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Mary Catherine Teeling McNeil ’49

Mary Catherine Teeling McNeil ’49, February 12, 1995, in Lebanon, Oregon. She attended Reed for two years and later spent one year in business college. She married Gordon McNeil in 1957; the couple later divorced. She lived and worked in Tangent, Albany, and Lebanon, Oregon. For nine year she worked for U.S. Epperson Insurance Company, and from 1983 until 1994 she worked for Emmons Kropp Law Firm. She was a member of the Linn-Benton Legal Secretaries Association. Survivors include two sons.

Hope Perry Thurmond ’31

Hope Perry Thurmond ’31, March 8, 1997, in Vacaville, California. She married Phillip Thurmond in 1933 and the couple had one child. She was an editor for the Daily Journal of Commerce in Portland. The couple moved to California, where they founded the Sportsman’s Cannery in Eureka and Berkeley and later founded Thurmond Vineyard in St. Helena. Survivors include her son, four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Donald S. Turnbull ’31

Donald Turnbull ’31, April 8, 1997, in Portland. His long career with county and state government began shortly after graduation from Reed, when he worked on the research staff of the Oregon Governor’s interim Commission on Public Health and Welfare. He then moved to the professional staff of the Multnomah County Public Welfare Department. He entered the graduate program in social work at the University of Washington in 1935, but his studies were interrupted by World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army. He retired from the Army Reserves in 1950 as a lieutenant colonel. After the war, he returned to the University of Washington and earned an MSW in 1951, and then returned to Portland to resume his career in social work with the Oregon Public Welfare Division. He retired in 1975 as staff development and personnel supervisor. He also served as acting executive secretary for the Governor’s Committee on Children and Youth. In retirement, he and his wife, Helen, enjoyed traveling and spent time on the Oregon coast, Carmel, and Maui. He is survived by a daughter and a grandchild.

Eleanor Borman Thompson ’52

Eleanor Regina Borman Thompson ’52, April 1, 1998, in Contra Costa, California, after a long illness. She entered Reed after serving in the Air Force during World War II. She married her husband in 1953 and they moved to Walnut Creek, California, where she worked for Contra Costa County as the supervisor of the social services department at County Hospital in Martinez. After her retirement in 1980, she served in many volunteer capacities, including providing transportation to cancer patients and tutoring English as a second language to new immigrants. Her survivors include a sister, a niece, and a nephew. Her husband died in 1984.

Joseph P. Trimble ’40

Joseph Trimble ’40, November 11, 1998, in San Francisco. He was a former travel consultant and reservation sales supervisor with Pan American Airways.

H. Conover Taylor ’51

H. Conover Taylor ’51, July 6, 2000, in San Diego, after a long illness. He earned a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Washington in 1969 and was a former professor of comparative literature at San Diego State University. No information is available about his surviving relatives.

Victor H. Todd ’33

Victor Todd ’33, March 15, 2001, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, he was invited to participate in a physics fellowship program at Princeton University directed by Albert Einstein. He worked for the Bonneville Power Administration as an engineer, and later worked as a degaussing physicist for the U.S. Navy in San Francisco, demagnetizing ships for protection against mines. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a lieutenant in the Signal Corps in France, Belgium, and the Philippines. While in France, he met his future wife, whom he married in 1950 in Vancouver, Washington. They were later divorced. After the war, he returned to the Portland area and worked as a longshoreman. He was a leader in Local 8 of the International Longshoreman Workers’ Union. Survivors include a daughter. He was preceded in death by a son.

Harriet Lupton Tremaine ’42

Harriet Lupton Tremaine ’42, February 2, 2002, in Portland.

David B. Tyler ’55

David B. Tyler ’55, February 16, 2003, in Sequim, Washington. David attended Reed and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, earning an AB in biology, with a focus on ecology, in 1970. In 1976 he received his PhD in systems ecology from Berkeley, where he also taught. As an ecologist, he created his own consulting business, Impact Consulting, and worked in Albany, California, and Port Angeles, Washington. Other interests included amateur radio, a skill he utilized in emergency communications for the California Red Cross. David served in the U.S. Army in World War II, and became active later in the coast guard auxiliary. He was also a member of the Audubon Society. He and Mary Jane Robinson ’56 were married in 1954 and raised three sons, one of whom predeceased him. In addition to M.J. and their sons, he is survived by three grandchildren, a brother, and a sister.

Margaret Thiele Gamble ’34

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

Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34

Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34, January 29, 1998. Marjorie graduated from Reed with a BA in anthropology. She married Roderick L. McDonald and lived in California.

Douglas R. Tate ’35

Douglas R. Tate ’35, January 5, 2004, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Douglas graduated from Reed with a BA in physics. He began his career with the National Bureau of Standards (NBS; National Institute of Standards and Technology) as a cement inspector for the Grand Coulee Dam. In 1937 he transferred to Washington, D.C., as an assistant physicist on the staff of the Engineering Mechanics Section. In 1961 he was awarded a patent for "transducer systems for converting mechanical force into an electrical analog." The last years of his career with NBS were devoted to a determination of an acceleration due to gravity, part of an international effort to ascertain more precise values than those then available to the scientific community. For the successful completion of this project, Tate was awarded a silver medal by the Department of Commerce. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Lamb Tate ’39, who supplied the details for this memorial.

Carrol F. Ten Eyck ’23

Carrol F. Ten Eyck ’23, June 5, 1988, in California. Carrol received a BA from Reed in chemistry. He married Marjorie Thompson ’21, and they had two sons. Shortly after graduation, Carrol became interested in peppermint oil processing and made a career setting up a small refining and testing shop in Burbank, California. During World War I, he was part of the E and F Companies of the 18th Engineer Regiment from the Pacific Northwest, who enlisted in Portland in 1917 to be "First in France." Marjorie died in 1964.

Marie Davis Testerman ’32

Marie Davis Testerman ’32, February 4, 2004, in Hoquiam, Washington. Marie attended Reed for a year, transferred to Ellensburg Normal School, and then to Bellingham Normal (Western Washington University) from which she received a BA in education. She taught elementary school in the Hoquiam area for 35 years, retiring in 1975. She married Vernon S. Testerman, and they had a son and daughter. Marie's interests included travel, volunteer work, gardening, and clam digging. She is survived by her children, a granddaughter and great-granddaughter, and two sisters. Her husband predeceased her.

Clark Wallace Thompson ’17

Clark Wallace Thompson ’17, December 1981, in Texas. Clark attended Reed for a year and graduated from the University of Oregon. He worked as public relations counsel for the American National Insurance Company in Galveston, Texas. In 1918 he married Libby Moody and they had a son and a daughter. During World War II he served stateside in the U.S. Marine Corps.

James R. Thompson ’69

James R. Thompson ’69, April 19, 2004, in California. James received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in economics. After graduating from Reed, he worked in a number of endeavors, including as a solar energy specialist. He also served in the U.S. Army for two years and took classes at the San Francisco Graduate Business School. James owned a multilevel network marketing firm with his wife, Linda Salazar, before working as an e-commerce developer for Quixtar. The couple had three children.

Elizabeth Lu Mall Trumbo ’33

Elizabeth Lu Mall Trumbo ’33, March 17, 1999, in Forest Grove, Oregon. Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Reed and faced a difficult job market for teaching, her intended occupation. Because of a course she had taken in statistics at Reed, she gained employment with the newly founded Relief Committee in Portland. She worked for the county and state in payroll and administrative offices until World War II, when she took a position as secretary to the manager of the Oregon Marine Supply Company. Elizabeth married Jonas E. Durr in 1947 and moved to Baker, Oregon. Elizabeth and Jonas adopted a son, whom she raised, following her husband's death in 1960, by working in the same retail business in which Jonas had been employed, and for the county clerk’s office. In 1972 she married Joseph W. Trumbo; they lived for a year in Baker before moving to Puget Sound, Washington. During their 20-year marriage, they enjoyed many adventures in the U.S. and Canada.

Sophus T. H. Tetens ’58

Sophus Tete Harens Tetens ’58, January 17, 1999, in Albany, New York. Sophus attended Reed but did not graduate from the college. He was a student at the New School for Social Research, and worked as a computer programmer-analyst for the New York State department of social services, as well as for a private firm in Albany.

Richard D. Thompson ’76

Richard D. Thompson ’76, March 9, 2005, in Wendell, Idaho, from complications following surgery. Rick transferred to Reed from the College of Idaho, and earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Following graduation, he traveled around the world, acquiring fluency in French and Spanish in the process. He continued to travel throughout his life. In New York City in 1977, he began his formal teaching career and also did tutoring. In 1987, he received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, was a freelance writer for several New York-based magazines, and a full-time staff writer for Meeting News. In 1991 he moved to Southern California with his roommate, Jim Glass, and resumed his teaching career in elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He moved to the Oakland public schools as a fifth grade teacher in 1997. Rick is remembered for his “intense engagement with the world around him, and his lifelong capacity for joy, energy, and caring.” Survivors include his mother, stepfather, and sister.

Kirsten Traphagen-Cassam MAT ’65

Kirsten Traphagen-Cassam MAT ’65, April 15, 2005, following a long illness. Kirsten earned a BA from Oberlin College. She taught English at Cuttington College in Monrovia, Liberia; worked in production and scripting for CBC-TV in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; was a journalist with Investor Vision in Washington, D.C.; and a classical music composer in Virginia. In 1982, she married Mohammed Cassam.

James Edward Tungate ’66

James Edward Tungate ’66, April 10, 2005, in Alaska. James spent two years at Reed before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam (1964–66). He received the Bronze Star. He moved to Alaska in 1977, spent many years in Fairbanks, and more recently wintered near Kodiak, with summers in Northern Alaska. He was working and living on Raspberry Island, north of Kodiak, at Port Vita Lodge, at the time of his death. Survivors include his brother and sister.

Jean Bentley Roholt Tanner ’37

Jean Bentley Roholt Tanner ’37, December 10, 2008, in Portland. Jean came to Portland as a child from Mullan, Idaho. She received a BA from Reed in mathematics, and married Earl B. Tanner in 1944. In her professional life, she worked as a hospital administrator and was director of the Oregon Alcohol Rehabilitation Association. She volunteered in the Reed alumni office and was a member of the Foster-Scholz steering committee. Survivors include her brother. Her husband died in 1953.

Margery Tomlinson Courshon ’47

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

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.”

Mary Nancy Taylor Barrier ’43

Mary Nancy Taylor Barrier ’43, February 1, 2008, in Portland. Mary received a BA from Reed in art, and also attended the Portland Art Museum School (PNCA). She married John Barrier in 1950, and was a mother, artist, and teacher. Survivors include two daughters and a son, seven grandchildren, and a sister. Her husband died in 1988.

