We were sad to learn of the death of poet Vern Rutsala ’56 on April 2, at the age of 80. Vern won the C.E.S. Wood Distinguished Writer Award at the Oregon Book Awards in March, in recognition of his enduring literary career as poet and teacher at Lewis & Clark College. His poetry collection The Moment’s Equation made him a finalist for the National Book Award in 2006. Look for a tribute to Vern in the September issue of Reed.