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Dorothy Sayers Kramer ’26

Dorothy Sayers Kramer ’26, January 16, 1994, in Newport, Oregon. She was married to Herbert Kramer, who died before her. She lived for many years in Salem, Oregon, moving to Newport in 1992 to be closer to her niece who cared for her.

Arthur K. Knauss ’44

Arthur K. Knauss ’44, April 14, 1994, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. He received a BS from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a DDS from Northwestern University in Chicago. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He established a dental practice in Portland in the late 1950s, and his patients included many members of the Reed community. He was first married to Louise Baldwin ’45, with whom he had three children, and, after their divorce, married Sally Jo Cathcart in 1968. In 1985, he was forced to retire and sell his practice as a result of a small stroke. He was a member of the American Prosthodontic Society, the Multnomah Dental Society, and the Oregon Dental and American Dental associations. He was a director of the Reed Alumni Association in 1967–68 and was active in college activities. Survivors include his wife, two sons, a daughter, a sister, and four grandchildren.

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.

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.

Wayne E. Kuhn ’25

Wayne E. Kuhn ’25, March 29, 1997, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, he headed for MIT in his 1915 Model T, but the car "gave up the ghost" in Ithaca, New York, so, largely by accident, he received a PhD in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He married Agnes Lakie ’27 in 1929, and after his graduation from Cornell, Wayne and Agnes moved to Port Arthur, Texas, where he began his lifelong career with Texaco. In 1937, he was relocated to the company’s New York facilities. He advanced from research chemist to general manager, research and technical, with supervision of over 1500 employees. Under his guidance, major strides were made in aviation fuel, motor oil additives, and other automotive fluid advances. He also wrote a number of papers on the subject of petrochemicals and petroleum research. During World War II, he was involved in many aspects of government and the military, receiving medals from the army, navy, and the French underground. Among his contributions to the war effort was his development of a device that stalled cars, which was credited with helping prevent the Germans from reaching the Mediterranean by disabling their tanks. In 1965, he retired from Texaco, and he and his wife relocated to Portland and Depoe Bay, Oregon. In retirement, he continued as a professional engineer and management consultant and served on the Business Advisory Council on Federal Reports until 1990. He was a member and officer of many professional associations, including former president of the American Institute of Chemists and the Commercial Chemical Development Association. His long service to chemical research and engineering earned him a number of awards, including AIC’s gold medal in 1967 and CCDA’s honor award in 1970. In 1989, he was honored for 50 years of membership in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Society for Testing Materials, and the Society of Automotive Engineers. His other interests included lapidary and philately, his interest in the latter having arisen from his summer jobs with the Portland Post Office while attending Reed. In 1986, he donated a substantial stamp collection to Reed College which now endows the Wayne and Agnes Kuhn Scholarship Fund. Survivors include his son, William; two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Agnes died in 1988.

Isaac J. Katz ’36

Isaac John Katz ’36, February 15, 1999, in Vallejo, California. After graduation, he taught at Commerce High School in Portland for several years. He earned a master’s degree in biology and education from New York University in 1946 and then moved to Vallejo, California, where he taught at high schools and junior colleges in the area. He was also a tennis player and coach, and at one time he owned a tennis equipment store in Vallejo and served as vice president of the board of directors of the Northern California Tennis Association. Survivors include his wife and several nieces and nephews.

Walter Krause ’38

Walter Krause ’38, April 20, 2000, in Iowa City. He was professor emeritus of international economics and former holder of the John F. Murray Chair in economics at the University of Iowa. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a PhD in international economics from Harvard in 1945. He taught at several universities including the University of Iowa; the University of Texas, Austin; the University of California, Riverside; Dartmouth College, and Texas Tech University. He also worked for the U.S. Department of State and was chief of the economic development division, AID, in the Philippines. He was a consultant for several organizations, including the Council for Technological Advancement, the Organization of American States, and Inter-American Development Bank. He was internationally recognized as an authority on international economics and economic development, with particular expertise in Latin America and Southeast Asia. He traveled extensively throughout his career to lecture at academic conferences and consult with foreign governments and multinational corporations. He was the author of 12 books and more than 100 articles and other publications, and he was revered by former students and colleagues for his dedication to teaching. He is survived by many extended family members.

Kenneth Katten ’43

Kenneth Katten ’43, May 4, 2000, in St. Helena, California.

Laurel V. Karg Schaubert ’44

Laurel Karg Schaubert ’44, of a stroke following kidney surgery, December 14, 1999, in Dixon, California. After attending Reed for two years, she left to marry a Navy pilot, and during World War II she worked as a medical secretary and for the Red Cross. In 1952, she began studying medical illustration at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed the two year course in 1955, and then joined the staff as an illustrator for the experimental surgery department at the University. She was senior medical illustrator with that department for 16 years, during which time she also taught medical illustration and did freelance work. In 1969, with the encouragement of her second husband, she left the university to start her own medical illustration business. In 1979, she cofounded Biomed Arts Associates, in Dixon, California, with a photographer and a cinematographer. The company provided medical audiovisual support to medicine and science in all media formats. During her career, she illustrated a number of scientific books and journal articles, and she provided illustrations for exhibits, oral presentations, and for courtroom use. She was active in the Association of Medical Illustrators, serving as president in 1976–77 and starting the organization’s Journal of Biocommunication in 1974. Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage. A second daughter was killed in a car accident in 1979.

Barbara Hathaway Kellogg-Smith Blohm ’46

Barbara Hathaway Kellogg-Smith Blohm ’46, February 11, 2003, in her home in Chestertown, Maryland. Hathaway attended Reed with a focus in premedicine. She married Richard W. Blohm ’48 in 1944 and they raised a family; first living in Sunnyvale, California, and then moving to her family’s farm on the Chester River in Maryland. In addition to managing the farm, Hathaway supported equestrian sports on regional, national (including the U.S. Pony Club), and international levels, and served as a mentor to young equestrians. She also volunteered with Kent County social services, assisting disadvantaged families. A few years ago, the Blohms sold their farm and moved to a cottage in the woods, where there was "roaming room" for their pets and an opportunity to enjoy a great variety of wildlife—an experience described as "Canyon Day, all year long." Survivors include her husband, three daughters and a son, eight grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a brother and sister.

Robert F. Kelly ’55

Robert F. Kelly ’55, August 13, 2002, in Arizona. Robert studied at Reed and earned an AA in middle management from Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona, in 1973. He worked in communication electronics for the U.S. Army for 27 years, living in Virginia and Arizona. He married Jacqueline J. Moore ’55 in 1955, and they raised five children. In retirement he worked with Jacqueline as a partner in their business, Citadel Enterprises, which focused on her weaving career. After several years of one-off prototypes, model shop, and patent prototypes, the couple developed a computer interface for handlooms, which is now used in most software and looms for weavers today.

Althea Wolcott Keyes ’56

Althea Wolcott Keyes ’56, March 2, 2005, in Portland. Althea received a BA in psychology from Reed, and married David F. Keyes ’56 that same year. They had four children. In 1969, she received an MA in education and guidance from California State College at Northridge. She worked as an office assistant for DFK Associates, played the oboe in the Marylhurst Symphony, and was symphony librarian. At 65, she reported that Reed had given her a "thirst for knowledge that is still not sated." She studied medieval English literature and German at Portland State University. "I find joy in playing with ideas, and seeing how they connect. It is a Reed legacy." Survivors include her husband, three daughters and son, six grandchildren, and a brother.

Frances D. White Kehrli ’26

Frances D. White Kehrli ’26, June 5, 1998, in California. Frances received a BA from Reed in general literature. She worked as a library assistant, before returning to school and earning BS in library science from the University of Washington. She worked in Seattle, and then took positions with the Portland Public Library, and the Oregon Journal. In 1937, she married Walter M. Kehrli ’29; they moved to Oakland, California, where they had a son and daughter. After World War II, the family moved to San Jose. Frances was a librarian for a nursing school and also for a doctor’s library at a local hospital. In retirement, she drove for the Home Meal Service of Santa Clara County, delivering meals to shut-ins and senior citizens. Walter died in 1967.

Lloyd Frank Kamin ’37

Lloyd Frank Kamin ’37, March 21, 2007, in Portland. Lloyd attended Reed for two years, and then served in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. In 1947, he married Edith Goldstein. His 40-year career was in real estate sales, and he was a lifetime member of Congregation Shaarie Torah. Survivors include his wife, three sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren.

Jean Kettenbach Vollum, Friend

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Jean Kettenbach Vollum, artist and philanthropist, June 5, 2007, at home in Portland, from congestive heart failure. A native of Alberta, Canada, Jean Vollum pursued an early interest in sculpture with study at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and later at the Portland Art Museum School. She was a lifelong friend to Oregon sculptor Hilda Morris, and also was a weaver. In her sixties, Jean began photographing ice. “After my first trip to Antarctica in about 1995, I became spellbound by the sculptural qualities of the ice. . . . The luminous light qualities and the incredible tones of blue were captivating,” she noted. Exhibitions of her photography included Ice Images of Svalbard: Recent Photographs, which were displayed at Reed in 2003. Jean studied literature at the University of Idaho before moving to Portland to teach at Beach Elementary School in 1949. She married C. Howard Vollum ’36, cofounder of Tektronix, Inc., in 1950; they had five sons. The Vollums’ contributions to Oregon philanthropy were unprecedented. They served as trustees for a variety of schools—including for Reed, Oregon Health & Science University, the University of Portland, the Oregon School of Art & Craft, and Catlin Gabel. They were lifelong members of the Roman Catholic Church. "Jean understood how truly fortunate she was, and shared her fortune with those organizations with whom she felt passion and synergy,” says Johanna Thoeresz ’87, director of development. “She was quick to note in recent years that ‘Reed was Howard's love,’ but she always had a soft spot for the college and was pleased to be included in its future plans, most recently as an honorary chair of Reed's upcoming campaign.” Among the many monetary contributions the Vollums made were those to education, research, technology, art, music, natural resources, and social services. Among the many structures funded by or named in their honor are the Vollum College Center at Reed, the campus of Oregon College of Art & Craft, the Mt. Angel Abbey Library, the Institute for Advanced Biomedical Research (Vollum Institute) at OHSU, the Jean Vollum Natural Capital Center (Ecotrust), and the Native American Student and Community Center at Portland State University. Natural resources and landscapes in Oregon that received preservation funds from Jean Vollum include Opal Creek Wilderness, Table Rock, and Sycan Marsh; she worked with the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International to establish nature reserves in Colorado and Idaho as well. Along with Howard, she received the Governor’s Arts Award in 1981; she also received the honored citizen award from the Architectural Foundation of Oregon in 2003. Survivors include her sons, two of whom, Charles and Steve, attended Reed. Howard Vollum died in 1986. Jean Vollum is described as one who readily understood the legitimate needs of others, and who achieved a remarkable balance in all that she undertook. “Everything that is beautiful is always in balance,” she was quoted as saying. “With balance, you get a sense of peace. Every time I can bring beauty into the lives around me, I’m building a little peace.”

Joan Rockwood Kraemer ’39

Joan Rockwood Kraemer ’39, February 5, 2007, in Seattle, Washington. Joan attended Reed for two years, earning a BA from Bennington College and an MA from the University of Chicago in sociology. She was married to Milton E. Kraemer and they had a daughter. Joan worked for the J.H. Dunning Corporation and Seafirst Bank, and her sister, Martha Rockwood Wylie ’48, also attended Reed.

Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47

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Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47, September 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California, from pancreatic cancer. Regina attended Reed for three years, earning a BA from the National College of Education in Chicago. She later earned an MA in counseling from San Jose State University, and a PhD in family therapy from Stanford University. Regina was a counselor and teacher at Ravenswood High School in Palo Alto before joining the Stanford psychiatry department and school of medicine as an assistant researcher in 1975. She was promoted to assistant clinical professor for psychiatry and behavior sciences in 1987, and was supervisor of the drug and alcohol clinic. At the age of 30, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and treatment, but subsequently developed other cancers. She became project director for the Post Mastectomy Group Therapy Research at Stanford, and also introduced revolutionary methods for treating terminal cancer patients. Regina married Joseph P. Kriss in 1948; they had two sons. Her siblings Pauline Tarlow Mosley ’36 and Elvin Tarlow ’30 also attended Reed. “Reed turned me into a perennial student,” she reported, nearly 50 years after graduation. “I am constantly taking classes, workshops, and challenged to learn new things. I will never forget the stacks in the library and the wonderful hours of discovery.”

Rayna R. Kline MAT ’64

Rayna R. Kline MAT ’64, December 8, 2008, in Vancouver, Washington. Rayna worked in business and industry and as a union organizer before earning two degrees from Portland State University and a master's in teaching from Reed. She coordinated the first Women's Studies program at Clark College in Vancouver, and continued to teach part time following retirement in 1985. She also volunteered for humanitarian causes, such as the Oregon AIDS Hotline, and with the ACLU and the League of Women Voters. She enjoyed travel, gardening, and music. Survivors include two brothers.

Marjorie Krause Diachishin ’45

Marjorie Krause Diachishin ’45, July 10, 1997, in New York. Marjorie attended Reed, but did not graduate. Her father, Edward Krause ’16, and her daughter, Christine Diachishin Gordon ’72, graduated from Reed.

Babette Louise Krause Hanavan ’53

Babette Louise Wyner Hanavan ’53, November 15, 2003, in California. Babette received a BA from Reed in philosophy.

William M. Kitz ’54

William M. Kitz ’54, February 18, 2008, in Florida. Bill received a BA from Reed in sociology, and an MA from California State University at Northridge in human factors and industrial engineering development in 1971. In 1955, he married Mary Jo Moore; they had a son and daughter. He later married Linda Lonneman; they had one daughter. Bill was a navy aviator in World War II, and became a pilot for American Airlines in 1966.

Edward Albert Krause ’51

Edward Albert Krause ’51, December 15, 2006, in Oregon. Ed received a BA from Reed in mathematics. He was a research analyst for the State of Oregon, and in 1964, married Janet C. Marshall. They had two daughters. Both Ed and Janet suffered from inherited medical disabilities, and in 1980, created the “Krause Caravan”—a tour of Europe modeled on their own experiences, intended for those with physical or age-related disability. Family members who also attended Reed include Ed's father, Gunther F. Krause ’17; his sister, Dorothea Krause Hoppe ’44; and his brother, Donald G. Krause ’42.

