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Jesse Frank ’65

Jesse Frank ’65, of AIDS, April 1, 1994, in California. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Reed College, he later earned a PhD in biostatistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a researcher for a pharmaceutical company in Irvine, California, from 1983 to 1993, when he was forced to take a medical leave. Survivors include his mother, Minna Brin.

Germaine Louise Fuller ’67

Germaine (Gerry) Louise Fuller ’67, of cancer, March 31, 1994, in Salem, Oregon. She received a master's degree in art history from the University of Oregon in 1971 and later completed a doctorate at the University of Chicago. She taught Asian art history at Lane Community College, Occidental College, Colby College, and the University of Vermont before joining the faculty of Willamette University, Salem, in 1987. She was also a consulting curator of Chinese art at the Portland Art Museum, and had recently completed an Asian art show, which was on display at the time of her death. She designed and created the Japanese Garden at Willamette University, which will be dedicated in her name. Survivors include her parents, a sister and a brother, and her companion, Bob Dritz ’67.

Katherine Faust Hall ’29

Katherine Faust Hall ’29, January 12, 1997, in Silver Springs, Maryland. Katherine taught high school in Alaska, Portland, and Marshfield, Oregon before marrying Robert Hall in 1935. They moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the State Department. They also lived in New Orleans and Madison, Wisconsin, before returning to Washington, D.C. to settle permanently after World War II. During this time, she was a homemaker, raising their three children. She later returned to teaching and took a position at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, Maryland, retiring in 1973. In retirement, she was active in a non-profit organization sponsored by the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, whose mission was to raise funds for housing for the elderly. Her husband preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters and a son.

Martha MacCollum Fariss ’38

Martha MacCollum Fariss ’38, April 23, 1998, in Portland. She was a homemaker. She also served as past president of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs and was a board member of the Oregon Roadside Council and the Leach Botanical Gardens. She is survived by her husband, Robert Fariss ’36; daughter, Ashleen (Linda) Fariss ’72; a brother; and a grandchild.

Robert P. Fariss ’36

Robert Fariss ’36, January 10, 1999, in Vernonia, Oregon where he had recently moved. He was a retired employee of the U.S. Forest Service. After graduating from Reed, he earned a law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Portland and served in the U.S. Army during World II. He married Martha MacCollum ’38 in 1944. After the war, he went to work for the Veteran’s Administration in Portland and then transferred to the Forest Service, where he was an investigator of accidents on federal land. He retired in 1973. He also maintained a private practice as an attorney. After retiring, he was involved in a wide variety of activities in the Portland area. He was president of the Oregon Roadside Council and state board chairman of the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs. In 1990, he started a joint effort with these two groups to build and distribute bird and bat nesting boxes in forested areas throughout the state. He was also a board member of Leach Botanical Gardens and he and Martha belonged to a number of garden clubs. His other great interest was tennis, and he described himself as the "oldest varsity player in the world" when he played on the team at Portland Community College in the early ’70s. He was a founding member of the West Hills Racquet Club and continued to play tennis until several months before his death. Survivors include his daughter, Ashleen Fariss ’72, and one grandson. His wife died in 1998.

Milton Lee Fischer ’87

Milton Fischer ’87, March 4, 2002, in a traffic accident near his home in Nehalem, Oregon. He was the owner and operator of River House and Pleasure Outfitters, offering guided river trips along the small rivers of Oregon’s north coast. He was known as one of the country’s best fly-fishing guides who used a unique slack-line fly-fishing method for catching steelhead that was originally developed for catching smaller fish. As a river guide, he was also a strong advocate for conservation and clean rivers, and he often included facts about fish and river biology during his tours. Residents of the area remember him as a good neighbor who made a difference in their lives. On April 18, 2002, Rep. Mike Thompson of California and Rep. Darlene Hooley of Oregon honored his memory in a statement read on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Denise Anne Fortier ’89

Denise Fortier ’89, February 15, 2002, in Portland, of breast cancer. After graduating from Reed with a BA in English, she attended Portland State University, working toward a degree in art. Initially from Massachusetts, Denise spent time in Eugene, where she received certification of completion training in Waldorf Education in 1993 and was director of afterschool care at Eugene Waldorf School. She later became a classroom teacher at the Portland Waldorf School. Survivors include a daughter and her mother and sister.

Thomas F. Frewen ’32

Thomas Frewen ’32, March 4, 2002, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He earned a law degree in 1938 from Northwestern College of Law. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and then returned to Portland where he became a partner at Dooley and Co. Insurance Brokers, where he handled Reed College’s property and liability insurance. He retired in 1980, and was the librarian for the Reed music department in 1975–82. Survivors include a daughter; two sons, including David Frewen ’64; six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. His wife died in 1997.

Eleanor Eastman Finzer ’28

Eleanor Cordelia Eastman Finzer ’28, May 25, 2002, in Portland. Eleanor attended Reed for three years before transferring to the University of Oregon and earning a BS in mathematics in 1928. After six months of teaching high school math, she wrote, "married life must be easier." In 1929 she married Edward M. Finzer, and lived in Seattle where he had an office equipment store until 1936, at which time they moved to Portland and opened the W.E. Finzer Company. That same year they moved into a house across from Reed, where they lived for decades and raised two daughters. Eleanor worked as treasurer of the family business, and stated that she walked regularly through the college campus with her children and four grandchildren.

Elinore Fike Olson MAT ’62

Elinore D. Fike Olson MAT ’62, April 3, 2003, in Portland. Elinore earned a BS degree at Portland State University in humanities and general studies in 1957. She taught art at Cleveland High School in Portland for more than 20 years, during which time she completed an MAT at Reed, and retired as chair of the art department in 1974. Elinore was reported to have had a lifelong connection to her students, and to have lived and taught with great enthusiasm. Her connections to people were primary, and she generously nourished her relationships—as she did her intellect—through communication, travel, study, and artistic pursuits. She married Richard Olson, who predeceased her, and they had two children. She is survived by her daughter, son, and grandchild.

George Flittie ’56

George F. Flittie ’56, January 3, 2003, in Portland. George graduated with a BA in economics from Reed, and received an MEd in secondary education from the University of Oregon in 1961. He taught social studies at Grant High School in Portland for many years, and was awarded a John Hay Fellowship in 1964, which he used for a year’s advanced study at Northwestern University. His teaching career also involved work as a curriculum associate for Adams High School, and as a night school director for Grant. He and his wife, Jean Anderson Flittie, raised three children, a son and two daughters. George remarked that his experience at Reed was wonderful, that it "nourished a soul I was unaware of," and gave him "10,001 valuable metaphors."

Mary Inez Filion Griffith ’49

Mary Inez Filion Griffith ’49, February 3, 2002, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mary attended Reed, met and married John F. Griffith ’49, and they had four daughters. She spent a number of years working for the Catholic archdiocese of Cincinnati, achieving the position of director of personnel before leaving in 1987 to become head of personnel for the public library of Cincinnati, and Hamilton County.

Eula LaVerne Barker Fuller ’35

Eula LaVerne Barker Fuller ’35, March 28, 2005, in Portland. Eula attended Reed for two years. In 1940, she married Harold R. Fuller. For more than 50 years, she worked as a legal secretary in her husbandis law office in Sheridan, Oregon. She also helped establish the Sheridan Public Library. Survivors include her son and three grandchildren. Her husband died in 1993.

Stacey Finn Baylis ’49

Stacey Finn Baylis ’49, July 11, 2005, in California. Stacey attended Reed for two years, earning a BA in psychology from San Francisco State University and an MA in psychology from Dominican College. She specialized as a high school reading coordinator, working with students with learning disabilities, in North Monterey County. She married Andy Salz in 1947; they had one son. In 1958, she married Derek M. Baylis; they had one daughter and two sons.

Thomas William Ferguson ’65

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Thomas William Ferguson ’65, April 14, 2006, from multiple myeloma, while in treatment in Little Rock, Arkansas. Tom attended Reed for four years, leaving to join VISTA in New Jersey and Florida, before moving to the Bay Area, where he taught Montessori, managed a hotel, and was a U.S. Post Office clerk. He completed a BA in 1971 and an MA in 1973 in English at San Francisco State University. He then earned an MD at Yale University in 1976. During his studies at Yale, he was inspired to promote patient self care, urging physicians and patients to work collaboratively, and supported the concept of “e-patients,” who would utilize the resources of the internet. He was author and co-author of a dozen books, including No Deadly Drug, a medical mystery novel (Pocket Books, 1992). Tom was senior associate at the Center for Clinical Computing, a research institute associated with the Harvard Medical School; and an adjunct associate professor of health informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, and at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Center. He was president of Self Care Productions in Austin, editor of the Medical Self-Care journal, and served as medical editor for the Whole Earth Catalog. He received the National Education Press Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award. Tom wrote, “I would like to be remembered as a doctor who helped lay people take greater responsibility for their health—and helped health professionals understand that self care is the foundation of health care.” Survivors include his wife, Meredith Dreiss, and his stepdaughter, mother, brother, and sister.

Kathrine (Kay) McCullough Story French, Friend

Kathrine McCullough Story French, June 13, 2006, of pneumonia, in Portland. Kay received a BA in philosophy and anthropology from Pomona College in 1942, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University in 1955, with the dissertation “Cultural Segments and Variation in Contemporary Social Ceremonialism on the Warm Springs Reservation.” In 1943, she married David French ’39 [anthropology 1947–88]. The two were, in her words, colleagues, partners, and friends for life. She began her affiliation with Reed in 1947, when David joined the faculty in sociology and anthropology. The couple undertook the first of their exploratory trips to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in 1949, and initiated summer fieldwork in 1951. Reed alumni who assisted them include Yvonne Phillips Hajda '55, Ed Harper '51, Dell Hymes '50, Gail Kelly '55, and Michael Mahar '53. In the mid-1980s, Kay collaborated with Hajda in the study of continuity and change in ritual practices at Warm Springs. From 1959 to 1980, Kay worked at Oregon Health & Science University, where she planned and directed research on cultural and socioeconomic aspects of health care, lectured to and supervised students in the nursing and the medical schools, and served as associate professor of anthropology in the pediatrics department. She was an expert consultant on public policy issues of mental retardation, gerontology, reading disabilities, and the nature of the hospital as a social environment. Beginning in 1981, she was adjunct professor of anthropology at Reed, and, during the last 15 years, she was consulting ethnographer with Archaeological Investigations Northwest. Kay was also a connoisseur of post-war and Pacific Northwest art. David died in 1994. Her colleagues and friends, Robert Brightman '73, John Huss, Rob Moore, and Michael Silverstein, provided details for this memorial.

Valjean Philip Foubert MALS ’70

Valjean Philip Foubert MALS ’70, March 9, 2007, at home, in Federal Way, Washington. Valjean served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps in World War II. He was a planner-analyst in the G-2 Intelligence Unit, helping to plan the Allied Invasion in Normandy, and he also landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion. His unit was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French government for heroism in battle. Valjean fought in other major European campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. In 1946, he married Wilma Hegedus; they were married for 22 years and had five children. In 1950, he received a BA in English and history and a secondary teaching certificate in 1951 from Seattle University. Valjean supported his family by working weekends as a professional dance band drummer. For 38 years, he performed as a drummer with many big band and jazz combos throughout the Pacific Northwest. He was a life member of the American Federation of Musicians. His master’s degree from Reed was focused on philosophy. “Academically, Reed helped me learn what it means to be a scholar; in life generally, Reed enhanced my respect and appreciation for the joy of lifelong inquiry and discovery.” He taught humanities at Mercer Island High School, and then taught for 22 years at Sammamish High School in Bellevue. In addition to teaching English, humanities, creative writing, and speech, he was also a successful debate coach. He had four years of graduate study at the University of Washington, and instructed high school teachers designing humanities programs at the University of Oregon and the University of Washington. He was consultant to the National Humanities Foundation. Valjean retired in 1982, and then began teaching part time, for 18 years, in the Bellevue Community College Telos Program—a lifelong learning program designed for retirees. In 1983, in one of his Telos programs, Valjean met poet Agnes Thompson. They married and traveled to Europe. She died in 1998. Valjean had an interest in writing memoirs, and informally about education and big band music. He edited his Agnes' poetry for posthumous publication. Survivors include three daughters and two sons, a brother, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Lovering Farquhar Gassman ’42

Mary Lovering Farquhar Gassman ’42, January 6, 2007, in Twisp, Washington. Mary received a BA in history and literature from Reed. She was active in AAUW, St. Matthew Episcopal Church in Auburn, and the Twisp Library. She married William Farquahar, who died in 1979, and George R. Gassman, who died in 2000. Survivors include a daughter and sister. Her son died in 2006.

Nancy Fitzgerald Stack ’49

Nancy Fitzgerald Stack ’49, March 2, 2009, in Portland, following a longterm illness. Nancy came to Reed from LaGrande, Oregon, and studied at the college for a year before attending Eastern Oregon College. She earned a BA from Washington State College in hotel management, worked in restaurant management for the Stouffer organization, and then returned to LaGrande to operate her grandparents' establishment, the historic Sacajawea Hotel. In 1957, she married Thomas J. Stack; the couple moved to Portland for his medical practice. Nancy's primary focus was her family, which included five children and six grandchildren, who survive her. Her husband died in 2006.

Ronald Alexander Findlay ’50

Ronald Alexander Findlay ’50, July 27, 2007, in Eugene, Oregon, from cancer. Ron received a BA from Reed in biology and an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU). From 1952 to 1988, he operated a family medical practice, and served as director of the Cancer Care Center at Sacred Heart Medical Center from 1988 to 1990. In 1946, he married Patricia Earsley; she died in 1985. In 1989, he married Joan McInnes, who died in 1994. Survivors include his wife, Jan Amundson, whom he married in 1999; his son and daughter; a stepson and two stepdaughters; and five grandchildren.

