctorates under his mentorship. Many postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars benefited from the energetic and supportive atmosphere of his lab. Jim was an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a great love of fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. He loved to garden and build garden structures such as gazebos, bridges, and decks. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Dianne, sons James and Edward, granddaughters Sofia and Zara, and brother Carl. Donations in his name, supporting undergraduate biological research, may be made to the Biology Fellows Program at UCB.

Richard Phillip Gale ’60

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Richard Philip Gale ’60, September 27, 2013, in Laguna Woods, California, after suffering a major stroke. In his 75 years, Dick enjoyed a rich and varied life. He earned a BA in sociology from Reed, an MA from Washington State University, and a PhD from Michigan State University. He spent his career as a professor at the University of Oregon, where he specialized in environmental sociology and published more than 50 articles and chapters. His efforts as a central sociological figure in advocating disciplinary attention to environmental issues led to creation of the American Sociological Association section on environmental sociology. Dick was instrumental in launching and nurturing the University of Oregon’s interdisciplinary environmental studies degree program. He also devoted many hours to guiding students as a dedicated academic adviser and mentor. For many years he commuted to Eugene from his home in Florence, Oregon, where he was active in community affairs. He served on the Chamber of Commerce board, ran for port commissioner, greeted newcomers as an ambassador, volunteered as an ombudsman at a local nursing home, helped bring about the community’s fall festival, and wrote the crucial grant that sparked the creation of the Events Center. In retirement, he moved to Southern California, where he also participated in community life. He was a staunch supporter of libraries and an inveterate reader, always “chasing ideas” through books, the internet, and the media (he read both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times daily). He loved music, especially chamber and choral works, including opera. He attended hundreds of art exhibitions over the years. He was the household cook, who made lovely dinners every evening and who boasted a cookbook collection of over 300 titles. Dick was also a dedicated traveler who had seen much of the world. In recent years he became truly enamored of New York City because of the inexhaustible wealth of theatre, art, and music available there. He is survived by his wife, Susan Gale, the author of this memorial piece; his sister, Jean Schaefer; and his nieces Julie Smith and Laurie Batten. Donations in his memory may be made to the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence, Oregon.

Priscilla Webber Hanawalt, Staff

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Priscilla Webber Hanawalt [staff 1959–83], October 31, 2013, in Portland, at 95, following a long period of age-related dementia. Pat was born in Massachusetts and moved to Seattle, where she earned a BA in psychology from the University of Washington and met Clare Hanawalt, whom she married in 1941. During World War II, she worked for the War Administration. Clare’s job at KGW led the family to Portland, and Pat came to Reed in 1959, doing part-time clerical support for the dean of students—advancing to the role of secretarial assistant to the dean in 1963. She was named acting dean in 1970 and became dean of students in 1971; she retired in 1983. President Paul Bragdon [1971–88] remarked at Pat’s retirement, “No one cared more about students than Pat. She will be missed.” Survivors include the couple’s son and daughter, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Carroll Henshaw Hendrickson Jr. ’42