Elizabeth Viola Tabor Mullady ’38

Elizabeth Viola Tabor Mullady ’38, April 29, 2008, at home in Falls Church, Virginia, from congestive heart failure. Elizabeth received a BA from Reed in political science. She attended Columbia University, from which she earned an MA in public law and government in 1939. (She later studied international relations at American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and in Washington, D.C.) She then moved to D.C., working as a research assistant in the executive office of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Her work as a military intelligence operations specialist for the defense department lasted 41 years. In her oral history interview with Eric Wallace ’96 in 2004, Mullady noted the relevance of her Reed education to her career: “It was helpful coming into a culture where you really had to stand up for what you knew and present arguments in which you're advocating a course of action. I think the training I had at Reed was very important.” In 1941, she married Bernard R. Mullady. They lived in Northern Virginia and raised three children, a son and two daughters. She and her husband and younger daughter and her family shared a home, and the Elizabeth and Bernard traveled as well as assisted with the care of two of their five grandchildren. The most outstanding travel adventures were those experienced by way of the 6000-mile Trans-Siberian Railway. Survivors include her children and grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1990.

John M. Tomsich, Faculty

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John M. Tomsich, Cornelia Marvin Pierce Professor of American History and Institutions, emeritus, August 21, 2007, in Minnesota. Tomsich received a BA (1957) and an MA (1959) from the University of Minnesota. He worked on the student newspaper, the Minnesota Daily,and was editor in 1956–57. In 1963, he earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in history. His interest in American intellectual history, explored in part in his book, A Genteel Endeavor: American Culture and Politics in the Gilded Age (1971), expanded to include the history of science and technology. In his article about Tomsich for Reed magazine (“News of the College,” August 1999), Ed Segel, professor of history and humanities, noted: “In Humanities 220 (originally Hum 210), Tomsich contributed a series of lectures that are still recalled with admiration-carefully crafted, lucid, and literate lectures on a wide variety of figures such as John Locke, Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Nietzsche, and Freud-where layers of thought and personality would be successively peeled away through search and skeptical analysis.” Tomsich taught at Reed from 1962 to 1999, and served as department chair and senior Americanist. At the time of his retirement, he was awarded status of honorary alumnus by the alumni association. He was a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (1967–68 and 1982–83). He also received the Vollum Award for Contributions to the College in 1981, and was a recipient of the Sears-Roebuck Foundation's Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award-recognition of a faculty member who makes a “distinct difference” in the teaching climate of the college. His nomination for this award by Reed faculty members was based on Tomsich's longstanding performance as a teacher and his positive student evaluations and class enrollment.

Duane M. Taylor MAT ’70

Duane M. Taylor MAT ’70, December 19, 2006. Duane entered the MAT program at Reed with a BA from Stanford.

Laura Tunnell Gleysteen ’40

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

Lloyd Teify Thomas ’47

Lloyd Teify Thomas ’47, June 15, 2011, in Portland. Lloyd was born in Portland, a son of Welsh immigrants, and entered Reed in 1940, leaving for service in the army in Europe during World War II. He returned to Reed and earned a BA in history and philosophy; he also did graduate study at the University of Oregon. He and Mary Lou Williams ’47 married and raised a daughter and two sons. Lloyd worked for the state of Oregon in education in Salem and in Oceanside, Oregon, and returned to Portland after retiring in 1982. Survivors include Mary Lou, his sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Margaret Ann, and his brother, Evan W. Thomas ’39.

Pauline Tarlow Mosley ’36

Pauline Tarlow Mosley ’36, October 26, 1999, in La Jolla, California after a brief illness. She entered the University of Chicago School of Social Work after graduating from Reed, and after her marriage in 1937 she worked in social services agencies in Chicago. In 1960, she took over the family business, EM Intimate Apparel, so that her husband could resume his practice of law, and she was president of the company until retiring in 1980. In retirement, the couple traveled for a short time and then moved to La Jolla. She became interested in her family genealogy and wrote a detailed history of her family and a directory of all known relatives. She was an avid scholar until the time of her death, and was a member of the San Diego Independent Scholars. She was a member of the San Diego Bar Auxiliary and served on the board of directors of Voices for Children. Survivors include her husband of 62 years; three children; a sister, Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Torrey Andrews ’23

Elizabeth Torrey Andrews ’23, April 16, 2000, in Alameda, California. The daughter of Reed’s first biology professor, Harry Beal Torrey [1912–20], she attended Reed for one year, transferring to the University of Oregon when her father accepted a position there. After graduating, she attended the University of California Medical School, Berkeley, and then enrolled in Johns Hopkins University. She earned an MD from Johns Hopkins in 1927, specializing in pediatrics. She worked for 10 years at Bellevue Hospital in New York and taught at New York University. Her research in the bacteriology, epidemiology, and pathology of pneumonia was published in the American Journal of the Diseases of Children. She married John Andrews, and they had two sons. They lived in New Jersey and Vermont until 1940, when they relocated to Berkeley, California. There, she became a physician for the Works Progress Administration nursery schools in Alameda County, and during World War II worked part time in the local health department. In 1950, she joined the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group, in Richmond, where she was instrumental in starting a teenage clinic. She retired in 1973. She was an elected member of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee for many years and traveled extensively in Central America and Europe.

Nellie Veysey Taylor ’32

Nellie Veysey Taylor ’32, June 5, 2000, in Springfield, Oregon. She studied at the Graduate School of Social Work, University of Washington and was qualified as a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. Her long career as a social worker began in 1934 when she became a family caseworker in Multnomah County, Oregon. After five years in that position, she was appointed as a social worker in the intake and certification department of the Works Progress Administration. She married Perry Taylor ’35 in 1936. She later worked as a caseworker in child welfare services for the state of Washington and as a social worker for the American Red Cross in Portland. She retired from social work in 1962. In retirement, she and Perry traveled and were involved in volunteer activities, including consulting for the gerontology department at the University of Oregon. She is survived by a son. Perry died in 1993.

Edward R. Tallman ’55

Edward Tallman ’55, of prostate cancer, August 6, 2001, in Falcon Cove, Oregon. He earned an MD from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis in 1959 and received a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1966. He practiced psychiatry in Los Angeles until 1975, when he returned to Portland. In 1977, he purchased 160 acres of land on the northern Oregon coast and, with the help of other family members, built it into a dairy farm. During this time, he continued to practice psychiatry in Portland and at the North Coast Medical Clinic in Seaside, Oregon, and he was involved in substance abuse treatment of the homeless in Portland. He retired from practice in 1996. He married Sarita Southgate ’57 in 1955, and after their divorce, he married Viviane Peter in 1971. He was a founder of the Fire Mountain School in Arch Cape, Oregon, and was a board member of Restoration House in Seaside. He loved skiing and boating, and in retirement he learned to play the clarinet. Survivors include his wife; four sons; a daughter, and five grandchildren.

Margaret E. Thomas Murie ’23

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Pioneering environmentalist Margaret Elizabeth Thomas Murie ’23, who fought for the creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, died on October 20, 2003, in her home in Moose, Montana.

Mardy studied at Reed for two years before transferring to Simmons College in Boston for a year. She then transferred to the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines (University of Alaska-Fairbanks), where she was the first woman to receive a degree in 1924, a BS in business administration with a major in English.


Burt Tolerton ’38

Burt Tolerton ’38, October 27, 2001, in California, from complications due to a heart condition. Burt entered Reed as a sophomore and studied for two years with a growing interest in anthropology. His decision to major in the subject—unavailable at Reed at the time—led him to Stanford University. He met and married Caroline Locke in 1939; they separated in 1941. That fall, Tolerton was an assistant editor for Gotham Press in New York City, after which he returned to California to work for the Farm Security Administration. A skiing injury prior to World War II prevented him from serving in active duty; instead he worked in the shipyards as a burner. From 1943 to 1944, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, doing graduate studies in anthropology, and had a job driving a railway express. In 1945 he transferred to Columbia University, where he met his second wife, Margo. After their marriage in 1947, they traveled to Micronesia, where Burt had been appointed to a Coordinated Investigation of Micronesian Anthropology field position, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and the National Academy of Sciences. Simultaneously he fulfilled requirements for a master’s degree from Columbia University and a PhD, with the exception of completing his thesis. In 1949, at the conclusion of the position, the couple divorced, and Burt returned to California and built a home at Big Sur. He later lived with Betty Hirshfield in Kensington, California. They studied painting and Tolerton studied Chinese language, writing, and piano. They also traveled frequently, until her health required that she live with assisted care in a rest home. He continued to live in Kensington on his own. Although he did not become an anthropologist, anthropologists were among his friends, including Margaret Mead, whom he met through his second wife; Hotense Powder-Maker; and David French ’39 [anthropology & linguistics 1947–88]. He also enjoyed the company of scientists, artists, dancers, and writers. Burt supported organizations dedicated to preserving the environment, such as the Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund. Carolyn Bilderback ’38, classmate and lifelong friend, supplied the details for this obituary, including this excerpt from one of his letters: "Coming up from Big Sur first on the coast and then purling along the four truly freeway lanes of 280, steering gently up and down around the hills above the bay and with an enthralling sky-very like hammered sheets of platinum retrieved with burnished gold. And proceeding still northward changing into orange darkening into soft roseate coils lit against the same translucent and green cast cerulean blue that the 12th to 16th century Italians, etc., achieved with their multiple layering. All this uplifted from the beginning with the glorious sound of Tristan and Isolde!"

Katharine Evelyn Holden Templeton ’42

Katharine Evelyn Holden Templeton ’42, March 30, 2002, in Portland. Following her graduation from Reed with a BA in biology, Katharine earned a degree in nursing from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing in Portland. In 1947 she married John A. Templeton and they raised three daughters in their nearly 40 years of marriage. At Emanuel Hospital, Templeton worked as a nurse and a teacher of nursing. She is survived by her daughter, 2 stepdaughters, 10 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Walter Christy Traugh ’56

Walter Christy Traugh ’56, October 21, 2005, in Portland. Chris served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with honors from Fairmont State College in West Virginia. He attended Reed for one year for graduate study. Traugh worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield in public information, and demonstrated his gifts in art, writing, and public speaking in numerous settings. He also made room in his life for his passion for family and friends, poetry, music, history, and archaeology. He learned to fly, sail, and to play the bagpipes; he was pipe major for the Clan MacLeay Pipe Band. Chris was an intelligent and witty man, who opposed hypocrisy, bigotry, and cruelty. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joanna Garlow, and his daughter. A son predeceased him.

Elizabeth R. Gehlert Tinsley ’38

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

Sara Telfer Bunnett ’42

Sara Telfer Bunnett ’42, October 29, 2006, in Santa Cruz, California. Sara received a BA from Reed in general literature. She and Joseph F. Bunnett ’42 met the evening of their first day at the college in 1938, and were married in 1942. During Joe's tenure at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Sara began her four-decade career in volunteer advocacy for civic improvement as president of the Rhode Island Citizens Association for the Public Schools. Joe then taught at UCSC, and Sara became involved in local education, was appointed to the Santa Cruz city school board in 1969, and was elected board president. She served two terms. She was a founding member of the Friends of Santa Cruz Public Libraries, and served on three library boards (1978–2004). She was a member of the Genealogical Society of Santa Cruz, and served as president. She researched and wrote a family history, Manila Envelopes, published by the Oregon Historical Society. In 1986, she also began a project to preserve and digitize historical records. The project indexed over 100 years of details from the (Santa Cruz) Pacific Sentinel. Survivors include Joe; two sons; two grandchildren; her sister; and her brother, William H. Telfer ’48. Her youngest son died in 1972. Annie Jordan Harrison Telfer ’15, her mother, also graduated Reed.

