Photo By Matt D'Annunzio
Photo By Matt D'Annunzio

Bike Co-Op Named for Mark Angeles ’15

Co-op will honor beloved classmate.

December 1, 2015

The Reed Bike Co-Op was officially renamed to honor avid cyclist and beloved classmate Mark Angeles ’15, who was struck down in a traffic collision just nine days after he graduated.

Hundreds of people gathered in the Quad to witness the ceremony and to listen as friends, classmates, professors, and staff shared their memories of Mark.

“I’m never going to have another friend like Mark,” said Maren Fichter ’15, sounding a theme that reverberated through the occasion.

Mark cut a distinctive figure at Reed. He majored in chemistry and wrote his thesis on the role of organometallic catalysts in neutralizing toxic pollution. He ran the Reed Bike Co-Op and was partly responsible for the installation of the bike maintenance stations on campus. He was deeply committed to serving the community, worked closely with SEEDS, and volunteered as a mentor for underprivileged youth at Lane Middle School. He fixed bikes for free and taught bike safety to kids in northeast Portland. He served as a Paideia czar and sang with Reed’s a cappella group, the Herodotones.

“Mark used the light that came from within to make the world a little brighter,” said his advisor, Prof. Sarah Kliegman ’02 [chemistry 2014–]. “He knew how to lift up other people’s lives.”

The Herodotones performed a haunting rendition of “Oblivion,” by Bastille, arranged by Sierra Swann ’17.

We invite you to honor his memory by giving to the 
Mark Angeles Fellowship, which supports an intern in SEEDS who will continue his legacy of volunteerism. 

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Tags: Alumni, Giving Back to Reed, Campus Life, Obituaries