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Janice Cordova Schukart ’43, MAT ’51

Janice Cordova Schukart ’43, MAT ’51, June 4, 1995, in Portland, where she had lived all her life. She taught English in Portland high schools for many years. Survivors include her husband of 49 years, and a sister.

Francis F. Coleman ’29

Francis F. Coleman ’29, March 10, 1996, in Athens, Georgia, where he had lived since 1990. He was the son of Reed president Norman Coleman [1912–19; 1934–39]. After graduating from Reed, he earned a master’s in physics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1931 and was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University, England, where he earned a PhD in 1934. He married Alice Cowan ’32 in 1934 and that same year joined the faculty of the physics department at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He taught there for two years and at Bennington College in Vermont for three years, and he then took a position with the Texas Company Research Laboratory. In 1947, the couple moved again when he took a post with the Naval Electronics Laboratory in San Diego, where he worked until his retirement in 1974. He also taught physics at San Diego State College. In retirement, the couple enjoyed extensive travel and the companionship of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his son, David C. Coleman ’60, a daughter, a sister, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Sidney M. Cantor ’33

Sidney M. Cantor ’96, April 6, 1996, in Overbrook Hills, Pennsylvania, after a long illness. He earned a PhD in chemistry from Northwestern University in 1936, where he did research in carbohydrate chemistry on a fellowship from Corn Products Refining Company. After graduating, the company hired him to develop a sugar research program, and he was later promoted to assistant research director. He married Bertha Baer in 1938. In 1947, he took a position with American Sugar Refining Company as director of research and development in Philadelphia, but the company’s conservative approach to new ideas inspired him to leave to form his own chemical consulting firm, Sidney M. Cantor Associates. His work included research and development in food processing and the development of sweeteners for commercial and home use, and he worked with domestic and foreign companies as well as on U.S. and foreign government projects. He was well known in the field of food processing research and published a number of articles on topics relating to the field. 1976, he received the Claude S. Hudson Award of the carbohydrate division of the American Chemical Society for distinguished service to the field of carbohydrate chemistry. He was a serious art collector and amateur artist, enjoyed jazz, and traveled extensively with his wife after retiring. He is survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter, numerous grandchildren, and a cousin, Bernard Ross ’37.

William T. Cuddy ’78

William T. Cuddy ’78, February 29, 1996, at his home in Benton City, Washington. His death was the result of an injury sustained while trying to help rescue a stray horse following the February floods in the Pacific Northwest. At the time of his death, he was a real estate developer in Washington, particularly in mobile home parks, and he had previously worked in real estate in the Portland area. He earned a law degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1993, and in 1994 he purchased, with partners, the Green Acres R.V. Park in Benton City, where he moved to oversee its development. He was active in community activities and joined the Sheriff’s Posse, helping with crowd control and participating in mountain rescues. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Bill Cecil-Fronsman ’76

Bill Cecil-Fronsman ’76, March 22, 1998, in Topeka, Kansas. After graduating from Reed, bill earned a master’s degree in history from Southern Oregon State University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He taught at Martin College in Tennessee, Ohio; Wesleyan University; and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. In 1989 he began teaching American history courses at Washburn University, specializing in the Civil War era. He was a fellow of the Center for Kansas Studies at Washburn and a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Sagamor. He was a choir member and lector at St. David Episcopal Church and served as the treasurer and board chairman of the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice. He also served as humanities scholar for the Kansas Humanities Council and as a board member of the Ecumenical Campus Ministries at Washburn. He was the author of Common Whites: Class and Culture in Antebellum North Carolina, published in 1992. He also contributed to the Capital Journal and was editorial consultant for Kansas History. He produced the 1996 Mid-America Conference on History in Topeka. He is survived by his wife, daughter, stepdaughter, mother, sister, brother, and step-grandchild.

Gilbert H. Charters ’32

Gilbert “Hal” Harold Charters Jr. ’32, February 22, 1998, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, where he retired as a comptroller in 1989. He is survived by his wife and a nephew, Donald A. Rogerson ’91.

Fred P. Coleman ’43

Fred Parker Coleman ’43, March 3, 1998, in Ballard, Washington. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, a sister, and four grandchildren.

Robert M. Cox ’43

Robert M. Cox ’43, February 16, 1998, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He served in the navy during World War II. After working for Griffin Brothers as a chemist, he earned a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Oregon. He worked at Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical Corporation for 22 years as a chemist and lab supervisor in Spokane, Washington. In 1973, he joined Bunker Hill in Coeur d’Alene, where he worked as a lab supervisor for eight years until his retirement in 1981. He served as an elder and deacon in the Presbyterian Church. He is survived by a son, four daughters, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Donald Churchill ’52

Donald Churchill ’52, July 1, 1995, in Nehalem, Oregon. After attending Reed, he studied at the University of Oregon and earned a BA in 1953. He worked as an airline pilot in the 1950s and a stockbroker in New York City in the 1960s. The college has no information about his later career or surviving family.

Walter M. Coulter ’51

Walter Coulter ’51, in 1993, of a heart condition related to diabetes, in Palm Springs, California. He earned a MA in 1957 and a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Portland in 1959. He taught and practiced clinical psychology in southern California. Survivors include two daughters, including Karen Coulter ’81, and a son, Walter M. Coulter Jr.

Lewis D. Cannell ’29

Lewis Cannell ’29, April 10, 2001, in Vancouver, Washington. After graduating from Reed, he taught at the Oregon State School for the Blind in Salem for three years. Here he met his wife, Betty, and they were married in 1932. They both obtained jobs at the Overlook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, where they taught for several years before returning to Washington in 1935. While working on a master’s in English at the University of Washington, he took a faculty position at the newly-formed Clark Junior College, in Vancouver. The post came with the responsibility of dean, a position that he held for the next 35 years. During his tenure as dean, which was the only administrative position for the college in its early years, he was instrumental in transforming the school from a small, private junior college to a fully-accredited, public institution in 1941. During World War II, when the college was suspended for two years, he taught Air Corps cadets at Washington State University, Pullman. In 1950, he earned an EdD from Washington State University. He continued to serve as dean of instruction for Clark College until his retirement in 1970, and he also taught English, directed the debate team, directed plays, and wrote the college’s history for a variety of publications. He was influential in passing the Washington State Junior College Act, which allocated state aid to junior colleges, and he was involved in a number of civic activities in Vancouver, including Rotary, the Historical Society, and Friends of the library. He also served as a member of the Clark County Planning Commission for 24 years. In 1990, Clark College dedicated the Lewis D. Cannell Library in his honor. After the death of his wife in 1979, he married Marian Warne Wood ’31, who died in 1993. He married Ruth Ann MacKenzie in 1994. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, a son, six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

R. William Clark ’43

R. William Clark ’43, March 7, 2002, in Portland. He was a retired school administrator with Portland Public Schools. After graduating from Reed, he enlisted in the navy and served as an officer in the naval reserves, reaching the rank of lieutenant. He returned to Portland after the war and continued to serve with the reserves, eventually retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander. Upon returning to Portland, he married Grace Wilmarth ’44, MA ’62. He attended Cornell University and earned a BA in hotel and motel management in 1948, with the intention of following his father’s career as an innkeeper, but after several years of working in this field he began a career in teaching. He earned a master’s degree in education from Oregon State University in 1953 and a PhD in education from the University of Portland in 1958. He taught freshman English and social studies and was a guidance counselor at Jefferson High School in Portland. Later, he became a vice principal, first at Jefferson and then Jackson High School, retiring in 1981. In retirement, William and Grace spent time on their 50-foot yacht in Sequim, Washington. William was involved in activities on the Reed campus and served on committees of the Foster-Scholz Club. Survivors include Grace; two sons, including Ray Clark ’70; a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Shirley Coate ’37

Shirley Coate ’37, January 9, 2002, in Clackamas, Oregon. She attended Reed for one year and then transferred to the University of Oregon, where she earned a BA in 1937. She served with the Red Cross during World War II, an experience that led her to pursue a career in social work. In 1948, she earned a master’s degree from Simmons School of Social Work, Boston. She returned to Portland and worked in the social work department with Kaiser Permanente, retiring in 1978 as director of social work. In addition to her career in social work, she pursued her interest in painting, attending classes in the evening and on weekends, and studying art with several well known local and national artists. In retirement, she turned this interest into a second career as a professional artist who showed her work in local galleries. She also enjoyed traveling and took trips all over the world, and at age 65 she took up synchronized swimming.

Arthur Bledsoe Carson ’40

Arthur Bledsoe Carson ’40, February 22, 2004, in Port Angeles, Washington. Art received his bachelor’s degree from Reed in physics. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in Alaska and Arizona as a topographical computer, after which he obtained a commission in the signal corps and went to Britain. Following that time, he transferred to the Army Air Corps and was stationed in the South Pacific. In 1946 he married Billie Louise Jones. That same year he began working as a reactor physicist for General Electric in Richland, Washington. Art transferred to GE’s research lab in Schenectady, New York, in 1960, where he worked for five years before moving to the company’s fuel recovery operation in San Jose, California. He retired in 1979 and went to work for the Electric Power Research Institute, where he was involved in nuclear fuel cycle and waste management projects for three years. Art enjoyed athletics and played baseball on a semipro team, and also handball and golf. He was a regular blood donor, a community volunteer, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, his two sons and two daughters, nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and his sister.

Katharine White Cooke ’41

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Katherine White Baker Cooke ’41, November 28, 2003, in Victoria, B.C., from lung disease. Katherine received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Reed. After graduating she returned to the East Coast, married a merchant seaman, Ed Cooke, and ran a dairy and chicken farm while raising three children. Following divorce, Katherine enrolled at Cornell University, working part time, and earning a doctorate in rural sociology in 1965. After learning about an opportunity for work in Canada, she moved with her children to Ottawa. She worked for the Department of Forestry and Rural Development, received Canadian citizenship in 1969, and also worked for the Department of Regional Economic Expansion. Katherine was appointed president of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women two years later. She served as director of research at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, retiring in 1983, after which she moved to Victoria, B.C. In retirement she was active with Victoria’s Bridges for Women Society, and contributed to the Federal Task Force on Child Care. Cooke was considered one of Canada’s leading advocates for women’s rights, and a woman ahead of her time. She was described as being a person of integrity, honesty, and courage, who was passionate about the quality of equity for every individual. Cooke served on numerous professional organizations, including the Social Sciences Federation of Canada, and the Canadian Anthropology and Sociology Association. A recipient of many honors and awards, she received lifetime membership in the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women; honorary life membership from the Victoria Status of Women Action Group; the Governor General's Persons Award; a Woman of Distinction Award; and an honorary doctor of law, conferred by the University of Victoria in 1991, for her "devotion to the service of others." Katherine was fluent in numerous languages and traveled extensively. She is survived by her daughter and two sons, and a grandchild.

Edgar Dean Crumpacker ’39

Edgar Dean Crumpacker ’39, January 29, 2004, in Oregon, following a long illness. Ed received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in mathematics, then worked as a U.S. engineer surveyor, locating the sites of proposed flood control dams along the Willamette River. He took a position with the Prudential in Newark, New Jersey, anticipating a career as an actuary, and was drafted a year later. In 1941, as a cadet, he was sent to the California Institute of Technology, from which he received a master’s degree in meteorology in 1942, and a commission as a weather officer. During World War II, Ed served in the U.S. Air Force, supplying U.S. and British forces in Burma, and setting up weather stations in China. After the war, he settled in Hawaii, then attended Stanford Law School, receiving his JD in 1950. In 1951, he was recalled into the Air Force, and served two years in the Korean War. For his military career, he received numerous medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. For 45 years, he maintained a law practice in Honolulu, Kona, and Kailua. During his career he was appointed Assistant U.S. Attorney for the territory of Hawaii, and circuit court judge. In retirement he lived in Portland and in Camp Sherman, Oregon. Ed's affiliations included the Pacific Club, the Outrigger Canoe Club, the Rotary Club, and the Episcopal Church. Survivors include his companion, Katherine Livingston; his four daughters; two stepdaughters and a stepson; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Nancy Snortum Culbertson ’39

Nancy Snortum Culberston ’39, July 28, 2003, in Red Bluff, California. Nancy attended Reed for a year, and earned a BA from Occidental College in 1939. She married C.F. Culberston Jr. in 1947, and they had two sons. She was a kindergarten teacher from 1966 to 1978. An edition of her poetry, Earthward, was published in 1976, and she was editor of the poetry column for the Red Bluff Daily News.

Sam Ellsworth Cumpston ’40

Sam Ellsworth Cumpston ’40, January 10, 2004, in Coos Bay, Oregon. Cumpston attended Reed for two years, and received a BS from West Point in general engineering in 1942. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the China-Burma-India theatre. Following the war, he attended the University of Chicago, from which he earned an MS in nuclear physics, with a minor in mathematics and chemistry in 1948. Following that he was an instructor at the Guided Missile School in Fort Bliss, Texas, for two years. He worked as executive assistant to the director at the Ballistic Research Laboratories in Aberdeen, Maryland (1951-53); the manager of facilities engineering for the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion Department of General Electric in Cincinnati, Ohio (1954-59); manager of project engineering for the Defense Systems Department for G.E. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1959-61); manager of radar engineering for the I.T.E. Circuit Breaker Company in Philadelphia (1961-63); and program director with West Coast nucleonic, electronic, aerospace organization (1963-65); after which he was an assistant professor of physics and math at Southwestern Oregon College in Coos Bay. He married, and had a son and daughter.

Gordon Kendall Clark ’33

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Gordon Kendall Clark ’33, March 10, 2005, in Vancouver, Washington. Gordon began his undergraduate study at Reed with a focus on physics, transferring after two years to the landscape architecture program at Oregon State College (University) and the University of Oregon. He received a BS in architecture and environmental design in 1938. In 1937, he married fellow classmate Elaine E. Ellmaker. During World War II, Gordon did wartime camouflage planning with U.S. Army engineers. His position as a city planner with the Portland Bureau of Planning began in 1945, and was uniquely shaped by his regard for humanity and his artistic gifts. Portland developed a reputation as a city of integrated and well planned green space in great part due to Gordon's vision and unprecedented sense of urban design. During his time at the bureau, he formulated ideas for bike paths, pedestrian walkways, parks, and open plazas (such as, Pioneer Courthouse Square), and initiated the greenway that became McCall Waterfront Park. Gordon began a second career in retirement in 1976 as a nature photographer, capturing beautiful and abstract details on film. The adventure of photography, which became a shared occupation for Gordon and Elaine, produced award-winning prints. In 1983, 120 of his color photos were displayed in Reed's Vollum Hall. "Always attracted to natural settings, I took to campus waterside trails when library study became tedious," Gordon wrote. "Fifty-two years later, I explored these same trails with camera and tripod for fall color photographs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of my class of 1933." (Prints from this show are housed in the Portland Art Museum and the Gilkey Print collections.) Gordon was a member of the Mazama Club, and successfully climbed 70-plus mountain peaks. He was also a member of the Sierra Club, Oregon Natural Resources Council, Leach Garden Friends, and the Nature Conservancy. The Clarks collected art, shared of love of classical music, and provided a rich and enduring legacy for their children. Gordon concluded a 1928 Reed English class essay, "My Ideal Day," with what may be seen as a tribute to his life: "Serve others, contribute to the well-fare of mankind, and at the close of each day, leave the world a little better than you found it." Survivors include 3 sons; 4 daughters, including Megan J. Clark, who supplied details for this memorial; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and his sister. His wife died in 2003.

Stanley Harold Cohn ’47

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Stanley Harold Cohn ’47, May 9, 2005, in Portland. Stanley entered Reed in 1940, leaving in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Army, where military studies enabled him to gain fluency in the Russian language. Following the war, he returned to Reed, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He entered the University of Chicago, and earned a master's degree in 1949 and a doctorate in 1952 in economics. Stanley's career as an economist included positions with the International Monetary Fund, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the U.S. Department of Commerce (1951–63). His expertise and published research on the economic development of the Soviet Union was highly regarded. He served in the capacity of consultant to the Research Analysis Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland; the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; and the Swedish Ministry of Defense. Stanley taught economics at SUNY–Binghamton for 16 years before retiring in 1985 and moving back to Portland, where he was a visiting professor of economics at Reed in 1986–87. Active in his retirement center, both in its financial and educational efforts, Stanley was also a devoted supporter of Reed's academic programs, focusing energy and resources on scholarship for students in economics. Survivors include his sister, Phyllis Cohn Terkla ’48, who also graduated from Reed, and his extended family.

Laurie Miller Cummins ’39

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Laurie Miller Cummins ’39, March 13, 2005, in Santa Barbara, California. Laurie attended Reed for one year, and also Sarah Lawrence and the University of Washington, receiving a BA from UC Berkeley in sociology in 1945. In 1939, she married Roy R. Cummins; they had two children. Following his return from service in World War II, the couple moved to Roseburg where they bought and managed her father's business, Young's Bay Lumber Company. They sold the company in 1964 and moved to Santa Barbara. From 1972 to 1994, Laurie served on the Reed College Board of Trustees, focusing on academic affairs and strengthening cultural opportunities on campus. Prior to this she served on the Reed College Womenis Committee. She was also a member of the Reed Art Associates. Cummins did social service work as a caseworker for the Oregon State Public Welfare Commission. She volunteered and supported many organizations working for justice. She enjoyed travel, athletics of all kinds, music, art, reading, and writing, and was a member of the Unitarian Church. Survivors include a daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband and a son predeceased her.

Kathleen Frances Cahill Dougall ’37

Kathleen Frances Cahill Dougall ’37, March 23, 2005, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathleen received a bachelor's degree in political science from Reed, and worked for a year after graduation as an executive secretary for an international relations organization in Portland. She then earned a master's degree in political science from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1939, and was a resident scholar at Columbia University (1940–41), completing all but her dissertation for a PhD in international relations and law, before accepting an internship with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In 1943, she married George M.R. Dougall; they had two children. For four years, she served as an economic analyst, before moving to the State Department, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, specializing in China. She was with the department for 25 years—interrupting her career only to care for her children. During her years with the State Department, she facilitated the release of downed U.S. pilots from Chinese prisons during the Vietnam War, and helped to open diplomatic relations with China during the Nixon Administration. She lived for 22 years in Portland in retirement before moving to Minneapolis in 2001. Dougall was an active volunteer in her community, including as a member of Reedis alumni association board. Survivors include her daughter and son, two grandchildren, and her sister, Ruth M. Cahill ’43. Her sister, Doris J. Cahill Litchford ’40, died a few weeks earlier, and George died in 2002.

Doris Jane Cahill Litchford ’40

Doris Jane Cahill Litchford ’40, March 4, 2005, in Troy, New York. Doris earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Reed and did social work for two years in Portland before becoming a caseworker for Sperry Laboratory (U.S. Navy) during World War II. In 1942, she married George B. Litchford ’41; they had two children. In 1951, she received a masteris degree in education from SUNY at New Paltz. She taught kindergarten in the Cold Spring (New York) School District for four years; was a homemaker; and worked for George's engineering and consulting business, Litchford Electronics, assisting with secretarial and patent work. Doris had many artistic and literary interests, was an unpublished poet, and a certified literary volunteer. She also had a great love for animals. From her parents, she received a love of learning, and she enlarged on this gift throughout her life. Survivors include her husband, her son and daughter, and her sisters Ruth Cahill ’43 and Kathleen Cahill Dougall ’37.

Felix Ernest Calkins MA ’58

Felix Ernest Calkins MA ’58, March 6, 2007, from pancreatic cancer, in Portland. Felix received a BA from Willamette University, and studied education at Reed and law at Stanford University. He taught high school in the Portland and Lake Oswego school districts for six years. In 1957, he founded, and served as executive secretary for, the American Heritage Association (AHA International) to encourage the study of domestic heritage, and later, study abroad. The World Affairs Council of Oregon recognized his contribution to international understanding and good will with Oregon World Affairs Citizen award in 1968. Felix was appointed to the Oregon Commission of Inter-group Human Relations, and was instrumental in starting a volunteer school-busing program from Portland to Lake Oswego. In recent years, he held seminars for seniors on prescription drug options, and participated in an environmental sustainability group. Survivors include his wife, Barbara Blakesley; two sons; one daughter; six grandchildren; and a sister.

Virginia Shook Cordner ’31

Virginia Shook Cordner ’31, February 6, 2007, in California. Virginia attended Reed one year before taking a position with the Oregon Journal newspaper. Her copywriting career began at the Meier & Frank Company in Portland. She worked for the May Company in Los Angeles; wrote a fashion column in the San Francisco News; and for the Women’s Wear Daily in New York, she covered opera, Broadway opening nights, and Madison Square Garden shows. Virginia worked for Lord & Taylor, and then moved on to ad agencies, such as Foote, Cone, Belding and Compton. She was one of nine women in a Printers Ink listing of 100 top copywriters. Virginia, who gave her vital statistics as “twice divorced and thrice widowed,” spent 16 years in Europe, including in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Malta, and France, and retired in Laguna Niguel by the Pacific Ocean.

Nathan Leonard Cohen ’33

Nathan Leonard Cohen ’33, March 23, 2007, in Portland. Nathan received a BA from Reed in political science, and a LLB from the University of Oregon in 1938. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific. In 1946, he was appointed to the Oregon State Tax Commission, and became the Portland manager for the commission. Nathan was a tax attorney for 50 years, and a partner in the firm of Morrison Bailey Dunn Cohen and Miller. He served as treasurer of Reed alumni association, and was a member of Congregation Shaarie Torah for 60 years. In 1948, he married Pauline Heldobler; she died in 2002. Surviving are their two daughters, including Jeri-Anne Cohen, who attended Reed in 1967–68; one son; and one grandchild.

Margery Tomlinson Courshon ’47

Margery Tomlinson Courshon ’47, January 28, 2009, in Santa Rosa, California, from complications due to Alzheimer's disease. Margery attended Reed for about two years, later earning a bachelor's degree in literature from UC Berkeley. Her parents, Kenneth C. Tomlinson ’15 and Lillian Stevenson Tomlinson ’17, graduated from Reed, as did her sister, Suzanne Tomlinson Hastings ’44. Margery worked in personnel services for Zellerbach Paper Company, and enjoyed singing, world travel, and playing golf. She and Suzanne fulfilled a long-held dream of playing golf together at St. Andrews Links in Scotland. In 1961, she married Ted J. Courshon, who died in 1976. Survivors include two stepchildren.

Lois Adele Calderwood Johannsen ’50

Lois Adele Calderwood Johannsen ’50, December 25, 2008, in Urbana, Illinois. Lois attended Reed for a year, later earning a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Washington. In 1949, she married Robert W. Johannsen ’48; they had a daughter and son. Lois devoted her life to her family, including serving as adviser and proofreader for Robert's many academic publications. She volunteered at the University of Illinois library; was an election judge for the Democratic Party; and enjoyed reading, gardening, discussing politics, and a good round of golf. Survivors include her husband, children, four grandchildren; and her brother, Robert B. Calderwood ’46.

Juliana Macpherson Coppock ’45

Juliana Macpherson Coppock ’45, March 12, 2005, in Bass Lake, California. Juliana Coppock attended Reed for a year, and earned an AA in 1989. She was a member of an advising committee that successfully established a college center in Oakhurst, California, and she also served as pastor of the Walnut Creek Unity Church. She married Andy Coppock, who predeceased her. Survivors include her son, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two sisters.

Robert Couch ’54

Robert O. Couch ’54, June 19, 1998, in Oregon. Robert attended Reed, but did not graduate; he later earned a master's degree in library science.

Margaret Jean Cross ’41

Margaret Jean Cross ’41, September 22, 2003, in California. Jean received a BA from Reed in biology, and wrote science fiction.

Jerome Michel Cornette, Faculty

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Jerome Michel Cornette, visiting professor of French, April 23, 2008, in Richmond, Virginia. Cornette taught at Reed from 2002 to 2004, and then taught at the University of Utah and Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, he lectured in the Ivory Coast and Japan. His academic expertise and interests included modern French literature, film studies, Francophone literature and culture from Africa and the Caribbean, and transnational studies. He received his MPhil in 1998 from Paris IV-Sorbonne, and his PhD in 2002 from Columbia University. Survivors include his father and sister.

William Steiwer Connell ’37

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William Steiwer Connell ’37, April 16, 2010, in Portland. Looking back, Bill remarked that 1937 was a special year for three reasons: he earned a BA from Reed in mathematics, he married Elizabeth Labbé a few days after graduation, and, shortly thereafter, the couple drove to Newark, New Jersey, where he began his actuarial career as a trainee with the Prudential Insurance Company. Bill's career included a position as vice president and actuary at Great American Reserve Insurance Company in Dallas, Texas, and he also served on the company's board of directors. He was hired as vice president of C.V. Starr & Company in New York in 1966, and retired from actuarial work three years later. In retirement, Bill and Elizabeth lived in Durham, New Hampshire. With an MS in mathematics, which he earned in 1973 at the University of New Hampshire, Bill taught statistics at Nasson College in Maine. The couple traveled in the U.S. and abroad, and Bill, who enjoyed hiking, served as New Hampshire chairman of the Nature Conservancy. He also enjoyed classical music. Following his wife's death in 1996, he moved to Portland to be closer to family. Survivors include a daughter, two granddaughters, and two great-grandsons. Bill's first cousin was alumna Florence Walls Lehman ’41.

Beulah Joan Caviness Hand ’40

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Beulah Joan Caviness Hand ’40, September 23, 2009, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Following her first year at Reed, Beulah married Floyd Hand. They moved to Nevada, where he completed an undergraduate degree. During World War II, Beulah worked in the Oregon shipyards in Portland, while Floyd served as a navy engineering officer in the South Pacific. She treasured the 200 letters he wrote to her during that time. After the war, they moved to Milwaukie and built a solar home. In the ’50s, Beulah entered politics with the Democratic Party. She rose from precinct committee person to chairman of the state Democratic Party and was elected to the Oregon legislature as state representative (1956-66). She was involved in initiatives to establish public utility districts in Oregon and was one of the first to campaign against nuclear power in the Pacific Northwest. She was an officer in National Association of Retired Federal Employees and grew roses and prize-winning kiwis. Floyd, who was a chemical engineer at Bonneville Power Administration, died in 2002. Beulah remarked: “Reed's program, in the only year I attended, was a guiding philosophy for my entire life.”