Kathryn M. Turner ’40

Kathryn McCall Turner ’40, August 18, 2006, in Portland. Kay received a BA from Reed in mathematics. During her years at Reed, she worked for Sears Roebuck & Company as a personnel manager, and continued the work after graduation. She married Ritchie M. Turner in 1945; they had five children, and later divorced. From 1962 to 1994, Turner worked for the state of Oregon, first at Fairview Hospital and Training Center as a patient-work therapist, and then as a coordinator in supervisory and management training and as the state management development coordinator. She created policies, procedures, and guidelines for use by all state agencies, and served on Oregon governor's committees for management selection, recognition, and development. In 1979, she joined the Oregon Department of Transportation as manager of the civil rights program, and became manager of the highway division's civil rights and labor compliance programs. Survivors include four children, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Edward A. Thistlewaite ’46

Edward A. Thistlewaite 46, September 17, 2007, in California. Edward received a BA from Reed in chemistry and earned an MD from the University of Oregon in 1948. His internship and residency in pediatrics was completed at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1951. That same year he married Louise Sankot. During the Korean War, Edward served with the U.S. Air Force; he remained in the air force reserve, gaining the rank of colonel, and was visiting professor at Wilford Hall USAF Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He had a private pediatrics practice for 40 years, taught pediatrics at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, and was clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Southern California. He also was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For his 25th-class reunion, Edward noted that Reed not only prepared him for his career, but also enhanced his ability to see through academic pretensions, and furnished the foundation for his intellectual vocation, historical linguistics. Survivors include his wife, three children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Elinor Carolin Tideman Aurthur ’64

Elinor Carolin Tideman Aurthur ’64, July 9, 2007, in Venice, California. Elinor received a BA from Reed in general literature, and spent the summer after graduation registering voters in Mississippi. She went to Nigeria with the Peace Corps, was a member of the Communist Labor Party (1970–82), and was a board member of the Venice Community Housing Corporation and the Venice Community Coalition. She received an MA in urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1982, and was principal member of Aurthur Associates. In this capacity, she assisted those who were displaced by urban development in obtaining the services they needed. Survivors include her daughter and siblings. Her son, Charley Aurthur '95, and her brother, Nick Tideman '65, also attended Reed.

Tracie Lee Tempfel ’03

Tracie Lee Tempfel ’03, September 23, 2007, at her parents' home in Creede, Colorado. Tracie studied classics at Reed, but was unable to complete her senior year due to health complications. She loved reading, animals, and looking at cars. Survivors include her parents.

Tommy Enid Thompson Sales ’44

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Tommy Enid Thompson Sales ’44, September 17, 2008, in Carmel, California, from respiratory failure.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, where her grandfather served as the first non-Mormon mayor, Enid moved west with her mother to attend high school in Berkeley and Reed College. She received a BA in general literature from Reed and moved to San Francisco, where she lived for 32 years.


Harry Leonard Turtledove ’42

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Harry Leonard Turtledove '42, January 27, 2011, in Portland. Harry earned a BA from Reed in political science, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He was a day-dodger in his freshman and senior years, lived in Doyle in sophomore year, and spent his junior year at Wesleyan University. In an oral history interview in 2006, Harry reported that he chose Reed partly at the urging of a beloved high school teacher, but also because he was impressed by the Reed students he met and observed at political forums and discussions on campus. After graduation, he spent the summer working in the shipyard at Swan Island before enlisting in the army. He served for four years in the U.S.; Calcutta, India; and Karachi, Pakistan. After the war, he was a reporter for the Oregon Journal, covering sports and music. “In 1949, I decided that I was going to look for other pastures, and I made the only use I ever made of the GI Bill of Rights,” he reported. “When I got out of the army, I had had enough of organized anything.” He took a course at the University of London, which led to a job writing for the Marshall Plan Information Services, later U.S. Information Services, in both London and Paris. He returned to Portland and to Oregon politics, working on campaigns for the Democratic Party, and was then contacted by the CIA. “I spent three years in France with the CIA as a deep cover agent, which sounds very glamorous, but I was not living in any danger,” he said. He was married to Patricia Lavan; they had a daughter and lived outside of Paris for four years. In 1958, they returned to Portland and Harry formed a public relations agency, Heims and Turtledove, later Turtledove Clemens. Harry was involved in Oregon's Democratic politics, including campaigns for representatives Edith Green and Les AuCoin, governor Bob Straub, Oregon Primary presidential primary candidate Robert Kennedy, and many others. In 2003, the Oregon Supreme Court appointed him to the Oregon State Bar Disciplinary Committee as a public member, where he served for five years. In his public obituary, we learned that he was a connoisseur of food and wine and considered going into the wine business. He was an accomplished pianist, and his love and knowledge of music led to supporting Friends of Chamber Music, Chamber Music Northwest, and Portland Piano International. He continued to travel to Paris and Burgundy, even as his health failed. “His was a life well lived, a man deeply loved and respected for his wit and wisdom, his knowledge and kindness. Strong convictions and integrity were his hallmarks.” Patricia died in 1998. Survivors include his wife of 10 years, Elaine Durst; his daughter, Ann; his granddaughter, Miriam; and his sister, Alice Turtledove Meyer MALS ’89.

William Harrison Telfer ’48

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William Harrison Telfer ’48, November 6, 2010, Newton, Maine, following a brief illness. As a young boy interested in the natural world, Bill would bicycle any distance with his friends in order to reach a prime spot for viewing birds. He enrolled at Reed and began studying science on an intensive track in anticipation of being drafted into the military-which he was, after his first year. Following World War II, he returned to Reed and completed a BA in biology. His deep interest in science was inspired by work with professors A.A. Knowlton [physics, 1915–48], L.E. Griffith [biology, 1920–45], and Arthur F. Scott [chemistry, 1923–79]. Bill went on to earn graduate degrees in zoology from Harvard. His doctoral research marked the beginning of a lifelong study of oogenesis in insects. For much of his career he used the North American saturniid moth, Hyalophora cecropia, as a model. In a graduate course on nonvascular plants at Harvard, he met biologist Mary Andrus; they married in 1950. Bill joined the biology department at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954, was department chair in 1972–76, and was named the inaugural Class of 1939 Professor of Natural Science in 1991. He was coauthor of the textbook Biology of Organisms, and was recognized as an international authority on insect physiology and biochemistry. He retired as professor emeritus in 1994, but continued his writing and research at the university for 10 years, before moving to Maine. At the age of 84, he published an extensive review of 100 years of research on egg formation in the order Lepidoptera, with the aim of stimulating future research. Bill's mother, Annie Harrison Telfer ’15, and sister, Sara Telfer Bunnett ’42, also attended Reed. Survivors include two daughters and a granddaughter. His wife died in 2007.

Lorene Grayce Tompkins Reierson MAT ’65

Lorene Grayce Tompkins Reierson MAT ’65, January 29, 2010, in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lorene, or Jimmie, as she was known, earned a BS in physical education from Willamette University in 1938. She received a master's degree at Reed in social science and taught social studies in Manzanita, Oregon. She also served on the city council there. Jimmie and Vern C. Reierson had a daughter and a son.

Xeno Taylor-Fontana ’11

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Xeno Taylor-Fontana ’11, February 1, 2011, at the summit of Sherman Peak in the Sierra Nevada of California. Xeno was so eager to get to Reed that he didn't even wait his high school graduation ceremony, but hopped on a bicycle and pedaled solo 3,800 miles all the way from Trumansburg, New York, to Portland, hauling 150 pounds of gear. He thrived at Reed, developing a strong interest in political philosophy and theories of authority. Following his junior year, he took a leave of absence and went on an epic bike trip with Alex Ragus ’11 and Marie Perez ’12 from Portland to Quito, Ecuador. Xeno's father, philosopher Richard Taylor, died when Xeno was 16, and Xeno adopted his father's admiration for stoic philosophy. “He had very high, exacting, and uncompromising standards for himself and for every aspect of his life,” writes his mother, Kim Fontana. “He worked hard physically and intellectually and he wanted to be the best, not to be better than others—he cared nothing for that—but because he thought it was important to his personal integrity, his purpose, his responsibility, what one does. Anything he valued, he valued absolutely. He was also fundamentally a romantic. He believed in transcendent beauty, and he believed it was achievable in this life. In fact, it was hard for him, and ultimately intolerable, I believe, for things to be less than beautiful and perfect.” Late in January, Xeno disappeared from campus, drove to the Sierra Nevada of southern California, abandoned his car, hiked several miles through deep snow to the summit of Sherman Peak, and took his own life. In a letter to his friends, his mother wrote: “I would ask each of you to care for each other, not just now, as you grieve together for your friend, but as you go through your lives. Gentleness in your treatment of each other and of yourselves is wisdom. We are all imperfect, foolish, and sometimes vain. Still, we are what we have to offer each other. Please give of yourselves to each other freely and with kindness. Try to remember Xeno with fondness and love. That's all we can do now.” Survivors include his mother, Kim Fontana; “vice” mother, Calista Smith; his brother, Todd Taylor; grandparents; and many friends at Reed.

Samuel Ira Tepper ’10

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Sam Tepper ’10 with his sister, Naomi

Samuel Ira Tepper ’10, March 23, in Portland. Sam died of a heroin overdose in his off-campus apartment, according to the Multnomah County medical examiner. He was 22 years old and just beginning work on his senior thesis, a physics experiment investigating the energy level of laser light refracted through a prism. Sam hailed from New York City and demonstrated early talent in mental calculation and fascination in how things work; at the age of two, he correctly selected a Phillips screwdriver to change the batteries in a favorite toy. Prekindergarten, he helped his older sister with her math homework. In fifth grade, his chess team won a city tournament; shortly thereafter, he began constructing homemade computers from individual components. Sam was an accomplished bass player who performed in several bands at Stuyvesant High School, and later in the Reed Jazz Ensemble; he once transcribed a Bach concerto for the bass. He was also active in his synagogue and served as president of the youth group. At a memorial held in the student union, friends remembered him as a quintessential New Yorker with a warm heart and a wry sense of humor. “Sam was the first friend I made at Reed,” said chemistry major Stephanie Dillon ’10. “I was sitting by myself thinking 'Okay, it's been six hours, I need to talk to someone,' when this guy sat down and started talking about computers and physics and really made me feel comfortable. That's just how Sam was.” “He had a hard shell,” said mathematics major Andy Malkin ’11. “But beneath it, he was a really special guy and we loved him dearly.” “Dear Sam,” one well-wisher wrote at the memorial. “You were such a special, kind, intelligent young man. You mean so much to so many people. We will never be the same without, but when I think of you, it will be fondly.”In addition to his parents, Alan and Barbara Tepper, Sam is survived by his his sister, Naomi, and his grandparents.

Nancy B. Wilson Tanner ’52

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Nancy B. Wilson Tanner ’52, November 24, 2011, in Portland. Nancy was born in Portland and graduated from Washington High School. She earned a BA from Reed in biology. “Thanks to my roommate, who was going to college on the GI Bill, I was turned on to biology. Otherwise, I’d have been completely lost.” Nancy earned an MEd from Framingham State College and an MS in biology from Clark University. She had a career teaching biology at the college level and had a lifelong interest in science. Survivors include her husband, Walter (Gale) Tanner; her children; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother.

