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Margaret Grover Swift ’32

Margaret Grover Swift ’32, May 15, 1994, in Newberg, Oregon. She attended Willamette University for one year, transferring to Reed in 1929. She married Herbert B. Swift that same year. Survivors include her husband, a son, two brothers, a sister, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

James Herbert Gilbaugh ’32

James Herbert Gilbaugh Sr. ’32, March 25, 1994, in Portland, where he had lived all his life. He attended the college in 1931–32 and was previously at the University of Oregon. For most of his life, he worked in the family business of Portland Casket and Chemical Company, a funeral supplier. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, two sons, a sister, 22 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

Mary Lois Dana Gilbert ’41

Mary Lois Dana Gilbert ’41, April 15, 1994, in Portland. She attended Stanford University before transferring to Reed in 1939 and later earned a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon. After earning her degree, she worked as a secretary at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and the Oregon Journal library. In the early 1960s, she worked for the Portland Reporter newspaper. In 1942, she married Paul Luckey Gilbert, who died two years later. In 1947, she married Hudson Lothian. Survivors include four sons, a brother, and six grandchildren.

Marian Elizabeth Graham ’31

Marian Elizabeth Graham ’31, April 13, 1995, in Milwaukie, Oregon. After graduating from Reed, Elizabeth attended a teachers' college in Southern Oregon. She later did graduate work at Columbia University, earning an MA in 1947. She was an elementary school teacher in the Milwaukie, Oregon, school district for many years, and was at one time the director of special education at Milwaukie Elementary School. She retired in the 1970s. Survivors include two nephews and two nieces.

Anne Gray Walrod ’71

Anne Gray Walrod ’71, June 4, 1994, in Berkeley, California. She attended Reed for one year in 1970–71 and transferred to Sarah Lawrence College, where she received her BA. She earned a master's degree in liberal studies from Mills College in 1988. At the time of her death, she was a docent in the Oakland Art Museum. Survivors include her husband, Stephen Walrod MAT ’71, two sons, parents John and Betty Gray of Portland, three sisters, and a brother.

Alice Kremers Green ’35

Alice Kremers Green ’35, 1996, in Oakland, California. She attended Reed for one year, was married in 1936, and had two children.

Barbara Wickham Garretson ’48

Barbara Wickham Garretson ’48, January 10, 1996, in Yakima, Washington. After graduating, she married James B. Garretson ’43, and the couple settled in his hometown of Yakima, Washington. She was a homemaker who raised three children, and she was also involved in a family fruit-growing and shipping business. Survivors include two sons and a daughter. James died in 1984.

Ralph W. Gravatt ’52

Ralph W. Gravatt ’52, April 23, 1996, in Redmond, Washington. He had struggled with multiple sclerosis for several years. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Burlingame, California, and later in the state of Washington, and he was a supervisor at the time of his retirement in 1981. He is survived by a brother and a nephew.

Joseph J. Gaynor ’61

Joseph J. Gaynor ’61, February 4, 1997, in California, after an extended illness. He was a letter carrier in the Seattle area for many years, and he was active in the Seattle chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers. His other interests included photography and music. He is survived by his sister and eight nieces and nephews.

Ora Kirshner Goodman ’24

Ora Kirshner Goodman ’24, March 3, 1996, in Portland, Oregon. She attended Reed for one year before transferring to the University of Washington, where she earned a BS in library science. She worked in a lower east side branch of the New York City Public Library and the Portland Public Library until 1935, and then accepted the position of catalog librarian at the University of Oregon Medical School, where she continued to work until her retirement in 1971. She married Irvin Goodman ’21 in 1940; he died in 1958.

Shirley Diamondstein Gold MAT ’62

Shirley Diamondstein Gold MAT ’62, February 27, 1998, of pancreatic cancer in Portland, Oregon. She served in both chambers of the Oregon Legislature, beginning in 1980 when she was appointed to fill a vacant seat in the House in 1980. She was House majority leader in 1985, and in 1988 she was elected state senator; she helped to write the education reform plan that requires Oregon students to meet statewide standards. She graduated from Hunter College in 1945 and worked as a publicist for CBS before moving to Oregon. She began teaching in 1954. In 1965, she became president of the Portland Federation of Teachers and then was president of the Oregon Federation of Teachers for five years. Her honors include induction into the Oregon Labor Hall of Fame and Hunter College Hall of Fame, the Oregon Women’s Political Caucus Mary Rieke Woman of Achievement Award, and the Oregon Environmental Council Award. She served as national vice chair of the Education Commission of the States. She is survived by two sons, Andrew Gold ’70 and Dana Gold.

Josephine Grannatt Davis ’41

Josephine Grannatt Davis ’41, April 29, 1999, in Portland. She attended Reed for several years and then attended the University of California, Berkeley, and the Portland Art Museum School. She married in 1941 and began raising a family; that marriage ended in divorce. In 1953, she returned to Reed to work for Ann Shepard ’23, dean of students [1926–68]. She was assistant dean of students for 10 years. In 1959, she married again, and she retired from Reed in 1964 to raise a family. In later years, she worked as a freelance writer and editor, and worked in public relations. In 1976, she was asked to write a book about Dean Shepard, focusing on her witty, wise, and honorable advice in correspondences with Reed students. That book, Yours Sincerely, was published by Reed College in 1978. She was also involved in many volunteer activities, including the Foster-Scholtz Club, the Portland Art Museum, and the Boys and Girls Aid Society. Her husband died in 1979. She is survived by two sons, a daughter, and a number of grandchildren.

Robert H. Greenfield ’48

Robert Greenfield ’48, April 23, 1999, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He studied at Oxford University in England after graduating from Reed and earned a doctorate in divinity there in 1956. Returning to Portland, he had a parish in Raleigh Hills and was the rector for St. Helen’s Hall School, which later became Oregon Episcopal School. He also served as dean of St. Stephen in Portland. In 1980, he took the vows of poverty and joined the monastic society of St. John the Evangelist. He entered the Monastery of St. Mary and St. John in Cambridge, where he lived until his death.

Miriam Bachman Guttormsen ’32

Miriam Bachman Guttormsen ’32, February 5, 1995, in Seattle, Washington.

Mabel Easter Griffin ’25

Mabel Easter Griffin ’25, March 21, 2000, in Portland. She was a chemist in the pathology lab at Emanuel Hospital, Portland, and was an art teacher at Catlin Gabel School until her retirement in 1969. She married Curtis Griffin in 1926; he died in 1969. Survivors include her daughter, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

William A. Gittelsohn ’48

William A. Gittelsohn ’48, Reed alumnus and trustee, died on June 24, 2000, at age 75 of cancer. A memorial service was held on June 26 in the Eliot Hall chapel. Gittelsohn was noted for his tireless energy and enthusiasm for Reed College, with which he had a longtime association. In addition to his service on the board, which began in 1987 as an alumni trustee, he volunteered for the development office for almost 50 years, working for the Griffin Society and many committees, and holding the post of chair of the Annual Fund and director and vice president of the alumni board of management. He received the volunteer recognition award for development from Reed in 1993 and the Foster-Scholz Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He was one of the founders of the Gittelsohn-Georges Endowed Scholarship Fund in 1986, and he supported many facets of the college, including the Campaign for Reed College, the Cooley Gallery Art Associates, and the Chinese Humanities Fund. Bill was almost always seen with a camera and was known for his generosity in distributing snapshots to all involved.

Bill was born in San Francisco and attended Berkeley High School. After graduating from Reed in economics in 1948, he earned an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley. Shortly after, he began working for Oregon Laundry (later named Oregon Linen Rental) as a CPA. He became president and copartner of the firm, which had grown into one of the leading linen rental services in the Pacific Northwest. He sold the company in 1986 before retiring.

He held many civic posts in the Portland and Oregon community, including those of president of the Oregon State Laundry Owners Association, treasurer of the Portland City Club, and member of the board of organizations that included the Jewish Federation of Portland, the World Affairs Council, the American Jewish Committee, the Cannon Beach Historical Society, and the Cannon Beach Homeowners Association.


Samuel Graham ’40

Samuel Graham ’40, March 1, 2001, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, he served in Europe during World War II. He held several positions for Mayflower Farms, a Portland dairy, retiring in 1975. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

Brennan Ashley Guth ’93

Brennan Guth ’93, March 15, 2001, while kayaking on the Palguin River in Chile. After attending Reed, he studied philosophy at the University of Montana, and he later worked as an Americorps member on environmental issues. He became a world class kayaker and founded a company, Tarkio Kayak Adventures, in Missoula, Montana, dedicated to bringing together the best whitewater instructors to teach kayaking to adults and young people and to lead tours around the world. He was well known for boating challenging rivers around the world and for making numerous first descents into uncharted sections. He was also featured in a number of kayak videos. Survivors include his parents, a sister, two grandmothers, a niece, and a nephew.

Margaret Spliid Gearin ’42

Margaret Spliid Gearin ’42, December 5, 2001, in Hillsboro, Oregon. She attended Reed for one year. In 1941, she married John Gearin, and they had two children. She later worked as an interview specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau for about 15 years, retiring in 1983. Survivors include two sons, a brother, and six grandchildren.

Mary Greblo Nys ’35

Mary Greblo Nys ’35, August 18, 2001, in Salem, Oregon. After graduating, she worked as a medical technologist. She married Francis Nys in 1942 and they had one son. She later worked as a bookkeeper in her husband’s business, Nys Machine and Welding.

Ann Galey Richardson ’56

Ann Galey Richardson ’56, March 17, 2002, in Portland, where she had lived since 1998. Before beginning graduate studies, she worked as a researcher with the Oregon State Unemployment Compensation Commission. She earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1973 and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin. She was a market researcher with the Bureau of Social Science Research, Washington, D.C., and most recently was a researcher for AT&T. She married Jerry Richardson in 1959, and they later divorced. She is survived by two nieces and a nephew.

Maurice O. Georges ’47

Maurice Ostrow Georges ’47, May 5, 2002, in Portland. Ossie received a BA in history and graduated from the Columbia University School of Law in 1950. During World War II, he served in the army in Europe, and attended University of Dijon, in Dijon, France. He married Evelyn Scher in 1948, and they had two daughters and a son. Before returning to Portland in 1951 to join the firm Miller, Nash, Wiener, Ossie taught at Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. He retired from his practice as a tax attorney in 1994. Ossie served on the boards of the Oregon Council for the Humanities and the Portland Opera. His support for the college included generous financial donations, establishment of the Georges–Gittelsohn Scholarship, and service as president of the alumni association in 1959. He was appointed alumni trustee in 1967, and became a member of the board of trustees at Reed in 1977. He is survived by his wife and children, four grandchildren, a brother, and two sisters.

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.

William Brooks Griffith ’53

William Brooks Griffith ’53, April 6, 2003, in Gold Hill, Oregon. William received a bachelor’s degree in biology at Reed and then entered OHSU, receiving both an MD and an MS in pharmacology in 1957. He joined the U.S. Army and began a residency in psychiatry at Letterman Army Hospital in California, and later served as chief of the department of neuropsychiatry in Munich, Germany. After leaving the army, William developed a private practice and taught psychiatry in California and Hawaii before retiring in 1993 and moving to Gold Hill. Survivors include his three sons and two daughters; his second wife, Kathleen Jump, whom he married in 1978; five grandchildren; and his brother.

Margaret Thiele Gamble ’34

Margaret Thiele Gamble ’34, March 2, 2003, in San Diego. Margaret received a BA from Reed in general literature.

Dean C. Gordanier ’70

Dean C. Gordanier Jr. ’70, February 25, 2004, in Boston, Massachusetts, from stomach cancer. Dean earned a BA in theatre from Reed. After graduation he lived in San Francisco and worked at a stationery store selling rubber bands and paper clips; he also did carpentry. Inspired to enter the legal profession during Watergate hearings, Dean attended Boston University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude with a JD in 1981. He joined the law firm Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault in Boston in 1984, and was a partner in the firm at the time of his death. His tax legislation work, especially in the areas of private equity and venture capital, was considered innovative. Legal publications included "Structuring Securities Partnerships for Foreign and Tax-Exempt Partners" (Journal of Partnership Taxation, 1990). Dean had "a flair for the dramatic," with a creative intellect fueled by books and new technology. His talents also included singing and whistling, and he was said to have a contagious cheerful disposition. In 1969 he married Rachael M. Dorr ’76, and they had three children, with whom he traveled each summer to Nevada to attend the Burning Man Festival. He is survived by his wife; his daughters, including Amy Gordanier ’07, and son; his mother, four sisters and two brothers.

Hugh Daniel Graham ’44

Hugh Daniel Graham ’44, January 19, 2004, in Corinth, Texas. Hugh attended Reed in the U.S. Army premeteorology program while serving with the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines, and worked as a mining engineer for the Department of the Interior and the Department of Labor. In his early career, Hugh traveled to Afghanistan to assist in safety training for resident miners. He was a member of the American Legion, and lived primarily in Dallas, Texas. In 1984 he married Fern Rupe, who survived his death, as did children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Charles Francis Gettys ’63

Charles Francis Gettys ’63, May 4, 1998, in Oklahoma. Chuck received a BA in psychology from Reed and an MA in experimental psychology (1963), and PhD in psychology (1967), from the University of Louisville, in Kentucky. In 1964, he married Vesta Skees, and they had two daughters. Chuck was an experimental psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman.

Edith Schnitzer Goodman ’35

Edith Schnitzer Goodman ’35, February 12, 2005, in Portland. Edith attended Reed for three years, earning her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington; she also did graduate work at Columbia University. In 1939, she married Morton J. Goodman; they had three children. Edith was a fine classical pianist, an avid reader, and an excellent cook, who faced adversity without complaint and engaged others with her warm heart. She served on the board of the Jewish Family and Child Services, the Child Welfare Advisory Committee of Multnomah County, and was president of the P.T.A. for Lincoln High School in Portland. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, four grandchildren, two brothers, and her sister, Mollie Schnitzer Levin ’35. Brothers Manual Schnitzer ’28 and Leonard Schnitzer ’46 also attended Reed. Her husband died in 2002.

Virginia Ann Lewis Greenberg MAT ’63

Virginia Ann Lewis Greenberg MAT ’63, December 15, 1998, in Vancouver, Washington. Ginny earned a BS in chemistry and mathematics from Wisconsin State at Oshleosh in 1958, and followed her master's degree from Reed with an MS in oceanographic chemistry from the University of Hawaii in 1966. She worked for a number of years as a research chemist in labs, on an oceanographic expedition, and at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics. In 1974, she married Edward Greenberg. She became program coordinator for the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte, before retiring in 1993 to Vancouver, Washington, where she responded to her unquenchable desire to teach by becoming a public library volunteer in computing.

Fern J. Gossett McGee ’31

Fern J. Gossett McGee ’31, March 19, 2005, in Washington. Fern attended Reed for two years. She earned a BA in education from the University of Southern California in 1931 and an RN from the University of Oregon in 1933. She married Patrick H. McGee, and they had two daughters and a son.

Patricia Ann McCarty Gates ’48

Patricia Ann McCarty Gates ’48, February 16, 2006, in Florida. Patricia received a BA from Reed in psychology. She continued her education at Ohio University, earning an MA in 1949. Patricia was a caseworker for public welfare, before turning her attention to a career as a mother and homemaker. She was married to Edgar D. Gates for over 56 years; they had a son and daughter, and three grandchildren. In his retirement, the couple lived in Greenwich, Connecticut, and in South Palm Beach, Florida.

Marian Gage Abrecht ’44

Marian Gage Abrecht ’44, March 29, 2007, in Santa Barbara, California. Marian attended Reed for one year, earning a BA in history from Whittier College in 1948. She later earned a secondary teaching credential, was a substitute teacher for Anaheim High School, and worked for the city of Anaheim public library for eight years. She retired in 1978. That same year, she received an MA from Chapman College in counseling psychology, and was a psychiatric technician at Atascadero State Hospital. Marian was active in retirement with Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, visiting, counseling, and supporting seniors, and the acutely ill. She was also a tour guide for Hearst Castle, San Simeon. In 1989, she noted: “I have great respect for scholarship, assuming personal responsibility, and time management, which are attributable to Reed.” She married James W. Abrecht in 1945, who died in 1995. Survivors include her two sons.

Isabel Beckwith Goode ’41

Isabel Beckwith Goode ’41, March 3, 2008, at home in Jacksonville, Oregon. Isabel entered Reed as a transfer student from Smith College, and received a BA from Reed in economics. For the next three years, she worked for the office for emergency management and other federal offices, in Washington, D.C. During World War II, she worked for the United Nations in D.C., New York, Germany, and London. In 1948, she married Paul J. Goode; they had six children, and she devoted her life to her husband and children. The family lived in Oregon, California, and New Jersey, and Isabel enjoyed gardening, bridge, hiking, travel, and recreation experiences at the Metolius River. In 2003, she was interviewed for the Reed Oral History Project by Trish Styer ’83. Survivors include three daughters and two sons, five grandchildren, and two sisters. Her husband and one son predeceased her.

Abigail Joy Garcia ’10

Abigail Joy Garcia ’10, May 21, 2008, in a single-car accident. Abigail's major focus at Reed was in chemistry, and she received a commendation for academic excellence in 2007. She was en route to a summer chemistry internship at the Palo Verde Nuclear Plant in California when the accident occurred. Her mother, Tamara Thomas, informed the Reed community that Abigail was very happy at Reed. A celebration of Abigail's life will be held at the college in August. Survivors include her mother, father, and extended family members.

Audrey Angelique Lockhart Gregg ’30

Audrey Angelique Lockhart Gregg ’30, March 28, 2010, in Portland.

George D. Graham ’32

George D. Graham ’32, February 1, 1988, in Portland. George was married to Reed graduate Bonna Palena ’35.

Lawrence D. Gruner ’51

Lawrence D. Gruner ’51, March 16, 2002, in St. Louis, Missouri. Lawrence earned a BA in mathematics from Reed. He was married to Helen McSheffrey; they had four daughters, one son, and four grandchildren.

Merle Edward Greenstein ’59

A picture of Nasi and Merle Greenstein

Nasi and Merle (’59) Greenstein

Merle Edward Greenstein ’59, July 1, 2010, in Portland, from complications related to prostate cancer. Merle earned a BA in economics at Reed, graduating with honors, and entered the University of Chicago law school on a scholarship. Illness forced him to leave school and return to Portland and his family business, Acme Trading and Supply, a scrap metal recycling company. Merle had a knack for the work, for innovation, and for creating business relationships. By the time he retired in 1991, Acme Trading and Supply had evolved into the Manufacturing Management Group. His work in metal exporting, particularly to China, garnered the Export Award from President Nixon in 1970. Merle was a philanthropist, humanist, and social activist, with an encyclopedic mind and photographic recall. He is remembered for his lack of bias and his respect for others, as well as for his humor. He led fundraising drives for two projects, “Anne Frank in the World” and “Anne Frank: A History for Today,” and served as chair of fundraising for the Oregon Holocaust Memorial. He also served on the board of directors for the YMCA, the Portland Opera, the Oregon-Fujian Chinese Sister State Association, the Alzheimer Development Committee, the Waverly Children's Home, Metropolitan Family Service, and the American Jewish Committee Oregon Chapter. In 2008, the American Jewish Committee recognized Merle's 55 years of community service, presenting him with the Maurice D. Sussman Award. Merle and his wife, Nasi, were cofounders of Komak, a Portland nonprofit that provides financial assistance to cancer patients and their families. Survivors include his wife; three sons and two daughters; four grandchildren; and his sister. Merle's mother, Tillie Germaine Schnitzer Greenstein ’32, also attended Reed

May A. Director Georges ’37

May A. Director Georges ’37, May 20, 2011, in Portland. May followed sister Estelle Director Sholkoff ’31 to Reed and earned a BA in psychology. During a 28-year marriage to Norman Berenson, who died in 1965, the couple operated Berenson Hardware and raised a daughter and four sons. In 1970, May and Thomas T. Georges Jr. ’40, co-owner of Oregon Linen Rental in Portland, were married. May served as a volunteer for United Way, the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Emanuel Hospital Foundation board. She was board president of the Oregon College of Art & Craft, president of Jewish Family and Child Services, and was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and the Reed College Women’s Committee. In 1984, she received the Maurice Sussman Memorial Award for her outstanding contributions to Jewish and civic communities; she also served on Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh’s commission on education. May and Tom enjoyed time with grandchildren, traveling, golfing. Tom died in 2004.