Kenneth R. Fleming ’45

Kenneth R. Fleming ’45, February 16, 1992, in California. Kenneth attended Reed, but did not graduate.

Doris Ann Freeburger Parker ’41

Doris Ann Freeburger Parker ’41, November 28, 2000, in Oklahoma. Doris received a BA from Reed in psychology. She married Dean N. Parker in 1944; they had a son and daughter, and lived in Grants Pass, Oregon. Her husband died in 1983.

Charlotte Fox Opler Sagoff MA ’40

Charlotte Fox Opler Sagoff MA ’40, April 23, 2007, in Massachusetts. Charlotte received a BA from Hunter College of the City University of New York in 1934.

Frank Smith Fussner, Faculty

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Frank Smith Fussner, professor emeritus of history, April 17, 2008, at his ranch on the banks of the John Day River near Spray, Oregon. Smith Fussner received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College in 1942, and his graduate degree in 1951 from Harvard University, where he also taught history and literature. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Shortly before leaving for duty in 1943, he married Jane Spencer. Fussner began teaching at Reed in 1951, and retired in 1971 to be a rancher. He is the author of Historical Revolution, on English historical writing and thought (1580-1640), first published in 1962, and Tudor History and Historians (1970). He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, for study in 1964–65 at the University of Swansea in Wales. His wife died in 1990. Survivors include his companion, Donna Dunbar; his son and daughter; and two grandchildren.

Delphine C. Parr Frazier ’44

Delphine C. Parr Frazier ’44, August 5, 2011, in San Jose, California. A gifted musician and an accomplished swimmer, Delphine grew up in Portland and earned her BA from Reed in literature. Memories of Reed included Rex Arragon [history 1923–74] and his passion for the rise of civilization and the humanities; Barry Cerf [English 1921–48] on the touchstone theory of Matthew Arnold; Victor Chittick [English 1921–48] and the connection of literature and art to the richness of everyday life; and Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69], who really knew how to teach writing and to inspire a passionate hope for all of mankind, she wrote. “By encouraging my desire to learn, to think, to use reason, to question, and reach for the best in literature and in life, Reed provided a foundation for my life’s philosophy.” At Reed, she met another musician, Thomas L. Frazier ’42; they married in 1947, following his return from service in the army during World War II. (Tom’s early life in Germany and his intelligence work behind German lines in France and Italy during the war were the subjects of his memoir, Between the Lines, which Delphine helped him publish in 2001.) After Reed, the couple moved on to Washington and California for graduate study in social work. Tom completed a master’s degree in 1961, and Delphine completed an MSW 10 years later. Both retired in 1977 and began teaching humanistic theories and providing workshops on transactional analysis in Europe. In 1996, the International Transactional Analysis Association recognized their work with the Hedges Capers Humanitarian Award. Delphine was highly regarded by her peers and loved by her students. She was devoted to her husband and three children. Tom died in 2004, and Delphine moved to San Jose to be near family. Survivors include two sons, Christopher and Richard; a daughter, Delphine Anne; and three grandchildren.

Joseph Kindley Frazier ’50

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Joseph Kindley Frazier ’50, May 17, 2011, in Portland. Joe received his BA from Reed in history. His son, Doug, wrote, “My father was always proud of his Reed education, and I think his years at Reed were some of the best and happiest of his life. A lot of people at Reed influenced my father. Perhaps most important was history professor Richard Jones [history 1941–86], whose teaching caused my father to change majors and pursue a career in teaching. Another was fellow student Bill Axford ’50, whose sister became my mother.” Joe and Della Jean Axford had two sons, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren; all survive him. Joe went to the University of Washington for graduate school and taught at Marietta College, the University of California at Riverside, and Portland State University before joining the faculty at Pacific University, where he taught American history and geography. Former Pacific University president Robert Duvall said that Joe brought exceptional colloquia to the university. “His passion for teaching ‘a kind of history of ideas, seen through everything’ manifested itself in the experimental work he challenged his students with,” wrote Joe Lang of Pacific. Joe Frazier’s students left the confines of the classroom in search of historical artifacts that could reveal stories of local landscapes. In one summer course in history at Portland State, students prowled the Portland waterfront in search of remnants of streetcar tracks and explored an abandoned dry dock under St. John’s Bridge for a kind of “urban phrenology.” Finding things that didn’t happen were as important as finding things that did, Joe said. “You start with the geographic structure and work down until you get to the hardware.” The course mingled several disciplines, including history, architecture, urban planning, and geography. In addition to his teaching, Joe enjoyed travel, reading, and hiking. “From Reed, if you’re lucky, you get a sort of intellectual-academic morale (favorite word of David French ’39 [anthropology 1947–88]). This carries you through and keeps you fundamentally happy. It is the intellectual work ethic, and the tradition of being near the cutting edge of thought, that seem to have persisted for three-quarters of a century.” Joe was a loving husband and father, a man of learning, a friend with a great sense of humor, and a staunch supporter of democratic ideals and humanistic values. “We will miss his laughter, his knowledge, his support, and his love.”

Harry Tichnor Freis ’56

Harry Tichnor Freis ’56, July 26, 2011, in Orinda, California. Harry graduated with a BA from Reed in economics in 1956, but officially completed his thesis, “International Tourism and Foreign Aid: An Inquiry into United States Policy,” in 1964. He also studied calligraphy with Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69], as his handwriting thereafter attested. After Reed, he moved to Berkeley, where he met Jessie L. Thompson. They were married for 44 years and raised a son, Elliott, who survives them. Harry was a business development officer for Bank of American in San Francisco and worked in public relations. He pioneered mail-order wine sales for Tiburon Vintners in the late ’60s, after which he developed a mail order Chinese cooking venture and a newsletter, Wok Talk, and also led tours to China. Harry was a beloved husband, father, and friend. He died peacefully, looking out on his garden, while playing his cello. The family suggests memorial contributions to Reed or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Margaret Saunders Winslow Fisher ’43

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Margaret Saunders Winslow Fisher ’43, June 7, 2012, in Arlington, Virginia, from complications of lung cancer. Peggy studied at Wellesley for two years before marrying Joseph L. Fisher in 1942. His service in the army brought them west, and Peggy enrolled at Reed, where she completed a BA in French. In 1947, the couple made their home in northern Virginia. Peggy continued her education at George Washington University, earning an MA in education, and at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a BFA in painting and printmaking. Joe was an economist and served three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The couple were founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. Peggy gave a copy of their book Living Religion to the Hauser Library, dedicating it to “the intellectual and spiritual growth of all who are fortunate enough to study and think at Reed College.” The book also features some of her poetry. For more than 50 years, Peggy enjoyed creating and teaching studio art and sculpture. Her work was shown in colleges, libraries, and galleries in northern Virginia. The Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, dedicated in 2001, resides in the Schlesinger Center at the Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus. Peggy volunteered for numerous arts and environmental groups, including the Washington Metropolitan Chorus, the Arlington Symphony, the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Goose Creek Scenic River Advisory Board, and Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads, where she lived in her later years. National affiliations included Planned Parenthood, Future Homemakers of America, the League of Women Voters, the National Federation of Democratic Women, the National League of American Penwomen, and the Democratic Party. She established the Margaret W. Fisher Scholarship to support financial aid at Reed. She was predeceased by her husband in 1992 and by a son in 2011. Survivors include three daughters and three sons; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and her partner and companion, Frank Barsalou.

Elinor Friedberg ’92

Elinor Friedberg ’92, July 6, 2011, in Portland, from recurring breast cancer. A spirited woman of energy, warmth, and flair, Elinor lived large. She earned her BA from Reed in music, but her passion was belly dancing, performing as Sharita. For her company of avant-garde belly dancers, Sharita Productions, she designed costumes and choreographed performances to the music of Stravinsky and Gershwin. She also taught classes at Reed and Portland State University. Elinor chose physician-assisted suicide to end her battle with cancer, and was surrounded by her family and friends on the evening she died. Her husband, Karl Blume, and her parents, sister, and brother survive her.

Loretta Catherine Murchland Freepons ’51

Loretta Catherine Murchland Freepons ’51, August 9, 2012, in Prosser, Washington. Loretta hailed from Ellensburg, Washington, and attended Reed for a year. She left the college and joined her parents to become a pioneer farmer north of Prosser in Washington’s Roza Irrigation Project. In 1949, she married a young Roza farmer, Gaylord Freepons, and they raised seven children. Loretta was a voracious reader, and a seamstress, gardener, tractor driver, and bookkeeper. She enjoyed Lower Valley Community Concerts, Capital Theatre events, and the Seattle Opera. Survivors include her children, 15 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 2004.

Fannie Kenin Friedman ’23

Fannie Kenin Friedman ’23, June 20, 1994, in Portland. She attended Reed for two years and the University of Washington for one year before graduating from the University of Oregon with a BA and a certificate in social work. She moved to Los Angeles and worked as a foster care placement worker in a Jewish orphanage in Vista Del Mar. In 1932, she became executive director of the Educational Center, sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women in Seattle, Washington. She married Max H. Friedman in 1943 and the couple returned to Oregon that same year, where she became the state social service director for the Federal Transient Bureau. Fannie then became the Oregon Social Service director for the Works Progress Administration, a post she held until the conclusion of the W.P.A. In 1943, with the creation of the War Relocation Authority, she became the director of social work for the Japanese Internment Camp at Tule Lake, Oregon. At the end of World War II, she directed the resettlement of the Japanese in Oregon. In 1950, she served as the director of the 17th decennial census and then served as a volunteer for the Oregon Service for New Americans helping to relocate refugees from Europe. Fannie retired form the social service field in 1961 and became a licensed realtor, a second career that she maintained for over 15 years. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Ethel Metz Kenin ’39, a niece, two nephews, a great-niece, and two great-nephews.

Al G. Feves ’28

Al G. Feves ’28, November 22, 1994, in Portland, where he had lived most of his life. He attended Reed College for one year, and he then tried several other schools before graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in pharmacy in 1930. He served for three years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. In 1947, he returned to Portland to marry and to begin a new career as a real estate investor, working an average of six days a week until a month before his death. In his later years, he also co-owned a second hand store in northwest Portland. He was widely known in Portland for his community involvement. He served as treasurer and president of the Ex-Newsboys Association, an organization with which he was associated as a result of his early years selling newspapers on the streets of Portland to support his family. The organization named him man of the year in the mid-’60s. Al was an energetic fundraiser for Israel, which honored him with the Ben Gurion Award, and he received a distinguished service award from the University of Judaism in Los Angeles for his charitable work. He was also past president of the Congregation of Nehveh Shalom. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a sister, a brother, and two grandchildren.

Helen Fifer Dusenbery ’37

Helen Fifer Dusenbery ’37, September 5, 1995, at her home in Hood River, Oregon. She attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1938 in home economics and child development. She did graduate work at OSU and was an intern teacher with Portland School District until marrying Dallas Dusenbery ’34 in 1942. The couple moved to Umatilla, Oregon in 1952, where Helen raised two children, was a member of the Umatilla School Board, and was active in a variety of community and church groups. She was the librarian for the Umatilla Public Library in 1962–72. In 1972, the couple moved to Hood River, where Helen served as the first children’s librarian of the Hood River Library, retiring in 1980. She was active in the Red Cross and was a regular volunteer with the Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was also an active member of the Riverside Community Church. Survivors include a daughter; a son; a sister; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a nephew, David Dusenbery ’64; and a niece, Diane Dusenbery Waggoner ’68. Dallas died in 1993.

Gertrude (Trudy) McCann Fogle ’73

Gertrude McCann Fogle ’73, November 5, 1995, of cancer, in Portland, Oregon. After graduation from Reed with a degree in psychology, Trudy was a research assistant in the behavioral sciences department at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. In conjunction with this work, she obtained a masters’ degree in clinical psychology from Portland State University in 1982. In 1984, she entered the PhD program at University of Denver School of Professional Psychology. She completed a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology with a specialty focus in neuropsychology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. In 1989, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but she was able to continue her studies and received her PhD from the University of Denver in 1991. She was a resident in the field of clinical neuropsychology in private practice in Denver until illness prevented her from continuing. She returned to live in Portland in 1993. Survivors include her mother, a sister, a brother, a grandmother, and her companion.

Cleota G. Fry ’33

Cleota Fry ’33, July 1, 2001, in West Lafayette, Indiana, from cardiac arrest. She earned a master’s in physics from Purdue University in 1936 and a doctorate in applied mathematics in 1939. She taught math at Purdue until World War II, when she moved to the physics department. After the war, she returned to mathematics, where she taught all levels from remedial to graduate courses, until her retirement in 1977. She also served as an adviser in the the dean of sciences office from 1948 to 1962. She and her companion, Vivian Johnson ’32, built a house in West Lafayette in 1952, and they enjoyed traveling throughout the United States together, eventually visiting all 50 states. Vivian died in 1985.