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Carroll Henshaw Hendrickson Jr. ’42, September 3, 2013, in Frederick, Maryland. Carroll grew up in Frederick, in the county where his family had resided since the early 1700s. After attending public schools in town, Carroll went to Beacon School in Massachusetts and then came to Reed. Financial support for his first year came from his uncle Hunt Hendrickson, father of Ames B. Hendrickson ’48, who lived in Portland, and who introduced Carroll to many aspects of Portland society. Carroll’s roommate was Jack Dudman ’42, and other college friends included Sam McCall ’42, his twin sister, Jean McCall Babson ’42, Florence Walls Lehman ’42, Hallie Rice ’45, and Carl Stevens ’42 [also professor of economics 1954-90]. Carroll enjoyed classes with Barry Cerf [English 1921–48] and Rex Arragon [history 1923–62; 1970–74], and worked with thesis adviser George B. Noble [political science 1922–48]. He was less interested in majoring in a subject, he confessed in an interview in 2005, and more interested in getting a good education, which he found at Reed. Carroll enjoyed the social life at the college, attending formal dances; hiking and skiing; singing with the Boar’s Head Ensemble, the Madrigals, and the Glee Club; and listening to music in Capehart. An accomplished pianist, Carroll found the venture into vocal groups very satisfying. He memorized the score of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial by Jury in his room in Winch, in order to perform it in spring 1942 and lose no time for work on his thesis. (Carroll played piano throughout his life, preferring duets, chamber music, show tunes, and popular music of World War II.) He also attended local concerts and opera. Through music, he became friends with Jacob Avshalomov ’43 and Doris Felde Avshalomov ’43. To earn money for college expenses past the first year, Carroll worked in the Commons at 40¢ an hour, including summers. One year, Miss Brownlie [Ann R. 1930–43] gave him the job of supervising the storage room in exchange for room and board. (“In my Navy years, I was thankful for remembering the manner in which she wrote out job descriptions and trained us. Most people don’t go to Reed for that!”) At meetings of the Young People’s Fellowship Trinity Episcopal Church in northwest Portland, Carroll became better acquainted with Margaret M. Doane ’42. After Reed, Carroll served in the U.S. Navy and sent Margie a marriage proposal from Funafuti in the Ellis Islands. They married in 1944. During the war, Carroll was engaged in a number of invasions as a watch officer and navigator in the amphibious forces in the central Pacific. (He remained in the naval reserves, retiring as a lieutenant commander.) After the war, Carroll and Margie moved to Frederick. Carroll was determined to be the sole support for his family and went to work at Hendrickson’s, “an old-fashioned, middle-of-the-road store” established in 1877 by his grandfather. He was assistant manager and buyer and assumed ownership of the store in 1967. “By that time, Hendrickson’s was the last independent store of our type in downtown Frederick.” He operated the store for 13 years and made a lot of money, he said, going out of business. Carroll did volunteer work for the archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, the Maryland Historical Society, the Historical Society of Frederick County, and the archives of All Saints Church in Frederick, where he also was a member of the vestry and choir and a Sunday school teacher. He assisted the Frederick city orchestra and joined the board of the Baltimore Symphony, rising to the position of board president. “All during the time I was trying to run the store, I’d also go into Baltimore to help plan the programs, until I’d gotten to know everybody on their staff, all the musicians. I got to associate with some of the best musicians in the country.” He served as director of concert development in 1980–87. In retirement, Carroll also traveled, making 17 trips to Europe and 22 transcontinental trips. When his travels concluded, he continued to drive locally, especially to the local community college, where he found books for his own “homemade” English or French courses. Carroll stayed in touch with Ames, Ellie Boettiger Seagraves ’49 and Van Seagraves ’48; he gardened, and played piano for residents in his retirement home in Frederick. Margie died in 2003 and a daughter died in 2011. Survivors include a daughter and son, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Mark H. Jacobsen ’72

Mark H. Jacobsen ’72, October 21, 2013, in Arlington, Virginia, from cardiac complications related to type 1 diabetes. Mark earned a BA from Reed and a PhD at UC Irvine in history. He also studied at the University of London for a year on a Fulbright Scholarship. He taught military history for 21 years at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, Virginia, and was coauthor of the first scholarly account of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War, Old Friends New Enemies: The Royal Navy & the Imperial Japanese Navy, Volume 2. “Always curious to learn about other cultures, he particularly enjoyed working with students from allied nations around the world.” Mark is remembered as an exceptionally generous man and a natural teacher with a passion for books. He lived with type I diabetes for nearly 50 years. Survivors include three brothers, a sister-in-law, and three nephews, who were a great joy in Mark’s life.