Laura Tunnell Gleysteen ’40

Laura Tunnell Gleysteen ’40, June 14, 2011, in Bremerton, Washington. Laura began her schooling at the University of New Mexico and moved on to the University of California, Berkeley. “I was a college bum,” she said. Reedites Peggy Sebern Moss ’41 and Margaret Selling Labby ’40, whom she met at Berkeley, influenced Laura’s decision to attend Reed. After earning a BA in sociology, she went to San Diego to work for the welfare department and the American Red Cross, and, in 1946, married naval physician Rodney R. Gleysteen. He later opened a private medical practice in Bremerton. Laura served on the Bremerton School Board and the board of the Bremerton Symphony, and volunteered with the YMCA, the American Cancer Society, the local chapter of the NAACP, the Bremerton Garden Club, and P.E.O. In her public obituary, we read that she had a strong sense of family and a delightful sense of humor. “She often marveled at the richness of her life, which she attributed largely to the diversity of her friends and family, young and old.” Survivors include two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Rodney died in 1989.

Dorothy Melissa Glassberg Hutchison ’43

Dorothy Melissa Glassberg Hutchison ’43, July 28, 2011, in Everett, Washington. Dorothy grew up in Everett, Washington, and came to Reed, where she met Morris W. Hutchison ’40. She and Hutch married in Everett when he returned from service in the army in 1944. They lived in Texas and Idaho, and then returned to Everett, where Hutch taught high school biology and chemistry. Dorothy and Hutch were active at Trinity Episcopal Church in Everett, and Dorothy was chapter executive for Snohomish-Island Counties American Red Cross and was a grade school mentor. “Dorothy was deeply loved by family and friends alike.” She is survived by Hutch, son Coe, and two grandsons. A daughter, Susan, died from Hodgkin’s disease in 1971.

Sharonn Jean Goodman Gittelsohn ’48

Sharonn Jean Goodman Gittelsohn ’48, January 20, 2011, in Berkeley, California. Sharonn earned a BA from Reed in sociology and married Alan M. Gittelsohn ’50 in 1949. They raised a daughter, Lisa, and two sons, Michael ’77 and Paul. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, she earned an MSW and LCSW from the University of Maryland, and was accepted to the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Her career in social work was inspired by experiences and values she gained at Reed, she said. She developed and coordinated the Down Syndrome Counseling Service and coordinated the intensive care nursery, both at Sinai Hospital, in Baltimore, Maryland. In the late ’80s, she made a career switch and worked for the largest real estate firm in Maryland. After a move to New Hampshire, she turned her focus toward international adoptions. Later, in Berkeley, California, she served as director of East West Adoptions. Sharonn’s interests included time with family, playing tennis, swimming, hiking, travel, and photography.

Alan Maier Gittelsohn ’50

A picture of Alan Gittelsohn

Alan Maier Gittelsohn ’50, May 13, 2012, in Berkeley, California. A native of San Francisco, Alan was among the first pedestrians to cross the Golden Gate Bridge on opening day in 1937. He followed his brother, William A. Gittelsohn ’48, to Reed, where he was elected class president in his first year. Military duty interrupted his studies at the college, and he later completed undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He was the first to earn a doctorate in biostatics from Berkeley. He reconnected with Sharonn J. Goodman ’48 when she moved to San Francisco for work after graduating from Reed. They raised a daughter and two sons, including Michael A. Gittelsohn ’77. Alan became director of biostatistics at the state health department in Albany, New York, before joining the faculty as a professor of biostatistics at Johns Hopkins in 1964. With one of his first students at the university, John Wennberg, he later codirected the Cooperative Health Information Center of Vermont. Developing the method of small area analysis, their research discovered variations in rates for the utilization and distribution of health care services and common medical practices. First published in 1973 in Science, their method had a broad influence in health reform throughout the world. Through the years, statistical projects took Alan to places like Yugoslavia, the Philippines, and Peru. Travel was a happy part of the couple’s years together and their family life. Alan also enjoyed woodworking and was particularly adept at making cabinets and furniture. After retiring in 1992, Alan and Sharonn moved to Hanover, New Hampshire, where Alan continued his work at Dartmouth. In 1995, they returned to their roots, settling in at the top of the Berkeley hills. Alan plunged into researching and writing a book, Doctor Caused Death, which was nearly completed at the time of his own death. Survivors include his children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother. Sharonn died in 2011.

Malcolm L. Gilbert ’17

Malcolm Gilbert ’17, June 1985 in Portland, Oregon. He attended Reed from 1913 to 1915. He was an office manager at Nurnberg Scientific Company until his retirement in 1961. In 1926, he married Inez Goltra, who died in 1973. Survivors include a son, Stephen Gilbert ’52.

Helen Gilham Neilson ’35

Helen Gilham Neilson ’35, August 20, 1995, in Redmond, Washington. She received a BA from Reed in political science and was a homemaker, married to Andrew Neilson ’38, who worked for Standard Oil.

W. Richard Goodwin ’49, MA ’50

Richard Goodwin ’49, MA ’50, of a stroke, October 24, 1996, in Denver, Colorado. He was a trustee of Reed College from 1973 to 1985. Richard earned a PhD in psychology from Stanford in 1955. He worked for the Rand Corporation and the Systems Development Corporation to develop a large computer-based control system for the Strategic Air Command and served as division manager at Systems Development Corporation. In 1965 he formed his own consulting company, W.R. Goodwin and Company, and shortly thereafter joined Johns Manville Corporation as vice president of corporate planning. He was later named president and chief executive officer of the firm. During his tenure at the company, their sales more than doubled. However, as a result of differences with board members over management style, he resigned in 1976. He then formed Goodwin Companies, a holding company for a variety of operations, and later formed Hughs Capital Corporation, another holding company. He was also an adjunct professor at New York University’s Graduate School of Business. He was active in the effort to bring the 1976 Winter Olympic Games to Denver, an attempt that ultimately failed. In 1975 he was named one of 200 outstanding executives by Financial World magazine. He is survived by his son, Douglas Goodwin ’83, a daughter; and a sister. His brother, Alan Goodwin ’53, preceded him in death.

Jeanette Gunther Morton ’42

Jeanette Gunther Morton ’42, August 15, 1998, in Portland.

John Gleason ’49

John O. Gleason ’49, September 18, 1999, in Portland. He had been a laundry owner in Portland and worked as director of a nutrition research project with Volunteers of America.

John R. Goldsmith ’42

John R. Goldsmith ’42, October 22, 1999, in Omer, Israel, where had lived since 1978. He was an environmental epidemiologist and retired professor of epidemiology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1945, interned at the University of Chicago, and worked for several years in the Veteran’s Administration. He and his wife, Naomi, also a doctor, then moved to Salem, Oregon, where they opened a family practice and began raising their family of four children. In the ’50s, he received fellowships from the University of Washington and Harvard, where he began his long career in the epidemiology of respiratory diseases. In 1957, the family moved to Berkeley, California when he accepted a position with the California Health Department to head research on the health effects of air pollution. While with the health department, he held a number of temporary posts both in the U.S. and in Europe. In 1964, he served for two years as the first environmental epidemiologist at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a visiting professor in Stockholm in 1968 and 1970, and worked for two years with the National Cancer Institute, studying environmental causes of cancer. In 1978, he joined the medical faculty of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, where he remained until his retirement. He was the author of four books and hundreds of research papers and was a founding member and president of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, including Rosi Goldsmith ’71; two sons; and nine grandchildren.

Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48

Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48, August 10, 1999, in Portland, after a brief illness. She attended Reed for one year and then transferred to the University of Washington, where she graduated in 1947. She married Barrie Itkin in 1948, and the couple settled in Portland and had three children. She was a homemaker for many years and later became a travel agent, working for Van Nuys Travel Service and Focus on Travel. She was an active supporter of Campfire Girls, and she volunteered her time with several organizations, including the Portland Adult Literacy Project and domestic violence programs. Her interests included tennis, gardening, lapidary, cooking, reading, and music, and she was also an avid traveler. Survivors include her husband; two sons; a daughter; two grandchildren; two sisters, including Irma Gevurtz Robbins ’41; and a brother, Burton Gevurtz ’50.

Jeanne Marian Gille ’61

Jeanne Gille ’61, of liver failure, October 21, 2000, in Portland. She was had worked as a senior network application engineer and an MIS manager.

Louis S. Goodman ’28

Louis Goodman ’28, November 19, 2000, in Salt Lake City. He was a phamacologist who helped develop the chemical treatment of cancer. After graduating from Reed, he earned a master’s degree and MD from the University of Oregon School of Medicine in 1932. He was named instructor of pharmacology at Yale in 1935 and assistant professor in 1937. In 1943, he became professor and chairman or pharmacology and physiology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. A year later, he left to become chairman and professor of pharmacology at the new four-year University of Utah College of Medicine. He remained at that institution until his retirement in 1971, and continued to teach through the early ’90s. He was among the first researchers to use a nitrogen mustard as an anti-cancer drug, and he also wrote the first article on the chemical use of a chemotherapeutic agent for treating lymphosarcoma and leukemia. His well-known book, The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, which was first published in 1941, remains among the most authoritative textbooks in its field. The book is now in its 10th edition. Survivors include a brother, two daughters, and four grandchildren.

McGregor Gray ’41

McGregor Gray ’41, September 17, 2001, in Brunswick, Maine, after a stroke. After earning a master’s in history at Columbia University in 1942, he entered the U.S. Army as a lieutenant. Prior to beginning his service, he married Dorothea Marburg ’43. A skilled skier, he was sent to the 10th Mountain Division in Colorado for training and was also trained in interrogation. He served in Europe in the two years following D-Day, including collecting materials in Germany and Austria on war crimes, some of which were used at the Nuremberg Trials. After returning home, he re-entered Columbia to pursue a doctorate in ancient history. He taught ancient history at Barnard College beginning in 1947, and also taught humanities and contemporary civilization courses at Columbia. In 1950, he was recruited by the CIA to work with their office of training. He served in the CIA for 25 years in Washington, D.C., Munich, Vienna, and in Haiti during the Papa Doc regime. After retiring, he and his wife moved to St. Michaels, Maryland. She died in 1984. In 1985, he married Mary Louise Bliss, and in 1986 the couple moved to Black Mountain, North Carolina. They moved to Brunswick in 1996. He was a past member of the Third Haven Friends Meeting in Easton, Maryland, and an associate member of the Weststar Institute, an academic think tank in Sonoma, California. Survivors include his wife; a son; a daughter; a brother; five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Helen Sutton Gulick ’33

Helen Sutton Gulick ’33, March 10, 2003, in Sacramento, California. Helen attended Reed for two years and received a BA in art from Mills College in 1934. She moved to Boston, sharing an apartment with a sister and volunteering for numerous and challenging community services. She assisted one of the first occupational therapists at the Children’s Hospital in demonstrating the value of craft work in the recovery process for children. Helen did graduate work in child development and taught for two years. She married Luther H. Gulick, and they had three sons. The health needs of one son necessitated a move to California, where she earned her state teaching credentials and worked as a primary school teacher and substitute teacher. She cared for her home and family, and volunteered in the community. She studied painting and taught it to others. Helen and her husband traveled to Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe, and were pleased to be living in Sacramento at a time when its culture and community were rapidly expanding.

Dorothy Gill Wikelund ’29

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Dorothy Gill Wikelund ’29, September 11, 2004, in Bloomington, Indiana. Gillie earned a BA in literature after writing Reed’s first creative thesis and teaching conference classes in her senior year. Following graduation she worked as an assistant in the literature department at Reed. In 1931 she earned her master’s degree from Columbia University while working at Bank Street College and sharing a Greenwich Village apartment with Claudia Lewis ’30. She took a job as head of the English department at the Kent School for Girls for three years in Denver before returning to Reed at the request of Barry Cerf [English 1921–48] to serve again as a department instructor. While at Reed, she spent two summers at the University of California, Berkeley, in preliminary doctoral work. On a fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, Dorothy initiated her PhD program. In 1942 she married Philip R. Wikelund, whose service in the U.S. Navy during World War II took them to Florida and Northern California. Their son, Philip H.G. Wikelund ’68, was born in 1945 in Central California. After the war the family moved to Los Angeles, where Dorothy assisted her husband in his PhD work at UCLA. They then moved to Michigan and Indiana, where she taught English and did editing and publication work for the Indiana Memorial Union. In 1959 Wikelund began working for the Indiana University Press, retiring in 1974 to accompany her husband on an academic sabbatical in Britain and Greece. Her recollections of Reed included praise for Ann Shepard ’23 [1926–68], her friend and the dean of women, with whom she hiked the Three Sisters mountains in Oregon following graduation, and Victor Chittick [English 1921–48], who created the setting and impetus for the Gawd-Awful Society for creative writing. The friendship between Mary Barnard ’32 and Dorothy, both members of the Gawd-Awful Society, spanned many years. (Mary referenced "Gillie" in her creative thesis, Erato Agonistes.) "Reed was the great shaping experience of my life," Dorothy wrote. "I never cease thanking the fates that took me to Reed, which made me insofar as I was capable, a citizen of the world of ideas." Her survivors include her son and her sister.

H. E. Griswold ’39

Herbert E. Griswold ’39, August 25, 2002, in Portland. After graduating from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Herbert attended the University of Oregon Medical School, receiving an MD in 1943. He married Norma Walker in the same year, and they raised three children. Herbert completed internship and residency programs at French Hospital in San Francisco, then served in the army, and in pediatric cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1949 he was appointed assistant professor of physiology and medicine at the University of Oregon Medical School and became head of the cardiology division in 1955, retiring from that position in 1983. During his career at the university he established the division of cardiology, created the first cardiac catheterization laboratory in Oregon, secured and worked on key research grants for the institution, and was instrumental in the establishment of the intensive care unit at OHSU. He was an early proponent of the cardiac benefits of a healthy lifestyle, and in 1960 he was a partner with Dr. Albert Starr in the first successful heart valve replacement surgery. He is survived by his wife, his son and daughters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Norma Marie Gustafson Hangge ’45

Norma Marie Gustafson Hangge ’45, November 6, 2004, in Olympia, Washington. Gussie attended Reed but did not graduate. Her adult years were lived primarily in Olympia, a town she loved. She was said to have been a woman of grace, who supported others and loved them unconditionally; her "overnight" cookies were famous. She is survived by two of her three sons, and two grandchildren.

Maurine Olive Gregory Baldwin ’32

Maurine Gregory Baldwin ’32, September 5, 2004, in Portland. Maurine attended Reed and Oregon State College (University), from which she earned her bachelor’s degree. She provided social services to families at the Multnomah County Poor Farm in Northeast Portland during the Great Depression. In 1939, she married George Baldwin, and began a career as a special educator and teacher. Maurine worked in program development for the Oregon Department of Education, Portland State University, Portland Public Schools, and the University of Portland, viewing education as a lifelong pursuit, for which the strengths of each individual should be reinforced. Her work for the Portland Public Schools introduced cross-cultural normed testing and reading programs that addressed the abilities of all students. For the Oregon Department of Education, Maurine initiated services for the Oregon Literacy Council and the Early Literacy Project. She was described as a woman of strength and integrity; an independent thinker, committed to diversity of person and thought. She lived in respectful relationship with many aspects of life, reflecting her interests in such organizations as the Nature Conservancy, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society. Survivors include her son and daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Herberta Gaines Chandler ’35

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

Robert Louis Gade ’41

Robert Louis Gade ’41, October 26, 2002, in Tarboro, North Carolina. Robert received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Reed. He was a career U.S. Navy man, retiring as a commander. He worked briefly for the St. Regis Paper Company in Pensacola, before retiring finally in 1985. Survivors included his wife, Sherlie House Gade ’44, three sons, and three grandchildren.

Sherlie Elizabeth House Gade ’44

Sherlie Elizabeth House Gade ’44, July 4, 2003. Sherlie attended Reed for three years. She married Robert L. Gade ’41, and they had three sons.

Gloria M. Hammersly Gray ’45

Gloria Hammersly Gray ’45, September 27, 2004, in Portland. Gloria attended Reed for one year, and worked for the Oregonian and the Oregon Journal as an advertising copywriter. She also wrote educational materials for the Northwest Regional Educational Lab. Her "spunky" approach to community involvement was evidenced over the years by her letters to editors; her work as an advocate on health and housing issues with the Portland County Commission on Aging; and in her work as a representative for abused and neglected children with the Court Appointed Special Advocates program in Metropolitan Portland. She was a member of the Unitarian church, and actively involved in the John Kerry campaign at the time of her death. Survivors include her daughter. Her husband died in 1988.

George Boardman Guthrie ’40

George Boardman Guthrie Jr. ’40, September 20, 2004, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. George attended Reed for five years, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. He attended Oregon State College (University) from 1940 to 1941, and the California Institute of Technology from 1941 to 1943. During World War II, he worked in the area of chemical warfare at Cal Tech (1942–43), and at MIT in the area of radar development (1943–45). George returned to Cal Tech in 1946, and earned a PhD in physics in 1949. He married Margaret R. Sullivan ’47 in 1946; they had three children, and later divorced. In 1963, he married Jeanne Ernst Merrill; they were married for 40 years. George worked in thermodynamics with the Bureau of Mines from 1949 to 1969, and from 1979 to 1982, he worked for the Department of Energy in Bartlesville. In retirement, he taught at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, and at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He was an enthusiastic proponent of computer technology, and assisted middle school students and family members in achieving expertise. George performed various roles and did award-winning stage work for theatre and ballet productions in Bartlesville, and the Guthries received a joint award for outstanding service from the Bartlesville Arts and Humanities Council in 1980. Survivors include his sons, 3 stepdaughters and 2 stepsons, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth R. Gehlert Tinsley ’38

Elizabeth R. Gehlert Tinsley ’38, April 11, 2004, in Twin Falls, Idaho. Bee attended Reed for three years, with a general focus on liberal arts. In 1951, she married Gilbert R. Tinsley. She lived in Montana, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Utah, and Idaho, and made an occupation doing clerical work for IBM; later working part-time in medical transcriptions. A primary hobby was sewing. She is survived by her husband and extended family members. Her brother, F. Karl Gehlert ’32, also attended Reed.

Dorothy Galloway ’41

Dorothy Elizabeth McCormick Galloway ’41, October 8, 2006, in Portland. Dorothy attended Reed for over two years. She married Wesley H. Galloway in 1940, and later earned a BS and an MEd from the University of Oregon; she was elected to Pi Lambda Theta. She taught social studies and did guidance work for the Portland public schools before beginning a career in real estate in Tigard and at the Oregon Coast. Survivors include five sons, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister. Her husband died in 1989.

Frank H. Gebhard MAT ’65

Frank H. Gebhard MAT ’65, November 11, 2006, in Portland, from cancer. Frank received a bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon. He married Carol McKee in 1958, and moved to Portland in 1960. After earning his degree from Reed, he taught at Concordia University. Survivors include his wife, two daughters, four grandchildren, and a sister.