Betty Ann Cardwell Elliott ’50

Betty Ann Cardwell Elliott ’50 and Robert Sydney Elliott ’49, December 11, 2009, and March 14, 2008, respectively, in Chico, California. Betty and Robert met at Reed, where Robert earned a BA in history. The couple lived in Tucson, Arizona; records show that Robert was the western regional representative for the American Social Hygiene Association. Survivors include a daughter.

Janet Marie Erb Clithero ’51

Janet Marie Erb Clither ’51, March 24, 2010, in Longview, Washington. Janet began playing violin when she was five years old, and studied music at Reed for two years. She met Harold Freiberg ’49 at the college; they married in 1948, and raised a family of four. Janet was a charter member of the Southwest Washington Symphony, and performed with the symphony for 35 years, holding the positions of assistant concertmaster and concertmaster. She also established the Evergreen String Quartet, taught music to children and adults, and was a teacher's aide for middle and high school orchestras. In her public obituary, we read: “The key to her teaching success was her seemingly infinite positive spirit and patience, as well as her genuine love for her students.” In 1970, she became the library technician for the Longview Public Library, and later for Lower Columbia College Library. After retiring in 1995, Janet enjoyed growing and tending to 75-plus rosebushes. Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Raymond L. Clithero; two sons and two daughters; two stepchildren; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Jackson Conley ’60

Jackson Conley ’60, June 6, 2010, in Hayward, California, from a severe infection. In Jackson's public obituary, we read that he began his real education at the New York Public Library while serving with the Military Sea Transport Service, after which he saw combat in Korea with the U.S. Army. Jackson attended Reed, the College of San Mateo, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. He taught English at Chabot College for 23 years, and, as a wordsmith and bookworm, he enjoyed working with aspiring writers. He was also skilled at home building, woodworking, and cooking. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Gail; two daughters; a stepson; three grandsons; and his sister.

Gertrude Theresa Benson Carter MAT ’61

Gertrude Theresa Benson Carter MAT ’61, June 4, 2010, in Portland. Gertrude was a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. She married Russell L. Bean and moved to Portland, where she obtained a master's degree at Reed and taught high school business and English for 23 years in Portland public schools. Survivors include her son, daughter, granddaughter and grandson, and brother. Her husband and one son predeceased her.

Jane Campbell Munly ’37

Jane Campbell Munly ’37, August 11, 2011, in Portland. Jane earned a BA from Reed in general literature. In 1940, she married Bob Munly ’40, who had been her friend from the time they met at age three. Jane’s teaching career was cut short following a bout with tuberculosis. She was a member of Pi Omicron Alumnae, a book group that originated in Portland in 1929, the League of Women Voters, and the Milwaukie Symphony Auxiliary. She volunteered for the Portland Art Museum and supported the Oregon Symphony. After Bob’s retirement from teaching and guidance counseling, the couple traveled to Jane’s parents’ and grandmother’s birthplaces in Wales, England, and Canada, and to Bob’s mother’s birthplace in Pennsylvania. Survivors include three sons and one daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Bob died in 2003.

Jeanne Chan Yue ’41

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Jeanne Chan Yue ’41 with John Yue

Jeanne Chan Yue ’41, August 17, 2010, in Flushing, New York, three days after her 90th birthday, from myelodysplastic syndrome. Jeanne was born in Portland, graduated from Lincoln High School, and came to Reed, where she wrote a sociology thesis. Her father was Chin Luck, an influential member of the Chinese business community and restaurateur, who managed to bring Jeanne’s mother to Portland from Toisan, China, after a separation of almost 20 years. Jeanne lived on a farm, and later in a house near Reed, where she would often go home for lunch. In 1946, she married John Kwok Yue, who came from a prominent Cantonese family and had diplomatic status attached to Nationalist China. After the Communist Revolution wiped out the family fortune, Jeanne and John traveled to New York City for work. John retrained as a scientific illustrator; Jeanne worked as a secretary at Bank of America on Wall Street for 25 years. “After my grandfather died in 1942, her life became one of juggling the care of my grandmother, her husband, and children,” wrote her son, John Jr. “And, also, working on Wall Street, which was an hour and a half commute each way.” The family eventually settled in Flushing, New York, along with their sons, John Jr. and Alan. Jeanne retired in 1981 to care for her mother, who died at the age of 104. For many years, Jeanne was recording secretary of the local chapter of AARP. “She was a remarkable, kind, well loved, but humble woman. Until the end, she retained youthfulness in looks and her distinctive girlish voice. Her mind was bright up to the last day, and she never found a crossword puzzle she couldn’t demolish.” In addition to her sons, Jeanne is survived by four grandchildren.

Caroline Newberger Canafax ’42

Caroline Newberger Canafax ’42, April 23, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Caroline attended Reed for two years before transferring to the University of Washington, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in special education. Caroline taught in elementary schools in Seattle and at Head Start. During the Vietnam War, she joined the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and traveled on behalf of the league “to get out the word to end war.” Her opposition to war began when she saw photos of the World War I dead, she said, and, from the standpoint of a teacher she also saw social needs going unmet as defense spending rose. Caroline founded the WILPF publication Pacific Vision in 1982 and served as league international vice president. “Women have been the prime nurturers, and therefore they are really oriented to life and the human race,” she wrote. She marched in peace rallies and protests, sang with the Raging Grannies, and dedicated her life to promoting democracy, women’s rights, and organized representation for labor. She also found time for hiking and agate collecting. Her passion for opera and chamber music grew out of the hours she spent listening to classical music in the Capehart room in Winch. Caroline married Leo Canafax in 1947; he died in 2010. Survivors include a son and daughter, four granddaughters, and a sister.

Maxine Irene Howard Crites ’42, MAT ’65

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Maxine Irene Howard Crites ’42, MAT ’65, July 19, 2011, in Portland. Maxine was sharp, irreverent, outspoken, and enthusiastic—character traits that blossomed during her years at Reed. “You were encouraged to think and have ideas of your own,” she wrote. “I’ve carried that way of thinking into my adult life, trying to see the broader picture and standing up for what I think is right.” A native Portlander, the youngest of five children, she was the only one to graduate from high school. During her time at Reed, she worked as a nurse’s aide, lived in the infirmary, served meals in commons, did laundry for other Reed students, and worked as a maid in Eastmoreland, and, in summer, at Crater Lake Lodge. After earning her BA in sociology, she moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where she did social work. She joined the war effort by enlisting in the navy WAVES and serving as hospital corps woman in San Diego—“one of hundreds, who cared for the estimated 10,000 patients.” In 1946, in Portland, she married grocer Norman B. Crites. Both Maxine and Norman were lifelong members of All Saints Episcopal Church. Following up on a notice in the church bulletin about teaching scholarships, Maxine returned to Reed for graduate work and taught social studies at Franklin High School for 20 years. After that, she volunteered as a case reviewer for children in foster care. Maxine enjoyed local alumni events and traveled to Tuscany in 2004 with her daughter, Melissa, on an alumni-sponsored tour. Johanna Thoeresz ’87 met Maxine on the tour. “I was taken aback by her vim, vigor, and verve. Everyone on the trip who tried to cajole the ‘sweet little old lady’ was quickly put in place by her quick wit and insistence that she never wanted special attention.” Robin Tovey ’97, who visited with Maxine at events on campus, remarked, “Maxine was a formidable lady (and I mean that in the best, most French, way!), and she’ll be greatly missed on a very personal level by many in the Reed community.” Maxine supported the annual fund at Reed every single year after she graduated, for an incredible total of 69 years. Survivors include Melissa and her sons Douglas and Gregory, as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1992.

Robert Bither Calderwood ’46

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Robert Bither Calderwood ’46, July 13, 2011, in Portland. Bob earned a BA in mathematics and was a systems analyst at First Interstate Bank and at Benjamin Franklin Savings & Loan. He was also a deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Portland. Survivors include his wife, Maryhelen Westgate, whom he married in 1959; a son and daughter; and four grandchildren. His sister, Lois Calderwood Johannsen ’50, also attended Reed.

Carol Flipsie Creedon, Faculty

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Prof. Carol Creedon [psychology 1957–91] July 5, 2012, in Portland.

Carol Creedon was a woman of vast, unflinching understanding, who lived with great gusto, warmth, and love. A psychology professor from the 1940s to the 1990s, she spent her life seeking to increase her understanding of how people act and finding ways to help them.


Richard Coovert ’52

Richard Coovert ’52, July 21, 2011, in Portland. Richard earned his BA from Reed in physics, writing the thesis “The Construction of a Bent Crystal X-Ray Spectrograph.” He went on to get a PhD from the University of Illinois and worked as a research physicist at Tektronix. He became chief scientist for Planar Systems, retiring in 1997. Richard also served in the navy and enjoyed recreational boating.

Virginia Belle Richards Corrigall ’39

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Virginia Belle Richards Corrigall ’39, June 2, 2012, in Vale, Oregon. A passion for the landscape of eastern Oregon, acquired on childhood trips with her father, led Virginia to a job as a teacher in Harper, Oregon, after earning a BA from Reed in biology. In Harper, she taught biology, typing, P.E., and music. She also met James Corrigall, whose family owned a ranch in Westfall. In 1945, after James completed his military service, they married and moved to the Westfall ranch, where they raised three children and Virginia learned to cook, ride horses, and drive a tractor. She clerked for the school district, taught classes, directed school plays, performed on the piano, and volunteered with the PTA. She was president of the Westfall Mystery Club and volunteered for the Malheur County Home Extension Program. Following her husband’s death in 1995, Virginia stayed on at the ranch for many years. She was good-spirited and congenial to the end of her life. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and her brother, Oren R. Richards ’45.

Irene Hinnells Cheldelin ’38

Irene Hinnells Cheldelin ’38, October 21, 1994, in Portland. She married Vernon H. Cheldelin ’38 shortly after graduation from Reed. They moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked part time as a scientific illustrator. In 1942, they moved to Corvallis, Oregon where Vernon began teaching at Oregon State University. After his death in 1966, she worked as a research assistant at Oregon State University in the departments of entomology, botany, and agricultural chemistry. She was an active community volunteer in the Corvallis area for 35 years. Ireme served on the Corvallis School Board for nine years, including two years as president, and also served on the Oregon State School Board. She was a past president of the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary, a trustee of the Hospital Foundation, a past member of the Planned Parenthood committee on finance, and a founding member of the Unitarian Fellowship of Corvallis. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and seven grandchildren.

Donald H. Campbell ’51

Donald H. Campbell ’51, September 21, 1994, in Portland, of cancer. He was a building contractor known for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings in the Portland area. Donald attended Reed from 1947 to 1949, leaving to join the U.S. Coast Guard. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and then returned to Portland, where he earned a BA in engineering from the University of Portland. He worked with Rose City Pre-Cut and Timber Structures until the early ’60s, when he started his own company, P&C Construction Company. Donald developed a strong working relationship with businessmen Sam Naito and Bill Naito ’49, who were interested in the restoration of older Portland buildings. Among Donald's more notable restorative or rehabilitation projects are downtown Portland's Galleria Building, the Montgomery Park building in northwest Portland, and Reed's Unified Science Library. In a tribute to Donald, Bill Naito credited him with having “done more in the market of historic building preservation than any other single contractor.” Bill dedicated the Don Campbell Hall in Montgomery Park in his honor. Survivors include his wife, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Charlotte Cobb ’29

Charlotte Cobb ’29, October 22, 1995, in La Mesa, California, after a long illness. She received a BA from Reed in history, and had a lifelong career as a teacher of music, elementary school, and hospitalized children. After graduating from Reed, she spent two years teaching music and then studied music for two years at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. She returned to Oregon to continue teaching, and in 1940 she decided to train as an elementary school teacher. Charlotte enrolled at Santa Barbara State College and obtained a California elementary teaching certificate. She taught for 30 years in San Diego, first in elementary classrooms and later as a tutor with Teachers of the Homebound and Hospitalized, a special program that tutored children in their homes or in hospitals. She retired from teaching in 1972. Survivors include several nephews, a niece, and numerous grandnephews and grandnieces. Her sister, Anna Zona Cobb Johnson ’34, died in 1987.

Rosemary Morford Cheroff ’48

Rosemary Morford Cheroff ’48, July 17, 1991, in Santa Cruz, California. She attended Reed for more than three years and then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her degree. She married George Cheroff in 1950, an inventor for IBM, and the couple had six children, one of whom predeceased her. She and her husband traveled widely and lived in England for two years. She had many interests and hobbies, including sailing, snorkeling, painting, and writing. Rosemary also bought and sold rare books and enjoyed concerts, theatre, and art exhibitions, and attending many large family gatherings. Survivors include her husband, five children, five grandchildren, and many aunts and uncles, including Helen Wheeler Hastay ’39, George Wheeler ’29, and Donald Wheeler ’35.

Miriamma Anderson Carson ’63

Miriamma Anderson Carson ’63, September 30, 1995, of cancer, in Seattle, Washington. After spending two years at Reed, Miriamma moved to Los Angeles and did training at Harbor Hospital in the area of women’s health care. She was an antiwar activist and women’s rights advocate in San Francisco during the ’60s. In 1973, she moved to Seattle, where she continued to work in women’s health care and advocacy. In 1980, she became one of Washington state’ s first licensed lay midwives. She worked at Fremont Women’s Clinic, which later merged with the 45th Street Clinic, as a women’s health care specialist and midwife, for nearly 20 years and became known for her commitment to women’s health issues and her dedication to her clients. Survivors include a brother and sister, two sons, and a grandson.

Katherine Stanley Camber ’39

Katherine Stanley Camber ’39, July 31, 1996, in Redmond, Washington. She married Robert Camber ’39 in 1939, and the couple settled in the Seattle area, where they raised two sons and two daughters. For most of her life, she was a homemaker. She was a lifetime member of the Seattle Yacht Club. Katherine is survived by Robert, their four children, a brother, and two grandchildren.

Dora Peters Canfield ’38

Dora Peters Canfield ’38, August 17, 1996, in Falls Church, Virginia. She worked in the pathology department at a Portland teaching hospital after graduation from Reed. In 1939, she married Lee Canfield ’36, who was pursuing advanced study at Harvard. After World War II, the couple settled in Virginia and raised four children. Dora was a homemaker for most of her life and was active in the PTA and local government affairs. She served two terms as secretary of the Fairfax County Council of PTAs and for many years attended county school board sessions. Both Dora and Lee were also active volunteers for Common Cause. She was also known for her horticultural activities. Dora is survived by her Lee, two sons and two daughters, and one grandchild.

George W. Cronyn ’48

George Cronyn ’48, April 17, 1996, of a heart attack, in San Francisco, where he moved after his service in World War II. He was a retired social worker. Survivors include his brother, Marshall Cronyn ’40, nieces Gail and Lori Cronyn ’72, and a grandniece.

Lamar Crowson ’48

Lamar Crowson ’48, August 25, 1998, of a heart attack, in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was an internationally known pianist who was regarded by many as one of the finest chamber musicians of his time. After attending Reed, he studied music at the Royal College of Music, London, where he joined the faculty in 1957. While in London, he began his performing career, concentrating on chamber music. With the Melos Ensemble of London, he recorded the Mozart and Beethoven Quintets for piano and wind, Schubert’s "Trout" Quintet, and other works. In 1972, he settled in South Africa, where he was professor of music at the University of Cape Town. He encouraged students to develop a creative approach to piano playing which sought fidelity to the composer's own creative spirit. Mindless technical exercises were anathema to him. He would say “develop the right intentions, and you will find the technique to carry them out.” He is survived by two sons; his third wife; two stepsons, and a brother, Don Crowson ’55.

George B. Campbell ’38

George Campbell ’38, July 29, 1999, in Portland. He was a retired partner in the Portland law firm of Lane Powell Spears Lubersky. He attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Stanford, where he earned a BA in 1938. He then entered Stanford Law School and graduated with a JD in 1941. After graduating, he worked for Southern Pacific Company’s law department in San Francisco. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as lieutenant on two aircraft carriers. After the war, he returned to Portland, where he was admitted to the Oregon Bar and joined the law firm Lane Powell Spears Lubersky. In 1958, he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. During his career, he specialized in probate law, trust, and estate planning, and was also experienced in the practice of admiralty law. He was active in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel for many years. His hobbies included fishing and bird hunting. Survivors include two daughters. His wife died in 1990, after 48 years of marriage.

Elisabeth Helen Chambers Moore ’36

Elizabeth Chambers Moore ’36, October 17, 1999, after a long illness. After graduation, she attended the Yale University Graduate School of Nursing, received a certificate in engineering drawing from Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1943, and earned a master’s in education from Syracuse University, New York, in 1948. She was dean of women at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, in the late ’40s and early ’50s. Her love of small children encouraged her to obtain a teaching certificate from Central Washington College of Education, and she then taught kindergarten in the Richland, Washington, education system. She was married in 1953, and separated from her husband in 1977. An ardent backpacker, hiker, kayaker, and skier, she became active in many conservation efforts. She helped found the Columbia River Conservation League, serving as its secretary and treasurer during its formative years. She worked to secure preservation of the Juniper Forest east of Pasco, Washington, and to establish the North Cascades National Park and the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. Survivors include a brother; two sisters, including Charlotte Chambers Prentice ’39; and numerous nieces and nephews.

William C. Cairns ’44

William Cairns ’44, March 28, 2000, in Seattle. He attended Reed under the Premeteorology Program and earned a BA in engineering from Stanford in 1949. His career in the wood treating industry began with the J.X. Baxter firm in San Francisco and Portland. in 1959, he moved to Seattle to manage a joint venture with Baxter and the Wyckoff Company. When the companies parted ways several years later, he became president of Wyckoff. He was active in the Seattle Rotary Club and Overlake Golf and Country Club, and he served on the board of directors for Peoples National Bank. Following a heart attack, William retired in 1990, but continued to lead an active life. Survivors include his second wife; three sons; a daughter; two brothers; a sister; and 14 grandchildren. His first wife died in 1980.

Sarah Marimon Coe ’21

Sarah Marimon Coe ’21, March 2, 2000, in Del Mar, California. She attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Pomona College, graduating in 1921. She taught school in California for three years but was forced to quit when she contracted tuberculosis. She spent two years in a sanitarium in Phoenix, Arizona, where she met and married her husband, Elmon Coe, manager of the sanitarium. They settled in Phoenix and had three children, and she was active in the PTA. During the ’50s, she and her husband operated a hotel in Yuma, Arizona, for six years. She began teaching again after they returned to Phoenix, retiring in 1966. Her husband died in 1960. She traveled to South America, Africa, and the Holy Land after retiring, and then relocated to California. Survivors include a son; two daughters; eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Elna Clare Street ’38

Elna Clare Street ’38, September 13, 2001, in Ventura, California. After attending Reed for three years, Elna moved to Baltimore, Maryland, with her parents and became a medical secretary. She married Dana Street, an orthopedist, in 1940 and they had four children. They lived in Memphis, Tennessee, for 13 years and then moved to Arkansas for three years. In 1962, they relocated to Palos Verdes, California. In 1971, she earned a BA in fine arts from California State University, Long Beach. She is survived by her husband, three sons, and a daughter.

Cynthia Camp Watkins (Funk) ’50

Cynthia Camp Watkins ’50, in March 5, 2002, in Oregon. Funk spent time at Reed in the late ’40s and returned for graduate class work in 1968–69. She was reported to have been a well-remembered junior high school teacher in the Lake Oswego public school system, living and teaching in a manner that defied a debilitating physical condition.

Dagmar Marie Cogill ’49

Dagmar Marie Cogill ’49, June 18, 2001. Dagmar attended Reed for a year and half, a time that taught her to think and challenge ideas, she later wrote. She noted that the one-year humanities course with Rex Arragon [history 1923–62, 1970–74] "was the most illuminating, liberating, and inspiring experience" of her education. She obtained a BA in business and art from Antioch University in 1982 and tended her avocation as a painter and graphic designer in the San Francisco area. She was active in her community for numerous social and civil causes, served an associate director for National Aid to the Visually Handicapped, was chief financial officer for the San Francisco Bay Girl Scout Council, and was president of the San Francisco Women Artists. Her marriage ended in divorce, and she had a daughter and son.

Helen Chiotti Nizich ’41

Helen Chiotti Nizich ’41, June 5, 2002, in Oregon. Helen received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in sociology and married Anton J. Nizich in 1941. They had two children.

Letitia Monroe Capell Shrank ’28

Letitia Monroe Capell Shrank ’28, April 12, 2002, in Astoria, Oregon. After high school, Letitia taught in a one-room, multigrade school in Agness, Oregon. She attended Monmouth Normal School (now Western Oregon University), Reed, and the University of Oregon, from which she graduated in 1926. She returned there on a history fellowship, studying history and psychology, and earned a master’s degree in 1934. She married H.C.R. Shrank in 1937, and they moved to Placerville, California, where she organized a branch of the American Association of University Women. In 1954 they moved to Brevard, North Carolina, where she earned a reputation as a beloved and enthusiastic teacher in the local high school. Letitia moved to Astoria in 2001 at the age of 97. She is survived by her daughter, a granddaughter, three nephews, a cousin, and numerous other extended family members. Her husband and son preceded her in death.

Betty Jean McCaskill Canon ’41

Betty Jean McCaskill Canon ’41, October 18, 2005, in Portland. Betty graduated from Reed with a BA in psychology. In 1942, she married Robert W. Canon; they had two children, and later divorced. In 1965, she received an MA from Portland State University, and began an 18-year career at West Linn High School—17 years as chair of language arts and as director of curriculum for the district. She retired in 1980 to a life full of activity—swimming, reading, and traveling, among other occupations. She was committed to improving education, seeing it as the only viable source for peaceful coexistence and mediation among vastly different communities. "I accept a world based on ambiguities and the struggles that ensue through tolerance," she wrote in 1991. Survivors include her son and daughter, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister.

LaWanna Mae Cochran Judy ’40

LaWanna Mae Cochran Judy ’40, November 18, 2005, in Portland. LaWanna received a BA from Reed in French and education. In 1943, she earned a MA in speech pathology from the University of Oklahoma. She married Robert J. Judy ’48 in 1944. She taught speech therapy for developmentally disabled students in public and private schools in Multnomah County for 30 years. Judy was a member of the board of trustees for the Multnomah Association for Retarded Citizens, including 10 years as director, and a delegate to the national convention of the National Association for Retarded Citizens. She also was elected to the board of the Portland Habilitation Center, and was publicly recognized her 25-year service to developmentally delayed individuals. Judy coauthored Community Competencies for the Handicapped (Charles C. Thomas, 1978), and wrote a manual for parents and teachers, "What to do until the speech therapist comes," (Center Press, 1970). Additionally she appeared in three musicals at the Civic Auditorium. Survivors include her husband and son. Her cousins, Quinton Cochran ’40 and Kevin Cochran ’40, also attended Reed.

Alice Campbell ’89

Alice Campbell ’89, February 14, 2004, in Portland. Alice graduated from Reed at the age of 50 with a bachelor’s degree in art.

Marianne Davies Carton ’43

Marianne Davies Carton ’43, June 27, 2004, in San Diego, California. Marianne attended Reed for two years and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1943. She married William A. Carton, who was a career navy man, and they had four children. In addition to caring for her family and home, Marianne worked as an independent contractor for the American Express Company in San Diego County and was a 25-year member of the board of directors for Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation. She and her husband lived in Salmon, Idaho, for six months out of the year, otherwise in San Diego, for nearly 20 years. She believed that Reed inspired an inquiring mind that enhanced her philanthropic work and her life in general. Survivors include her husband, daughter, three sons, and nine grandchildren.

Harriet Hawkins Cass ’30

Harriet Hawkins Cass ’30, September 8, 2004, in Portland. Harriet attended Reed for one year before transferring to the University of Oregon and majoring in theatre arts. In Portland, she connected with the Bess Whitcomb Players and the Portland Civic Theatre. She lived in New York, and under scholarship with the Repertory Playhouse Associates of New York City, received additional training and experience at the associates’ summer theatre in Putney, Vermont. In 1940, she married Robert Cass, and they had one daughter. In retirement, they moved from Ohio to Portland, where Hawkins continued to enjoy theatre with the Drama Reading Club. She was supported the efforts of the Contemporary Arts Council, Portland Art Museum, Oregon Historical Society, the English Speaking Union, and the World Affairs Council. Both her husband and daughter predeceased her.

Herberta Gaines Chandler ’35

Herberta Gaines Chandler ’35, October 25, 2004, at home in Baker City, Oregon. Herberta attended Reed for three years, earning a BS in education from Northwestern University, and a bachelor's degree in education from the National College of Education in Evanston, Illinois, in 1936. In 1942, she received a master’s in social work from Columbia University. She was a clinical social worker in the Bay Area, retiring to Baker City in 1978. Chandler’s community involvement covered a wide range of affiliation, including with the ACLU, public broadcasting, NARAL, and Planned Parenthood. She was volunteered for the arts, and spent many happy hours weaving, especially in the company of the Threadbenders Weaving Guild. She also gave her support to the Crossroads Arts Center and to other regional arts councils and weaving guilds. Survivors include her brother and extended family members.

Patricia Louise Erickson Collier ’50

Patricia Louise Erickson Collier ’50, October 29, 2004, in Manzanita, Oregon. Patricia attended Reed for two years, transferring to the University of Oregon, where she earned a BS in biology in 1950. In 1958, she married geologist John Collier, and they had two children. The management of her home and family was the focus of Patricia's adult years. The family lived in California and Oregon. Survivors include her husband; two daughters; six grandchildren; two sisters, including Carol Erickson Midford ’61; and her brother, Leland Erickson ’44.

Maude Bauguess Cumbow McKinley ’39

Maude Bauguess Cumbow McKinley ’39, September 1, 2004, in Portland. Maude graduated from Reed with a BA in sociology and psychology. That same year she married Donald McKinley ’40, and entered a newly established in-service social work training program through the welfare department of the state of Oregon. She worked for the Multnomah County Children’s Division until 1942, when Donald completed medical school, and they moved to Seattle and military duty. Maude worked in the children’s division of King County until 1944, then began her career with family. For Donald’s work and continuing education, the family moved to Michigan in 1946, returning to Portland in 1958, when he opened a private practice in psychiatry. The family enjoyed hiking and backpacking, eventually developing property for their gatherings in the North Cascades. Hiking became a regular occupation for Maude, who also volunteered with children’s services and the Girl Scouts. Maude became a member of the Saga School of Japanese flower arranging, and the Portland chapter of Ikebana International, for which she served as president; her interest in the art also took her to Japan. Environmental issues were of interest to both Maude and Donald. Survivors include two daughters, a son, and six grandchildren. Donald and their son, Donald C. McKinley ’67, predeceased her.

