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Washington Post writes about the death of Howard Wolpe '60

In October, the Washington Post wrote about the death of Howard Wolpe '60, former Michigan congressman and anti-apartheid champion. Wolpe, a liberal Democrat, served seven terms in Congress and advocated for economic sanctions against South Africa in the 1980s. In Thinking Reed, a series of essays by Reed graduates, Wolpe wrote that his days studying humanities at Reed were pivotal in shaping his political perspective: "All of this work focused on the most profound questions of social and political organization, of the relationship between the individual and the state, and of the means that were developed to manage societies and conflict in the classical era--the very questions that remain at the center of the twenty-first-century political discourse."

Wolpe remained involved with Reed through the years. He returned to campus to speak as a part of the Public Policy Lecture Series and was active within the alumni association. He will be greatly missed.