Eileen Ruth Pease Kuhns ’45

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Eileen Ruth Pease Kuhns ’45, March 15, 2013, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Eileen was orphaned at the age of 2, and lived with several of her relatives before she “struck out on her own” and returned to her hometown of Portland at 15. She went to Reed on a full scholarship, earning a BA in sociology. The Reed experience, and the humanities program in particular, were the “springboard” for her life, she wrote. In May 1945, she married college sweetheart Edward Douglas Kuhns ’45, whom she found to be a kindred soul. Both Eileen and Douglas completed doctoral degrees at Syracuse University—Eileen’s was in sociology and anthropology. Eileen was a gifted researcher, who wrote numerous textbooks and papers and coauthored the book Managing Academic Change: Interactive Forces and Leadership in Higher Education (1975). She served as a director and trustee for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. She taught at Syracuse, Lake Forest College, and Montgomery College—where she advanced to the position of executive dean—and was dean of the faculty at Mount Vernon College. She was cofounder and president of Washington International College in Washington, D.C., and she taught sociology, anthropology, and statistical methodology at American University, George Washington University, and later Catholic University, where she retired. The university’s president and her graduate students begged her not to retire, but she made the decision to do so at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In a very busy life, Eileen found time to garden and to help rescue stray animals. Survivors include Douglas; children John, D.C., Paul, and Anne; and 8 grandchildren. “She taught them all that the world is an open and beckoning place, waiting to give you what you seek to find. She taught them the importance of giving back; always striving to leave the world a better place than you found it.”

David Ming-Li Lowe ’54

David Ming-Li Lowe ’54, September 24, 2013, in Los Angeles, California. Born in Shanghai to a father who was a foreign-service officer for the Chinese Nationalist Party, the Kuomingtang, and a graduate of the University of Chicago, David was educated in Calcutta, India, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the U.S., and was, in his early years, “a mirror of the political, social, and economic make-up of my diplomat parents.” At the encouragement of his older brother, David enrolled at Reed. “My two years at Reed were years of change and discovery. For someone as naive as I, secluded from society by gated prep schools, the freedom of action, the newly made acquaintance of the other sex, and the involvement of weightier issues all helped to form the person I am today.” In particular, he enjoyed the company of his good friend Karl Metzenberg ’54. David studied in the combined program in engineering with Reed and MIT, but left the program after being recruited by California State Polytechnic, where he earned a BS in architectural engineering. He then obtained a BS in architecture and environmental design from USC, graduating in 1957 with the honor award for best design by the American Institute of Architecture Students (now Association of Student Chapters, AIA). David and Willoughby Greenwood ’55 married in 1959; the couple had a son and parted ways five years later. During the time that followed, David decided to pursue his interest in film. He completed a master’s degree in theatre arts through the motion picture department at UCLA in 1972. He made numerous musical promotion films and 4 feature films in the nearly 12 years he worked in the field. With the revenue he earned, he invested in local property. He returned to architecture and later married Adrienne J. Lowe; they were together until her death in 2007 and raised a daughter. David taught architecture in the School of Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University in Pomona and at Los Angeles City College. His own practice as an architect began with industrial, large-scale projects using steel. He did mid-scale residential, commercial, and institutional work, and designed buildings that were earthquake resistant, introducing and utilizing the GERB vibration control system. He was largely responsible for the Lockheed-Martin complex at Sunnyvale, and best known for a number of notable residences of imaginative design. In 1994, the Southern California Chapter AIA selected David as one of 100 California architects with significant work in the last 100 years. Survivors include his children, two grandchildren, and a sister.

Wallace Trevethic MacCaffrey ’42

A picture of Wallace and Isobel Gamble MacCaffrey

Wallace and Isobel Gamble MacCaffrey in 1972.

Wallace Trevethic MacCaffrey ’42, December 13, 2013, in Cambridge, England. Wallace MacCaffrey, a figure of towering stature in the field of English history and Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History Emeritus at Harvard University, died at 93. “Although he had been failing physically for some time, he retained his formidable mental capacities to the end and died peacefully and without pain in Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge,” wrote Prof. David Sacks [history 1986–]. “A good death after a long and good life.”