Dorothy Inez Glaisyer Sawyer ’41

Dorothy Inez Glaisyer Sawyer ’41, June 6, 2007, in Sequim, Washington. Dorothy attended Reed for two years, earning a BA from Washington State University in economics in 1941. She also did graduate work at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, and at the University of Washington in Seattle. From the university, she earned a teaching certificate. She lived in Richland, Washington, for 20 years. In 1945, she married Elton Sawyer; they had three sons.

Marguerite Maria Laine Griffith ’49

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Marguerite Maria Laine Griffith ’49, July 28, 2007, in Beaverton, Oregon. Marge received a BA from Reed in mathematics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard E. Griffith, in 1947, with a honeymoon at Timberline Lodge after his return from U.S. Naval service in Pearl Harbor. The couple had three children: a daughter and two sons, including Jack C. Griffith '83, who supplied the details for this memorial. Richard's work as a field engineer in the rubber industry took them to numerous places: Seattle, Washington, in 1952; back to Portland in 1954; Boise, Idaho, in 1956; Portland (again) in 1958; Eugene, Oregon, that same year; Denver, Colorado, in 1965; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1968; Walla Walla, Washington, in 1970; and Fremont, California, in 1984. In 1995, a difficult year that brought the loss of both her daughter and husband, Marge returned to Portland, her home, in proximity to extended family. She was an avid gardener, turning barren properties into lush landscapes. She loved exploring the outdoors in the Cascades, Rockies, Adirondacks, Wallowas, and Blue Mountains, and sought to identify all the flora, fauna, and geology in her path. She was also a closet artist, dabbling in some painting and photography, but mostly rug-hooking incredible wall hangings of forests and abstract patterns. “This was in spite of the Rheumatoid arthritis that deformed and ravaged her joints. It seemed that as the disease progressed, her passion for hooking increased,” says Jack. Marge was a perpetual student, devoted in her study of Latin, Greek, and Finnish languages and literature in original texts. She had a great passion for Finnish history and culture, the language of her heritage, and had a lifelong love of mathematics, physics, philosophy, and literature. “Her modest nature always kept her searching for understanding, never assuming she had the answers,” says Jack. Survivors include two sons and five grandchildren. A memorial was held in the Eliot Hall chapel on August 4.

Homer Clifton Glover ’42

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Homer Clifton Glover ’42, August 21, 2008, in Eagle Creek, Oregon. Clifton was raised on his paternal great-grandparents' homestead in Eagle Creek—originally settled by family members in 1849. He studied physics at Reed in 1938–40, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. “Reed's emphasis on freedom and responsibility under the honor system meshed with my pioneer family and Puritan upbringing,” Clifton told the college. “These values guided me in later years toward the right thing to do for employees, customers, shareholders, and suppliers.” He was accepted for the Army Specialized Training Program and assigned to the mechanical engineering unit at Oregon State College (University). There he was elected to Pi Tau Sigma, a national mechanical engineering honorary fraternity. He was assigned to the combat engineers unit in Europe and later served in the infantry. In 1944, he married Miriam E. Cobb; they had a daughter and son. Later, he worked as a design engineer in the aluminum industry. By his diligent study evenings, he completed a BS in mechanical engineering from Oregon State in 1947. He worked for Pacific Carbide & Alloys, and was appointed president of the company in 1983. In retirement, he devoted his energy to improving and developing residential properties, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, and working as a volunteer and board member of a local museum on the Barlow Trail. He also owned and operated Glover Century Blueberry Farm. Survivors include his wife and daughter, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Leslie Gordon Smith ’77

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Leslie Gordon Smith ’77, October 23, 2007, in Boise, Idaho. Leslie came to Portland from Wellesley, Massachusetts, attended Reed in 1973-75, and received a bachelor's degree in biology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She moved to Alaska to study wildlife and became involved in the commercial fishing industry. She owned and operated her own fishing vessel, and lived in Kodiak for 25 years before moving to Boise for her daughters' education; the family continued to fish in Alaska during summers. Survivors include two daughters, her parents, a brother, and two sisters.

Ruth Cooperman Greenberg, Friend

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

Richard Cortis Green ’35

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Richard Cortis Green ’35 [né Lawford], September 18, 2009, in Olympia, Washington. Richard came to Reed from Bromley, in Kent, England, where he spent most of his childhood. He earned a BA from Reed in biology, self-directing his studies to support an ardent interest in oceanography. After graduation, he took a walk-on position on a 45-foot Coast Guard cutter with skipper Iceberg Smith, who had explored various parts of the Arctic. Richard served 27 years with the Coast Guard and published Ice Patrol, an illustrative narrative about his experiences. Later he worked for outdoor gear sales for Smilie and Eddie Bauer in San Francisco and Seattle. Richard enjoyed backpacking and snowshoeing with the Sierra Club and with the Seattle Mountaineers. His last years were given to hiking, photographing wildflowers, and watching the passage of ships through Puget Sound. In his public obituary, we read: “He remained kind-hearted, humorous, open to new experiences, and good-natured through his final days.” Richard married Helen M. Chelland in 1944. They were together until her death in 2004. Surviving him are his daughter and son and four grandchildren.

Gertrude C. Osborne Gill ’43

Gertrude C. Osborne Gill ’43, July 27, 2008, in Hawaii. Gertrude was a missionary with the organization Youth with a Mission. For many years, she went with her husband, an orthopedic surgeon, to third world country health clinics in order to teach indigenous physicians modern orthopedic surgery techniques.

Irma Doris Gevurtz Robbins ’41

Irma Doris Gevurtz Robbins ’41, November 26, 2010, in Nevada City, California. Irma's family established and operated the Gevurtz Furniture Company, a prominent Portland business. Irma studied at Reed for two years and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington. In 1942, she married Irvine Robbins, who, along with his brother-in-law, Burt Baskin, cofounded the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream Company. Irma and Irvine had three children and lived in the San Fernando Valley of California for 30 years, where she played golf and tennis and was active in several organizations and art museums. Survivors include two daughters; son John, author of Diet for a New America; five grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother. Irma and Barbara Hervin Schwab ’41 were lifelong friends. Irma's sisters, Jane Gevurtz Green ’44 and Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48, and brother Burton Gevurtz ’50, also attended Reed.

Dorothy V. Grooms Macfarlane ’44

Dorothy V. Grooms Macfarlane '44, November 19, 2010, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Dorothy's introduction to Reed came through her father, Frederick Grooms, who was facilities director at the college in the ’30s. In addition to relishing time spent in biology lab, Dorothy had happy memories of square dancing and of playing squash and badminton with her friend “Cookie” (Mary Cook Yoakum ’44) and Charles Botsford [physical education, 1912–52]. Between her sophomore and junior years, she married James A. Macfarlane and went on to earn a BA from Reed in biology. When her husband completed military service in 1946, the couple bought a home in Milwaukie, where they raised three daughters. Dorothy was a research assistant for 24 years: first at Oregon Health & Sciences University in the diabetes and metabolism department, and then in medical research at the Portland VA Medical Center. She retired in 1987 and pursued many interests, including hiking, traveling, photography, playing piano, and practicing ikebana. She delighted in visits and conversations with members of her extended family and was very active in her church. Survivors include her daughters. Her husband died in 1981.

Helen Leslie McKay Gnaedinger ’46

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Helen Leslie McKay Gnaedinger ’46, January 19, 2011, in Silverton, Idaho. Leslie earned a BA from Reed in biology with a thesis on the resident canyon salamander, Ensatina escholtzii. During her time at Reed, she was employed as a welder in the Portland shipyards and at the B-29 factory in Hoquiam, Washington, next door to her hometown, Aberdeen. As a lab instructor at Washington State College, earning a master's degree in biology, she taught Ernest Gnaedinger, a navy veteran studying premedicine; they married in 1947 and moved to Portland, where Leslie was a biological specialist for Multnomah County and Ned attended the University of Oregon Medical School. In 1952, they moved to Ned's hometown, Wallace, Idaho, where Leslie raised their family of two sons and two daughters, and Ned was a general practitioner and chief administrator for Wallace Hospital. In addition to being a loving and supportive parent, Leslie volunteered with the Shoshone County Medical Auxiliary, with Chapter X of PEO, and with the Shoshone Country Club. She read widely and variously and enjoyed discussing what she read. She also enjoyed outdoor recreation, spending many happy days at the family cabin at Killarney Lake on the Coeur d'Alene River. Ten years ago, daughter Kristi reported: “Even though she married and became a housewife, she never lost her love of biology. She was always thrilled to help us dissect whatever we brought home. She still has her love of salamanders, too. We have a few of the local variety living in our basement bathroom. She feeds them worms from her garden.” Survivors included her children, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a sister. Her husband died in 2004. Leslie's brother, Donald R. McKay ’50, also attended Reed.

Robert Melvin Gordon ’49

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Robert Melvin Gordon ’49, September 25, 2009, in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

When Robert cut his hand on a toilet water shutoff valve at age 77, he wasn't thinking about a market niche. He was thinking about how to save his hands the trouble of yanking on sticky valves.


Judy A. Boyer Gibson MAT ’65

Judy A. Boyer Gibson MAT ’65, January 20, 2011, in Redmond, Oregon, from complications of breast cancer. A potter and world traveler, Judy was born in Bremerton, Washington, and attended Linfield College in McMinnville, as well as the University of Aix-Marseilles in France; she earned a bachelor's degree from San Fernando State College. After completing a master's degree from Reed, she taught French and Spanish at Pacific University in Forest Grove, and taught humanities and English in schools in Piedmont, California. She and her husband, Hal Gibson, were living in Berkeley in the ’60s when the ceramics revolution took place, establishing the medium as a fine art. Judy wrote: “I became captivated by porcelain, and in a very short time, I abandoned my teaching career and became a potter.” She set up a studio in her home, and, for the next 25 years, learned the craft, sold to galleries, did shows, and became a master potter in porcelain, primarily following the tradition of classical Chinese forms and glazes. Winters, off-season for her art, presented the opportunity for travel. She spent seven winters in Tobago, West Indies, learning to use local clay in a primitive studio she made. “As I was unable to get the proper papers to set up a business, I decided to travel elsewhere.” Other destinations were in Europe, South and Central America, Southeast Asia, Nepal, and the Near East. She and Hal built a passive, solar adobe house in New Mexico. They lived 10 years on the East Coast, where she took classes in writing and painting at the New School of Social Research in New York City. In 2003, the couple moved to Redmond, Oregon, where Judy set up a potting studio and began again to work on porcelain, and she published a collection of her short stories, Floating Free, in 2008. Survivors include Hal, her mother, and a niece and nephew.

Louis F. Glatch Jr. ’56

Louis F. Glatch Jr. ’56, December 1, 2008, in Corona del Mar, California. Louis received a BA from Reed in biology, and an MD from George Washington University. He was a psychiatrist, and had two daughters and a son. His cousin Adele Debeltz Daily ’60 also attended Reed.

Steven Adam Galper MAT ’68

Steven Adam Galper MAT ’68, May 25, 2007, in San Francisco, California. Steven received a master's degree in teaching from Reed and also held a master's degree in social work. Our records show that after receiving his MAT, he lived in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Washington.

Jesse Dawes Green ’51

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Jesse Dawes Green ’51, November 3, 2011, in Seattle, Washington, from pulmonary fibrosis. Born in Stanley, Wisconsin (population 1,873), Jesse went to high school at Robert Hutchins’s Great Books college at the University of Chicago, followed his favorite teacher to Black Mountain College in North Carolina, grew his first beard, and eventually enrolled at Reed. There he met his soul mate and future wife, Nancy B. Stewart ’50, and earned a BA in general literature. Jesse and Nancy went to Europe on Fulbright scholarships in 1952—Jesse to Italy and Nancy to England. On their return, Jesse earned an MA at UC Berkeley. Two of the couple’s sons—Brad and Duncan—were born in Berkeley, and a third son, Joel, arrived in Portland, where the couple had moved for a teaching opportunity at Catlin Gabel High School. Jesse’s career in academia led to a PhD from Northwestern and tenure at Chicago State University, where he taught for 26 years. He was professor of English, speech, and modern languages, chaired the English department, and taught “just about every course offered in English.” He also taught English at Nanjing University in China in 1986–87. Jesse published his poetry, academic articles, and three books: Zuñi: Selected Writings of Frank Hamilton Cushing (1979); Cushing at Zuñi: Correspondence and Journals of Frank Hamilton Cushing, 1879–1884; and Wrestling with Old Heroes—Again (2008), a reengagement with some of his favorite writers from a lifetime of reading and teaching—Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and Emily Dickinson. In retirement, he took up pottery and made many beautiful and fanciful objects. Jesse is remembered for his courage, love of reading, warmth, and wry humor. Survivors include Nancy and their three sons and two grandsons.

Peryl Gottesman ’45

Peryl Gottesman ’45, February 14, 2013, in Portland. Peryl was at Reed for a year. She then took a job selling women’s apparel at Meier & Frank, which led to a position as an assistant buyer for the Portland store. In the ’60s, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in the fashion industry in sales and in national marketing and manufacturing. She was co-owner of P.G. Howard, a company specializing in women’s wear. In the ’70s, she moved to Palm Springs, where she was successful as a developer for Palm Canyon Drive. The ’80s brought her back to Portland and to a prominent career in public relations for the Nob Hill district. She also was a volunteer for Planned Parenthood and a participant in the CASA child advocacy program. Survivors include her nieces and nephews.

Joyce Elaine Simon Gillespie ’48

Joyce Elaine Simon Gillespie ’48, November 20, 2012, in Priest River, Idaho. Joyce came to Reed from nearby Gresham, Oregon, and studied at the college for two years. During World War II, she worked at Montgomery Ward, and in 1947 she married her best friend, Duane Gillespie. The couple moved to Priest River in 1954. Joyce worked briefly as a librarian for the Priest River Elementary School, but was primarily devoted to raising her three children and volunteering for 4-H, Job’s Daughters, and the Priest River Friends of the Library. She was passionate about gardening, and did beautiful work by hand, including sewing and quilting. With her husband she enjoyed picking huckleberries, hunting for mushrooms, and stream fishing. Survivors include two daughters and a son, nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Joseph William Griffith ’48

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Joseph William Griffith ’48, September 16, 2008, in Portland. During World War II, Joseph was a maritime services radio operator at Heitz-Kaufman in California. He earned a BA from Reed in physics. Afterwards, he joined the Institute of Radio Engineers, held a position as tube development engineer for Tektronix, and conducted glassblowing and electronic research on tubes for Electro-Glass Lab in Beaverton. He also worked in the cathode ray tube laboratory at Linfield College and was a physicist with the Schwager-Wood Corporation in Portland. He held eight patents and 12 applications for patents. Joseph sang with the Portland Opera for 10 years and was a member of the Portland Symphonic Choir. He also belonged to the City Club of Portland, the Oregon Badminton Association, and the Multnomah Athletic Club. In 1950, he married Jean McKinney; they had one son. Joseph's sister, Edith Griffith Swoboda ’48, was also a graduate of Reed in physics.

Susan McVey Giese Martinez ’61

Susan McVey Giese Martinez ’61, June 2, 2009, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Susan came to Reed from Groton, Massachusetts, and also attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She worked for Mountain Bell phone company for 30 years; was a reading tutor at Los Padillas Elementary School, delivered meals for a local food bank, and volunteered at the South Valley Library and as a tax preparer. She was a member of the Communication Workers of America, the South West Organizing Project, and the First Congregational United Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, Ruben, to whom she was married for 49 years; her daughter, son, and grandson; her mother; three sisters; and two brothers, including Thomas Giese ’69.

John B. Gray AMP ’44

John B. Gray AMP ’44, March 5, 2010, in Florissant, Missouri. John attended Reed in the premeteorology program, and earned a JD at St. Louis University. He practiced law in the firm Gray, Stewart & Clarkin.

Phyllis Jeaneanne Graham Anderson ’53

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Phyllis Jeaneanne Graham Anderson ’53, September 6, 2010, in Springdale, Arkansas. Phyllis thrived at Reed, where she earned a BA in psychology and theatre. Among her treasured memories were the fluent recitations of archaic French by Rex Arragon [history, 1923–62, 1970–74] and the lectures of Stanley Moore [philosophy, 1948–54]. At Reed she discovered the “sheer joy” of analyzing ideas and arriving at unpredicted conclusions in a humanities conference. She later wrote: “I recall with amazed gratitude my good fortune in having selected Reed for my undergraduate education. The scope of instruction and the depth of reading required remains my standard for quality education. One of the most valuable investments of time I have ever made.” Married in 1955 to air force officer Harold J. Anderson, she spent four years in Japan. At AOI Sound Studios, she acted in programs for the Armed Forces Radio Network, dubbed sound tracks, and narrated documentaries. She earned a master's degree in library science from Catholic University and a master's degree in gifted education from the University of Connecticut, and had a career as a school librarian and a talented and gifted education teacher. To her list of accomplishments, Phyllis would add owner and manager of a mountain resort, pipe organ musician, and cofounder and director of a community youth theatre. Phyllis also held a Federal Aviation Administration certificate, which enabled her to give ground instruction to prospective pilots. She was engaged in church and church mission activities throughout life, and was enthralled by a good murder mystery. She is survived by her husband, three sons, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Elizabeth Emily Gedney Christensen ’38

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

Jacqueline Lee Gibson ’62

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Jacqueline Lee Gibson ’62, October 30, 2011, in Helena, Montana. Jacquie attended Reed and the University of Montana, later earning a BA in English at the university in 1975. “Thank goodness there was Reed to prepare me for the real world. I still consider my year at Reed as the most significant year of my life, most influential, most important,” she said. Jacquie married Michael Gonsior in 1960. They settled in Missoula and had three daughters. While her daughters were growing up, Jacquie volunteered with Camp Fire and taught middle school English. Following divorce, she returned to the University of Montana and earned an MA in communications. In 1984, she began her life with her partner, Sandra J. Shull, and also founded Family Mediation Services. From 1988 to 1997, Jacquie developed and directed the University of Oregon’s mediation program and then moved to Helena, where she became a founding member of the Collaboration Institute. Throughout her life, she practiced and taught mediation, conflict management, and communication, and was also an enthusiastic mentor for embryo mediators. Jacquie played piano and sang beautifully, performing in choral groups, most recently with the Helena Symphony Chorale. She was an enthusiastic booster of the arts, studied many of them, and succeeded in most. Survivors include Sandy and Jacquie’s daughters. Remembrances may be made in her memory to Reed College.

John D. Gray, Trustee

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Courtesy of Special Collections, Eric V. Hauser Memorial Library, Reed College.

John D. Gray [trustee 1961–2006; emeritus trustee 2006–12] October 19, 2012, from cancer.

He was one of Oregon’s preeminent entrepreneurs, a decorated military hero, developer, and philanthropist who left an indelible mark on many charitable organizations—perhaps none so profoundly as Reed, which he helped to rescue from the brink of insolvency in the 1970s.