Phronsie Ruth Kellmer McFarling ’38

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Phronsie Ruth Kellmer McFarling ’38, January 5, 2010, in Portland. Phronsie grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved to Portland at the time she entered high school. The transition was difficult, but she persevered, and went on to Reed, earning a BA in psychology; her thesis focused on strategies for teaching remedial reading to elementary school students. After graduation, she attended Oregon Normal School in Ashland and taught for a year in a one-room schoolhouse in Myrtle Creek, Oregon. At a neighborhood picnic in Mt. Tabor Park in 1939, she met (William) Kenneth McFarling; they married a year later. Kenneth was a civil engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad, and Phronsie devoted her time to making a home and raising a family. In an interview in 2006, Phronsie quipped: “I didn't make use of the psychology, except for trying it out on our four sons!” The couple lived in the same house in Southeast Portland for 67 years.

Ralph William Kavanagh ’50

Ralph William Kavanagh ’50, August 16, 2010, in Pasadena, California. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy before coming to Reed and earning a BA in physics. He did advanced studies at the University of Oregon, and received a PhD from Caltech in 1956. His career at Caltech began as a research fellow and led to his becoming full professor in 1970. Ralph was an expert in nuclear physics, primarily focusing on nuclear energy generation within the sun. As a member of Caltech's Kellogg Radiation Laboratory, he performed experiments looking at the fundamental interactions of light nuclei and tested some of the first models of evolving stars, which were based on his measurements of the nuclear reactions that take place in the core of the sun. Ralph was a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; he was also a classical pianist, outdoorsman, sailor, and Ping-Pong player who could solve a crossword puzzle in his head. Ralph was married to Joyce Eberhart Kavanagh ’50; they had four daughters and a son; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Among his many fine attributes, Ralph is remembered for his sharp wit and wry sense of humor, and for his compassion toward others.

Ladis K.D. Kristof ’55

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Kris Kristof ’55 survived Nazis, the Red Army, prison, exile, and poverty to become a leading political scholar. Photo by Michael Wilhelm

Ladis K.D. Kristof died June 15, 2010, at his home in Yamhill, Oregon. He was 91.

Professor, author, logger, aristocrat, prisoner, refugee, and everything in between, Kris lived a life worthy of an adventure novel, packed with hair-raising escapades no novelist could hope to match.


Joan Petersen Kelley ’50

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Joan Petersen Kelley ’50, July 13, 2011, in Portland. Joan earned a BA from Reed in international studies, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and later earned an MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Portland. Her practice in psychology, 1974–98, brought her national recognition as an authority in the use of biofeedback for pain patients. She cofounded the Oregon Academy of Professional Psychology and the School of Professional Psychology at Pacific University. In 1951 she married Craig H. Kelley ’51. They raised a daughter, Sarah, and three sons, Gil, Mark ’78, and Tim. Joan served as an alumni trustee on Reed’s board of trustees (1986–90) and as director of the alumni board. Joan travelled the world, visiting Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. She enjoyed concerts by Chamber Music Northwest and shows at the Portland Art Museum, and maintained a passion for politics and murder mysteries. “Her family and many friends will miss Joan’s intelligence, wit, style, and humanity.” Survivors include her children; Craig died in 1972.

Jacqueline Cecile Jump Kolb ’45

Jacqueline Cecile Jump Kolb ’45, July 16, 2012, in Seattle, Washington, from heart disease. Jacques grew up in Montana, speaking French ahead of English. Her father had been a medical corpsman during World War I in France and met her mother there. Language fascinated Jacques, who refined her French and gained proficiency in German in high school. On a trip to France, with a layover in London, she met two Portlanders who raved about Reed, she said in an interview in 2004. “When we returned to Montana, I was at the point of trying to decide what to do next. I remembered what the Portland ladies in London had told me about Reed.” Highlights of her time at Reed included a humanities conference with Dorothy Johansen ’33 [history 1934–84]; attending teas in Anna Mann; listening to music in Capehart; and meeting Béla Bartók, who gave a lecture on his method of composing. At Reed, “everything was intellectually exciting.” Her friends included Arthur Church ’45, Don Leonard ’45, and Lois Dobbie Sigeti ’46. Jacques’ interest in Russian, which Reed did not offer at the time, led her to the University of Michigan and to Barnard College, where she completed a degree in international studies. She worked for the Army Map Services in Washington, D.C., in 1946, transliterating Russian maps into English. After the war, she worked as a clerk-typist in Seattle. Jacques was married to architect and University of Washington professor Keith R. Kolb. Her husband and two sons survive her.

Mary Kriger Struve ’48

Mary Kriger Struve ’48, June 17, 2012, in Berkeley, California. Mary grew up in a Russian émigré community in Harbin, China, and in the French Concession of Shanghai. Her family arrived in the U.S. in 1938. She attended Black Mountain College and studied a year at Reed, and then completed undergraduate and master’s degrees at UC Berkeley. She and her husband, Glen Struve, collaborated on translations of Russian literature and traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Mary enjoyed walking her dogs in the Berkeley hills and photographing birds, flowers, and landscapes. Survivors include a daughter and son, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1985.

Elizabeth Miksch Kostenbader ’34

Elizabeth Miksch Kostenbader ’34, January 4, 1993, in Eugene, Oregon. She attended business school for several months after graduating from Reed with a degree in history. In 1935, Elizabeth was employed by an Episcopal girls' school in Walla Walla, Washington, where she taught German and eighth grade history and was also school secretary. In 1941, she left teaching for the business world. She was first employed by Tidewater Oil Company, a wholesale electric supply company, and then by Weyerhaeuser Company, where she was secretary and administrative assistant in the personnel department in Springfield, Oregon. Eilzabeth worked there for 23 years, retiring in 1977. She married Ira Kostenbader in 1946, and the couple lived in Salem and Klamath Falls, Oregon before settling in Eugene. She was active in Professional Secretaries International and worked to raise standards of secretarial performance. Elizabeth was a member of the National Secretaries Association and served two terms as president of the association's Oregon Division. After retirement, she and her husband traveled in Europe, the South Pacific, and the Mediterranean. Her husband died in 1981. She is survived by a sister.

Richard B. Kaplan ’64

Richard B. Kaplan ’64, November 14, 1993, in Los Angeles. After graduating from Reed, he attended Yale Law School and received an LLB in 1967. He joined the firm of Kaplan, Livingston, Berkowitz, and Selvin in Los Angeles, where Richard specialized in entertainment industry transactional matters. In 1983, he opened his own office as a sole practitioner. In 1979, Richard was invited to join the board of directors of an independent bank in its organizational stages, which opened for business in 1982 as the Bank of Los Angeles and had three branches by 1989. In that year, he and his partner started a business, importing furniture and design accessories from the Philippines and exporting heavy industrial equipment. Richard was also a committed activist in the gay rights movement: he served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles gay and lesbian community political action committee and was elected co-chair of that group in 1978. He was also active in promoting a significant governmental response to the AIDS epidemic. In 1992, he was a five-time winner on the television quiz show, Jeopardy! He is survived by his parents, Gene and Leon Kaplan; and his domestic partner of 14 years.

Fannie Kenin Friedman ’23

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

Gurney A. Kimberley ’28

Gurney A. Kimberley ’28, December 17, 1994, in Portland. He attended Reed College from 1924 to 1926. In 1930 he received an MD from the University of Oregon, specializing in orthopaedic surgery. He did residency work at St. Luke's Hospital in Spokane, Washington and the New York Orthopaedic Hospital. He became an instructor in orthopaedics at Columbia University Medical School in 1933 and received a doctor of medical science degree from Columbia in 1937. He then returned to Portland and began a private practice, Orthopaedic Consultants, with a subspecialty in spinal disorders. In addition to his private practice, Gurney was professor of orthopedics at the University of Oregon Medical School, and he was a visiting professor at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. During World War II, he was senior surgeon for the U.S. Public Health Service and consultant for the selective Service of Oregon. He retired from active practice in 1982. During his career, he was a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Medical Association. He was past president and lifetime member of the North Pacific Orthopaedic Society, the Oregon Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Society, and the Northwestern Medical Association. He was a charter member and the first president of the Portland Orthopaedic Club. Gurney was also a regular consultant to the Veteran's Hospital, the U.S. Public Health Service, and the Crippled Children's Program. Survivors include 4 sons, three daughters, a sister, and 10 grandchildren.

Carol Rider Kalkwarf ’46

Carol Rider Kalkwarf ’46, November 29, 1994, in Seattle. She earned an MA in biology from Stanford University in 1948 and was a research scientist at Stanford Research Institute in Palo Alto until her marriage in 1949 to Donald Kalkwarf ’47. After their marriage, the couple moved to Richland, Washington, where she became active in community activities. Carol was a member of the Richland Library Board, a counselor for the Richland Campfire Girls, and a member of the Central United Protestant Church. She was also an avid swimmer, gardener, and genealogist. Survivors include her husband, a sister, three daughters, a son, and a granddaughter.

Helen Desmond Kircher ’32

Helen Desmond Kircher ’32, August 1, 1998, in Portland. She attended Reed for one year and later moved to San Francisco, where she was in the insurance industry. She returned to Portland in the early ’80s. There are no known survivors.

Harriet Knowlton Schroder ’27

Harriet Knowlton Schroder ’27, August 19, 1998, in Portland, where she had lived most of her life. A daughter of Reed professor A.A. Knowlton [1915–48], she attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Washington State College, where she earned a BS in 1929. After working at the Portland Public Library for several years, she entered the University of California, Berkeley, and earned a degree in library science in 1932. She was assistant librarian for Portland Public Library in 1932–35. In 1935, she married John Schroder, whose career in the military led them to live in many different parts of the United States and in Europe. After his death in 1975, she returned to live in King City, near Portland. She was a volunteer for the King City Library for almost 20 years and also volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Mobile and the American Cancer Society. Survivors include her son; sister, Ellen Knowlton Johnson ’39; and two grandchildren. Another sister, Kathleen Knowlton Wilson ’32, died in 1995. The family suggests remembrances to the A.A. Knowlton Scholarship Fund of Reed College.

Elaine J. Anderson Kerley ’32

Elaine Anderson Kerley ’32, July 10, 1999, in Portland. She attended Reed for two years before transferring to Oregon State College (now Oregon State University), where she earned a BS in 1932. She received a master’s degree in education from the University of Oregon in 1933, taught high school for several years, and later bought, renovated and resold real estate. She lived in Michigan from the mid-’40s until the mid-’50s, when she returned to Portland. Survivors include two daughters, including Joyce Kerley ’60; two sons; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Her husband predeceased her.

Floyd E. Kingston ’51

Floyd Kingston ’51, October 17, 1999, in Palo Alto, California. After graduating from Reed, Tim worked at Boeing in Seattle as a missile test engineer. He became chief electrical test engineer for secret research on pilotless ground-to-air interceptor missiles and worked in Seattle and in Florida on the project. In 1955, he moved to Palo Alto with his wife and their young daughter to take a job with Varian Associates as an engineer. There, he developed a single coil dual probe that allowed the design of the first commercial field-to-frequency lock NMR spectrometer. While at Varian, he was awarded nine patents for his work on NMR instruments, which are now known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging. He later worked in the company’s radiation division and worked on a radiation machine used to treat cancer in large hospitals. In 1979, he obtained an aircraft and power plant mechanics license, and in 1988 he founded a nonprofit corporation to help other adults acquire the license, which is difficult to obtain. 1991, he retired from Varian and joined the teaching staff at the Palo Alto Adult School, teaching aircraft and power plant mechanics. He later became department chair of the program, retiring in 1994, and continued his work with the nonprofit corporation Kingston Aeronautics Academy. Survivors include his wife, a son, and two daughters, including Susan Kingston ’76.

George A. Knox ’43

George Knox ’43, June 16, 1999, in Riverside, California. He was professor emeritus of the English Department at the University of California, Riverside. He earned a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon in 1949 and a PhD from the University of Washington in 1953. He joined the faculty of the University of California, Riverside, in 1959 and later became chair of the English department. His specialty was 19th- and 20th-century American literature. He had two Fulbright lecturships, in 1957 at the University of Vienna, and in 1964, at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. He retired in 1986. He published a number of articles in his field and several books, including Critical Moments, a study of Kenneth Burke, published by University of Washington Press, 1957; and Dos Passos and "The Revolting Playwrights," University of Upsala, 1964, coauthored with Herbert Stahl. Survivors include his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Alice Myers Kelleway ’23

Alice Myers Kelleway ’23, May 22, 2000, in Portland. She earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1927 and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1928–32, she was a professor at Pacific College (now George Fox University) in Oregon. She married Duane Kelleway in 1930; he died in 1985.

Eileen B. Koch ’71

Eileen Koch ’71, June 3, 2000, in Oakland, California. She earned a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College in 1974 and a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975. Later, she earned the credential of Real Property Administrator with the Building Owners and Managers Institute, and a Diplomat with the American College of Hospital Administrators. She was assistant administrator of Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Oakland until 1985, when she became director of support services with the California State Bar Association, a position she held at the time of her death. She founded the Women’s Healthcare Executives of Northern California and served as vice president and membership chair in the ’80s. She also served on a committee of the Jewish Community Federation of West Bay. An active supporter of animal welfare and protection, she was an advisory board member and volunteer of the Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton. She was an excellent equestrienne who frequently rode in competitions, and was a past president of the Metropolitan Horseman’s Association. Survivors include her parents, a sister, and two nieces.

Dorothea Krause Hoppe ’44

Dorothea Krause Hoppe ’44, May 19, 2001, in Mill Valley, California, from complications related to multiple sclerosis. She worked as a chemist and was a homemaker. She married Ernest Hoppe in 1945, and they had three children. Her husband’s work with Chevron and Standard Oil took them overseas, and they lived in Sweden and the Netherlands for a number of years. Her husband died in 1979. Survivors include a son and two daughters, including Stephanie Hoppe ’68; and brother Edward Krause ’51.

Helen Lotz Kansky ’37

Helen Lotz Kansky ’37, March 23, 2001, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, Helen obtained a teaching certificate and taught in Oregon, California, and Washington schools. In 1943, she married George Kansky, who was then an army cartographer, and after the war was a forester with the U.S. Forest Service. She supported him in his career on assignments in four national forests in Oregon and Washington, and she continued to teach school. She became an active leader in civic affairs in the small towns in which they lived, helping to start a new public library, organizing lecture series and cultural programs, and organizing an agricultural fair. They moved to Portland in the late ’50s when her husband was assigned to the Forest Service regional office, and she became involved with the PTA and other education committees. She returned to teaching, working in elementary schools in east Portland, until her retirement. She and her husband traveled extensively after retiring, and she enjoyed flower gardening. Survivors include her husband, a sister, a son, and two grandchildren.