Robert Pattison Tidd ’68

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Robert Tidd with his children in 1987

Robert Pattison Tidd ’68, December 2011, in Walnut Creek, California, following a long illness. Bob earned a BA in physics from Reed. His recollection of his Reed years included memories of folk dancing in the student union and watching the sun set over the west hills—“I still keep track of nature, the season, and phases of the moon,” he wrote years later. After graduation, he worked as a computer programmer at the University of Oregon Medical School. In 1978, he was appointed senior programmer at UC Berkeley and was the principal author of the INP database system. He balanced his technical side with recreational interests such as mountain sports, sailing, kayaking, and windsurfing. He played recorder and accordion and practiced Vipassana Buddhist meditation. He was a ham radio operator, call sign KJ6CS, and performed amateur and emergency radio services in the U.S. and in 30 countries. In 1981, he married educational consultant Debra H. Eglit; they had a son and daughter. Bob was an early member of the Bay Area Country Dance Society. “Longtime Berkeley dancers will remember Bob as a beautiful dancer and charming person,” wrote dance society member Mary Luckhardt. “Bob loved the beautiful dances like ‘Easter Morn,’ dances he called floaters because they made him feel he was floating a few inches off the floor. He also delighted in our wonderful music. We will miss him very much.”

Elizabeth Tator Dissly ’43

Elizabeth Tator Dissly ’43, January 8, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Betty grew up in Portland. Her sister and brother, Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34 and Kenneth Tator ’28, were graduates of Reed. Betty attended Reed for a year and there met Donald D. Dissly ’43, whom she married in 1942. She later graduated from Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a BS from [State] University of New York. She worked at California Technical Institute, the Southeastern Indiana Rehabilitation Center, and United Cerebral Palsy in Pennsylvania. She volunteered at Bridgehaven Crisis Center and did tutoring at Seven Counties in Oldham County, Kentucky. Betty kept journals about her travels and took pleasure in doing needlework, reading, studying birds, growing flowers, and playing cards. Known to family and friends as “Lady Elizabeth,” she was treasured for her diverse interests and her sense of humor. Survivors include two daughters, three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Donald died in 2007.

J. Frank Thibeau ’54

J. Frank Thibeau ’54, December 22, 2012, in Eugene, Oregon, from complications of emphysema and cancer. Frank studied at Reed for three years and earned a BA from Portland State University. He also studied at Tulane University and earned an MFA from the University of Oregon. He spent 11 years in urban planning, working with the Portland City Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the Lane Council of Governments, and the Bureau of Urban Research of the University of Oregon. Following that, he spent seven years with the theatre department at the University of Oregon and in theatre programs at Memphis State University and Rhode Island Junior College. With his wife and son, he managed a paper-recycling firm in Portland, and retired from his various occupations in 1996. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Carol; a daughter and son; and six grandchildren.

Kathleen Virginia Cronin Tinkel ’63

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

Harriette Lewis Akin Thompson ’37

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Harriette Lewis Akin Thompson ’37, April 22, 2009, in California. Hattie earned a joint degree in art from Reed and the Art Museum School. In San Francisco, she taught art, sewing, and art history at the Katherine Delmar Burke School, and was a trustee of Grace Cathedral. In 1969, she married San Francisco internist James H. Thompson, who died in 1977. She moved to Spring Lake Village in 1986, splitting her time between Santa Rosa and Lake Tahoe, and participated in the work of the M.H. deYoung Museum's tapestry restoration guild. Survivors include her longtime companion, Stuart C. Burdick II, and five stepchildren. Her brother, Henry F. Akin II ’33, also attended Reed.

Andrew C. Thorsen ’56

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Arthur C. Thorsen ’56, May 18, 2009, at home in Rancho Mirage, California. Art came down with pneumonia in his senior year, which delayed his graduation by a year. He earned a BA from Reed and a PhD from Rice University in physics. In 1982, he earned an MBA from Lutheran College. His career was at Rockwell International, from which he retired as senior research executive in 1990. In retirement, he moved to Rancho Mirage, and enjoyed his hobbies, golf and photography. He was a world traveler and a jazz enthusiast. Survivors include two daughters and a stepdaughter, and five grandchildren. His brother, Grant A. Thorsen ’51, also graduated from Reed.

Barrett Lynn Tomlinson ’64

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Barrett Lynn Tomlinson ’64, September 1, 2011, in Portland, after a brief fight with an aggressive cancer. Barry came to Reed from Richland, Washington, and earned a BA in chemistry. He went on to earn a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and lived in Santa Clara, where he wrote computer programs for scientific and commercial use. Barry devoted much of his spare time to Science Buddies—a nonprofit developer of software, content, and other resources for informal science and engineering education—and volunteered as a tutor for Kaiser Permanente. He also mentored troubled youths through the Bill Wilson Center, worked with the Boy Scouts, and enjoyed camping and hiking. The Tomlinson Family Scholarship, which will provide financial aid for a student in mathematics and natural sciences, was established at Reed a few days before Barry’s death. Survivors include his parents; his sister, Sue Yount; his niece, Carmen Yount ’92; and his nephew, Mason.

Benjamin Catin Tombaugh ’01

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Benjamin Catin Tombaugh ’01, February 2011, in Taiwan, from colon cancer. We learned of Ben’s death from his sister, Hilary Tombaugh Norton. “He had a very playful spirit and was always making jokes,” she wrote, “but he also worked very hard.” Ben was salutatorian at Gresham High School and earned a BA in mathematics from Reed. During his junior year, he studied math in Budapest and learned to speak Hungarian. After the semester ended, he was invited to stay on as a volunteer English teacher in a small town in Slovakia and became so passionate about teaching that he returned to Slovakia after he graduated. Ben went next to teach in Taiwan, where he met Celine Kao; they married in 2010. At the time of his death, he had traveled through much of Europe and Asia. He spoke German and Hungarian and was nearly fluent in Mandarin. He took thousands of photos. “His death at such a young age is a tragedy,” Hilary wrote, “but he lived a very full life and the seeds of that were planted early. I want to thank all of his teachers and Reed College for giving him such a great foundation for his amazing travels.” Survivors include Ben’s wife, mother, and sister.

Robert K. Thomas ’48

Robert Thomas ’48, October 3, 1998, in Provo, Utah. After graduating from Reed, he attended the University of Oregon and earned a master’s in English in 1950. He entered the PhD program in American Studies at Columbia University, graduating in 1967. In 1951 he became assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University in Provo. During his 31-year career there, he was professor of English, academic vice president, and founding director of the Honors Program for gifted students. He received a number of awards for excellence in teaching and was known for his skillful public speaking, both on and off campus, on literary and spiritual topics. He authored and coauthored a number of books, including Out of the Best Books, and he helped edit The Encyclopedia of Mormonism. He was an active member of the LDS Church and served in many positions, including bishop and president of the Melbourne, Australia Mission. His other interests included woodworking and gardening. He is survived by his wife, three children, and 10 grandchildren.

Tommie Taylor ’30

Tommie O’Larey Taylor ’30, January 13, 2000, in Sumner, Washington.

Richard G. Tonkyn ’48

Richard Tonkyn ’48, December 3, 1999, in St. Louis, Missouri, from complications after lung surgery. He received a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1951 and a PhD in physical organic chemistry from the University of Washington in 1960. He worked as a research chemist for Union Carbide in New Jersey and Betz Laboratories in Pennsylvania. In 1977, he joined the Mogul division of Dexter Corporation in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, where he became director of research and development. He left Dexter in 1985 to take a position with Petrolite Corporation, St. Louis, as vice president of research and development, where he remained until his retirement in 1994. He married Carol Sloan ’50 in 1948 and they had six children. They later divorced and he remarried. Survivors include his second wife; five sons, including Russell Tonkyn ’78, and a daughter.

Georganna Towne Appleton ’61

Georganna Towne Appleton ’61, on August 6, 1996. She attended Reed for three years and then finished her degree at Portland State University. She married Jon Appleton ’61 while they were both sophomores at Reed, and they had two children before divorcing in 1974.

Janet Elizabeth Rowe Twombly ’89

Janet Rowe Twombly ’89, December 8, 1999, in Mountain View, California, after a five-year battle with leukemia. She was a medical office coordinator at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore until illness forced her to leave. She and her husband, Alexander Twombly ’87, moved to Cupertino, California to be nearer to her family. Survivors in addition to her husband include a son; mother and stepfather; father and stepmother; a sister; three stepsisters; a stepbrother; and a grandmother.

Grace Taylor MAT ’68

Sister Grace Taylor MAT ’68, December 28, 2000, in Mt. Angel, Oregon. She had been a Benedictine Sister at Mt. Angel Monastery since 1938. She taught in parochial schools for 24 years before earning her MAT at Reed. As a result of studying calligraphy under Lloyd Reynolds [English and art 1929–69], she became a master calligrapher and taught calligraphy at community colleges in Oregon. Her work was shown in college art galleries, and she wrote and published a series of calligraphy texts for elementary teachers and an instruction book for adults. She was a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Society of Italic Handwriting, Capital Calligraphers, and the Western Italic Association. She also enjoyed raising and breeding cats. She is survived by a sister.

Ruth Simmonds Tunturi ’39

Ruth Simmonds Tunturi ’39, December 25, in Portland. She attended Reed for one year and later attended Marylhurst College. From 1939 to the mid-’50s, she was a reporter and editor of the women’s page for the Oregon Journal. She later worked as a personnel counselor with Commercial Industrial Personnel Service, retiring in 1970. She married Archie Tunturi ’39 in 1948. She was a volunteer counselor for the William Temple House in Portland for almost 30 years, and was a member of St. Mark Anglican Church, where she edited the church newsletter from 1962 to 1995. She was a former member of the board of the Oregon Symphony and also served on the Reed Women’s Committee. Archie died in 1990.

William R. Trimble ’37

William Raleigh Trimble ’37, December 22, 2002, in Portland. Following receipt of his bachelor’s degree in history from Reed, William taught in public high schools, and then went on to earn an MA from the University of Chicago in 1944 and a PhD from Harvard University in 1950 in the field of history. His teaching career included work as an instructor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville from 1948 to 1951, and as professor at Loyola University in Chicago from 1955 to 1980, after which he retired as an emeritus professor of history and returned to Portland. William also studied at Oxford and at the Institute of Historical Research of the University of London. His academic focus was in English history, specifically the Tudor-Stuart era. His book, The Catholic Laity in Elizabethan England, 1558-1603, was published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University in 1964.

Gary C. Turley ’75

Gary Craig Turley ’75, February 11, 2003, of pancreatic cancer, in Eugene. While a member of the Army Reserve, Gary earned a bachelor’s degree from Reed and later a master’s degree from the University of Washington in political science. In 1989, he received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon. His career included work as an editor for Travlin’ Magazine, Mercator’s World, Biblio Magazine, and the Pine Times Magazine. Gary enjoyed sports, including Oregon Duck football, the Oregon coast and camping, time with family and friends, and reading. He volunteered for Kidsports and the American Youth Soccer Organization, and was a member of the Oregon alumni association and the International Map Trade Association and Collector’s Society. Survivors include his wife of nearly 20 years, Kimberly Holland Turley, his daughter, parents, sister, and brother.