Wallace spent his childhood on a farm in La Grande, Oregon. His parents were immigrants from Great Britain and his father served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He developed an interest in reading at an early age, preferring this over social activities of other children, he said in an interview in 2003. He received special permission to have a library card, which gave him access to a great many historical works, as well as English, French, and Russian novels, and he was well prepared for high school courses. The year following graduation, he earned money for college by working as a secretary and stenographer at a local flour mill. Then he enrolled in a two-year liberal arts course at Eastern Oregon College of Education (now Eastern Oregon University), and following that, enrolled at Reed, moving with his parents to Portland.

He completed the thesis, “The Canadian Nation and the British Commonwealth, 1917-1926,” with Reginald Arragon [history 1923–62; 1970–74] as his adviser. Drafted into the army in the spring of his senior year, but found to be underweight, his enlistment was postponed until fall 1942. While awaiting enlistment, he worked for the Portland office of the Union Pacific Railway, and during World War II received language training and supervised Italian soldiers who had been taken prisoner in North Africa. His service ended in 1946 and he entered Harvard that fall, teaching briefly at Reed in the interim.


Robert Madison Maxwell ’50

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Robert Madison Maxwell ’50, June 23, 2013, in Lakewood, Tacoma. The year before Robert earned his BA from Reed in chemistry, he married Mary L. Weible ’49, MAT ’67. Mary traveled by ship to Japan to be with him during his service as a flight engineer with the air force during the Korean War. Robert also earned a BA in education at the University of Puget Sound and an MA in counseling and psychology from South Dakota State University. He and Mary taught in the Clover Park School District in Tacoma and truly enjoyed their retirement that began in 1989. Following Mary’s death in 2009, Robert revisited Reed with his daughter and son and was delighted to return to the setting of so many happy memories.

Samuel McCracken, Faculty

Samuel McCracken [English 1967–71], October 4, 2013, in Newton, Massachusetts. Sam McCracken was educated at Drake University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and the University of London. In addition to teaching literature and humanities at Reed, he taught English at Boston University, where he served as assistant to John Silber, president and then-chancellor, from 1974 until 2005, when Sam retired. He wrote The War Against the Atom and articles for a number of periodicals, including Commentary, National Review, the New Republic, and the New York Times. “McCracken was a man of wide-ranging erudition, wit, kindly and otherwise, and prodigious memory.” Survivors include his wife, Natalie Jacobson McCracken; a son and daughter; two grandchildren; and a sister.

John Rees Moore ’40

John Rees Moore ’40, August 3, 2013, in Roanoke, Virginia. John earned a BA from Reed and an MA from Harvard in English, after which he enlisted in the army and served with the U.S. Eighth Army Air Force in England. Following World War II, he taught at several universities before resuming his studies and earning a PhD in English from Columbia University. He joined the English department at Hollins College in Roanoke, where he taught for 28 years. John published essays, book reviews, and his own poetry in a number of publications, including the Sewanee Review. He also was editor of the Holins Critic, a literary journal. His special interest was in Irish literature. On a Danforth Grant, he attended the first (W.B.) Yeats International Summer School in 1960 in Sligo, Ireland, and spent a year on sabbatical in Ireland, working on a book on Yeats’ drama Masks of Love and Death, which was published in 1971. He was president of the American Committee for Irish Studies and also traveled for academic presentations and study in Lebanon and Greece. John was preceded in death by Elizabeth L. Drawbaugh Moore, to whom he was married for 56 years, and is survived by his son, daughter, and sister.

