NOAA November 2004


Bend gathering
In July, Reed alumni in Central Oregon gathered at a restaurant in Bend and were surprised to learn that so many lived in the area. Those gathering included Art ’49 and Alice Lezin; Anne and Chuck (’65) Kuzminski; Jill Hummelstein ’84; Robin Tovey ’97, assistant director of alumni relations; Liisa Sjoblom ’85; Neil Farnham ’40; and Tanya Ignacio ’91. Also in attendance was Carl Steinke ’98.


More than 40 alumni attended the annual chapter picnic in August. We elected an almost new slate of members, including Drew McCormick ’82, continuing as chair, Michael S. Williams ’66, Sam Gubins ’64, Elizabeth Berg ’76, Martin Johnson ’82, Dick Roistacher ’65, Mateo Burtch ’82, Steve Shields ’62, and Edith Barr ’87. Bill Baker ’85 is now the chapter representative to the alumni board.


The Boston chapter had a summertime barbecue on a rooftop deck at Harvard’s Quincy House and a tour of historic Fenway Park. The chapter also revived its quirky habit of periodically meeting at local donut shops. The next major event will be the annual winter potluck, tentatively scheduled for December.


On August 14, we held our inaugural Indian Independence Day dinner at the Viceroy of India on Devon Avenue, organized by Alison Birkmeyer-Aske ’93. More than 20 alumni and their children were in attendance. In addition, two very recent graduates attended, including one who had come in from Madison, Wisconsin. Other upcoming events include our first service day on November 13 and our fourth-annual Dim Sum Chinese New Year brunch in February 2005.


We ended the summer with the chapter’s annual hike on August 28, providing a refreshing alternative to wading through political convention crowds. After losing the invaluable leadership of Wharton-bound Amy Ulrich ’97, the steering committee selected Lauren Asher ’95 ( and Will Swarts ’92 (wswarts@ as co-chairs. Please contact either person to offer suggestions for events or to receive more information on the chapter. New members are always welcome.

The chapter is planning a busy fall and winter of special events, including an authors night, with a reading and Q&A session, as well as a repeat of our volunteer evening gathering and wrapping presents for NYCares during the holidays. We are also planning a reprise of our very successful and enjoyable career and networking event in mid-January, an effort to bring area Reedies together to share advice and experiences as members of the working world. Possible spring events may include a wine tasting and another visit to the recently renovated South Street Seaport Museum (to find out what’s new since our sold-out and terrific behind-the-scenes visit in 2002).

If you miss the burning intensity of a good, juicy Reed lit class debate, email Anna Rohleder ’95 ( for the date of the alumni book club’s next meeting. Contact Constance Chang ’01 ( for information on the alumni bridge club, where all levels are welcome (and players get the added benefits of enhanced memory retention, reasoning, and a boost to the immune system by stimulating the cerebral cortex, according to the American Bridge League).


More than two dozen alumni (with class years spanning more than five decades) and their families enjoyed a sunny July afternoon in Magnusson Park at the chapter’s annual picnic. Erik Speckman ’91 officially took on the duties of chapter chair from long-serving outgoing chair Barb Radin ’75. The reading and brewpub groups continue to meet regularly, and another bowling night is in the works. For more information, or to suggest activities, please contact Erik at 206/715-4100 or We also have an email list for announcing chapter events; sign up here.

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Bram Wessel ’90, Olive, and Ruby enjoying a sunny July afternoon in Magnusson Park at the Rainier chapter’s annual picnic


We had some anxious moments about whether construction would displace our August 8 picnic from its usual park. However, all was well and everyone appeared to have a good time. The next event is a solstice party on December 11. The book group continues to meet monthly, usually on the second Sunday. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call ahead for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information call Robert Hadley ’53 at 310/391-1427 or send email to


More than 50 alumni from the ’50s through the ’00s, joined by several current and incoming students toting copies of the Iliad, made our chapter’s annual picnic in August a great success. Dick Goodwin ’63 and Judith Bell ’63 hosted, as usual, at their beautiful wooded property in Cabin John, Maryland, with its grape arbors, vegetable garden, and shady glades. Through the constant hubbub of conversation and laughter, with kids and dogs racing around, a steady flow of hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and plentiful side dishes (and a keg of beer, needless to say) were served up, followed by roasted marshmallows.

The picnic constituted the chapter’s annual meeting as well. The current officers/ steering committee will continue in office by acclamation. Cricket Parmalee ’67 gave a report on the chapter’s participation in Reed’s Oral History Project—14 interviews in one stage or another of the process since last year’s picnic—and called for a new round of interviews, for which several alumni volunteered.


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