Elissa Metterhausen Gronke, Staff

Elissa Metterhausen Gronke, June 30, 2012, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Born in Chicago, and a graduate in biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Lisa was a woman ahead of her time, “pursuing a career in the era when women were expected to stay at home and care for the family while their husbands supported them.” Her work as a biochemist helped finance the undergraduate education of her four children, Deborah, Edward P. Gronke ’82, Paul Gronke [political science 2001–], and Thomas. The family moved from Chicago to Houston, Texas, where Lisa worked and studied at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also took up the hobby of bird watching and carried this interest to a new home in New York and finally to the Portland area—“a birdwatcher’s paradise,” she reported. Lisa served as a faculty assistant for Reed’s physics department in 1977–78, and was instrumental in bringing David Griffiths [1978–2009], emeritus professor of physics, to the college. In 1979, she began working with Janice Robinsons Stevens ’44 at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Lisa did research in the neurology department and in the pediatric metabolic lab at OHSU in the ’80s. Her work at OHSU shifted from research to computer science and to support for the lab’s data collection. She took programming classes and also worked on computer network bulletin boards through the late ’90s in Portland. “She was unusual in this world of geeks as a female over 50, and was known as ‘Grandma Nerd.’” Skilled also in the kitchen, Lisa’s cooking skills were based on her scientific training: “reducing the art of pies to a system of careful measurements and tests, producing pie crusts still fondly remembered by her children.” Lisa was a vital part of the life of her close-knit family. “Her like doesn’t come along very often.” Survivors include her husband, Edward P. Sr.; four children; nine grandchildren; and her brother.

Mark Ivan Gilbert ’91

Mark Ivan Gilbert ’91, in January 16, 1995, from rapid onset diabetes, at his home in Starkville, Mississippi. After graduating from Reed he obtained a master's degree in management information systems from Mississippi State University. At the time of his death he was a computer systems network manager for the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State. He is survived by his parents, his brother, and his grandmother.

Esther Goldberg Rodinsky ’31

Esther Goldberg Rodinsky ’31, February 15, 1996, in Portland. After graduating with a degree in general literature, she worked at the Jewish Welfare Office for European resettlement, and in the 1950s she worked at Mittleman Jewish Retirement Center. She was a staff assistant for the Jewish Community Center’s senior citizen programs in the ’60s. She was active in the Neveh Shalom congregation in Portland. Survivors include a son, a daughter, a sister, and two grandchildren.

Jean Geiter Landry ’36

Jean Geiter Landry ’36, October 11, 1996, in Redding, California, where she had recently moved. She married Arnold Landry in 1939 and they lived in Portland, where they owned and operated Arnold’s Beauty Salon. After retirement in 1983, they moved to Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. Her husband died in the spring of 1996. She is survived by her daughters and three grandchildren.

Grace E. Gilmore McGinnis MALS ’68

Grace McGinnis MALS ’68, September 14, 1996, in Portland, Oregon, where she had lived for over 30 years. She taught high school English at Milwaukie High School. After retiring from teaching, she became editor of the Journal of the American Theatre Organ Society and also helped build organs. She is survived by her daughter, three sisters, four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Gerson F. Goldsmith ’41

Gerson F. Goldsmith ’41, January 28, 1998, in Portland. He attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Stanford to pursue prelaw studies. He received a BA from Stanford in 1941 and a JD in 1947. During World War II he served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. He married Mathilda Fischl in 1946, and the couple returned to the Portland area in 1947, settling in Lake Oswego. He was an attorney in Portland for over 40 years, and was a partner in the firm of Goldsmith Seigel Engel and Littlefield until his retirement in 1992. In later years he suffered from Parkinson’s Disease. He was a member of the Oregon Public Welfare Commission in 1957–61, and served on the Governor’s Committee on Aging in 1971–73. He also served on the board of directors of the Portland Hospice House. Survivors include his sons, Jeff ’70 and Andrew ’71; a daughter; brothers John ’42 and Arthur; and four grandchildren. His wife died in 1991.

Jo Anne Gevurtz Birch ’62

JoAnne Gevurtz Birch ’62, September 13, 1999, in Costa Mesa, California. After attending Reed, she earned a BA from Portland State University in 1966. She was married and had one child, and she was a part time math and English tutor.

David Garrett ’57

David Garrett ’57, May 2, 1999, in Redding, California, after a long illness. He earned a master’s degree in nuclear chemistry at the University of Chicago in 1968. He was a nuclear scientist, inventor, and business consultant. Survivors include his wife, a sister, two brothers, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Jane Gevurtz Green ’44

Jane Gevurtz Green ’44, November 1, 1999, in Portland. She attended Reed in 1940-41 and then studied at the University of Washington. During World War II, she was a recruiting officer for the U.S. Navy. She married Michael Green in 1949. In 1969, she earned a degree in social psychology at Portland State University and was a counselor at Wilson High School. She also volunteered with the Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood, the Jewish Federation, and Robison Jewish Home. She and her husband moved to Palm Desert, California in 1975, where she sold real estate. She returned to Oregon in 1994 and lived in Gearhart for two years before moving back to Portland. Survivors include three daughters; a son; a sister, Irma Gevurtz Robbins ’41; a brother, Burton Gevurtz ’50; 13 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband died in 1984, and her sister, Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’49, died in August.

Philip A. Goldberg ’44

Philip Goldberg ’44, November 24, 2000, in Salem, Oregon. He earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1947 and a PhD in physics from UCLA in 1953. He taught physics at the University of Oregon before becoming head of the geoastrophysics laboratory at Boeing Scientific Research Laboratories in Seattle. In 1959, he joined the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, as a physical scientist and served there in several capacities until 1963, when he retired due to illness. He enjoyed black and white photography and camping. Survivors include his former wife, a daughter, a son, and a brother.

Robert J. Gilbert ’44

Robert J. Gilbert ’44, December 6, 2001, in Portland. He attended Reed under the Army Pre-Meteorology Program, and then studied engineering at Oregon State University, where he earned a BS in 1950. He was an electrical engineer for the Bonneville Power Administration for 44 years, retiring in 1994. Survivors include his wife; a son; a daughter; a stepson; a brother, and two grandchildren.

Naomi R. Goodard ’41

Naomi R. Goodard ’41, January 3, 2003, in Vancouver, Washington. Naomi graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She attended the University of Washington, graduating with a Master of Social Work in 1954. Her career in social work included serving as an instructor and professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and as assistant director of Family Counseling Services for Seattle and King County; working with the state public assistance department; serving as a director of the community services degree program, and as an assistant professor of community services at Seattle University. She was also director of clinical services for the Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington.

Carol Glover Lockwood ’48

Carol Glover Lockwood ’48, October 10, 2000, in Olympia, Washington.

Nadine June Grimson Eisele ’44

Nadine June Grimson Eisele ’44, January 16, 2004, in Gresham, Oregon. Nadine graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 1964 she earned a BA in education from Portland State and worked as a social studies teacher for 21 years, primarily at Gresham Union High School. She also served as a talented and gifted adviser, and was nominated to be Oregon Teacher of the Year by the Gresham district in 1977. She married David B. Eisele in 1950 and they had three children. Survivors include her husband, her daughter and sons, and seven grandchildren.

Marian Frances Curtin Gray ’40

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

Gerald K. Gresseth ’41

Gerald K. Gresseth ’41, December 3, 2003, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gerald received a bachelor’s degree in Greek from Reed, then entered World War II action in the South Pacific. Following the war, he enrolled at the University of California-Berkeley and earned a PhD in classical studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He taught at Stanford, and then at the University of Utah for 38 years in humanities with an emphasis on classical studies. His marriage to Marian Driggs lasted 46 years. Gerald is survived by four daughters, one son, four grandchildren, and two brothers.

Norma Jeanne Goodman Smith ’42

Norma Jeanne Goodman Smith ’42, January 8, 2004, in Orlando, Florida, from complications following hip surgery. Encouraged to attend Reed by her uncle, Norman K. Harrington ’34, Jeanne once stated that it was the "right road taken." She studied at Reed for four years with a focus on political science, and in 1942 married Douglas B. Smith ’42. They had one child. Following educational and career goals, the couple lived in Boston, San Francisco, New York, and the beltway of Washington, D.C. Jeanne earned a BA in 1953 and an MA in 1958 in government and politics from the University of Maryland–College Park. She also attended Wagner College in New York (1957–58) to earn a substitute teaching certificate, and taught in the Montgomery County (Maryland) school district. For five years she worked in the Department of Public Welfare, and spent 16 years at the National Institute of Health, where she tracked child health legislation in the U.S. Congress until retirement in 1984. "I don’t believe volunteerism will save the world or advance equality; law is better," she wrote. Jeanne moved to Florida in 2001 to be near her family. Survivors include her daughter and grandchild. Douglas predeceased her in 1983.

Rebecca Owen Gucciardi ’03

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Rebecca Owen Gucciardi ’03, November 12, 2006, in Portland, from complications of type 1 diabetes. Becca received a BA from Reed in biology, with a thesis study on aggression in crayfish. At Reed, she excelled in the sciences as well as in creative courses, including sculpture. She worked in three administrative offices, and was featured in articles in the Quest about the drag and fetish balls and body modification. With a plan to pursue veterinary medicine, she also volunteered with the Cascade Ferret Network and fostered and adopted special-needs cats through a local Sphynx and Rex rescue organization. After graduation, she worked with Luv My Pet, a mobile vaccination clinic in Oregon and southwest Washington, before taking a position as a veterinary technician at the Burlingame Veterinary Clinic in Portland. She also fulfilled veterinary school prerequisites through academic programs in the area and through long distance study. In fall 2004, she moved to the Hawthorne neighborhood in Portland with her partner, Alexis Nelson ’03—who supplied the details for this memorial—and a small menagerie of unique and dearly loved pets. Becca intended to join the Dove-Lewis animal therapy program this spring. Outside of her work, she took great pleasure in hiking and exploring the coast and the mountain ranges of the Pacific Northwest. In addition to Alexis, Becca is survived by her mother, father, and brother; many friends “both inside and outside the bubble”; and two very special cats.

Mary Cecelia Gunterman Wollman ’37

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Mary Cecelia Gunterman Wollman ’37, November 30, 2006, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from cancer. Tete attended Reed for five years, completing course requirements for graduation. Her interest in early childhood and progressive education led to a thesis in interdisciplinary study. She spent fall 1936 at the Ojai Valley School in Ojai, California, as a cadet teacher, in order to gain a practical view of the subject. As Tete told Cricket Parmalee ’67 during her oral history interview (March 2003), her interest in education began as a reaction to what was happening to society during the Depression and with the inevitability of a world war. “I felt that everything was going all wrong and that we could try to see if we couldn’t find out how to ‘grow people’ that would have a different orientation toward each other.” After returning to Portland, she observed in nursery schools, and was drawn to write about a movement to provide young children with stories appropriate to their development—realistic, rather than fantastic—supported by the work of Lucy Sprague Mitchell and the Bank Street College of Education in New York. While at Reed, she married Loren Meigs; they then moved to Washington, D.C., where she was a teacher and director of the Georgetown Children’s House. Later, she married Seymour Wollman, a biologist with the National Institute of Science. While carrying for their young family, she participated in co-op schools. In 1973, she attended Townson State College in Maryland, and took positions at the Silver Spring Cooperative School and at a Head Start Center in Washington, D.C., and was also a substitute teacher. In reflecting on her years at Reed, she stated, “I think that, at that time, we didn’t feel we had to be outstanding student scholars. We just had to be intensely interested. And I think I fit that bill.” Her brother, Joseph Gunterman ’34, says that Tete was “a lively, generous, and thoughtful participant in life.” Survivors include her husband, daughter, son, grandson, two brothers, and niece Karen Gunterman ’64.

Tete Wollman was a member of Reed’s Gawdawfuler’s Society. The society’s anthology for 1933–34 included her poem, “Before Rain.”


H. William Gazeley ’52

H. William Gazeley ’52, December 19, 2003, in Oregon. William attended Reed for one year, later graduating from the University of Oregon. In 1953, he married Patricia Bray; they had four children. William served in the U.S. Army, and was the owner of Columbia Hardwood and Moulding Company in Tigard. Survivors include his wife, three daughters and one son, and six grandchildren.

Charlotte Elizabeth Mendel Gustoson ’48

Charlotte Elizabeth Mendel Gustoson ’48, January 14, 2005, in California. Charlotte attended Reed for a little over a year, and was married to Robert Gustoson.

Polly Knickerbocker Giesy ’44

Polly Knickerbocker Giesy ’44, February 26, 2005, in McMinnville, Oregon. Polly attended Reed, but earned her undergraduate degree from Linfield College in McMinnville. She married John Giesy in 1952. In 1991, she returned to McMinnville and was active in a number of organizations. She is survived by her son, Philip J. Giesy ’79. Her husband died in 1983.

Elsa F. Gill Perrow ’15

Elsa F. Gill Perrow ’15, August 9, 1995, in Portland, at the age of 103. She was the last surviving member of the class of 1915. After graduating from Reed, she worked for several years at the college, as an assistant in the English department and in the administrative office. In 1920, she went to New York and worked for a year as a secretary, returning to Portland in 1921. She spent the years between 1921 and 1932 working in Portland and New York City, and traveling to the Pacific Rim, England, and across the U.S. In 1932, she returned to England, where she met and married Arthur Perrow, a musician and dancer. The couple settled in London. During World War II, Elsa was active in the Women's Voluntary Service, a branch of civil defense that dealt with many civilian problems. After the war, the couple decided to leave England and settle in Portland, arriving in 1949. She became active in the Reed aumni association, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and the English-Speaking Union. She was also involved in her husband's many musical activities, including opera productions and playing the recorder in his early music ensembles. The couple also traveled frequently. The Perrows were devoted and generous supporters of the college and donated to a wide range of college programs, including the Collegium Musicum and the rowing program. After her husband's death in 1979, Elsa continued to visit the campus as her health permitted. She is survived by a niece.

Katherine L. Neugebauer Garnett ’22

Katherine L. Neugebauer Garnett ’22, June 12, 1995, in Portland. She taught English, Latin, and journalism in rural Oregon and Montana for five years after graduating from Reed. She and her husband lived in Portland. Her interests included golf, bridge, woodcarving, and cultivating bonsai, and she volunteered with the Toy and Joymakers. Her husband died in 1976.

Yvonne Thompson Greichus ’49

Yvonne Thompson Greichus ’49, July 7, 1994, in Carson City, Nevada. After graduating from Reed, she earned an MS in zoology and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Wyoming, Laramie. She joined the faculty of South Dakota State University and reached the rank of full professor. In addition to teaching, she headed a pesticides research lab at the University. She and her husband, Algirdas Greichus, spent several years in South Africa doing research and lecturing at the University of Transkei. While in Africa, she completed a comprehensive study on the concentrations and movement of insecticides and other toxic chemicals in freshwater lake ecosystems. She received several grants during her career to study pesticides in aquatic ecosystems. She was the author of numerous scientific articles and research papers in national journals and was listed in the World Who's Who for Women. She was a member of the National Organization for Women, the American Chemical Society, the Radiation Research Society, the American Association for Advancement of Science, and other professional organizations. Survivors include her husband, two sons, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a sister, Laurelle Thompson Marsch ’49.

Noel R. Gillespie ’52

Noel Gillespie ’52, June 30, 1996. He was a resident of Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from Reed, he received a master’s degree in advanced international studies from Johns Hopkins University in 1954 and also attended Princeton University. In 1956, he took a job with the Library of Congress as a music cataloger and then moved to the U.S. Copyright Office, where he worked until his death. He worked as head examiner in the music copyrights department and was supervisory examiner in the literary section of the examining division. An accomplished pianist and conductor, he organized and administered the library’s Gilbert & Sullivan Club for three years. In addition to his work at the Library of Congress, he was a freelance writer and reviewer and wrote music and theatre reviews for Dance and After Dark magazines. He also did interviews for Voice of America. He is survived by his brother and sister. The family suggests that contributions in his name be made to the Reed College Alumni Fund.

Randall Gore ’39

Randall Gore ’39, July 23, 1997, in Portland. He worked in the lumber business in sales and at mills for most of his life, most recently with Lakeside Lumber Company, where he was vice president. Survivors include his wife; a daughter; a brother; and four grandchildren.

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.

Anne Gregory ’63

Anne Gregory ’63, of a heart attack, June 3, 1997, in Los Angeles. After graduating from Reed, she earned another bachelor’s degree in general studies and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Washington, and a master’s degree and doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University. She taught at California State University, West Texas University, New Mexico State, and Purdue. At the time of her death, she taught secondary art to high school students in Los Angeles. During her career, she published more than 40 articles and book chapters on a variety of topics. She held several offices in the National Art Education Association and served as president of Art Educators/LA in 1993-94. She helped to organize international art exhibitions in Rio De Janeiro, Vancouver, B.C., Hamburg, Montreal, and Glasgow. Survivors include her father.

Juanita Gillham Vetter ’39

Juanita Gillham Vetter ’39, May 30, 1999, in Iowa City, Iowa. She married Arthur Vetter in 1941. The couple moved to England during World War II where Arthur, a career officer with the Air Force, was a meteorologist with a bomb group and she volunteered in a local hospital. They returned to the United States for several years following the war, and then returned to England for three years. Upon returning again to the United States, she wrote a novel, taught high school, and was a counselor for the Air Force Aid Society. In 1962 they moved to Iowa City, where she completed a master’s degree in social psychology and he was a professor of chemical and materials engineering. She was active in the League of Women Voters at the local, state, and national levels, and she served for five years on the city’s planning and zoning committee and on the Riverfront Commission. Survivors include her husband and four children.

Harold P. Grambs ’40

Harold Grambs ’40, May 12, 1999, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He was a retired chief of personnel for the U.S.D.A. He married Jean Schwartz ’40.

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.

Sandra Shaw Gullikson ’63

Sandra Shaw Gullikson ’63, July 4, 2001, in Portland, from Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was the founder and owner of Clearwater Graphics, best known for its “Coyote” greeting card line. Shortly after graduating from Reed, she married Mel Gullikson. The couple moved to a small farm in Wilsonville, where she gardened and raised livestock, and raised two children. They moved to La Grande, Oregon, in 1977, where she pursued her career in art by working as a graphic artist and practicing drawing and fine arts, primarily in watercolors. She also edited several poetry chapbooks and began publishing a quarterly journal of prose and fiction. In the early 1980s she founded Clearwater Graphics to distribute her line of greeting cards based on her characters Coyote, the cactus-eared rabbit, and others. When the family relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas, she began developing the company into one of national recognition, and her greeting cards and calendars won many national awards. In 1989 they moved to Bristol, Vermont, where she continued the business and also wrote and illustrated a children’s book, Trouble for Breakfast, published in 1990 by Dial Books. Her other artistic activities included painting large murals for local businesses and working as a scenic artist. In late 1999 she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and in May 2000 the couple returned to Portland to be nearer to their children. Survivors include her husband, a daughter, a son, a granddaughter, and a sister.

Mary Grunen Shaman ’33

Mary Grunen Shaman ’33, April 1, 2001, in Portland. She married David Shaman in 1937, and they settled in Portland and had one son. She was a homemaker and later a clerk for the National Council for Christians and Jews and the State of Oregon before retiring in 1975. She was a member of Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, for 64 years. Survivors include her son and two grandchildren.

Barbara Goldman Miller ’52

Barbara Goldman Miller ’52, April 10, 2002, of cancer, in Graton, California. Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in education and spent her life enriching the lives of others and encouraging tolerance and excellence. She helped numerous people advance their knowledge of English, reading, music, and art. Her kindness, wit, keen memory, and attention to detail were partial identifiers of this colorful woman. She and Roger I. Miller ’52 were married in 1952, and they had four daughters. She is survived by Roger, their daughters, a brother and sister, and many nieces and nephews.