Margaret R. Campbell ’71

Margaret Ruth Naidas Campbell ’71, March 9, 2006, in Los Angeles, California. Margaret received a BA from Reed in religion. She is survived by her husband.

Martha Cannon ’54

Martha Jane Barter Cannon ’54, August 14, 2006, in Portland. Martha attended Reed for two years.

Clyde S. Courtnage ’41

Clyde Stewart Courtnage ’41, August 19, 2006, in Eugene, Oregon. Clyde received a BA from Reed in economics. In 1943, he earned an MBA from Harvard, and moved to Tennessee to work for Procter and Gamble as an industrial engineer. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy as a radio technician. In 1946, he moved to Seattle and became chief accountant for Frederick & Nelson. In 1955, he moved to Alaska to work as comptroller for the Ketchikan Spruce Mill. In 1963, he was named director of the Anchorage field office of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and a year later, became administrator for the department's economic development administration in Alaska. After retiring in 1981, he spent six years as an independent consultant on the North Slope. Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Twitchell Courtnage ’42, whom he married in 1940; three sons; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother. The college has benefited from the couple's generosity in creating the Clyde and Beatrice Courtnage Library Fund, as well as their efforts on behalf of the alumni association in Alaska.

Jane Collier Anderson ’37

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Jane Collier Anderson , April 30, 2000, in the Unitarian-Unaversalist Church in Urnbana Illinois. Jane designed and maintained the Rose window in the background. Photo by George C. Anderson

Pioneering chemist Jane Graybill Collier Anderson ’37 died July 10, 2006, in Champaign, Illinois.

Jane earned her BA from Reed in biology, writing a thesis on the razor clam under the direction of Prof. L. E. Griffin. After graduation, she accepted a teaching job in the zoology department at the University of Missouri, where she pursued chemistry and medicine, earning her MA and PhD in zoology. 


Stanley Chin ’51

Stanley Chin ’51, July 20, 2008, in Los Angeles, California. Stanley studied biology at Reed and earned a BA degree in business at the University of Washington. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and was elected to Beta Sigma, the National Business Honorary Society, in 1969. Stanley was registrar at UCLA. He married Edith Thomas, and had one daughter and two sons.

Ruth Cooperman Greenberg, Friend

Ruth Cooperman Greenberg, October 18, 2008, in West Los Angeles, California, at the age of 93. Ruth had a long association with Reed through her former husband, trustee Mayer Greenberg, and her son, trustee Daniel Greenberg ’62; she also endowed a chair in American Indian Studies in the anthropology department at Reed in 1998. Born in Minneapolis in 1915, Ruth graduated from the University of Minnesota and married Mayer. A lifelong artist and crafts-person, she initially focused on stone and wood sculpture; later she turned her attention to oil painting, wood cuts, pen and ink, fabric arts, and other media. Following her divorce in the mid-’60s, she moved to Malibu, California, and opened the Tidepool Gallery, dedicated to art, craft, and natural objects related to the sea. “The kid who comes in with 25 cents to buy a shell for his mother is just as important to us as the collectors,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1982. In response to hovering parents, she kept a basket of shells for children to play with labeled “DO Touch.” Her interest in shells led to expeditions to Japan, Oman, and various Pacific Islands, and in 1981 she served as president of the Conchologists of America. A new species of shell was named in her honor. Ruth also had an abiding passion for Native American art and culture, and contributed significantly to their preservation. The small baskets she wove in her later years, from materials she grew and gathered in the wild, are represented in the collections of several museums. The Indians of North America have been a central subject of study for Reed’s anthropology department for many decades, since David French ’39 [1947–88] joined the department in 1948. Ruth’s decision to establish an endowed chair, currently held by Robert Brightman ’73 [1980–], ensured that Reed will continue to contribute to the field. Ruth is survived by her son Daniel and his wife Susan Steinhauser of Los Angeles; and by her son Phillip Greenberg, his partner Annie Stein, and granddaughter Eliana, of Berkeley, California.

Elmer Bailey Clark Jr. ’42

Elmer Bailey Clark Jr. ’42, October 26, 2009, in his hometown, Seattle, Washington. E.B., or Jiggs, attended Reed for a year before returning home because of a family illness. He later completed a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Washington. During World War II, he worked for Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. Later he was a manufacturer's representative, a volunteer at the Seattle Art Museum, and a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church. In 1970, he married Mary Jane Jacobs, who survives him. During his oral history interview with Brie Gyncild ’91 in 2003, he stated that his year at the college fueled a love for Reed that lasted a lifetime.

Mary Jane Chrisgau Sills ’43

Mary Jane Christgau Sills ’43, January 16, 2010, in Portland. Mary Jane began her undergraduate studies at Reed. In 1954, she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked as an aide to Senator Richard Neuberger, and later to Senator Maurine Neuberger. In 1969, she married Harold Sills; they lived in Oakland, California, and enjoyed traveling and visiting their four grandchildren. Her husband died in 1993.

Melrose R. Cole AMP ’44

Melrose R. Cole AMP ’44, November 10, 2009, in Danvers, Massachusetts. Mel came to Reed in the premeteorology program, and, during World War II, served as a weatherman with the U.S. Air Force in China, Burma, and India. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Wayne State University, and founded Products for Research in Danvers. He enjoyed operating a ham radio and sailing. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Rohr Cole, to whom he was married for 62 years; two sons; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Ella Carson Brodie ’49, MAT ’65

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Mary Ella Carson Brodie ’49, MAT ’65, November 11, 2011, in Portland. Mary spent her first year of college at Willamette University. She was skeptical about attending Reed for her second year, even though she thought well of the school and knew that living at home in Portland would save money. “At the end of the first week, I was committed to Reed. I have never regretted that choice. The curriculum, the professors, the friends I made, all have enriched my life more than I ever could have imagined,” she wrote many years later. After graduating with a BA in general literature, she moved to San Francisco—a big adventure for a young woman from the Pacific Northwest, she said. After three years, she came back to Portland, and worked in public welfare and also for the state in higher education and human resources. She earned a master's degree in teaching from Reed, and spent 12 years as an instructor in English, Spanish, and typing at Wilson High School in southwest Portland. Her love of hiking led to her joining the Mazamas in 1957, and it was on a hike in the Columbia Gorge in the early ’70s that she met Laird C. Brodie ’44. Since leaving Reed, he had married and raised a family of three. He was teaching at Portland State University and playing French horn for the Portland Opera and the Marylhurst College orchestra. He also enjoyed outdoor activities. The couple married in 1974. “A year or so later, I stopped teaching, learned to make bread, and for the first time tried being a homebody.” Mary and Laird enjoyed music; hiking with the Mazamas in the U.S. and in Great Britain and South America; and several unforgettable ocean canoe outings near Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Mary was a member of the Reed College Women's Committee, the alumni board, and the Foster-Scholz Club. Survivors include Clark and Greg Canham and members of Laird's family.

Dorothy Johnson Campbell ’40

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Dorothy Johnson Campbell ’40, January 20, 2012, in Vancouver, Washington. Dorothy transferred to Reed from the University of Washington and earned a BA in psychology. On the day that she graduated, she married Laurence C. Rodgers ’29 [comptroller 1937–41]. She accompanied Laurence as he traveled around Oregon for his work in labor relations and was a full-time mother, with a daughter and son. When the couple later divorced, Dorothy went to work for the Oregon Employment Security Department as an interviewer and employer relations representative. In 1958, she married Robert W. Campbell; they had one daughter. Dorothy was a member of the Reed College Women’s Committee and volunteered for the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Zoo. In the ’70s, she moved to a houseboat on Sauvie Island. She was a proficient powerboat operator and canoeist, and taught water safety to her grandchildren, including grandson Timothy W. Atwill ’89. She enjoyed hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest and swam and walked daily. She also traveled in the U.S. and abroad, including to Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal, Morocco, Cambodia, and China. As one of the first female dispatchers for Portland’s waterfront, Dorothy worked for Shaver Transportation and Foss Maritime until retirement in 2003. Survivors include her children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Daughter Sally Rogers, who provided the details for this memorial, said that her mother loved Reed.

Kathleen Virginia Cronin Tinkel ’63

Kathleen Virginia Cronin Tinkel ’63, November 21, 2012, in Milford, Connecticut, from cancer. Kathleen studied at Reed for two years. She met her future husband, physicist Jack B. Tinkel, while taking summer classes at the University of California, Berkeley. The couple moved to New York City, Jack’s hometown, where they resided for 12 years. Kathleen started her own graphic design business, Tinkel Design, and maintained connections to clients in New York via train commute when the couple moved next to Connecticut. During this time, she also found time to remodel a 70-year-old house and to write and publish a book, Rooftop Gardening. She was one of the founding managers of the Desktop Publishing Forum on CompuServe, and, as computerization took over the publishing industry, she wrote about software, fonts, people, and the aesthetics of using type for many publications, including Step-by-Step Electronic Design, Personal Publishing, MacUser, Publish, Aldus, Adobe, MacWorld, PC Graphics, MacWeek, and U&lc quarterly. She also cofounded and edited MacPrePress, a weekly fax newsletter. Kathleen was diagnosed with endometrial cancer in 1998. She underwent surgery and moved to Milford, where Jack retired and she pared down her many projects.

Kalman Joseph Cohen ’51

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Kalman Joseph Cohen ’51, September 12, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina. Economist, professor, and author, Kal (known as Joe when at Reed) earned a BA in mathematics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. “Attending Reed College was a major pivotal point in my life. At Reed, I developed a deep intellectual curiosity, fueled by both faculty and fellow students. The social, academic, and athletic opportunities interwove, offering a balanced and challenging lifestyle.” Kal played trombone for Gilbert & Sullivan productions, square danced in the student union, participated in informal sports and recreation and outing club trips, worked part-time in commons, and also operated a campus laundry and dry cleaning facility. He treasured his memories of the academic life and the related gab sessions. The Reed experience provided an ideal foundation for work at Oxford University, he said, where curiosity and the ability to work independently were required. He received an MLitt in mathematical logic from Oxford and completed a PhD in economics at Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1959. “Although my professorial career started in economics, gradually my interests switched to banking, finance, and securities markets.” He was a tenured professor in three business schools: Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, and Duke University. He did research in and taught management science applications in banking. His research moved into microstructure of securities markets with teaching in corporate finance. He began his tenure with Duke in 1974, and was Distinguished Bank Research Professor at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, retiring in 1993. He also was a visiting professor in Sweden, Denmark, China, and Singapore. Kal received numerous scholarships, fellowships, and research grants from many sources, including the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the FDIC. He wrote 8 books and over 80 articles on banking, management, security market microstructure, corporate finance, computer simulation, and microeconomics. He also swam more than a mile every other day, vacationed in the mountains of North Carolina, and was a Duke University basketball fan. He and Joan C. Newman were married in 1956. She survives him, as do two sons, one daughter, five grandchildren, and a brother.

Frederic Burrier Caldwell ’76

Frederic Burrier Caldwell ’76, February 18, 2008, in Portland. Fred came to Portland from Pensacola, Florida, in the mid-’70s. He studied biology at Reed and later earned a BS in social science from Portland State University. He worked in the mental health field and was married to Kathryn Heffner for seven years. Survivors include Kathryn, his mother and stepfather, and a brother and sister.

Alison Cadbury MAT ’79

Alison Cadbury MAT ’79, October 29, 2010, in Eugene, Oregon, following a prolonged illness. Alison came to Reed with a BA in English from Boston University. A prose writer, “wicked” Scrabble player, and valued member of several Eugene writing groups, Alison was the recipient of literary and scholarly awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Literary Arts, a Pushcart Prize, and a Fulbright award. The Fulbright award supported research for her book Panigyri: A Celebration of Life in a Greek Island Village, which she described as an ode to the culture and people of the village of Naousa. Her association with the island of Paros, in the Aegean Sea, began when she was a tourist in 1971 and extended to a five-year residency. “I had been drawn to the island by pictures of many-colored fishing boats and snow-white cubical houses, and was curious about the people who created such beauty.” Alison taught writing and literature at Golden Gate University and at Lane Community College, from which she received the faculty recognition award for excellence in teaching. “Her love of words was the impetus of her life.”

Elizabeth Emily Gedney Christensen ’38

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Elizabeth Emily Gedney Christensen ’38, October 22, 2011, in Lompoc, California. Bess grew up in Orchards, Washington, losing her father to the Spanish influenza when she was two. She enrolled as a member of the inaugural class of Clark Junior College in Vancouver. There she met and fell in love with Harold E. Christensen. Concerned about the financial challenges the couple might face during the Great Depression, Bess’ mother forced them to part. Bess went on to Reed and completed a BA in English. “My appreciation for my years at Reed is very great, in the opportunity to study with fine professors and bright, serious students,” she wrote. After graduation, Bess taught at the Washington State School for the Blind, worked at the Clark County Sun newspaper, and was an old-age assistance worker for the Clark County Welfare Department. During World War II, she worked at the Kaiser shipyard in Vancouver. After the war, she visited her brother in New York City and returned to Vancouver by tramp steamer through the Panama Canal. In 1948, she and Hal were reunited and married. A year later, Bess completed an MA in English from the University of Washington and began a 38-year career in editorial research for the American College Dictionary (Random House). She was assigned periodicals to read in search of new words, new usages, and variant spellings—it was a portable career and the perfect complement to Hal’s career in the air force. After years of relocating, Bess and Hal settled in Lompoc, California, in 1975. They were active volunteers in the community, and Bess continued her volunteer work after Hal’s death in 2000. She served on the Lompoc General Plan Advisory Committee for 10 years and was a founding member of the Lompoc Valley Botanical and Horticultural Society and a member of the boards of the Lompoc Museum and the Lompoc Library Foundation. She was vice chair of the North County Citizens Planning Association and served on the Lompoc City Blue Ribbon Committee and on the city Water and Utilities Commission. Bess was a regular contributor to the “Forward View” column of the Lompoc Record and was a member of its citizen editorial board. She edited the book A Naturalist at Play in Coastal California and Beyond, and also wrote Acres of Loveliness: The Flower Seed Industry in Lompoc Valley. Bess received many awards and honors for her civic involvement. Among these were the 1995 Lompoc Woman of the Year, the 2003 La Purisima Audubon Society Linda Sehgal Conservation Award, the 2006 Lompoc Flower Festival Parade Grand Marshal, the 2007 SBCAN Northern County Giving Back to the Community Award, and the 2009 Citizens Planning Association Community Asset Award. She also received the Clark College Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in 2010. Bess and Hal had one daughter, Christina, who survives them.

Prof. Richard E. Crandall ’69

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Prof. Richard Crandall. "He sparkled with swift, reckless, eccentric ideas of every kind."

Professor Richard E. Crandall ’69 [physics 1978–2012] died in Portland, December 20, 2012, from complications of acute myeloid leukemia.

Richard Crandall defied categories. He was a professor, a physicist, a computer scientist, and an inventor, but none of these labels conveys the scope or the depth of his intellectual accomplishments. From the rings of Saturn to the hunt for prime numbers to the circuitry of the iPhone, there was no limit to his curiosity—or to his appetite for discovery. He held 11 patents, authored 6 books, and wrote scores of scholarly articles on a vast range of subjects, but his signal achievements probably lay in experimental mathematics—an emerging field he helped to define.


Norman F. Carrigg ’46

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Norman F. Carrigg ’46, October 31, 2012, in San Rafael, California. Norman attended Reed for a year in 1942–43 and left the college to rejoin the Navy Reserve. After the war, his Reed professors recommended him for an advancetrack medical program at the University of Oregon, where he earned a BS and an MD. Norman was passionate about research and was considered a pioneer in the field of oncology, then a subset of hematology. He moved to California to establish a medical practice and was an associate professor of medicine at UCSF. He also served as medical director of Regional Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit offering no-cost, expert second medical opinions to people diagnosed with cancer. “When the only consideration is the patient, doctors are strictly objective,” he said in an interview. “Nobody has anything to gain by their opinion, so it’s possible to be absolutely straightforward with every person that we see.” He continued to practice medicine on a pro bono basis, working at the foundation once a week, until he retired in 2006. Brief as his time was at Reed, Norman maintained a connection to the college, and looked for an opportunity to give back. At the suggestion of Larry Large, who led Reed’s development efforts in 1982–87 and 1995–99, Norman chose to endow a chair for the college librarian. The Norman F. Carrigg Librarianship was established in 2007. Survivors include his nieces and nephews.

Marjorie Campbell McDonald ’19

Marjorie Campbell McDonald ’19, March 10, 1995, in Corvallis, Oregon. She attended Reed for three years and went on to earn her teaching degree from the University of Oregon in 1919. She taught high school in Portland and married John McDonald in 1925. After his death in 1943, she began teaching English to Russians who were in Portland, shipping war materials during World War II. She learned enough Russian to start a beginning Russian course at Washington High School, the first such course to be offered in public schools in the United States. She continued to study Russian by taking summer courses at Stanford University and the University of Washington. In 1955, she took a sabbatical from teaching to study Russian at the University of London and in 1959 was given permission to travel alone in Russia, one of the first Americans to do so. She retired from teaching in the early ’60s and turned her attention to art. She became a collage artist, using torn rice paper, and showed her work in a number of exhibitions in Portland and Corvallis. A retrospective show of her work was held at the Stevenson Gallery in Corvallis on April 9, and a one-person show will be held at the Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, October 16–November 9 (1995). She is survived by her sister.

Caroline Conklin Odlum MALS ’71

Caroline Conklin Odlum MALS ’71, of cancer, February 24, 1995, in Portland. She received her undergraduate degree from Smith College. She taught mathematics at Catlin Gabel School in 1965–66 and in 1972–79. She left her teaching career to enter Portland State University's electrical engineering program, earning a BS in 1982. She was employed by Tektronix in Portland from 1982 to 1990 as a product evaluation engineer and a technical writer. She left the company in 1990 to cofound with her husband Salt Spring Technical, a firm providing technical writing, editing, design, and typesetting services. She is survived by her husband, a daughter, a son, her mother, a brother, and a stepbrother and stepsister.

Frank Gordon Cottrell ’50

Frank Gordon Cottrell ’50, February 12, 1996, in Eugene, Oregon. He was a retired Circuit Court judge for Lane County. After graduating from Reed, he earned a law degree from Willamette University in Salem in 1954. He worked as a deputy district attorney, an assistant municipal judge, and a private attorney before being appointed to the circuit court in 1969. He was elected to the post in 1970 and was re-elected for three consecutive six-year terms, retiring in 1993. During his career, he was known for his keen legal instinct, his fairness and willingness to help others, and his sense of humor. He was a past president and board member of the Lane County Bar Association and past chairman of the Judicial Ethics Committee of the Oregon Judicial Council. He served three years on the state Board of Bar Examiners and was active in judicial and continuing legal education programs. He continued to work part time as a visiting judge and arbitrator after his retirement. He is survived by his wife, a son, three sisters, and three grandchildren.

Juliet Forden Corwin ’30

Juliet Forden Corwin ’30, February 1, 1997, in Albany, Oregon, where she had lived for the past five years. She attended Reed for two years and then married George Corwin ’29. They lived in several towns in Oregon during George's career as a superintendent of schools. For most of her life, Juliet was a homemaker, raising four children and participating actively in the communities where they lived. She also worked for several years as an office assistant. She was active on several library boards and served as president of the Oregon Library Association Trustee Section. She also served on committees of the American Library Trustee Association, and she presented workshops for library boards throughout Oregon. In 1973, she was made honorary life member of the Oregon Library Association. In 1970, the couple retired to Salem, and in 1983 she was named Key Citizen by the Salem City Council. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, a sister, nine grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. George died in 1986.

Robert L. Camber ’39

Robert Camber ’39, January 26, 1998, in Seattle, after a short illness. He was a family practice physician in the Seattle area for nearly 50 years. His medical degree was earned at the University of Oregon Medical School, which he financed by working as a grocery clerk. In 1939, he married Katherine Stanley ’39. During World War II, he served in the army as a medical officer in India and Burma, attaining the rank of major. The couple moved to Seattle after the war, where he was a physician and surgeon and later became board certified in family practice. He was president of the King County Academy of General Practice in 1965–66 and was active in Rotary. He and Katherine spent many summers sailing in the San Juan Islands on their 45-foot sailboat. Survivors include two sons; two daughters; and two grandchildren.

Charles P. Connell ’94

Charles Connell III ’94, February 2, 1998, in New York City. He was a research chemist at Unilever Research lab in Edgewater, New Jersey. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Reed College.

Marguerite Drake Converse ’25, MA ’39

Marguerite Drake Converse ’25, MA ’39, July 6, 1997, in Yuma, Arizona. She was a retired U.S. Realty Specialist.

Calista Eliot Causey ’20

Calista Eliot Causey ’20, January 8, 2000, in Greenville, South Carolina. She received a BA in chemistry, and earned a PhD in bacteriology from Johns Hopkins University in 1925. For 15 years, she was on the staff in microbiology at Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene, where she taught, conducted research, and worked with public health laboratories in Maryland and New York during the summers. In 1940, she married Ottis Causey and spent the next 30 years working in Brazil in a variety of capacities. During World War II, she worked in the Institute of Inter-American Affairs as a microbiologist and teacher. In 1955, she and her husband established a virus research program in the Amazon region, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Ten years later, they moved to Nigeria to organize a similar laboratory at the University of Ibadan. They retired in 1970 and moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of South Carolina. Her husband died in 1988. Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Warner Eliot ’46 and Robert Eliot ’48.

Mildred A. Cline ’32

Mildred Cline ’32, January 10, 2000, in Portland. Her long career as a librarian began at Reed College, where she worked in the library for two years following graduation. She studied library science at the University of Wisconsin for a year, and then returned to Portland to take a position with the Library Association of Portland. In 1941–42, she took a leave of absence to pursue a master’s degree in government at New York University. She returned again to Portland and her job, completing her thesis in absentia and earning an MA in 1946. In 1959, she left her position as department head in the Portland library and moved to the San Fernando Valley, California to live with her sister, Arlien Johnson ’17. There, she accepted a job as college reference librarian at the new California State University, Northridge. The two lived there until 1964, when smog and freeways led them to return to Oregon. She then worked at the Oregon State Library, where she was involved in producing a printed book catalog. The experience led her to take a sabbatical at the University of Washington in 1967–68 to study information technology in relation to libraries. She returned to the Library Association of Portland as a cataloger for several years until her retirement. In later years, she enjoyed traveling, gardening, involvement with the League of Women Voters, and participating in Reed-sponsored events on campus. Arlien died in 1988; there are no known survivors.

Edward R. Cony ’48

"The best newspaperman we've ever known."

Pulitzer-prizewinning journalist Edward Cony ’48 died January 9, 2000, in Santa Cruz, California, from pneumonia and complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 66.

Ed was born in Augusta, Maine, and attended Colby College for two years before serving in the U.S. Army in France, Luxembourg, and Germany. After WWII he came to Reed, where he majored in political science and wrote his thesis on the Fair Employment Practice Commission with Prof. Maure Goldschmidt ’30 [political science 1935–81].


Rosemary Elizabeth Cowen Shull ’31

Rosemary Cowen Shull ’31, January 21, 2000, in Lewis and Clark, Montana. She attended Reed in 1927-28 and was employed with the University of Idaho for 16 years. Survivors include two sons, seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Rose Neusihin Cooper ’47

Rose Neusihin Cooper ’47, October 11, 2000, in San Mateo, California. She attended Reed for two years and transferred to the University of Washington, graduating in 1947. She married Max Cooper in 1947 and raised two children; the couple later divorced. She worked for Multnomah County as a medical social worker in the early ’60s. In 1967, she earned a master’s degree in social work from Portland State University and moved to San Mateo that same year. She was a clinical social worker for San Mateo and Santa Clara counties until retiring in 1986. Survivors include a son, a daughter, a sister, and two grandchildren.

John F. Carter ’39

John Carter ’39, January 7, 2002, in Millbrae, California. After graduating from Reed, he worked with the YMCA and USO in Portland and Tacoma, Washington. In 1943, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a lieutenant in the South Pacific. He was discharged in 1946, and then joined a New York Stock Exchange firm in San Francisco, where he worked as an account executive and later became a partner and branch manager. In 1974, he became president of a wholesale distributing company serving the West Coast, and in 1984, when the company was sold, he joined a financial planning firm as a postretirement activity. He was married and had four children, and his hobbies included skiing, fishing, and racquetball. He was active in the Presbyterian Church and Boy Scouts. In 1963–66, he served as alumni trustee for the Reed board of trustees. Survivors include his wife, two sons, and two daughters.

Ray A. Clarke ’41

Ray Clarke ’41, December 23, 2001, in Needham, Massachusetts. He earned a PhD in chemistry from Oregon State University in 1948, and worked as a research chemist for Dupont Corporation in New Jersey until retiring in 1982. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Eugene, Oregon, where they lived for over 15 years. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, and a son.

Ruth Carter Oswald ’35

Ruth Carter Oswald ’35, April 14, 2000, in Eugene, Oregon. She earned a master’s degree in special education from the University of Oregon in 1957, and worked as a reading specialist in the Eugene area until her retirement. She married Norman Oswald ’35, and they had one son.

Miriam Collier Hope ’39

Miriam Collier Hope ’39, January 12, 2003, peacefully, in Lake Park, Georgia. Miriam's connection to Reed began with her mother, Ruth Graybill Collier ’32, an instructor in humanities and literature, and included her sister, Jane Collier Anderson ’37, brother, Robert P. Collier ’42, and niece, Catherine Collier ’68. Miriam graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general literature. She married Champion N. Nixon in 1945; they had three children and later divorced. For 23 years, she worked for Beckman Instruments, Spinco Division, in Palo Alto, California, first as a lab technician, and then as a technical writer for the research department. She retired in 1981 and moved to Georgia in 1983 to live with her daughter and three of her five grandchildren. "Around the edges of live-in grandma duties," she wrote in 1987, she became a peace activist. In that effort she was briefly arrested at Kings Bay Submarine Base and visited Nicaragua with Witness for Peace delegation. In 1992, she published "a kind of free-wheeling, spiritual autobiography, including poetry, Meeting the "Is": Memories and Cogitations.