Harold H. Kantner ’49

Harold Kantner ’49, August 13, 2001, in Evanston, Illinois. After graduation from Reed, he spent two years as an AEC predoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He joined the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute in 1951 as an associate electrical engineer. In 1955, he was promoted to supervisor of mathematical services. During this time, he led projects in servo-mechanisms research and developed an opto-electronic simulator for the study of countermeasures against infrared guided missiles. He later became director of IITRI’s computer sciences division. In 1969, he left IITRI for a three-year appointment as an NIH special research fellow in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University. Subsequently, he became an independent consultant and inventor, focusing primarily on applications of microprocessors and measuring and dispensing gear pumps, forming a company called Transience Associates in 1979. He patented a computer-controlled, rubber-geared pump for diagnostic machines and lab procedures in 1992. Preceded in death by his wife of nearly 50 years, he is survived by two daughters, two sons, and four grandchildren.

Georgia Dean Kneeland ’33

Georgia Dean Kneeland ’33, February 27, 2001, in Portland. She married Paul Kneeland in 1933 and was a homemaker for the next 25 years, raising three children. After her last child left for college, she embarked on an elementary school teaching career with the Portland School District. She earned a master’s in education from Portland State University in 1964 and retired from teaching in 1974. She and her husband owned several rental houses, adding property gradually over time, and in 1973, they started their own property management company. They enjoyed sailing on the Columbia River and participating in family activities. Survivors include her husband; a son; two daughters; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Kenneth Kraemer ’39

Kenneth Kraemer ’39, October 29, 2003, in Portland. Kenneth commuted 10 miles daily to attend a year at Reed, before leaving to study at Harvard College. From Harvard he earned a BA in economics in 1939 and a JD in 1942. Following that, he served in the U.S. Army; half of his tour was in the South Pacific, supervising the repair of radar equipment. After the war he returned to Portland and went into private law practice, from which he retired in 1989. He married Esther Belt in 1953, and they had three children. In addition to his practice, Kenneth was a member of the Oregon State Legislature during the 1951–52 session. He also was a member of the Portland City Club, worked for the Urban League and the United Way, and enjoyed racquetball, fishing, golf, gardening, travel, and duplicate bridge. He was a life master and member of the American Contract Bridge League. His connection to Reed included his work as a volunteer for the Reed alumni association. His aunt, Carolyn Friendly ’18, was a Reed graduate. Survivors include his wife, Vera Schwabe, whom he married in 1986; his daughters and son; three grandchildren; and five stepdaughters. His first wife predeceased him.

Ellen Mott-Smith Kreisberg ’63

Ellen Mott-Smith Kreisberg ’63, June 7, 2000. She received a BA in general literature from Reed and an MA in psychology in 1981 from Lone Mountain College (now the University of San Francisco). For a number of years she worked at St. Mark’s School in Berkeley as a teacher, record keeper, and director for the program that provided accredited academic instruction for pregnant teenage girls or new teenage mothers. At the same time she managed a career in psychotherapy. She married Michael Kreisberg; they had one son and later divorced.

Patricia Mae Kellington Mersereau ’49

Patricia May Kellington Mersereau ’49, October 2, 2005, in Tacoma, Washington. Pat attended Reed for three years, later earning a master’s degree from the University of Puget Sound. Over the years, she owned a record shop, worked in an auto shop, and served as a special education instructor. She enjoyed riding a motorcycle, scuba diving, flying planes, fishing, digging clams, and bowling. She was described as a woman who "gave from the heart and wanted nothing in return." Her husband, C.P. Mersereau ’40, died in 1998.

Margaret H. Kilbuck Johansen ’44

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Margaret H. Kilbuck Johansen ’44, July 18, 2004, in McMinnville, Oregon, from acute liver disease. Marg graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Additional education included study at La Escuela de Antropologia de Mexico, and the University of New Hampshire. In 1943, she married Herman Andrew Johansen ’48, and they moved to Eugene and Albany, Oregon, and to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he was a research chemist at Westinghouse Research Laboratory. Marg began her art career in lithography, but developed her interest in textiles and weaving, when materials for printmaking were unavailable. She considered weaving "interruptible activity" that complimented her life as mother of five children. In Pittsburgh, she taught weaving and design at the Arts and Crafts Center, and was an assistant professor of art at Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie-Mellon University) for 15 years. She also taught at Oregon State College of Education (Western Oregon University) in Monmouth, and at Linfield College, in McMinnville. In 1966, she received a grant for creative weaving from the from Louis G. Tiffany Foundation, and was named 1970 Artist of the Year in Pittsburgh. She was one of the first Americans invited to exhibit her work in the Biennale Exhibit of Tapestry international tapestry show in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1965; the invitation was extended again in 1969. Marg participated regularly in juried exhibits, one-person shows, and major exhibitions, including the Paris Mobilier. A self-taught weaver, she attributed an influence on her art by her Native American heritage and her early years living in Hood River, Oregon. Following 20 years of life on the East Coast, the couple relocated to a farm in McMinnville in 1975. she continued to pursue her interest in gardening and art, and was a member of the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County. She was a quiet, supportive, and generous individual. Survivors include Andrew; three sons and two daughters, including Marta J. Johansen ’78; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and four sisters.

George Corwin Krueger ’45

George Corwin Krueger ’45, September 26, 2004, in Bangor, Maine. George graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He earned a PhD in physics from Brown University in 1951, and joined the faculty at the University of Maine at Orono where he taught for 47 years. His professional associations, reflecting his interests in optics, atmospheric physics, and flying, included the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. During summers 1960–63, he was chief scientist for a U.S. Army Signal Corp project at Baxter State Park in Maine, studying the fluctuations of the earth’s magnetic field. In 1965 and 1966, he was deputy chief scientist at Kirkland Air Force Base in New Mexico. George inspired all he knew with his "joyful appreciation of life," his application of intelligence, and his vibrant personality. Survivors include his wife, Ann, to whom he was married for 39 years; his daughter and son, four grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Gordon Kato ’86

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Gordon Eiji Kato ’86, October 31, 2006, in Bloomington, Indiana, from a myocardial infarction. Gordon attended Reed two years before enrolling at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned a BA, with honors, in experimental psychology. In 1987, he received an MEd from Harvard. During the next decade, he worked in the publishing industry in New York City in editing, before creating his own literary and talent agency (1994). His work as a literary agent helped create a new Asian-American literary movement; the work brought him recognition by Avenue Asian magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian Americans. He was also a volunteer for many Asian American organizations. Following the events of September 11, 2001, in the U.S., Gordon returned to the field of psychology as a PhD candidate at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. Survivors include his mother and sister.

Robert Allan Kronenberg ’41

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Robert Allan Kronenberg ’41, July 30, 2006, in Portland. Al Kronenberg received a BA from Reed in economics. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific. In 1946, he married Anne Alton. He became a CPA in 1949, and that same year took a position with Weyerhaeuser Company. He was with Weyerhaeuser for 31 years in Eugene, Oregon, Tacoma, Washington, and Singapore, before retiring as manager of the Hong Kong regional office. From 1980 to 1991, he held consulting positions with International Executive Service Corps in Peru, Honduras, Thailand, and Indonesia. Al was a Reed alumni trustee, and served on the board of directors for several organizations, including the Tacoma Symphony and the Oregon State Forestry School advisory committee. He was also a master gardener. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Lillian Kessler Wexler ’45

Lillian Kessler Wexler ’45, September 6, 2007, in Portland. Lillian received a BA from Reed in sociology and psychology. Additional degrees included an MS in reading education from Portland State College (University) in 1968, a certificate of advanced study in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard in 1975, and a PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Oregon in 1977. She worked in Portland Public Schools as a teacher and child development specialist for 40 years and was also a caseworker for Federated Jewish Societies. Lillian was a member of the League of Women Voters, the board of directors for Hadassah, and Congregation Neveh Shalom. She married Henry Wexler in 1946; he died in 1997.

Irene Lillian Harrowitz Kunis ’46

Irene Lillian Harrowitz Kunis ’46, July 2, 2007, in Portland, from Parkinson's disease. Irene attended Reed but did not graduate. She married Manuel Kunis in 1944; they had two daughters and two sons. In 1959, she moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, and was an artist and printmaker. Survivors include her husband and children, and five grandchildren.

Andrew Kudlacik ’66

Andrew Kudlacik ’66, August 23, 2007, at home in Oneonta, New York. Andrew received a BA from Reed in mathematics and did graduate study in linguistics at the University of Chicago. He worked as an editor for W.H. Freeman, a college textbook publisher, in San Francisco and New York. He was an accomplished pianist and a gourmet cook. Survivors include his mother and three sisters.

Mark Alan Koop ’71

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Mark Alan Koop ’71, August 20, 2008, in Berkeley, California, following a brief illness related to sarcoidosis. Mark received a BA from Reed in classics in 1973. From the University of Washington, he earned an MA in classics (literature), and from UCLA, a JD in 1985. He was admitted to the California, Oregon, and Washington state bars; and was a member of the American Bar Association. Mark had an extraordinary depth of knowledge in such subjects as classical music, opera, literature, and history. He enjoyed theatre and was a regular attendee at the alumni weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland. “Mark truly loved Reed and those conferences that the college hosted in Ashland. I'm now especially pleased that we were able to get to those several sessions where he could revel again in an atmosphere of learning and critical thought,” said his partner of 36 years, Todd Snow, who survives him. Additionally, Mark is survived by his mother, sister, and brother.

Laura Krantz Johnson ’40

Laura Krantz Johnson ’40, January 27, 2007, in Oregon. Laura attended Reed for two years. She married DeLoss Johnson in 1941; they had one son. Laura received her certification as a public accountant from the University of Oregon, and worked as a CPA for 30 years, retiring in 1979. She was active in civic work and politics in Eugene, and held many volunteer positions, including those for the Eugene School District and the PTA. In 1960, she was elected to the board of education for the Intermediate Education District of Lane County; her service to the district continued through several terms and included committee leadership statewide. Her husband died in 1983.

Jane Winks Kilkenny ’33

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Jane Winks Kilkenny ’33, December 18, 2009, in Portland. Jane led a full and adventurous life in the finest Reed tradition. After earning a BA from Reed in history, she married yacht-builder Thomas F. Kilkenny. The couple lived in Japan and the South Pacific before moving to a farm in Clackamas County, where they bred cattle and raised game birds. After Thomas' death in 1956, Jane took on the role that would endear her to generations of Portland handymen and women: she assumed management of her father's iconic hardware store, W.C. Winks Hardware. Established in 1909, Winks Hardware built its legendary reputation on an inventory of more than 50,000 doohickeys, thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits. Jane's personable and respectful treatment of customers and employees cemented the store's place as a Portland institution: it thrives to this day under the leadership of her daughter, Anne. Wishing that more local students could have access to a Reed education, Jane established the Victor and Edna Chittick Scholarship.

Elizabeth Louise Rossiter Krauss ’37

Elizabeth Louise Rossiter Krauss ’37, January 1, 2010, in Seaside, Oregon. Elizabeth attended Reed for two years, and was an accomplished pianist. In 1940, she married Walter J.M. Kraus, an officer with U.S. Army Special Services. Survivors include her daughter, son, and three grandchildren. Her husband died in 2004.

Marilois Ditto Kierman ’43

Marilois Ditto Kierman ’43, October 27, 2009, in Houston, Texas, from pulmonary complications. Marilois' passion for piano led to her the Juilliard School before she enrolled at Reed, where she earned a BA in English literature. In 1941, she married Frank A. Kierman Jr. MA ’43, whose work for the State Department led to assignments in Nanking, Hong Kong, Karachi, Nairobi, Khartoum, and Washington, D.C. In 1965, she earned an MA in music from American University. After Frank retired, the couple moved to New Jersey, and Marilois became organist and piano instructor at the Lawrenceville School (1967–92). Following Frank's death in 1992, she moved to Houston, where she worked with the Houston Ballet Academy and as organist at Grace United Methodist Church. Survivors include a son and daughter, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. We thank Marilois' son-in-law, Norman Fischer, for supplying the details for this in memoriam.

Gerald Vern Kehrli ’50

Gerald Vern Kehrli ’50, December 26, 2009, in Roseburg, Oregon, of age-related causes. Gerald grew up in Portland, and was with the U.S. Air Force as a B-29 navigator during World War II. He spent two years at Reed, with a focus on political science, before returning to the Air Force to become a meteorologist and pilot. He married Julie R. Johnson, an army nurse from Minnesota, in 1949. Gerald had a 30-year career with the air force before moving to Roseville, California. In 1990, Gerald and Julie moved to Roseburg to be closer to family. Survivors include his wife, three children, four grandchildren, and his brother. His uncle, Herman Kehrli ’23, graduated from Reed.

Phyllis Klein Miller MAT ’67

Phyllis Klein Miller MAT ’67, January 5, 2010, in Bend, Oregon, where she had lived for over 30 years. Phyll received her bachelor's degree from the University of Washington. After earning a master's degree from Reed, she taught biology at Portland State University, and then became director of student nurses activities at Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Portland. She married James B. Miller in 1973. Survivors include her husband, a son, three granddaughters, and two great-grandchildren.

Molly Este Koch Nudell ’69

Molly Este Koch Nudell ’69, February 6, 2007, at her home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from lung cancer. Molly received a BA from Reed in general literature. She was an early student and friend of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche-Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, artist, and poet-and was considered one of the principal holders of his visual dharma teachings. In January 2007, Molly completed A Dharma Art Workbook, which is available through the Halifax Shambhala website ( A radio interview of Molly may he heard online at Survivors include her husband, David; her daughter; and her brother. We thank Laura Fisher ’68 for providing details for this memorial.

Robert P. Kubale MALS ’71

Robert P. Kubale MALS ’71, November 1, 2009, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bob received a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, and served with the U.S. Army in Alaska during the Korean War. In 1961, he married Frances Birringer; they had two daughters. At Reed, his studies focused on mathematics, and he approached his teaching of middle and high school students in Green Bay with skill and compassion. In retirement, Bob volunteered as a tutor at many area schools and also served as a volunteer at Bellin Hospital. He was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Parish for 45 years, where he was an altar server, greeter, and member of the Men's Club. Survivors include his wife and daughters, four grandchildren, two brothers, and three sisters.