Narciso Schutz Padilla ’52

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Narciso Schutz Padilla ’52, October 20, 2011, in the Philippines. A family friend in the Philippines recommended Reed as the place for Narciso’s education. Narciso earned a BA in physics from the college and went on to earn an MS in civil engineering at MIT and an MS from Universidad de la Habana in Cuba. In Cuba, he married Maria Martinez and worked as a civil engineer, designing bridges, high-rise buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, and housing projects in North and South America. He also completed studies at the University of Puerto Rico, where he worked as a structural engineer. He then specialized in the Prescon System, a prestressed concrete construction, and returned to the Philippines to establish Prescon Philippines in 1967. He was director of the Philippine Contractors Association and worked in a number of capacities in the concrete business and for his community. Narciso and Maria had a son and daughter and lived in Manila.

Waldo Rasmussen ’54

Waldo Rasmussen ’54, August 15, 2013, in New York City, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. A native of Tekoa, Washington, whose father was a Native American, Waldo worked at the Portland Art Museum while he was at Reed, where he earned a BA in general literature and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He attended graduate school at the Institute of Fine Arts in New York and then joined the Museum of Modern Art, where he worked on the preparation and circulation of traveling exhibitions and became director of the department of circulating exhibitions in 1962. The experience, he said, “made me understand what it felt like to see exhibitions and original works of art for the first time after having seen them in reproductions only—away from the ‘center.’ It’s shaped the way I’ve always worked.” When the International Program became an independent department in 1969, Waldo was appointed to direct it. He organized the first exhibitions of modern American art to be sent abroad, an experience that he cited among the high points of his career. His landmark exhibition was Two Decades of American Paintings 1945–65 and American Abstract Expressionists, and he assembled the most extensive survey of modern Latin American art in the exhibition Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century. He retired in 1994. In addition to his work in art, he enjoyed classical music, dance and theatre performances, and film. Waldo and Gail Marie (Geraldine) Preston ’52 were married in 1953 and had a son and daughter. Waldo is survived by his life companion and spouse, John Dowling; his son; and three grandchildren.

Kathryne Joan Risberg MAT ’64

Kathryne Joan Risberg MAT ’64, October 9, 2013, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Joan was an undergraduate at the University of Oregon, leaving to marry E. Vernon Risberg and to raise a family, which included a son and two daughters. She resumed her studies at Portland State University, completing a BA in 1963, and then enrolled in the master’s program at Reed in English and social studies. Joan taught both subjects for 25 years at Madison and Cleveland high schools in Portland. “My experiences at Reed greatly broadened my outlook on life,” she wrote in 1994. “I hope that I have been able to pass this open attitude on to students I have had—even to others in my life.” She remembered particularly class with Kenneth Hanson [English 1954–86], who “made poetry sing,” and a favorite instructor was Richard Jones [history 1941–86]—“I still feel lucky to have known him and to have taken a class from him.” Joan and Vern traveled throughout the world, and enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast. They were married for 54 years. Survivors include her children, seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two sisters.

George Kemp Schlesinger ’69

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Photo by Michael Thompson ’65