Nan Elizabeth Townsend Degelman ’38

Nan Elizabeth Townsend Degelman ’38, January 19, 2003, in California. Nan attended Reed and the University of California, eventually earning a master’s degree in social work. Following graduation she moved to New York to live in Greenwich Village, where she was a social worker and explored an interest in photography. In Manhattan she met and married John Degelman, a ship’s radio operator and organizer for the National Maritime Union. Attracted by the promise of socialism, the couple joined the Communist Party. They moved to Boston in 1941, where they began raising a family, then moved in 1947 to Littleton, Massachusetts, where her husband began a career in medical-based electronics. In 1964, following the death of her husband, Nan moved with her three children to Manhattan, and earned a master’s degree in English as a second language from New York University. She taught ESL in San Francisco and attended to her interest in poetry and writing essays and memoirs. After retirement, she moved to Sierra County, where she lived with her companion, Merle Simmons, until his death. She then moved to Davis, participating in and advocating for the community’s social and political issues. She also worked to promote agricultural pollution control in the Sacramento basin, before ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, overcame her ability to live independently and required that she return to San Francisco. Observations from her youth of those left homeless by the Depression and oppressed by the General Strike of 1934 inspired her life’s work for peace and social justice—causes she supported with enthusiasm and grace. Survivors include her daughter, sons, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and sister.

Naomi Ellen Taylor ’43

Naomi Ellen Taylor ’43, November 21, 2004, in Lebanon, Oregon. Naomi attended Reed for three years, graduating from Berkeley College with a degree in history. In 1943, she married Bob Taylor; they lived in France and Italy, and later divorced. Naomi moved to Lebanon and worked for a real estate company before receiving her broker’s license and starting her own business. She is survived by a sister; a son predeceased her.

Madeline Dorothy Saremal Thomas ’44

Madeline Dorothy Saremal Thomas ’44, August 8, 2003. Maedline attended Reed for three years, and also attended Columbia. She played music professionally in New York and Oregon, and taught piano and organ for many years out of her studio in Milwaukie, Oregon. In 1966 she married William Thomas ’30, and they traveled to Mexico, Canada, Spain, Portugal, and South America. After his death in 1991, she moved to Washington, D.C., and lived at the Army Distaff Hall (Knollwood). For the local paper, she wrote the column "Out and About," detailing her "finds" in the metro D.C. area, as well as those related to local travel. (She reported a way to travel from Washington, D.C., to New York City using only mass public transportation for slightly over $4.) She also lived in California, Texas, Colorado, and North Carolina. A first-generation American, Madeline’s family emigrated from Canada and Estonia. In 1997 she realized a lifelong dream to travel to Estonia with her daughter. After that, they took a number of trips back to Estonia, and to Canada, Scandinavia, and Europe, even though Madeline was suffering from multiple myeloma. Survivors include her daughter, Tanya, who supplied the details for this in memoriam, a sister, and her best friend for nearly 78 years, Marge Spoelstra.

Byrd Weston Tucker ’51

Byrd Weston Tucker ’51, November 15, 2004, in Lincoln City, Oregon. Weston began his undergraduate education at Reed, and then transferred to Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, where he majored in religion. He served as a pastor for 12 years in Idaho, Montana, and Washington. Later he entered Montana State University, earned a degree in mathematics, and began teaching. He was awarded a National Science Foundation scholarship for summer graduate work in Seattle, during which he earned a master’s degree in science. For 23 years he taught mathematics at Taft High School in Lincoln City, maintaining an interest in physics, and reading and studying the Bible. He had many hobbies, including the ham radio, and built a satellite dish before the technology was marketed. In 1951 he married Viola Horne; they had two daughters and three sons. Survivors include his wife and children, 14 grandchildren, and a brother.

Sarah Ellen Tucker ’03

Sarah Ellen Tucker ’03, January 12, 2006, from a hit-and-run accident in San Francisco, California. Sarah attended Marlboro College, in Marlboro, Vermont, for a year. She moved to New York City, and worked at the Dia Center for the Arts as a gallery attendant, as a grant and scholarship manager for An Uncommon Legacy Foundation, and as periodicals manager for Bluestockings Women’s Bookstore. She enrolled at Reed, where she earned a BA in anthropology, with a focus on the study of gender subcultures and social networks. At Reed, she established a supportive and affirming environment with the Queer Alliance. She was a supportive of the Feminist Student Union, and also worked at the Paradox. During summer 2002, she had an internship with the Margaret Mead film and Video Festival in conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History. She created and planned Reed’s first ethnographic and documentary film series. After graduating from Reed, she worked at Pratt and Larson Ceramics and in public relations and development for Artists Repertory Theatre. In 2004, she moved to San Francisco, where she supported the San Francisco Film Society, was a prescreener for the San Francisco International Film Festival, and worked in the development office of the California Academy of Sciences—excited to be part of creating the most advanced natural history museum in the world. Sarah also organized a popular dance club night in San Francisco, occasionally serving as DJ. Survivors include her mother and father, brother and sister, and her grandmother.

Frances Margaret Wohlers Townsend ’32

Frances Margaret Wohlers Townsend ’32, April 8, 2004, in Spokane, Washington. Frances attended Reed for two years. She married George H. Townsend in 1936, and at one time was employed with the Family Welfare Association in Tacoma, Washington.

Benjamin D. Tarlow ’29

Benjamin D. Tarlow ’29, July 25, 1994, in Portland. A Russian immigrant, he attended Reed and then transferred to the University of Washington, graduating in 1929. From 1945 to 1980, he owned and operated Tarlow Furniture Company. Survivors include his wife; two sons; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Yvonne Thompson Greichus ’49

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

Robert L. Thomas ’30

Robert Thomas ’30, June 26, 1996, in Fremont, California. He studied at Reed for one year and then transferred to Stanford University, where he earned a BA in 1930. He entered Harvard School of Medicine and received an MD in 1933, and he returned to Portland to practice medicine. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and continued in active service with the U.S. Naval Reserve for 31 years, retiring with the rank of captain. He practiced medicine in Oakland, California, for 20 years, specializing in surgery, and then worked at various locations until joining the staff of Napa State Hospital as a surgeon. He became interested in mental illness, and from 1969 to 1972 completed the official three-year residency in psychiatry, the oldest person to complete such a residency. He officially retired from Napa State Hospital in 1980, but returned as a staff psychiatrist for several years, retiring again in 1988. He was interested in genealogy and belonged to many genealogical organizations. He was governor general of the Society of Mayflower Descendants from 1975 to 1978. Survivors include his wife, three daughters, two sons, two stepchildren, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Tadashi Takeuchi ’52

Tadashi Takeuchi ’52, June 25, 1997, in Portland. Prior to coming to Reed, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and attended the University of Washington. He was a grocery clerk in a family business in Portland for 25 years and also worked at the Bush Garden restaurant. He is survived by two brothers.

Martha Bowles Tuve ’35

Martha Bowles Tuve ’35, March 19, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia. After studying at Reed, she attended business school and worked for C.I.T. Corporation in Portland. She married Norman Reynolds, an army officer, who was assigned to a Civilian Conservation Corps program in the woods of Cascadia, Oregon. Following that assignment, the couple spent 30 years moving around the United States and to other countries, including Austria, Germany and Turkey. She served as an American Red Cross volunteer and was appointed as one of four area chairmen of volunteers, helping chapters in 10 southeastern states recruit and train volunteers. Following the death of her husband, she married Robert Tuve in 1978 and made their home in Atlanta. Survivors include her husband and three children.

Hideto H. Tomita ’48

Hideto H. Tomita ’48, May 12, 2002, in Portland. He attended Willamette University before joining the "Go For Broke" 442 Infantry Division and earning a Bronze Star in Italy in World War II. He graduated from Reed with bachelor’s degree in political science and received a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University in New York. Tomita worked for state governments in New York, Wisconsin, and Oregon before becoming a management analysis manager at the Bonneville Power Administration in 1977. In 1982 he married Sue Beck, and together they traveled and raised a daughter. He is survived by his wife, stepdaughter, grandchildren, sister, and members of an extended family.

Michael B. Tomlinson ’60

Michael Bangs Tomlinson ’60, in 2001, from cancer. After graduating from Reed in mathematics, Michael earned an MS and PhD from the University of Oregon. His work in academia took him to the University of Idaho; the University of Oregon; University of California, Berkeley, where he worked in the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory; the Virginia Polytechnic Institute; and the University of Massachusetts. In 1982 he became a senior analyst in computer software and worked as a manager at Computer Vision, a manufacturer of computer aided design equipment in Boston. He was married and later divorced, and he had a son and daughter.

Hershal M. Tanzer ’48

Hershal Morris Tanzer ’48, September 20, 2003, in Portland. Hershal received a BA from Reed in economics, following his service in the U.S. Army in Europe during World War II. He began his career in the lumber industry as a broker for the Buckeye Lumber Company; later, the Buckeye Pacific Corporation, for which he was vice president. From 1952 to 1993, he worked for the Forest City Trading Group as senior vice president in charge of research and economic forecasting. Other associations included the Western Lumber Marketing Association, for which he was founding member and president (1963–64). Hershal's concerns lay outside of himself and within his community, and he bettered all experiences in his life with his calm endeavors. "The world if full of pleasures and duties, both to be attended to," he wrote. He served as president of Bnai Brith Lodge (1958–59); and his efforts to raise money for Israel were acknowledged in his being honored as Man of the Year by the Jewish National Fund in 1967. He was elected president of the Jewish Welfare Federation in Portland (1967–68); was president of the Congregation Nev Shalom (1970–71); received the Torch of Liberty Award by Anti-Defamation League’s Society of Fellows; was Honorary Consul of Oregon for the State of Israel; and served as president of the Oregon Council of the Jewish National Fund in 1975. He was appointed by Governors McCall and Straub to consecutive terms on the board of the TriMet transit association. In addition, Hershal’s interests included photography; mosaics, some of which are displayed on the Congregation Nev Shalom synagogue walls; and World War II history. He traveled extensively, including trips to the Middle East, and hikes along the Cascade Crest Trail in Oregon. In 1948 to 1949, he was director of the Reed alumni association. In 1952, Hershal married Shirley Blum, a noted historian who died in 1994, and they had three sons, and shared a memorable family life. He is survived by his sons and six grandchildren.

Ernest L. Tuveson ’34

Ernest Lee Tuveson ’34, September 20, 1996, in California. Ernest received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in general literature, and a PhD in English and history from Columbia University in 1949. He was a professor of English at University of California, Berkeley.

K. Nolen Tanner ’43

K. Nolen Tanner ’43, July 4, 2003, in Portland, from complications due to lymphoma. Nolen received a BA in chemistry from Reed. He worked as a chemist before serving in the U.S. Navy (1944–46). He taught briefly at Reed, then entered graduate school at the University of Rochester, New York, receiving a PhD in physical chemistry in 1950. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan, then moved to California where he did research relating to missile guidance systems for the U.S. government. Following that, Nolen entered the University of Oregon Medical School, graduating with an MD in ophthalmology in 1960. In addition to his medical practice in Portland (1961–95), he lectured at the Optical Society and Oregon Health & Science University, conducted vision-related research, and contributed to professional journals. He was a humanitarian, with an active interest in business, politics, and world affairs, and he donated his time and skills not only to the Oregon Blind Commission, but also to members of the Alaskan Eskimo population. His skills in mechanics, as a private pilot, and as a world traveler interested in many cultures, were shared and enjoyed by his family, to which he was devoted. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joan Kunkel Tanner; four children; five grandchildren; and two sisters.