Lily Hilfiker Kanter ’07

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Lily Hilfiker Kanter ’07, October 12, 2011, at her home on Martha’s Vineyard, after a long and courageous struggle with anorexia nervosa. Lily grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts. She attended Reed for a year in 2002–03, during which time she served as lab partner and occasional chemistry tutor to her future brother-in-law, Chad Lindner ’03. Despite the brevity of her Reed education, she greatly valued the academic experience and considered it a compliment to inform instructors at other institutions that their classes were “Reed-like.” Lily earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University. She received a master’s degree in public health in 2008 and a nursing degree from Northeastern University in 2009. Until just before her death, she worked for Martha’s Vineyard Community Services. She is survived by her parents, Fred and Lois Kanter; her sister, Lindsay Kanter ’01, who provided the details for this memorial; her brother-in-law, Chad; her dog, Addie; and many loving friends and family.

Donald E. Kephart ’54

Donald E. Kephart ’54, December 24, 2012, in Portland. A year before graduating from Reed with a BA in chemistry, Don married Silva Austin ’54, his Grant High School sweetheart. His 37-year career as a process engineer was at Tektronix, and he was the coinventor of three patents. Don’s love of music led him to sing in the Boar’s Head Ensemble at Reed for many years, reports Virginia Oglesby Hancock ’62, and to perform as a violinist in the Marylhurst Community Orchestra for 25 years. He also enjoyed astronomy and did woodworking and home remodeling projects. In addition, he was a U.S. Army veteran and a 50-year member of Valley Community Church. Survivors include Silva, two sons and three daughters, eight grandchildren, and a sister.

Jacqueline L. Kohler Koch ’70, MAT ’71

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Jacqueline L. Kohler Koch ’70, MAT ’71, December 13, 2012, in Portland, from cancer. Jacqui earned a BA and a master’s in teaching from Reed in theatre. She was a classroom instructor and also worked for the Bureau of Labor and Industries, where her skill in legal analysis motivated her to attend law school. She earned a JD from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, and for a number of years did employment, family, and appellate law, and also clerked for the Oregon Court of Appeals. More recently, she did coursework in calligraphy, drawing, bookmaking, and painting at Portland Community College. Survivors include a sister and two brothers.

Howard S. Keller ’37

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Howard S. Keller ’37, July 19, 2009, in Seattle, Washington, surrounded by his family. A political science major at Reed, Howard also worked part-time at Meier & Frank. It was this experience, he said, that alerted him to his aptitude for merchandising and business. Following graduation, he enrolled in the Graduate School of Commerce at Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois. One year later, he was hired as a management trainee for the Interstate Department Stores chain. At this same time, he married Frances Mesher ’37, and entered into a family business. During World War II, he was a staff member on the War Production Board, in charge of the allocation of plumbing materials. “This experience, coupled with my previous activities, gave me what I felt was enough of a background to get started in business for myself,” he stated. In 1945, he opened Keller Supply Company, a specialty plumbing and hardware vendor in Seattle, starting out as salesman, purchasing agent, warehouseman, and bookkeeper. He expanded the business to 18 warehouse operations in Washington, Oregon, and Montana, before retiring in 1982. Howard demonstrated his commitment to higher education through generous financial support for Reed and the University of Washington, including the Access Program for adult learning. He attended more than 100 classes in the program over a 20-year period. Among other things, Howard is remembered for his extensive knowledge, sense of humor, kindness, and for his entrepreneurial spirit. Survivors include Frances, their daughter and two sons, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. His sister, Helen M. Keller ’30, also graduated from Reed.

Janus Yoneo Kurahara ’51

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Ganbatte: A Nisei's Story, the autobiography of Jan Kurahara ’51

Janus Yoneo Kurahara ’51, July 21, 2009, in Hood River, Oregon. Jan was born and raised in California and completed an AA in aeronautical engineering at Sacramento Junior College. In 1942, when he was 21 years old, he was imprisoned in the Tule Lake Relocation Center, along with thousands of other Japanese-American citizens, due to widespread paranoia about their loyalty. There he met and married Lillian F. Hirasawa. From Tule Lake, Jan was drafted into the U.S. Army Military Intelligence Corps. (Although they were deprived of their freedom, Japanese-Americans were not exempt from the draft!) Following the war, he moved with his family to Hood River, where he worked in an orchard. Public sentiment there was ugly in 1946, Jan said. “I was refused services at almost 98 percent of the stores in town, even though I wore the uniform of a U.S. Army soldier.” He enrolled at Reed in 1947 and studied chemistry with professor Arthur Scott [1923–79]. After Jan graduated, Scott continued to play a role in his life, recommending that the Atomic Energy Commission hire him to do civil defense training in Hood River. Jan received the commission's invitation from a county sheriff, who arrived unannounced one day in the family's orchard. Jan was ultimately appointed director of civil defense, and served in that capacity for 20 years. At the age of 57, he earned a law degree from Lewis & Clark, and was appointed municipal court judge. He also worked for the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and as a legal adviser for the space shuttle program at Vandenberg Air Force Base. In retirement, he worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was involved in community agriculture, education, and the chamber of commerce. He also was elected to the Hood River County board of commissioners, and was named Hood River County Citizen of the Year. In 1999, he wrote an autobiography, Ganbatte: A Nisei's Story. (Ganbatte roughly translated means “persistence”.) “This would not have been possible without Dr. Scott,” he wrote. “Who else would have enough prestige and nerve to tell a sheriff that he had to appoint me to a position of much trust and leadership in a community—especially at a time that a Japanese was looked on with much distrust and loathing. Dr. Scott was not only my mentor but a solid friend.” Survivors include Lillian, to whom he was wed for 66 years; two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Frances Meshner Keller ’37

Frances Mesher Keller ’37, September 10, 2011, in Seattle, Washington. Frances was 16 when she entered Reed. She studied at the college for two years and later completed a BA in sociology at the University of Washington. In 1940, she married Howard S. Keller ’37. They established a successful, multistate, wholesale plumbing business, the Keller Supply Company. Frances was devoted to her family; enjoyed a good mental challenge, a game of cards or Scrabble; and treasured her travels with Howard. They were active in their community, especially for endeavors related to children and education. They provided funding for the Keller Children’s Fund for the Jewish Family Service; the Howard and Frances Keller Faculty Research Fund in support of history and social sciences at Reed College; the Howard and Frances Keller Endowed Professorship in History and the Howard and Frances Keller Research Fund at the University of Washington; and the Frances and Howard Keller Family Lecture Series at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Frances is remembered for her kindness, strength, quick wit, and no-nonsense approach. Survivors include her daughter and two sons, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Howard died in 2009.

Charlotte Lee Kilbourn Kress ’44

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Charlotte Lee Kilbourn Easter Kress ’44, November 10, 2011, in Missoula, Montana. Charlotte was born in Chicago and moved with her parents to a mining camp in the Colorado Rockies, where her father worked as an engineer. She earned a BA in sociology from Reed, financing her education by working in navy shipyards. She worked for the Red Cross in France during World War II, crossing the Atlantic in a ship convoy. On the Mediterranean in Nice, France, during the war she met Robert B. Easter; they married in 1947. The couple lived in Missoula, built a summer cabin on Inez Lake, and raised three children. Charlotte was very involved in her children’s many activities. She led Camp Fire Girl groups, supported the Missoula music program, and helped to initiate a local swim team. She was passionate about wildlife, conservation, and environmental issues. She joined Missoula’s Gals Against Smog and Air Pollution, served as president of the Missoula Sierra Club chapter, and lobbied for environmental groups in Helena, Montana. She earned an MS in environmental studies from the University of Montana at 60. Her love of adventure took her to the top of Mount St. Helens, on an African safari, and in one of the first tour groups to travel in China after the borders opened. She participated in disaster relief efforts with the American Red Cross in St. Louis and interviewed prospective Reedies. Charlotte wrote that Reed helped expand her tolerance and understanding of others’s ideas, activated to a greater degree curiosity and interest in intellectual and political forces, and emphasized a need for action. “It strengthened a natural interest in doing something not limited to material gain, but contributing something to the betterment of world situations.” Charlotte married Jackson Kress in 1997; they were gloriously happy together until his death in May 2011. Her survivors include a son and two daughters; two stepsons and one stepdaughter; eight grandchildren; and her brother. A gracious, giving, intelligent, adventurous, and loving individual, “she lived her life with the belief that obstacles were there to be overcome and that dreams could be achieved if one put forth a bit of effort.”

Donald G. Kassebaum ’54

Donald G. Kassebaum ’54, October 19, 2012, in Portland, Oregon. Don earned a BA from Reed in biology and completed an MD at the University of Oregon Medical School. His residency training in internal medicine and cardiology was done at the medical school and at the Veterans Hospital in Portland, and he was a senior research fellow in the cardiovascular division at the University of Utah College of Medicine. In 1962, he joined the clinical faculty of the University of Oregon Medical School, where he became professor of medicine. He was also appointed vice president and director of hospitals and clinics in the newly organized OHSU. Don’s academic career covered basic physiology and pharmacology, clinical cardiology, and later aspects of teaching, learning, and educational quality assessment in medical schools. Students and colleagues remember him as a medical school legend—one who had an immense breadth of knowledge and fine-tuned instincts about patient health as a patient-oriented clinician. He fostered student-centered and problem-based learning, and he made a major contribution to medical education as executive dean of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and as vice president and director of the Division of Medical School Standards and Assessment at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. He also was administrative secretary of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the national authority for accreditation of U.S. medical schools, and he assisted in modernizing medical education programs and establishing educational quality standards in a number of countries, including the Republic of Georgia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. Don retired from his work in 1999 and lived at the Oregon coast. Throughout his life, he was passionate about classical music and sought to advance his skills as a pianist. He also enjoyed cooking and gardening. Survivors include a sister. Memorial contributions may be made to the Donald G. Kassebaum Scholarship Endowment at Reed.

Magaret Paxson Rhoads Kendon ’59

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Margaret Paxson Rhoads Kendon ’59, August 16, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from cancer. The first child and only daughter of Teresa Folin Rhoads and Jonathan Rhoads, professor and department head of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, Margaret came to Reed, where she studied history and Russian. She had a lifelong interest in the culture and history of Russia, traveled to the country many times, and was especially fond of the writings of Chekov and Tolstoy. After graduating from Reed, she enrolled at Cornell, where she met Adam Kendon, a graduate student in social psychology from England. Margaret and Adam were married in 1961 and moved to England for five years before returning to the U.S. Margaret earned a master’s degree in Slavic linguistics at Fordham University, while Adam taught at Cornell and did research at Bronx State Hospital. Following Adam’s appointment in anthropology at Australian National University, the family moved to Canberra, Australia, where Margaret was active with Canberra Friends Meeting, qualified as a second language instructor in English, and taught in Canberra schools. Back in Connecticut, she studied French and connected with New London Friends Meeting. In the ’80s, Margaret resumed her study of Slavic languages at Indiana University and the couple settled in Philadelphia, where Margaret taught Spanish for 25 years. Margaret was active in Germantown Friends Meeting, and was also a board member for the Green Tree School. For several years she served as a member of the Standing Committee on Education of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. A devoted mother and grandmother, Margaret also had a great interest in her larger family and more distant relatives, and regularly hosted family dinners. Survivors include her husband, a daughter and two sons, six grandchildren, and five brothers. “She will be greatly missed.”

Raymond Dana Kreth ’84

Raymond Dana Kreth ’84, October 18, 2012, in Monroe, Oregon, from aggressive head and neck cancer. Ray was my best friend from my four years at Reed,” says Bill Kallman ’83. “He was a brilliant, amazing, talented guy, always ready to help you out.” Sheila Quinlan ’83 writes: “Ray was always an exuberant presence in my years at Reed. He was filled with energy and ideas, but what I remember most about him was his immense warmth and that he was always inviting everyone to his house for dinner. His housemates were Gary Hollingsworth ’84, Eric Walla ’83, and John Shannon ’85. Ray introduced me to John and played matchmaker and it seemed to take since we have been married these 25 years.” Ray earned a BA at Reed in physics, and after completing an MS from the University of Oregon in physics, accepted a position at Oregon State University—his first and only job—as an instrumentation engineer for the Ocean Mixing Group in the College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. He was highly regarded by his colleagues as “a resourceful engineer who saved many a seagoing experiment.” Ray’s work involved measuring the currents and physics of the oceans, says Bill. “He was lucky in his career. He started his oceanography job at OSU, loved it, and became a world expert, traveling the world dropping sensitive custom instruments into the deep, measuring the flows, and retrieving the data.” OSU colleagues stated that regardless of conditions, Ray could be counted on to rise to a challenge—providing technical expertise or simply lending a helping hand. “He was our friend. His talents and character will be missed.” Ray could build or repair just about anything. He and his wife, Mylrea Estell, raised Shetland sheep on their farm, and Ray planted pinot gris stock from the Alsace region—as had his father—for his Lush Vineyards. Because he loved music, Ray began the tradition of “Ray-Orama” music concerts at his family’s vineyard. A friend held a final vineyard “Ray-Orama” concert in his honor. “It was vintage Ray, a way to go out in style, celebrating life,” says Bill. “Ray told Mylrea that his first assignment when studying physics at Reed was to describe the physical properties of the Road Runner cartoon world. The most memorable attribute of that world was that gravity didn’t work until you realized you were standing on air. When you looked down, you dropped. Ray showed amazing strength in his battle against cancer. Day after day he picked himself up and went to work in his laboratory. Ray’s doctor told him that his illness was terminal, and that he could expect to die by Christmas. Ray looked down. From the time he came to understand that he was standing on air, he began to slip away. That’s physics. He was gone in a week. Ray will be missed.” Survivors include Mylrea, son Quintin, and daughter Veda Rose.

Kathleen Knowlton Wilson ’32

Kathleen Knowlton Wilson ’32, January 18, 1995, in Plainfield, New Jersey. She attended Reed for two years, during which time she met physics major Bruce Lee Wilson ’29. They were married in 1930 and moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for the Bureau of Standards. They later moved to Kensington, Maryland. She was a homemaker for most of her life. Survivors include two sons; two sisters, Harriet Knowlton Schroder ’27 and Ellen Knowlton Johnson ’39, four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Bruce died in 1992.

John J. Kuzmaak ’44

John Kuzmaak ’44, December 25, 1997, in Portland, of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He attended Reed for one year in the pre-meteorology program after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II. He then studied dentistry at the University of Oregon Dental School and earned his degree in 1945. He practiced dentistry in Portland until his retirement in 1987. Survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. Another daughter preceded him in death.