Eleanor Gunther Norlin ’35, MAT ’49

Eleanor Gunther Norlin ’35, MAT ’49,  July 6, 2002. For five years following her graduation from Reed in history, Eleanor was a clerical assistant in two Portland public high schools. She earned a degree in library science from the University of Washington in 1940. She became librarian at Franklin High School, Portland, in 1943, a position she enjoyed for 32 years. She was a member of the first class to be granted an MAT from Reed. In 1953 she married Arthur H. Norlin, and they had a daughter and a son. In their retirement, they focused on gardening and traveling to Australia, New Zealand, the Maritime Provinces and British Columbia in Canada, and along the Oregon coast. She is survived by her husband and children, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

Robert Gerhardt ’44

Robert Gerhardt ’44, April 21, 2000, in Palm Coast, Florida. Gerhardt attended Reed for a year in the Army pre-meteorology program. He was married to Helen.

Diana Barnard K. Gray ’58

Diana Barnard K. Gray ’58, August 29, 2003, in Portland. Diana received a BA in general literature. That same year she married Robert Rorer ’58. Diana taught Latin at St. Helens Hall (Oregon Episcopal School), and was a paralegal for Gray, Fredrickson, Heath, Weisensee, Barton & Cox. She married Wendell Gray in 1973; he died in 1995. Survivors include her mother and brother, her nieces and nephews, and her stepson, John P. Gray ’60.

Ellen Coleman Gruetter Simpson ’36

Ellen Coleman Gruetter Simpson ’36, June 21, 2003, in Forest Grove, Oregon, from progressive muscular degeneration. Ellen earned a bachelor’s degree in general literature from Reed at a time, she asserted, when society did not value the intellectual capacity of women. She entered the college after earning straight "Es" in high school, and engaged in activities and studies she honored throughout her life. She was a member of many organizations, including the Audubon Society, World Affairs Council, League of Women Voters, City Club, Unitarian Church, Eastmoreland symphony auxiliary, and the Opera Guild, and was a volunteer for the Reed alumni association. Ellen enjoyed athletic pursuits, including swimming, hiking, and canoeing. She was instrumental in establishing theatre at Reed, and extended this interest to the Ashland Shakespearean Festival. She was a trailblazer in gardening, planting native species before they were popular. In 1938, Ellen married James G. Gruetter ’36, who predeceased her, and they had four children. For nearly two decades, she taught English and French at Madison High School in Portland, was chair of the foreign language department, and a student adviser; she retired in 1979. Following retirement, Simpson studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris, and traveled to Mexico, Alaska, Ireland, Italy, Africa, and Australia. "Funny world," she once remarked. "How the human race survives is a bumbling, glorious mystery." In 1984, she married Paul B. Simpson ’36. To the end of her life, Ellen remained a scholar, and when her illness required that she be in assisted-living, she took time to read to another resident. Family members who also attended Reed include her father, Matthew J. Coleman ’21, her sister, Mary U. Coleman ’37, and her brother, Matthew J. Coleman Jr. ’39. Survivors include her husband, her two daughters and two sons, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and her sister.

John K. Galt ’41

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John Kirtland Galt ’41, June 12, 2003, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. John earned a bachelor’s degree in physics at Reed, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and entered MIT that same year. During his doctoral study in physics, he worked on projects concerned with underwater sound and with radar countermeasures for the Office of Scientific Research and Development. Following his graduation from MIT. in 1947, he studied for a year at the H.H. Hills Physical Laboratory at Bristol University under a National Research Council Fellowship. He was staff scientist and manager with Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey, from 1948 to 1974, where his research focused on magnetic and mechanical properties of solids, and of band structure by means of cyclotron resonance. From 1961 to 1974, John was director of solid state electronics research, concerned primarily with coherent optics, superconductivity, and with related materials problems. On leave from Bell, he joined Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque in 1974, as director of research for solid state sciences, and advanced to the position of vice president for research and later for components and computer operations, retiring in 1985. John worked as principle scientist for the Aerospace Corporation in Los Angeles from 1985 to 1990. His professional associations included the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Physical Societies. Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Van Nest Galt, one of two sons, his brother, and a nephew.

Thomas T. Georges ’40

Thomas Theseus Georges Jr. ’40, May 2, 2004, in Portland. Tommy received a BA in economics from Reed. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Pacific. He married Helen Pearlman in 1942; they had two children, and later divorced. In 1970 he married May Director Berenson ’37. Tommy was a co-owner of Oregon Linen Rental in Portland. He was president of the Pacific Northwest Textile Management Association, and regional vice president of the Textile Rental Services Association. An active supporter of the Portland Opera, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Oregon Symphony, Tommy was also a member of the board of directors and president of Congregation Beth Israel. In 1994, he received the Maurice D. Sussman Award of the American Jewish Committee, Portland Chapter, for his community service. Survivors include his wife, his son and daughter, four stepsons and a stepdaughter, 10 grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Georges Gittelsohn ’49, and a stepsister. His brother, Maurice Ossie Georges ’47, also graduated from Reed.

John Fox Griffith ’50

John Fox Griffith ’50, June 19, 2005, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Following service with the U.S. Navy during World War II, Jack entered Reed and earned a BA in chemistry. He married Mary I. Filion ’49 in 1949; they had four daughters. After completing a PhD in biochemistry from Iowa State (University) in 1954, Jack went to work for Proctor and Gamble as a toxicologist; he retired in 1991. He also taught at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He was an original member of the Toxicological Advisory Board of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and a member of the Society of Toxicology and of the Cosmetic Chemists Association. He was active in the Unitarian Church, a volunteer for Junior Achievement and Literacy Volunteers, a choral singer, a generous supporter of Reed, and a "true gentleman to the last." Survivors include his daughters, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Mary died in 2002.

Beverly Ann Tappen Guilloz ’49

Beverly Ann Tappen Guilloz ’49, December 25, 2004. Beverly attended Reed for three years, earning a BA in education from the University of Washington in 1953. She married Jacques M. Guilloz in 1954. The couple spent time in Australia, and lived primarily in Olympia, Washington. Her husband died in May.

Arvon Meredith Griffith ’43

Arvon Meredith Griffith ’43, July 5, 2006, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, following a brief illness. Arvon earned a BA from Reed in chemistry, and an MA from Oregon State College (University) in organic chemistry in 1945. He worked for the American Brake Shoe Company, later the Abex Corporation, in the research center in Mahwah, New Jersey. Survivors include his wife Marian Olson Griffith, two sons and a daughter, and his brother.

Elizabeth Rose Browne Gordon ’50

Elizabeth Rose Browne Gordon ’50, May 27, 2007, in Irvine, California, from liver cancer. Betty entered Reed at the suggestion of Robert M. Gordon ’49, after both had served in World War II—she as a sergeant in the U.S. Women's Army Corps, with a tour of duty in New Guinea, and he in the U.S. Army Air Corps. The couple met in 1939, at a meeting of the Ephebian Society in Los Angeles and married in 1947. Their honeymoon at the Oregon coast during spring break was made more memorable because of the long papers both needed to complete that week. Robert's lovely reminiscence of their meeting and years together describes Betty's life as a long, full, and varied one, with many adventures. The couple moved to New Haven, Connecticut (while Robert attended Yale University), to California, and even to New Zealand. Betty supported the three children and their schools, performed on stage and assisted off stage for local theatre productions; camped; entertained; played bridge; and, in Robert's words, “read, read, read, and passed that love of story and structure and words and exploration on to her children.” Betty, says Robert, was practical and spirited; one who took pleasure in being a neighbor, a community member, and a Democrat; in getting to know people, learning something new, making friends, hearing new stories, and enjoying a good laugh.

Mary Jackson Gibson ’39

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Mary Jackson Gibson '39, April 23, 2008, in Phoenix, Arizona. Mary received a BA from Reed in political science. She met Lee W. Gibson ’39 in her first year at Reed; they married and moved to Texas in 1940, where Lee had a position with an oil company and Mary worked as a legal secretary. After living in New York, while Lee received a graduate degree in fluid mechanics from Cornell University, the couple returned to Texas. When Lee began his work as an independent consultant in oil, doing geological engineering studies in California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah, the couple maintained a home base near Riverdale, California. Mary was secretary and bookkeeper for Lee's business, the Lee Gibson Oil Company. Caring for their six children drew Mary into the P.T.A. and the Woman's Civic Club. She was elected a life member of the Esperanto League of North America for her publicity efforts in the early ’50s on behalf of the international language movement. With her youngest daughter in high school, she took a secretarial position for a television studio in Fresno, and then spent 14 years as a child welfare worker with Fresno County, retiring in 1980. She was a member of the Fresno Unitarian Church for 55 years, enjoyed gardening and jelly making, and travels with Elderhostel. In 2001, she moved into a retirement center in Phoenix. Survivors include four daughters, two sons, nine grandchildren, and one-great granddaughter. Lee died in 1990.

Stuart James Gordon ’52

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Stuart James Gordon ’52, February 28, 2009, in Los Angeles, where he practiced law. Stuart received a BA from Reed in philosophy, and then earned a JD from the University of Chicago in 1956. Stuart was very active in the Reed Alumni Association in Southern California. Survivors include his wife, Lynne Lagunoff Gordon; and their son and daughter.

Helena Margaret Gannon Rivoire ’37

Helena Margaret Gannon Rivoire ’37, February 10, 2010, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. Helena lived in Washington and Minnesota before moving to Portland and enrolling at Reed. After two years at the college, she transferred to University of California, Berkeley, where she received a BA and MA in French, and a certificate of librarianship, and met Jean A. Rivoire, whom she married. The couple spent several years in Panama, then moved to France and studied at La Sorbonne in Paris. Jean accepted a position in the French department at Bucknell University and the couple settled in Lewisburg. Following her husband's death in 1957, Helena became a librarian at Bucknell's Bertrand Library, and was appointed chief of technical services in 1969. She was well read, had a passion for travel, and enjoyed theatre, music, and the intellectual challenge of acquiring new languages and solving crossword puzzles. Survivors include her daughter and two granddaughters. Her son predeceased her.

Donald L. Gray AMP ’44

Donald L. Gray AMP ’44, April 1, 2010, in Decorah, Iowa. Donald studied at Reed in the premeteorology program, later earning a BS in architectural engineering from Iowa State College. He had a career as an architect, and he and his wife, Mary, had three children.

Paul Anthony Gliebe Jr. ’56

Paul Anthony Gliebe Jr. ’56, March 27, 2010, in Tiburon, California. Paul came to Reed from San Francisco and earned a BA in biology. For 40 years, he worked as a stockbroker for Shearson Hammill (later Morgan Stanley Smith Barney), rising to the position of senior vice president. Paul was married to his wife, Ann, for 33 years, and is survived by a daughter and son, two grandchildren, and a brother.

Georgia-Mae Wilkins Gallivan MALS ’70

Georgia-Mae Wilkins Gallivan MALS ’70, March 29, 2010, in Vancouver, Washington. Georgia-Mae earned a BA in history in 1937 and an MA in English in 1942 from Whitman College. She met cartoonist and editor Robert Gallivan when he was stationed with the army in Walla Walla, Washington; they were married for 65 years. Georgia-Mae's study at Reed came mid-career, and she enjoyed the scholarship immensely. She taught for 10 years in Walla Walla, and for 20 years at Clark College, in Vancouver, where she was chair of the humanities division and president of the faculty association. In retirement, she served on the Washington Commission for the Humanities and received the Clark County Award for the Support of the Arts. She served 10 years as a trustee of Clark College, and volunteered for numerous organizations, including Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the ACLU, and Women in Action. In 1996, she was honored with the Woman of Achievement award from the Clark County YMCA for her long career in teaching and her work in the community.

Dorothy Marion Dewey Greer ’41

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Dorothy Marion Dewey Greer ’41, March 24, 2012, in Evanston, Illinois. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Dodie earned a BA from Reed and an MFA in printmaking from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She was a sculptress and ceramicist, “the dear friend of many” at the Evanston Art Center, and beloved as a mother.

Harriet Phyllis Goodman Bodner ’42

Harriet Phyllis Goodman Bodner ’42, April 13, 2012, in Portland. Harriet grew up in Portland, attending Couch Grade School and Lincoln High School. She studied at Reed two years and also at the Museum Art School before enrolling at the Yale University School of Art. In 1943, she married Portlander George H. Bodner. He served as a dental officer in the naval reserve during World War II, while she worked in the Portland shipyards. Harriet volunteered for many organizations, including the PTA and scouting, and political causes, and was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and the Council of Jewish Women. She was a board member of Neighborhood House and was an art consultant for a number of years at Gallery West in southwest Portland before working in the rental sales gallery at the Portland Art Museum. For 13 years, she volunteered with the Oregon Jewish Museum, and was honored for her work in 2006 with the Song of Miriam award. Her family also honored her in Portland’s Walk of the Heroines in 2008. Harriet and George enjoyed their home at the Oregon coast and attending local symphony, theatre, and art events. Her artistic creativity found expression in her daily life and home and in the practice of calligraphy she learned at Reed with Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69]. Survivors include her husband, children, a granddaughter, and a great-grandson.

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.

Spencer John Gill ’42

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Spencer John Gill ’42, March 15, 2012, in Portland. Spencer earned a BA in general literature, writing the thesis “William Blake as Revolutionary” with his academic adviser, Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69]. In 1943, with Lloyd’s assistance, he eloped with Josephine Bestul, his lifelong partner, with whom he raised three daughters, Susan Gill Farber ’65, Christine Gill Jeibmann MAT ’70, and Gretchen Sperling. (Three decades later, Spencer led the effort to have Reynolds recognized as Calligrapher Laureate of Oregon, assisted by Jean McCall Babson ’42, sister of then-Oregon governor Tom McCall.) During World War II, Spencer served in the military. In 1954, he was called to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Mike Munk ’56 reports that although Spencer admitted to having attended Reed, along with David Gregg ’54 and David Lapham ’60, he refused political interrogation. Spencer made his career as a writer and editor and lived with his family in Switzerland for six years, where he worked as director of publications for Investors Overseas Services in Geneva. He wrote and published numerous books, including Turquoise Treasures, Pottery Treasures, Portland: Image of A City, Washington Shores, and Vegetable Gardening the Chinese Way. He also served as a writer for the design team that created Portland’s Pioneer Square. Survivors include his daughters, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Nelda Vivien Butt Goetzl Stage ’38

Nelda Vivien Butt Goetzl Stage ’38, February 27, 2013, in Corvallis, Oregon. Nelda studied at Reed for one year. She and Edmund H. Goetzl ’36, an editor with the Oregon Journal, were married and had two daughters. They owned the Lucky Horseshoe Dude Ranch in Republic, Washington, until 1980, when they sold the business and moved to Colville, Washington. Edmund died in 1986. Nelda later married George Stage. She also worked for the Poorman-Douglas Corporation in Portland. In 2007, at 90, Nelda decided to move into a retirement community, she told Reed, as she was finally ready to “let someone else do the work.”

William Reap Geiger ’47

William Reap Geiger ’47, April 19, 2013, in Portland. Bill arrived at Reed from Franklin High School at the age of 15 and attended the college for a year. He transferred to Willamette University and then earned a BS in biology and a DMD from the University of Oregon. He served in the army, was a member of the Gold Foil Society, volunteered with the YMCA, and read voraciously. He also enjoyed skiing and hiking in the Cascades. Bill and Donna L. Zochert married in 1976 and raised a son and daughter. Survivors include his children and four grandchildren. Donna died in 2006.

John Vincent Goldsmith Jr. ’88

A picture of John Goldsmith and his friends on Thanksgiving Day 2012

Thanksgiving 2012 brought John Goldsmith ’88 (standing, center) together with alumni friends, including Bryne Anderson ’86, April Brown ’90, Jean Field ’84, Bill Fitch ’86, Adam Green ’85, Eric Gier ’87, Kilian Kerwin ’85, Benn Lewis ’84, Maria Manuela Chora Lewis ’88, Jimmy Ng ’87, Cate Palmer ’85, Sebastian Pastore ’88, Amanda Six ’91, and George Wehn ’84.

John V. Goldsmith Jr. ’88, February 17, 2013, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from cardiac arrest.

Our thanks to Leslie Mehren ’87 and Cate Palmer ’85 for gathering memories from John’s many friends and writing this memorial piece for Reed.


Dolores Christine Groves Berard ’49

Dolores Christine Groves Berard ’49, May 11, 2013, in Portland. Dolores moved to Oregon from Nebraska in 1939, graduated from Franklin High School in Portland at age 16, and earned a one-year scholarship to Reed. In 1950, she married Jess Willard Berard; they raised seven children. Dolores later completed a degree in early childhood education and taught in a preschool. She was a lifelong member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Portland and was active in the Montavilla Neighborhood Association for many years. Survivors include her children, 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a brother.

Alison Estabrook Gass Murie ’53

A picture of Alison Gass Murie in April 2013

Courtesy of the Murie family

Alison Estabrook Gass Murie ’53, May 29, 2013, in Xenia, Ohio. Growing up in a home with parents who were writers—and her father, a university professor in English—Alison loved language, spoken and written, and the meanings of words. She attended Reed for a year and also studied at the University of Washington. Alison and Martin E. Murie ’50 were married in 1952; they had three daughters and moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1961, when Martin joined the faculty in biology at Antioch College. Martin wrote of Alison’s presence in the college town: “She contributed, as always, to literacy, the nurture of human communication. And again, as always, she stood fast for the complete liberation of women.” In 1975, Alison and Martin moved to an old dairy farm in North Bangor, New York. “There they took up a life of conscious simplicity, one they could reconcile with their strong belief in leaving a light footprint on the earth.” They gardened, raised animals, repaired walls and buildings, and made new friends. “Alison’s ingenuity, frugality, and creative hands were employed everywhere, inventing household tools and improvements.” She taught herself to weave and decorated their home and created clothing using her textiles. “Alison will be best remembered for her lifelong commitment to social activism and her staunch belief in human rights and the equality of all.” Survivors include three daughters; five grandchildren; a great-grandson; and her brother, Geoffrey A. Gass ’52.

Richard Phillip Gale ’60

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Richard Philip Gale ’60, September 27, 2013, in Laguna Woods, California, after suffering a major stroke. In his 75 years, Dick enjoyed a rich and varied life. He earned a BA in sociology from Reed, an MA from Washington State University, and a PhD from Michigan State University. He spent his career as a professor at the University of Oregon, where he specialized in environmental sociology and published more than 50 articles and chapters. His efforts as a central sociological figure in advocating disciplinary attention to environmental issues led to creation of the American Sociological Association section on environmental sociology. Dick was instrumental in launching and nurturing the University of Oregon’s interdisciplinary environmental studies degree program. He also devoted many hours to guiding students as a dedicated academic adviser and mentor. For many years he commuted to Eugene from his home in Florence, Oregon, where he was active in community affairs. He served on the Chamber of Commerce board, ran for port commissioner, greeted newcomers as an ambassador, volunteered as an ombudsman at a local nursing home, helped bring about the community’s fall festival, and wrote the crucial grant that sparked the creation of the Events Center. In retirement, he moved to Southern California, where he also participated in community life. He was a staunch supporter of libraries and an inveterate reader, always “chasing ideas” through books, the internet, and the media (he read both the Los Angeles Times and New York Times daily). He loved music, especially chamber and choral works, including opera. He attended hundreds of art exhibitions over the years. He was the household cook, who made lovely dinners every evening and who boasted a cookbook collection of over 300 titles. Dick was also a dedicated traveler who had seen much of the world. In recent years he became truly enamored of New York City because of the inexhaustible wealth of theatre, art, and music available there. He is survived by his wife, Susan Gale, the author of this memorial piece; his sister, Jean Schaefer; and his nieces Julie Smith and Laurie Batten. Donations in his memory may be made to the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence, Oregon.