Rosemary Ross Trusty ’43

Rosemary Ross Trusty ’43, June 5, 1993, in New Hampshire. Rosemary earned her bachelor’s degree from Reed in psychology. In 1946, she married Dan C. Trusty, who predeceased her, and they had two sons and a daughter. She worked for many years as a social worker, doing protector casework with the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Sandra Schwartz Tangri ’62

Sandra Schwartz Tangri ’62, June 11, 2003, in her home in Bethesda, Maryland, from lung cancer. Sandy attended Los Angeles City College and Reed, and earned a BA in psychology with honors from University of California, Berkeley, in 1960. At Reed, Sandy said, she learned to learn, and how to become her own teacher. After graduation, she went to India to do research. There she met and married Shanti Tangri; they had one son, and later divorced. Sandy received an MA in psychology from Wayne State University in 1964 and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1969. In the early ’70s, Sandy moved to Washington, D.C., to start a research office at the Commission on Civil Rights, and later moved to the Urban Institute before joining the psychology department at Howard University where she taught for 20 years. She retired as an emeritus professor in 2001. She was a Fulbright fellow, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, and served on the council of the Society for the Psychology of Women, which awarded her a top honor. She was also a member of the Association for Women in Psychology. A pioneer in research and studies of women and their careers, she wrote more than 40 abstracts, articles, and books, and lectured internationally. Her research extended to working women in other countries, and in varying phases of life, and was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institute of Education, and the Labor Department. In 2000 she received the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award for contributions to the field of psychology of women from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. Her role as teacher and mentor provided her with a great deal of pride, and she encouraged her students to become better people—not just better scholars—and to challenge the system when necessary. She enjoyed swimming, dancing, painting, and sculpture. In retirement her quilt depicting her father’s family’s emigration from Russia was locally exhibited. Her social and political activism extended to support her neighborhood community, and the lesbian community, and she founded the Passages Conference, which celebrated multiculturalism and diversity. She is survived by her son; and her partner, Nan Bowman.

John D. Todd ’36

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John Duncan Todd ’36, July 10, 2004, in Roseburg, Oregon. John received a bachelor’s degree from Reed in physics. He went to work for Youngs Bay Lumber Company in Warrenton, Oregon, where he met Lucy I. Horton. They married in 1939, and had five children. For one year he had a teaching fellowship in physics at Oregon State College (University), but lacking an affinity for the academic world, he returned to the lumber business, working in the company office. In 1940, he pursued an opportunity to build houses in Astoria, and from that his business, Todd Building, was initiated. He moved the business to Roseburg in 1943, and assisted it in becoming one of the largest construction firms in the Pacific Northwest. (Todd Construction relocated to Tualatin in 1987.) Todd's community associations included the Roseburg Rotary Club, the Oregon Trail Council for Boy Scouts of America, the Chamber of Commerce, and the First United Methodist Church. He served on the Roseburg economic development committee, and was chosen Roseburg’s first citizen in 1964. John's interest included golf, bowling, and flying. Survivors include his wife, his son and daughters, 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, a brother and sister. His sister, Dorothy Todd ’30, predeceased him.

Beverly Ann Tappen Guilloz ’49

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

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.

Laurelle Thompson Marsch ’49

Laurelle Thompson Marsch ’49, April 3, 2009, in Anchorage, Alaska. Lou moved with her family to Portland from Whitefish, Montana, at the start of World War II. She attended Reed for nearly three years. Following a bicycle trip through Europe, she arrived in Anchorage in 1949. She worked the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, later FAA). She married Alaska-native and fellow CAA employee Burton R. Marsch in 1952; they spent 18 months in the Philippines. On their return to Alaska, they circumnavigated the globe. The couple traveled around the U.S. and relished the experiences of camping and fishing, canoeing and clamming, and berry picking in Alaska. Lou was drawn to supporting non-profit organizations and conservation and environmental issues. Survivors include two sons, and two grandsons. Her husband died in 2003.

Evan Watson Thomas ’39

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Dorothy Michael Thomas and Evan Thomas ’39 in 1954.

Evan Watson Thomas ’39, March 18, 2011, in Madras, Oregon. Evan was born in Portland to Welsh immigrants and attended Grant High School. He earned a BA from Reed in biology and an MD from the University of Oregon. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in India, where he treated between 70 and 100 patients a day while stationed at the Lido Road Staging Area. After the war, he set up a practice in Madras, Oregon, as a family doctor and surgeon. He met Dorothy E. Michael there; they married in 1948 and raised six children—three sons, including David R. Thomas ’81, and three daughters. Evan was Madras' only doctor for much of his early career and often had to drive as far as Prineville and Bend to see his patients. He made house calls throughout Jefferson County, interrupted his personal time to assist in crises, and delivered a great number of babies. Tony Ahern, brother of Daniel J. Ahern ’82, writing for the Madras Pioneer, described Evan's role in his own family, where he served as a lifesaver. “He plays a key role in so many family stories that you can compare him to Jimmy Stewart in the 1950s—very comforting, incredibly busy, and damned good. The magnificence rests in the collection. The impact of one man on so many lives and families within our hometown is staggeringly impressive.” Evan and his family spent his days off skiing at Mount Bachelor or hiking in the mountains. Evan also liked ice-skating, swimming, biking, rafting, wildflowers, books, music, photography, and huckleberry pie. In his later years, he walked daily, using a modified ski pole for a walking stick. Survivors include five children, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His daughter, Mary Ann, preceded him in death. “Dad always had fond memories of his years at Reed, especially the adventures with the outdoor club on Mount Hood. He formed a lifelong friendship with Marsh Cronyn ’40 [chemistry 1952-89] based on their outdoor adventures,” David told us. Evan's brother and sister-in-law were Lloyd Thomas ’47 and Mary Lou Williams Thomas ’47.

Shaffer Eugene Thompson, Friend

Shaffer Eugene Thompson, friend, March 16, 2011, in Coralville, Iowa. Editor emeritus of Reed (1985-95), and former director of the college's publications, Gene grew up in Iowa and earned a BA in English and history at Grinnell College. He did graduate work in English at the University of Iowa and the University of Wisconsin, and taught high school English and journalism.

Gene's first taste of the joys of college publications came in 1964, when he served as editor of the Grinnell College magazine. At Grinnell, he also taught humanities and writing and was dean of students. He worked for many years at Whitman College as director of publications before coming to Reed in 1985. “Reed has its eye on academic quality above all, so that those whose job is selling it have the best possible foundation to stand upon,” he wrote. Gene completely revamped Reed's publications, and was responsible for broadening and strengthening the magazine.

He maintained a strong rapport with students. “Gene was a very encouraging figure to me at Reed and was instrumental in helping me get through my thesis year,” wrote Darrel Plant ’90. “He offered me a part-time position laying out the Reed weekly newsletter that helped my wife and me limp through the spare period while I completed my thesis in the spring of 1990. A few years later, as I was putting together a short-lived book review magazine, Gene gave me encouragement and tips, then he ran a piece on my run for the state legislature in Reed. He always had a ready smile and would make time to talk about books, printing, or whatever else came up. I fell out of touch with him after he left Reed and I'm going to regret for a long time not following through on tracking him down.”


Indira Hale Tucker ’65

Indira Hale Tucker ’65, April 8, 2012, in Long Beach, California. Named for Indira Gandhi, Indira grew up in Hawaii. Her mother was a pioneer in her career as a public official and a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives. (To preserve her mother’s legacy, Indira later organized the Helene Hale Collection on International Women of Courage at the Hilo Public Library.) Indira attended Reed for three years. She married Marcus Tucker in 1965 and completed a BA from UCLA in political science. Marcus became a superior court judge in Los Angeles, and they raised one daughter, moving to Long Beach in 1977. While reading the official history of Long Beach in the late ’80s, Indira said she was “flabbergasted” to find the city’s African American community represented only by the statement: “11 percent African American.” Working with Doris Topsy-Elvord, a Long Beach City Council member and Indira’s longtime friend, and Aaron Day, a genealogist, Indira gathered personal accounts, newspaper stories, and family photographs from African American Long Beach residents, and produced the book The Heritage of African Americans in Long Beach: Over 100 Years in 2007. Indira and Doris also cofounded the African American Heritage Society of Long Beach. Indira took great pride in her work, which led to the creation of the African American Resource Center at the Burnett Library in Long Beach in 1998. “Indira was a visionary who sought to inspire and educate our youth through reading of their past,” said Doris. “Her legacy was to initiate and archive the history of African Americans in Long Beach to make a better place for all. For this, we will be eternally grateful.” Indira was a founding member of the Long Beach Public Library Foundation and served on many other nonprofit boards in Long Beach and Santa Monica. She served as a consultant for California State University at Long Beach in the area of parent education and community enrichment—she found it to be fascinating work. Said Marcus, “She was very passionate about books and reading and developing that love in young people.” (Indira also established the Marcus O. Tucker Black Men of Courage Collection at the Santa Monica library in honor of her husband.) Indira received the Soroptimist Woman of Distinction Award, the Celebrate Literacy Award from the California Reading Association, the NAACP’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Community Super Hero Award from the Long Beach Community Partnership.

Robert Edward Taylor ’42

Robert Edward Taylor ’42, February 27, 2013, in Northampton, Massachusetts. Robert’s passion for French language and literature began when he read Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables as a teenager. He earned a BA in general literature at Reed, describing the experience as “a very rich (and everlasting) beginning.” During the war, he enlisted in the army air corps and served in the South Pacific. In 1951, he completed a PhD in French from Columbia University, specializing in 18th-century literature, and taught at New York University before joining the faculty in Romance languages at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He became head of the department in 1963, received the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1967, and retired as professor emeritus in 1992. Robert and Naomi Klatt ’43 married and had one son; they parted in 1961. He then married Olga Zazuliak; they welcomed a daughter in 1964. Survivors include his wife and daughter. His son predeceased him.

Richard Martin Tisinger Jr. ’51

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Richard Martin Tisinger Jr. ’51, January 28, 2013, Los Alamos, New Mexico, from pancreatic cancer. Richard moved with his family from his childhood home in Arizona to Oregon during World War II. He graduated from Reed in physics, writing the thesis “Theory and Construction of a Torsion Seisometer.” Following a year of advanced study at the University of Washington, he went to work at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in New Mexico. Many years later, he earned a PhD in nuclear physics from Johns Hopkins University and then worked at Los Alamos in nuclear physics, transitioning later in his career to software development in database management and material accountability. Richard was active with the United Church of Los Alamos, the Red Cross, the Retirees Group of the Los Alamos Lab, and the Los Alamos Ski Patrol. He was an Eagle Scout and volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America. He traveled to all 50 U.S. states and to other countries in North America, as well as to Central America, Europe, and Asia. He and Ellen Goodell were married for 45 years until her death in 2000. Survivors include daughter Karen, who provided the details for this memorial piece; two sons, Rick and Eric; seven grandchildren; and a sister. “He was a wonderful father and will be missed.”