Ruth Kavenoff ’66

Ruth Kavenoff ’66, of liver failure, February 13, 199, at USCD Medical Center, Hillcrest, California. She earned a PhD in cell biology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1971. Her scientific career was devoted to studying the structure of the reovirus genome, which she theorized has a single strand of RNA rather than several fragments, as is the widely accepted view. She did research in the ’70s at the University of California, San Diego, lab and received several fellowships and federal grants for her initial research. However, by the late ’70s and early ’80s, she was unable to obtain continued financial support for her research, which some believed could not be solved. She turned to developing visual displays to illustrate her theories, enlarging the DNA and RNA photographs taken through her electron microscope up to 250,000 times. From these photos came an idea to not only illustrate her work, but also to fund her research using the enlargements to develop a line of posters, cards, and clothing. The lines, with names like DesignerGenes, BlueGenes, and GoodGenes, were sold in bookstores, science mail order houses, and the gift shop of the Federal Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. As the business thrived, she was able to continue her research, but was unable to prove her theory before her death.

Helen D. Koch Russell ’36

Helen Koch Russell ’36, November 4, 1998, in Pleasant Hill, California. She lived in Santa Rosa, California, for many years prior to moving to Pleasant Hill. She was married to William Russell, who predeceased her, and the couple had four children. At the time of her retirement, she was a publications office supervisor.

Jessie Kremers Newman ’33

Jessie Kremers Newman ’33, November 10, 1999, in Portland, of complications from Alzheimer’s Disease. She attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Oregon State College (now Oregon State University), where she earned a BS in business in 1933. She was a secretary in the ophthalmology department of Oregon Health Sciences University for 25 years before her retirement in 1972. She married Roy Newman in 1972 and moved to his home in Vista, California, where she enjoyed gardening and volunteered with Retarded Citizens of the North County as a cashier in their thrift shop. After her husband’s death in 1988, she returned to live in Portland. Survivors include two nieces and a nephew.

Marshall R. Kolin ’51

Marshall Kolin ’51, January 4, 2001, of a massive heart attack while traveling on business. He earned a master’s in economics from the University of Chicago in 1953 and a PhD in 1965. He taught economics at Chicago University, Columbia, Harvard, and NYU before joining the U.S. Postal Service as an econometrician, where he remained until his death. He married Dee Ann Holisky in 1976 and they lived in Arlington, Virginia, and had a daughter, Geurina. He was active in the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Reed alumni association.

Thomas G. Kryzak ’64

Thomas Kryzak ’64, January 1, 2000, in Flushing, New York. He did graduate work in higher education administration at the University of Washington, and he received an MBA in hospital administration from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in 1978. He was director of program planning and evaluation at a community mental health center in New Jersey, and in 1985 he became assistant director of financial management systems for the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. He later worked as a high school biology teacher at Hillcrest High School in Flushing, New York. He was married and had two children.

Donald Fike Knapp ’40

Donald Fike Knapp ’40, October 22, 2002, in Vancouver, Washington. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Reed, Donald became a paper chemist specializing in printing ink and adhesive for the Crown Zellerbach paper mill in Camas, Washington; retiring in 1982. He was a member of the 25-Year Horseshoe Club at Crown Zellerbach, the Camas United Methodist Church, and a charter member of the Orchard Hills Country Club. His interests also included big band music, baseball, and travel—especially on the trains of the West—and making model trains. Survivors include his wife, Eleanor, three daughters, two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a sister and brother. One daughter predeceased him.

Michael Kaufman ’65

Michael Kaufman ’65, December 17, 2003, in Sacramento, California. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Reed, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago Law School, from which he received a JD in 1968. He practiced law in Sacramento from 1981 to 2002. He married Alison Publicover ’67 in 1965; they later divorced. He is survived by two daughters, his mother, and his sister.

Gwendolyn L. Kohns ’25

Gwendolyn L. Kohns ’25, May 3, 2001, in Portland, Oregon. Gwendolyn attended Reed for three years, then received a BA in 1925 and an MA in 1927 in education from the University of Oregon. She taught at Madison High School in Portland.

Helen Dorothy Krebs Brewer ’36

Helen Dorothy Krebs Brewer ’36, March 22, 1998, in California. Helen attended Reed for two years, earning a BA in liberal arts from the University of Oregon in 1937. She married, had a family, and was a junior high school librarian in Dinuba, California. She also was a member of the Tulare County Library advisory board, a trustee at the California State Library Association, and the organizer for Friends of the Library in Dinuba.

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.

Hattie Masuko Kawahara Colton ’43

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

Anne Florence Kerrebrock Richter ’53

Anne Florence Kerrebrock Richter ’53, January 27, 2008, in Pacifica, California. Anne received a BA from Reed in general literature, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She married Robert Richter ’51 in 1952. Living in Oregon for 10 years, she was active in Great Books and Great Decisions groups, and was a leader in the League of Women Voters. With their four daughters, including Rowena K. Richter ’84, the couple moved to New York, and Anne earned a Master in Library Science at Columbia College (University). She worked for Library Journal magazine and Hearst Publications before moving to Vermont. The couple separated in 1981. At the end of her life, Anne was employed as a librarian in Pacifica, California. Survivors include her daughters and three grandchildren.

Donald Keith Kenny MAT ’64

Donald Keith Kenny MAT ’64, February 25, 2007, in Sacramento, California. Donald taught mathematics in high school for 20 years and also worked for the IRS for 20 years. At the time of his death, survivors included his wife, Jane Romine-Kenny; two stepchildren; and his sister. His wife died in 2008.

Marjorie Katherine Kennard Dassow MAT ’67

Marjorie Katherine Kennard Dassow MAT ’67, November 15, 2008, in Portland. Marjorie received her bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1947 from Marylhurst College (University). She married Dell A. Dassow ’42 in 1953; the couple lived in southeast Portland and raised three children. Following receipt of a master's in teaching from Reed, Marjorie worked for Portland Public Schools, teaching at a number of grade schools in the area; she retired in 1980. In retirement, Marjorie and Dell traveled extensively in Europe. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, and speed-reading, and she enjoyed playing the slot machines in Reno and Lake Tahoe. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, and her brother. Dell died in 2004.

Elizabeth Orr Kratz ’23

Elizabeth Orr Kratz ’23, July 17, 1994, in Corvallis, Oregon. After attending Reed, Elizabeth transferred to Monmouth State Teachers College, graduating in 1923. In 1927, she married David Kratz, a pastor in the Christian Church. Together, they served parishes in Iowa and California until 1959, when he became the regional minister for the state of Nebraska and they moved to Lincoln. During this time, in addition to raising a family and working with her husband on parish activities, she held positions as an art supervisor, an adult education teacher, and director of a Christian education program. After her husband's death in 1960, she became the executive secretary of the Christian Women's Fellowship of Northern California/Nevada. In 1962, she was appointed associate regional minister of the Christian Church of Northern California-Nevada and was ordained by that church in 1963. She continued there for 13 years, serving as president, regional minister, and director of the Northern Council of Churches. She also served as chairperson of the California Migrant Ministry and worked closely with César Chávez in his efforts to improve working conditions for farm workers. In 1972, she was a representative to the Protestant Church Executives consultation to the Paris Peace Talks. She retired in 1975 and moved to Connecticut, where she continued her volunteer activities. In 1989, she “re-retired” and moved to Corvallis, Oregon, with her sister. She received the Disciples Fellowship Peace Award from the United Church of Christ General Assembly in Indianapolis for her years of activity on behalf of peace and justice causes. In 1993, she was awarded the Foster-Scholz Club Distinguished Service Award. Survivors include three sons; a daughter; two sisters, a brother; eleven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Lucille Kellmer Champion ’42

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

Anne Leton Kahn ’37

Anne Leton Kahn ’37, in May 1996, in Newark, California. She had lived in the San Diego area since the early ’70s and was a substitute teacher in high schools there. For most of her life, she was a homemaker. She and her husband, Robert, who died in 1987, raised two sons and a daughter. Their youngest son was killed at the age of 27 in a climbing accident.

Ruth Kokko Hickok ’44

Ruth Kokko Hickok ’44, June 26, 1998, in Seattle of Lou Gehrig’s disease. She graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1949 and served on the medical staff of the University of Oregon Hospital and Clinics from 1954 to 1957. She was the health officer for Deschutes, Crook, and Jefferson Counties from 1957 to 1961. In 1961, she moved to Seattle, where she worked for the Seattle department of public health. From 1964 until her retirement in 1990, she worked on the staff of Fircrest School in Seattle. Her husband died in 1969. She is survived by two sons, a brother, and seven grandchildren.

Joel E. Keizer ’64

Joel E. Keizer ’64, May 16, 1999, in Davis, California, of lung cancer. After graduating from Reed, he received his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1969. From 1969 to 1971, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Battelle Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis, in 1971 as an assistant professor of chemistry and became a full professor in 1978. In 1993, he was given a joint appointment as professor of biology. He wrote a monograph, Statistical Thermodynamics of Nonequilibrium Processes, which later was translated into Russian, and he published more than 120 journal articles and book chapters. From 1986 to 1987 he held the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and in 1995, he was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He established the Institute of Theoretical Dynamics at UC Davis in 1986, which brought faculty and visitors together and was a training ground for young scientists. The biology division of the National Science Foundation selected the institute for a research training grant in 1997 that, together with matching funds from the university amounted to more than $3 million. He directed the institute until his death. Survivors include his wife, Susan Swank Keizer ’64, two children, his parents, a brother and sister.

Stephan Z. Katzan ’53

Stephan Katzan ’53, August 17, 1998, in Los Angeles, where he was an attorney.

Violet Kochendoerfer ’41

Violet Kochendoerfer ’41, July 22, 2001, in Duluth, Minnesota. After attending Reed for two years, she served in World War II, first in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and then with the American Red Cross, where she was director of onbase military service clubs. She was with the 82nd Airborne Division when the 21st German Army surrendered to them as they liberated a concentration camp. She later enrolled in the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, and became the first woman graduate of that school in 1962. She served as a Unitarian Universalist minister in congregations in Provincetown, Massachusetts; Calgary, Alabama; Tallahassee, Florida; and Kent, Ohio, retiring in 1978. Her experiences growing up in a small town in Minnesota, serving during the war, and working as a minister led her to write four memoirs: One Woman’s World War II, published in 1994; A Modern Pioneer, published in 1996; Santa Fe in the Fifties, published in 1998; and Growing up in Minnesota, published in 2000. Survivors include a brother, a sister, and several nieces and nephews.

Jero Kodama ’51

Jero Kodama ’51, February 1, 2002, in San Francisco. Kodama did not graduate from Reed but made generous contributions to the college throughout his life. He spent his career as a medical technician career in the pathology departments at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, the Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, and the El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, retiring in San Francisco.

Trevis Richardson Kerns ’97

Trevis Kerns ’97, on August 22, 2001. He received a BA in French literature and history and was awarded Reed’s Class of ’21 Award, which recognized his academic creativity, initiative, and spontaneity. He received his doctorate at the University of Paris, France.

Mary Gayle Killgore ’67

Mary Gayle Killgore ’67, July 12, 2003, in Texas, from cancer and emphysema. Gayle received her bachelor’s degree from Reed in general literature. She married Grayson K. Meade ’67 in 1968, and they lived in Indiana, Nebraska, and Texas, before moving to Alaska, where they taught in the remote villages of Bethel and Selawik. In 1978, Gayle went through a divorce, and moved with her two children to Anchorage, operating her own business as a legal secretary for the Alaska State court system. She also worked with abused women. In 1983 she returned to Texas, working first as a legal secretary and then in the home health field, for which she became passionate. In 2001 she began a grueling battle against cancer. Survivors include her daughter and son, three grandsons, and her parents. Her mother, Mary Killgore, reports that Gayle often shared positive memories about individuals she knew at Reed, and about Reed’s unique community and academic character.

Frank M. Kubota ’52

Francis Michael Kubota ’52, December 10, 2003, in Washington. Frank attended Reed for two years and lived in Michigan and Washington states. He spent a number of years as a U.S. immigration officer working with Indochinese arrivals, including volunteering to evacuate and process Vietnamese refugees in 1975. He also worked for U.S. Department of Justice in Seattle.

John V. Krutilla ’49

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John V. Krutilla ’49, LLD ’78, June 27, 2003, at his home in McLean, Virginia, from lung cancer. John received his bachelor’s degree from Reed in economics. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II, and then attended Harvard College, receiving a master’s degree in 1951 and a PhD in 1952, in economics. From 1952 to 1955, he worked as an economist at the Tennessee Valley Authority, leaving there to establish a nonprofit research center based in Washington, D.C., Resources for the Future. From 1955 until his retirement in 1988, John's independent research on environmental and natural resource issues took him to every continent but Africa. He was the first to identify undisturbed natural environments, such as wilderness areas, as natural assets. A colleague once remarked, "Those who care about the environment and see it as a public resource owe an immense debt of gratitude to John Krutilla for teaching us how to think about the economics of resource conservation." His data supported issues that ranged from forestry and fisheries to biodiversity, solid waste, and land use. Well respected and recognized worldwide, John lectured and consulted extensively. He published an exhaustive list of books, including The Economics of Natural Environments; journal articles, including the award-winning, "Conservation Reconsidered" (American Economic Review, 1967); monographs; and government reports. John was one of two recipients of the Inaugural Volvo Environment Prize in 1990. He was active in the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Interior, in several United Nations commissions, and in many environmental groups. He was also instrumental in establishing the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, from which he received a distinguished service award in 1987. In 1989, he was awarded the distinguished service award from the Society of Conservation Biology. John was a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Economic Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Phi Beta Kappa. He served as trustee of the Environmental Defense Fund, and was a member of the Wilderness Society. Krutilla’s interests included wilderness canoe-camping and fly-fishing, relief carving, furniture and wood design, and cabinetry. For his 50-year Reed alumni Reunions profile, he wrote that his future involved, "reading, rocking, and nodding." And he commented more than once that "to a first generation American of Carpathian Mountains peasant ancestry, the Reed experience was, arguably, the most important single experience of my life." He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Shirley Weindl Krutilla, two sons, and a daughter.

Prof. Gail M. Kelly ’55

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Gail M. Kelly ’55, an influential figure in the field of anthropology, and professor emerita at Reed College, died Wednesday, August 17, 2005, in Portland.