James Engel Farnell ’51

James Engel Farnell ’51, October 14, 2003, in Phoenix, Arizona, from cancer. James received a BA in history from Reed and continued his education at the University of Chicago, where he earned an MA in 1952 and a PhD in 1963 in history. He was an associate professor of history at New York University at the time of his retirement, and later worked in research analysis for the Oregon State Division of Lands and as an appraisal archivist for the Federal Archives and Record Center in Seattle. He married and raised three children, later divorcing. Survivors include his daughter and two sons, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

John Fred Facer ’36

John Fred Facer ’36, August 2003. Fred received a BA in chemistry from Reed, and then attended the University of Michigan and Oregon State College (OSU), from which he earned an MS in chemistry in 1940. After graduation, he accepted a position with the Solvay Process Company in Virginia, where he utilized a great deal of ingenuity to modify processes and products affected by shortages during World War II. After the war, he worked as a research chemist at the Apache Powder Company in Arizona, assisting mining companies in their transition from using dynamite to using ammonium nitrate explosives. There he met Margaret Faye Crum; the couple later married. Fred then took a position with Krishell Laboratories in Portland, producing biochemicals from materials native to the Pacific Northwest. He was incapacitated for a year following a chemical fire in the lab, after which he took a position as a chemical engineer with General Electric at the Hanford Project in Richland, Washington. In 1958, he took a position as a metallurgical engineer with the Raw Materials Division of the Atomic Energy Commission in Grand Junction, Colorado. He retired in 1980. As in his years at Reed, Fred enjoyed outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, backpacking, and mountain climbing. Survivors include his wife, and brother Gordon C. Facer ’41.

James John Ferguson ’72

James John Ferguson ’72, September 8, 2004, in Belmont, Massachusetts. James attended Reed for two years, then transferred to Stanford University from which he received a bachelor’s degree in history. After graduation, he accepted a position as a reporter and copy editor with the Texas Observer. In 1977, he moved to Boston, joining the staff of the Boston Phoenix weekly, for which he was managing editor, associate editor, and arts editor. His final position was with the Boston Globe, where he was editor of the arts. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Moskow ’73, two daughters, and his father and sister.

Thomas Lamb Frazier ’42

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Delphine Parr Frazier ’44 and Thomas Frazier ’42

During the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, hundreds of British and American servicemen found themselves trapped behind enemy lines. Tom Frazier's job was to get them out.

As an intelligence officer for the U.S. Army, he worked undercover in France and Italy to help stranded allied troops escape from the Nazis. He also obtained vital SS documents that became crucial evidence for the Nuremburg Trials of Nazi war criminals.


Charles A. Fagan ’51

Charles Augustine Fagan ’51, October 6, 2006, in Portland. Charles received a BA from Reed in biology. He earned an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1955, with a specialization in orthopedic surgery. Charles practiced in Portland, including at St. Vincent and Providence medical centers. In 1948, he married Patricia Duncan. Survivors include two daughters, three sons, 13 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2005.

Jesalee Fosterling ’53

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Jesalee Keffeler Fosterling ’53, August 18, 2006, in Portland, from multiple myeloma. Jesalee transferred to Reed from the University of Oregon, and received a BA in history. She married Charles D. Fosterling ’53 in 1951; they had three children. She was the first president of the founding board of Planned Parenthood (1963). She became executive director in 1968—a position she maintained until retirement in 1989. Under her leadership, Planned Parenthood evolved from a volunteer-run clinic serving a few hundred individuals to a professionally run health-care organization for nearly 60,000. Jesalee did tremendous work to raise awareness and funds for the organization, as well as advocating for a broad span of issues regarding equal opportunity and civil rights. She also served on the board of the Reed alumni association and the American Civil Liberties Union. Survivors include Charles, two daughters, son, and five grandchildren.

Tomiko Funatake Iwata ’41

Tomiko Funatake Iwata ’41, August 20, 2007, in Portland, from cancer. Tomiko received a BA from Reed in biology. She lived in Colorado and Michigan before returning to Portland in 1977. She provided care for her family, and was employed at Funatake Greenhouses. Survivors include two sons, two grandchildren, and a sister and brother.

Synthia Susan Hamm Fritz MAT ’70

Synthia Susan Hamm Fritz MAT ’70, September 21, 2007, in Lake Oswego, from a rare heart-valve disorder. Susan received a BA from Oregon State University in English literature. In 1962, she married Dennis Fritz. She taught high school English, and became a certified master gardener, and later a landscape designer, specializing in plant material selection. She was a member of the Portland Classical Chinese Garden. Susan had remarkable acumen in business affairs, and made a two-person consulting practice, D.W. Fritz Engineers, one of the premier design and building companies in the Pacific Northwest. Her interests also included Asian art, primitive camping at the Oregon coast, and river rafting. Survivors include her husband; two sons, including Benjamin Fritz ’89; and three grandchildren.

Estelle Fisher Singleton MA ’62

Estelle Fisher Singleton MA ’62, October 6, 2008, in Eugene, Oregon, of age-related causes. Estelle was born in Ontario, Canada, and attended Canadian schools through high school. She studied at Barnett Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Patterson, New Jersey, and received a BS from Columbia University School of Nursing in nursing education in 1948. In 1949, she married Harold Singleton. During her years in Portland, Estelle worked for the Oregon Department of Nursing Accreditation for nursing education, was a member of the faculty of University of Portland, a research assistant on open-heart study team at the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU), and earned an MA from Reed in educational administration. She developed and supervised nursing programs at Lane Community College and Southern Colorado State College, and was named professional nurse of the year by the Colorado Nurses' Association in 1973. She also served with Project Hope in Tunisia, and was a consultant for nursing education with the Peace Corps; she retired in 1982. Survivors include her daughter and son, Kenneth Singleton '73; three grandchildren; and a sister. Her husband died in 1986.

Louis Harold Fulkerson ’48

Louis Harold Fulkerson ’48, February 22, 2005, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Louis earned a BA from Reed in mathematics and a master's degree from Columbia University. In 1959, he married Lettice Sterling; they had two sons. Louis worked for IBM research; the electrical engineering department at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria; was a lecturer at the Institute of Computer Sciences, University of Lagos, Nigeria; and was vice president of the Nigerian Statistical Association.

Daniel Howard Fletcher ’52

Daniel Howard Fletcher ’52, September 23, 2008, in Pleasant Hill, California. Daniel studied mathematics at Reed for two years before transferring to University of California, Berkeley. Later he worked as a hospital administrator, and did systems research and consulting for medical care delivery systems. He was also a consultant for medical database design. In 1945, he married Eleanor MacMickle ’44; they had two sons and one daughter. In retirement, Daniel managed the couple's rental properties in the San Francisco Bay Area. Eleanor died in 1997.

Garrett M. Flint ’54

Garrett M. Flint ’54, August 25, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii, from pancreatic cancer. Gary came to Reed after a year at the University of New Mexico and earned a BA in general literature. In 1955, he married Ayame Ogimi ’54. The couple lived in Japan, where he worked for Brunswick International in Tokyo. In 1990, Gary formed ActAsia, a San Francisco company focused on new business opportunities within Pacific Rim countries. He later lived in Shanghai, China, where his interest in the poetry of Chinese mountains and temples evolved into the website Mountain Songs, where he chronicled his experiences in the blog “Travels with Dongbo.” Gary also performed country western music as a guitarist and vocalist, and took his band, the Tokyo Cowboys, to Texas in the late ’80s. Survivors include Amy; sons Gavin Flint ’82 and Cameron Flint ’87; daughter Galen Flint ’87; and his brother and sister, Myles Flint ’58 and Connie Flint Ransom ’59.

Martin Edward Fishbein ’57

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Martin Edward Fishbein ’57, November 27, 2009, from a heart attack, while traveling in London. A prominent expert on attitude and behavioral change, Marty received a BA from Reed in psychology and economics and a PhD from UCLA in social psychology. He married Deborah K. Alpert in 1959 and began his teaching career at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign in 1961. Marty's research interests included attitude, persuasion, behavioral prediction, and the effectiveness of behavior change interventions. He wrote Theory of Reasoned Action and Integrative Model of Behavioral Prediction and Change, and his ideas were enormously influential in the fields of communication, public health, advertising, and psychology. At various times, he was a visiting scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, professor and director of the health communication program at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania; and president of the Society for Consumer Psychology and the Interamerican Psychological Society; and he received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the American Public Health Association's Mayhew Derryberry Award for outstanding contributions to health education. Marty also served on numerous boards for the National Institute of Mental Health. Survivors include his wife.

Jean Elizabeth Fox Sullivan, Friend

Jean Elizabeth Fox Sullivan, December 21, 2010, in Redmond, Washington. Jean was married to former Reed president Richard H. Sullivan [1956–67]. She grew up in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, graduated from Wellesley College, and did postgraduate work at Brown University and Radcliffe College. In notifying the college of Jean's death, her daughter, Barbara Whitson, wrote that Jean had fond memories of her years at Reed and asked that her family convey her gratitude to the Reed community for the warmth and friendship shown to her. Jean was a loving and dedicated wife and mother, who enjoyed gardening and travel. Survivors include two daughters, a son, 10 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Eugene Walter Foster ’93

Eugene Walter Foster ’93, November 2, 2009, in Santa Monica, California. Geno earned a BA from Reed in art. In addition to his flair for visual art, he also had an ear for music, conducting basement jam sessions, playing banjo and guitar, and creating complex electronic music tracks and sound design. Geno's interest in film and television took root with Super 8 movies in childhood and later resurfaced in his jobs with the Will Vinton Studio and the Game Show Network. In his public obituary, we read: “He was always there to help a friend in the film and television industry, working late nights and weekends on independent films, TV pitches, and home movies, and shared in the joy of their successes.” Former housemate Phil Jenks ’90 described living with Geno when Phil experienced his first grand-mal seizure: “I came back to consciousness in my bedroom, terrified—I didn't know what was going on. I remember Geno made me feel instantly at ease explaining the situation. He was the one who heard me and called the ambulance. He was all heart.” Geno was caring toward animals, and treasured his rescue dog Maggie. In 2008, he and his partner, Rachel Litchfield, purchased Cafe Dana in Santa Monica. Survivors include Rachel; and his mother, sister, and grandfather.

Jessica Finlay ’09

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Jessica Finlay ’09 solves a physics problem in a class at Reed.

Jessica Finlay ’09, January 22, 2010, in California. Jess never revived from a coma she sank into after being struck by a car on SE Foster Road in Portland on November 1, 2009, crossing the street with roommate and friend Lindsay Leonard ’08, who died at the scene. Jess began her education at Reed intending to major in physics, and lived in the Mad Science dorm. She was involved with the campus Japanese Sword group, earned a black belt in Battojutsu, and also performed Krav Maga and capoeira. After her sophomore year, she took a leave of absence from the college in order to sort out her academic goals, and was considering a major in religion or economics. At the time of the accident, she was volunteering at a local Portland women's bookstore, In Other Words. Friend Allie MacKay ’09, who met Jess at Woodside Priory School in California, shared this observation: “She didn't let anything stand between her and happiness. She not only enthusiastically went after things she loved, but she also found ways to be happy with the things she didn't have any choice about. She didn't coast through life; she was definitely in the driver's seat.” Tim Lehnen ’08, who had known Jess since they were in elementary school together, described her as brilliant, beautiful, argumentative, and contrary. “I don't think she ever held an unconsidered opinion. She examined every belief she was confronted with, every article of common sense that we take for granted. She did not see the world the same way we do. What we took as self-evident was not self-evident to her. She would argue for and against any position, on any issue—until she was sure a position was sound—with fire in her eyes and a grin on her face. I have met no one else who could really do that. We will always love her, and always miss her.” Memorial gatherings took place in California and in the Eliot Hall chapel in February. We thank Tim and Allie for sharing their memories of Jess as well as details about her life. Survivors include her parents, and her brother and sister.

Alfred David Fell ’46

Alfred David Fell ’46, December 9, 2011, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Born in Vienna, Austria, in 1923, Fred emigrated to the U.S. as a young teen, arriving alone and completing high school in New York. He was reunited with his parents and sister, Alice Fell Rene ’53, in Portland. At Reed, he earned a BA in chemistry, and then completed an MD at the University of Oregon Medical School, followed by a residency in California. He also served in the Air Force Reserve and was called to active duty during the Korean War. Returning from the war, he married Virginia Selten; they raised a daughter and two sons. Fred opened a medical practice in Marina Del Rey, California, specializing in cardiology and internal medicine, which he maintained for 50 years; his patients adored him. He also found great pleasure in vacationing in Hawaii, attending sporting events, and playing tennis. Survivors include his wife and children, seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his sister.

Marva Louise Frost Hutchins MAT ’63

Marva Louise Frost Hutchins MAT ’63, September 26, 2011, in Bend, Oregon, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Marva was an infant when her family moved from Missouri to Oregon. Generations of Frosts had been violin players, as was she, and she also played piano, ukelele, and guitar. She did her undergraduate work at Lewis & Clark College, and earned a master’s from Reed and a JD from Lewis & Clark’s Northwestern School of Law. In addition to teaching, practicing law, and putting her husband, Douglas Graham, through medical school, Marva served in the Oregon State House of Representatives for one term and was appointed head of the Oregon Department of Health by Governor Tom McCall. She and Douglas had a daughter and son, who survive her, as do a sister and family from her marriage to Miles Hutchins.

Ann Helen Farber Baldwin ’70

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Ann Helen Farber Baldwin ’70, November 22, 2011, in Chinook, Washington. Born in New York City, Ann spent her early years in Queens, moving to Seattle when she was eight. She earned a BA in philosophy at Reed and spent a year studying at the London School of Economics. While living in Portland, she became familiar with the Mist Mountain Farm community in Clatskanie, Oregon. She taught in the Mayger School Head Start program there for several years before accepting the position of Head Start administrator for the northern Willamette Valley. She was also a licensed massage therapist and co-owner of the Evergreen Massage Clinic in Portland. In 1985, she married Ron Baldwin; they had one son, Alexander. The family moved to Chinook in 1993. Ann and Ron operated Lido Caffé Espresso in Astoria for 10 years and Aunt Clara’s Greenhouse, a retail nursery in Chinook. Ann taught a class, Massage for Relaxation, for 20 years at Clatsop Community College. She performed as a pianist for dances and played the banjo and guitar with a number of groups and in theatrical productions. Ann is remembered as being generous of spirit, time, energy, and compassion. “Our world is smaller with this loss.” Survivors include her husband and son and her brother and sister.