Frances Hannah Ash Conant ’44

Frances Hannah Ash Conant ’44, May 1996, in California. Frances attended Reed for two years with a general study in liberal arts. She married Robert C. Conant in 1944 and they had two children, a son and daughter. She was worked as an administrative assistant and also volunteered for the Girl Scouts and the P.T.A.

David L. Chrysler MA ’66

David L. Chrysler MA ’66, January 12, 2004, in Portland, Oregon. In 1942, David joined the U.S. Navy and did service in the Pacific. After the war, he attended the University of Oregon, graduating in 1948 with a degree in anthropology. He did postgraduate work at the University of Washington, and studied Russian at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies in Monterey, California, and at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. In 1963 he spent six weeks traveling in the Soviet Union. His studies also included attendance at Reed and Southern Oregon College of Education. From 1960 to 1970, David worked at Tektronix in Beaverton as a technical writer, and taught night classes in Russian at Tektronix and in the Reynolds School District. Following retirement, he developed real estate in several outlying Portland counties. In 1964 David became the 33 Oregonian to join Mensa. He was also a member of the Triple Nine Society. Survivors include his son; his wife of 52 years, Lorna, predeceased him.

William J. Cohagan ’32

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William Jay Cohagan ’32, November 25, 2003, in Hemet, California. William attended the University of Oregon for a year before transferring to Reed, where he earned a BA in mathematics. Following graduation, he began a career as an actuary for the Prudential Insurance Company, working first in New Jersey and then in Los Angeles in 1948. In 1950, he assisted in opening the company’s Canadian head office, transferring to the Minneapolis office in 1965. He retired as a vice president in 1968. His work at Prudential was interrupted only by service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. William was a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a board member and officer for various nonprofit organizations. He is survived by his daughter and granddaughter.

Robert Percy Collier ’42

Robert Percy Collier ’42, October 23, 2003, in Bellingham, Washington. Rox received a BA from Reed in political science, then joined the U.S. Navy. He flew transports stateside, and later flew as a commercial pilot before enrolling at Stanford University, where he received a PhD in economics in 1955. Rox was an assistant professor at the University of Washington (1951–52), an associate professor at Occidental College (1952–57), and then took a position as professor of economics and dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences at Utah State University. In 1976 he accepted a position of dean of the newly created College of Business at Western Washington University, and later taught economics there. He served as an exchange faculty member at Cambridge University; and at Asia University, Tokyo, Japan, where he lectured on U.S.–Japanese economics. His community and professional associations included the Red Cross, the American Association of Colleges of Business, Rotary Club, and membership at the First Congregational Church. He helped found the Nazlini Health Clinic on the Navajo Reservation. Rox worked with wood, and carved family-related images on totem poles. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, sailing and travel. He married Constance Sayre ’45 in 1943, and the couple raised five children, including Catherine Collier ’68. Other family members who attended Reed were his mother, Ruth Graybill Collier ’32; and sisters, Jane Collier Anderson ’37 and Miriam Collier Hope ’39. Survivors include his wife; his daughter and four sons; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and his sister, Jane.

Louis F. Corrigan ’50, MA ’58

Louis F. Corrigan Jr. ’50, MA ’58, March 5, 2003, in Watsonville, California. Louis received a BA in general literature and an MA in 1958 from Reed. He also completed coursework at the University of Oregon. Following graduation from Reed, he lived in San Francisco and worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad. His career in education included working as vice principal and head of the language department at Klamath Union High School in Klamath Falls, Oregon. During World War II, Louis served in the U.S. Navy medical corps. His interests focused on literature, art, music, cooking, nutrition, gardening, and animals. He is survived by his sister and her extended family.

Marian Frances Curtin Gray ’40

Marian Frances Curtin Gray ’40, December 7, 2003, in Guilford, Connecticut. Marian earned a BA in political science from Reed, and an MS in social work from Columbia College in 1948. She worked at the Yale University School of Medicine as an instructor in social work in the child study center, and was a clinical social worker. She retired in 1981, and lived in a 19th-century Connecticut farmhouse with a white picket fence, marveling at the beauty and kindness of bluebirds who raised their broods in her bird box. Other interests included calligraphy and bridge, and a volunteer association with the Guilford Human Services Council. She married John W. Gray in 1937, and they had one daughter.

Ila Fae Clow Holt ’49

Ila Fae Clow Holt ’49, February 27, 2000, in Yakima, Washington. Ila earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She married Lloyd F. Holt, and worked as a tennis pro for Larson Park Tennis Club in Yakima. She was a member of the Pacific Northwest Development and Junior Ranking Commissions, and received numerous awards for her athletic prowess, including the Don Keith Memorial Award, and the Jim Orkney Sportsmanship Award.

Jeanne Coblentz Senders ’41

Jeanne Coblentz Senders ’41, November 15, 2003, in Washington. Senders attended Reed for one year. Jeanne married Ralph Senders in 1939, and they had four children. After her family moved to Mercer Island, Washington, in 1962, Jeanne continued her lifetime interest in social causes by helping to found the Central Area Mental Health Center, and teaching at the Seattle Central Area YWCA. In the late ’60s, she started a travel business, developing an expertise in travel to Hawaii and Asia. She was a columnist and frequent contributor for the Mercer Island Reporter. Jeanne was active in the Sisterhood of Temple de Hirsch, and was the first woman to deliver a sermon at the synagogue. Her dry and sarcastic sense of humor assisted her fight against rheumatoid arthritis, and helped her beat the initial medical prognosis given when she was a teen. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, and two sons.

Ruth A. Case Alexander ’39

Ruth Anna Case Alexander ’39, November 18, 2004, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Ruth graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. She married Paul A. Alexander in 1941, and worked as a mother at home, raising the couple’s three daughters. In the ’50s, she worked part time as a secretary and substitute teacher, and as an interviewer for Oregon State Employment Service. She also volunteered for the Forest Grove Public Library. In 1972 she accepted a full-time position as an adjudicator for the Oregon State Employment Office, retiring in 1981. Ruth was a member of Church of Christ in Forest Grove, the Ladies Circle, Friends of the Library, and Clan Donald. With her family she lived in Aberdeen, Washington; and in the Oregon cities of Klamath Falls, Ashland, Scoggins Valley, and Forest Grove. She traveled, including to Scotland, and pursued a strong interest in genealogy. She also enjoyed reading, oil painting, and—describing herself as an amateur writer—completed short stories and a Scottish historical novel. Ruth is survived by her children, four grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1999.

Blanche Britton Cacy ’69

Blanche Britton Cacy ’69, April 1978, in Roseburg, Oregon. Blanche did not complete her undergraduate education at Reed.

Henry Ogden Clark ’66

Henry Ogden Clark ’66, December 22, 2004, in Iowa City, Iowa. Henry studied mathematics and visual arts at Reed and at the University of Indiana. Additional advanced study in analysis of structures earned him a bachelor degree in architecture in 1969 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He worked as a licensed architect in Georgia and Iowa, and as a certified Class A energy auditor in Iowa. He was considered a pioneer in the field of energy self-sufficiency, and coauthored, Energy Conservation for Buildings. He was also interested in transcendental meditation, which he taught, and in the Natural Law Party, for which he was a political candidate. Survivors include his wife, Fran Louise Hodges, whom he married in 1991, and a daughter.

Robert Jay Clark ’49

Robert Jay Clark ’49, October 13, 2004, in Portland. Bob attended Reed for two years before transferring to San Jose State, from which he received an AB. A self-employed graphic designer, Bob had three Portland businesses: Advertising Artist, Bob Clark & Friends, and finally Ramda Studios. He married Anita J. Maes in 1944; they had two daughters and a son. Survivors include his daughters and one grandchild. His wife died in 2000.

William D. Cohen ’31

William D. Cohen ’31, December 6, 2004, in Portland. William received a BA from Reed in chemistry. In 1935, he earned an M. from the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU), and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society. While in residency in New York City, he married fellow physician Stella Fisher; they returned to Portland and William opened a private medical practice. A year later he joined the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served in Europe during World War II. In Paris, France, in 1945, he qualified as a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine with a specialty in chest diseases. He resumed his practice in Portland after the war, and taught classes at the medical school. William was a charter member of the Oregon and the American Society of Internal Medicine. He was president of the Oregon Heart Association and was elected to the American Physicians Fellowship for the Israel Medical Association in 1969. He was appointed chief of staff for the Medical Center Hospital of Portland in 1979, and retired from medicine in 1986. His first wife died in 1970, and he married Blanche Rosencrantz in 1971. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a stepson and stepdaughter, and a grandchild.

Helen Cox Dickinson MA ’62

Helen Cox Dickinson MA ’62, December 22, 2004, in Gladstone, Oregon. Helen received her bachelor’s degree from Willamette University, and her master’s from Reed. She taught English at David Douglas High School, and was department chair and professor of English and writing at Portland Community College, in Gresham. Her poetry appeared in a 1983 edition, A Blanket Pardon, published by Doris Felde Avshalomov ’43 and illustrated by Nancy Gay Conrath MAT ’65. Survivors include her daughter, two sons, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

Arthur Clifford Chenoweth ’49

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Arthur Clifford Chenoweth ’49, December 6, 2005, in Beaverton, Oregon. After serving in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during World War II, Arthur enrolled at Reed, and received a BA in political science. That same year, he married Clarice Bell; they had three children, and later divorced. Arthur was a sales representative for several local Portland television stations, including KPTV and KATU, and for KXL radio; a freelance writer and book editor; a staff writer for the Oregon Journal; publicity director for the Portland Rose Festival (1971–79) and the Oregon State Fair; a real estate salesman; and a student at Portland State University, where he also was a columnist and news writer for the PSU Vanguard newspaper. Arthur's varied interests in life led to his studying the Japanese language and attending culinary and bartending schools; to teaching skiing; and to playing piano, golf, and chess. He is remembered most for his youthful spirit and his positive outlook on life. Survivors include his daughters and a grandchild.

Mary Curtis Pipes Cosgriff ’41

Mary Curtis Pipes Cosgriff ’41, February 1, 2005, in Portland. Mary attended Reed for nearly two years. During World War II, she worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She married, and raised three daughters. Survivors include her daughters and five grandchildren.

Emmett S. Clifford ’43

Emmett S. Clifford ’43, March 2, 2005, in California. Emmett attended Reed for a little over a year. He became a CPA and worked as chief auditor with the U.S. Maritime Administration, Pacific Coast District, in San Francisco (1956); as controller of the Matson Navigation Company in San Francisco (1961); and as auditor of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (1963). He moved to Fremont, California, in 1968. He married in 1936, and he and his wife, Bernice, had two sons and a daughter. Professional associations included serving as president of the California Building Industry Association, and chair of the Northern California Building Industry.

Charlotte Anna Chambers Prentice ’39

Charlotte Anna Chambers Prentice ’39, February 18, 2006, in Washington, D.C. Charlotte earned a BA from Reed in history. She married Edward S. Prentice ’40 in the Eliot Hall chapel in 1941. After graduating from Reed, she taught in Eastern Oregon, and following her marriage, she traveled with her husband to Boston for his PhD program at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts and Harvard. He entered the Army Air Corps, and she worked in the planning department of the U.S. State Department. The couple lived throughout the world and in numerous places in the U.S., following the path of Edward's diplomatic career. Charlotte was a gracious and loving individual, who enjoyed international relations, world politics, and the adventure of travel. Survivors include Edward, two daughters and two sons, 18 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother.

Anna Zona Cobb Johnson ’34

Anna Zona Cobb Johnson ’34, March 1987, in San Diego, California. Anna received a BA from Reed in history. She married David C. Johnson; they had a daughter and two sons. Her sister, Charlotte Cobb ’29, also graduated from Reed.

Marshall William Cronyn ’40

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Marshall William Cronyn ’40, December 30, 2007, in Portland, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Marsh Cronyn received a BA from Reed in chemistry. In 1942, he married Vesta E. Wetterborg ’41; they attended graduate school at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where Cronyn received a PhD in organic chemistry in 1944. His thesis and postdoctoral work involved synthesis projects with a variety of medicinal goals; medicinal synthesis, which had been of interest to him even for his Reed senior thesis, remained a primary focus in his career research. From 1946 to 1952, he was a postdoctoral fellow and later an assistant professor at University of California, Berkeley. He joined the Reed faculty in 1952 as associate professor in chemistry. Tom Dunne, Reed professor emeritus of chemistry [1963–95], described Cronyn's work in this way: “His research targets broadened beyond the medicinal (grant-supported pursuit of anti-malarials and anti-carcinogenics) to a very clever, patented proposal to store elemental hydrogen fuel by its reversible adsorption in liquid organics. Perhaps this hydrogen play stimulated him to dream up his recent version of the periodic table of the chemical elements. We'll never know. Lignin also was a significant source of research interest for Marsh and his students-sub-theme: chemistry of the environment-early example.” Cronyn, Dunne noted, was active in the Portland community, in study committees for the City Club of Portland, and membership on the board of the Oregon Research and Technology Development Corporation. “Of course, his powerful, natural gift for friendship generally aided his outside ventures as well as his Reed activity (advising many senior theses students, setting colleagues straight, chemistry department chair [1966–73], college provost [1982–88]),” Dunn added. Cronyn's retirement from Reed came in 1989, but he continued to be an active presence in the chemistry department until the time of his death. His students benefited from the Socratic method he employed in his teaching, as well as his spontaneity and the depth of his knowledge. John Bauman ’80 noted: “I think of Marsh Cronyn as the ideal college professor. I was confused a lot in organic chemistry. I struggled. But, when you went to see him, he would spend as much time as you wanted. There was always a line of kids outside his office. Until you were done, he was just an incredibly patient person. He was Socratic in the way he dealt with you. He kept asking questions back. But he'd never kick you out. You never felt like he was impatient. You never felt like he gave up on you. The whole time. A brilliant man.” Randy Lathrop ’80 stated: “ . . . what impressed me about Marsh Cronyn is that he would walk in with a little yellow scrap of paper. He'd maybe glance at it, and then start talking. He would fill a very large board, like three or four boards. He was just so loosely organized. It was instructive and difficult, but clear. It was amazing that somebody could just walk into a room and do that. A lot of people would get themselves lost. It's easy to do if you know too much. Marsh never got lost.” Peter Steinberger [political science 1977–], dean of the faculty, said that Cronyn was a “brilliant, distinguished, dedicated, and utterly delightful” colleague, who, among many other things, played a central role in establishing and maintaining the national prominence of Reed's chemistry program. Cronyn's brother, George W. Cronyn ’48, also graduated from Reed. Survivors include his two daughters. Betty died in 1997.

Richard Brown Cousins Sr ’39

Richard Brown Cousins Sr. ’39, October 23, 2008, in Old Town, Maine. Dick was born in Old Town, and returned there following a brief sojourn at college and in the military. His academic focus at Reed was in physics, and he also attended the University of Florence in Italy and army officer candidate school. During World War II, he served in Italy with the U.S. Army, and as commanding officer of Company A, 304th Division, and the 428th Civil Affairs Company, Bangor. Dick was employed by Penobscot Chemical Fiber Company, and was founder and president of Consolidated Supply Company, from which he retired in 1982. He taught Sunday school at Old Town United Methodist Church, was a Boy Scout troop leader, and was president of the YMCA. He also was a member of the Old Town City Council and served as mayor. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bernice Littlefield Cousins; his daughter and three sons; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers and a sister.

Marjorie Anita Cohn Spring ’45

Marjorie Anita Cohn Spring ’45, December 3, 2007, in Seattle, Washington. Marj attended Reed but did not graduate. In 1968, she moved to Seattle, where she worked for the Bank of California until her retirement in 1983. She was an accomplished bridge player, and maintained a love of learning throughout her life. Survivors include two daughters and six grandchildren. Her father, Charles S. Cohn, graduated from Reed in 1918.

Hattie Masuko Kawahara Colton ’43

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Hattie Masuko Kawahara Colton ’43, November 17, 2008, at Carriage Hill nursing home in Bethesda, Maryland, from coronary artery disease. As a teenager, Hattie was adept at picking strawberries at Portland area farms, earning $100 a month during summers, which helped cover tuition and day-dodger expenses at Reed. She also received a high school scholarship for college tuition. A course taught by political science professor George Bernard Noble [1922–48] determined her academic focus in government and political science, she told Sam Fromartz ’80 in her oral history interview in 2003. At Reed, Hattie played basketball, earned a license to be a sports referee, and also worked at the library. Her education at Reed ended abruptly in 1942, when the federal government determined that nearly 120,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry (nikkei) residing on the West Coast were a threat to national security. She and her family were forced to abandon home, livelihood, and school, and were sent to a holding center, North Portland Assembly Center, before being shipped by train—four months later—to Minidoka relocation camp in Idaho. Among the very few possessions Hattie took to the holding center were her notes from Reed lectures; she retained them for 28 years. In order to complete semester finals in May 1942, she was escorted to the campus by military police, along with Ruth Nishino Penfold ’43 and Midori Imai Oller ’42. Hattie left Minidoka with assistance from the American Friends Service Committee, and enrolled at Mount Holyoke College, where she earned a BA and an MA in political science. Her essay, “I am an American,” describing her emotional connection to American culture, was published in Mademoiselle magazine in 1944. In 1949, she earned a PhD in political science with a focus on East Asian studies from the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis. Her thesis addressed U.S.–Japanese relations in 1931–41. She traveled to Tokyo on a Fulbright Scholarship and a Ford Foundation Fellowship to research the legislative process in Japan. While in Tokyo, she and her future husband, Kenneth Colton, taught at the International Christian University. They settled in the D.C. area in 1958. Hattie worked for the State Department from the early ’60s until retirement in 1989. She spent much of her career at the Foreign Service Institute, where she was a Far East specialist. She was recognized by the State Department with the Superior Honor Award and by Mount Holyoke as one of the college's 50 most outstanding graduates. In response to the news of Hattie's death, Gus Tanaka ’45 wrote, "It was sad to hear of her passing, as, at my age of 85, our ranks seem to be thinning at an increasing rate and it is getting to feel increasingly lonesome among our contemporaries." Survivors include two sons and one daughter; four grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother. Her husband died in 1995.

George Clifford Casebolt AMP ’44

George Clifford Casebolt AMP ’44, December 17, 2008, in Olympia, Washington, due to complications from prostate cancer. As a member of the U.S. Air Force during World War II, Cliff received training at Reed, Harvard, Yale, and MIT. Upon completion of a civil engineering degree at Washington State University in 1948, he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad, and started a construction company, G.C. Casebolt Company, specializing in underground utilities. In 1964, he founded Pattison Water Company based in Lacey, Washington. Cliff enjoyed outdoor activities, gardening, and world travel. For each his four sons, he served as Boy Scout leader and organized hiking and camping activities. Survivors include his sons, three grandchildren, four brothers, and a sister.

Dorothy Louise Neil Cohen ’51

Dorothy Louise Neil Cohen ’51, December 31, 2007, at home in Tempe, Arizona. Dorothy attended Reed for two years, later earning a BA from Arizona State University in English in 1981. In 1953, she married composer David Cohen. A Fulbright scholarship for David provided a two-year study in France, after which the couple moved to Alabama for his position with the University of Alabama. In Tuscaloosa, they raised three children and were active in the Civil Rights movement. Dorothy was chairman of the legal committee of the Human Rights Council and took five dossiers to Washington, D.C. She maintained a passion for civil rights and social activism throughout her life, supporting the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Arizona Democrats. She also took pleasure in travel, theatre, and 20th-century music. The family moved to Tempe in 1967, when David accepted a position with Arizona State University. In 1987, Dorothy earned a master's in French poetry translation from the university. She was a member of the American Literary Translators Association. Survivors include her son and two daughters, and three grandchildren. Her mother, Mary Gantenbein Holt-Hartford, graduated from Reed in 1923. David died in 1999.

Hsu-tu Chen ’52

Hsu-tu Chen ’52, November 29, 2005, in Vancouver, B.C, from pancreatic cancer. Hsu-tu attended Reed, later earning a BA from Tsinghua University in Beijing in Chinese language and literature. He taught in the Asian studies department at the University of British Columbia for 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Fumiko, two sons, and his brother and sister. His father, Ta Chen, received a BA from Reed in 1919.

Robert Vernon Cook ’48

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Robert Vernon Cook ’48, December 6, 2008, in Portland. An iconoclastic politician, historian, and small-town lawyer who served more than two decades in the Oregon legislature, Vern's remarkable achievements came despite a background of hardship. In 1930, when he was five years old, the Depression forced his family to abandon their Kansas farm and move to a cattle ranch in Colorado, where he attended a one-room school. The family settled in Gresham when he was 12; Vern sold magazines, Fuller brushes, and worked as a carnie at the Multnomah County Fairgrounds to raise money when he was not in school. He contracted polio after graduating from high school, which sidelined him from military service. After the war, he enrolled at Reed, earning a BA in political science—he later wrote that Reed gave him valuable exposure to types and classes of people he had never met in his hardscrabble rural youth. Vern then went to law school at the University of Oregon and opened a law practice in Gresham in 1952. Vern's longstanding interest in politics soon led him to run for office; a staunch Democrat, he served as Oregon state representative from 1957 to 1961, and as state senator from 1961 to 1981, by which time he was a veritable icon of local politics. During his tenure in the senate, he chaired the judiciary committee, and was a strong opponent of a sales tax. He also served as municipal judge for Gresham, city attorney for Troutdale, and director on the board of Mt. Hood Community College. During his long electoral career, he experienced many ups and downs, but always maintained his enthusiasm. “I persevere,” he told the Gresham Outlook in 2004. “I don't give up just because things get a little bit rough.” Vern's free time went to home improvement projects, botanical identification, and fishing; he belonged to the ACLU, Portland City Club, Unitarian Church, and Northwest Steelheaders. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Beryl Kirkwood Cook; a daughter and four sons; and 14 grandchildren.

Timothy Louis Custer ’70

Timothy Louis Custer ’70, December 25, 2008, from complications of lung cancer, in Oregon. Timothy served in the U.S. Marine Corps, moved to Portland in 1965 to attend Reed, and worked both as an addiction counselor and for Custer Construction. Survivors include his daughter, Marcia I. Custer ’10.

Dorothy Campbell ’47

Dorothy Campbell ’47, August 15, 1994, in Aloha, Oregon. She received a master's degree from the University of Oregon, and then took a post with the Oregon State Employment Office, where she remained for most of her career. At the time of her death, she was working as an employment specialist with clients of the Oregon State Corrections Department. She is survived by a brother.

W. Biddle Combs ’19

W. Biddle Combs ’19, August 1, 1995, in Portland, at the age of 100. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I and later served in the U.S. Merchant Marines as la icensed master and mate. After studying at Reed, he attended the Northwestern College of Law (Lewis & Clark). He was a general agent for the Northwestern Life Insurance Company, Portland, and later entered into business with his brother, father, and uncle in the Combs Insurance Agency. During World War II, he served as a commander in the navy and was later promoted to the rank of captain, retiring in 1958. He served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army and was awarded the group's Webber Award for more than 40 years of service. He was a member of the Rotary Club and many other civic and professional organizations. He was married to Esther Erickson in 1931, who died in 1990.

Lucille Kellmer Champion ’42

Lucille Kellmer Champion ’42, August 20, 1995, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1946. She was staff physician at the Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, for most of her career. She married Walton Champion and they had four children. The couple later divorced. Survivors include three sons, a daughter, and her sister, Phronsie Kellmer McFarling ’38.

Willa Crowder Parker ’40

Willa Crowder Parker ’40, July 14, 1996, in London, England, where she had lived since the early ’70s. She married Paul Parker ’40 in 1941. After World War II, his careers with the U.S. treasury department and international banking led them to live overseas, primarily in Cairo, Beirut, Athens, and Rome, as well as in the United States in Washington, D.C., and New York. During this time, she was involved in raising their four children. Willa and Paul moved to London in 1970, and in 1979 the couple separated. Willa remained in London until her death. She was a longtime supporter of the college and occasionally hosted alumni events in London. Survivors include sons Douglas ’67, Anthony ’81, and Gary; and daughter Catherine Parker ’77.

Annette Crogster Bartholomae ’29

Annette Crogster Bartholomae ’29, July 23, 1997, in Portland. She earned a library degree from Columbia University in 1930, worked at the Portland Public Library for several years, and then obtained a position as city librarian in Pocatello, Idaho. In 1942, she became an Army librarian at Camp White in Medford, Oregon, where she met her future husband, George. The couple married in 1945. After the war, she rejoined the staff of the Portland Public Library, working in a variety of capacities there until 1960, when she accepted a faculty appointment at Portland State University as a social science librarian. Here she was in charge of building from scratch the book collection for the social sciences. While working at PSU, she earned a master’s degree in history and became chair of readers’ services. An abridged version of her master’s thesis on early feminism in Portland was published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She retired from PSU in 1975 as professor emerita, but continued to work as a reference librarian at the Oregon Historical Society for another 10 years.

Lois Lebeau Carr ’32

Lois Lebeau Carr ’32, May 31, 1998, in Federal Way, Washington. She became a medical record director for a hospital in Centralia, Washington, in 1957 and in 1964 she became a registered record administrator. She directed medical record departments at Maynard Hospital (now Seattle General) and on the S.S. Hope (Project Hope) in Tunisia and in Jamaica. In 1973 she spent her vacation on the S.S. Hope in Natal, Brazil, as a medical transcription volunteer. After retiring in 1979, she taught writing at Highline Community College. For 10 years, she edited a monthly newspaper in the Federal Way mobile home park where she lived. She is survived by a daughter and a son.

Helen Cannon Moore ’38

Helen Cannon Moore ’38, January 8, 1997, in Monterey, California. Helen attended Reed for two years and later earned a teaching credential from the Oregon College of Education (Western Oregon University), Monmouth. She taught in a one-room country school and taught fourth and fifth grade in Warrenton, Oregon. During this time, she married Kenneth Moore, who was stationed at Ft. Stevens. While he completed military service, she moved to Oakland, California, where she completed her BA in literature at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1957. She taught school in Oakland and San Francisco for nearly 20 years. In retirement, she and her husband moved to their summer home in Monterey, where they enjoyed gardening, civic and cultural events, and volunteer work in the community and the First Church of Christ Scientist.