Rigorous, disciplined, iconoclastic, Miss Kelly (as she preferred) was the quintessential sink-or-swim professor. She pushed her students to the limit of their ability, brooked no compromise, and suffered no fools. She sewed her own clothes, never drove a car, and was known to scold students for wearing white after Labor Day. She also inspired several generations of Reed students to pursue anthropology.  


George Wayne Kilpatrick ’57

George Wayne Kilpatrick ’57, July 30, 2005, in Gadsden, Alabama. Wayne received a BA in philosophy from Reed. He studied at the University of Calcutta, India, on a Fulbright scholarship, and did graduate work at the University of Chicago. His career included teaching English at the University of Western Michigan and Gadsden Business College, and working as an assistant editor for the Encyclopedia Brittanica and as an assistant manager of Goodwill Industries in Gadsden.

Bonnie Kathryn Koehler Hermanson ’38

Bonnie Kathryn Koehler Hermanson ’38, May 13, 2006, from cancer, in Seattle. Bonnie attended Reed, but did not graduate. She married William T. Stockton ’37; they had two children, and later divorced. A second marriage was to Chester Hermanson. She lived in Seattle, and was active in the University Unitarian Church. Survivors include her daughter, four grandchildren, and a sister and brother. Her husband and son predeceased her.

A. Elizabeth Thurber Kuhlman ’49

A. Elizabeth Thurber Kuhlman ’49, May 22, 2006, in Hughson, California. Betty came to Reed after serving in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II. She studied three years, before transferring and receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon. She worked for the navy in San Francisco before returning to Portland. In 1962, she earned a secondary teaching credential at Portland State University, and taught social studies at Roosevelt High School (1963–65). She studied at the American University in Lebanon on a Fulbright scholarship, and completed a trip around the world at the end of that time; travel was of primary interest to her. She also attended MAT summer program sessions at Reed before moving in 1965 to Modesto to marry Mervin Kuhlman. There, she was active in the American Association of University Women, P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the Family Services Agency. Survivors include her husband and sister.

Frances Gertrude Roche Keeney ’55

Frances Gertrude Roche Keeney ’55, February 21, 2007, in Portland, from congestive heart failure. Frances attended Reed for two years. She was married to Earl A. Keeney and had several occupations, including working for H&R Block. Survivors include three daughters, a son, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister.

Thomas Darrell Kelly ’48

Thomas Darrell Kelly ’48, December 25, 2008, in Springfield, Oregon. Tom was a military veteran of the Aleutians campaign, who was sent by the Veterans Administration to Reed for rehabilitation from psychiatric distress. He attended Reed for two years. His peculiar habit of (always) having his nose in a book got him arrested one night while he waited at a bus stop in front of the campus on Southeast Woodstock Boulevard. Portland Police, intent on keeping an eye on the “Reds” at Reed, were on patrol and saw him standing under a streetlight-at the time reading poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley. When patrolmen ordered Tom over to their car, he suffered an attack of nerves. George Joseph ’51 reported: “The police threw him into the back of the car and took him down to the police station. Put him in jail. God. For reading Shelley by moonlight, street lamp, actually.” The story is told also in this way, that Tom was sitting on a campus bench and couldn't produce a draft card, so he was jailed for 12 hours. At the booking, a policeman was reported to have said, “See if you can take that, Lord Byron.” June Anderson ’49 recalled: “The police stopped him because they thought he was drunk. So they took him into the city and put him in the drunk-tank overnight. And he hadn't had anything to drink.” In all versions, news of Tom's arrest spread like wildfire. “The next night,” said George, “many street lights in the Portland area had kids reading under them. Most from Reed, but not all.” Time magazine (February 17, 1947) noted that 20 Reed undergraduates convened the next night on a downtown Portland street corner and collectively read Shelley. There were no arrests. The Time headline poetically positioned Tom under moonlight instead of streetlight, and provided the legend with a title, “Shelley by Moonlight.” His last known residence was in Rockaway Beach on the Oregon coast.

Update: From Patsy Garlan ’48 (2013), we learned that Tom inherited a house on the coast from his aunt and a small legacy. "He did a bit of research and invested the legacy in the IPO of a little start-up company called Microsoft. Tom turned that legacy into a great deal of money, and also guided friends to do the same." Patsy is also the author of a tribute for Tom in Reed magazine, "Hail to Thee, Blythe Spirit."

William Joseph Kirsch ’50

William Joseph Kirsch ’50, March 25, 2009, in New York City, following a heart attack and stroke. From an oral history interview with Leslie K. Overstreet ’71 in 2004, we learned that Bill received his early education in an eight-grade, one-room school in Northern Wisconsin. The teacher boarded with Bill's family in their large farmhouse. Bill spent a year in the ROTC at River Falls State Teachers College in Wisconsin. In 1942, he entered active duty and served in the mechanized cavalry in Europe. “There I met a man who'd been at Reed, John MacKenzie ’50, and it sounded like a place I wanted to go. And I guess it sounded like that to a couple other people, too, because Gene Overstreet ’49 and Bill Baker ’50, who were comrades-in arms, also went there.” While in the army, Bill Kirsch also studied natural sciences and calculus at Pasadena Junior College, and then entered Reed with advanced standing. Intent on joining the diplomatic corps, he studied Russian and humanities, and received a BA from Reed in economics. “I think the academic value was in the freedom, in the tremendously passionate activists, in the political and economic world. We held very strong views, and today, you know, some of them just make my hair curl.” His friend Franz Friedrich ’50 suggested that Bill come to New York. Franz remembers: “We had known each other at Reed having met in 1946, and later shared an apartment on 1414 Lambert Street in Sellwood with other friends in ’49 and ’50.” Bill earned an MBA from New York University in 1963, and worked at the Institute of International Education. Later, Richard H. Sullivan, former president of Reed [1956–67], and then chairman of the board of the (Carnegie) Foundation Center, hired Bill in 1972 as foundation treasurer. Bill's career as vice president of administration and finance and treasurer lasted 18 years. In retirement, he enjoyed travel, especially to Hawaii and Mexico. Survivors include his sister and his friend, John Ballis.

Patricia Cain Koehler ’47

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

Robert A. Keyes ’60

Robert A. Keyes ’60, July 24, 2006, in Conklin, New York. Bob attended Reed for two years, and earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Oregon. He was a physicist in the defense industry for 40 years. Following the OPEC oil embargo of 1973, he designed and built a fuel-efficient high-performance three-wheeled vehicle dubbed the TriVette. The TriVette's jaw-dropping acceleration (0-60 in three seconds) and top speed of 200 m.p.h. received considerable interest from the California Highway Patrol, which was looking for high-speed pursuit vehicle that they could use "to quickly run down the kids in their hot Camaros and Mustangs.” Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Diana, a son and daughter, three grandchildren, his mother, and two brothers.

Brunhilde Kaufer Liebes ’35

Brunhilde Kaufer Liebes ’35, March 11, 2011, in Novato, California. “Books were always important,” Brunhilde once said in an interview. As a girl, she often visited the Belmont library in southeast Portland. “I read books from one end to the other. I said, 'books are my best friends,' because people sometimes changed.” Her love of books led her to Reed, inspired her to start a bookstore, and prompted her to volunteer at the library in Mill Valley, California, even in her 90s. Brunhilde earned her BA in sociology and anthropology, writing her thesis with Alexander Goldenweiser [sociology 1933-39]. She had strong memories of the political tenor of the time, when Reedites brought food and supplies to the Portland dockyards to support the longshoremen in the great West Coast waterfront strike, and hanged Adolf Hitler in effigy. (“We knew he was a horrible man.”) After graduation, she worked for the alumni association and typed the manuscript for Goldenweiser's textbook Anthropology: An Introduction to Primitive Culture. She did graduate work at the University of Hawaii, where she met Richard Liebes; they married in 1939, and were together until his death in 2006. Brunhilde was known as “a pillar of Mill Valley culture”; she lived in the city for over 50 years. She enjoyed Israeli folk dancing; hiking, camping, and backpacking; and was active with the Sierra and Alpine clubs. Survivors include two sons, three grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Peggy Virginia Keilus ’42

Peggy Virginia Keilus ’42, March 24, 2011, in New York, New York, from cancer. Peggy was born in Portland and attended Lincoln High School. She spent a year at Reed, which she would later identify as a highpoint in her life. She joined the navy during World War II, and was stationed in New York, where she worked as a ham radio operator and learned Morse code. Afterwards she remained in New York and, as was common in those times, studied to be a secretary rather than continue her formal education. She worked for Pinkerton's New York Racing Security Service and the Brotherhood Synagogue. Peggy also attended the theatre and wrote poetry.

Frank Theodore Koehler Jr. ’48

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Frank Theodore Koehler Jr. ’48, January 6, 2011, in Portland. Bud's studies at Reed were interrupted by service as a navy pilot in the Pacific during World War II. He studied at Reed for three years before transferring to the University of Oregon. In a political science class at the university, he met Patricia M. Cain ’49, who was a transfer student from Reed. They married in 1947 and raised two daughters and two sons. Bud's career in insurance began in 1948 with the Charles W. Sexton Company. He was also a member of the City Club, the Portland Chamber of Commerce, the University Club, and the Elks, and was actively involved in Little League, the Boy Scouts, the United Fund, and the Portland Parks Bureau.

Jean Ainslie Kalahan ’47

Jean Ainslie Kalahan ’47, April 13, 2013, in Tacoma, Washington. Jean grew up in Portland and studied for more than two years at Reed. In 1950, she married Clyde R. Kalahan, who became a vice president for the Weyerhauser Company in Washington. Jean devoted her time to caring for her home and raising three daughters, including Deborah Kalahan Altschul ’75. She also was a dedicated community volunteer for organizations such as the Children’s Industrial Home (Gateways for Youth and Families), the Dr. Edward S. Rich Orthopedic Guild, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the altar guilds at Christ and St. Mary’s Episcopal churches. She was a member of the Nine Hole Group at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club, and enjoyed playing bridge, gardening, and listening to the Mariners baseball games on the radio. “Her family will miss her astute observations as well as her great cooking.” Survivors include her husband, her daughters, and six grandchildren.

Leonard Charles Kampf ’51

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Len Kampf ’51 with his great-granddaughter Lily

Leonard Charles Kampf ’51, April 17, 2013, in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Len joined the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II and flew planes over Europe. After the war, he earned a BA from Reed in economics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He spent a year at Johns Hopkins in the School of Advanced International Studies and nine years with the CIA, two of them in the United Kingdom. He joined defense contractor RCA Corp. and retired after 24 years as manager of marketing information and communications for the government systems division. Len maintained his service as an officer in the air force reserves, retiring as a colonel. He was married to Stuart Elizabeth Hoffman ’52. They raised two sons and a daughter and enjoyed annual vacations in West Palm Beach, Florida. In retirement, Len gardened, played golf, and traveled throughout the U.S. with his daughter. He took pleasure in returning to the Reed campus, reconnecting with classmates, and attending Reunions. Len said that he took pride in being able to complete his undergraduate studies at Reed and associating with a “superior” faculty and student group. Survivors include his wife and children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Update: Following Len's death, his daughter, Linda, sought a way to honor his memory. One year later, she achieved her goal when she learned that his status as a veteran had earned him a place at Arlington National Cemetery and arranged for his final burial.

Joyce Eberhart Kavanagh ’50

Joyce Eberhart Kavanagh ’50, April 6, 2013, in Pasadena, California. Joyce studied at Reed for two years, leaving to marry Ralph W. Kavanagh ’50 and to begin raising their family of four daughters and one son. Ralph did graduate work and made a career teaching physics at Caltech. Joyce completed a BA in history from California State University, Los Angeles, in 1975, and then earned a teaching credential. She taught American history and ESL to adults and secondary school students for 20 years and served on the boards of the Democratic Women’s Club and the AAUW. Joyce helped launch the AAUW annual Girls’ Science Day for middle school students, now in its 15th year in Pasadena. Survivors include her daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by Ralph and her son.

Charles Leonard Kibby ’59

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Charles Leonard Kibby ’59, May 16, 2013, in Benicia, California. Chuck earned a BA in chemistry from Reed, which provided him with a “solid foundation” for his further work in the field, he later wrote. “The environment allows teachers and students to do their best.” He went on to earn a PhD in chemistry at Purdue University, was awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation, and completed postdoctoral research at Harvard. He was a research associate at Brookhaven National Laboratory, a fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, and a member of the research staff at Gulf Science & Technology Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He became a staff scientist for Chevron Research Company in Richmond, California. Chuck and criminologist Diana L. Morrison were married in 1970; they had one son, Kenneth.

Eileen Ruth Pease Kuhns ’45

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Eileen Ruth Pease Kuhns ’45, March 15, 2013, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Eileen was orphaned at the age of 2, and lived with several of her relatives before she “struck out on her own” and returned to her hometown of Portland at 15. She went to Reed on a full scholarship, earning a BA in sociology. The Reed experience, and the humanities program in particular, were the “springboard” for her life, she wrote. In May 1945, she married college sweetheart Edward Douglas Kuhns ’45, whom she found to be a kindred soul. Both Eileen and Douglas completed doctoral degrees at Syracuse University—Eileen’s was in sociology and anthropology. Eileen was a gifted researcher, who wrote numerous textbooks and papers and coauthored the book Managing Academic Change: Interactive Forces and Leadership in Higher Education (1975). She served as a director and trustee for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. She taught at Syracuse, Lake Forest College, and Montgomery College—where she advanced to the position of executive dean—and was dean of the faculty at Mount Vernon College. She was cofounder and president of Washington International College in Washington, D.C., and she taught sociology, anthropology, and statistical methodology at American University, George Washington University, and later Catholic University, where she retired. The university’s president and her graduate students begged her not to retire, but she made the decision to do so at the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In a very busy life, Eileen found time to garden and to help rescue stray animals. Survivors include Douglas; children John, D.C., Paul, and Anne; and 8 grandchildren. “She taught them all that the world is an open and beckoning place, waiting to give you what you seek to find. She taught them the importance of giving back; always striving to leave the world a better place than you found it.”