Marion M. Grant Josselyn ’43

Marion M. Josselyn Grant ’43, January 10, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, following a major stroke. The daughter of a U.S. diplomat, Marion was born in Chongqing, China, and received her early schooling in China and British Columbia. She studied for two years at Reed, completing a BA in general literature. At the college, she met economics major Robert E. Grant ’43. They were married in 1945. Bob’s career with First National City Bank/Citibank in the overseas division led to their living in Africa, Asia, India, and the Middle East for nearly 40 years. Marion’s own experience of living outside the U.S. helped ease her family’s adjustment to new cultures. Bob retired in 1986 and they moved to Arizona. A kindhearted and considerate individual, who lived to please others, Marion is survived by Bob and their daughter, two sons, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. During their life together, Marion and Bob remembered Reed favorably and were generous donors to the college.

Burton Irwin Gevurtz ’50

Burton Irwin Gevurtz ’50, November 18, 2013, in Portland. The youngest of four children, and brother of Irma Gevurtz Robbins ’41, Jane Gevurtz Green ’44, and Suzanne Gevurtz Itkin ’48, Bud studied at Reed for a year. He completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon, and then joined the naval air corps as a pilot. He loved flying and maintained his skill as a pilot throughout his life. He also enjoyed skiing, fishing, and playing tennis. Bud and Suzanne Gilbert were married in 1954 and raised a daughter and son. Both the Gevurtz and the Gilbert families operated successful furniture businesses in Portland. Bud managed the Gevurtz family business for many decades. Suzy died in 1989 and Bud married Bernice Rosenfield Lynch in 1997. Bud and Bernice enjoyed their travels to places around the world. Survivors include Bernice, and Bud’s children and four grandchildren.

Margaret Rose Sullivan Guthrie ’47

Margaret Rose Sullivan Guthrie ’47, December 4, 2013, in Santa Rosa, California. Madge (or Sully) was a valedictorian in her Colorado high school and received a scholarship to Reed, where she pursued an interest in chemistry. Madge and George B. Guthrie ’40 married in 1946 and moved to Pasadena, where Madge enrolled at Caltech and completed a BS in chemistry. They then moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and began a family. Following their divorce in 1960, Madge went to California. She was a science editor for the Stanford Research Institute, and there met Bruce Barclay. They married and made a home in Malibu. She became a resident of Santa Rosa in 1991. Madge was a photographer, a writer, and an editor, who sought to convey intellectual joy and to combat ignorance through her work. She took pride in her personal library and read thousands of books, noting each one in the journal she began in high school. Beyond an enjoyment of reading and a passion for learning, Madge developed an expertise in numerous other subjects that fascinated her, including sewing and acting. She is remembered as an engaging individual who enjoyed lively and in-depth conversation on a wide range of topics. Reflecting on her education later in life, Madge stated that Reed was part of a continuum of learning and a gem in recollection. “The variety of learning Reed provided increased knowledge and confidence, useful in my several occupations.” Survivors include three sons and three grandchildren.

Seymour Gassner, Postbaccalaureate ’52–’53

Seymour Gassner, special postbaccalaureate student in 1952–53, March 26, 2014, following a prolonged illness. Seymour came to Reed in preparation for medical school, which he attended at Washington University in St. Louis. Completing an MD in 1957, he served for two years in the air force as a general medical officer. He obtained the rank of captain, and then completed an orthopedic residency at UCLA in 1964. Seymour practiced orthopedic surgery in the San Fernando Valley for more than 40 years, and was founding partner of the San Fernando Valley Orthopedic Medical Group. He enjoyed golf, skiing, travel, and playing bridge. “Seymour leaves a legacy of loving friends and family members who will always remember his kind and gentle spirit, his talent and compassion as a surgeon, his expertise at being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and as a friend to the many who knew him.” Survivors include his wife, Charmalee, to whom he was married for 59 years; a daughter and two sons, including Gordon ’77; and six grandchildren.

Stephen Goltra Gilbert ’52

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Stephen Gilbert ’52 in 1994

Stephen Goltra Gilbert ’52, February 21, 2014, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Steve was an art major at Reed, completing his degree in the combined program with the Museum Art School (PNCA) and writing a thesis on woodcarving. His parents, Malcolm Gilbert ’17 and Inez J. Goltra, recognized and supported Steve’s innate love of the natural world and his artistic instincts, we read in the obituary prepared by Dave Mazierski for the University of Toronto, where Steve later taught. During his precollege years, Steve made a happy acquaintance with musical theatre and opera, and many years past that time performed on stage with the Tycho Brahe Players in Albany, Oregon. Following his graduation from Reed, Steve served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and studied medical illustration at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was employed as an illustrator for the University of Washington, but grew frustrated with institutional illustration, we learned, which led to his returning to his family’s farm in Oregon. During the 12 years that followed, he did research, dissection, and illustration for his highly acclaimed laboratory manuals on mammalian anatomy. In 1973, he joined the faculty at the University of Toronto to teach in the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, remaining at the university for 23 years, and retiring as a full professor. In the early ’70s, Steve studied Japanese tebori, a method of tattooing by hand, and in retirement, he worked as a tattoo artist at Abstract Arts Tattoo in Toronto. His history with the art stretched back to his early years in Portland and a view into a waterfront tattoo parlor. “Tattooing is a kick-ass business,” he reported. “It’s exciting—it gets your adrenaline going, like performing onstage.” His work had a “subtle and dynamic aesthetic vision,” wrote Penny Hummel ’83 in a 2002 feature for Reed, which reviewed his book Tattoo History: A Source Book. Mazierski wrote, “His beautiful tone and pen & ink illustrations, his gentle and caring nature, and his great passion for art, science, and truth will always inspire us to be better illustrators, teachers, and human beings. There will never be another man like him.” Steve is survived by his wife, Cheralea; their children Emily, Genevieve, and Scott; and his children, Ann, David, and Tom.

Michelle Gaudreau ’85

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Michelle Gaudreau ’85, April 13, 2014, in Portland. This memorial was composed by her brother, Andy Gaudreau ’86, and her family. Michelle addressed everything that she came to head-on, with creative, determined energy. It was no different for the cancer that she escorted out of the world with her, after living with it frankly (and coaching others to do the same) for a year and a half. For everyone who encountered her, Michelle was a generous, energetic, wide-open-minded extrovert with high ambitions to live a creative life to the fullest. By every account, she succeeded in doing just that in more ways than a few. She grew up the child of an air force sergeant father and a mother raised in Mexico, and by the time she was 11 had lived in Mississippi, Japan, Florida, Greece, and upstate New York. She went to high school in Alaska, where she bloomed as an art, English, theatre, and classical guitar student under a few devoted teachers. After Reed (and a thesis on Wallace Stevens, her bright muse of light and artistic artifice), she moved for a few years to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing. Mixed success brought her back to Portland, which led to a life first of exotic dancing, wine selling, more travel—to Europe (where she taught English for a time in Germany), the Middle East, and Africa—and finally, to a copyediting gig, for which she would daily leave her little southeast Portland apartment on Belmont Street, for 11 hours at a time, to work on her laptop in the nearby Common Grounds coffee shop. She became a local fixture, and got to know every denizen of this Hawthorne-neighborhood world: from the business people, academics, and scientists, whose textbooks she wrangled into shape, to the bartenders, artists, and street folk who lived and worked nearby. In this setting, she met her close companion and spouse of the last six years, composer and voice teacher Nevada Jones, who survives her. She is survived also by her father, Robert Gaudreau; sister Christine Kesler; brothers Andy and Robert Gaudreau Jr.; and her beloved nieces and nephew, Meret, Jane, Kate, and Rene. “Refer to anyone’s inevitably bursting, saturated memories of her for more stories of her full, full life.”

Larry Buethner Greisel ’64

Larry Buethner Greisel ’64, September 15, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Larry attended Reed for two years, 1960–62  He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Jimma, Ethiopa, in 1964–66, and served in the army in 1967–69, training at Fort Lewis, Washington, before going overseas. He then studied at Oregon State University and spent most of his life in Seattle, where he worked for Sonosite, an ultrasonic device company, and received two patents for ultrasonic diagnostic instrument components. He was a regular reviewer of items on Amazon and a keen follower of climate change discussions in the New York Times blogs. [Online obituary found by Leslie Mueller Stewart ’64 in July 2014.]

David Gancher ’64

David Gancher ’64, February 23, 1996, from cancer. David attended Reed for one year in 1960–61. In 2012, Josh Gancher ’16, informed the 1964 class committee of his uncle’s death and Leslie Mueller Stewart ’64 found a 1996 obituary by Tom Turner, “David Gancher: He was a hub," printed in the San Francisco Examiner. Tom and David met in the Peace Corps in Ankara, Turkey, where David taught English. “He was good at nearly everything that counts: writing prose, songs, and poems; playing guitar, bass, and piano; singing, cooking, talking, listening. Being a spouse and a dad. Yet he had little need to be recognized. No arrogance. No self-importance. Massive, brilliant talent, and no need to say so. His talent was to use and give and share unselfconsciously—for joy, for fun. The human being is put on earth to have fun. Beauty is fun. And funny is fun. Some people are hubs. They have scores of friends: spokes, who meet each other on the rim of the wheel but owe their friendships to the common acquaintance at the center. David was one of them. He attracted people the way a light attracts moths, but his light singed no one. He lived many overlapping lives. I brought him into environmental work to answer phones at Not Man Apart [1974]; within a few weeks he was writing the best pieces in the paper. His career already deserved to be called checkered: teaching English in a Turkish prep school, cook in a soup kitchen, music reviewer for Rolling Stone, knitter of sweaters, and others I don’t know about. He went from the environment into computers, persuading ComputerLand to start a magazine and take him on to edit it. In all those lives, I don’t believe he ever made an enemy.”

Herbert Ballantine Gladstone, Faculty

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I was in Prexy when I heard the news. That it saddened me was no surprise. But the sharpness of the feeling, the pang, was unexpected.

Herb Gladstone [music 1946–80] was gone; for me that meant the loss of a teacher, a mentor, a friend, and a living link to a deep and marvelous tradition.


Margret J. Geselbracht Faculty

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Reed College lost a cherished colleague and great friend when Prof. Margret Geselbracht [chemistry 1993–2014] passed away on September 11, 2014, after a long and hard-fought struggle against lymphoma. 

Maggie joined the Reed community in January 1993, delaying her transfer from Wisconsin to Reed by one semester so that she could extend her postdoc and stay close to her future husband, Tom Armstrong. A child of Peoria, Illinois, and a graduate of Notre Dame, Maggie moved to Berkeley to start graduate school. While there (or, more precisely, while on the top deck of a ferry heading to Alaska) she met Tom, fell in love, and realized she would have a more harmonious marriage if she found employment somewhere along the West Coast. As luck would have it, Prof. Alan Shusterman wrote to Arthur Ellis, Maggie’s postdoctoral adviser, informing him that Reed was looking for an inorganic chemist. The ad was passed to Maggie, and the rest fell into place.


Rachel Olive Riches Gordon ’43

Rachel Olive Riches Gordon ’43, December 5, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. The daughter of Oregon pioneers, Rachel followed cousins Naomi Riches ’17, Hermione Riches ’23, and Cromwell Riches ’25 to Reed. She earned a BA in sociology during three years of study at the college, and though she moved from the state, her Riches family ties drew her back to Oregon for many reunions, and she did have the opportunity to attend her 50th class reunion at Reed. Rachel met Robert L. Gordon while he was serving in the army. They married in 1943 and were together until his death in 1982. They made a home in Richmond, Virginia, where he worked as a nursing home administrator, and they raised their children, Robert and M’Ellen. Rachel was a generous donor to Reed and a community volunteer in all places she lived. She moved to Georgia to be nearer to her daughter, who survives her, as do her son and a nephew. “She was a one-of-a-kind person and will be greatly missed.”

Robert Gordon Gillespie ’55

Robert Gordon Gillespie ’55, October 11, 2014, in Portland, after a struggle with Lewy body disease. A pioneer in the field of IT in higher education, and one of the first people to be considered a chief information officer in a university setting, Bob graduated from Grant High School in Portland and earned a BA from Reed in mathematics. “The process, the challenge, the demands prepared me to be creative, confident, and a risk taker.” He maintained a lifelong connection to the college and served as an alumni trustee in 1996–2000. After Reed, Bob entered the new field of digital computing. He first worked at Convair Astronautics, where he developed simulations for rocket guidance. Next, he was responsible for software research and architecture at Boeing, and then worked at Control Data doing software development. But it was at the University of Washington, where he served as director of the computer center and vice provost for computing, that he found his true calling.

Bob was a visionary, long anticipating the growth of technology and the internet; because of his early advocacy, he had a profound influence on federal policies that shaped technology in higher education. He assisted in the founding of computing organizations such as the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, EDUCOM (now EDUCAUSE), and the Seminars on Academic Computing, and was a model for subsequent generations of higher education IT leaders. His work was recognized with the Kaul Foundation Award of Excellence for achievements as an educator, author, and expert in the field of computing in 1996; the 2009 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in recognition of contributions to the computing profession; and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the NWACC in 2011 for his role in creating that organization.


Mary Jo Summers Gettmann ’66

Mary Jo Summers Gettmann ’66, September 14, 2014, in Portland, from cancer. Born and raised in Bend, Mary Jo loved the Cascade Lakes, skiing at Mount Bachelor, and being in 4-H in Bend. After high school, she spent a year traveling across Europe earning money as a translator. She attended Reed for two years and went on to earn a BS in mathematics from Oregon State University. In 1966, she married her next-door neighbor from childhood, Gary Gettmann. She dedicated her life to raising their family. She also served as a volunteer in teaching children how to program computers and worked with children in track, JROTC, band, and 4-H. Mary Jo was a master gardener and was active in maintaining and preserving urban greenery. She loved to cook, fish, travel, and spend time with her family. Survivors include her husband, daughter Melissa and son Brian, and four siblings. She was predeceased by her daughter Laura.

Joseph Francis Gunterman ’34

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Joseph Francis Gunterman ’34 died in December, 2014, in Sacramento, California. He was 101.

Joe spent his early years in Calexico, California, where his father, a German immigrant, worked at the German Bank. Perhaps to take advantage of the high standards of culture and education available in Germany in the mid-’20s, Joe and his two older brothers were sent to live with their paternal grandparents in Kassel for three years, he told Jacque London Ensign ’53 and Eloise Rippin Bodine ’58 in an interview in 2000. He graduated from high school in Santa Barbara, and came to Reed after studying at Pomona and Santa Barbara State Teachers College (where an instructor encouraged him to consider Reed). Joe roomed with Franz Baumann ’35, whom he had met at school in Germany. (Joe came up with funding sources to assist Franz in emigrating from Germany, and years later Franz became a pediatrician and cared for Joe’s children.) 


Elizabeth Ann Havely Golding ’45

Elizabeth Ann Havely Golding ’45, October 6, 2014, in Portland. Betty was a lifelong resident of Portland and at age 10 was selected to be a Junior Rose Festival Princess. She spent 12 summers as a bugler and camp counselor at Camp Namanu—established by the Camp Fire Girls organization on the Sandy River. On a counselors’ retreat at Boy Scout Camp Meriwether in 1941, she met Thomas L. Golding, whom she married in Reed’s Eliot Hall chapel in 1946. (During their courtship, Tom was stationed in Europe with the army medical corps during World War II, and they affirmed their connection through an exchange of hundreds of letters.) Betty earned a BA from Reed in sociology and history Her thesis, “A Study of the Relationship between Attitudes and Information about the Japanese in America,” was written with Prof. Gwynne Nettler [sociology 1944–45]. Betty and Tom had a son and two daughters and enjoyed camping trips together in the summer and skiing in the winter. They provided a home centered in love, joy, and encouragement. In the ’60s, Betty returned to school to earn a teaching certificate. She taught social studies at Wilson High School in Portland for 17 years, and prepared students for participation in Youth Legislature, Model UN, and mock trial competitions. She led students on American Heritage trips to the East Coast and to Europe. She volunteered with the League of Women Voters throughout her adult life, and also supported the Audubon Society, Portland area Camp Fire, the Mount Hood Ski Patrol, and CASA. She enjoyed time with grandchildren, duplicate bridge, bird watching, quilting, and the luxury of working in her garden on a warm spring day. Tom died in 2002 and a daughter died in 2007. Survivors include a son and daughter, four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Betty’s aunt, Elizabeth Havely Williston ’17, also graduated from Reed.

Peter Riffle Gilpin ’55

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Peter Riffle Gilpin ’55, December 22, 2014, in Honolulu, Hawai’i, following a long struggle with congestive heart failure. A California native and longtime resident of Honolulu, Peter was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he graduated from University High School in 1950. He came to Reed in 1951 and made many lifelong friends there, including his future wife Louise Palmer Gerity ’55. The young couple spent a year in New York City, where Peter attended art school while Louise completed graduate training in librarianship. After their return to the islands, Peter and Louise divorced. Peter completed his bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree in sociology at the University of Hawaii, working as a teaching assistant and becoming very active in the cultural life of the university. He next went to California, where he spent some years as a clinical social worker in the San Francisco Bay Area, before returning in the late ’60s to Hawai’i. He worked for many years as a photographer, both freelance and at the Bishop Museum. Peter was known as an inveterate collector, and possessed a remarkable array of artifacts, from porcine masks, figurines, and graphics to beer steins, calligraphic equipment, and Japanese prints. He continued throughout his life to practice the calligraphy to which he had first been introduced at Reed. An independent scholar, raconteur, and keen cultural observer and commentator, and always interested in politics, he was very active in the campaign of his old friend Neil Abercrombie, congressman and governor of Hawaii, 2010–14. A random sample of Peter’s style, from a letter a few years back in which he described the renewal of his driver’s license: “The giggling of this old geezer is occasioned by some salubrious events which were rather unexpected and most welcome! My new driver’s license—known in Hawai’i as a ‘Driver License,’ you’ll note—is today in my actual physical possession . . . . Trepidation accrued unusually to this process because my vision of late has deteriorated substantially. Thus, fears of failing the eye test were foremost in my mind. But not to worry! As I utterly failed the first level required on the chart in the machine, the kindly woman switched over to a larger format, which I was able to correctly read! My heart had flipped up into my throat in the meantime, but I was redeemed! I was given a 20/40 rating. On to the ‘Question and Answer Section,’ I assumed, as has always been the case in renewals. Amazement! Disbelief! They shunted me right over into the ‘Photograph’ line where, after a short wait, I was photo’d and fingerprinted, and paid, and within 10 minutes the actual finished plastic product was in my hand. And now, I’m a licensed driver once more!” His eyes went on to fail, as did, ultimately, his heart. But his wit and humor accompanied him to the very end. He is survived by his sister Kate Gilpin, who composed this memorial, as well as many friends and colleagues who remember him as a true original.

Nathalie Elizabeth Georgia Sato ’45

Nathalie Elizabeth Georgia Sato ’45, September 2, 2014, in the Highlands, North Carolina. Nathalie was born in Ithaca, New York, where her parents, Frederick R. Georgia and Lolita Healey Georgia, lived while teaching at Cornell University. Her father was one of the founders of Black Mountain College in North Carolina in 1933, and Nathalie resided in the Highlands in 1931–32 when her father bought the Flat Mountain one-room schoolhouse and converted it into the family’s summer home. She earned a BA in political science from Reed, writing the thesis “The Political Activities of Wendell Willkie” with Prof. Charles McKinley [political science 1918–60]. “The intellectual environment of Reed may have been overpowering,” she wrote later, “but my social and political beliefs had their beginnings at Reed.” Nathalie went on to study political science and city planning, and received an MA from Cornell and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked as a planner in state and local government, beginning her career as the chief urban planner for Chicago area transportation studies, and, at the time of her retirement in 1983, she was a planning analyst for the Pennsylvania state planning and development office in Harrisburg. In retirement, she returned to the family’s summer home in the Highlands. “When not walking the dogs in the woods, I do get out for new and old hobbies, and for volunteer work.” Nathalie hiked, gardened, and also did weaving on the loom that her father had built at Black Mountain. She served as docent at the Highlands Historical Museum and helped catalog the archives of the Highlands Historical Society. She was preceded in death by her son, who died in an accident in 2006, and her brother.