Ethel Emma Fahlen Noble ’40

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Ethel Emma Fahlen Noble ’40, December 24, 2012, in Portland. Ethel was a day-dodger at Reed, along with her sister, Mildred Fahlen Taxer ’42. Initially commuting an hour and a half twice daily, the sisters were able to arrange a morning lift to the campus from Beepske Brevet Selhorst ’41, one of the rare Reedite car owners at the time and also carpooled with Ricky Heinicke ’42 (Thomas Frazier) and Eugene Snyder ’41. Ethel was on the Central Dance Committee and was a member of the chorus. She majored in psychology, studying with (William) Monte Griffith [psychology 1926–54], and served as an assistant to Griffith in his role as supervisor of the merit systems for the state of Oregon employment service. She had a brief teaching experience at Chiloquin High School near Klamath Falls before her marriage to John L. Noble, a structural engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. During World War II, while John served in the military, Ethel sold dresses, typed letters, worked as a bookkeeper, and did statistical studies at Kaiser Shipyard on Swan Island. Following the war, she managed the couple’s Portland home, raised their two sons, and did volunteer work. She was a member of the League of Women Voters for over 50 years, through which she exercised a long-standing engagement with public policy issues, and was a member of the First Congregational Church for more than 55 years. She enjoyed activities with Reed alumni and with the Corps of Engineers Auxiliary. In an interview in 2004, Ethel said: “I appreciate the Reed training that has enriched the ordinary process of living and the relationships with family, friends, and associates. Some of the Reed goals that I value the most are the continuing quest for knowledge, the open-minded approach to problems, and the postponement of judgment until other points of views are considered. I realize what a privilege it was to have been exposed to a very dedicated and talented faculty—most especially Monte Griffith. His wit, keen insight, practical approach, and concern for the individual are not forgotten.” Survivors include her sons, two grandsons, and sister Mildred. Her husband died in 1998.

Merrill Richard Francis ’54

Merrill Richard Francis ’54, October 1, 2012, in Los Angeles, California. Merrill studied at Reed for a year and completed a BA in economics at Pomona College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He did service in the navy before earning a JD from Stanford Law School, where he was made a member of the Order of the Coif. Merrill’s 45-year legal career was with the firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter, and Hampton in Los Angeles—he was a prominent finance lawyer, with special expertise in the fields of bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of bankruptcy law as well as for his enthusiastic advocacy on behalf of his clients. Jim Joseph ’69 reported that he practiced in the same area of the law as did Merrill and worked on several cases with him. “I think he decamped to Pomona because the Portland weather got to him.” Merrill held leadership roles in many organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Ninth Circuit Admissions Council, and was named a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He was a frequent lecturer on topics such as bankruptcy, workouts, uniform commercial code, and debtor-creditor relations for legal and financial associations. He also received the Les Tupper Community Service Award for his guidance and advocacy during the incorporation of La Canada Flintridge. Merrill supported the arts, enjoyed sailing, especially to Catalina Island, and ran in several marathons. He married Nancy Humphreys in 1954; they had three children, two daughters and a son. Survivors include his wife, Maria Del Carmen Heffler; his children, five grandchildren, two sisters, and a brother.

Rose Director Friedman ’32

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Rose Director Friedman ’32, August 18, 2009, in Davis, California, from heart failure. Born in a Ukraine village, Rose arrived in Portland as a toddler, emigrating with her family from Russia before World War I. Her father ran a small general store. Rose attended Reed for two years, then transferred to the University of Chicago, where she earned a BA in philosophy. In a graduate classroom in 1932, she found herself seated next to a bright fellow named Milton Friedman. They married six years later. Their collaboration in the field of economics gained them international recognition-including a Nobel Prize for Milton in 1976. Milton was a free market champion and leading thinker in the Chicago School of economics. The couple also founded the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice in 1996, to promote greater latitude in school choice through vouchers and other programs. Rose studied consumer purchases at the Bureau of Home Economics. She also was on the staff of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research on consumer spending was included in Milton's book A Theory of the Consumption Function (1957). The couple began their collaborative writing with the book Capitalism and Freedom (1962). They followed up with Free to Choose (1980), which became a best seller and the basis of a television series that was broadcast worldwide. Rose and Milton also wrote Tyranny of the Status Quo (1984) and a dual memoir, Two Lucky People (1998). Independently, Rose published a pamphlet, Poverty—Definition and Perspective, and a series of articles, Milton Friedman—Husband and Colleague, for the Oriental Economist (1976-77). Rose's cousins Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47 and Pauline Tarlow Mosley ’36 also attended Reed. Survivors include a daughter and son, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. Milton died in 2006.

Samuel Clark Fain Jr. ’65

Samuel Clark Fain Jr. ’65, May 26, 2009, at home in Seattle, Washington, following a long illness. Sam came to Reed from Tennessee, and earned a BA in physics. He met Carolyn Lyon ’66 at Reed; they married in 1966 and lived in Urbana, Illinois, while Sam completed his PhD in physics from the University of Illinois, followed by a year at the University of Amsterdam with a NATO fellowship. In 1970, he joined the faculty of the University of Washington (UW), where he taught physics for 38 years, with professional interests in surface science, nanotechnology, and the teaching of experimental physics. He was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan fellowship (1971–75), was elected fellow of the American Physical Society, and was one of the founders of the UW Center for Nanotechnology. In the ’80s, he returned to Reed to present a seminar and to give the A.A. Knowlton Memorial Lecture in physics. At the time of his death, UW colleagues wrote: “As an assistant professor, he designed and built what was then one of the first and best in the world low-energy electron diffraction (LEED), variable temperature spectrometers. With it, he and his students explored the structure, phases, and molecular dissociation of the first layer of atoms or molecules deposited on the surface of graphite. The results that they obtained were, and still are, the standard in the field.” Further, they noted: “Sam was an unassuming person; his understanding demeanor an example for all of us that science, faith, joy, sadness, friendship, and life can peacefully coexist.” Sam was a photographer, astronomy enthusiast, and bird lover. He was politically active in peace and environmental movements, and was a member of St. Mark Episcopal Cathedral. Carolyn died of cancer in 1981, and Sam later married Patty Hayes. Survivors include Patty; a son; two daughters; and a sister and two brothers.

Justus Howard Georg Freimund ’58

Justus Howard Georg Freimund ’58, June 10, 2010, in Bellingham, Washington. Justus was a strong advocate of public service and social justice, who identified his intent to work in criminal and communal justice while at Reed. He left the college after three years, and completed a BA in psychology and an MSW at Portland State University. During his career, he developed programs for juvenile and adult corrections and held positions with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Washington State Department of Corrections. News of his death came from his wife of 52 years, Joann Schwichtenberg Freimund ’58. “Since we met at Reed in our freshman year, Reed is significant in our lives,” she wrote. The couple raised two sons and two daughters, and had four grandsons. From his public obituary, we share this tribute: “Justus was a successful man if success is defined as one who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of women and the respect of intelligent men; who left the world better than he found it—whether by an improved argument, a perfect recipe, or a rescued soil; who never lacked appreciation for Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who always looked for the best in others and gave them the best that he had; whose life was an inspiration; and whose memory is a benediction. He has filled his niche and accomplished his task.”

David Friedlander ’73

David Friedlander ’73, August 15, 2010, in New York City. David completed studies for a BA in music at a community college in New York. He was a TM1 practice manager with the Application Consulting Group in New Jersey and president of Vector Space in New York City. Survivors include his wife, son, and sister.

John Jay Faris ’43

John Jay Faris ’43, January 12, 2011, in Lacey, Washington. John earned a BA from Reed and a PhD from the University of Washington in physics. He taught in universities in Colorado and Wisconsin and spent a number of years training teachers and developing curriculum at the University of Andalas in Indonesia. John married in 1942; he and his wife, Esther, had four children.

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.

D. Armin Fischer ’46

David Armin Fischer ’46, January 23, 1997, in Cypress, California. After graduating from Reed, he went on to study medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School, where he earned an MD in 1948. He interned at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland and then moved to Denver, Colorado, where he had a private practice in internal medicine and was on the staff of the National Jewish Hospital and the University of Colorado Medical School. In 1968, he was appointed chief of pulmonary service at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Many of his patients were polio survivors, and he became an expert on the pulmonary problems associated with the late effects of polio. He was also associate professor of medicine at the University of Southern California. He retired in 1989. He was a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. In his private life, he was an avid runner and cyclist, birdwatcher, chess enthusiast, pianist and classical music lover, and a voracious reader. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren.

Alvin I. Fine ’37

Alvin I. Fine ’37, January 19, 1999, in Napa, California. Alvin was senior rabbi of Temple Emanu-El for 16 years and one of San Francisco’s most well known and respected religious and social justice leaders. After graduating from Reed, he studied at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, receiving an MHL degree and rabbinical ordination in 1942. He served as chaplain with the U.S. Army in China and Burma, earning a Bronze Star. After the war, he worked for several years as assistant to the president at Hebrew Union College. In 1948 he moved to San Francisco, where he became senior rabbi for Congregation Emanu-El. There he became known for his brilliant sermons and oratorical style, for his championship of civil rights and civil liberties, and for his success in bringing harmony to his congregation. He spoke out against Senator McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch hunts, urged passage of civil rights bills, and served as regional board chair of the American Civil Liberties Union. He invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., author Maya Angelou, and other advocates for racial justice to speak to the congregation, and he urged his followers to oppose segregated housing. He was also a charter member of the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco. In 1964, a mild heart attack caused him to leave his position at the temple for a less stressful situation. He took a post as professor of humanities at San Francisco State University, where he remained until his retirement in 1980. During this time, he continued to be active in his congregation and also served on the board of trustees of Reed College. He is survived by a daughter, two sons, a sister, and three grandchildren. His wife of 24 years died in 1973. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alvin I. Fine Scholarship Fund at Reed College.

Alison Faul ’78

Alison Faul ’78, September 28, 1999, in Carmel, California, after a long illness. She was a musician who often sang and performed in musical and theatrical events in Carmel. She worked in the offices of Merrill Lynch and later started a bakery called Ali’s Kitchen in Carmel. She had been studying for a teaching credential and tutoring in a reading program at Monterey Peninsula College at the time of her death. She served on the board of the Monterey School of Music. Survivors include her parents and a brother.

Judith Flanagan ’65

Judith Flanagan ’65, April 8, 2001, in Monterey, California. She earned a master’s degree in maternal child health from Yale University in 1972, and a masters in public administration from Harvard in 1990. She worked as a midwife in San Francisco, and in 1981 she took a post as clinical professor in the OB/GYN department at San Francisco General Hospital. She became director of nurse-midwifery programs at the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco General Hospital in 1986, where she remained until her retirement in the early 1990s. Her other interests included painting and theatre. She is survived by a daughter.

DeEtta Beatrice Movius Forsberg ’42

DeEtta Beatrice Movius Forsberg ’42, November 7, 2002. Forsberg received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed. She married Robert L. Schulze in 1943 and they had two daughters. In 1962 she began working as a medical technologist at the University of Oregon medical school. Survivors include her husband, Floyd C. Forsberg.

Betty Jean Perry Fox ’45

Betty Jean Perry Fox ’45, February 10, 2007, in Tacoma, Washington. B.J. received a BA from Reed in economics. She married Seymour Fox in 1946; they had five children. In 1969, she earned a teaching certificate from the University of Puget Sound, and taught mathematics, computer programming, and journalism in public and private schools. She volunteered for her church and community, including as a chaplain’s assistant in the Washington State Correctional Center for Women in Purdy. In retirement, she spent winters in Desert Hot Springs, California, worked on computers, tutored in mathematics, and was a member of various choral groups. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, three sons, 12 grandchildren, one great-grandson, and a brother.

Donald Earl Fry ’37

Donald Earl Fry ’37, October 19, 2006, in Salem, Oregon. Donald attended Reed for two years before transferring to the University of Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1938. He met Thelma Krause at the university; they married in 1939, and both served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Donald worked for the Social Security Administration for 30 years, retiring in 1970, and was president or chairman of many civic and cultural associations. Don and Thelma enjoyed extensive travel adventures. During retirement, they traveled around the world, and studied in Elderhostel trips in Europe, China, and the Pacific Northwest. To develop their knowledge of aquatic life on the reefs of the U.S. and the Virgin Islands, they annually charted a yacht and joined the work of research vessels. Donald often recalled the “glorious experience” of choral singing at Reed under the direction of Edouard Hurlimann, director of the Reed choir and concertmaster for the Portland Symphony. From this came his avocation; he joined choirs in Washington, California, and Oregon, and sang Handel’s Messiah for over 50 years. He also developed the hobby of hand spinning and vegetable dyeing, and did demonstrations at the Oregon State Fair. Survivors include a son, daughter, grandson, five great-grandchildren, and three brothers. His wife died in 2001.

Richard Butterworth Frohman ’49

Richard Butterworth Frohman ’49, December 7, 2005, in Hillsborough, California. Richard received a BA from Reed in chemistry, and then attended the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU), earning an MD in 1955. In 1956, he married Barbara Bedford; they had four children. He took his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Colorado–Denver and at University of California, San Francisco, and in 1960 he entered a private practice in orthopedic surgery in San Mateo, which he maintained for 45 years. Richard was a gentle and caring individual, full of warmth and wit, who was devoted to his family and his patients. He enjoyed golf, including a 39-year membership at the California Golf Club; woodworking; and bridge. Survivors include his wife, a daughter and three sons, and a sister.

