Mieszkowski receives Mellon fellowship

Jan Mieszkowski, assistant professor of German and humanities, has been awarded an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania for the academic year 1999-2000. Mieszkowski will be a fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum, where he will be completing his book manuscript, The Ideology and Imagination of Production. The project grows out of his dissertation on the conceptualization of freedom in German Romanticism and focuses on competing paradigms of intellectual and material labor in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Mieszkowski, who received his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Yale University, has been on the Reed faculty since 1997.

In memory of staff and faculty members

Florence Lehman

April 27, 1918–December 25, 1998

Florence Lehman ’41, whose long service to Reed included 23 years as director of alumni relations, died on December 25. A memorial service was held in January at Portland's First Unitarian Church.

In its memorial resolution, Reed’s board of trustees said, "Florence Walls Lehman ’41 was the spirit and backbone of Reed’s alumni office for 23 years as its director, from 1963 to 1986. She loved Reed and communicated the essence of the college to all she met."

After retiring from the alumni office Lehman became Reed’s part-time archivist and prospect researcher.

She was legendary for her memory for names, faces, and personal histories and was considered by many for a long time to be Reed's institutional memory. This "brought her the accolade of 'college computer' long before Reed's alumni data became computerized," said the 1986 Reed article. As alumni director she was noteworthy for galvanizing volunteers and organizing memorable events on a tight budget.

Lehman won the first-ever distinguished service award from the Pacific Northwest district of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in 1981, and she won a CASE recognition award in 1986. The citation for the 1981 award noted that "Florence Lehman is a woman of rare qualities who has successfully combined the careers of mother, alumni director, and community service. To each she has brought boundless energy and devotion and is endeared by those who know her for activities 'beyond the call.' . . . . The course of education has indeed been advanced through her continuing efforts." Lehman also won Reed’s Foster-Scholz distinguished service award in 1996.

Lehman was born in Portland to a family that had come across the plains on the Oregon Trail in the 1840s. Her early childhood was spent living simply in eastern Oregon, in the towns of Spray and Fossil. The family them moved back to Portland. After high school Lehman briefly attended Mills College, then went on to Reed, where she graduated in 1941 in literature. She later studied public administration at Stanford University, but left to take an administrative position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she remained throughout World War II. After the war, she served as a social worker in poor neighborhoods of San Francisco; because she did not have a social work degree, she had to volunteer for several months before receiving a paid position.

She married Eugene H. Lehman, Jr., in 1948 and moved with her growing family to Los Angeles, Alaska, Seattle, and Florida.

She separated from her husband and returned to Portland with her three young children in 1956, after her three-year-old daughter Carol died of cancer. Before coming back to Reed in 1963 she worked part time for her father in his office and served as assistant director of the First Unitarian Church School in Portland; she was active both locally and nationally in the Unitarian Church, serving as moderator of the board of the Portland church when it launched a capital campaign after a fire destroyed most of the sanctuary.

Service to her profession and community included active roles in CASE and its predecessor, the American Alumni Council. She served on the board of directors and in other administrative roles for the World Affairs Council of Oregon. She also was active in the Ainsworth Grammar School PTA and served as its president.

At her memorial service, Reverend Marilyn Sewell said, "We will not forget you, Florence—wife, mother, steadfast friend, tireless worker. You lived your life according to your vision, and you lived it well. . . . We’ll miss your sharp humor, your tough tenderness, Florence, but you leave a legacy behind that is honorable and holds us fast. Now it is up to us to carry on."

Lehman is survived by her children, Eugene Lehman III, Deborah Lehman-Irl, and Howard Lehman; a brother, John Steiwer Walls, of Port Townsend, Washington; and five grandchildren.

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