Bay Area

Bay Area Reedies should watch their mailboxes for a notice of the upcoming summer picnic. For more information about chapter activities, call Richard Thomason ’84 at 510/524-3724.


Harvard was overrun with Reedies when Joe Buhler ’72, Reed professor of mathematics, spoke before a group of alumni, parents, and friends about the encryption of electronic information. In spite of this excellent attendance, Boston does not currently have an active chapter established. Anyone willing to help rejuvenate the Boston chapter should call Marianne Brogan ’84, director of alumni relations, at 503/777-7593, or email

New York

Alumni, friends, and parents gathered at the Abigail Adams Smith Museum for an informative lecture by Joe Buhler ’72, Reed professor of mathematics, on privacy in cyberspace and the role cryptography plays in this complex issue. New York alumni also spent a day at the Cloisters, the medieval art annex of the Metropolitan Museum, with a lecture followed by a picnic.

Are you interested in attending the chapter steering committee meetings? Do you have any ideas for events? Would you like to be on the chapter email list? Is leading a REEDing book group up your alley? Please call Kate Bieber ’94 at 718/499-8980 or email with any questions or suggestions.


The Portland chapter sponsored a lecture and slide presentation by Arlene Blum ’66, who helped organize and lead the first all-woman expedition to the summit of Denali. In addition to recounting that historic event, her presentation provided alumni with insight into skills useful when tackling life’s more mundane adventures.

At the annual spring garden seminar, hosted by the Reed garden club, speaker Sean Hogan had many tips and suggestions on ways Portlanders might achieve a Mediterranean look in their gardens. Afterwards, attendees swapped plants and seedlings along with stories of Reed.

Visiting assistant professor of political science Nathan Teske ’87 speculated on the future of the Republican and Democratic parties in the post-Monica era during a Foster-Scholz club brown bag luncheon. Foster-Scholz club members also attended an intensive half-day memoir-writing workshop led by Lisa Norton ’80.

The alumni REEDing club continues to meet the second Tuesday of each month. Recent literary selections included Kurt Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle and Ralph Ellison’s The Invisible Man.

Please watch for information on the alumni reception for graduating seniors and on summer events such as the Rockies baseball game and the July 4th picnic. The Portland chapter steering committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Gray Center A and would welcome your ideas and participation.


The Reed Brew Touring Society of Seattle continues to meet on the third Thirstday—oops, Thursday—of each month. The REEDing group also continues to meet and is planning to discuss Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Works by Jorge Luis Borges, and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Check the Rainier chapter’s web site ( for brew pub and REEDing group schedules, along with updates on other chapter activities. For more information about the chapter, call Peter Mason ’79 at 206/323-2887 or email

Southern California

Southern California movie buffs attended the Alex Theatre Film Society’s showing of Sunset Boulevard on May 1. The Alex, a recently restored 1931 Egyptian-style movie palace in Glendale, was the perfect venue for this timeless film. For more information about the southern California alumni chapter or upcoming events, call Barry Hansen ’63 at 562/220-2615 or email

Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C., alumni chapter hosted a lecture by Joe Buhler ’72 on the role of cryptography in cyberspace. Upcoming events include the annual picnic, 4th of July baseball game and fireworks, and a tour of the Smithsonian rare book room with Leslie Overstreet ’71.

Susan Rudy ’79 recently resigned as chair of the Washington, D.C., chapter steering committee. We’d like to thank Susan for chairing the committee this past year and devoting much of her time and energy over the last six years to keeping the chapter active. Scott Foster ’77 will serve as Susan's interim successor. Anyone interested in planning activities or otherwise participating on the chapter steering committee can call David Baxter ’87 at 410/325-4038 or email

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