Evelyn Cathey Chance ’40

Evelyn Cathey Chance ’40, May 21, 1999, in Portland. She graduated from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in 1920 and from Reed in 1940. She was a registered nurse and taught surgical nursing in Good Samaritan Hospital from 1940 to 1945. She supervised teachers of nurses’ aides for the Red Cross and served as a teaching supervisor for the Polio Foundation. She married Arthur W. Chance in 1945; he died in 1951. In 1954, she took a yearlong trip around the world. From 1957 to 1960, she was a teaching supervisor at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City. After retiring in 1960, she returned to Portland. Survivors include two nieces and two nephews.

Dennis Michael Cunningham ’74

Dennis Michael Cunningham ’74, June 21, 1999, in Portland, of pneumonia. He was a computer programmer for US West. Survivors include his father, a brother, and two sisters.

Charlotte Lukes Pearson Chandler ’34

Charlotte Pearson Lukes-Chandler ’34, May 3, 2000, in Downey, California, following surgery. After graduation from Reed, she worked for the YWCA in a variety of capacities in Portland, Indianapolis, Chicago, and California. A scholarship from the YWCA helped her to earn a master’s degree in religion from the University of Southern California School of Religion in 1958. She and her husband, Joe Lukes ’34, then settled in Downey and adopted a daughter, and she devoted her time to being a mother and Girl Scout leader. She became a well known social and community activist in Downey, where she helped to establish Advocates for Multicultural Harmony, a group designed to improve communication among various cultures. She also helped establish a Spanish language service at Downey United Methodist Church and was active in Church Women United, the American Friends Service Committee, and Women in Community Service. Joe died in 1987, and in 1998 she married David Chandler. Survivors include her second husband and her daughter.

Barbara Helen Cooper ’58

Barbara Cooper Kane ’58, April 10, 2001, in New York. She is survived by her husband, four stepchildren, three grandchildren, a sister, and two nieces.

Jennifer Leigh Collins ’00

Jennifer Collins ’00, March 12, 2001, in Rapid City, South Dakota. She was living in rural Custer at the time of her death. Her interests included music, travel, rock climbing, hiking, and swimming. Survivors include her parents and a sister.

Bruce A. Cox ’56

Bruce A. Cox ’56, December 11, 2001. Graduating from Reed in psychology, Bruce issued a self-fulfilling prophesy that he would "end up teaching at university" if he didn’t find a "proper trade." He attended the University of Oregon, graduating with an MA in anthropology in 1959. He served as a research anthropologist at the University of California School of Public Health in 1961, and was appointed to the Lewis & Clark faculty in anthropology and geography in 1964. In 1968 he received a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and subsequently took a position in the sociology and anthropology department at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, from which he retired in 1999. At Carleton, where he was admired for his scholarly enthusiasm, humor, and capable mentoring, he taught both undergraduate and graduate courses, and was the anthropology editor for the university’s press. Bruce received a research grant in 1980 from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada to write The Trade in Country Foods at Fort Churchill, 1717–1760. In 1983–84, he spent a sabbatical year at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, England. His scholarly publications focused on conflict resolution, ethnohistory, and intellectual history, and his published books included Native Peoples, Native Lands, and a biography on anthropologist William Rivers. He was married for 40 years to Margaret Horn, and they had two daughters and son.

James Russell Clark ’44

James Russell Clark ’44, December 2, 2001, in Whitesboro, New York. Russ attended Reed in 1943 as a U.S. Air Force cadet, studying in the premeteorology program, an experience he described as "serious study" with an outstanding faculty that helped him all his life. He went on to obtain BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, in 1948 and 1949. He worked as an electrical design engineer for General Electric for 25 years, retiring in 1984. Russ was a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and a registered professional engineer with the state of Indiana, and he was issued two product patents. He and his wife, Ethel P. Willer Clark, who survived him, were married for over 50 years, and they had three children.

Lilalee Cheney Watkins ’48

Lilalee Cheney Watkins ’48, September 27, 1999, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She attended Reed for a brief time before becoming a visual artist, working in interior design, advertising, and public relations, and pursuing a lifelong interest in fine arts. She attended community college in California and the University of Oregon, and she felt that Reed stood out in her educational experience because it taught her to focus on her strengths and to take chances. Friends and associates considered her a free spirit. She married, divorced, and raised three children.

Carl H. Cadonau ’43

Carl Henry Cadonau Sr. ’43, June 21, 2004, in Portland, following a stroke. Carl earned a BA at Reed in mathematics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a weather reconnaissance radar technician in a B-24, receiving training in radar technology at MIT and Harvard. Following World War II, he returned to Portland, and worked in his family-owned business, Alpenrose Dairy, for the remainder of his life. In 1944 he married Virginia Mae Wilson; they had four children. He and his wife taught classes at the Portland Foursquare Church, and served on the church’s college scholarship committee. Additional community engagements included those for the Life Bible College, and for the free, family-centered public events and services at Alpenrose—ranging from Little League games to a Christmas storybook lane. He also established a trust fund to assist organizations devoted to improving children’s lives. In 2003 Carl received the Foster-Scholz Distinguished Service Award for his extensive contribution to his community. Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Anita Cadonau Birkland ’41.

Nancy Conrath MAT ’65

Nancy Lawson Conrath MAT ’65, May 11, 2004, in Gresham, Oregon. Nancy received a bachelor’s degree at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and married Jim Gay in 1951. Both were teachers in Oregon schools before they moved to Portland, where she taught art at David Douglas High School. After earning a master’s at Reed, Nancy worked as an instructor and assistant dean in arts and humanities at the newly created Mt. Hood Community College. She was later appointed associate dean of community education—a passionate interest. She endeavored to paint, write poetry, and to support her love of music by participation in the Portland Symphonic Choir and her church choir. Nancy completed graduate work at Stanford University in 1977, after which she began a career with the Los Angeles Community College District. From a position as a research consultant for educational planning and development, she advanced to director of research, planning, and analysis. She retired in 1991, and moved to Gresham, where she was a member of the Gresham Arts Committee, the Metro Arts Council, and the East Metro Arts and Culture Council. A champion for showcasing local art, Nancy built her retirement home with gallery space. Survivors include a son, three grandchildren, and two brothers. One son predeceased her.

Robert D. Crowley ’49

Robert Dennis Crowley ’49, April 7, 2004, in Portland. Bob began his studies in 1941, and, after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp band during World War II, returned to Reed and completed requirements to become the college’s first music graduate. His further studies included work in counterpoint and composition, and an MA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1962. Bob cofounded the Community Music Center in Portland, and was an instructor. He taught music theory, history, and analysis at Portland State College (University) for 23 years. His numerous compositions included selections for string quartets and string orchestra, brass quintets, an oratorio, incidental music for plays, music for choreography, film scores, and a short opera. He performed publicly on trumpet, double bass, viola da gamba, guitar, and soprano recorder, and studied music intently throughout his life. Bob's support for social issues included an active participation in the peace movement and in the Oregon Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee. He once stated that the structure and traditions of Reed, "and the virtues of several individuals," was an optimum setting for his academic and personal development. "It was live-and-let-live, patient, supportive of initiative . . . a place in which to grow; in which, so to speak, to become human." He married Barbara Davis in 1949; they had three children, and later divorced. Survivors include his wife, Mary Macarthur Fleming, his son and two daughters, and three grandchildren.

Sylvia Campbell Powell ’43

Sylvia Campbell Powell ’43, July 12, 2004, in Daly City, California, from a cardiac illness. Sylvia received her bachelor’s degree from Reed in political science. Following World War II, she went to China with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. She met and married John W. Powell, who opened a news bureau for the U.S. Office of War Information in Shanghai. Articles researched and printed by the Powells and an associate in the ’50s in their magazine, China Monthly Review, brought about charges of treason and sedition against them by the U.S. Government. They moved to San Francisco in 1953, and because of the accusations faced overwhelming personal and financial difficulties, and were unable to secure employment. They began a renovation business, Homes of Charm, and developed a steady income from this, and later from their antique business. In their leisure time, they enjoyed hiking in the High Sierra and shared a ranch north of San Francisco. In 1959, charges of treason were dismissed following a mistrial, and in 1961, Attorney General Robert Kennedy cleared the sedition charges levied against the couple. Sylvia is survived by her husband, and the couple’s three sons and three grandchildren.

Jean Lennard Chisholm MA ’58

Jean Lennard Chisholm MA ’58, July 29, 2005, in Lake Oswego. Jean earned a BA in biochemistry from the University of Oregon in 1933, and attended the University of Oregon medical school for a year. In 1937, she married Colin G. Chisholm; they had three children. At Reed her education focused on health, and she attributed the success of the biology and health programs she taught at Wilson High School in Portland to the Reed curriculum. In 1994, at age 83, she wrote, "When I evaluate the past and present, much of my happiest moments have been with Reed graduates, especially Marian Warne Cannell ’31 and Owen Cramer ’40 . . . " Jean received a doctorate degree from Alohem Institute for Transformation Studies in Cotati, California, and was a self-employed licensed massage therapist. Survivors include her daughter and two sons, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband died in 1990.

James Scott Culbertson ’75

James Scott Culbertson ’75, May 14, 2005, in San Diego, California. James received a BA in American studies from Reed. Survivors include his parents, brother, and sister.

Elizabeth Chelan Mohr ’36

Elizabeth Chelan White Mohr ’36, on June 29, 2005. Betty attended Reed for four years, and earned a BA in home economics from Oregon State College (University) in 1938. In 1940, she married Herbert A. Mohr; they had three daughters. In addition to caring for her family, Betty worked as an office manager for her husband’s civil engineering firm in Hillsboro, Oregon. She also performed on the organ for All Saints Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, was a concertmaster for the Pacific University Community Orchestra, played violin, and taught piano. In 1994, she noted that her experience at Reed had enriched all areas of her life. "It taught me to think, expanded my interests, and gave me a rich background from which to draw in raising my children." Survivors include her daughters and six grandchildren. Her husband died in 1997.

Phyllis J. Corbett Sundquist MAT ’66

Phyllis J. Corbett Sundquist MAT ’66, May 28, 2005, in Portland. Phyllis earned a BA from the University of Oregon, an MS in social work from the University of Southern California, and an MAT in history from Reed. She taught in Portland Public Schools, particularly Marshall and Roosevelt high schools. Survivors include her husband, Clarence Sundquist, whom she married in 1950; and extended family, including Robert R. Donaldson ’57.

Herbert Brook Chermside ’60

Herbert Brook Chermside ’60, June 22, 2006, in Richmond, Virginia, following a stroke. Chuck attended Reed for three years before serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. He received a BA from San Francisco State University in psychology in 1967, and in 1968 married Linda L. Hillebrand; they had three sons. For several years, he worked as research project leader at the Institute of Chemical Biology at the University of San Francisco, then as coordinator at Synergistic Research Systems in San Francisco, before moving to Virginia. He received an MA in higher education administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1980, and was a PhD candidate in policy studies. Chuck retired in 2004 from his position as director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Sponsored Programs Administration; he was appointed director emeritus. He was also executive director for the Research Administrators Certification Council. For 25 years, he worked with Boy Scouts troop 840 in Bon Air and at Blue Ridge Mountains Boy Scout Reservation in Pulaski County. His interests also were in gardening, making furniture, and ballroom dancing. Survivors include his wife and sons, two grandchildren, his father, and two sisters.

Patricia Margaret Cowan Pearson ’49

Patricia Margaret Cowan Pearson ’49, June 24, 2006, in Portland, from pancreatic cancer. Pat received a BA from Reed in mathematics. She and David P. Pearson ’49 were married one week before commencement. Following his career in chemical research and teaching, they lived in Corvallis, Oregon; Los Angeles; Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Bartlesville, Oklahoma; before returning to Portland. Pat earned an MA in mathematics from Oregon State in 1951, worked as a pension actuary for Standard Insurance, and she also taught mathematics on the high school and community college levels. She was a Fellow of Society of Actuaries. Recreational activities included mountain climbing, skiing, backpacking, fishing, sailing, and travel. She was also involved in church and volunteer activities. Survivors include her husband, four daughters, including Kathryn A. Pearson ’77, Kristine Pearson-Denning ’83, and Judith G. Peason ’84, her son, and seven grandchildren.

Carlos H. Christensen ’55

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Carlos H. Christensen ’55, May 24, 2007, in Concord, Massachusetts. Carlos received a BA from Reed in physics. He combined his love of physics and music for his thesis, "The Vibrating Chain and the Harpsichord Problem." Throughout his life, he maintained a passion for both subjects. He attended the University of Illinois, where he gained an enthusiasm for computers in a course on programming the Iliac Computer. He was a computer scientist at Computer Associates in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and in 1967, he and his wife, Helen Willett Christensen, formed the consulting company Christensen and Willett Associates. They wrote technical manuals and developed software for 40 years. Carlos developed the computer language Ambit and other extensions. In his earlier years, he spent two years with the Army Ballistic Missile Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Under the direction of Wernher von Braun, his team launched the first U.S. satellite, joining Sputnik in the race to space. Carlos was also a humanist and an advocate for peace. Survivors include his wife, two sons and a daughter, a grandson, and a brother.

Michael Scott Carnahan MALS ’88

Michael Scott Carnahan MALS ’88, June 28, 2007, in Portland, from an undiagnosed heart condition. Michael received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon in French and comparative literature. In addition to completing an MALS degree at Reed, he also served as assistant director of admission for the college. He earned a certificate in French language and literature at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, was fluent in French and Spanish, and also spoke Arabic, Italian, Japanese, and Swedish. He traveled widely, and worked for Berlitz in France and for the United Nations in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, he was a research analyst for the International Trade Institute in Portland before taking the position of programs director on world affairs for the World Affairs Council in 1991. He loved the outdoors, and ran six-minute miles daily. He dedicated volunteer hours to the Oregon Humane Society, exercising animal-shelter dogs. For this service, he received the society's Diamond Collar Award. Survivors include his twin brother, sister-in-law, and nephew, and friends worldwide.

Carol Daun Croft ’57

Carol Daun Croft ’57, June 21, 2008, in Tacoma, Washington, of complications from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Carol received a BA from Reed in chemistry, and continued her education at the University of Puget Sound. She also attended summer institutes in linguistics at the University of Oklahoma and studied theology at Western Baptist Seminary. Her graduate studies in chemistry were at Oklahoma State University and Washington State University. For nearly three years in the ’60s, Carol was a research assistant in chemistry at Reed, working with professors Marshall Cronyn [1952–89] and Arthur F. Scott [1923–79]. She also did research at Oregon State University and for the Shell Oil Company. In the ’70s she assisted with epidemiological research at the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois. She taught chemistry briefly at Portland State College (University) and Bend Senior High School. Carol's hobbies and interests included genealogy, and she was a member of the Chicago Genealogical Society.

Colin Herald Campbell ’33

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Courtesy of Special Collections, Reed College.

Photographer, utility executive, former mayor of Lake Oswego, and faithful Reed alumnus Colin Herald Campbell ’33 died June 26, 2009, in Lake Oswego.

Herald was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and moved with his family to Portland in 1920. To earn money to attend Reed, he worked for Portland Gas & Coke Company for a year after high school.


Betty Black Cohn ’33

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Betty Black Cohn ’33, May 14, 2009, in Berkeley, California, her home for over 50 years. Betty came to Reed from Pueblo, Colorado, and received a BA in psychology. During the Great Depression, she did social work in San Francisco. For 67 years, she was married to Bay Area native and chemist Roy W. Cohn, who died in 2007. They were devoted to their family, including a son, grandson, and two great-grandsons, who survive them. Betty was a board member for Herrick Hospital in Berkeley and a member of the League of Women Voters.

Janette Louise Cobb Schneider ’41

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Janette Louise Cobb Schneider ’41, April 19, 2009, in Portland. Following receipt of a BA from Reed in general literature, Janette accepted a position as assistant garden editor for the Oregon Journal. “This was a wonderful experience, because I worked with Dean Collins, a most creative and literate man.” She later held a secretarial position for the assistant to the publisher at the Journal, and, still later, was a legal secretary for her husband, attorney Alexander Schneider, whom she married in 1950. Janette volunteered as a Camp Fire leader and board member, and was a member of the Contemporary Crafts Association, the Japanese Garden Society, the Portland Ice Skating Club, and the First Unitarian Church. Survivors include her daughter. Her sister, Marcella A. Cobb ’43, and nephew, Jeffrey L. Cobb ’80, also graduated from Reed.

Sasha McCarthy Clapper ’96

Sasha McCarthy Clapper ’96, April 25, 2009, in Portland, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Sasha came to Reed from North Carolina, and studied mathematics for three years before “succumbing to wanderlust.” From his public obituary, we learned that he traveled the world extensively, visiting nearly every continent, and all the islands in between: “He cross-country skied to the North Pole and rode a camel in the Sahara Desert in full motorcycle leathers.” In 2007, the Portland Mercury newspaper reported that Sasha had been working as a ditch-digger for five years-a job that gave him flexibility for travel and mental freedom. He considered Portland his home, and also lived in Anchorage, Alaska, and in Austin, Texas. Sasha was passionate about the environment and was pursuing an engineering degree in renewable energy at the Oregon Institute of Technology. He was passionate also about bicycles, motorcycles, windmills, fireworks, neck tattoos, rock 'n' roll (especially ZZ Top), Old Crow bourbon, and potatoes (“the quintessential food”). Survivors include two daughters, his parents, a brother, and girlfriend Sophia La Valley.

David Ridgley Clark ’42

David Ridgley Clark ’42, January 11, 2010, in Sequim, Washington, from age-related causes. David studied at Reed in 1940-41 through an exchange program with Wesleyan University. He completed his bachelor's degree at Wesleyan, later earned a doctorate in English at Yale University, and was a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, from which he retired as professor emeritus. Records show that he was married to Mary Matthieu Clark, and that they had two daughters and two sons.

Alice Catherine Reckard Corbett ’44

Alice Catherine Reckard Corbett ’44, May 4, 2010, in Portland. Alice attended Reed for two years and then earned a BS in education from the University of Oregon in 1947. She taught at Woodlawn School, and while taking classes at the Art Museum School, she met engraver James J. Corbett; they married in 1948. Alice and her mother operated a hardware store, which they sold in 1960. In 1958, she entered politics as a staunch Democrat. She was elected to the Oregon State Senate (1958–66) and the Multnomah County Commission (1975–78) and was a national Democratic committeewoman for 16 years. Her time at Reed forged a lifelong connection to the college, which she expressed in volunteer hours and financial support. “Although I completed my bachelor's in education at the University of Oregon, I never forgot Reed,” she said. “While there I would sometimes study with sorority friends from other colleges. They started asking me questions, and I guess the answers were good because next time they crowded around and asked more and more—in subjects I wasn't even taking! I soon saw that I was learning so much more than my friends at other schools.” Alice's husband died in 2001.

Patricia Cain Koehler ’47

Patricia Cain Koehler ’47, April 21, 2010, in Portland, from cancer. Pat grew up in Portland and lent her support to the war efforts at the Kaiser Shipyards, rising to the position of journeyman electrician. She alternated months at the shipyards with academic studies at the universities of Oregon and Washington. Her essays, which included “Reminiscence on the Women Shipbuilders of World War II,” were published in the Oregon Historical Quarterly and in the anthology A Richer Harvest: The Literature of Work in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon State University Press, 1999). After the war, she attended Reed, where she met Frank T. Koehler Jr. ’48; they married and raised two daughters and two sons. In 1974, she completed her BA in political science at Portland State University. She volunteered at the Oregon Historical Society, with Friends of the Library, and for the American Association of University Women. Survivors include Frank, their children and grandchildren, and Pat's sister.

Juan Tomas Christian ’73, MAT ’76

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Juan Tomas Christian ’73, MAT ’76, October 26, 2009, at home in Battle Ground, Washington, from cancer. Juan was born in Cintalapa, Mexico, and lived his adult life in Battle Ground. He received both a BA and an MAT from Reed in general literature and taught in the Battle Ground School District for 30 years. Juan started the advanced placement program in literature at Prairie High School, and was recognized posthumously as one of the school district's 100 heroes for his commitment to his students. “To those fortunate enough to find 50 minutes of daily solace in his Advanced Placement, Creative Writing or Introductory English classes, Juan Christian imparted knowledge, challenged, encouraged (subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly), insulted, questioned and, above all else, taught,” wrote one former student. He excelled in woodworking-receiving prizes for his furniture-and enjoyed fly-fishing and golf. Survivors include his wife, Marcia Gipson Christian, a son, two daughters, six grandchildren, and three brothers.

Mary Ursula Coleman ’37

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Mary Ursula Coleman ’37, March 16, 2011, in Rowlett, Texas. Mary's father, Matthew J. Coleman Sr. ’21, attended classes at Reed as a day-dodger until the influenza epidemic of 1918 hit Portland. To contain the spread of the disease, college officials prohibited day-dodgers from coming onto campus. This interruption in Matthew's college career was sufficient to terminate it. However, he built a home near Reed, hoping that his children would attend the college. Mary and her sister and brother, Ellen Coleman Simpson Gruetter ’36 and Matthew J. Coleman Jr. ’39, fulfilled his dream. Mary had a passion for art. She began drawing at age 6 and went to Saturday morning art classes at the Portland Art Museum. At Washington High School, she took all the art classes she could squeeze in, then attended the Museum Art School, studying drawing and painting, watercolor and ink, and pottery, in a combined program with Reed. She studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929-69] and did a painting for her thesis, "An Easel Painting: A Portrait Study of My Sister." Mary was on student council and also chaired the committee that planned Friday night dances in commons, which she thoroughly enjoyed. After graduation, she worked for the National Youth Administration and then married Harold L. Tivey ’38. They had two daughters and a son. Harold served in World War II and later became a radiologist. Mary and Harold divorced in 1959, and Mary supported herself by teaching art, primarily at Cleveland High School; she retired in 1976. “I awoke on the first morning of retirement and said to myself, 'Ah, what do you want to do? Really want to do?' And that is when I started drawing and painting again.” She designated one bedroom of her apartment as a studio and painted in oil and watercolor, which she exhibited in numerous shows. Mary painted and danced until pain from arthritis prevented her from doing so. At age 80, she performed a Viennese Waltz Gold Level III at the Portland Rose Showcase and Medal Ball. Mary said that her interest in the subjects she studied at Reed never waned. She read Scientific American and Science News Weekly as a pastime. “Reed was, has been, and continues to be the most exciting place for the human brain. It built my life.”

Ruth Mary Cahill ’43

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Ruth Cahill ’43 and Esther Dorles Lewis ’42 in 2004.

Ruth Mary Cahill ’43, March 23, 2011, in Portland. The youngest of three sisters to graduate from Reed, following Kathleen Cahill Dougall ’37 and Doris Cahill Litchford ’40, Ruth earned her BA in biology from Reed and an MS from the University of Rochester. During World War II, she served in the Red Cross in England and Scotland, an experience that changed her focus “from fruit flies to people.” She returned to Oregon to became a social worker in Baker and Multnomah counties, and later served as an administrator in the state department of social services. She was proud of her role in the state foster care system, where she helped children achieve permanent adoption. Although Ruth lived most of her life in the northeast Portland home in which she was born, she enjoyed travel to faraway places-several times to Africa, and once on the mail boat to the Aleutian Islands. Ruth also was active in Reed's Foster-Scholz Club. Her devotion to calligraphy, learned from Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929-69], appeared in Christmas cards sent to her friends. Each card included a holiday poem she had composed and lettered. For the last six years of her life, longtime friend Esther Dorles Lewis ’42 managed her care. Ruth had two nieces and nephews, including Doris' son, George Litchford of Albany, New York, who was a regular visitor and was Ether's back-up for Ruth's care. We thank Esther for her help with this memorial.

Walter Bruce Clyde ’55

Walter Bruce Clyde ’55, February 22, 2011, in Portland. Walt grew up in southeast Portland and attended Franklin High School. After studying at Reed for three years, he transferred to Portland State University. In 1961, he married Judy E. Dennis; they had one son. For nearly 47 years, Walt worked as a paint chemist in Portland for companies such as General Paint, Glidden, Lilly, and Rodda. He was active in several professional organizations during his career and served as president of the Pacific Northwest Society for Coatings Technology. Walt's interests included archaeology, the history of the American West, golf, fishing, and travel. He is remembered for his gentle humor and his ability to see the positive side of any situation. Survivors include his wife and son.

Alice Margaret Churchill Labovitz ’30

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Alice Margaret Churchill Labovitz ’30, April 30, 2012, in Mitchellville, Maryland, two weeks shy of her 105th birthday. Margo hailed from Marinette, Michigan, and came to Reed through the support of an uncle who lived in Portland. She earned her degree at Reed in general literature, writing her thesis on Montaigne. After Reed, she married Israel M. Labovitz; they moved to Chicago, where she worked in advertising and took courses at the University of Chicago in support of her position as a psychiatric social worker with the Cook County Psychopathic Hospital in Chicago. In 1936, Margo and Is left Chicago for Washington, D.C., where Is was a government economist at the budget bureau. They made their home in Maryland and raised three sons. In an interview in 2004, Margo talked about the loss of her mother at an early age, the positive influence of her grandparents, who lived nearby, and the importance of family. Margo believed, as did her grandparents, that a mother should raise her children, rather than find a career outside the home. “I was further propelled in that direction because I missed very much having a normal family, and my real desire all my life was to establish a family I didn’t have. So, I didn’t have any great wish to do anything else, and I think we did have a good family.” After her sons were grown, she taught part time in a nursery school and volunteered with the League of Women Voters and the Women’s Democratic Club of Washington. She was inspired to find ways to keep individuals intellectually motivated beyond the years of traditional schooling. “A group of us at the Women’s Democratic Club met every week to study subjects of political and general social interest, and to concoct a series of morning meetings on these subjects with the most knowledgeable speakers we could get.” Margo and Is moved to a retirement home in 1988. Through the years, Margo maintained connections to Reedites, including George Wheeler ’29 and Eleanor Mitchell Wheeler ’30, and traveled to Egypt with Dorothy Gill Wikelund ’29. Her cousin, John R. Churchill ’49, also attended Reed. Survivors include sons David, Peter, and John; four grandchildren; and two-great grandchildren. Is died in 1992.

Edward James Cole ’52

Edward James Cole ’52, April 15, 2012, in Mesa, Arizona. Edward served with the coast guard during World War II—his extensive travel during the war qualified him as a Shellback and as a member of the order of the Golden Dragon. He studied at Reed three years and completed a BS in electrical engineering in the combined program with MIT. He made a career as an engineer in electronic systems design at Hughes Aircraft Company in Fullerton, California. Edward and Virginia Fraser had three children and were married for 33 years until her death. In retirement, Edward and his wife, Gloria, moved to Mesa. His interests included archery, fishing, travel, and membership in the Arizona Amateur Radio Club. Survivors include Gloria, his son and two daughters, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, and a brother, George Cole ’52.

