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But wait! There's more!
From Warner Eliot '46
Great article about Calista Eliot Causey '20 [August '98], whose life was certainly one adventure after another. I regret that she never took the time to write it all down herself. And you pulled quite a coup with three thematic articles in one issue.

Some observations: in the article on Colonel Sam Martin '72, you mentioned that he went on from Reed to an accelerated medical school program at Washington University in St. Louis. You missed the opportunity to mention that he went from Reed College, an institution that Thomas Lamb Eliot had a hand in establishing, to Washington University, an institution that William Greenleaf Eliot, TLE's father, had the same kind of hand in establishing.

In the article on Calista, you mention in the second paragraph, "isolating thousands of airborne viruses." Since all the work involved members of the world of fauna, I imagine those were blood-borne viruses. Also, you state that Calista's father authored the book, The Trees of Reed. Actually the book was authored by Reed's director of facilities operations Townsend Angell, although Willard Ayres Eliot, Calista's father, was mentioned in the foreword as having donated many trees to the campus.

Finally, in the Calista article you mention my name but not my own affiliation with Reed in the early '40s, which would have furthered the tie-in to Reed. Great article in any event. Please pass my thanks on to the author, Nancy McCarthy.

From John S. Edwards
Your writer missed another Reedie in the mosquito business. My son, Marten John Edwards '87, has a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship to study the molecular biology of malarial mosquitoes at Case Western Reserve University.

Stand up and take a bow
From Harold (Jim) Jambor '35
In the August '96 issue of Reed, the nice piece on Florence (Walls) Lehman '41 states that she was the founder of the Foster-Scholz alumni club. Well, Florence did take hold of the idea, but after I suggested it in an alumni board meeting in the early '70s. For her implementation, she deserves commendation and credit. The Foster-Scholz Club turned out to be a most praiseworthy development.

We have seen the future...
From Kate (Schmidt) Bozich '78
I applaud the current Reed students who are willing to take the college to task for its lack of racial diversity. I was struck, however, by one of the slogans in the photograph you featured in the August 1998 issue: "We've seen the future and it ain't this white." It is a pity that Reed students are still so isolated that they are not aware that the present "ain't this white."

What about those busts?
From Carleton Whitehead '41
First, I have really enjoyed the mix and the spirit that is Reed today. You have succeeded in conveying a sense of the Reed character. I particularly enjoyed the article on Suzy Blosser [February 1998] and the winery--reinforced by my having helped plant their first vineyard.

Here are a couple of items that might be interesting for Reed. With the big fundraising effort in mid-passage, the third verse of the Reed song, written by the first president, might be relevant. If there are any of the original hymnals still in the chapel or the archives, this song is pasted inside the back cover.

Are the busts of E.B. MacNaughton and other early faculty still around? They were a gift by one of Oregon's most distinguished artists. They were all very interesting characters, particularly E.B.

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