Lawrence S. Karush ’68

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Lawrence S. Karush ’68, August 27, 2013, in Los Angeles, from cancer. A renowned pianist, composer, and educator, Larry is revered for his performance and improvisation in jazz, 20th- and 21st-century Western classical music, African-based percussion, and the music of North India. He began taking classical piano lessons at six. In his teens, he was introduced to the art of improvisation by his teacher Sam Saxe. “He was the first person to show me there was an equivalence between Mozart and Art Tatum,” he said in an interview. During his junior year at Reed, Larry heard saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his quartet in performance. “The band was so free and together at the same time.” The concert happened in the right time and place to introduce Larry to all of the possibilities of improvised music and to motivate him to perform it, he said. Larry graduated from Reed with a degree in psychology and later earned an MA from New York University. In 1968–73, he was in Berkeley, avoiding political entanglements in favor of doing music. “I had a nice little shack in the Berkeley flatland, and I just holed up and did my practicing.” For 14 years, he lived in New York. The experience provided him the best education “in all senses of the word,” he said. Larry and Michelle Berne, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and a dancer and choreographer, were married with a son; they returned to California in 1989. Larry did seven recordings and appeared in festivals in Canada, Europe, and South Africa. He was the recipient of grants and commissions from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the NEA/Arts International, Meet the Composer, the California Arts Council, and the city of Los Angeles. In addition, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in music composition, and was nominated for the 2008 Herb Alpert Foundation Prize in Music. He performed solo jazz and also worked with musicians John Abercrombie, Jane Ira Bloom, Jay Clayton, Bennie Wallace, and Oregon. He performed world music with Kanai Dutta, Francisco Aguabella, and Glen Velez, and contemporary classical music with Steve Reich and Terry Riley. In the ’90s, he joined Glen Moore and Glen Velez to create the improvisational trio Mokave. He also toured with his own band, the Larry Karush Ensemble. Larry taught music for more than 30 years in New York City and Los Angeles. He lectured and gave demonstrations at colleges and universities, including the University of California, Tufts, Brandeis, New York University, Reed, Berklee College, and the California Institute for the Arts. As an artist in residence and lecturer at the University of California (1991–94), he offered courses in jazz, improvisation, and world music. Most recently, he was on the faculty of Occidental College in Los Angeles. A memorial concert for Larry, organized by Prof. David Schiff [music 1980–] was performed at Reed in February. Survivors include his son, Clayton.

Donald Riley Kalkwarf ’47

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Donald Riley Kalkwarf ’47, March 22, 2014, in Richland, Washington. Donald interrupted his studies at Reed to serve as a combat infantryman in the U.S. Army’s 44th Division in Europe. He returned to the college and earned a BA in chemistry. He also met Carol L. Rider ’46, whom he married in 1949. They went to Illinois, where Donald earned a PhD in physical chemistry from Northwestern University, and then moved to Richland, Washington, where Donald was a staff scientist for General Electric’s Hanford operation and for Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratory. His keen enjoyment for the outdoors and mountain climbing cinched the decision to move west. Donald enjoyed photography and played the accordion. He was chairman of the board of trustees for Central United Protestant Church, and president of the Tri-Cities chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and Sigma Xi Research Society. He also was chairman of the fluorescence section of the American Standards and Materials Society. Carol died in 1994. Donald later married her sister Elizabeth, who survives him. He is also survived by his three daughters, one son, and two grandchildren.

Stanley Kan ’64

Stanley Kan ’64,  May 15, 1990, in San Francisco. Stan attended Reed in 1960–62 and stayed in Portland for an additional year to study calligraphy with Prof. Lloyd J. Reynolds [1929–69 English & art]. Stan maintained an interest in calligraphy throughout the remainder of his life. Stan then studied at Cooper Union and Boston Architectural College, and worked as an architectural draftsman in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and finally his home town, San Francisco. He was survived by an older brother in China and two sisters, Lilah Kan in New York City, who provided the details for this memorial, and Sandra Johnson in San Francisco.

Laurance Oliver Kunkel ’70

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Laurance Oliver Kunkel ’70, September 20, 2014, at home in San Francisco, California. “In 1969, Larry used Paideia time and money to begin work on a collection of photography, poetry, prose, and calligraphy. The book Cathedral appeared recently as a result; when I saw it, I was inspired with new confidence both in Reed and in the concept of an independent study period,” wrote Jan Clausen ’71 in an article in the Reed publication Sallyport (February 1970). The process of creating Cathedral (and producing 1,000 copies) took 14 months. “It was suggested by several faculty members that I apply for interdisciplinary standing as a major in art and literature,” Larry said. “I formed an advisory committee of two members from each department, which approved my request.” Cathedral: A Montage of Graphics and Literature, dedicated to Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], included work by 49 contributors and stood for Larry’s thesis. “I thought there was a lot of creative work being done at Reed that ought to have exposure. I wanted to produce something that contained beauty as a protest to the ugly things in our society.” Larry’s initial thought when he entered Reed was to study acting or physics. “I learned a great deal about what it means to read a poem, to look at a visual work, and most difficult of all, to gain some understanding of how the forms work together and relate to one another.” He went on to apprentice with a photographer in San Francisco. From Fred Ross, Larry’s closest friend, we learned that he became a successful commercial photographer in the Bay Area, “working from a beautiful, live studio that he restored. He specialized in complex, high-speed food photography in the age before digital cameras.” One notable ad, Ross says, captured a champagne cork an inch out of the bottle as it popped. “When his special skills were easily achieved with the use of digital photography, Larry turned to a meticulous renovation of a Victorian building next to his studio, where he lived out his last years in genteel luxury.” He is survived by his mother, Giselle V. Laurmann.

Kathryn Beall Kirk ’82

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Kathy Beall Kirk ’82 at the little library box she asked husband Alan Kirk ’84 to install outside their home.

Kathryn Beall Kirk ’82, October 23, 2014, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from cancer.

In November, classmates gathered at Portland’s Lucky Lab Brew Pub to mourn and celebrate the life of Kathy Beall Kirk, beloved Beer Mama to a generation of early ’80s Reedies. Others attended the large memorial service held in November at Bethesda–Chevy Chase High School, where Kathy had taught English for nearly 30 years. The service was officiated by Holly Pruett ’85, who provided this memorial. 


Loren Kramer ’55

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Loren “Bud” Kramer '55, October 22, 2010, in Hillsboro, Oregon. An influential force in Oregon politics for many years, Bud was born in Brookings, South Dakota, and lived through a “rough-and-tumble” childhood in various towns in the U.S. before moving to Portland in 1944. While enrolled at Reed, he was drafted into the army. He returned to Reed after his discharge and earned a BA in political science, completing the thesis The Effect of Precinct Organization on the 1954 Election. In 1955, he married Patricia Paulson. They had two sons, including Adam S. Kramer '81, and later divorced. Bud began his political career managing the 1956 Multnomah County presidential campaign of Adlai E. Stevenson. He later managed the reelection campaign of Representative Edith Green and was her legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. He held several management positions for the state of Oregon and Multnomah County; Governor Bob Straub appointed him director of the Oregon Department of General Services and of the Department of Environmental Quality. Bud was an executive assistant to the governor for two years and was vice president of Schnitzer Steel for 12 years. He was also a member of Reed's alumni board and served as an alumni trustee (1979-83). His consulting firm, Kramer & Associates, provided a bridge between the private sector and the municipal, state, and federal agencies that regulate it. In 1969, he married Ann Rennacker. In retirement, Bud and Ann lived on the Oregon coast, where he continued to participate in community and political affairs, including stepping into a temporary post as Clatsop County manager. In his public obituary, we read that Bud was known for his “brusque, decisive manner” but that ”inside the gruff exterior beat the heart of a marshmallow.” He also offered unflagging support to young people, serving as a mentor and helping them to find jobs. Survivors include his wife, three sons and a daughter, and two grandchildren. Bud's brother, David Kramer '53, also attended Reed.

David Young U Kim ’74

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David Young U Kim ’74, October 29, 2014, in Los Angeles, California, from complications of cancer. David was born in Hawaii, and joined the family of Dr. Walter C. Griggs in New Hampshire in 1968. He graduated from Hanover High School, where he lettered in soccer and baseball. At Reed, he earned a BA in American studies, writing the thesis “Irish Families in Portland, Oregon, 1860–1880.” He received a JD from the University of Oregon, and served as president of the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California and as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He published many papers, predominantly on immigration law. “Through his work he had considerable success in keeping immigrant family groups intact in the United States.” He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church and coached youth basketball. “As a tribute to David, please value the immigrants with whom you come in contact in your family, at school, at work, and in your community.” Survivors include his wife, Jane, and their three sons.

Kenneth Koe ’45

Ken Koe ’45 grew up in Chinatown, won a scholarship from Reed, majored in chemistry, and discovered Zoloft. Photo by Tim Martin for the Day

Most of them will never know his name. But millions of people around the globe have fought off depression and led more fulfilling lives thanks in part to his discovery—sertraline hydrochloride, better known as Zoloft.

Chemist B. Kenneth Koe ’45 died peacefully on October 7, 2015, in his daughter’s home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, at the age of 90.


Mary Frances Sophie Kuylaars Jones Pennington ’39

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, and raised in Portland, Mary earned a BA from Reed in biology, writing her thesis with Prof. L.E. Griffin [biology 1920-45] on the thyroid gland of lamprey larvae. After graduation, Mary worked for Prof. Griffin, making histology slides. She went on to earn an MA in bacteriology from the University of Oregon Medical School (OHSU) and was elected to Sigma Xi. She married fellow medical student Charles H. Jones, who became a physician in psychology. His career and war service with the army took them to locations throughout the United States. Mary worked as a bacteriologist and medical technologist in several hospitals and state and private clinics. She volunteered with the medical auxiliary, the American Association of University Women, and Camp Fire. She was devoted to her children, enjoyed travel with Charles abroad and stateside, attended Elderhostel sessions, sewed, painted, and hosted wonderful events. Following Charles’ death, Mary married Lloyd D. Pennington ’39. Survivors include her three daughters, a son, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Lloyd died in 2007.

Helen Marise Knowlton Wolfard MA ’54

Marcy lost her father at an early age and traveled the world with her mother, settling in California. She earned a BA from Stanford in 1948, and within years of completing an MA from Reed, she discovered her passion for flying. She was an accomplished pilot and flight instructor, and accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours during her career. She volunteered as a fire spotter for the forest service and transported patients to medical facilities in Oregon, Idaho, and California for Angel Flight. She retired from flying at 78. Marcy and James C. Wolfard were married for 50 years. They sold real estate, traveled to Europe, and enjoyed hiking. Survivors include her three daughters and one son, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Georgianne Schmuckal Kimberley ’75

Georgianne came to Reed from the Academy of the Holy Child in Portland, and earned a BA in psychology, writing a thesis on the behavior of serval cats. Her 45-year career in telecommunications began in high school, when she was a directory assistance operator; continued through her years at Reed; and evolved into installation and maintenance for business telephone systems (including climbing telephone poles) and to senior systems engineer positions for the global and nationwide networks of AT&T, Cerium, FAST, and Avaya. Clients and coworkers held her in great respect. Georgianne is remembered as an exceptionally bright person, with a quick and delightful sense of humor, a love of travel, and a spirit for adventure. “She was kind and generous, and was forever a beacon for lost, misfit cats and dogs.” Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Ogden Kimberley, bagpiper for many Reed commencement ceremonies, and their extended families.

Rebecca Nace Koch ’48

Becky was the fifth child of Congregational missionaries Israel George Nace and Mary Rosa Keifer, born in the winter of 1927 in the small Japanese town of Akita. Mary was a marine biologist who passed her love of nature to her children. Becky’s childhood unfolded in Japan, then at an orphanage run by her grandfather in Greenville, Pennsylvania. Finally the family moved to Tillamook and then to Portland. Becky was a peripatetic little girl, traveling around the world by ship, and across the country by car. Experiences at Bible camp, Girl Scout camps, and summer camps on the Oregon coast and at Mt. St. Helens fostered her love for the outdoors. She even worked as a fire lookout in remote towers in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Becky’s interests also included knitting and sewing, playing the bass in the Portland Junior Symphony, and making friends.

Graduating from Grant High School at the age of 16, she followed her older siblings, Margaret Mitter ’39, George Nace ’43, and Robert Nace ’45 to Reed. She was particularly fond of reading sessions at the home of Prof. Ruth Collier [English 1933-52]. Later, when Becky taught in Japan, she invited her students to potluck suppers at her home where they read aloud from their literature assignments.

She had the idea of teaching outdoors where she could combine her love of children and nature. Leaving Reed, she finished her bachelor’s degree at Springfield College in Massachusetts, in the first class of women admitted to the previously all-male college. But she always regretted leaving Reed and said, “There is no way to describe the extent of my Reed experience for it permeates all my activities of life.” She met her first husband, Bill Koch, at Springfield.


Betty Kaplan Lakey MALS ’79

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 2, 1933, Betty passed away two weeks after her 82nd birthday, with her husband of 63 years and her son, Bill, at her side.

Betty received her bachelor’s degree in home economics and teaching from the University of Wyoming in 1966 while raising five children. She taught middle school in Montana and began a new career in the food industry when they moved to Gladstone, Oregon, in 1974 after her husband, Richard, retired from the Air Force. She received her master’s degree in liberal studies at Reed in 1979, and then earned her credentials as a registered dietician, working as a consultant in the food industry until her retirement in 1995. She and Dick then traveled through North America and Mexico in their RV, until they moved to Rose Villa in Milwaukie in 2000. They continued to travel the world for the next 10 years.

Her husband and children, Bill, Becky, and Casey (daughter-in-law Jenny), and seven grandchildren survive Betty.

Francis P. King ’44

Francis earned a BS degree at the University of Oregon before coming to Reed to study in the premeteorology program. During World War II, he served as a radar maintenance officer for B-29s on Tinian and in the Philippines. After the war, he earned an MA degree in international relations at Stanford as well as a PhD in political science. He studied as a Fulbright Scholar at the École des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and in 1953 joined Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF), where he directed numerous studies and publications in the field of retirement and insurance benefits. Frank also coauthored a number of books in the benefits field, and his book, Financing the College Education of Faculty Children (Henry Holt, 1954), led to the establishment of Tuition Exchange, Inc., which he chaired from 1967 to 1987. His spouse, Kelly Karavites, two nephews, and a niece survive him.

Oznathylee Howell Koglin ’74

Civil rights activist, journalist, and poet, Oz lived a remarkable life and bore witness to some of the nation’s momentous events, from the civil rights movement to the AIDS epidemic. 

Born in 1939 to the Rev. Cajus Howell and Leatha Johnson Howell in Morvin, North Carolina, Oz grew up in St. Louis with a strong interest in journalism. But in the early 1960s, most newspapers wouldn’t hire reporters of color, so she got a job at the St. Louis Argus, one of the nation’s oldest African American newspapers, starting out as a clerk and rising to become its editor.