George Kemp Schlesinger ’69, August 2013, in Maryland. After finishing his thesis at Reed, for which he earned a BA in philosophy, Kemp continued philosophy studies at the University of Oregon. He later lived in Yachats, where he produced a series of uniquely satirical collage books (unpublished) while studying computer programming. Another entertainment was music: Kemp began playing the flute at age 5 and mastered several other instruments, including saxophone, oboe, bassoon, piccolo, and piano. Terrel Brand ’67 says, “I met Kemp first in Sisson, where he collaborated with another roommate in a jazz group. His considerable skill and profound interest in music had a great influence on my own skill (modest) and interest (huge).” Those who loved him recall his quiet sense of humor, the outbursts of spontaneous silliness, the breadth of interests—in addition to playing music, Kemp played chess, Go, and mahjongg—and a gentleness of spirit. Cricket Parmalee ’67 remembered: “What is startling to me is how very specific my physical recollection of Kemp is. More than anyone else I have known, he was so individual in the way he looked, moved, and spoke. He was often very silent, but focused, and would then abruptly take the floor with a comment or commentary. His physical presence—kicking a pebble down the street, doing a little dance, like a soccer player, or breaking into a smile . . . forget Wittgenstein and think Buster Keaton!” Steven Halpern ’67 recalled Kemp as quiet and self-effacing, “yet always having something interesting to say, especially when pressed about one of his interests. His inner life, which I was convinced was rich, was, at the same time a complete unknown. I think of him as being the sweetest of human beings, with a sweetness that, unfortunately, he could not access for his own well being.” A move to Germany, as David Dod ’67 says, seemed to be the happiest and most fulfilling chapter of his life. “Having a job where he had talent and was valued, traveling to work with clients, and joining the municipal-sponsored town band of Heppenheim.” He had returned to the United States in 2005, after 20 years as a programmer at Software AG, one of the leaders in software application development. During his years in Germany, he traveled extensively for the firm, overseeing installations in various European countries and the U.S., aided by his facility for languages. In addition to fluency in English and German, he was comfortable in French, Italian, Dutch, and Hungarian, many of which he studied independently. In later years, he learned Chinese as an entertainment. Declining health led to Kemp’s return to Maryland, where he lived with his sister, Fran, who provided this memorial. Always able to amuse himself, Kemp was a film buff, particularly loving noir films of the ’30s and ’40s. He read extensively, everything from comics, to “trashy” Chinese novels, to history, philosophy, and economics. After a few years, retirement palled and he took part-time work at the local public library as supervisor of page services, solving logistical problems, developing systems, mentoring younger colleagues, and enjoying interactions with the youngest patrons. Kemp had a special kinship with children, sharing jokes and letters with nephews and nieces. His “uncleness” included great generosity of time, interest, and affection. Photographs of Kemp, taken by Mike Thompson ’66 during a day trip to Short Sands Beach, show the playful side of Kemp. “I remember him as a gentleman, quiet, and drawling his words out; happy to be included in outings and a good sport about putting up with photographers, but generally keeping himself in the background.” Kemp was kind to those he felt close to and, as one colleague at the public library noted, he was a dear sweet friend. “It is not often that you find someone who ‘gets’ you and Kemp was much loved and respected.” Kemp’s family held a memorial at the Harford County Public Library to commemorate his love of learning, his curiosity, and his humor that will remain with those whose lives he touched.

Lynne Clara Sherley ’53

Lynne Clara Sherley ’53, September 26, 2013, in Portland. Lynne earned a BA in anthropology from Reed and degrees in education and music from Portland State and Marylhurst universities. She taught fourth grade and orchestra in the Tigard Schools for 20 years. With her musical ability and a quick wit and wry sense of humor, she inspired many young musicians. She was accomplished in both piano and cello, and formed her own group, Trillium. Lynne also enjoyed making and teaching art, doing quilting, and traveling, and spoke six languages. She did organic gardening and supported many organizations, including Oregon Tilth and the Portland Japanese Garden. She was a member of the Ananda community, where she volunteered as a teacher and office assistant. Survivors include a son and two daughters, four grandchildren, and a brother.

Robert Wentler Twigg ’46

Robert Wentler Twigg ’46, October 6, 2013, in Spokane, Washington. Bob served in the navy during World War II. He studied mathematics and physics at Reed and the University of Washington, and completed his undergraduate degree at Whitman College. He then earned an LLD at Gonzaga University and practiced law in Spokane for 40 years. Bob served in the Washington State Senate in 1966–74. He enjoyed reading, travel, sports, and mowing the lawn. Survivors include his wife, Joan Barrett Twigg, to whom he was married for 40 years; a daughter and two sons; a stepson; and five grandchildren.