Melba Jeanne Hansen Gordner ’46

Jeanne majored in political science and history at Reed. Her thesis on Pan-American relations was advised by Prof. Rex Arragon [history 1923–74]. She also earned a BA in education from Central Washington College (University) and taught at Franklin Junior High in Yakima, Washington, for decades. She was active in politics, conservation, hiking, gardening, and the arts, and traveled throughout the world. A well-respected poet, Jeanne published three volumes of her work. Her study of poetry began in a class with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], she said. “I write largely about what I know, but like to venture occasionally into absolute imagination.” Jeanne was widowed twice. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, a foster daughter, a stepdaughter and stepson, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Edith Katherine Griffith Swoboda ’48

Born in Portland, both Edith and her brother, Joseph Griffith ’48, majored in physics at Reed. She worked with Prof. Raymond T. Ellickson [physics 1946–48] on her thesis on diffraction patterns with X-rays. In her work as a scientist, she did textile testing for Dupont and also studied environmental influences in the Chesapeake Bay watershed—the latter, related to her role on a Delaware state commission, reflected her enjoyment of fishing. She was a gardener and an active member in local garden clubs. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and a charter member of the Skating Club of Wilmington, Delaware. We read that Edith surpassed the pregold level ice dance, the Blues, with flying colors at age 69, and she was an accomplished ballroom dancer. Edith and Thomas J. Swoboda were married for 44 years. Survivors include Thomas, two daughters, a stepson, and two grandchildren. “We still miss her warm, welcoming smile and unbridled enthusiasm.”

Shirley Ann Georges Gittelsohn ’49

An artist whose dramatic landscapes of the Pacific Northwest earned her national acclaim, Shirley grew up in Portland and attended Lincoln High School, following her brothers Thomas T. Georges Jr. ’42 and Maurice O. (Ossie) Georges ’47 to Reed. (A third brother, Paul Georges, was also an artist.) She met William A. Gittelsohn ’48 at Reed when he returned from service in World War II. They fell in love and were married a week following Bill’s graduation. Soon after, they moved to California, where Shirley completed a BA in elementary education at San Francisco State while Bill earned an MBA from UC Berkeley. After five years they returned to Portland, where Shirley raised their three children—Dena, John, and Judy—and began painting. Bill joined with Tom to operate the Georges family business, Oregon Laundry (Oregon Linen Rental).

Shirley’s work was in oil and acrylic and she became renowned for her paintings of landscapes—especially of Cannon Beach, where the family had owned a home since 1944. She also painted still life, gardens, flowers, and portraits of her children and their friends. Her art was created with a bold contemporary style.


Susan Sonia Grover Rumley ’43

She was the youngest of seven children born to Abraham and Sadie Grover. With Abraham’s slender income as a carpenter, there was never enough food on the table, and Susan developed a lifelong interest in nutrition, food, and food preparation.

She never liked the name Sonia, and throughout grade school and high school went by “Sonie.” In 1938, she started at Reed—attending for only one year. For the rest of her 96 years she would tout the value of a college diploma. She regretted not completing her college education, but maintained her own higher education had come through self-direction.

In 1942, she met and married the love of her life, a Portland bus driver named Lynn Rumley. Daughter Linda was born the next year and the family moved to Boise, Idaho, where Lynn worked as a long haul truck driver. Three more children were born, Stephen, Stuart, and Nancy. For 12 years Sonia made sure the family was comfortable in a house that seemed to be perpetually under construction. Linda married and in 1962 the family decided to move to greener pastures in California. San Jose held the promise of better job opportunities and affordable college educations for the kids. Sonia and Lynn were determined that their children would enjoy opportunities the two of them never had. That year, Sonia changed her name to Susan.


Mary Jo Gillespie ’55

Born in Lewiston, Idaho, Mary Jo moved to Portland, Oregon, as a child. After graduating from Lincoln High School, she started at Reed,, where she majored in mathematics, and would remember Hum 110 with great joy.

“Reed gave me not only the pleasure of learning,” she said, “but also the first experience of truly being treated as an adult among adults.” At the beginning of her junior year, Mary Jo married classmate Robert Gillespie ’55. She finished her junior quals, but as money was short and Bob needed the student deferment, she put off her senior year and worked in the Reed business office during Bob’s senior year.

She finished her senior year in what was then San Diego State College (now University) and got a BS in mathematics in 1956. Early employment included two years as a programmer at Convair Astronomics in San Diego. In 1958, she and Bob moved to the Seattle area, where she devoted the next years of her life to raising her two sons, Peter and Scott. The family began making yearly treks to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in 1963. Always at home in the outdoors, Mary loved to backpack and hunt mushrooms.


Catherine Gesas Nelson ’43

Born and raised in Idaho Falls, Catherine attended Reed but graduated from Oregon State University as a registered dietitian. Later she also obtained a teacher’s certificate and taught for many years.

“Although I only attended Reed during my freshman year, the school had a big impact on my life,” Catherine said. “To be in Prof. Barry Cerf’s [literature 1921–48] class, be introduced to great literature, and be allowed to form my own ideas was a great joy. Each moment at Reed I still cherish.”


John Grandine ’66

The youngest of seven children born to Lester and Amy Grandine, John grew up on the family’s 80-acre farm near Crandon, Wisconsin. After graduating from Crandon High School, he earned a degree in botany from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, graduating in 1960. For the next three summers he attended Reed to get his MAT in mathematics. Back in Wisconsin, he joined his father-in-law, Robert Klockow, Sr., on the faculty of Hartford Union High School

For the next 40 years he inspired students by teaching mathematics, coaching cross-country and wrestling, and serving as athletic director and cocurricular coordinator. A devout Christian, John was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He loved fishing, card games, and high school sports. He and his wife, Dorothy, founded the Hartford Duplicate Bridge Club, and John achieved the rank of Gold Life Master with the American Contract Bridge League.


Louise Root Godfrey ’35

In the last years of her life, Louise would use her walker to trek up the hall of the residential care facility to gaze at the mountain framed in the picture window of the library. It was good exercise and brought to mind the many times the centenarian had hiked Mt. Hood. The granddaughter of an Oregon pioneer, Louise had a college-educated mother and a father who hadn’t gotten past the sixth grade. Because her father was widely read, he considered himself well educated and espoused the belief that if there was something in this world more important than education, he didn’t know what it was.

In her own schooling, Louise was always on a fast track. “I was brought up to learn and not fool around,” she said. By the time she started grammar school in Hermiston, Oregon, she already knew how to read, write, and do additions. She was placed in the third grade. After the family moved to Portland, she was skipped from the fourth grade to the fifth and graduated from high school at the age of 15.

Louise started Reed in 1931, during the depths of the Depression, paying her tuition with a $100 gold piece she had won in a state chemistry contest. Perhaps owing to the fact she had been editor of her high school annual, registrar Margaret Scott ’19 asked the 15-year-old girl if she’d like to be the campus correspondent for The Oregonian and she accepted the job. Over the next two years she turned Reed events into column inches. As a day dodger she could earn a PE credit by walking from campus to her family home on Mount Tabor. Later in life, when she’d see children with backpacks she’d think, “Gee, I wish they had invented those in 1931!”


Donald W. Graham ’61

Born in Berkeley and raised in Los Angeles, Don served his country in the U.S. Army and the reserves before beginning at Reed. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, writing his thesis, “A Synthesis of Diozocyclopropane,” with Prof. John Hancock [chemistry 1955–89]. He went on to earn a PhD at UC Berkeley, and conducted postdoctoral research at Stanford University. He was a medicinal chemist with Merck in Rahway, New Jersey for 36 years and made his home in Mountainside. An avid soccer fan, he enjoyed gardening, cooking, and reading. He was married for 48 years to his wife, Patricia, who survives him along with his sons Christopher and Colin.

Thomas Gillcrist

Known for his potent intellect, quiet leadership, good nature, and love of fast cars, Prof. Tom Gillcrist [English and humanities 1962–2002] researched and taught courses on William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, colonial and postcolonial novels, and the Bloomsbury group, defying the convention to choose one side of the Atlantic on which to focus his scholarship. In conferences, he saw himself as an adviser to students, not a critic. He was deeply admired by his colleagues and students. 

Gillcrist was born in 1934 in Boston and grew up in the South. His father supervised the construction of military training bases, and his family settled in Suffolk, Virginia. “He used to tell me what it was like to grow up in the home town of Mr. Peanut,” says Prof. Stefan Kapsch [poli sci 1974–2005], whose office neighbored Gillcrist’s for many years. “He had a great sense of humor; he loved to laugh.” Gillcrist earned a BA in English from Duke University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Danforth Fellowship to study at Harvard, where he earned his master’s. In 1956 he married Molly Meffert, a fellow Duke student, writer, and educator. They had two children, Andrew Myles and Amy Katherine.


Marvin Gerst ’62

Marvin majored in psychology at Reed and wrote his thesis, Operant Verbal Conditioning in Client-Centered Therapy, with Prof. Carol Creedon [psychology 1957–91]. He earned a PhD in psychology from Stanford, and did postdoctoral research there in the social ecology laboratory. One of his interests was in perceived environments and their relationship to behavior—particularly with regard to university residential facilities.

Marvin held joint positions in San Diego as a professor in the department of psychology at the University of California School of Medicine and as staff psychologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. While at UCSD, he met and married a woman with whom he invested in nursing homes. After they divorced he continued to run the nursing homes, using the proceeds to retire. But he became bored with retirement and began buying accounts receivable from construction companies during a construction boom in the San Diego area. When a recession hit the area following defense contract reductions, he diversified into manufacturing companies.

Marvin was a staunch defender of San Diego’s open spaces. He was an advocate for the preservation of rural landscapes in the San Dieguito River valley, served on the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board for more than 10 years, and chaired the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve Citizens Advisory Committee.


Prof. Frank Gwilliam [biology ’57–96]

Marine biologist and neuroscientist Prof. Frank Gwilliam introduced generations of Reed students to the discipline of biology.

He grew up in Salt Lake City. His father died of influenza when he was 11 years old. He joined the navy at the age of 17, serving as a hospital corpsman aboard the USS Doyen, an amphibious personnel assault vessel, which took part in numerous island invasions in the Pacific theater, including Kiska, Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Guam, Leyte Gulf, Lingayen Gulf, and Iwo Jima.


Toby Gersten Quitslund ’60

February 24, 2017, on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Toby passed away peacefully a few days after celebrating her 78th birthday with a houseful of family members. She was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lee and Lily Gersten, and graduated from Chadwick School. After attending Wellesley for a year, she transferred to Reed College. She and Jon Quitslund ’61 were a couple during their last year at Reed, and they both moved east when he began graduate work at Princeton. They married in New York City in 1962, and in 1964 moved to Washington, D.C. where Jon began his teaching career at George Washington University. Jon once commented that “Toby and I believe that Reed fosters the kind of commitment that makes an unlikely marriage good over the long haul.” They raised two sons in the city, Jesse and Gabriel, spending summers with family on Bainbridge Island.


John Dewey Godfrey ’55

Born in Morgantown, West Virginia, John completed high school in Akron, Ohio, and moved to the Portland area with his family in 1945, where he lived the rest of his life. He met his wife, Margaret “Rotli” Pellischek, while serving in the U.S. Army in Salzburg, Austria, where they married in 1953, two days before returning to the States. John then attended Reed College and Portland State University, and graduated from OHSU School of Dentistry (then the University of Oregon Dental School) in 1961. He ran a dental practice in Tigard, Oregon, until he retired in 1991. John is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth, and his sisters, Mary and Jean.

Prof. Lawrence Germain [physics ’49–54]

When Prof. Lawrence Germain taught at Reed, he spent his summers working with pioneering nuclear scientist and Nobel Prizewinner Ernest Orlando Lawrence at UC Berkeley. In the fall of 1952, this research group moved to Livermore, California, to form what is now the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At LLNL, Germain designed fission weapons and took an active role in their testing in the Pacific Proving Grounds and later at the Nevada Test Site, when underground testing was required by the Limited Test Ban Treaty. In 1971, he supported the U.S. delegation in Geneva, Switzerland, engaging in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT). He also led the lab’s efforts to contain all nuclear radiation underground, and in 1975 became the division leader of the Earth Sciences Division.

Germain was born in Fresno, California, to educators John and Frances Germain, and attended local schools in Stockton. He earned a doctorate in physics at the UC Berkeley, with a thesis related to cosmic ray mesotrons. In 1949, he moved to Portland with his new wife, Sally Layport, and joined the Reed faculty. In 1953, he joined the LLNL group full time, moving to Danville, California, with his wife and son, Keith. While in Danville he became the senior warden at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and assumed responsibility for church finances, selecting rectors, and teaching the high school Sunday school class.


Marcia Grein Pennington ’49

Marcia was born in San Pedro, California, and spent her early years in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Portland, Oregon. She met Frank Pennington ’48 of Seattle, Washington, while attending Reed, and they remained together until Frank’s death in 2001. Marcia graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in psychology. As a university wife, she followed Frank to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he taught chemistry at Coe College, and later to Chico, California, where he was a professor at California State University. While in Chico, Marcia obtained her graduate degree in English from CSU and taught English there until her retirement. Marcia’s strong belief in the importance of education impelled her to start the Frank Pennington Memorial Scholarship in the CSU College of Natural Sciences. Marcia and Frank were avid photographers; after retirement they traveled and photographed scenery around the world. She is survived by her son, David Pennington; her daughter, Adriane Pennington Borgias ’79; and  her son-in-law Brandan Borgias ’79. Her granddaughter, Gaia Borgias Brown ’08, became the third generation in the family to attend Reed.

Phyllis Glasener Whitman ’44

Phyllis was born in Providence, Rhode Island, a year after women in the United States got the vote. She lived through the Great Depression, World War II, and the terms of 17 presidents. As a child, she enjoyed a Saturday morning art class at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she got her first taste of set and costume design and studied ballet. At the age of nine, she heard opera on the radio for the first time. “I thought I’d never heard anything more wonderful,” she said, and became a devout opera fan who in later years would study voice.

Her mother wanted her to get a degree in education so she wouldn’t have to work in an office, and Phyllis began at the Rhode Island College of Education. But three years into it, she told her mother she didn’t want to continue, and they began searching for another college. They consulted a book called Choosing a College, and at the end of each chapter was a listing of colleges that were “good in this way.” Reed was included in every category that was important to Phyllis. Because so many of her courses in Rhode Island had been geared to teaching, only two years of credits transferred to Reed. “I was very happy to discover that I had to take two years at Reed, instead of one,” she said. “I loved the campus and the buildings. It was just so wonderful to have all these people moving around and talking about things that I liked to hear people talk about!”


John E. Gahringer Jr. ’48

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, to John and Alice Barclay-Gahringer, Jack moved with his mother to Wenatchee, Washington, when he was a year old to live with his grandfather while his father completed a medical residency. Jack graduated from Wenatchee High School in 1942. While at Reed, he was drafted for World War II, serving as the head medic in a field hospital in the Philippines for nine months and then in occupied Japan. When he returned home in 1946, he resumed his studies at the University of Washington and received his medical degree in 1952.

Jack joined his father’s medical practice in Wenatchee, Waterville, and Odessa, Washington, working as a family physician for 40 years. He served on many community boards and as treasurer for the American Medical Association. As a Boy Scout leader for more than 30 years, he received the Silver Beaver Award. While living in Odessa, he founded the Odessa Historisches Museum, and with his wife, Florence, was its curator for many years.

At the age of seven, Jack received a camera from an aunt and never stopped taking pictures, which he loved to develop by hand. It remained a hobby throughout his life. He was also an avid gardener, and growing flowers and vegetables was his main summer occupation in his adult years. He is survived by his daughters, Pamela Day, Michelle Taylor, and Rebecca Gahringer, and his son, Tracy Gahringer.

Geoffrey Gass ’52

Geoffrey was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, where his father was a university professor. He attended college in Nebraska and Chicago before enlisting in the army late in World War II. He married Betty Jane Thompson in 1947, while still in uniform. Geoff transferred to Reed and then continued his education at Northwest Broadcasting School. He worked as a radio station engineer and announcer, primarily in Ontario, Oregon. In 1958, he started a career with Tektronix, first as a field engineer and then as a specification control engineer.

At the end of the Vietnam War, Geoff and Betty fostered five young Vietnamese refugees and helped them start a new life in the U.S. After retiring, Geoff cultivated an interest in Oregon wines and was active in NAG (Northwest Amiga Group), ROBOTS (Retired Old Bastards of Tektronix), Oregon Philatelic Society, and Special Olympics. As a volunteer patron of Albert Kelly Park, he became a familiar figure to many of his neighbors over the years. Betty preceded him in death; he is survived by his children: Andrea Carlson, Dorian Hess, and Leslie.

Ted Gurr ’57

Ted Gurr Reading

In the 1960s, political violence was not a field of study in political science. Ted was a major force in legitimizing the study of political conflict and instability, emphasizing the importance of social-psychological factors and ideology as root sources of political violence in his 1970 book, Why Men Rebel. He was also a proponent of cross-national statistical research designs, and his best-known data set, Polity, is still widely used in political science research.

He was born in Spokane and majored in psychology at Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “A Study in the Attainment of Abstract and Thematic Concepts,” with Prof. Leslie Squier [psychology 1953­–88] advising. He then studied at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a PhD in government and international relations at New York University.


Hugh Goldhammer ’68

April 19, 2018, in Topeka, Kansas.

Hugh was the son of Earl Goldhammer ’35 and Elsie Willer Goldhammer, who worked as executive assistant to the president of Reed College from 1955 to 1965, serving under Acting President Frank Loxley Griffin [1954–56] and President Richard Sullivan [1956–67]. Three of Hugh’s uncles attended Reed, including Bernard Goldhammer ’37, who married Elsie after Earl’s death. Majoring in math, Hugh wrote his thesis, “Nets and Filters in Topology,” with Prof. Larry Edison [math 1964–70] advising and went on to graduate school at the University of Oregon. Tragically, while at Reed, Hugh contracted a schizoaffective disorder that afflicted him through the rest of his life. He worked for Kansas Power and Light Co. (later Westar) as a systems analyst for more than 20 years and enjoyed photography. For years, he contributed to the Bernard Goldhammer Fund endowment at Reed, which supports both the Bernard Goldhammer Grants for Research on Economics and Natural Resources, and the Bernard Goldhammer Memorial Lecture Fund, focusing on economics, public policy, and resource management.
Hugh is survived by his sister, Joan Hart.

Thomas Goff ’48

July 10, 2018, in Ashland, Oregon.

A one-eyed, left-handed, classically trained humanist from Reed and Berkeley, Tom had a unique style. He was known to cite Longfellow and Dr. William Osler; explore back roads; snitch peaches, flowers, and asparagus from abandoned orchards, sing 1930s church camp songs, and unknowingly create amusing spoonerisms, such as commanding his daughters to “pass the paramecium” cheese at the dinner table.

He was born in Bellingham, Washington, and grew up in Blaine, where his father was the proprietor of Goff’s Department Store. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine as a radio officer in the South Pacific and the Middle East. After the war, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Reed, writing his thesis, “The Influence of Experimentality Induced Muscular Tension on Variability of Response,” with Prof. Frederick Courts [psychology 1945–69]. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of British Columbia and then got a master’s degree in psychiatric social work from UC Berkeley. He married Kaye Bush Kroman and they had three daughters. In 1956, the family moved to Oregon’s Rogue Valley; Tom and Kaye divorced in 1965.