Eleanor Thurston Dyke ’34

Eleanor Thurston Dyke ’34, March 5, 2013, in Salem, Oregon. Eleanor came to Reed from the University of Oregon in the fall of her junior year and earned a BA in biology. She devoted many years to raising a family and also made a significant contribution to wilderness recreation trail development and conservation. In addition, she did graduate studies and taught high school. Eleanor was widowed twice. She and her first husband had two daughters and a son, Eric T. Schoenfeld ’66. She later married dentist John A. Dyke and retired in Salem, Oregon. Eleanor volunteered with the Girl Scouts for a decade and for decades more was a member of the Mazamas and Chemeketans. “To give many hours of hard work in situations where I could make use of abilities to analyze, administrate, and persuade has been very satisfying. Reed gave me the confidence to speak out.” In 1978, Robert Bergland, U.S. agriculture secretary, named Eleanor to the national advisory committee for the Pacific Crest Trail. Her cousin, Arlien G. Johnson ’17, also graduated from Reed.

David L. Thomas ’58

David L. Thomas ’58, February 4, 2013, in California. David attended Reed for two years and completed a BS in mathematics at Florida State University. He then earned a PhD in sociology at the University of Iowa and decades later earned an MBA from City University. He did a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and taught at Western Washington State College (University). He worked in insurance sales and as a janitor, and he was very involved in his volunteer work in third world community development. David was married with two sons.

Christopher Bering Grey Tarnstrom ’95

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Christopher Bering Grey Tarnstrom ’95, July 11, 2013, in Seattle, Washington, from a heart attack. Tiffer was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands, and moved to Concord, New Hampshire, when he was four. He attended schools in Concord and in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, and spent a year in Germany before enrolling at Reed. During his two-plus years at Reed, Tiffer was part of—and for a while led—the Reed Brewers Society. “At that time I hoped to gather the business skills so I could contribute to launching a brewery.” (The skills he acquired led to the opening of the Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery in Seattle in 2012.) He received degrees in computer science and accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and followed a professional path that included risk management and consulting, and helping small businesses and nonprofits. He lived in Vermont and California before settling in Seattle. With interests as varied as music and mushrooming, he gardened and sailed and enjoyed a variety of intellectual pursuits. His Reed friends offered many remembrances of Tiffer, including this one from Molly Todd ’96: “Things that I will remember most about Tiffer are his quirky fascination with drinking beer, growing peppers, foraging morels, and prospecting for gold; his dedication to family and friends; his gregarious laugh; his ability to wax poetic about anything and everything; his willingness to challenge perspectives on anything and everything; his ability to find humor in anything and everything; and the positive energy he exuded, even in the midst of troubling times.” Survivors include his parents, three sisters, and his girlfriend, Emma Levitt.

Robert Wentler Twigg ’46

Robert Wentler Twigg ’46, October 6, 2013, in Spokane, Washington. Bob served in the navy during World War II. He studied mathematics and physics at Reed and the University of Washington, and completed his undergraduate degree at Whitman College. He then earned an LLD at Gonzaga University and practiced law in Spokane for 40 years. Bob served in the Washington State Senate in 1966–74. He enjoyed reading, travel, sports, and mowing the lawn. Survivors include his wife, Joan Barrett Twigg, to whom he was married for 40 years; a daughter and two sons; a stepson; and five grandchildren.

Cynthia Natalee Thatcher ’88

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Cynthia Natalee Thatcher ’88, August 8, 2013, in Denver, Colorado, following a long illness. News of her death came from her mother, Margarita Thatcher, who conveyed Cindy’s love for Reed. Cindy earned her BA in philosophy, working with faculty advisers Marvin Levich [philosophy 1953–94] and C.D.C. Reeve [philosophy 1976–2001], and completing the thesis “Characterizations of Love in The Brothers Karamazov.” In 2000, she completed an MA in creative writing at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She became a Buddhist teacher and was a contributor to many online resources for Buddhist study. In 2008, she published Just Seeing: Insight Meditation and Sense-Perception through the Buddhist Publication Society. The book explored in depth the Buddha’s significant teaching “When seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear,” relating to the practice of insight meditation. Cindy touched on the two kinds of reality—ultimate and conventional—expounded in the Abhidhamma, through the example of a pointillist painting that can be viewed in two ways. In addition, the book contains meditation instructions for beginners, an appendix on the perceptual process as described in Buddhist metaphysics, and a crossword puzzle of Pali terms. Just Seeing has been translated into Spanish and German. Describing the book, one reader noted Cindy’s eloquent and expressive language. Memorial services were held for Cindy at Buddhist temples in California, Colorado, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Margaret Frances Wakefield Tator ’34

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

Margaret Frances Wakefield Tator ’34, October 6, 2014, in Portland, at the age of 102 years. Margaret moved to Portland from Michigan and attended Franklin High School. Her mother was a teacher and insisted on her children going to college, she told Will Levin ’05 in an interview in 2004. She learned about Reed because of a friend, Marjorie Tator McDonald ’34, who later became her sister-in-law. Margaret was a day-dodger until her senior year and built on an interest in history, formed in high school, with courses taught by Prof. Rex Arragon [history 1923–62, 1970–74], who became her adviser for a thesis on Stephen A. Douglas. Margaret noted, “Reed was a good background, so that you knew that you didn’t know everything.” She participated in activities such as Campus Day and attended choral concerts, theatre productions, dances, and faculty teas. And she dated Carlton Tator, the only member of his family who did not attend Reed. A great influence on Margaret’s life was Reed librarian Nell Avery Unger [1927–37], who later became head librarian in Portland. “She was an intelligent, smart lady, and she advised me to go to Columbia when I was deciding to be a librarian. (And she hired me as a branch librarian when I returned to Portland.)” Margaret earned a BS in library and archival science from Columbia in 1939. She and Carlton Tator married and had one son, John. They lived for 40 years in Palo Alto, where Carlton worked for United Airlines, and following Carlton’s death, Margaret returned to Oregon and lived in King City. Her son died in a traffic accident in 1984.

Writing about Margaret, librarian Tony Greiner reflected on meeting “this white-haired little old lady,” who wanted to learn to use computers more than 17 years ago at the Tigard library. “I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly she caught on, and soon she was given the job of checking donations to see if we already had copies in our collection. It wasn’t long before she would bring a few volumes to me and say things like ‘We don’t have this book under this name, but we do as an alternative title.’ That led to my discovering her professional experience. Once a librarian, always a librarian. We became friends, sharing food and talking books and of her travels to Japan, Australia, Africa, and Kansas City.”


Richard Frederick Thompson ’52

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Photo by Irene Fertik, 1987; Courtesy of the USC University Archives

Richard Frederick Thompson ’52, September 16, 2014, at home in Nipomo, California.

One of the leading behavioral neuroscientists in the world, Dick researched the basic processes in the brain during the establishment of learning and the coding of memory. Regarded by many as the world’s leading authority in his field, he was the first neuroscientist to identify and map the neural circuits responsible for classical conditioning or Pavlovian learning. 


Prof. Judith Tyle Massee

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Judith Tyle Massee, professor of dance [1968–98], died December 27, 2014, in Portland.

At the beginning there was music.

Born into a household filled with it, Judy Massee, as a young girl, assumed that all fathers were professional jazz drummers, who with their colleagues rehearsed in the living room late into the night. And all mothers played the piano and sang the songs of their youth.

Interest in dance came early. When mother played Tiptoe Through The Tulips, Judy envisioned a suave soft-shoe; when the in-house band played Muskrat Ramble, out came a snazzy Charleston.


Carole Anne Smith Taylor ’65, MAT ’67

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Carole Anne Smith Taylor ’65, MAT ’67, March 11, 2015, in Scarborough, Maine.

Carole earned a BA from Reed in general literature and a master’s degree in teaching. Her adviser, Prof. George Roush [English 1964–70], assisted with her thesis “Piers the Plowman: Toward a Re-Evaluation of the Allegorical Method.”


Mary Lou Williams Thomas ’47

Mary Lou Williams Thomas ’47, May 28, 2015, in Portland. A native of Portland, Mary Lou came to Reed from Grant High School and earned a BA in general literature. She and Lloyd T. Thomas ’47 had three children and lived in Salem for many years, where Mary Lou taught in the Talented and Gifted Program in the Salem Public Schools. Mary Lou’s lifelong passion, reports her family, was for the pursuit of knowledge—nature, science, art, oceans, and sea life—and she “graciously shared her joy in these subjects.” A gifted artist and skilled in calligraphy and in working with gold leaf, Mary Lou was a member of the Portland Society for Calligraphy and the Gold Bugs. She also was a member of the Mazamas and summited every peak in the Cascade Range. Lloyd and their daughter Margaret Ann (Megan) preceded her in death. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Alice Elaine Tiura Moss ’52

Alice Elaine Tiura Moss ’52, April 11, 2015, in Seattle, Washington. Alice’s grandparents emigrated from Finland and homesteaded in Washington. She was born in their log home, and throughout her life took pride in her heritage, serving as a trustee of the Finnish American Literary Heritage Foundation. She attended Reed for four years, but did not graduate. In fall 1950, she married Michael Mahar ’53. They lived in a Reed house on Southeast Lambert Street, where Gary Snyder ’51 and Allen Ginsburg stayed during their travels in 1956. Alice completed a BA and an MSW from PSU in the early ’60s, then was a caseworker and a mental health specialist for the Clackamas County Mental Health Department. She retired in 1986. Alice enjoyed photography and travel, and visited at least 26 countries. She and Robert Allen ’51 were married and she also was married to S. Roy Moss and helped raise his five children. She enjoyed making short films during retirement, including the video Tibetan Pilgrimage: The Real Tibet.

Stephen Mitchell Tipton MAT ’68

Steve earned a BA in English from Cornell University and then came to Reed, where he studied English literature. He also completed a certificate of advanced study in human development at Harvard University School of Education. He taught English for 32 years at Brookline High School, where he was instrumental in developing an innovative interdisciplinary curriculum. “Courses I took at Reed, Cornell, and Harvard gave me a wonderful, wide range of information and theory,” he wrote. “I certainly remember a great time at Reed.”  Symptoms from primary progressive aphasia forced Steve to retire. He loved outdoor activities, including hiking, fishing, and gardening apples, rhododendrons, and vegetables. Steve and Sally Baldwin Tipton were married with three children, Becca, Nat, and Debby, and seven grandchildren—all survive him.

Elizabeth Lamb Tate ’39

Elizabeth’s father quit school as a boy to work in the cotton fields of Texas. It was his heart’s desire that his daughter attend Reed.

She was born after the Lambs moved to Portland’s Montavilla neighborhood and graduated from Washington High School. The country was still in the throes of the Great Depression when she went to Reed as a “day-dodger.”


Beatrice Twitchell Courtnage ’42

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

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


Ellen L. Talman ’42

Ellen was born in Baker City, Oregon. She majored in chemistry at Reed, writing her thesis with Prof. Leland H. Pence [Chemistry 1939-45]. Delaying her graduate education, Ellen joined the World War II effort, serving with the US Marine Corps as a commissioner in charge of testing materials in North Carolina.