Ruth Volkmann ’54

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Ruth Volkmann ’54, June 15, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. Ruth earned a BA and BFA from Reed and the Museum Art School (Pacific Northwest College of Art). She studied with Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], painter Michael Russo, and sculptor Frederic Littman in 1948–56. She described her own work, done in acrylic on canvas and on hardboard, as primitive realism. Ruth sought to enlarge the viewer’s appreciation of the natural world by portraying it in a flat perspective. She avoided spatial and atmospheric depth and eliminated some scenic details in order to create a painting that was more “true,” she said, rather than realistic. Her work appeared in numerous exhibitions in the Pacific Northwest. Ruth taught art in public schools and worked in commercial art in Zurich, Switzerland. She had a great love for New England, where she spent her childhood, and the Pacific Northwest coast and mountain ranges. She lived in Vermont and in Eugene, Oregon, before moving to the Seattle area in the early ’80s. Survivors include her sisters, Ann Volkmann Dick ’50 and Elizabeth Young.

Edward Gunn Watson ’43

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Edward Gunn Watson ’43, August 15, 2013, in Eugene, Oregon. Ed transferred into Reed from Oregon State College (University), and earned a BA in political science. He had fond memories of rowing crew at a time when Reed gained press for having the first female coxswain in collegiate rowing, Mary Elizabeth Russell Bauer ’43. Ed and Ruth S. Hahnel ’43 married in 1942. Of life after Reed, Ed recalled: “The ink was scarcely dry on my Reed diploma in early 1943, when I was inducted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. After 35 missions as a B-24 bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force, I, like thousands of others, concluded that army life was not for me.” Between missions, Ed was delighted to explore his family roots in visits to the Scottish Highlands. After his service concluded, Ed earned an MA in political science at the University of Washington and then taught at Whitman College. To make ends meet on a teacher’s salary, he moonlighted as executive secretary of the county planning commission. Two years later he became the first full-time planning director for Walla Walla. “Along the way, I picked up some additional hats as a volunteer fireman, fire district commissioner, and county civil defense director.” In 1962, he returned to Oregon as an urban planning consultant on the staff of the University of Oregon Bureau of Municipal Research and Service, which had been founded by Herman Kehrli ’23. He and Ruth parted ways in 1966, but remained lifelong friends in the care of their daughter and son. A brief marriage to Dolores Epps ended with her sudden death and he later married Mary S. Huser. The couple lived in Eugene, where they were active in Westminster Presbyterian Church and maintained a flourishing garden—Ed was said to be the first person to produce kiwi fruit in Oregon. They also traveled abroad. Ed loved life and learning, and was interested in everything from rocks to astronomy. Mary died in 2006.

Henry William Wyld Jr. ’49

Henry William Wyld Jr. ’49, October 16, 2013, in Urbana, Illinois. A Portland native, Bill was a month shy of 17 when he entered college. At Reed, he met Jeanne-Marie Bergheim ’49—whom he married in 1955—and developed a lifelong interest in mathematics and theoretical physics. He earned a BA in physics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. On a fellowship from the Atomic Energy Commission, he went on to the University of Chicago, where he earned a PhD, completing a doctoral thesis on quantum field theory. He was an instructor in physics at Princeton University in 1954–57 and worked on research in particle physics. Bill, Jeanne-Marie, and their first child then moved to Urbana, Illinois, where Bill joined the faculty in physics at the University of Illinois, where he taught for 38 years. During his career, he also served as a consultant for the Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation, Space Technology Laboratories, and Gulf Oil. He worked in plasma physics, in fluid mechanics, and with the early mathematical development of tomography. He took sabbaticals at Oxford University in England and at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked on theoretical studies in high-energy particle physics. He also worked at the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico. He published numerous articles on theoretical physics and wrote the book Mathematical Methods for Physics. Bill also enjoyed history, biology, languages, music, and travel. His kindness and generosity, his delightful sense of humor and love of life, are greatly missed by family and friends. Bill was predeceased by Jeanne-Marie, and a daughter and son. He is survived by a daughter and grandson. A cousin, Garrard E. Wyld ’41, also graduated from Reed.

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