Patricia Karolchuck Livingston ’55

Born in Manila, the Philippines, Pat studied experimental psychology at Reed and wrote her thesis, The Use of the N Achievement Motivation Measure in Predicting Learning with Prof. Leonard Worell [psychology 1954–56]. “Attending and graduating from Reed was the most important event in my life,” she once said, “other than meeting my husband.”

After graduating, she worked as a statistical accountant for the U.S. Air Force in Mainz-Kastel, Germany, and for the Office Equipment Manufacturers Institute in Washington, D.C. While working as a consultant analyzing a paper company, she met a New York Post editor who offered her a job writing about business. Her syndicated column, “Minding Your Own Business,” explained business matters to a lay audience and appeared in the Post, the Chicago Daily News, and the Dallas Morning News.


Louise Klemperer Sather ’61

Louise once defined the central task of her life as “searching for new ways of seeing or understanding things, or facilitating others’ searches.” She began life in Chicago, the only child of Leo and Helen Klemperer. Growing up on the North Shore in Winnetka, she inherited a lifelong love of classical music from her father, and in high school and at Reed played the string bass. Distantly related to the great conductor Otto Klemperer, her father took Louise to summer concerts at Ravinia whenever he was performing there. She remembered going backstage, where the great man would address her as his “little relative.” At Reed, she majored in literature and wrote her thesis on the Joseph novels of Thomas Mann, with Prof. Wesley Blomster [German 1960‑61] advising.

During her first semester at Reed, she met Clifford Sather ’61 in German class. A romance bloomed until their final year, when they parted—Clifford to go to graduate school at Harvard and Louise to pursue a career as an artist.

In reality, Reed had never been a perfect fit for Louise. “I was very emotionally immature when I went to Reed and not prepared or able to grow to meet Reed’s challenges,” she admitted. By her senior year, she was keen to begin something new, preferably involving her hands more than her intellect. Remembering the pleasure of working with clay in grade school, she took a pottery class. The experience was a revelation: “Sitting at the pottery wheel trying to shape the soft, spinning clay, I felt I’d rather be right here, right now, doing this than anything else in the world.” Following formal training in ceramics and a master’s of fine arts from Alfred University in New York, she became a potter.


Russel Kauffman ’84

The eldest of six children, Russel grew up in a log cabin in Cave Junction, Oregon. His father ran a wood construction business, and the family used mules and a draft horse to drag harvested wood out of the Siskiyou Mountains. Russel excelled at driving the mules and the Belgian draft horse, which was dangerous work. One end of the harness would be attached to the horse and the other end to a tree. Russel would steer the horse using a long pair of reins, having to jump around trees and shrubs to avoid getting dragged or slammed into a tree. After Russel was accepted into the PhD physics program at Stanford, his father quipped that he’d lost the best mule driver he ever had.

At Reed, he wrote his thesis, Self-Force and Electromagnetic Mass, with Prof. David Griffiths [physics 1978–] advising, and went on to earn his doctorate from Stanford University. Russel developed and taught a computer simulation course, as well as a full physics curriculum, and was an assistant professor of physics at Muhlenberg College and a visiting assistant professor of physics at Franklin and Marshall College. His research in computational chemistry simulated the electronic structure of metals to tune catalytic properties, and the results were published in a leading journal. An aerospace physicist, he worked as a senior engineer for Vencore in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and he spoke at five national conferences and one international conference.

With his wife, Jade Fantasy, he shared a passion for Argentine tango and loved dancing and performing.


Edward Douglas Kuhns ’45

Douglas overcame great odds to lead a life of education and achievement.

When he endowed the Kuhns Family Scholarship Fund at Reed, Douglas explained: “I have a permanently disabled left arm as a result of a childhood accident. But my experience at Reed neutralized that disability, effectively making my disability disappear. As I gained confidence in myself as a scholar, I gained great confidence in myself as a person. Reed College had a profound impact on the way I carried myself out into the world. I adopted that new persona and never looked back.”


Beatrice Cohen Koch ’56

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

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


Kent Delano Kitts ’52

Born in Hot Springs, Montana, Kent attended Reed before transferring to the University of Oregon, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Kent quickly took an interest in computers, which at the time needed to be stored in large buildings. While working for IBM, he wired the switchboard for the city of McMinnville. He was the Clackamas County data processing director and was instrumental in implementing an IBM data-reading computer for payroll, school achievement testing, cost accounting, and even dog licensing. He assured county employees that no one would lose their job to the computer and helped train new and current employees to use the computer.

Kent had a passion for music, playing clarinet and saxophone, and loved to sing, both formally as a member of various choirs and informally while listening to favorite music with his wife, Darlene Keller Kitts, whom he met at the McMinnville United Methodist Church, where they shared an appreciation for the music program. In addition to Darlene, he is survived by his children David Kitts, Dan Keller, Debbie Gamble, and David Keller.

Roger Kautz ’80

Roger Kautz

Born in Palo Alto, California, Roger wrote his thesis on Projecting Laser Oscilloscope with Prof. Richard Crandall [physics 1978–2012] advising. He received his PhD from Stanford University and completed two postdoctoral positions at Yale University, followed by two postdoctoral research positions at MIT. He was hired as a full time principal research scientist at Northeastern University and became director of the NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) facility in the department of chemistry and chemical biology, where he worked for 20 years. In his honor, the College of Science at Northeastern University established a Roger Kautz Prize in the department of chemistry, an award given annually to an undergraduate student who exhibits talent and shares Roger’s passion for NMR spectroscopy.

Roger enjoyed vintage dancing—dances from the 1860s through the Jazz Age—and mentoring the robotics team at Swampscott High School. He volunteered annually at the Ig Nobel awards at Harvard, and was active in numerous NMR and spectroscopy groups in Boston. He is survived by his wife, Karen; two children, Arthur and Julia; and two brothers, Steve and Brian. Roger donated his body to science through the Anatomical Gift Program at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Jacob Kind ’62

Jacob was born in Seattle, Washington, and majored in biology at Reed, where he wrote his thesis, “Localization of the Hyperglycemic Hormone in Astacus trowbridgii,” with Prof. Frank Gwilliam [biology 1957–96] advising. He worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a clinical psychologist, at the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Health Care System, where he was a devoted psychologist to veterans and trauma victims. He later went into private practice. His wife, DeeAnne, and children, Rebecca Kind Slater and Jonathan Kind, survive him.

Thomas B. Kirsch ’57

When Tom was born, his parents, the renowned analysts Hilde and James Kirsch, received a congratulatory note from Carl Jung. It was a prophetic omen, for Tom went on to become a prominent exponent of Jungian psychology.

When Tom was four years old, the Kirsch family moved from London to Los Angeles, where his parents became founding members of the C.G. Jung Institute. As a child, he witnessed the comings and goings of movie-star patients and analysts. Both parents were German Jews, and Tom inherited from them not only the Jungian tradition of psychoanalysis, but also the complicated history of Jung and the Jewish people. With great integrity, he carried the burden of being an interpreter of that history to Jungians and Freudians throughout his life. He joked that he was born into “the family business” and in fact, he did work as a Jungian analyst all of his adult life, as a bridge between the first generation of Jungians and those who followed.


Jerry Kelley ’44

October 14, 2018, in Lacey, Washington.

Born in Spokane, Washington, Jerry moved with his family to West Seattle and graduated from West Seattle High School. His mother, Norma Golden Rule Kelley, had finished 10th grade and his father, Albert, graduated from high school, but Jerry was the first in his family to go to college.

In the third grade, he was given the assignment of writing a Christmas story and wrote a poem about the birth of Christ. The work must have seemed accomplished beyond the ability of so young a scribe. “He couldn’t possibly have written that poem,” his teacher told his parents. The experience devastated Jerry and he didn’t write another poem until long after college. Later in life, he’d compose poems to commemorate occasions like funerals and weddings, and writing poetry became very important to him.


Mary Jo Moore Kitz ’54

September 2, 2018, in Boise, Idaho.

Hailed as an eco-warrior, Jo dedicated her life to working for environmental causes. “What I’m doing is really a passion because I believe in saving the land as it is,” she said. “We have this incredible diversity and we’re on the verge of losing it.”


Stephen Kahn ’66

photo by Casemore Kirkeby

February 1, 2018, in Oakland, California, of cancer.

In 1974, Steve was working a brief stint as a photographer for a bondage magazine shooting at the Villa Constance, a down-and-out Hollywood apartment house renting by the day or by the hour. A handheld flash gave Steve’s images the blown-out look of evidence photos. But the compositions spoke to broader issues of bondage, containment, and isolation.


Richard Katzev

June 2018, of complications related to osteoporosis, in Portland.

Researcher, author, and mentor to generations of Reed students, Richard Katzev was an authority on social psychology with particular expertise in one of the knottiest problems of human society—getting people to change their behavior.


Ethel Katz Suher Briller ’46

January 29, 2019, in Seattle, Washington.

Ethel grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she attended Classical High School. She worked on the school paper and received a scholarship to American International College, a local private college. 

In high school, she met her first husband, Ted Suher, and they were both at AIC when America entered the Second World War, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Ted was placed in the Army Specialized Training Program to be trained as a dentist. While he was attending classes in Vancouver, Washington, he asked Ethel to join him. Portland had a very good college called Reed, he told her, and sent her the catalog.


David Kobos ’66

July 25, 2019 in Oregon City, Oregon.

David played matchmaker to Portland’s love affair with coffee, bringing specialty coffee beans to the city in the early ’70s. He built a thriving business serving a taste-conscious clientele ready for gourmet—whether in their mugs or on their tables—and became the dean of independent bean entrepreneurs.


Dan Kemp ’58

May 2, 2020, in Concord, Massachusetts, from COVID-19.

In a career that spanned nearly five decades, Dan Kemp ’58, emeritus professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made seminal contributions to several fields of chemistry—including a couple that he invented. 


Jacqueline King Shank ’50

November 13, 2019, in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Born to Myrtle Hoff, Jackie was adopted by her stepfather, Yank King, and as a child spent time at the Waverly Baby Home in Portland. A literature major at Reed, she wrote her thesis, “Shakespearean Comedy from Jonson to Johnson: A Study of Changing Critical Attitudes Toward Shakespearean Comedy in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries,” with Prof. William Alderson [English 1943–64] .


Joan Kulgren Martin ’53

January 16, 2020, in Stony Brook, New York, from a stroke.

Joan grew up in Tacoma, Washington, where she graduated from Lincoln High School. At Reed, she wrote her thesis, “Curse and Expiation in the Novels of William Faulkner,” with Prof. Donald MacRae [English 1944–73] advising.


Katherine Kibler Digby ’60

June 29, 2012, in Gresham, Oregon.

Katherine married David Digby ’57, whom she later divorced. She was an alumna of Gresham High School, where she taught for 10 years, and is survived by her son, Michael Digby, her daughters, Carolyn Conahan and Barbara McKinney, and her sister, Anne Fleming.

Margaret A. Kitchell ’70

March 23, 2020, in Seattle, Washington.

Margaret was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and as a teenager moved to Manhattan, Kansas. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota for two years and then transferred to Reed, where she majored in philosophy and wrote her thesis, “Knowledge of Personal Identity.”


Lisa Klevit-Ziegler ’79

March 15, 2020, in Lahr, Germany, from metastatic breast cancer.

A Portland native, Lisa was a lovely bundle of talent, wit, and intelligence. She had a profound and abiding love for beauty, both as it exists in nature and is expressed in the arts.


Andrew Marcus Kurn ’70

November 17, 2020, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, of prostate cancer.

Andrew wrote his thesis “Optical Fourier Transforms: Or Through the Looking Glass,” advised by Prof. Jean DeLord [physics 1950–88] and went on to Syracuse University, but left Syracuse to follow a girl to the newly opened Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Instead of enrolling in classes, Andrew approached physics professors and offered to solve problems for them. At a time when computers filled most of an air-conditioned room and programming was done using punch cards, he understood both physics and computers. In 1981, Simon Fraser Prof. John Cochran wrote the following about Andrew:


Kenneth Kipnis ’65

August 26, 2021, in Portland.

A philosopher and medical ethicist, Kenneth forged a career as a self-described “field ethicist” in the Socratic tradition. He worked with professionals across a wide variety of disciplines—medicine, law, and public health—to apply philosophical principles to complex moral issues.


Charles O. Kuzminski MAT ’65

November 11, 2021, in Tigard, Oregon.

A dedicated educator, Charles passed up the ministry to pursue the dream of imparting learning to young people. He was born in Cle Elum, Washington, and spent his early years in Yakima. He spent two years at a community college before entering Multnomah Biblical Seminary, where he earned a degree in theology. When he decided he was not cut out for the ministry, he continued his education at Portland State University, where he got a bachelor’s degree in history, and then earned a master’s in education from Reed.


Jerene Kirkman Merritt ’72

February 23, 2022, in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Contributed by Teresa Doane ’72


Nathaniel Klein ’18

June 9, 2022, in Los Angeles, California, died unexpectedly in his home. 

Born in Maywood, Illinois, Nat was musically inclined from a young age. He played violin, piano, French horn, and mandolin with an uncanny maturity, taught himself to throat sing, and appreciated music from all time periods and from all over the world. He graduated from Mount Vernon High where he participated in the speech club. Through his varied interests—and in particular his interest in science—Nat had the opportunity to visit many beautiful cities and countries. His favorite place of all was Portland, Oregon, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Reed and wrote his thesis, “Retinoic Acid and the Differentiation of Retinal Stem Cells,” advised by Prof. Kara Cerveny [biology]. 


Prof. Raymond Foster Kierstead Jr. [history ’78–’00]

Kierstead in suit seated outside at a table

Born in Portland, Maine, on August 31, 1934, Ray attended Bowdoin College, graduating summa cum laude in 1956. After a formative Fulbright year in Paris, he returned to the United States and enrolled in Northwestern University as a graduate student specializing in French history. It was in the history seminar for first-year graduate students that Ray met Marilyn, his wife of 65 years. He received his MA and PhD from Northwestern University in 1959 and 1964.

Following his time at Northwestern, Ray taught French history at Yale University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Catholic University of America, and finally, in 1978, he took a permanent position at Reed College where, in 1993, he was named the Richard F. Scholz Professor of History in recognition of his intellectual leadership. Ray was the author of one monograph, derived from his dissertation, titled Pomponne de Bellièvre: A Study of the King’s Men in the Age of Henry IV (Northwestern University Press, 1968). Working with his wife Marilyn as cotranslator, Ray also edited and translated an important collection of essays by other historians, published as State and Society in Seventeenth-Century France (New Viewpoints, 1975).