Farewell to former staff members

Mary Katharine “Kat” Stanley died on January 6 at the age of 97 in SeaTac, Washington. A former staff member who greatly enjoyed working with students and faculty members, Stanley was known for her lively and attentive nature, as well as her interest in the world around her.

Stanley was born on June 15, 1905, in Seattle. She graduated from West Seattle High School, then attended the University of Oregon and the University of Washington, where she graduated in 1928 with a degree in journalism and met her future husband, Carter “Dook” Stanley, whom she married in 1931. They lived in Boston, New York, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland before returning to Milwaukie, Oregon, in 1943.

Stanley began working at Reed in 1959 as secretary to Carleton Whitehead ’41. From there, she moved to the president’s office as executive secretary, serving presidents Sullivan and Rosenblum, as well as acting and interim presidents Thompson and Youtz. Although the president’s office was occasionally occupied and shut down, Stanley remained upbeat and amiable throughout these periods of turbulence. She retired from Reed in 1970.

After her retirement, Stanley lived in Tigard, Oregon, until 1995, when she moved back to Seattle. She read and traveled widely, and followed current events with special interest. She wrote professionally and had articles published in the New Yorker and Parents magazine. Stanley is survived by her two daughters, her sister, son-in-law, two granddaughters, grandson-in-law, and her great-granddaughter.


Mary Margaret McCabe, who was director of Reed’s community center and residence halls for 23 years, died on September 28 at age 87. McCabe was a strong and vital presence on campus, actively contributing to the lives and well-being of an entire generation of Reed students. When she retired from Reed in 1978, the board of trustees noted that McCabe had been an institution at the college, known and loved by many.

McCabe was born in New York City on January 31, 1916; she married Richard McCabe in 1939. Before arriving at Reed she served as an assistant to a U.S.

congressman and as general operations manager in several well-known restaurants in New York. She brought that experience and organizational expertise to bear in her long and successful career at Reed.

McCabe acted as a constant mentor to the many students who worked in the commons and dorms. At her memorial service, Dave Mesirow ’61 spoke about what he had learned from her, ranging from the management of food service, to the power of networking, to lessons on appropriate conduct in a civilized and humane society, to the big questions of fairness and justice in the workplace. “Whether you accepted these teachings or not,” he said, “they marked you for a lifetime. So, for a generation of students, her voice still rings in their minds.”

McCabe was a frequent traveler in Asia and Europe. Her extensive community leadership included service to the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, the Asian Arts Council, and the Chinese Classical Garden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William, and is survived by her children, Maureen and Kevin; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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