Katharine Marie Saremal Cornwell ’40

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Katharine Saremal Cornwell ’40 and Bruce Cornwell

Katharine Marie Saremal Cornwell ’40, March 4, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York.

Katharine was one of three daughters born to William Saremal, a partner in the contracting firm that built many of the bridges and tunnels along the Columbia River Highway. After studying at Reed for two years, she transferred to Oregon State College and received a BA in home economics.


Anita Cadonau Birkland ’41

Anita Cadonau Birkland ’41, April 3, 2013, in Portland. Anita and her brother, Carl H. Cadonau ’43, both graduates of Reed and Phi Beta Kappa, were born to Swiss immigrants Henry Carl Cadonau and Rosina Streiff. Henry and Rosina began delivering milk from their dairy, which they later named Alpenrose, in southwest Portland in 1891. Anita met Raymond Birkland at the Foursquare Church when she was 14 and he was 19. They married in 1938 and worked together at Alpenrose Dairy until 1959, when they moved to Anaheim to operate a franchise of the Original Pancake House. Always interested in advancing her education, Anita built on her BA in general literature by earning an MA in English from California State College, Fullerton. She then earned a second MA, in comparative literature, and, at age 65, completed a PhD in history and European studies at Claremont Graduate School. Taking pleasure in discovery and travel throughout her life, she visited over 135 countries, some in the role of tour leader and guide. She volunteered with the World Affairs Council and was a member of AAUW. Anita and Raymond returned to Portland in 2000; Raymond was in ill health and died two years later. Anita was a regular at Foster-Scholz Club events and a dedicated member of the Portland chapter alumni book group, along with longtime friend Ethel Fahlen Noble ’40. She attended Greek theatre performances in the Cerf amphitheatre and studied Arabic at Portland Community College. Survivors include her sons, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Dorothy Gertrude Cottrell Coppock ’43

Dorothy Gertrude Cottrell Coppock ’43, February 12, 2013, in Beaverton, Oregon. Dorothy came to Reed from Utah and earned a BA in biology. She also met Ross H. Coppock ’42; they married shortly before he began military duty in Italy. Dorothy cofounded West Hills Preschool in Portland and also taught at the school. Later she worked as a real estate agent and broker. She enjoyed duplicate bridge and was an exceptional quilt maker and wood carver. “Her beautiful smile and playful sense of humor will be greatly missed.” Survivors include Ross, 2 daughters, a son, 5 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 2 sisters, including Patricia Cottrell Spencer ’47. Her brother, Gordon Cottrell ’50, also graduated from Reed.

William Burchtel Collister AMP ’44

William Burchtel Collister AMP ’44, February 11, 2013, in Denver, Colorado. Bill grew up in Colorado and Iowa, the son of a circuit-riding Methodist minister and an emigrant from the Isle of Man who worked in rough, mountainous gold and silver mining towns. Bill studied at Reed in the premeteorology program, and after World War II earned a bachelor’s degree from the School of Political Science and International Affairs at Princeton. After completing a law degree at the University of Denver, he worked as a landman in Montana, Wyoming, and North and South Dakota, researching titles and negotiating oil and gas leases. He practiced law in Denver in the area of oil and gas for more than 50 years, serving an inspiration to countless people in his profession and his community. The University of Denver alumni association presented him with the Evans Award for professional achievement and humanitarian service in 1994, and the Ricks Center for Gifted Children at the university established the William Burchtel Collister Alumni Achievement Award in 2006. Bill and Alice Anderson married in 1961; they visited more than 50 countries and all continents but one. Additionally, Bill owned a library containing hundreds of books and read them all. Survivors include Alice, two brothers, and a sister.

Niels Arthur Chew ’55

Niels Arthur Chew ’55, February 25, 2013, in Sonoma, California. Niels began his undergrad studies at Dartmouth, leaving school for adventures with the Norwegian Merchant Marine, working on freighters in the North Atlantic. He then came to Reed and studied at the college for two years. Back home in New York City, he joined his father in the food export business. In 1955, he married Susan Wetherby. In the early ’60s, the couple moved to California, where Niels purchased the Miner Tool Company, the foundation for his corporation, Dowling Miner Magnetics. Niels and Susan settled in the Sonoma Valley in 1973, raising a family of four, building the business, and supporting philanthropic efforts in the community. “Niels’ legacy lies in the greatness of his generosity, the depth of his kindness, and his unwavering commitment to volunteerism,” his family wrote. “Ultimately, his greatest joy was his family, his friends, and his community.” Survivors include his wife, two daughters and two sons, and nine grandchildren.

Robert Alexander Christie MAT ’67

Robert Alexander Christie MAT ’67, February 26, 2013, in Tillamook, Oregon. Bob earned a BA from Humboldt State University before completing the master’s program at Reed. He moved to Tillamook in 1967, where he taught junior and senior high school mathematics and owned and operated a dairy farm. Bob enjoyed beach walks with his dog and playing cards and tennis, and he relished time spent with his family. Survivors include his wife, Joan, two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, two sisters, and a brother.

Jane Rae Clausen Parker ’68

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Bill Parker ’68 and Jane Clausen Parker ’68

Jane Rae Clausen Parker ’68, February 21, 2013, in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. A native of Everett, Washington, Jane began her studies at Washington State University before transferring to Reed, where she earned a BA in general literature. At Reed, she also met her life partner and great love, William H. Parker ’68; they married before their senior year. After leaving Reed, Jane and Bill moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, to do graduate work at the University of British Columbia. Jane received a teaching certificate from the university in 1971 and began her career as an English instructor. In 1975, Bill completed his doctoral work in forestry and joined the faculty at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Jane also taught English and technical writing and directed the Writing across the Curriculum program for students in natural resources management. Jane possessed a positive attitude, a quick wit, a gift for conversation, and a passion for teaching. In notifying the college of her death, Bill said that Jane also loved spending time at Sea House, her mother’s summer cottage on Whidbey Island, “almost as much as she loved explaining ‘the central allegory’ to someone who would listen.” One of Bill’s former professors wrote a poem about Jane and the Sea House, “Because Jane Is There,” which expresses the joy and goodwill that Jane brought to the spaces she inhabited and her lingering presence: “Gales of laughter echo through the Sea House constructing new truths. It’s an old fabric, but it must be rewoven for truth to escape.” Jane fought breast cancer for 15 years. Survivors include Bill, a daughter, son, and granddaughter.

James Howard Clark ’88

James Howard Clark ’88, April 21, 2013, unexpectedly at home in Seattle, Washington. James grew up in Reno, Nevada, where his mother worked as a librarian and his father as a university professor. He earned a BA from Reed in history, spent some time in Portland, and then traveled through Europe before he enrolled in an MBA program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His career as a management consultant began in Denver and led him back to Portland, where he met Christine. They were married for 11 years and lived in Washington, D.C., and Seattle. James worked for Keane Federal and XIO Strategies. In Seattle, he worked for Bimbo Bakeries. James enjoyed science fiction, fantasy novels, and taking on the challenges of word and number puzzles. He played the bongos and bought his first drum set when he was 44. He also bowled, golfed, and appreciated the competitive challenge of pool and poker. “James touched the lives and hearts of his many friends both personal and professional with his unique sense of humor and his kind heart,” said his family. “He truly cared for the people in his life and always made the effort to stay in touch when too much time had passed between visits.” Survivors include his wife, his brother, and his dog, Jeter.

William Stephen Corrie ’62

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William Stephen Corrie ’62, June 8, 2013, in Midlothian, Virginia. Steve was a mathematics major at Reed and then earned an MD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he helped to develop epilepsy surgery and seizure monitoring and was a founding member of the medical honorary society Alpha Omega Alpha. He did a residency in neurology and was a researcher and clinician for Emory University, the Medical College of Ohio, and the National Institutes of Health. He joined the Medical College of Virginia in 1987 and served as founding director of the epilepsy seizure monitoring unit and associate professor of neurology. Steve and Joan M. Michel were married in 1969 and had two daughters. The family particularly enjoyed swimming and boating vacations on Cedar Lake in Minnesota. Steve also was a tenor choir member of the Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church and read mystery novels. Survivors include his wife, daughters, and two granddaughters.

Thomas W. Chamberlin ’64

Thomas W. Chamberlin ’64, June 11, 2013, in Telkwa, British Columbia. Tom was at Reed for two years and earned a BA in geology at the University of California, Berkeley. He worked in science, fish and wildlife management, and native land claim negotiations for 30 years. He retired in 1997 and then returned to work at a local college in 2002. “Thanks to Hum 11, I’m actually enjoying being an English (Canadian?) instructor.” He also did consulting, was a mediation specialist, and learned to play his granddad’s fiddle. Jim Kahan ’64 forwarded the notice of Tom’s death that came from the Bulkley Valley Research Centre in Smithers, British Columbia, where Tom had been a facilitator for recreational access management. “Tom’s energy will be greatly missed in our office and throughout the Bulkley Valley.” Survivors include a daughter and stepson.

Marcella Ann Cobb ’43

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Marcella Ann Cobb ’43, August 30, 2013, in Portland. Marcella was born in her parent’s house on Main Street on Mount Tabor. She attended Glencoe Elementary School, Washington High School, and followed her elder sister, Janette L. Cobb Schneider ’41, to Reed, where she earned a degree in mathematics—the only woman in her graduating class to do so. She graduated from Reed on a Sunday and went to work as an actuary for Standard Insurance of Portland the following Monday. She remained with Standard for 30 years. Her lifelong passion was dogs. From her first dog, Rin, in 1936, to her last dog, Katie, she was never without their company. On retiring from Standard she operated Misty Meadow Kennels on the family farm in Damascus until 2006. She loved Cairn Terriers and owned, bred, raised, and showed them for more than 50 years. She was proud of her Swedish heritage and her pioneer ancestors. Her great-grandfather, Chauncey Hosford, farmed 200 acres on top of Mount Tabor, and, in 1847, conducted the first formal religious service in Portland. According to a biography of Reverend Hosford, written by Marcella in 1991, Portland at the time consisted of “14 log cabins.” As a child and an adult, Marcella possessed a willingness to be pleased, and so she was. In a life long enough to experience a full share of life’s unavoidable tragedies, she still found something to be happy about every day of her life. She is survived by her five nieces and nephews, including Jeffrey L. Cobb ’80, who provided this wonderful memorial for his aunt.

Leroy Skibsted Caspersen ’52

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Leroy Skibsted Caspersen ’52, July 20, 2013, in Portland, from cancer. Following his service in the navy during World War II, Cap married Coralee Stump, moved to Portland, and enrolled at Reed. He earned a BA in biology. “I received an excellent education and developed superb work habits.” Cap received an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School and began a practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Portland in 1960 that spanned 48 years and was marked by the delivery of 6,000 babies—including his grandchildren. He was a passionate golfer, a member of the Portland Golf Club, and he enjoyed skiing, tennis, and bridge. He was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and read two or three novels each week. A sudden decline in his health two months before his death, which baffled physicians, was finally diagnosed as metastasized cancer. Survivors include three children and six grandchildren. His wife died in 2004. “He was a wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather, filled with unconditional love for us all.”

Linda Cudlin ’63

Linda Cudlin ’63, June 29, 2013, in Santa Rosa, California. Linda entered Reed at age 16 on a scholarship and earned a BA in history while working full time as an assistant to Mary McCabe [1955–78] in the Commons. After Reed, Linda worked for State Farm Insurance in California for 35 years. Reed was the perfect place for her, she said. She chose it over Stanford, where her parents intended that she study. To the end of her life, she applauded Reed’s rigorous academic program and was generous in her financial support of the college. She also was proud to have concealed the Doyle Owl in her laundry basket for six months. Linda was predeceased by her parents; brother; and her life companion, Elizabeth McPherson.

David J. Coddington ’01

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David J. Coddington ’01, October 17, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois, from a fatal epileptic seizure, a complication of a cerebral hemorrhage that occurred six years earlier. Dave earned a BA from Reed in art and then worked in the art shipping business in New York City. He attended the school of the Art Institute of Chicago, working toward a master’s degree in interior architecture. He was passionate about travel and visited the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, and Scandinavia. He enjoyed the exploration of everything from an antique shop in the middle of nowhere to a hip restaurant in a large metropolis. He was a gifted artist, an excellent skier, and a devoted fan of Chicago sports teams, especially the Blackhawks. In notifying the college of Dave’s death, Sam Hudnall ’03 remarked, “He was a solid guy and a great Reedie.” Survivors include Dave’s parents, sister, brother, and maternal grandparents. “Though a man of few words, he had an amazing group of loyal supportive friends throughout his life. He will be missed by all of them, but most of all by his constant companion of 13 years, his dog Django.”

Lesley Corbett Forster, Trustee

Lesley (Judy) Corbett Forster [trustee 1957-73], November 5, 2013, in Portland, from age-related issues. A lifelong resident of Portland, Judy was the third of five daughters born to Elliott R. and Alta Smith Corbett, a former Reed Regent (1919-41). She attended Riverdale School, Miss Catlin’s School (Catlin Gabel School), the Branson School, and Smith, graduating in 1936 with a degree in history and a minor in physics. An eventful plane trip from Portland to Smith in her junior year—which included landing in an Iowa cornfield—sparked her interest in joining the Smith College Flying Club. Returning from college in 1939, she met physician Donald Forster, whom she married. They raised a family of three sons and one daughter. She was an active participant in the Portland community, serving on the boards of the Parry Center, OMSI, and Reed. In sharing the news of her death, President John R. Kroger said, “Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Judy, I know her connections to Reed run deep, and that the college has lost a beloved friend.” Judy volunteered with the PTA of Riverdale School and lent her support for the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Historical Society, Smith College, Catlin Gabel School, and the League of Women Voters. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Her husband and son predeceased her. Her cousin, Laurie Cummins ’39, also served on the Reed board of trustees. Remembrances may be made in Judy’s name to Catlin Gabel School or Reed College.

Robert Joseph Corruccini ’38

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Robert Joseph Corruccini ’38, January 10, 2014, in Boulder, Colorado. The son of an Italian opera singer, who became founding musical director of the Portland Opera, and an operatic singer from Nebraska, Joe earned a BA in chemistry from Reed, an MA from Oregon State College (University), and a PhD from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, in physical chemistry. While at Oregon State, he met graduate student Mildred B. Witham; they married in 1941. Joe worked for the U.S. Bureau of Standards (National Institute of Standards and Technology) as a research physicist, and later as an administrator for 30 years in Washington, D.C., and in Boulder. His work on calibration of thermocouples was later incorporated into the International Practical Temperature Scale. In the ’60s, he did research on liquid hydrogen fuel for the Saturn V rocket program that carried astronauts into space. Joe fostered an appreciation for opera, played bridge, enjoyed reading, and did mountain climbing. He made the first ascent of the Reid Glacier Headwall route on Mount Hood in 1938. Survivors include two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. His wife died in 2013.

Carol Crowther Richards ’52

Carol Crowther Richards ’52, December 2012, in Aurora, Oregon. Carol attended Reed for one year and continued her studies at the University of Washington, UC Irvine, and the Claremont School of Theology. She was director of education for the Riverside district of the United Methodist Church and lived in Redlands, California. Carol married John A. Richards, a mechanical engineer who died in 2009. They had three sons.

Margaret Clark Potheau ’70

Margaret Clark Potheau ’70, October 31, 2013, in Sherborn, Massachusetts, from metastatic melanoma. Margo was at Reed for two years and completed her undergraduate education at Boston University. A talented horsewoman, she won many dressage and jumping competitions in her youth in El Paso, Texas, and later, before her children were born, she drove a BMW in stock car races and was a member of the BMW Car Club of America. Margo ran a mail-order business and was certified as an EMT and a medic. She worked as a home health aide and as a volunteer for the Sherborn Fire Department. She enjoyed athletic competitions and celebrated the successes of the Patriots and the Red Sox. A woman of strength and a gentle spirit, Margo is survived by her daughter and son and her sister.

Jennifer Craven ’74

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Jennifer Craven ’74, September 30, 2012, in Washington. We recently learned of Jennifer’s death from her cousin, Philip Craven. Jennifer attended Reed for three years, with a focus on biology and psychology. In the ’70s, she also worked with children in day care centers and with special-needs children in shelter homes. She organized and supported the newly established Outside In Clinic in Portland, and was a bookkeeper, debt collector, and salesperson for other businesses in Portland and Seattle. Jennifer earned an AAS in digital electronics technology and an AA in business and accounting at North Seattle Community College in Seattle, Washington. One of her instructors reported, “Jennifer was not only an ‘A’ student in my class, but she was also a delightful person, helpful to her classmates, cooperative with the school faculty, and, in general, well liked by all.” For Hewlett Packard in Everett, she calibrated, tested, and repaired electronic instruments. She then became a caregiver for her father when his health deteriorated, and studied health information technology at Shoreline Community College. Following her father’s death in 1999, Jennifer completed a course in medical records, and in 2009, she earned a BS in audiology from the University of Washington. She was thrilled to complete the degree, though shortly thereafter, reports Philip, she received a diagnosis of cancer. “She was extremely intelligent and a lifelong student. Very warm, with a lovely laugh,” Philip recalls. “I was proud of her courage during treatment and, especially, in using the Death with Dignity statute when treatment failed.” In addition to Philip, survivors include her mother, Clare, brother, Gilbert, and the Ferris families. Her sister, Bronwen Craven ’72, died in the ’70s.

Pamela B. Canty ’73

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Pamela B. Canty ’73, February 11, 2014, at her home in Portland. Pam earned a BA from Reed in psychology, completing the thesis “Reality and the Psychoanalytic Theory.” and following graduation worked as a mental health therapist for several years. She later did banking collections and was a credit manager, while taking courses at Portland State University with the goal of earning an MBA. Pam and Robert R. Granville ’76 married and had one son, Joseph; they lived for a time in Panama, where Robert served as a medical officer in the army. Her friend Sandy Sheehy, who notified the college of Pam’s death, wrote, “Pam always valued the education she received and the friends she made at Reed.”

Grace E. Frazier Courts, Friend

Grace E. Frazier Courts, December 22, 2013, in Portland. Grace was raised in Detroit and Kalamazoo, Michigan, and learned to be a stenographer after graduating from high school. Her parents were friends with the parents of Prof. Frederick A. Courts [psychology 1945–69]. Grace and Fred met in childhood and married in 1936. They lived in California and Missouri as Fred completed his education and began his teaching career. Grace was a wonderful homemaker and mother, “the best cook, friend, and counsel to all of her family.” She volunteered with the Red Cross, the Sierra Club, and the Democratic League of Women Voters. She opened her home to faculty and students of Reed and made many friends in the Reed community. Survivors include two daughters and sons; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Fred died in 1969.

Choong Yun Cho ’50

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Choong Yun Cho ’50, March 16, 2014, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Choong Yun was born in Seoul, Korea, and came to the U.S. in 1948 to study at Reed with the help of Dr. Owen G. Miller, who was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps stationed in Seoul at the end of World War II. Choong Yun and Owen met and became friends when Choong Yun interpreted for his village people. Their friendship grew, especially thanks to Choong Yun’s mother’s superb cooking when Owen visited the Chos. Choong Yun earned a BS degree in chemistry at Seoul National University in 1948 and a BA in chemistry at Reed in 1950. He went on to earn master’s degrees in physics and mathematics and a PhD in mathematics in 1970 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He worked at the U.S. Army Mathematical Research Center, Argonne National Laboratory, Maggs Research Center, the U.S. Army Advanced Materiel Concepts Agency, and the USDA. Survivors include his wife, Nancy, who wrote this memorial; son Eugene; daughter-in-law Marta; and grandson Matthew.

Jeanne Isabel Casstevens Savery ’60

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Jeanne Isabel Savery Casstevens ’60, February 21, 2014, in hospice care in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from cancer.

Jeanne was a remarkably successful and prolific author who wrote more than 40 novels and novellas, populated by a dizzying array of pretty widows, brooding marquesses, witty rakes, scheming schoolboys, mischievous noblewomen, blind lords, cross-dressing twins, and the occasional vampire—all published after she turned 50.


Diskin William Clay ’60

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Diskin William Thomas Clay ’60, June 9, 2014, at home in Durham, North Carolina. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Reed with a BA in literature, Diskin went on to the University of Montpellier in France on a Fulbright grant, and then to the American School of Classical Studies in Greece. He earned a PhD in classics from the University of Washington in 1967 and taught classics and humanities at Reed in 1966–69. His career included positions at Haverford, Johns Hopkins, Vassar, and CUNY, and in France, Greece, and Italy. In 1990, he joined the faculty at Duke, and became R.J.R. Nabisco Distinguished Professor of Classical Studies.

“Diskin was one of the most prolific and wide-ranging scholars of his generation,” wrote Prof. Walter Englert [classics 1981–]. “His primary research and publication interests were in ancient philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Epicurus, and Lucretius) and poetry (Greek lyric poetry and Greek tragedy), but his scholarly interests extended far beyond those topics. He had significant archaeological and epigraphical experience in Athens, Cyprus, Paros, Thasos, and Turkey, and was a distinguished translator of works by Sophocles, Euripides, Plato, Lucian, and others. His intellectual interests were not confined to the ancient world. He also published on Dante, the reception of Plato in Renaissance Italy, Francis Bacon, John Locke, C.P. Cavafy, and George Seferis. Diskin’s greatest strength as a scholar was his ability to combine superb close readings of texts with a deep knowledge of the cultural contexts in which those texts were written.”


James Neville Compton ’64

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James Neville Compton ’64, March 17, 2014, in Seattle, from a heart attack. Respected journalist, documentarian, politician, historian, and teacher, Jim’s career spanned many fields. He came to Reed from Klamath Falls. (His father, Art M. Compton, studied at Reed in 1937).  After earning his BA in history, Jim worked for King Broadcasting in Seattle, became an NBC News Fellow in journalism at Columbia University, won a Fulbright to study in Romania, and completed an MS in journalism with honors in 1969. Jim went to Italy, working for several years as assistant managing editor for the Rome Daily American. He also worked as a stringer for NBC Radio, Westinghouse, and Voice of America. In 1974, he returned to Portland to work for KGW, then opened KING’s first bureau in Washington, D.C. From there, he joined NBC as the Mideast and European correspondent, based in Cairo and London. He covered Africa, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union, and wars in Lebanon and the Persian Gulf. He interviewed political figures and celebrities alike, including Moammar Gadhafi, Orson Welles, and Jimmy Carter.

“Hard to forget being arrested and held in Tehran, interviewing Anwar Sadat (six of those), and doing a live commentary from Leonid Brezhnev’s funeral,” he later told Reed. “As a reporter, the high points were probably being inside West Beirut during the Israeli siege of the city and doing the NBC flash from Cairo (26 minutes ahead of the next news organization) saying, ‘The Shah of Iran is dead.’”


Robert C. Crockett ’64

Robert C. Crockett ’64, in 1967 in Ukraine, killed by a drunk driver in a Soviet army truck. Rob had just completed requirements to earn a BA from Reed in political science. Celia Hansen Morris ’64 and her husband, Bob Morris ’64, knew Rob briefly during their years at Reed. “Rob had taken one or two years off, so he wasn't consistently with our class.” Celia and Bob remained friends after Reed with Prof. Dina Berman [Russian 1964–66], "a single parent, an Israeli sabra, and a quite young postgrad Russian instructor at Reed." Rob babysat for Dina's delightful 6-year-old daughter, Hepzibah, says Celia, "and, eventually, one thing led to another; they married shortly after they'd both left Reed.” In 1967, the Morrises, who were in Ithica, New York, visited Rob and Dina, who were living in Nashville, Tennessee, where Dina was teaching at Vanderbilt and Rob was finishing his Reed degree. “Rob and Dina told us about their upcoming trip [later that summer] to the Soviet Union, where Dina was going to be doing some research.” From Dina they received the news that Rob had been killed instantly in the accident and Dina was hospitalized for several months to recover from the extensive injuries she received. Celia and Bob stayed in touch with Dina, who eventually remarried and moved to Atlanta, and has been working with computers. [Memorial by Celia Hansen Morris ’64, July 2014.]

Ross Harding Coppock Jr. ’42

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Ross Harding Coppock Jr. ’42, June 10, 2014, in Vancouver, Washington. Born in Baker, Oregon, Ross grew up in small towns across the state and graduated from Hood River High School. He earned a BA from Reed in economics, working summers in lookout stations for the U.S. Forest Service, and hiking and mountain climbing. He was a junior economist and statistician at Bonneville Power following graduation. Just prior to beginning service in World War II, with the 10th Mountain Division ski troops in the United States and Italy, he married Dorothy G. Cottrell ’43. Ross wrote that he “dragged” Dorothy from camp to camp and that she earned all of his medals. Back in Oregon with daughter Jean, a toddler, and daughter Ann on the way, the family barely survived the Vanport Flood disaster of 1948. They raised Jean, Ann, and son Gordon in Portland and Beaverton. Ross and Dorothy enjoyed playing bridge, sailing, camping, and exploring recreational and out-of-the-way spaces along the Deschutes River and in central and eastern Oregon. Ross also operated a ham radio. For 23 years, he worked for Stanley Drug Products and was then in real estate until retirement in 1986. He was named Washington County realtor of the year in 1983. Ross was a board member for Washington County, a volunteer for the Reed alumni association, and a member of City Club. In retirement, he responded to the luxury of time by pursuing his love of words. He joined the Willamette Writers, wrote poetry, short fiction, and essays, and tried to avoid publication, he said. In his public obituary, we read, “He was a passionate champion of the underdog and compassionate fellow traveler for those who were less fortunate.” Colleagues admired his “simple, pipe-smoking, and laid-back manner and poker-face humor,” and valued his leadership, compassion, and critical judgment. “Little of this entailed Reed directly,” Ross wrote, “yet without Reed, the prospect of a full life and a happy one would have been quite difficult to come by.” Dorothy died in 2013. Their children and five grandchildren survive him.

John Terry Chase ’59

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Terry Chase ’59 with his wife, Sara Hunnun Chase, and their son Robert in 1978.