Sarah Hosford Freeman ’77

Sarah Hosford Freeman ’77, June 28, 2004. Sarah received a BA from Reed in anthropology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and went to work as a medical librarian and insurance clerk at the then nearby Eastmoreland General Hospital, before enrolling as a graduate student in medical anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. She received a PhD in 1987. For InterPractice Systems in San Francisco, a company designing medical expert systems, she was director of product development and later vice president. Survivors include her sister, Mary Freeman Rosenblum ’74.

Madeline Finnegan Ryan ’45

Madeline Finnegan Ryan ’45, January 19, 2006, in Portland. Madeline attended Reed, but did not graduate. She married Thomas H. Ryan in 1948, and made her home and family her focus. Survivors include her son and three grandchildren. Her husband died in 1975.

Louis Merrill Falkenhagen ’37

Louis Merrill Falkenhagen '37, November 15, 2007, in Seattle, Washington. Merrill received a BA from Reed in economics. After graduation, he was employed with the State Highway Department in Salem, along with a number of fellow Reedites, including Bill Parker ’36, and later worked for the State Unemployment Compensation Commission. During World War II, Louis was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, he joined his father's manufacturers agency business, Lou Falkenhagen Company, and opened a branch office in Seattle in 1946. He represented manufacturers of hardware goods, particularly in the plumbing materials field, until retirement in 1980. In 1938, he married Jane A. Willson ’37 in the Eliot Hall chapel. The couple enjoyed golf and vacationed annually in Palm Desert. They were life members of the Seattle Yacht Club, master bridge players, and were members of the Rainier alumni chapter, including the book club. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Jane died in 2007.

Elizabeth Janet Warnock Fernea ’49

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Elizabeth Janet Warnock Fernea ’49, December 2, 2008, at her daughter's home in La Canada, California, following a long illness.

Bette or B.J., as she became known at Reed, was a influential writer, anthropologist, and filmmaker who worked extensively on the role of women in the Middle East.


Hazel Franke Pennington ’39

Hazel Franke Pennington ’39, July 31, 1995, in Ashland. After graduating from Reed, Hazel received training in medical technology at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland and worked in Spokane, Washington, for three years before returning to Portland in 1942 to marry Lloyd Pennington ’39. They moved to Ashland in 1946, when he joined the faculty of Southern Oregon State College. She was employed for 23 years as a medical technologist for Providence Hospital in Medford. She and her husband raised four children. She was active in community, church, and social organizations and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland and the American Association of University Women. She was also an active supporter of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Rogue Valley Symphony, and Ashland public schools. Survivors include Lloyd, two sons, 2 daughters, and 11 grandchildren.

W. Donald Fletcher ’29

W. Donald Fletcher ’29, August 24, 1996, in Torrence, California. He attended Reed College for two years and then transferred to Stanford University, where he earned a BA in 1930 and a law degree in 1934. He practiced law in San Francisco until the late ’30s, when he met financier Van Duyn Dodge, and the two began working to found the nonprofit, nonpartisan Coro Foundation. The organization's goals were to train the public in "more effective citizen involvement and more capable political leadership." The first nine-month Coro internship program to train participants for careers in public service began in 1947 in San Francisco. By the organization’s 50th anniversary in 1992, the organization had five centers across the country and had trained over 800 people, and its alumni included such notables as U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and film critic Gene Siskel. Donald remained with Coro until 1975, when he resigned to form the Liaison Citizen Program in Los Angeles, a nonprofit that prepares low-income minority youth for civic involvement in their communities. He was executive officer of that organization until his death. California Governor Pete Wilson said of Donald, "He reinstilled in the American public a feeling of personal responsibility and helped many realize their dreams." He is survived by his wife, Louise Hahn Fletcher; a son; and two daughters.

Deborah J. Frick ’77

Deborah J. Frick ’77, on September 8, 1995, in Sacramento, California. She is survived by her husband, her parents, a brother, and a nephew.

Jane Foster McConnell ’36

Jane Foster McConnell ’36, on February 21, 1998, in Santa Cruz, California. She graduated with a master’s in psychology from Chicago State University. In the late ’30s and after World War II, she and her late husband, Grant McConnell ’37, lived in a rustic forest cabin in the Stehekin Valley, near Lake Chelan, Washington. They became involved in conservation efforts throughout the world. She worked in a British hospital at the start of World War II; conducted research in Uganda; traveled to the Congo, Karamoja, and Rwanda; took three Himalayan treks; and lived in Kathmandu. She is survived by son James McConnell ’71, a daughter, and nephew David E. Fastovsky ’77.

Barbara Friedman Goldeen ’48

Barbara Friedman Goldeen ’48, of leukemia, June 25, 1999, in San Francisco. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1949 and a law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 1965. A respected divorce attorney who was still practicing at the time of her death, she was also widely known as a Jewish community activist. She served as vice chair of the Central Pacific regional board of the Anti-Defamation League and had been nominated to the national board prior to her illness. She was also an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, and was a board member of that group. She was a skilled tennis player, and in 1995 won silver and bronze medals at the Maccabi Games in Israel. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, and seven grandchildren. The family suggests remembrances to a fund in her name for Holocaust studies at Reed College or to the Anti-Defamation League.

Nicholas Thayer Fisher ’93

Nicholas Fisher ’93, by suicide, April 24, 1999. He was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the time of his death.

Elizabeth Fautz ’35

Elizabeth Fautz ’35, August 1, 2000, in Silver Springs, Maryland. She attended Reed for three years and then attended Humboldt State University, graduating in 1936. She did graduate work in economics at Iowa State University in 1941–43 and was the Thomas Dana Fellow in economics at Harvard in 1948–49. She was assistant to the director of nutrition and food management at the United Nations in 1943–49; a freelance researcher in 1955–68; and a labor economist for the U.S. department of labor in 1968–82, when she retired. Her volunteer activities included service on many boards and associations. She was a past president of the Lincoln Civic Association and chair of the Neighborhood Planning Council in Washington, D.C., and held numerous offices in the American Association of Retired People. From 1982 until her death, she was deeply involved in Common Cause’s Project Independence, working to reform campaign financing through legislative action.

Alice Katherine Gregory Frazer ’45

Alice Gregory Frazer ’45, April 28, 2000, in Portland. She was a homemaker and was active in the Anglican church, serving as its office secretary, vestry member, and chairwoman of its Cultural Affairs Commission. An avid rose gardener, her garden in Eastmoreland contained 50 different varieties and was featured in a 1989 Oregonian article. She married William Frazer in 1958; he died in 1963. Survivors include a nephew and two nieces.

Marianne Lehmann Feldman ’49

Marianne Lehmann Feldman ’49, May 21, 2001, in Portland. After attending Reed for three years, she transferred to the University of Washington, where she earned a BA in 1950. In 1954 she married Philip Feldman and they had three children. She earned a master’s in library science from the University of Portland in 1967 and worked as a research librarian with the Oregon Historical Society for several years. She also taught first and second grade and high school German. She was a tournament-level bridge player, and she served on the board of Hopewell House Hospice. Survivors include three daughters, nine grandchildren, and her brother-in-law, Ernest Bonyhadi ’48. Her husband and her sister, Ilo Lehmann Bonyhadi ’51, predeceased her.

Marie Lazenby Fahey ’48

Marie Lazenby Fahey ’48, April 16, 2001, at her home in Scotts Valley, California. She earned a master’s degree from Stanford University in 1950 and was an English teacher for a brief period. She also wrote several books on American history. She married Frank Fahey in 1951 and they had three children. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, writing poetry, playing bridge, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, a son, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Rex Freeman ’50

Rex Freeman ’50, August 6, 2003, in Vancouver, Washington. Rex attended Reed for three years following military service in the South Pacific in World War II. From 1951 to 1959 he worked with the Corps of Engineers, then transferred to the Bonneville Power Administration, working there until 1978. As the supervisory chemist, he formulated and guided several technically important research programs and projects, and was a technical consultant to the branches of maintenance, construction, and design. Within BPA, Rex provided scientific leadership in implementing gas in transformer oil analyses, and served as coordinator for the disposal of hazardous materials. In retirement, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, and Navajo weaving. Rex is survived by his wife, Helen Rand Freeman, and their son, J. Michael Freeman ’71.

Dorothy Fain Baar Fisher ’39

Dorothy Fain Baar Fisher ’39, April 9, 2002, in Sherman Oaks, California. Dorothy received a BA from Reed in psychology.

Karen Yvonne Foss Lightner-Tapper MALS ’68

Karen Yvonne Foss Lightner-Tapper MALS ’68, October 15, 2004. Karen studied at Marylhurst University before attending Reed, and she also did graduate work at the University of Washington. Her principal occupation was teaching junior high students in Washington State. Survivors include her husband, Charles Tapper; her daughter; and four grandchildren.

Marvel-Dare Fellows Nutting ’27

Marvel-Dare Fellows Nutting ’27, April 24, 2005, in Sun City, Arizona. Viewing Marvel-Dare as a premature baby (1.5 pounds at birth), a nurse remarked, "It will be a marvel if that baby dares to live," and inadvertently provided the baby with her name. Marvel-Dare earned a BA in biochemistry from Reed; taught at Washington State College (University) in Pullman, from which she obtained an MS in biochemistry in 1930; then received a PhD in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of Rochester Medical School, New York, in 1938. She married Perley G. Nutting Jr. in 1939. During World War II, she taught in the Army-Navy V-12 program for medical students. Along with two other researchers, she received two distinguished service awards and a superior service award for outstanding comprehensive research in war gas projects. During her career as a research biochemist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, she published scientific information essential to the growth of the frozen and dehydrated food industry. Marvel-Dare was active in her retirement community, and remained a loyal friend of Reed College.

Charles Keith Fendall ’51

Charles Keith Fendall ’51, July 21, 2006, in Pacific Grove, California. Chuck served in World War II before entering Reed in 1947. He attended the college for two years and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Puget Sound (UPS) in Tacoma, Washington, in 1953. Chuck worked as a musician for three years, and then became a computer programmer with music as an avocation. He worked for Boeing Airplane Company (1956–59), the aeronutronic division of Ford Motor Company (1959–62), and IBM (1962–77). He received IBM outstanding contribution award in 1968 and 1975. In 1977, he returned to his music and worked as a programming consultant; he retired in 1981. Chuck enjoyed performing and arranging jazz music, which he did for musicians such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Toots Thielemans. He possessed the phenomenal ability of being able to play any musical instrument he encountered. In retirement, he wrote word-solving software, Puzzlpak. Survivors include his four daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His wife, Lorraine Mardell, whom he married in 1941, died in 1991.

Karen M. Hamburger Fields ’63

Karen M. Hamburger Fields ’63, April 29, 2007, at home in Boyds, Maryland, from ovarian cancer. Karen received a BA from Reed in biology, and married Gordon Fields ’62 after graduation. Both attended the University of Oregon, where Karen received an MEd in 1966, prior to teaching high school biology, and Gordon completed an LLB. The couple moved to Arlington, Virginia, where Karen taught in the Head Start program and did research for a defense department contractor on the teratogenic effects of Agent Orange. She left the position to raise her children. In the mid-’80s, she joined a pathology lab at the Uniformed Services Medical School in Bethesda, Maryland, to study interferon and its role in regulating cell growth. In 1998, she took a position with the AIDS research lab at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, where she studied macrophage and lymphocytic HIV infections until retirement in 2006. She was passionate about nutrition, and enjoyed hiking vacations, especially in Acadia National Park in Maine. The couple were founding members in 1978 of an unaffiliated and nondogmatic Jewish havura in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. For 28 years, she organized the congregation's annual retreat in West Virginia. “In a world full of self-important and judgmental people, Karen was quiet and unassuming and nonjudgmental, and there was no one who knew her who did not like her,” notes Gordon. Survivors include Gordon; a daughter and son, Brian Fields ’99; and two grandchildren.

Christian MacRitchie Freer ’36

Christian MacRitchie Freer ’36, June 21, 2008, in Arlington, Virginia, from pancreatic cancer. Christian transferred to Reed in his sophomore year from Pacific University. He studied classical and modern languages, and received a BA in French. With the assistance of then president Dexter M. Keezer [1934–42], Christian entered the Institute of International Education in Italy following graduation. When he returned to the U.S. in 1938, Professor Benjamin M. Woodbridge [Romance languages 1922–52] supported his efforts to obtain a graduate appointment in the Romance languages department at the University of Oregon. Christian earned an MA in 1940, after which he worked at Reed as an instructor in German, Italian, and literature. In his oral history interview with Sarah Murphy ’93 in 2004, Christian stated: “These two years, just before the outbreak of World War II, profoundly influenced the rest of my life, and for this I owe a great deal to Reed College in general, and to Dr. Keezer and Dr. Woodbridge in particular. In addition to my interest in foreign languages, I had always wanted to travel. Now, looking back at a fascinating career, which involved residence in nine different countries for periods of anywhere from 2 months to 8 years, totaling more than 20 years, visiting at least 60 more nations, and working with a dozen languages, with varying degrees of proficiency, I think how vastly different my life might have been without Dr. Woodbridge and Dr. Keezer, and others at Reed.” In 1941, the State Department notified Christian that he had secured a position as a senior translator. Within six months, he was drafted into the army and sent overseas as a special investigator for the provost marshal general's office. He spent four years as an intelligence officer with the army in the Middle East and Greece, and began working for the Office of Strategic Services. His career in intelligence continued with the Strategic Services Unit of the army, which succeeded the OSS and evolved into the Central Intelligence Group—the interim organization immediately preceding the Central Intelligence Agency. Christian joined the CIA in 1947, and rose to deputy and acting division chief, chief of two European stations, chief of the war plans staff, and chief of the planning support group. In the four years before his retirement, he inspected CIA components worldwide. After his retirement in 1973, he was unanimously elected provisional president of the Central Intelligence Retirees Association. He served as president of the Bellevue Forest Citizens' Association and a delegate to the Arlington County Civic Federation, and volunteered as a driver for FISH (For Immediate Sympathetic Help)—a nonprofit church-based group assisting those in need. Among his many commendations, Christian was recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Intelligence Medal of Merit. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Warner Freer, whom he married in 1948; two daughters; and one son. His brother, Herbert B. Freer ’36, also attended Reed.