Opal Gardner ’49

July 15, 2018, in Portland.

Opal was born in Winner, South Dakota, and moved with her family to Hermiston, Oregon, where her father worked at the Umatilla Army Depot. The family lived on a small farm and Opal attended Hermiston High School. At the age of 16, she went to work in the Portland shipyards as a welder, where she met her husband, James Gardner. A year later, when she was 17, she married him;  they were married for 67 years. She attended Reed for three semesters shortly after the Second World War, but dropped out to raise a family. When her children were older, she returned to college and completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Portland State College. She taught third grade for 30 years, and, in addition to regular classes, taught her students to crochet and made a class project of raising parakeets.

Opal was involved in educational politics and served on the board of the Oregon Education Association’s People for the Improvement of Education. She was an accomplished tennis player, loved to play bridge, and was active in the Hillsboro Methodist Church and many social organizations. She is survived by her three sons, Mark, Craig, and Rick.

Adrian Greek ’50

July 26, 2018, at his home in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

Growing up in the town of Hinsdale, Illinois, Adrian followed his interests in math and science. In high school, he started a science club, a slide rule club, and a math club. But after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, he concluded the world didn’t need more scientists building bombs; they needed ones that would put the world back together. He switched his interests to psychology and sociology. He suffered from asthma in the cold Midwestern winters and decided to go to college in balmy Southern California. Living with relatives, he began classes at Los Angeles City College. The asthma disappeared and Adrian took up hiking and climbing. But he was interested in experiencing campus life at a smaller college. His mother sent him a magazine article that described Reed as a top college with more than its share of Rhodes scholars. One of the math textbooks he studied at City College was written by Prof. Frank Loxley Griffin [mathematics; Reed College President 1954–56], and Adrian recollected, “That recommended it to me. That book had been a pretty clear type of study.”


Charles Joseph Goodner ’51

July 9, 2018, on Lopez Island, Washington.

Charles—or Joe, as he was known—was born in Seattle, Washington, where his grandfather was a professor at the University of Washington. One day Joe would follow in those footsteps.


Oakley Comstock Goodner ’53

September 27, 2016, in Lopez Island, Washington.

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


Mary Teal Garland ’49

September 11, 2018, in Hancock, New Hampshire, on her way to vote.

The last steps Mary took in life were towards the voting booth. Nothing could have been more appropriate, because throughout her 90 years, she modeled what it meant to be an active citizen.


Hans Grunbaum ’53

September 23, 2018, in Sherwood, Oregon, following a stroke 11 months earlier.

After escaping Nazi Germany with his family, Hans settled in Portland in 1937. He graduated from Lincoln High School and then started at Reed, finishing his bachelor’s degree in biology at Washington State University, where he also earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Hans served as an officer in the coast guard before beginning a veterinary practice that spanned 50 years. He was known for his unwavering compassion—particularly if you had four legs and a tail.


Ruth Settling Grinspoon ’55

September 4, 2018, in Aspen, Colorado.

Ruth was born in Vienna, Austria, to American parents who were working to defeat General Francisco Franco. Raised in Greenwich Village in New York City, she attended the Little Red School House. She started her college education at Reed, but finished at UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s in anthropology. In 1973, she earned her master’s in library science at Pratt Institute.

She married Kenneth Grinspoon and they had two daughters, Elizabeth and Jennifer. Ruth later said, “It was not a successful marriage.” She worked first as a teacher and then as a librarian for the New York City Board of Education, always in Manhattan. Going to the Aspen Music Festival durinwwg her sabbatical 27 years ago, she could often only afford to stand outside the tent. In more recent and secure times, she wouldn’t miss concerts from her seat inside. Ruth split her retirement between her Chelsea apartment, Aspen, and traveling. She never purchased an Aspen property, staying at the Holland House, the St. Moritz, and finally at the Hearthstone. At all of these residences she met dear friends and earned her uncounted flyer miles pursuing them, especially in Australia. She loved to ski, and scuba diving was a passion.

Shirley Petersen Goldberg ’45

In 2018, in Nanaimo, BC, Canada.

Passionately dedicated to teaching and film, Shirley eventually combined the two. At the age of 89, she was awarded the Film Paragon Award at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival, acknowledging a lifetime not only of teaching, exhibiting, and reviewing film, but of inspiring others to produce, exhibit, and love film.


Robert Greensfelder ’50

November 7, 2018, in Grass Valley, California, at the age of 95.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Robert was seven when his father died suddenly from pneumonia. He moved with his mother to Spokane, Washington, where he graduated from Lewis and Clark High School.


Nancy Goodspeed Roche ’53

February 11, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.

Nancy started at Reed in 1947 as an English major. After two years she transferred to the University of Washington where she completed her bachelor’s degree. She returned to Reed to get her MALS in 1969. In addition to “really special people,” she remembered the sense of freedom and intellectual awakening that the college engendered.


Esther Gwinnell ’75

February 22, 2019, in Portland.

Esther had been practicing psychiatry for years when, in about 1996, she began noticing the internet’s effect on her patients. More of them were talking about falling in love with total strangers and building romances through email, or becoming addicted to cybersex. Without the sensory input of a face-to-face relationship, everything is left to the imagination. She encouraged her readers to ask the most basic questions, such as “Do you keep a neat house?”


David L. Gass ’40

March 27, 2018, in Skokie, Illinois, at the age of 99.

David followed his older brother, Oscar Gass ’34, to Reed and started here two years ahead of his sister, Frieda Cohen ’42. Majoring in economics, he wrote his thesis, “A Study of the Propensity to Consume,” with Prof. Robert Terrill [economics 1937–44] advising. He went on to complete the requirements for a PhD, with the exception of thesis, at Stanford University. For many years, David was president of Gem Manufacturing Co., an automotive accessory wholesale and manufacturing firm in Chicago. He was elected to the Reed board of trustees. He is survived by his daughters, Trudy Burke and Ethel Jevsevar; his son, Zachary Gass; and his sister, Frieda.

Edward Gammon ’51

July 2, 2019, in Fresno, California.

Edward grew up on the Oregon coast in Yachats, where he developed his love for nature and the outdoors. When he moved to Portland to attend Reed, he took up serious rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and outdoor adventures.


Leonard M. Goldberg ’51

July 5, 2019, in Portland, from complications of dementia.

Having skipped grades while growing up in Portland, Leonard started at Reed when was only 16. He lived at home, returning to campus most evenings to study in the library. A biology major, Leonard wrote his thesis, “A Study of the Effect of Thiocyanate and Thiourea on the Stored Iodine Content of the Thyroid Gland of the Frog (Rana pipiens)” with Prof. Frank Hungate [biology 1946–52] advising. Leonard earned his MD from the University of Oregon Medical School, married Dolly, and did his residency program at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. The couple returned to Portland to raise their family.

During his 60 years as a physician, Leonard became chief of cardiology at Portland’s Emanuel Hospital, where he mentored many young doctors and nurses and was chosen as the cardiologist-on-call for three U.S. presidents. Leonard’s life was centered on giving to and caring for his local community and the community of Jews around the world—especially Israel, which he and his wife, Dolly, deeply supported.


Carol Gilson Rosen ’60

August 19, 2019, in Ithaca, New York, from a heart attack.

A native Los Angeleno, Carol studied mathematics at Reed, where she met her husband, David Rosen ’60. Completing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Columbia University, she pursued graduate work in Italian and Romance philology at UC Berkeley and received a PhD in linguistics from Harvard University.


Robert E. Grant ’43

December 27, 2019, in Sun City West, Arizona.

Bob was an international banker who spent his early years on his grandparents’ farm in Kansas and his school years in Portland, where he graduated from Lincoln High School. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “The 100 Per Cent Reserve Plan,” with Prof. Clement Akerman [economics 1920–43] advising. At Reed, he also met his wife Marion Josselyn ’43, and they married in 1945.

With a 40-year career in international banking—including posts in China, Japan, India, the Middle East, and Africa—Bob was a vice president of Citibank. He enjoyed living overseas, and after he and Marion retired to Arizona in 1986, they had many adventures in their Lazy Daze camper touring the Southwest. She died in 2014, and Bob is survived by his three children, Jennifer Busam, David Grant, and Kevin Grant. Bob and Marilyn made a gift to Reed establishing a scholarship in the name of their friend John A. Schulz ’39.

Alice Goon Lowe ’48

March 2, 2020, in Daly City, California.

The CEO and driving force behind a major San Francisco advertising agency during the Mad Men era, Alice also played a major role in the establishment and development of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.


Bonnie Huddart Garlan ’57

November 19, 2019, in Portland, Oregon.

Bonnie was born in Bellingham, Washington, and graduated from Bellingham High School. She came to Reed with a footlocker and a violin. At freshman orientation, a young man asked, “Does anybody here play the violin?” When Bonnie said she did, he asked, “We’re trying to get a group together to play chamber music, are you interested?”

“What is chamber music?” she replied. It was the beginning of her Reed education. She remembered that nearly half of the student body at the time were majoring in science. Bonnie wrote her thesis, “Whitehead’s Method of Extensive Abstraction,” advised by Professors Jean Delord [physics 1950–88] and Ed Garlan [philosophy 1946–73]. She attended the University of Göttingen on a Fulbright fellowship and earned her PhD in philosophy from Yale University.


Merrill Mason Gaffney ’48

July 16, 2020, in Loma Linda, California, at the age of 96.

An influential economist, Mason was a trenchant critic of conventional neoclassical economics—the focus on goods, outputs, and income distributions in markets through supply and demand—arguing that the emphasis on capital and commerce was a tragic mistake. Like his intellectual forebear, Henry George, he argued that the solution to our problems has always been there—in the earth beneath our feet.


Richard Grillo ’54

May 21, 2020, in Puyallup, Washington.

Richard grew up in Cle Elum, Washington, where he played sports and made lifelong friends. He was proud of his Italian heritage, and as a boy traveled with his father to visit his many relatives in Massachusetts and shared his parents’ passion for fishing for salmon in the coastal waters and lakes of Washington State.


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.


Mark Gabor ’60

May 2020, in New York, New York, as a result of complications from COVID-19.

Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in literature at Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “Dryden’s Chaucerian Fables,” advised by Prof. William Alderson [English 1943–64]. As a student at Reed, he lived on a houseboat on the Willamette.


Daniel Greenberg ’62

February 23, 2021, in Los Angeles, California.

Emeritus trustee Daniel Greenberg’s wise counsel and unwavering support guided the college for more than 45 years. He served on Reed’s board of trustees from 1975 to 2020, including eight years as chair.


Barbara Giblett Russell ’53

January 1, 2021, in Bellevue, Washington.

Barbara grew up on the shore of Puget Sound in Bremerton, Washington, and her entire life loved books, trees, and “the Bay.” At Reed, she wrote her thesis, “A Study of the Reactions of 3-Oxo-4-cyano-5-methyl-2-azabicyclo (3.3.1) Nonanol,” advised by Prof. Marshall Cronyn [chemistry 1952–89] as one of very few female chemistry majors.


Edmund Gion ’59

March 8, 2021, in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Though his family was originally from southern China, Ed was born in Altheimer, Arkansas. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed in Japan. Taking advantage of the GI Bill, he attended college at the University of Arkansas until his physics professor there suggested that Ed might be more stimulated at Reed.  He wrote his thesis, “An Investigation of Energy Levels in the C¹¹ Nucleus,” with Prof. Kenneth Davis [physics 1948–80] advising.


David L. Garrison ’66

December 22, 2020, in Jackson, Michigan.

David earned a bachelor’s degree in science from Eastern Michigan University, and both an MALS and an MAT from Reed. He worked in Jackson, Michigan, public schools as a teacher, tester, program evaluator, and coach. He refereed high school basketball and twice officiated at the state high school football championship at the Pontiac Silverdome. An avid golfer, he also coached high school golf teams. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his three sons, Steven, Chris, and Scott; his stepdaughters, Deanna Keller Walter and Carrie Keller Nettleton; his stepson, Charles Keller; and his brothers, Dean and Mark

Robert Granville Jr. ’76

February 13, 2021, in Cordele, Georgia, of COVID-19.

Robert was born in New York City and spent his childhood in the northeast and St. Louis. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “Humoral Modification of Contractile Activity in the Large Hermaphroditic Duct of Aplysia Californica,” advised by Prof. Stephen Arch [biology 1972–2012]. “He valued his time at Reed and the fine liberal arts education he received there,” said his sister, Sandy Granville Sheehy. While at Reed, Rob met his first spouse, Pamela B. Canty ’73. They had one son, Joseph, and lived for a time in Panama, where Robert served as a medical officer in the army.

Rob earned a medical degree from Oregon Health and Science University. As a U.S. Army colonel, he served his country in Panama, the Middle East, and at military hospitals in El Paso and San Antonio, Texas, first as a general medical officer and then as an orthopedist. He treated his patients with skill, compassion, and respect, with special empathy for soldiers suffering life-altering combat injuries.


Judson Gerwin ’82

January 3, 2021, in Ada, Michigan, of cancer.

Jud was born in Chicago, Illinois, where his first architectural endeavor may have been constructing Jud’s Eats when he was about nine. He began his professional career as an architect years later in Cincinnati. He later moved to the Grand Rapids area of Michigan, settling in Ada, where he began working for Sears Architects, designing homes from the modest to the magnificent and leaving his mark on the western Michigan landscape.

An English major at Reed, he wrote his thesis on “The Exposure of the Reader: A Reading of John Hawk’s The Blood Oranges.” He studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a BA in architecture/environmental design.


Shirley Gibson ’94

November, 4, 2021, in San Francisco, California, from cancer.

In the words of her husband, Tim Pori, Shirley knew that the secret to happiness was in making other people happy. Thoughtful, caring, and compassionate, she put others before herself, and did it with a wicked sense of humor. She was a smart, dedicated attorney who wore Wonder Woman Converse high-tops to the office where she fought against displacement and for fair and affordable housing for low-income tenants throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.


Leslie McCune Grace ’59

May 1, 2022, in Seattle, Washington.

For her first nine years, Leslie lived on her parents’ boat moored at the Seattle Yacht Club. Subsequently the family moved to a house in the Montlake neighborhood, where Leslie attended Montlake School, Meany Middle School, and Garfield High School. She came to Reed for two years and completed her BA at Seattle Pacific University.

She taught social studies at Issaquah Junior High School for three years and dreamed of traveling the world. An idea took root when a friend idly commented to her, “Wouldn’t it be interesting to open an import shop?”


Maurice (Peter) Groat ’53

October 5, 2022, in Petaluma, California, at home.

Born in Red Wing, Minnesota, Pete was a proud Swede who learned to row a boat alone on the Mississippi River when he was eight years old, overseen from a distance by his beloved grandfather.


Richard John Guillory ’53

September 6, 2022, in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Born in San Diego, Richard spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York, and Hillsboro, Oregon. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “The Enzymatic Transpeptidation Reaction Involving Glutathione,” advised by Prof. Alan MacEwan [biology 1951–55]. “Reed had a decisive influence in directing my attitude about work and my philosophy of life,” Richard said. “It was a powerful influence on me as a person.”


Johanna Ghei Anderson ’57

October 23, 2022, in Madison, Wisconsin, at home.

Johanna grew up in the Cannon Valley of rural Minnesota, near the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Her brother and cousins were her companions and she went to Red Wing public schools, participated in 4-H, and developed skills as a baker and seamstress.


Rae Galbraith Ballard ’48

a photo of Rae Galbraith Ballard

September 16, 2022, in Bend, Oregon.



George A. Galati MAT ’70

September 19, 2022, in Portland.

A Portland native, George attended St. Lawrence Grade School, Central Catholic High School, and the University of Portland, where he earned both his bachelor’s degree and a master’s in education. After his undergraduate studies, George entered active duty in the U.S. Air Force and served at the early warning radar base on Neah Bay, Washington. After 10 years with the air force reserves, he was honorably discharged with the rank of captain.

He met Ann Hilger at the University of Portland; they married in 1956 and raised four children. Both George and Ann were educators. George started teaching at La Center High School in Washington, and in the ’60s taught and was activities director at Portland’s Grant High School. In 1970, he got his MA from Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “Futility and Enlightenment in the Five Works of Ernest Hemingway,” advised by Prof. Howard Waskow [English 1964–72]. He became vice principal of discipline and curriculum at Lincoln High School and in 1980 was transferred to Roosevelt High School, where he retired as principal in 1993. George finished his career as adjunct professor of education at the University of Portland.


Stuart Crawford Gaul ’48

Stuart was born in Olympia, Washington, and graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. He entered Reed in 1942 and stayed a year and a half before being called up to the U.S. Army, serving as a radioman in New Guinea, in combat in the Philippines, and as part of the occupation force in Japan. After being discharged he returned to Reed, glad to be back at a place he loved and grateful for the opportunities the school provided him. He earned a degree in political science and wrote his thesis, “The Effects of the 1948 Budget Cut on the Bonneville Power Administration,” advised by Prof. Charles McKinley [political science 1918–60].

Stuart went on to Harvard Law School, later noting that Reed had prepared him well. He spent his career in corporate law, including 30 years at United States Steel. He was active in his church and loved organizing family vacations, reading, and grilling. He is survived by his wife, Joan Boffa; his sons, Stuart and Christopher; and four grandchildren.

Gene Gale ’57

May 30, 2020, in Corvallis, Oregon.

Gene was a Renaissance man with a particular interest in automobiles, history, genealogy, and music, combined with a fantastic grasp of mathematics and its literature.


Marian Wilcox Goldman ’60

April 16, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona.

Marian “Rafia” was born in 1938 in Tucson, Arizona. At Reed, she received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, with Prof. John E.H. Hancock [chemistry 1955-89] advising on her thesis. She went on to earn a master’s in vocational rehabilitation counseling for the deaf from Western Oregon University and an associate’s degree in computer programming from Pima Community College-West. In 1993 she married Ron Wilcox, who provided constant loving attention throughout the 28 years of their life together.


Michael Groves ’80

May 22, 2023, after a long illness.

Michael was the first child and son born to Clifford and Eldora Groves in Gillette, Wyoming, on November 28, 1948. He was the oldest of five children. The family moved to Oregon around 1956, where Michael attended West Linn public schools, graduating from West Linn High School in 1967. At Reed he wrote his thesis “The Complete Transference: An Alternative to the Equivalent Translation,” with Prof. William Peck [philosophy 1961–2002] and Prof. Kenneth Hanson [English 1954–86] advising. He graduated with a bachelor of arts in literature and philosophy. Michael went on to teach English at West Linn and Wilsonville high schools. 

Michael’s hobbies included fly-fishing, photography, learning French, traveling to as many countries as possible, playing squash, making sourdough, and baking. Alongside teaching English, he was involved with the drama department at Wilsonville High School, putting on numerous plays throughout his tenure.


Herbert Grose ’74

September 13, 2022, in Portland, Oregon, from complications associated with myotonic dystrophy.

Herbert was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and after attending Stoneham High moved to Bremerton, Washington, where he earned an associate in arts degree from Olympic College. He then enrolled at Multnomah University, where he met and married Louise Nash. Herb earned degrees from Multnomah University and Warner Pacific College, and an MA from Reed.

He taught for Portland Public Schools from 1969 to 1998, mainly at Jefferson High School. His passion was gardening each summer in the lot adjacent to their Northeast Portland home. He is survived by his wife, Louise; son, Michael; and daughter, Michelle Williams.