John Terry Chase ’59, June 1, 2014, in Mitchellville, Maryland, following a stroke. Terry received a BA from Reed in history and went on to study at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on a fellowship. He demonstrated a lifelong commitment to teaching, whether in the classroom or as a volunteer, and served as an editor and publisher for numerous companies, including the Congressional Research Service and the American Historical Association. During the Carter administration, he was a speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency. He wrote essays and history books, including The Study of American History, Gum Springs: Triumph of a Black Community, and he coedited two poetry anthologies with his wife, Sara Hannum Chase. In 1987, Terry earned an MA in history from George Mason University. (He returned to George Mason in a doctor of arts in education program in the early ’90s.) For many years, he taught at the French International School in Bethesda, Maryland. Sara died in 1997 and Terry married again in 2000, losing his second wife to cancer in 2002. In his later years, suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Terry worked to complete an autobiography, The Seasons of My Life: The Reflections of a Septuagenarian on His Life and Times. He read a great deal and enjoyed listening to classical music. He also traveled the Aegean Sea, where he fell in love with the Greeks and the eastern Mediterranean. Survivors include his son, Robert.

Wayne Holmes Caplinger II ’78

Wayne Holmes Caplinger II ’78, August 7, 2013, in California. Wayne came to Reed from Richland, Washington, where he was salutatorian of his class and a National Merit Scholar. He earned the rank of eagle in the Boy Scouts and went with his father, a scout leader, to the World Scout Jamboree in Japan in 1971. There, Wayne was selected to climb Mount Fuji. Randy Hardee ’80, who recently informed the college of Wayne’s death, met Wayne during freshman year at Reed in Math 200 and Physics 130 classes. Wayne earned a BA from Reed in mathematics and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh in artificial intelligence. He went to work for Teknowledge in Palo Alto, California, where he helped develop the first “look ahead” data technology. His career took him to 15 countries, including Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, and South Africa. An accomplished athlete in his youth, Wayne explored judo, cross-country skiing, orienteering, scuba and cave diving, and sailing. He was a ski and sailing instructor, worked with ski rescue, and was a member of the Bay Area Orienteering Club. He was passionate about dancing and enjoyed English country and contra dancing with his wife, Robin Prothro, whom he married in 1992. He also enjoyed theatre and music, including opera, and taught himself to play a range of instruments. Later, as a guild member along with his partner Angela, he participated in the Renaissance Faire, the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, and in dance troupes such as the Merry Pryanksters and the New Queen’s Ha’Penny Consort. Wayne’s pleasure in performance was apparent to Randy in the late ’70s, on Randy’s first trip to the Clinton Street Theater showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. “Wayne led the Reed contingent into the theatre, wearing a cat suit that he’d made for the occasion, and clicking a pair of finger cymbals.” Wayne and Robin had a son, Andrew (Jamie), and a daughter, Bronwyn. While his children were at the East Bay Waldorf School, Wayne served as a volunteer to teach students to juggle and to ride a unicycle. He founded the Berkeley High School Orienteering Club and supported student endeavors leading to successful outcomes in state, regional, and national interscholastic competitions.

Lynnette Allen Crane MALS ’86

Lynnette (Allen) Crane MALS ’86, October 2, 2014, at home in Portland, from ovarian cancer. Lynnette received a BA from Evergreen State College and earned a master’s degree from Reed in English. She wrote a creative degree paper, “The Prism,” with Prof. Gary Gildner [creative writing 1983–84]. Lynnette taught English at Olympic College and Clark College in Washington and at Columbia Gorge Community College in Oregon until 1994, when she traveled abroad to teach. She was an instructor at Exeter College in England, Işık University in Turkey, the American University and Zayed University in Dubai, and Kuwait University, and had recently retired from teaching English as a foreign language. Survivors include her daughter and son, four grandchildren, and a sister and brother.

Irene Josephine Carson ’41

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Irene Josephine Carson ’41, December 3, 2014, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Irene earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing her thesis, “The Anatomy of Lepas Fascicularis,” with Prof. Demorest Davenport [biology 1938–44]. She made her career as the head chemist for the Hercules Powder Company (now, the Ashland Company), and she was a consistent and generous donor to Reed. Survivors include her loving godchildren.

Nancy Martin Clark ’41

Nancy Clark Martin ’41, December 26, 2014, in Rockville, Maryland. Nancy grew up on a pear orchard in Medford, Oregon, and spent two years at Reed, an experience that taught her to think, she wrote later. She served in the WAVES as an aircraft mechanic during World War II and then moved to New York City, where she met and married George R. Martin Jr. in 1953. The couple lived in Bronxville, where they raised three daughters. In retirement, Nancy and George moved to Easton, Maryland. Survivors include their daughters, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Nancy is remembered for her good humor, generosity, and loving nature.

Don Pieratt Crowson ’55

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Don Pieratt Crowson ’55, January 15, 2015, in Salem, Oregon. Born in Arkansas, Don attended high school in California and began his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley. He transferred to Reed and earned a BA in education and psychology, though was interrupted in this process by service in the army during the Korean War. His thesis, written with Prof. Robert Wilson [psychology 1953–57], was “A Study of Intelligence and Achievement Test Scores in Relation to Socio-Economic Status.” Don savored the experience at Reed: philosophizing, enjoying a beer at the Lutz Tavern, skiing, sailing, and mountaineering, and spending time with Gloria Spencer—a nurse in the college’s infirmary whom he married in 1952. During summers, Don worked for the U.S. Forest Service, manning a remote fire lookout on Indian Mountain in the Mount Hood National Forest. After graduation, he accepted a position with the RAND Corporation in Massachusetts. In his nearly four-decade career as a software designer and developer, Don was instrumental in pioneering computer science. That career carried Don and his growing family to all corners of the country, infusing the five children with their father’s adventurous curiosity, notes his family. Don spent the last five years of his career as the technical adviser for the U.S. Air Force delegation to a NATO working group on communication standards, and was recognized by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe for enduring contributions to international security. “It was interesting and lots of fun roaming about Europe,” Don wrote to Reed. In retirement, he returned to college to study history. “I take literally that old contention that education is a lifelong process.” He earned a BA from Christopher Newport University (in 1998) and earned an MA from Old Dominion University (in 2006) in history. After living in Virginia for 35 years, Don and Gloria, moved to Salem, where Gloria had extended family and Don planned to enroll at Willamette University in order to begin a study of modern languages. (Instead he enrolled at Western Washington University, and was awarded a degree in political science posthumously in June 2015.) Accompanied by their daughter Gretchen, Don and Gloria visited Reed in 2008, and Don enjoyed another beer at the Lutz. Survivors include Gloria, and their daughters Gretchen, Anna, Heidi, and Grace, and son Mark; 11 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Don’s older brother, musician Lamar Crowson ’48, also attended Reed.

Marilyn Campbell Holsinger MAT ’65

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Marilyn Campbell Holsinger MAT ’65, March 10, 2015, in Portland. Miki earned a BA from the University of Oregon in drawing and painting in 1944, moving to San Francisco to work in advertising. She joined the art and advertising department of the San Francisco Examiner, and, with an interest in clothing, even modeled shoes for the newspaper’s store ads. In 1949, she married Frank W. Holsinger; they had one daughter, Joan. In 1960, Miki and Joan moved to Portland, where Miki worked on the staff of Studio 1030, a notable group of Portland designers and artists. She was drawn to Reed to study with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], she said, and earned a master’s degree in art. “Having Lloyd Reynolds as my teacher not only gave my artwork a new skill (calligraphy), but also gave me a fulfilling new philosophy of life.” Miki worked for the Oregon State University Press and for Western Oregon State. She taught calligraphy classes at the Bush Barn in Salem and at Linn-Benton Community College. In 1981–87, she taught art at the University of Missouri at Columbia. In retirement, she did graphic design for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, who honored her as volunteer of the year in 1994; she also volunteered with the First Unitarian Church, ran competitively, and skied. Survivors include her daughter and granddaughter.

Elizabeth Carpenter Lindsay MAT ’66

Elizabeth Carpenter Lindsay MAT ’66, February 8, 2015, in Portland. Betty earned a BA in English literature from Oberlin in 1943 and then moved to Brooklyn to work for Life magazine. She met Dennis Lindsay in New York and they married in 1944, moving to Portland four years later with their first child. Shortly after arriving, Betty volunteered with the relief efforts for the Vanport Flood. During the ’60s, she served on the Riverdale School Board and earned a master’s from Reed in English literature and social studies. “I will always be grateful for the MAT experience,” she remarked. “It was simply magnificent.” Betty taught English and humanities at Marshall High School for decades and retired in 1987. She was a volunteer with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Portland Center Stage. She enjoyed travel, books, and art, as well as her association with the Unitarian Church. Survivors include three daughters and a son, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Constance Helen Crooker ’69

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Constance Helen Crooker ’69, April 10, 2015, in Portland.

Connie earned a BA from Reed in art, writing her thesis on the revival of Italic handwriting with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69].


Edward Winslow Coolidge ’90

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Edward Winslow Coolidge ’90, March 8, 2015, in Troy, New York, from brain cancer.

Ed earned a BA from Reed in English literature and wrote his thesis with Prof. Tom Gillcrist [1962–2001] on “The Grotesque in Flannery O’Connor.” After graduation, Ed became a case manager for Janus Youth Programs in Portland. This experience became a foundation for teaching and working with disadvantaged youth. He went on to earn an MFA from the California Institute for the Arts and stayed in Los Angeles for 10 years, teaching, making, and exhibiting art.


Gordon C. Facer ’41

Gordon attended Reed for two years, later describing his break from the school in this way: “Until June 1939, I was well on my way toward becoming a physics major under Prof. Tony Knowlton [A.A., 1915–48]. Then suddenly my fortunes took a different turn when I departed Reed for a career in the navy. By July 1942, I was a married navy ensign, joining an ancient World War I four-stack destroyer that could have been right out of Caine Mutiny . . .” Gordon earned a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, and following the war, was a naval aviator. He went to UC Berkeley, where he completed an MS in radiology. In 1969, he retired from the navy and spent an additional 14 years as a civilian employee in nuclear radiation safety for the Atomic Energy Commission. In retirement he did consulting in the field. “Being a former Reed student has always been an advantage to me, even though I’ve been away all these years,” he wrote. “I like to think that my Reed heritage has helped me to become a fairly laid-back person, unbothered by most of the silliness that is Washington. Even so, I am far from placid, for I have strong views on our government and country and disagree with majority views on almost anything.” Gordon and his wife, Maryann, had two daughters and a son. His brother, Fred Facer ’36, graduated from Reed.

Leonore Marianne Courant Berkowitz ’50

The daughter of eminent mathematician Richard Courant, Lori transferred to Reed from Swarthmore and earned a BA in literature. Her thesis, advised by Prof. Donald MacRae [English 1944–73], was on the art and life view of poet Robert Frost. Music was the great love of Lori’s life, and she went on to earn a BA and MA from the Berklee School of Music, to teach at the Manhattan School of Music, and to be principal violist for the American Symphony Orchestra. She cofounded Loon Lake Live! and was an instructor at the Children’s Orchestra Society and at Princeton Chamber Music Play Week. She also coached viola and played chamber music. We learned of Lori’s death from Annice Mills Alt ’51, who recalled that her husband, Franz Alt, played string quartets informally with Lori. “Because there is so much in the repertoire, you can never play too often,” Annice wrote. The couple also hiked with Lori for a number of years. Hiking, berry picking, and stargazing were just a few of the pleasures Lori took from her time in the outdoors. Lori and mathematician Jerome Berkowitz were married in 1954; they had a son and daughter. Following his death, she married widower Peter Lax, who received the Abel Prize for mathematics. Lori’s husband and children survive her, as do two grandchildren. “She was an original and a welcoming, gentle soul, who loved her family.”

Wilmer Albert Cummins ’51

Will earned a BA in physics from Reed, writing a thesis on the electromagnetic theory with Prof. William Parker [physics 1948–79]. After graduating, he took a position as a particle beam researcher at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington and then was employed with General Electric in Riverside, California, where he met his wife, Catherine. Will studied computer programming at UC Berkeley and worked for the Sperry Gyroscope Company, the Rand Corporation, and Litton Data Systems. He was a consultant from the time of his retirement in the mid-’90s to 2007. Survivors include three sons and six grandchildren. His wife died in 2003.

Caroline Kittredge Crosby-Williams ’57

Kit attended Reed for three years and earned a BA and MA in behavioral clinical psychology from San Francisco State. She was married to Donald L. Williams and lived in Austin, Texas, for nine years, while Donald earned a PhD. They moved to Hyampom, California, in 1969 and raised their three children, daughters Margo and Kathleen and son David, on a 125-acre ranch. Her family reports, “Here Kit realized her homesteading dream, learning and practicing land stewardship, animal husbandry, and self-sufficient living with and from the land. Her commitment and dedication to her children was unwavering, always present, enduring, reliable and bedrock solid.” 

Following divorce, Kit moved to Arcata. She had a private practice focusing on family and marriage counseling in Eureka. She worked for the Behavioral Development Center and the Open Door Clinic, and in private practice was an advocate for adults and children surviving abuse. She was a court-appointed advocate for children. She cofounded the Arcata Marsh Commons Co-Housing project. “She was intent on living in a cooperative community composed of people and the adjacent environment, with a conscious minimal impact. She lived there and participated for many years. Her commitment to community and the land was, as always, steadfast and purposeful.” Kit supported and volunteered with local organizations advocating human rights, environmental and land stewardship, and peace. She spent her final years in the Freshwater area, surrounded by her horses, fruit trees, wild azaleas, and a herd of deer. “As I look at my life,” Kit wrote, “I realize how much my years at Reed are part of who I am. Thanks!” Survivors include her children, three grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.

Rosina Corbett Morgan ’41

She was born in 1919 on Ulysses Grant’s birthday to one of Oregon’s most prominent families. The daughter of Henry Ladd Corbett, her mother was the former Gretchen Hoyt, daughter of a philanthropic New York family. Rosina’s grandfather, William Ladd, was mayor of Portland and founder of Oregon’s first bank. Known as Ena to her family, she grew up in a historic home in Dunthorpe.

In 1927 Charles Lindbergh visited Portland to dedicate the airport on Swan Island, and the Corbett family attended the parade. Eight-year-old Rosina disappeared, and following a frantic search, the family spotted her in the parade, walking hand-in-hand with Lindbergh. She had wanted to see who deserved all this attention and had gone to find him. It was emblematic of the curiosity that moved her through life.


Beatrice Twitchell Courtnage ’42

Born to teacher Helen Creegan and attorney Robert Twitchell, Beatrice spent her first years in Woodstock, Vermont. When Beatrice was 11, Helen moved with her children to Honolulu. Beatrice never saw her father again. She and her siblings were schooled at Punahou School, where Helen taught.

Beatrice left Hawaii to join her beloved older sister, Elizabeth T. Claus ’40, at Reed. Their younger sister, Barbara T. Lewis ’47, would follow years later.


Penelope Frances Cofrin ’75

In 1971, Penelope arrived at Reed from Green Bay, Wisconsin, where her grandfather had founded the Fort Howard Paper Company. The following summer she traveled to Montana with a Reedie she was dating. Eventually the wheels came off the relationship with her Reed boyfriend, but Penny developed an abiding affection for the state of Montana.

“I came to Montana for a weekend and never left,” she said.


Orval "Bill" Clawson ’49

Bill will be remembered both for his dedication to his family and friends and his public service. Born the eldest of four children, he grew up in Portland and attended Grant High School before serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After the war, he attended Reed, where he met his wife, Annamae Armstrong ’50. Together they raised three children and enjoyed a life filled with public service and enduring friendships.

Bill earned his BA in economics from Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “The Problem of Skilled Labor Supply in an Industrial Society: Oregon’s Apprenticeship Program” with Prof. F. Eugene Melder [economics 1946–49].

“The Reed experience made it possible for me to sort out my values and determine guidelines for my goals in life,” Bill said. “I believe that experience provided me with a sharpened awareness of not only what I could expect to receive from society, but also, especially, what I could do to serve society.”


Alene Biederman Cisney ’62

A consummate librarian and activist, Alene was born to Albert and Marguerite Biederman. Albert was a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and the family lived in a variety of locations in the United States and Europe as Alene was growing up. Eventually the family settled in the Pacific Northwest, and she began her undergraduate career at Reed when she was 17. She got a kick out of harmlessly sneaking into various college buildings with her friends after hours and the campus-sponsored folk dances. She studied calligraphy under Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English 1929–69], and earned her BA in English literature, writing a thesis titled, “Themes and Images in Julius Caesar: Sickness, Fire, Spirits, and the Countenance.” Alice left campus with an enduring love of arts and sign making—a talent she employed for the rest of her life.

At loose ends after college, she worked as a calligrapher and continued to take classes for fun at the University of Washington, where she had a part-time job. During this time a human resources representative at the Seattle Public Library changed her life with the observation that one who so clearly loved learning and spending time in the library might be well suited to a career as a professional librarian. Alene enrolled in the university’s masters in librarianship program, where she was introduced to both her vocational calling and her husband, fellow student Eric Cisney. The two were married in August of 1966, the great romance of their graduating class.

Alene went on to work for 10 years as a cataloger at Seattle University, simultaneously earning a second BA in French and helping to illustrate a local edition of the famous Marchand Method French immersion textbook, La Famille Dupont.


Judith Black Craise ’63

Judith majored in literature and wrote her thesis, “The World of Clamence: a Study of La chute by Albert Camus,” with Prof. Kaspar Locher [German 1950–88]. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked as a deputy clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

After 21 years of marriage, she divorced and began building a life that was more to her liking, including taking in the rich cultural life of the Bay Area, writing and traveling. She began freelance writing and copyediting.

“I never dreamed after leaving Reed that I would have the free time to devote to writing,” she wrote at the time of her 30th class reunion.


Prof. William Couch Jr.

Prof. William Couch Jr. [English 1953–55] was a prominent African American educator who lived an extraordinary life that touched many people around the globe. Prof. Couch was born one of five children in Morganville, Kentucky, in 1914. His father was an orphan adopted by a white dentist in Indiana shortly before the turn of the 19th century.

When Couch was about three years old, his father lost his business and the family moved to Chicago. Couch was a musical prodigy whose conspicuous intellect attracted the attention of Inez Cunningham Stark, a wealthy Chicagoan who discovered the poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Cunningham created a stir in Couch’s South Chicago neighborhood when she picked him up at his home in her private limousine to introduce him to her poetry circles.


Paul James Clare MAT ’70

Paul grew up in Bayfield, Wisconsin, moved with his parents to Los Angeles, and in 1946 was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving as a U.S. Army lab tech in Germany. 

Returning home, Paul enrolled at the University of Southern California, and married Louise Clark. In 1952, he graduated from USC with both a bachelor’s and a master’s in microbiology, and then pursued a PhD at Oregon State University. He landed a job at the King County Health Department and then the Washington State Health Department. His son, Jeff, was born in 1957. Lucky Lager (General Brewing Corp.) hired Paul, and for the next 13 years he worked as a brew master. He returned to school, graduating from Reed with a Master in Arts in Teaching in 1970. He appreciated that Reed’s small classes taught him the value of small-group interaction, allowing him to question and challenge more.

He began teaching biology, interdisciplinary studies, and a variety of environmentally related classes at Portland’s Adams High School, and completed graduate work for a counseling certificate in 1974, after which he served as a counseler at Adams High School, Ockley Green Middle School, and Jefferson High School until 1988.


Virginia Paris Campbell ’34

Long considered the First Lady of Lake Oswego, Virginia was a tireless champion for its arts organizations and civic institutions for more than six decades. One of the original organizers of the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, she was a founding member of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and helped craft policies that gave direction to the Lakewood Center for the Arts.

“Virginia never hesitated to speak up and offer support and leadership for the arts, civic improvements, and education,” said Andrew Edwards, Lakewood’s executive director. “She was an incredible woman of intellect, passion, and strength.”

Virginia’s family moved to Portland from Indiana six weeks after she was born. When it came time for college, she began studying architecture at the University of Oregon. Her mother became ill, and Virginia moved home and spent a year apprenticing with the architectural firm of Johnson, Wallwork and Johnston, and then studied for a year at the University of Washington. She loved architecture, but in the throes of the Great Depression when few were building, it appeared to be a dead-end profession. Transferring to Reed, she changed her major to literature, writing her thesis, The Function of Restoration Comedy 1660–1700, with Prof. Barry Cerf [English 1921–48].


Robert E. Clark AMP ’44

Born in Hennepin County, Minnesota, Robert served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He attended Reed in the Army pre-meteorology program from 1943–44 and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1949, followed by a master’s in engineering from UCLA in 1957. He was a chemical engineer and a manager of process engineering specializing in the pressure-sensitive tape industry, and worked for 13 years at what is now Shurtape. Other companies he worked for include 3M, Corn Belt Adhesives, Avery International, Compac International, and Mactac.

He is survived by Juanita Peugh Clark, his wife of 55 years, and his children, Karen Nutter, Kathi Baucom, Paul Clark, and Brian Clark.

Jeanne Creech Bush ’45

After graduating from the Anna Head School (now Head-Royce School) in Oakland, California, Jeanne boarded a train from Berkeley for Portland. She majored in psychology at Reed and remembered those three years as a wonderful adventure, replete with independent living, new friends, and close contact with faculty. “Unfortunately,” she said, “my immaturity prevented me from talking advantage of all that Reed has to offer.”

She returned to the Bay Area to pursue her passion for travel. At 5' 10'' she was too tall to be a flight attendant in 1948, so she joined the management team in the United Airlines office in Union Square. This was the beginning of a life of travel and adventure. She met Air Force Lt. Robert Bush of Yuba City, who was home on leave, having been stationed in Europe following World War II. His flying career would take him back to Europe, but they managed to fit a wedding in prior to his leaving in May 1952. Their first home was in Tucson, Arizona, where Robert was a pilot at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Here their two children, Robert and Lesle, were born. Following a successful career in the Air Force, Bob and Jeanne returned to the Bay Area. Jeanne finished her bachelor’s degree in political science at Whittier College in 1971 and managed a travel business. The couple continued their quest for adventure, joining safaris, hot-air ballooning through France, sailing down the Yangtze, and running with the bulls in Pamplona. They considered London their second home, and when both of their children began to work for airlines, they could rarely be found at home. After retiring, they settled in Walnut Creek to enjoy life nearer their children. Jeanne is survived by her daughter, Lesle Bush Thomas, and her brother, John W. Creech.

Mary Alice Carlson Hathaway ’51

When Mary Alice started school, her mother created the spelling “Marialys” to ensure her daughter was called by both names. She was born on a small farm in Idaho. An excellent student, Mary Alice was also a fine musician, playing the flute, piccolo, and violin in the high school band and orchestra. During summer vacation, after high school, she worked at the city airport located near her home and took flying lessons to earn her pilot’s license. In 1946, she met Cecil Hathaway, and they were married in 1950. She attended Reed for a year and a half before completing a secretarial studies program at Kinman Business University in Spokane, Washington.

She later completed her education at the University of Idaho, earning a bachelor’s degree in office management in 1971. When her sons were out of high school, she resumed her career, working the last 15 years with the legal firm of Bielenberg, Anderson, and Walker in Moscow. Her proudest achievement was her four sons; many hours were spent and many miles traveled serving their involvement in sports. Her husband of 66 years, Cecil, and three sons, Curt, Brent, and Shawn, survive her.

John M. Carlson ’53

John spent much of his childhood on his parents’ thoroughbred horse-breeding farm on the Machias River in Snohomish, Washington. After graduating from Everett High School, he attended Reed, later receiving his degree from Western Washington University. He volunteered in the Army and worked on Air Force communications in the mid-’50s. John worked for both DuBois Chemicals and the Boeing Company before changing paths and pursuing a career as a real estate agent in the Seattle area.

His faith was important to him, and John was active in his church; loved people, sailing, and seagulls; and was well known for big hugs and a great sense of humor. He worked hard to be whatever people needed whenever they needed it. He helped promote the Paul Harris Society, committed to the eradication of polio around the world, and with his wife, Jan, ministered to scores of young people. After 30 years in Olympia, the couple moved to Gig Harbor to be nearer to family. His wife and his children Merrilee Lyle, Deanna Clark, and Dave Carlson survive him.

Barbara Creighton Pink ’46

Born in The Dalles in 1927, Barbara attended Reed for one year. She married David Pink and the couple leased a farm in Rufus, Oregon, where they farmed wheat. The couple then purchased a cherry orchard located in The Dalles, and her many duties included serving as the bookkeeper. When her husband died, she continued to partner with her son in the Pink Orchard. The property on Orchard Road is still in the family.

A dedicated wife and mother, Barbara also worked as a bookkeeper for the Mauser Lumber Company. She was an avid reader and a dedicated genealogist, tracking the roots of her and her husband’s families back to colonial America and prerevolution Ireland. These interests led Barbara to become a founding member of the Celilo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was also an avid painter, working in watercolor, oil, and acrylic. Her son, Casey Pink, and daughters, Joan Chaichi and Dorothy Doyle, survive her.

Brian Campf ’89

Born to Alan and Susan Campf, Brian grew up in Southwest Portland and graduated from Wilson High School. At Reed, he majored in political science and wrote his thesis, Plausible Denial and Covert Action, with Prof. Stefan Kapsch [political science 1974–2005] advising. He collected Reediana, everything from old photos of campus life to grand architectural plans of buildings that were never built on campus. After getting his law degree from Willamette University School of Law, he was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1992.

Brian had a distinguished career in law, working on important tobacco industry and product liability litigation. Passionate about his work, he found reward in being a plaintiff’s advocate. In 1997, he married Sandra Schmahmann, and the couple enjoyed traveling, entertaining, and the company of friends and family. For years the couple served as a “Reed family,” hosting international students and giving them a feeling of home in Portland.


Beatrice Cohen Koch ’56

Born two months premature to Joseph Cohen, a philosophy professor at the University of Colorado, and Beatrice Burrus Cohen, the assistant dean of women at the same university, Beatrice was Boulder’s first incubator baby.

“Little Bea” and her sister, Josephine, grew up in the shadow of the university and in the company of many students who boarded in their large house on the corner of 11th and Euclid. She received a four-year, full scholarship to Reed, where she majored in philosophy, writing her thesis, The Continuity of Means-Ends in John Dewey’s Reconstruction of Philosophy with advisor Prof. Walter Weir [philosophy 1952–56]. At Reed, she discovered a love of biking, and after returning to Boulder, she claimed to have the town’s first 10-speed bicycle. She was also one of the few women on the Reed men’s racing team. Unfortunately, in college she started smoking—a habit that would lead, later in life, to an oxygen tube.