Ronald J. Floyd ’59

Ronald J. Floyd '59, June 24, 2008, in Port Angeles, Washington, from cancer. Ron received a BA from Reed, an MA from Washington State University, and a PhD from the University of Washington in German. He served in the army as a medic (1959-61). In 1960, he married Hannelore Rudolf; they had two children, and later divorced. He married Jane Moty in 1971. Rpm lived in Portland from 1972 to 1998, and taught German at the University of Portland and at Lewis & Clark College. He also worked as a translator and editor of technical literature for Freightliner Truck Company in Portland, a position he retired from in 1996. In 1998, he moved to Port Angeles. Ron was an accomplished artist. He enjoyed hiking, climbing, scuba diving, and kayaking. He was a member of the Olympic Peninsula Paddlers and a volunteer for the Olympic National Park and the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. In a letter to the editor of Reed magazine in 1994, he said the college “was all it claimed to be—and more—and it gave me what I had come for. After Reed, getting an MA was anticlimax, and the PhD came naturally. So thank you, Reed College, for the education, thank you for the challenges, and thanks for the memories.” Survivors include his wife, two daughters, three grandchildren, and his brother.

Martin L. Friedman MAT ’70

Martin L. Friedman MAT ’70, June 11, 2008, in Portland. Martin received bachelor's degrees from Portland State University in philosophy and economics, and a master's degree in teaching from Reed. He was a manager at McCracken Motor Freight, and married Nancy Vail in 1969. Survivors include his son and granddaughter, and his mother and sister. His wife died in 1997.

David Freeman ’38

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David Freeman ’38, October 30, 2008, in Los Angeles. David earned a BA from Reed in general literature and political science. He also earned an MSW from the University of Southern California in 1950. He was married to his wife Esther for 66 years. She, along with their daughter and two grandchildren, survive him.

Adrianne Furst ’65

Adrianne Furst ’65, February 20, 2010, in Lake Forest, California. Adrianne studied at Reed for two years, and was a senior legal assistant with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Irvine, California.

Roger Ridley Fenton ’71

Roger Ridley Fenton ’71, February 13, 2010, in Aberystwyth, Dyfed, Wales. Roger graduated from Reed, Phi Beta Kappa, with a BA in German. During his junior year, he studied in Berlin, and there met Auriel Stephens; they married in Wales in 1971. In 1974, he earned a master's in library science from the University of Chicago and moved to Wales. He received a diploma in librarianship from Coleg Llyfrgellwyr Cymru and was bibliographer for the University of Wales Board of Celtic Studies. Additionally, he spent three years as a lecturer in librarianship at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, before returning to Wales. Auriel taught school while Roger assumed the role of househusband and father to the couple's four adopted children. He volunteered for a self-help group for adoptive parents of special-needs children, which led to his publishing the e-book guide Adopting a Child in Britain. In 2005, he was systems librarian at the National Library of Wales. To Reed, he wrote: “My life certainly isn't what I thought it would be in 1970. I had visions of doing fieldwork in anthropology or linguistics, teaching, and doing research at some U.S. university (or Reed). Sometimes I'm envious of my contemporaries, when I read about their current jobs and high positions, but basically I think I have settled into what really suits me best: easy domesticity as a worker ant, doing my bit for the continuation of the species. And without Reed, I don't think I would have been able to make the choice.” Survivors include his wife, four children, and three grandchildren.

Melba Ince Fast, Murphy, Niemela ’46

Melba Ince (Fast) Murphy Niemela ’46, February 19, 2011, in Salem, Oregon. Melba grew up near Antelope, Oregon, spending her early years with her grandparents on their farm. She attended high school in Portland and earned a BA from Reed in psychology. “The joy of learning instilled at Reed continues to enrich my life,” she wrote nearly 50 years after graduating. After earning a certificate from the Oregon College of Education in 1959, she taught science in the Salem-Keizer School District. Melba specialized in the geology of the Bend area and the marine biology of the Oregon coast. We learned from former student Harold Hickok that her teaching could be likened to “a warm, gentle tornado.” She had absolute confidence in her students and their intellectual capacity. “She pushed the mind farther and farther. Everything was so exciting; you couldn't get enough.” Melba had a passion for reading and for discussing the works of the ancient Greeks. She also reveled in trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. “Anyone who had the great pleasure of driving with her to a performance there received five hours of a pre-play lecture on every conceivable aspect of the play,” Harold told us. Melba also liked to hike, camp, fish, and ski, and to bring family members together in her home. Survivors include two sons, grandsons, granddaughters, and great grandsons, and a brother. One son predeceased her.

Nedra Belle Gray Firestone ’42

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Nedra Belle Gray Firestone ’42, March 11, 2011, in Monmouth, Oregon. Nedra grew up in Portland’s Irvington neighborhood, guided by a caring older sister, Frances Gray Cannell ’29. She attended Grant High School, and, at 15, with Frances as chaperone, she toured California and Mexico, playing violin in an all-girl band. At Reed, she participated in theatre and dance and earned a BA in general literature. She made lifelong friends and treasured her Reed experience to the end of her life. “Reed fostered my abilities to analyze, organize, understand others and myself, and to communicate, all of which are basic to success in any endeavor.” In 1943, she and childhood friend Evan R. Feuerstein married. He served in the army during World War II; following the war, he changed his surname to Firestone. Nedra and Evan lived in Detroit and Dallas, Oregon, and raised a son and daughter. During the ’60s, Nedra worked in public housing with Polk County Housing Authority; she was a life member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. In retirement, she served as founding president of Polk County Development Corporation, a nonprofit dedicated to creating affordable housing. She was board president of the corporation for nearly 20 years, taking a “less active role” at the age of 90, and was chair of the Children’s Fund Committee. Nedra enjoyed reading and cooking, boating with Evan, and traveling with her daughter and granddaughter. Throughout their lives, Nedra and Evan contributed generously to a multitude of causes for the underprivileged. Survivors include a son, daughter, and granddaughter. Evan died in 2009.

Thomas Shigero Fujita ’56

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Thomas Shigeru Fujita ’56, February 11, 2012, in Portland. In 1942, when Tom was 11 years old, the federal government ordered him and his family—including brother Donald J. Fujita ’65—to leave their home in Milwaukie, Oregon, and move to the relocation center established for nikkei (Americans with Japanese ancestry) in Minidoka, Idaho. After the war, Tom returned to Portland, graduated from Lincoln High School, and earned a BA in chemistry from Reed. He went on to study at the University of Washington, earning an MS in organic chemistry. In 1959, he began his 40-year career at Oregon Health & Science University, where he taught advanced organic chemistry and worked primarily with J.H. Fellman as a research chemist in neurochemistry, studying acetylcholine esterase, the chief enzyme destroying acetylcholine (the primary neurotransmitter in the human nervous system). He also worked with R.T. Jones in molecular biochemistry. In addition, he did quality control and research and development for Cooper Laboratories. Ron McClard, Arthur F. Scott Professor of Chemistry at Reed [1984–], wrote, “Tom worked in my lab at Reed College back in the ’80s and he was the most persistently cheerful person I’ve ever known, and a very fine chemist as well. He also taught me to appreciate the superb pine mushroom [matsutake] with which he supplied me regularly. Tom seemed to be friends with virtually everybody.” Tom was married to Kay Kuntz Fujita, a piano teacher and calligrapher; they had four sons. Says Kay, “Tom was an amazing person, so intelligent, and always learning and studying, up to the end.” Outside of his work as a chemist, Tom enjoyed fishing. He was a member of the Portland Darts Club and Portland Chess Club and was skilled in social card games and track racing. He also collected original prints by world-class artists and supported the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, the Portland Opera Association, the American Chemical Society, and the American Civil Liberties Union. He had a passion for jazz and wrote of “one of the great moments in jazz history” that occurred when Dizzy Gillespie stepped on his toe at the Jazz Workshop in San Francisco in 1966. “Embodying compassion and generosity, Tom shared his love and wisdom with all he encountered.” Survivors include Kay, their sons, five grandchildren, his brother, and four sisters.

Roslyn Dupler Fitch ’79

Roslyn Dupler Fitch ’79, April 9, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Roslyn studied at Scripps College before coming to Reed, where she earned a BA in English literature. In 1982, she married Edward Fitch. Roslyn was a gifted tutor in English and mathematics and a financial adviser. She was a docent for the Hogle Zoo and had many family pets. Most recently, she traveled with Ed to Costa Rica to fulfill a dream of seeing monkeys in the rain forest. She enjoyed many other travels throughout the world, as well as scuba diving, reading, playing mahjong, and performing on the flute. Survivors include her husband, son, sister, and brother.

Donald Leroy Foster ’57

Donald Leroy Foster ’57, May 5, 2013, in Wichita, Kansas. Don earned a BA in physics, completing his degree with adviser Ken Davis [physics 1948–80]. He earned a PhD from the University of Kansas and served on the faculty of Wichita State University for 39 years. An interest in boating led to membership in the Ninnescah Yacht Club, and Don also enjoyed making pottery, brewing beer, printing, reading, cooking, gardening, and traveling. Survivors include his wife, Deanna, two sons, a stepson and two stepdaughters, 12 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

John Kenneth Fiedler ’51

John Kenneth Fiedler ’51, September 18, 2013, in Seattle, Washington. At 16, John moved from Minnesota to Oregon, where he built ships before being drafted into service during World War II. He attended Reed for three years and then moved to Seattle, where he worked for Boeing for 35 years as an engineer and strategic planner. A passionate liberal and Democrat, he fought for civil rights and peace. John lived 10 years in Naches, Washington, raising apples with his wife, Beth. He was predeceased by his wife and a son and daughter. Survivors include a daughter and son, nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister.

James William Fristrom ’59

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Jim Fristrom, an outdoor enthusiast, traveled to Alaska with his wife, Dianne.

James William Fristrom ’59, October 29, 2013, in Oakland, California. A native of Chicago, Jim was born to Carl Fristrom and Katherine Kermeen Fristrom and graduated from Francis Parker School. He earned a BA from Reed in biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received a fellowship to the Rockefeller Institute, where he earned a PhD in life sciences. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biology at the California Institute of Technology and then joined the faculty of molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley in 1965. For the next three decades, Jim made significant contributions to the field of fruit fly genetics and development. He ran a large laboratory at Berkeley: a total of 23 graduate students received their doctorates under his mentorship. Many postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars benefited from the energetic and supportive atmosphere of his lab. Jim was an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a great love of fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding. He loved to garden and build garden structures such as gazebos, bridges, and decks. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Dianne, sons James and Edward, granddaughters Sofia and Zara, and brother Carl. Donations in his name, supporting undergraduate biological research, may be made to the Biology Fellows Program at UCB.

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.

Julian Norman Fotre Jr. AMP ’44

Julian Norman Fotre Jr. AMP ’44, September 5, 2008, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Jay came to Reed in the premeteorology program and served in the army air corps during World War II. He was a graduate of Purdue University, and worked in the steel supply industry, retiring as an executive at Castle Metal. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, two sons, and 13 grandchildren.

Gary Robert Field ’56

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Gary Robert Field ’56, May 8, 2013, in McLean, Virginia. Gary grew up in Oregon and earned a BA from Reed in political science. He attended law school and earned a PhD in political science at the University of Oregon, doing his doctoral research in Turkey as a Fulbright scholar. He then joined the faculty in political science at San Fernando Valley State College, leaving that for a career as an intelligence officer with the CIA. He was a member of Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, the Middle East Institute, the American Political Science Association, and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Taylor Field, to whom he was married for 53 years; two daughters; and three grandchildren.

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.

Susan Fillin-Yeh, Faculty and Staff

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Cooley Gallery Director Susan Fillin-Yeh in 1992, with Assistant Director Silas Cook

Susan Fillin-Yeh, director and curator, Cooley Gallery [1991–2001], June 9, 2014, in New York, of complications from cancer.

Susan Fillin-Yeh earned a PhD in art history from CUNY and taught art history at Brown, Hunter College, and Yale before coming to Reed to direct the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. During her vibrant career, she won fellowships from the Andrew Mellon, Smithsonian, and Fulbright foundations.


Prof. David Heath French ’39

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Kay French, Jane Shell Raymond ’59, and David French ’39 in 1964 Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

David Heath French ’39, emeritus professor of anthropology, February 12, 1994, in Portland, from a heart attack.

In close conjunction with his wife, Kathrine Story French, David had long been noted for his work with the Indians living on the Warm Springs Reservation, studying all aspects of their culture, especially the languages and traditional uses of plants.