Mary Jeanne Adamson Carrera ’58

Born in Ft. Riley, Kansas, Mary Jeanne moved with her mother to Maryland after her parents’ divorce. She attended Reed and graduated from American University. In 1963, she married Nicholas Carrera and they moved to Urbana, Illinois. Mary Jeanne worked as a secretary, school teacher, and conference planner. After moving to Falls Church, Virginia, she was a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide, working with autistic children. She developed the career center at Falls Church High School, and was its first full-time director. After retiring, she and her husband moved to her childhood home in Maryland. She is survived by Nicholas, and their children, Alexandra and John.

Marielle Canning ’84

Born in Lima, Peru, to Patrick and Angelica Canning, Marielle and her brother, Desmond, were raised in Peru, Chile, Spain, and Mill Valley, California. She attended Reed for two years, 1982–84, and also attended Dominican College in San Rafael, California. After getting a degree in computer science from Golden Gate University, she become a database architect and instructor at Oracle Corporation. As a young girl in Spain, Marielle learned flamenco, and she retained her love of the art form, dancing in concerts around Marin County and at special occasions for family and friends. She saw the best in everyone and made close friends everywhere she lived, including her dear friends in Orosi, California, where she made her home for eight years.

Sue Cooley

A generous benefactor who enriched Reed both academically and artistically, Sue Cooley was the last of the Fantastic Four, two dynamic couples—Ed and Sue Cooley and John and Betty Gray—who stepped in to provide leadership and direction in the 1970s when Reed was struggling, and instead of just treading water, imagined something great.

Sue was born in 1923 in Brazil, where her father worked for the YMCA. The family moved back to the U.S. when she was six, settling in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Sue graduated from Swarthmore College in 1944 with a degree in psychology. That year, she married Edward Cooley, also from Swarthmore, whom she’d known since high school. At Harvard Business School Ed met John Gray, who suggested that he come to Portland and help with his chainsaw company, Omark Industries. The Cooleys moved to Portland in 1950, where they raised three children, Susan, Douglas, and Caroline. Ed started Precision Castparts, which originally provided cast parts for Omark. It grew into a giant casting company that provided parts for the aerospace industry.

Many of Sue’s ancestors were artisans who valued working with their hands, and she developed a lifelong passion for painting as a child. As a young woman, she worked for a ceramic artist, and later volunteered at the Ceramic Studio in Portland. That interest in the arts and painting informed her service on the board of the Portland Art Museum, and on Bainbridge Island, where she helped fund the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN). She also supported many artists in the Northwest and Maui.


Harold Carlson ’39

March 13, 2017, in Los Altos, California.

At the age of 100 years, 1 month, and 11 days, Harold took his final flight. He attributed his longevity to dark chocolate and well-chosen parents—Swedish immigrants Sven and Inanna Carlson, who instilled in him a sense of honesty, tenacity, kindness, and humor.


Owen Putnam Cramer ’40

March 23, 2017, in Portland.

For more than 90 years, Owen lived in the home he grew up in on Dosch Road. His parents had both been educated at Stanford, and it was foreordained that when he graduated from Lincoln High School, he would go to college. Owen had a hankering to become a forester, but was advised to take a couple of years of liberal arts before specializing, which is why he ended up at Reed for his first two years of college. While he was at Reed, Timberline Lodge opened on Mount Hood and recruited a number of Reed students for their winter weekend opening, including Owen as a busboy. One of Owen’s favorite things at Reed was the camping trip to Eliot Glacier just before classes started. In the summers, he worked as a fire lookout with the U.S. Forest Service, paid $100 a month.


Daniel Caldwell ’58

Daniel Caldwell playing the stand-up bass or cello

Dan worked as a professor of microbiology at the University of Wyoming for 28 years, serving as president of the Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. Throughout his career, he published numerous scientific articles and edited science journals, including serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. In 1999, he authored a textbook, Microbial Physiology and Metabolism.

He was born in Berkeley, California, and studied biology at Reed, writing his thesis on “Growth Rates of Interacting Color Variants of Serratia Marcescens.” After serving in the medical corps of the U.S. Army, he received his MS ad PhD in microbiology from the University of Maryland. Dan’s passions included playing the cello and singing in the choir for community and church events. He was an avid golfer and served as a deacon and elder of the Laramie Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Wanda Beckett Caldwell; a sister, Sara Caldwell; and two daughters, Lisa Caldwell and Joan Caldwell Smith.

Carole Calkins Colie ’54

Someone who knew her once called Carole “a warrior, a soldier for justice.” She was an indefatigable champion of any animal or person being mistreated.

Growing up in the lumber town of Shelton, Washington, Carole idolized her older brother and had a trusted canine companion in Bingo. The family moved to Chehalis, Washington, where Carole attended high school. High school students planning to go on to college were invited to attend admission seminars conducted by visiting colleges and universities. During one assembly, the principal announced the colleges that would be presenting that day, including Reed College. “But we don’t have any Jews in this school,” he added, “so I doubt any of you will go to that one.”


Gem Cressman Nelson ’50

Gem was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Eugene, Oregon, where her father, Luther Cressman, established the anthropology department and the museum of natural history at the University of Oregon. (Luther’s discovery of 9,000-year-old sandals in a cave near Fort Rock southeast of Bend forced scientists to more than double their estimates of how long ago the first humans came to the Pacific Northwest.) Gem met her husband, Dr. James T. Nelson ’50, at Reed, and they were married for 69 years. He passed away three weeks after Gem’s death. Both are survived by their son, Richard, and their daughter, Patricia.

Blake Lee Carper ’93

October 31, 2017, in London, England, from sudden brain bleed.

Blake was born in Pendleton, Oregon, but considered the town of Joseph—where he was a star athlete in football, wrestling, and soccer—his hometown. His love of sports lasted throughout his life. He majored in philosophy at Reed, where he met the love of his life, Johanna Swanson ’97, whom he married in 1996.

Blake continued his education for many years, ultimately studying and excelling in computers and programming. He was at the height of his career, working for Expedia in London, when he passed away. In addition to Johanna, Blake is survived by his sister Alicia.

Lyle Ross Crafton ’41

May 28, 2018, in Spokane, Washington.

Lyle was born on a small farm near McMinnville, Oregon, and moved to Portland when he was six. His father ran a roofing and shingling business, and by the age of 11, Lyle was working for his father. By the time he was 20, Lyle had his own business, in which he worked on and off for most of his adult life.

He graduated from Oregon City High School and attended both Reed and Lewis & Clark College before deciding to work full time at roofing and shingling. While roller skating at the Oaks Park Roller Skating Rink, he met Doris Rivers, whom he married in 1941. Their daughter, Cheryl Christine, was born three years later. On his 25th birthday, Lyle joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a navy shore patrol guard and aboard the troop carrier USS Laurens. In 1948, he purchased an interest in a farm implement business in Goldendale, Washington. After selling this business in 1954, he went to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. Lyle spent the next 23 years traveling the 39 counties in Washington state, training, auditing, and setting up an aerial photo program for measuring field sizes from the air.


Oakley Comstock Goodner ’53

September 27, 2016, in Lopez Island, Washington.

Oakley was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in Southern California, dividing time between her mother’s home in Pasadena and her father’s in the Ojai Valley. Her mother, Helen Evans Brown, remarried and became a renowned cookbook author and authority on the West Coast food scene of the ’50s and ’60s. Oakley benefited from this, becoming an accomplished cook in her own right and enjoying a wide circle of friends in the food world, including James Beard.


Richard Dean Carper ’60

March 9, 2018, in Corvallis, Oregon.

Dick grew up in the small rural town of Galva, Illinois, where his grandparents farmed, his father owned a gas station, and everybody knew everyone else. As was common at the time, as soon as he graduated he volunteered for the army, where he received technical training in missile telemetry and worked at the White Sands Missile Range on the United States’ first guided ballistic missile system. This training and experience led him later in his career to NASA.

After completing his army service in 1956, Dick drove with a friend to Reed and applied for admission. He did not graduate from Reed, but found the two years funded by the GI Bill transformative. Dick’s small-town, Midwestern upbringing contrasted with the diverse and academically challenging atmosphere at the college. He was able to keep pace with his peers in this intellectual environment, and for the rest of his life he cherished the concepts and history he had learned in what was then Hum 11, and continued to read from  the required text, Arts & Ideas. In choosing a major, Dick was torn between physics and philosophy, and though he chose a career in engineering, he always maintained those interests.


Wade Cornwell ’36

October 13, 2018, in Portland, at the age of 104.

It was the Great Depression and Wade could only scrape together enough money to attend Reed for one year. Nonetheless, that year remained one of his fondest memories, making him feel like he’d gotten a higher education.


Alice Rigby Carlson ’46

October 19, 2018, in Blue Ridge, Georgia, following a brief illness.

Alice was the eldest child of five born to Donald and Fern Rigby in Everett, Washington. After graduating from Everett High School, she attended Reed but transferred to the University of Maryland School of Nursing. Before finishing her degree, she met Arthur Carlson in Seattle, and they married in 1945 during his wartime service in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, they made their home in Anacortes, Washington, where they had three children. Arthur’s work in the building products industry moved the family to Rock Hill, South Carolina; New York City; and Marietta, Georgia. 

Following years of volunteer work, Alice joined Harry Norman Realtors in Marietta, where she worked until her retirement at the age of 80. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and served as president of the Georgia chapter. Her commitment to her family, church, and work exemplified her ability to successfully blend her varied interests and passions for living a full life.


Charles Conrad Carter ’46

September 17, 2018, in Portland.

In high school, Conrad spent his summers washing dishes at a Washington camp where Reed Prof. Harold Sproul [music 1938–43] taught folk music to campers. Conrad dreamed of becoming a doctor and shared a tent with a Reed student, Charles Edward Carter ’41 (no relation), who had just been accepted into a prestigious medical school back East. Conrad was impressed that the medical school would be interested in a student from faraway Reed.


William Campbell Church ’49

April 2, 2019, in Portland.

Considered Oregon’s first practicing solar architect, Bill served as the Oregon Governor’s Solar Advisor in 1977 and went on to become the commissioner for renewable resources for the Portland Energy Commission. 


Joan Campbell Snodgrass Callaway ’54

May 5, 2019, at home in Davis, California.

On New Year’s Eve in 1970, Joan tucked her 12-year-old son Keith into bed following a family skiing trip. Later that night, a fire broke out in their Davis home. Joan and her husband, Glen Snodgrass ’53, rushed to get the kids and dog out, but one of the children shouted that Keith was still in the house. Glen broke a window and pulled Keith onto the grass as the fire trucks arrived. Both Glen and Keith died as a result of the fire. Years later, Joan wrote a book about that awful night, It’s an Ill Wind, Indeed . . . That Blows No Good, recounting how she and her four surviving children survived, coped, and eventually healed from the tragedy. The memoir is a hopeful exploration of grief from the vantage point of a widow and her teenaged children, who lost not only a father and brother, but also a mother as they had always known her.


Garon Coriz ’08

July 13, 2019, in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, from a rock-climbing accident.

Physician, activist, and rock climber  Garon Coriz had recently moved back to the pueblo where he grew up to serve the community as a doctor. But a tragic climbing accident robbed him of the chance.


Glen H. Cole ’54

August 11, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon.

With a double major in art and anthropology, Glen wrote his thesis, “A Study of the Tlingit Boxes of the Rasmussen Collection,” with his advisers, Professors Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69] and David French [anthropology 1947–88]. He went on to get both his master’s degree and a PhD in archaeology at the University of Chicago.

An anthropologist and professor, Glen developed an interest in Africa in the late ’50s, when he worked with the University of Chicago in Ismailia in northeast Egypt, known as “the city of beauty and enchantment.” He became the curator of prehistory at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and he did a lot of anthropological work in Africa. He also worked with the Smithsonian Institute on the Arabian Peninsula and with the Uganda Museum on the specific problem of transitional industries. Glen remembered Reed College generously in his estate plans.

David Casseres ’65

August 29, 2019, in San Francisco, California, from complications of Parkinson’s disease and COPD.

David was born in San Jose, Costa Rica, and grew up in Washington, D.C., Belgrade, Rome, Rio de Janeiro, and Los Angeles. He attended the California Institute of Technology before transferring to Reed, where he majored in literature and wrote his thesis, “Cicero,” advised by Prof. David Ray [English 1964–68].

Defending Reed against charges of ivory-tower intellectualism, he countered, “The greatest advances in human knowledge have come from ivory towers, and it is not true that a dis-involved scholar contributes nothing to the revolutionization of human culture. Much revolutionary thought begins in the tower and indeed could not begin elsewhere.”


Josephine Pesman Chanaud ’49

October 2019 in Prescott, Arizona.

While in high school in Denver, Colorado, Jo met with two “Reed Travelers,” current students who answered her questions about the college. They clinched the deal when they reported there were no sororities, no interschool athletics, no verboten subjects, and an emphasis on small classes with a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio. She started at Reed when she was 16 years old and found it quite unlike her high school campus. Classical music played in the background as she studied in her room at Winch. If the sun shone for days in a row, hundreds of students would haul their typewriters out on the lawn to write their papers. Instead of trying to blend in, people stood out and were characters:  Mark Schindler ’45 was a yogi who studied upside down, and Alexander MacDonald ’46 dressed up in 18th-century clothing.


Robin Collins Coffee ’51

November 25, 2019, in Alameda, California.

Robin was the only child of Lorene Southwell and Grenold Collins, who met at the University of Washington in 1928. Loren dropped out of UW to marry Grenold and moved with him to Alaska, where he thrived, but she did not. The marriage ended in 1932, and Robin did not see her father again until she was nine years old, with only sporadic contact with him thereafter.


John A. Comstock ’70

October 13, 2019, on Marrowstone Island, Washington.

A Portland native, John served in the U.S. Navy as a sonar technician before starting at Reed, where he obtained a degree in mathematics and biology in 1970. He wrote his thesis, “The Toxicity of Zinc to Fish,” with Prof. Martin Pall [biology 1967–72] advising. He earned a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology from San Francisco State University.


Chana Berniker Cox ’63

March 2, 2019, in Oregon.

Chana aspired to be a Renaissance woman, and her work and her life were intrinsically interdisciplinary. According to her son, author Richard Harvester, she was aware that her legacy “might be accompanied by her name, or it might simply work its way into the ideas of others. But it would ripple from her, changing the world she touched.”


David Frederick Coury ’78

January 1, 2020, in San Rafael, California.

The son of a first-generation Lebanese immigrant, David grew up in Chappaqua, New York, where he attended Horace Greeley High School. Transitioning to Reed was difficult, as he was not prepared for the academics, monastic life, and Portland weather. Nonetheless, he appreciated his six and a half years at Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “Public Policy Analysis and Oregon Land Use Planning: A Preliminary Study,” advised by Prof. Peter Steinberger [political science 1977–].


Lee Q. Charette ’39

January 31, 2020, in San Francisco, California, at the age of 102.

Lee was born in Portland in 1917, four months after the U.S. entered WWI and shortly before the flu pandemic of 1918–19. He attended public school in Portland and entered Reed in the midst of the Great Depression. Reed sharpened his alert and flexible intellect and provided him with the foundation for a lifelong love of literature, the arts, and playing bridge. He wrote this thesis, “Poetry of Gloom: The Novels of William Faulkner,” advised by Prof. Victor L. O. Chittick [literature 1921–48].


Lorne W. Craner ’82

July 2, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Dedicating his life to the pursuit of liberty and the fight for human rights around the world, Lorne served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs; and Director of Asian Affairs at the National Security Council, and was the longest-serving president of the International Republican Institute.


Jay Collins ’15

April 4, 2020, in Olympia, Washington.

Physics scholar and artist, Jay was born in Seattle and moved to Olympia, Washington, with his family in 2001. He attended Lincoln Elementary, Marshall Alternative Program, and Avanti High School.

A physics major at Reed, he wrote his thesis, “Using the Photon Wave Function to Compute Behavior of Single Photon Wave Packets Traveling through Linear Material Interfaces,” with Prof. Joel Franklin ’97 [physics 2005–] advising. He enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Oregon to study quantum optics in the fall of 2015, but had to drop out for medical reasons.


Ciara Collins ’17

April 24, 2020, in Vancouver, Washington, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Ciara was born in New Haven and spent her childhood in Madison, Connecticut, where she graduated from Daniel Hand High School.  She wrote her thesis, “Get Ready with Me,” with Prof. Akihiko Miyoshi [art 2005–] advising. A warm and spirited young woman, she expressed herself through her writing, photography, art, music, and dance.


Paul Choban ’54

August 6, 2020, in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, from Parkinson’s.

Paul’s parents were both Greek; it was his first language. He learned languages easily. He began at Reed in 1950, majoring in chemistry and mathematics. He spent two years at Reed and then two years in the army. Coming back to Reed, he completed his degree in chemistry on the G.I. Bill and wrote his thesis, “The Reaction of Silver Ion with Carbon Monoxide,” with Prof. Arthur F. Scott [chemistry 1923–790] advising. But mathematics was always part of his education.


Elizabeth Coates ’66

June 14, 2020, in Eugene, Oregon, from complications due to diabetes.

Following in the footsteps of their uncle, Arthur Kingsley Trenholme ’28, Elizabeth and her sister, Robin Coates Kunz ’69, both came to Reed. Liz received her bachelor’s degree in literature and later attended graduate school. She worked in business and was married and divorced three times. In addition to her sister, Robin, she is survived by her five sons, David Coates-Chaney, Raleigh Coates-Chaney, Richard Coates-Chaney, Curtis Coates-Chaney, and Kingsley Coates-Chaney.

Ragan Lewis Cary ’60

August 30, 2020, in Union, Connecticut. 

Mentor to generations of children and a gracious host, Ragan was born in New York City. She and John Whittier Cary ’60 met as Reed students. It was not long before Ragan confided to friend Anne Wood Squier ’60 that here was the man she would spend the rest of her life with.  Oh, was she ever right!


Robert Chesley ’65

Photo by Rick Gerharter

December 5, 1990, in San Francisco, California, from AIDS.

A passionate advocate for gay rights, Robert  Chesley wrote plays that celebrated sexual liberation and dramatized the physical, emotional, and spiritual toll AIDS wreaked on the gay community in the 1980s. Fear, he said—and not AIDS—was his subject.


Prof. Hubert (Hugh) Chrestenson [math ’57–90]

January 2, 2021, at home in Sublimity, Oregon.

Raised by his grandparents in Grandview, Washington, Prof. Chrestenson enlisted in the U.S. Navy after finishing high school and served in the Navy reserve, retiring with the rank of lieutenant commander. He married Doris Jean Carrell in 1947. After earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degreefrom Washington State College and a PhD in mathematics from the University of Oregon, he taught at Purdue University, and then at Whitman College for three years. In 1957, he began his 33-year career teaching mathematics at Reed.


Dudley F. Church ’42

April 3, 2021, in Vancouver, Washington.

Dudley and his wife, Phyllis Bronaugh ’43, both grew up in Portland Heights and met in high school. They married in 1943. After two years at Reed, Dudley transferred to the University of Oregon for two years. Following three years of active duty in the U.S. Army, he finished his education at the MIT School of Chemical Engineering and got a job with Crown Zellerbach in Camas, Washington. He retired from the company 35 years later as manager of process control services.

The Churches then had the shell of a log cabin built on property they owned between Bend and Sisters, Oregon. Over the next few years, they did all the wiring, plumbing, interior carpentry, cabinetry, and furniture building. Dudley deemed it “a marvelous retirement project.” Phyllis survives him, as do his two sons, Gordon and Robert.

Joan Chrystall Cutting ’44

October 30, 2020, in Portland.

Known as Joey to her friends, Joan was born in Portland and attended Lincoln High School. At Reed, she wrote her thesis, “Jane Austen: A Novelist of Manners,” advised by Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [art and English 1929–69]. In 1942, she married Lt. William Browne and joined him in the Philippines after World War II. Following the birth of two sons, they returned to the States, and after the birth of their third son, purchased a new home in the West Slope area. Joey continued her education and secured her teaching credentials with a master’s degree.


Diane Carrithers Carlisle ’63

February 11, 2021, in Baker City, Oregon.

Diane was born in Bakersfield, California, and spent most of her childhood in Robinette, Oregon, an isolated community in the Snake River Canyon on the Oregon-Idaho border east of Baker City. Her family operated the Robinette grocery store and post office while raising cattle and alfalfa seed on the Jackson Bar Idaho ranch. Diane attended the one-room Robinette grade school and then boarded with Judge John and Cornelia Sass in Richland, Oregon, during her years at Eagle Valley High School.


Estella Dee Cutler Brown ’52

April 1, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon, following a long struggle with asthma-related COPD.

Known as Dee at Reed, she married Richard Brown ’52 and wrote her thesis, “The Corps of Engineers in the Pacific Northwest, 1866-1890,” advised by Prof. Dorothy Johansen ’33 [history 1934–84]. Dee taught in elementary and middle schools and was an accomplished handweaver who was active in the Eugene Weavers’ Guild. She was passionate about organic gardening, woodworking, and art advocacy, but nothing was dearer to her than her family and friends. Survivors include her son, Brooks Brown ’83; daughter, Laura Coogan; and sister, LaRene Allen.

John Elwood (“Bud”) Clark Jr. ’58

February 1, 2022, in Portland, from congestive heart failure.

Before “Keep Portland Weird” was a bumper sticker, Portland was a somewhat self-conscious metropolis with an image problem. In the early ’80s, New West magazine characterized West Coast cities by the type of woman they brought to mind. San Francisco was the dowager, Seattle was the tart, and Portland was the spinster. As much as anyone, Bud Clark ’58, who served two terms as Portland’s mayor from 1985 to 1992, changed that image of the city, branding it as anything but buttoned-up and boring. He died in the city he did so much to champion.


Sophia Gabriel Carson ’24

December 24, 2021, in Austin, Texas.

After spending her earliest years in Pearland, Texas, Sophia grew up in Richland, Washington, and Austin, Texas. She attended Richland’s Sacajawea Elementary and Enterprise Middle schools and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church. She developed a love for the Pacific Northwest, a love of the outdoors, and had a deep curiosity and appreciation of nature and life. She learned to play the guitar and enjoyed running, hiking, swimming, skiing, golfing, volunteering with her church family and in the community, and laughing with friends and family.

When she was 12, the family moved to Austin, where she began playing classical guitar and became a gifted artist and photographer. Sophia thrived in the close-knit community of faculty, staff, and students at NYOS Charter School, took on leadership roles in Science Olympiad and Youth in Government, and edited the yearbook. Naturally inquisitive, she founded the philosophy club and practiced her reasoning and debate skills on her parents.


Alita Cavender Roberts ’51

December 14, 2021, in Modesto, California.

 At Reed, Alita wrote her thesis, “The Taft Policy in the Philippines,” advised by Prof. Dorothy Johansen ’33 [history 1934–84] and met her future spouse, Lyman Roberts ’51. She was a planning commissioner for the City of Modesto and was active on the Girl Scouts Muir Trail Council board of directors, served on the Christ the King Episcopal Church vestry, and was on the board of directors for the League of Women Voters of Modesto. Predeceased by her husband, Lyman, and her son, Keith, she is survived by her daughter, Lisa Winger.

Thomas W. Casstevens ’59

February 12, 2022, in Spokane, Washington, from heart failure.

Tom was born in Missouri and lived most of his formative years in Iowa. He came to Reed from Washington, D.C., where he graduated from Capitol Page School after serving as a page in Congress and previously in the Iowa state legislature. 


Lafcadio Cortesi ’84

March 13, 2022, in Berkeley, California, 

Lafcadio died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Berkeley, California. The loss of his big heart, exuberance, buoyant energy, and joyous spirit left a huge void in his family, his community, and his friends around the world.  He was a father, husband, brother, friend, son, leader, chef, dancer, singer, traveler—the type of person who, once met, was never forgotten.


Sylvia Celestine Cook ’89

May 25, 2021, in Seattle, Washington, from cardiac arrest.

Sylvia was born in Coronado, California, where her father was a naval officer and her mother a nurse. The family, which moved constantly, was exceedingly close. Sylvia’s mother enrolled her in dance class at an early age to direct her abundant energy. Sylvia kept up her training through many moves, and, after graduating from high school, she spent several years performing in New York and then Hawaii.


John David Coulter ’92

April 22, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas, from lung cancer.

John grew up in Nashville, Arkansas, where his father owned a furniture store and his mother taught school. After high school, he worked for Senator Dale Bumpers in Washington, D.C.; spent time in Florence, Italy; and traveled through the United States. After a thorough college search, John chose Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “Political Disfranchisement in the Post-Reconstruction Southern United States,” advised by Prof. Edward Segel [history 1973–2011].


Christopher West Colie ’56

November 13, 2021, in Portland, Oregon.

In remembering Chris, one might begin with the scope of his knowledge: the literature, philosophy, and poetry he read and dissected in late-night conversations with companions on his large wraparound porch. He had a deep curiosity that turned to everything from boxing techniques to the nature of truth and human behavior. Chris could tell you how to read the tides, befriend a worried dog, throw a knife, or roll safely when hopping off a freight train.


Jeremy Caughlan ’56

December 2, 2022, in Berkeley, California.

This story, written by Alistair Boone, was originally copublished in Street Spirit and Berkeleyside.


Phyllis Cohn Terkla ’48

March 9, 2022, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Phyllis grew up in Portland and followed her brother, Stanley Cohn ’47, to Reed, where she studied psychology and sociology and penned a thesis titled “The Nature of Stereotyped Thinking” under Prof. Read Bain [sociology 1947–49] and Prof. William (Monte) Griffith [psychology 1926–54]. After graduating she became an administrative assistant at the University of Oregon Dental School (what is now OHSU School of Dentistry), where she met a student named Louis Terkla who said he wanted to see Portland. The next day the two joined a tour that Reed was running to Multnomah Falls. They took a long hike, missed the return bus, hitchhiked back to Portland, and eventually got married.

Phyllis loved her work as a substitute teacher and enjoyed outdoor hobbies—hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking—as well as rug making, knitting, and reading. She shared a wonderful marriage with Louis, who became dean of OHSU’s dentistry school. She is survived by her children, David Terkla and Linda Peppler.