Robert Maurice Fristrom ’43

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Robert Maurice Fristrom ’43, November 14, 2014, in Rockville, Maryland. Bob transferred to Reed from Albany College (Lewis & Clark College) and earned a BA in chemistry, working with Prof. Fred Ayres [chemistry 1940–70] to write the thesis “An Investigation of Phase Equilibria in the Ternary System: Ethanolamine-Water-Potassium Carbonate.” Reflecting on his years at the college, Bob wrote later: “My experience at Reed provided me with a broad, well grounded education and the confidence that I could hold my own in science or any other intellectual field. These are the tools one would hope to get from an education. The remaining requirements for success in science are a willingness to work, imagination, and some ability to get along with people.” He earned an MA with honors from the University of Oregon and served two years in the navy during World War II. After the war, he earned a PhD in physical chemistry from Stanford University, did a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harvard, and joined the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, where he met his future wife, Geraldine (Gerrie). Bob worked as a scientist at the laboratory for 44 years, pursuing research in combustion, propulsion, microwave spectroscopy, molecular beams, and chemical kinetics. He published three books and more than 100 research papers. He also won the Hildebrand Award for brilliant experimental investigations and interpretations of high temperature processes in the chemistry and physics of flames, the Combustion Institute Silver Medal, and the Alexander von Humboldt prize from Germany’s Humboldt Foundation. Bob lectured around the world and was a visiting professor at universities in the U.S. and in Germany. Retirement in 1995 gave Bob and Gerrie the opportunity to travel and to split their time at homes in Maryland and Florida. Gerrie died in 2007. Their son, Rob, and his family became the primary support for Bob thereafter. Survivors include Rob, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. “Bob gave friendship, wisdom, and happiness to all that knew him. He was loved by many and will be missed by all.”

Takeshi Fujino, Friend

Takeshi “Tak” Fujino died December, 2014, in Portland. 

Tak grew up in California and was interned during World War II owing to his Japanese ancestry. After the war, he moved to Spokane, Washington, and in 1947, he married Sumiko (Sue) Kawasaki, who was studying to be a pharmacist. The couple made their home in Portland, sharing the same house for 66 years, raising their three children, and operating the Franklin Grocery Store in southeast Portland.

In 1984, together with their son Gregg, they opened Woodstock Wine & Deli—now in its 29th year. The deli soon became a mainstay for Reed students, faculty, and staff who enjoyed its famous sandwiches, handmade cookies, and convivial setting. Reed regulars have included members of the mathematics department, the alumni office, and the computing staff. Tak initiated the deli’s anniversary bash, which boasts wall-to-wall wine vendors, an immense communal bottle of champagne, and oysters shucked to order. Crowds flocked to the deli for evening jazz shows and weekend barbecues. The deli provided part-time work for scores of Reed students over the years.


Ronnie Jill Bloomfield Freed ’64

Ronnie Jill Bloomfield Freed, February 14, 2012, in Dedham, Massachusetts. Jill spent a year at Reed in 1960–61. She grew up in New York City and graduated from City College of New York. In June 1966, she married Ivan G. Freed. The Freeds lived in Massachusetts for many years. Her public obituary, found by Leslie Mueller Stewart ’64 in July 2014, states, “She was a dedicated mother, sister, and grandmother, who loved children, animals, and the performing arts."

Neil Farnham ’40

A picture of Neil Farnham

Neil Farnham ’40, September 17, 2014, in Redmond, Oregon.

An architect whose residential and commercial designs demonstrated a keen respect for the natural landscape, Neil left an indelible mark on the Pacific Northwest and at Reed, where his projects ranged from residence to reactor.


Franklin Delano Faulkner MAT ’66

Franklin Delano Faulkner MAT ’66, February 17, 2014, in Portland, following a long illness. Frank lost his father at age 3 and his stepfather at 12 and supported his family by selling newspapers and by working at Fred Meyer. He was a superb high school athlete who excelled at track. While earning an associate degree from Multnomah Junior College, he met his future wife, Norma Faulkner MALS ’70. The couple had one daughter, Marie. Frank went on to earn a BS in history and English from Portland State University (PSU) and a JD from Northwestern School of Law (Lewis & Clark); his master’s degree from Reed was focused on the social sciences. Frank taught at PSU and Mt. Hood Community College. Survivors include his wife and daughter, a grandson, and three brothers.

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.

Elizabeth Anne Funge Macaulay ’43

A Portland native, Betty graduated from Franklin High School and worked for two years before enrolling at Reed. She earned a BA in economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and wrote a thesis with Prof. Blair Stewart [1925–49] on the U.S. policy related to sugar. She also did secretarial work for then-President Dexter Keezer [1934–42], and assisted Prof. Frank Munk [political science 1939–65] with the typing of his first book after his arrival in the U.S. Following graduation, Betty worked as an economist for U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. In 1946, she married fellow economics major Robert W. Macaulay’43, and worked as a secretary while he earned an MBA from Harvard. The couple moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where they remained for 60 years. Betty was a statistician for Pacific Telephone, and while she raised a daughter and son, she was a volunteer in schools, with the Girl Scouts, the League of Women Voters, and the Presbyterian church. She later worked as an executive secretary. In 2006, the couple moved to Laguna Niguel to be near family.

Don C. Frisbee, Trustee

Long a leading light in Portland’s business and civic circles, Don Frisbee served as CEO of Pacific Power & Light (later PacifiCorp) for 17 years and chairman of its board of directors for a further 21 years. His significance to Reed, however, stems from his influence on the board of trustees in the late ’80s and early ’90s, when the college suffered from internal strife. 

“Don Frisbee was a critical bridge in the course of the college’s history,” said former President Steven Koblik [1992–2001]. “He was a key player in the transition that took place in the ’90s at Reed.”


Elizabeth M. Fink ’67

A prominent civil liberties attorney who won a stunning legal victory for the Attica inmates, Liz dedicated her career to seeking justice for the poor and disenfranchised. “Paying clients pay for the nonpaying clients,” she said. 

She achieved celebrity in a case that came to her shortly after her degree from Brooklyn Law School, when inmates of New York’s Attica Prison who had been tortured and beaten following the infamous 1971 prison uprising filed a class action suit against the state. As their principal lawyer, Liz doggedly pursued the case for 27 years, until it was settled for $12 million, shared by the 400 surviving inmates.


Theron Friedman ’66

Terry grew up in Detroit. A math major, he came to Reed for his last two years of undergraduate work and wrote a thesis, “The Natural Numbers in Set Theory.” He went on to graduate school at the University of Oregon.

For the most part, he worked in computer-related support of planetary space research and at the University of Arizona as a computer specialist. He also had a passion for folk dancing. Molly Stafford ’66 remembers that his middle name was A-Z because his parents wanted him to have a middle initial, but wanted him to choose his own. He thought A-Z was perfect. His wife, Sara Heitshu, and a faithful beagle survive Terry.

Kathleen Flannigan ’62

“Some say my artwork is triumphing over my disability, but my disability has been helpful to me,” says Kathleen Flannigan ’62. “Instead of fighting it, I exploit it.”

“Some say my artwork is triumphing over my disability, but my disability has been helpful to me,” says Kathleen Flannigan ’62. “Instead of fighting it, I exploit it.” PHOTO BY ARIEL ZAMBELICH

Born with cerebral palsy, Kathleen became a celebrated artist who exploited her disability instead of fighting it. “My work is unique because I am unique,” she said. “I envision my work as refuge, sanctuary, as holy and healing.”

Her work was shown at the Smithsonian; in Brussels, Belgium; and in Rio de Janeiro. She was an artist in residence at the California Academy of Sciences, and won numerous prestigious awards, including a Pollock-Krasner grant. She also held a part-time job at Disability Rights California, a law firm where she consulted and liaised with the disabled community.


Marjorie Foster Saltzman ’44

A pioneer in the field of family planning, Marjorie volunteered at Planned Parenthood for longer than any other person in America, teaching thousands of teenagers about birth control, family planning, and sexual health.

Marjorie considered overpopulation the world’s most pressing problem, and she wanted every pregnancy in Portland to be a planned one. In her straightforward manner, she delivered the unvarnished facts. Even sniggering boys in the classrooms snapped to attention when she explained Oregon’s laws on paternity testing and 18 years of child support payments.


Allahverdi Farmanfarmaian ’52

Known to his friends as Verdi, Allahverdi was born a prince in Iran—a descendent of the Qajar dynasty, which ruled Persia from 1785 to 1925. His father was governor of Tehran and Iran’s vice minister of education and pushed his sons to attend college in the United States. In 1948, Verdi started at a small Catholic college in New York, and then transferred to Stanford, a name he recognized from Iran. His younger brother, Tari Farmanfarmaian ’54, was accepted at Reed on the condition that he completed some summer courses. In 1950, Verdi visited to support his brother, fell in love with Reed and Oregon, and stayed. He was proud of his Reed education, saying that it taught him to think and broadened his intellect, giving him experiences outside of technical chemistry.

“I learned more out of class than I did in class,” he said. “I was knocked about and shaped by the ever-present dialectical argument and discourse, Socratic, spiritual, or Marxist. In the coffee shop, the commons, the dorms, or on the lawn, you could not open your mouth on any subject without being challenged. Many years later I came across the term ‘total immersion’ and was struck how aptly it described my learning environment at Reed.”


Pauline Ratner Foster ’55

Pauline defined her life by giving. She donated millions of dollars to a variety of San Diego institutions, especially ones reflecting her passions for education, art, and health care. She served on the boards of numerous community organizations, and was the first woman president of the United Way, the United Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Community Foundation.

“Pauline’s quiet strength and caring support touched the hearts and changed the lives of people throughout our community,” said Hugh Davies, director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Joseph Michael Freeman ’72

Mike was born prematurely, and because eyes are among the last organs to develop—and partly due to the medical measures taken to keep him alive—his retinas detached due to abnormal blood vessel growth, causing blindness.

As a child, he attended the Washington State School for the Blind, in Vancouver, Washington, where he would later serve on several committees. After graduating from Columbia River High School he came to Reed, where he wrote his thesis, Canonical Transformations Relative to a Specified Hamiltonian, with Prof. Nicholas Wheeler ’55 [physics 1963–2010]. Mike’s mother brought him to campus nearly every day the summer before he enrolled so he could practice walking with a cane to each class, to commons, and to the dorm. By fall he had the route memorized.

He went on to get a master’s in physics from New Mexico State University and worked as an information technology specialist for the Bonneville Power Administration under the U.S. Department of Energy.


Dwayne Feeken AMP ’44

September 2, 2016, in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

A resident of Omaha, Nebraska, Dwayne started his own engineering firm, Municipal Engineers, after working at Fairbanks Morse. He attended Reed in the army premeteorology program and received his bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1948 from Iowa State University. His wife, Gertrude, preceded him in death. He is survived by his five daughters: Gail Rose, Denise Smith, Allison Lindsay, Sheryl Feeken, and Lisa Ewan.

Karie Lazarus Friedman ’61

A poet and lover of languages, Kearvelle (Karie) studied Latin, Greek, Danish, Swedish, Chinese, and Portuguese. She grew up in Los Angeles and began writing poetry at Reed, where she majored in French and English literature. Karie wrote her thesis, “Common Hieroglyphicks: A Study of Sir Thomas Browne’s Pseudodoxia Epidemica and Other Works,” with Prof. William Whallon [English 1957–62] advising. “Learning to cut to the heart of the matter and to speak plainly were the two most useful lessons I brought away from Reed,” she said. She married fellow Reedie John Friedman ’60 in 1962, and the couple divorced in 1987.

For many years, Karie worked as an editor on small literary journals, for the Michigan State University Press, as assistant editor of the physics journal Reviews of Modern Physics, and as editor of the online newsletter ICAMNews.


Alvin F. Oien ’57

As a young boy Al served as junior prime minister in the Portland Rose Festival. He graduated from Benson High School and began at Reed in 1953. He left to get pilot training and served as a USAF pilot at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida, flying down-range missions during the early years of the space program. Al also served as a military pilot in the 304th Aerospace Rescue Squadron, USAF Reserves, Portland, flying search and rescue missions in SA-16 amphibians.

In 1960, he married Sally Dinsmore and attended Portland State College. Al began his career as a commercial pilot in 1962, flying for Delta Air Lines in Dallas, Texas, retiring as captain in 1985. Following the death of Sally, Al married Carol Thomas, his “Sweetbaby,” in 1975. For many years he served as alderman for the town of Westlake, Texas, and was “noted for his candor” by the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

Al was privileged to have flown many types of aircraft in his lifetime, including helicopters, amphibians, single- and multiengine props, and jets. He flew the last commissioned B-17 during his Air Force service and, as a civilian, the last operating Boeing 307, now in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In recent years, Al collaborated with author/pilot Ross Nixon on the book Finding Carla, a recollection of the tragic loss of his father, Al Senior, in a private plane crash in 1967. His wife, Carol, survives him, as do his brothers, Ronald and Charles.

Robert A. Fernea ’54

For half a century Bob was a professor of anthropology at the University of Texas and the founding director of the university’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, one of the premier Middle Eastern studies centers in the nation.

He was adopted at birth by George and Alta Fernea and graduated from high school in Vancouver, Washington. At Reed, he majored in sociology and was president of his senior class. He wrote his thesis on whether it was possible to distribute an F-scale test to a population and get a reading of their authoritarianism—an idea based on the work of Erich Fromm.

“Reed was an essential part of my intellectual life,” he said. “It was a revelation as well as an education. It was the education at Reed that gripped me.”


Lee Ann Fujii ’84

A leading political scientist, Lee Ann examined the motivations behind interpersonal violence in Rwanda, Bosnia, and the United States. She was an associate professor in political science at the University of Toronto and leaves behind nearly two decades of extensive research into genocide and political violence.

She was born in Seattle to parents of Japanese descent who met while interned during World War II. Her brother, Carey, remembered that everyone in the family expressed their views forcefully. Lee Ann was outspoken and once had a run-in with her high school teacher after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance. Her parents’ internment may have influenced her career path, he says, because “she always wanted to make the world better, to right social injustice.”


Mary Freeman Rosenblum ’74

March 11, 2018, in La Center, Washington, in a plane crash.

Award-winning author Mary Rosenblum, who also played a significant role in Oregon aviation—tirelessly advocating on behalf of pilots of light aircraft—died when her Piper Super Cub plane hit trees and crashed near Daybreak Field in Clark County, Washington.


Nancy Fry Houghton ’50

October 10, 2018, in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Born in Chicago to Kenneth and Margaret Fry, Nancy attended George Washington University and Reed before graduating from Antioch College. She went on to earn a graduate degree from Teachers College at Columbia University.


Marguerite A. Fox ’47

July 17, 2012, in Harmony, Pennsylvania, at home following a brief illness.

Born in Warrendale, Oregon, Marguerite attended Reed, but did not complete a degree. She was a member of the Park United Presbyterian Church in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, loved to bowl, and served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and for the women’s association at her church. She was married for 55 years to Villard Fox, who preceded her in death, and is survived by her four children, Keith Fox, Neal Fox, Ron Fox, and Martha Weygandt.

Michelle Fulton ’87

June 29, 2018, in Portland, Oregon, of cancer.

Michelle’s family announced her passing at the age of 53. She is survived by her father and stepmother, John and Ruth Fulton, and three sisters, Katie Anthony, Judy Urness, and Jenni Ford.

Myron Joe Floren ’50

December 31, 2017, at his home in Clackamas, Oregon.

Joe’s early life in Oregon City was permeated by the subdued mood of the Great Depression. For a time, before moving to Northeast Portland, his family lived with his grandparents on their farm near Carver, Oregon. After graduating from Jefferson High School, Joe started at Reed. He went on to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. In 1950, he married Marjorie Daum ’51, and two years later a daughter was born. Joe worked as a writer and editor for the Blue Mountain Eagle and then was hired by the Hillsboro Argus as its farm editor.


Kim Ferris ’79

June 11, 2019, in Prosser, Washington.

Kim was a senior research scientist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington. He came to Reed with a bachelor of science degree from the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture. A chemistry major at Reed, he wrote his thesis, “Studies of Lithium Iodide and Phthaloyl Chloride in Ether Solvents,” and went on to earn both an MA and a PhD in chemistry from Princeton University. He is survived by his wife, Karen.

Thomas Robert Forstenzer ’65

November 25, 2019, in Paris, France.

Tom was born in Washington Heights in New York City, where his father, Harold, was an attorney and politician and his mother, Ida, worked as a civil servant. He was senior class president at Stuyvesant High School.


Charles Farmer

January 28, 2019, in Portland.

Charles was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and the family moved to Los Angeles, where he showed an early talent for music. He studied piano with Aube Tzerko of Los Angeles and earned a master’s degree in music history from the UC Berkeley. In 1965, Charles moved to Oregon, where he served on the music faculties of the University of Oregon, Lewis & Clark College, and Reed, teaching piano, music history, theory, composition and aesthetics. He served as director of the applied music program at Reed from 1978 to 1982.


E. Louise Flechtner Brierton ’44

May 5, 2020, in Davidsville, Pennsylvania.

 Born in Twin Falls, Idaho, Louise was the daughter of Gustav Flechtner, a concert violinist and orchestra conductor who taught at the Oregon City Conservatory of Music and was associated with the Portland Symphony. Due to his wife’s ill health, he relocated to Twin Falls and took a job as a music teacher and band leader at public schools in Twin Falls and Jerome, Idaho. To earn extra money, he played the violin at a silent movie theater in Jerome.

 Louise and her sister, Augusta, worked summers after high school in Sun Valley, Idaho. Louise represented Sun Valley and the state of Idaho at the 1939 Miss America Pageant, where she was voted fifth runner-up to Miss America. During the talent portion of the pageant, she played Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust on the clarinet her father had given her as a child.


Ann Faricy Graham ’48

June 6, 2020, in Portland, Oregon.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ann attended Catholic schools and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in humanities. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at Reed, and taught art and English in Portland high schools.


Mildred Fahlen Taxer ’42

September 11, 2020, in Portland, of natural causes.

A lifelong Portland resident, Mildred often said, “There is nowhere any better than right here!” Her father, Nels, was a tailor who had come to Portland from Sweden, and her mother was the daughter of Swedish immigrants. After attending Ainsworth Elementary School and Lincoln High School, Mildred followed her sister, Ethel Noble ’40, to Reed. The college, as she noted, “was highly touted in high school.” It was also the Great Depression and economically advantageous to live at home.


Elmo Ellingson Fadling ’48

June 16, 2015, in Wheeler, Oregon.

“I enjoyed to the fullest my two years at Reed,” Elmo said. Her favorite professors were F.L. Griffin [math 1911–56], Owen Ulph [history 1944–79], and Dorothy Johansen [history 1934–84]. Elmo married J.E. “Red” Fadling in 1946, and in their nearly 50 years together they operated the Flying R Ranch, breeding Arabian horses and training riders. She worked for years on the Washington State legislative staff and played violin in the Olympia (Washington) Symphony Orchestra and in the North Coast Symphony Orchestra.


Katherine Ferguson Abel ’48

March 12, 2020, in Portland, after a brief illness, at the age of 93.

Katherine was born in Evanston, Illinois, but by the time she was 13, the family had settled in San Francisco. During the Second World War, her mother was a Red Cross volunteer. A fellow volunteer with two children at Reed praised the college.

“My mother had heard vague rumblings about the possibility of a female labor draft in the country,” Katherine remembered. “She wanted me to avoid that and get into college.”


Mary Jones Flores ’59

May 31, 2018, in Spokane, Washington.

Born in Seattle, Mary attended Reed and was employed for most of her adult life by the State of Washington, beginning at the University of Washington and ending at the Department of Corrections. She is survived by her son, Nils Mork, and her daughter, Tina Fairfax.

Suzanne (Zusaan) Kali Fasteau ’68

November 20, 2020, in Monroe, New York.

Suzanne was a musical globetrotter who employed what she called “comprovisational” techniques to weave together a sound featuring African polyrhythms, Turkish reed sounds, haunting vocals, and free jazz.


Margery Feldman Senders ’42

October 27, 2020, in Portland, just shy of her 101st birthday.

Marge could remember her early days in Portland where she watched her father crank the car to get it started. Years later, she watched men walk on the moon. She attended Lincoln High before coming to Reed, which she attended for one year. While at Reed, she was skiing at Timberline and met Bruce Senders of Albany, Oregon. They married a week after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.


Jane Furkert Houser ’48

April 6, 2020, in Walnut Creek, California.

Jane wrote her thesis, “Sociometry as a Tool for the Evaluation of Group Work in the Portland Young Women’s Christian Association,” with Prof. Read Bain [sociology 1947–49] advising. While at Reed, she met her husband, Donald Houser ’50. He began working for Chevron Oil Company and accepted a temporary position in Holland, where they lived for four years. Jane raised three daughters, Julie, Karen, and Diane, and was active in the community, volunteering for and giving generously to numerous nonprofit organizations. In their later years, she and Don rented a cabin and spent several weeks each year in Sierra City, their favorite mountain town.

“Since most of my life was spent raising a family,” she said, “the four years I spent at Reed were a wonderful preparation. In later years, when I began to teach, I was able to use many undergraduate units towards a credential.”

Calvin Freeman ’69

Calvin Freeman ’69, front-left

November 2020, in Elk Grove, California.

In the late ’60s, Calvin was one of the student leaders at Reed confronting what would come to be known as systemic racism. His participation in the Black Student Union helped change the dialogue about race at Reed. When he looked back at those days, he said, “On one hand . . . the failure of Reed to really recognize and embrace diversity and cultural studies and even allow the hint of a multicultural perspective in its academics was a major disappointment. Balanced against that are people I’ve remembered and loved my entire life . . . and memories and experiences that were hugely formative in where I am now and who I am now. Reed absolutely remains a part of me.”


Barbara Frank Beach ’54

November 7, 2021, in British Columbia, Canada.

Raised in a brownstone in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Barbara grew up in a family that had a strong sense of social justice. She was surrounded by progressive thinkers, artists, and intellectuals, and as a young girl at City and Country School, she learned to make pottery and play guitar, beginning a lifelong love for making music. Summers were spent at the family cottage on White Oak Pond in New Hampshire. Her broad-minded, nontraditional upbringing led her to seek new ways of thinking and expanding her mind, and she met many wonderful people on her journey.


Margaret Lin Folsom ’57

November 8, 2021, in Anacortes, Washington, from heart condition complications.

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Lin was raised in Darien and graduated high school from Putney School in Vermont. After graduating from Reed with a degree in biology, she earned a master’s degree in botany at the University of Colorado Boulder. Lin worked at a variety of biology labs, including in Berkeley, at Washington State University, and at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

In 1958, she married William Page; they had three children. True to her adventurous spirit, she and her husband took the family, including a golden retriever, to Gabes, Tunisia, where they spent a year learning the culture, food, history, and exploring the surrounding desert. Upon returning, the family moved to Gold Hill, Colorado, and then to Niwot, Colorado, where she worked in water and wastewater treatment for the City of Longmont.


Judith Forsythe Powell ’60

October, 26, 2021, in Hinsdale, Illinois.

At Reed, Judith wrote her thesis, “Variables Which Differentiate Release Patterns of Unmarried Mothers,” advised by Prof. Carol Creedon [psychology 1957–91]. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Smith College, became a clinical social caseworker, and then established a psychotherapy private practice in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois. Judith loved to travel with her husband, William Powell, and they made it around the world three times. He survives her, as do her two sons, Steven and Christopher Powell

Marion Faber ’65

April 30, 2020, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, from complications of pancreatic cancer.

Marion was the Scheuer Family Professor Emerita of Humanities and professor emerita of German at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. She was fluent in English, German, French, and Italian; the bulk of her scholarship involved the translation of works written in German and reflected her expansive interests in German history and culture—especially literature and music from the 18th century to the present. A prolific scholar, translator, and teacher, she was an expert on the Austrian composer Wolfgang Mozart and the German philosopher-poet Friedrich Nietzsche.


Brian G. Foster ’81

July 2, 2021, in Portland, Oregon, from cancer.

Brian had the gift of making others feel included. At Reed, after writing his thesis, “Crayludes: Functional Characterization of the Neurodepressing Hormone in the Crayfish,” with Prof. Frank Gwilliam [biology 1957–96] advising, he fed his experimental subjects, sauteed, to his orals board.


Ardeth Owen Steere Fortier ’55

October 25, 2021 in San Francisco, California.

Contributed by John Sheehy ’82


Jean Ruth Arndt Fowler ’58

January 1, 2022, in McKinleyville, California, from Alzheimer’s disease.

Jean was an only child raised in Bellingham, Washington. Her father died when she was young, and her mother, who had only completed the fourth grade, believed strongly in a liberal education. She suggested that her daughter go to Reed. “It was the greatest gift my mother ever gave me,” Jean said. “It developed my self-image as a smart person. No one can take that away.”

She also enjoyed the ratio of three men on campus for every woman. She wrote her thesis, “The Accuracy of Judgements Concerning Participation in Group Discussion,” advised by Prof. Leslie Squier [psychology 1953–88]. She went on to earn a master’s of social work from Boston’s Simmons School of Social Work, which she found easy after attending Reed. She worked as a psychotherapist in Monterey and had an office in Eureka for 28 years. Joan was one of the original teaching members of the International Transactional Analysis Association, and her career as a psychotherapist spanned 59 years, 51 of those years in Humboldt County. She was a longtime member and former president of the American Association of University Women.


David E. Fahrney ’59

April 14, 2022, in Fort Collins, Colorado.

David was born in Nebraska where, in his youth, he had many medical issues that kept him for long periods of time at the Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Colorado.  He had lung issues and was one of the first civilians to receive penicillin, which saved his life.


Robert Wells Fishel ’03

February 5, 2023, in Portland, of a hemorrhage in his brain stem.

Born in Washington, D.C., Rob moved with his family to Baltimore County, Maryland, when he was 11. He attended Hereford High School, where he was deeply involved in the music and theatre departments. He studied music at Reed and for his senior thesis wrote and music directed a musical called One Hour in Eden, advised by Prof. Armando Bayolo [music 2002–04]. In 2007, he received an MA in music education from Portland State University.


Doris Felde Avshalomov ’43, MAT ’63

November 4, 2020, in Portland.

A lifelong Portlander, Doris was born at her family’s home in Eastmoreland. As a child she and her brother would walk to Reed’s campus to pick raspberries and swim in the pool. “To me Reed was like a magic place,” she later recalled. After graduating from Franklin High School at age 16, she worked in the public library as a page for three years in order to earn enough money to start college. When asked why she chose Reed, Doris, whose parents hadn’t attended college, answered that she thought it “would be a good place to go because serious students went to Reed.”

Doris came to Reed as a day-dodger, living at home and walking to campus each day to attend classes and participate in musical activities. She took double bass and voice lessons, sang in the chorus and a madrigal group, and performed in several theatre productions. She studied literature and wrote a thesis on Virginia Woolf under Prof. Victor L.O. Chittick [English 1921–48]. She also took classes on creative writing and 18th-century literature with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69]. He “was sort of my hero,” Doris said. “He was a great teacher . . . He had sort of beetling brows, and he’d say, ‘Now, I may look angry but I’m not. It’s just the way my eyebrows are.’” Other highlights at Reed included classes with Profs. Rex Arragon [history 1923–62], Barry Cerf [English 1921–48], Harold Sproul [music 1938–43], and F.L. Griffin [mathematics 1911–52].