After the war, Ellen completed her MS and PhD degrees in biochemistry at the University of Oregon Medical School. She excelled in a profession that a few women at the time considered an option. She worked in the departments of bacteriology, ophthalmology, and biochemistry at OHSU, where she also served as an instructor and assistant professor. She was an assistant scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center in the 1960s and until her retirement in 1970 worked as a research associate, biochemist, for the OHSU department of surgery.


Augustus Tanaka ’45

Born to Dr. Benjamin and Michiye Tanaka in Portland, Gus graduated from Grant High School in 1941 and started at Reed that fall. Within months his world was turned upside down by the United States’ entry into the Second World War.

“Four hours after Pearl Harbor,” Gus said, “the FBI was ringing our doorbell.” Agents searched the house for six hours hunting for radio transmitters and receivers, which were never found because they didn’t exist. Instead, the agents confiscated family photo albums and cameras. Gus’s father, a Hawaiian-born American citizen, was arrested on unfounded charges of being an enemy of the U.S. government and kept in prison camps for over four years.


Joshua C. Taylor ’39

The world of art can be an imposing, even intimidating place, dominated by hidebound critics doling out doublespeak in musty museums.

Joshua Taylor ’39 turned that world on its ear.


Kenneth Tollenaar ’50

Admired for his knowledgeable, level-headed, and pragmatic approach to issues, Ken poured his time and energy into his community. His public service career included 20 years as director of the University of Oregon Bureau of Governmental Research and Service, 7 years as executive director of the Association of Oregon Counties, and service as acting dean of the community service and public affairs program at the University of Oregon.

He was born in Portland to Roy and Alda Tollenaar, who moved to a farm in Newberg when Ken was in the eighth grade. After Pearl Harbor, Ken volunteered for the navy (despite being color-blind) and served in the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions. After his service he read a book called Peace or Anarchy by Cord Meyer, which discussed the need for a world federal government.


Prof. David Tyack [history ’59–69]

A prolific and insightful author and exemplary teacher, Professor Tyack was renowned for his interpretations of the histories of American education and school reform. He grew up in the small town of Hamilton, Massachusetts, and impressed a neighbor whose lawn he mowed. The neighbor arranged a scholarship for Tyack at Phillips Academy. Tyack won further scholarships to Harvard, and completed his bachelor’s degree in 1952, followed by a PhD in 1958. At Harvard, he married Dorothy (Dee) Lloyd, and after nearly three decades they divorced.

Beginning in his undergraduate years, Tyack focused his attention upon the role public education played in forming American society. His undergraduate honors thesis was on the Cape Verdean community in New England, a subject to which he returned at the end of his life. He maintained a commitment to public schools and their need for improvement—particularly for children of low-income and nonwhite families.


Prof. Frederick Tabbutt [chemistry ’57–71]

Professor Tabbutt was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Haverford College, he earned his doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University and came to Reed in 1957. “A hell of a nice guy,” says Bill Gilbreath ’58. After Reed, Tabbutt went on to Evergreen State College, where he was a strong proponent of collaborative interdisciplinary teaching and learning. He authored various articles for chemistry journals and also filled temporary teaching and research positions in England and at Carleton College. His wife, Betty, and children, Sarah, Ken, Mark, and Joanna, survive him.

Margot Trumpler Howe ’41

December 4, 2016 in Ashland, Oregon, of osteoporosis.

Born in San Jose, California, to Robert and Augusta Trumpler, Margot grew up on top of Mount Hamilton, where her father was an astronomer at Lick Observatory. At Reed, she majored in psychology and wrote a thesis on A Method and Treatment of Neurosis with Prof. Monte Griffith [psych 1926–54]. The year after she graduated from Reed, she married Ralph Keeney ’42, who had also majored in psychology at Reed. Ralph was a cadet in the Army Air Corps. He died in an airplane crash in 1943. In October of that year, Margot gave birth to their son, Roger. While raising Roger, Margot continued her studies in psychology at UC Berkeley, where she met Prof. Horace Albert (Bert) Howe [physics 1952–55] in 1947. The couple had two more children, Gregg and Neil. The family moved to West Los Angeles, where Bert pursued graduate studies in nuclear physics. In 1952, the family moved to Portland, where Bert taught at Reed and worked at Tektronix. In 1955, he gained a faculty appointment at UCLA and the family returned to Los Angeles.


Helen Sundell Thompson ’44

Born in Portland to Erland and Helmi Sundell, Helen attended Reed but graduated from the University of Washington in 1945 and taught high school math. She married Milus “Mike” Thompson in 1952. She spent many years as a volunteer responsible for the offering count at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Beaverton and loved spending time at the Oregon coast. Helen enjoyed tole painting, creating many art pieces for family and friends. Her husband predeceased her, and Helen is survived by her sister, Marion Thompson, and children, Earl Thompson and Sunny Freed.

Elaine Tanner Van Bruggen ’47

Born in Utah, Elaine moved to Portland as a child. She went to Reed, which both her sister, Wilma Kennell ’51, and brother, K. Nolen Tanner ’43, attended. While earning her bachelor’s degree in history, Elaine met Robert Van Bruggen ’43, whom she married in 1950. She went on to earn a master’s degree in economics from UC Berkeley.

Following Robert’s graduation from medical school, the couple and their three small children settled in Los Gatos, California, where he started his practice in psychiatry. In 1966, at the age of 40, Elaine was admitted to Stanford Law School, where she graduated with a juris doctorate degree. She was one of only three women in her class of 1970. Elaine worked a general practice in law, from which she retired in 1990, the same year that Bob died. She was passionate about education and the importance of contributing to a progressive and democratic society. Her three children, Nick, Kathi, and Conrad, survive her.

Susan Tuz ’88

For nearly two decades, Susan did what she loved best: write about the area she called home. She died at the age of 67, just months after retiring from her position with the News-Times and the Greater New Milford Spectrum.

She was born in New Milford, Connecticut, and graduated from New Milford High School. Susan attended Reed as an Eliot Scholar in 1984–85 and enrolled as a matriculated student in 1985, but quit after the spring semester in 1988. After earning her master’s degree from West Connecticut State University, she worked as a reporter for the New Milford Times, News-Times, and the Spectrum for more than 20 years.She loved literature and the arts, belonged to a poetry group, and wrote a book, The Presence of Loss, which was a collection of short stories and poetry. She was also an advocate for the mental health community. Her mother, Helen Tuz, brother, Michael, and sister, Patricia Monaco, survive Susan.

Guy Tarnstrom ’65

February 28, 2017, in Concord, Massachusetts, of Parkinson’s disease.

A man of many interests, Guy loved classical music and folk dancing, carved Celtic crosses, and played the trombone with gusto. He performed in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, made good beer and bad wine, and had season tickets to the Boston Symphony. He took his kids hiking and camping, and loved reading them bedside stories.


H. Jean Tibbets Thiebaux ’57

March 17, 2015, in Woodbine, Maryland, of lung cancer.

Jean was a statistician who served 16 years at the National Weather Service in the National Center for Environmental Prediction of the Department of Commerce. She also taught mathematics at a number of colleges, including Howard Community College, Montgomery College, Dalhousie University, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She chaired the mathematics advisory committee of the Howard County (Maryland) public school system. While working at Dalhousie, she was awarded a seven-month contract to conduct a network design study for the Atmospheric Environment Service of Canada.


Elizabeth Ann Thomas ’61

Born in Roundup, Montana, Elizabeth joined the English department of Portland’s Franklin High School, where she taught 11th-grade English from 1945 to 1982. She earned her BA degree and teaching certificate from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and her MA from Reed. Elizabeth was a strong supporter of her church, where she played piano and organ in her later years.

Patricia Towne Jahoda ’50

Patricia Marie Towne was born in Helena, Montana, a few hours from Kalispell, where the family finally settled. The Townes were of old American stock, able to trace their family back to the early Puritan arrivals in Massachusetts. Pat was the first child of Dr. Ralph and Marie Towne; her sister Paula would follow some eight years later.

Ralph made his career as a doctor in Kalispell, a town in the Flathead Valley, where Pat developed her enduring passion for the outdoors. She learned to ski with her father and rode horses as well. Marie had high aspirations for her daughters and wanted them to receive a better education than the public schools could provide. When Pat was a teenager, she was sent to a boarding school in Walla Walla, Washington. She went to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for two years and then completed her undergraduate education at Reed. She wrote her thesis, “A Study of Enzyme Action with Particular Reference to Amylolytic Action in Several Vegetables,” advised by Prof. George Livingston [biology 1948–50].


Anthony Tunder ’74

Born in Austria, Tony loved to travel, and in the course of his life visited nearly every state. At Reed, he studied physics and wrote his thesis, “Light Modulation via the Pöckels Effect,” with Prof. Kenneth Davis [physics 1948–80]. Tony worked in the computer industry. He fell in love with the town Pahrump, Nevada, and lived there for the last 15 years of his life. He is survived by his wife, Sue; his daughter, Alysea Massey; his sons, Erik Tunder and Anton Tunder; his stepdaughters, Jeni Carroll and Misty Mock of Stayton; and his sister, Mari Tunder.

William Terry ’54

March 16, 2015, in Riverside, California from Parkinson’s disease.

Born in St. Maries, Idaho, Bill was a longtime resident of Oregon. After serving in World War II in the U.S. Army, he studied psychology at Reed and went on to get his JD from Lewis & Clark College. He joined a law firm in Portland and then established a partnership with Ben Madison in eastern Oregon as an independent claims adjuster. Bill was married for 64 years to Myrtle Terry, who predeceased him. The couple dreamed of living in sunny Southern California, and he found employment as a claim manager and settlement specialist for Ohio Casualty Insurance Company in Riverside, California.

Bill was a world traveler, photographer, pilot, golfer, and patron of the arts and of music. He was a quiet man who lived for his family and is survived by his sons, Mark, Mike, and Mitchell.

Jacob Tanzer ’56

July 23, 2018, in Portland, following a fall in which he struck his head.

Lawyer, judge, and public servant, Jacob spent decades building an outsized reputation as a lion of the law, ultimately serving as a justice on the Oregon Supreme Court. But the case that launched—and defined—his career was the investigation into the 1964 murders of civil rights activists Andrew Goodman, James Chaney, and Michael Schwerner—immortalized in the film Mississippi Burning.


James B. Thayer

September 16, 2018, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

A Reed trustee for 19 years, James lived an extraordinary life as a military hero, successful businessman, and renowned civic leader. 


Mary Teal Garland ’49

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

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


Stephen Tellman ’57

October 21, 2018, in Tucson, Arizona.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Steve grew up in an air force family that traveled around the country before settling in Sacramento, California, when he was a teenager. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “An Elementary Approach to Fermat’s Last Theorem,” with Prof. Jack Dudman [math and dean of students 1953–85] advising. He went on to get a PhD in mathematics from the University of Washington and taught briefly at Pomona College. In 1965, he joined the math department at the University of Arizona where he remained on the faculty for 33 years. Steve introduced thousands of students to the joys and sorrows of calculus, linear algebra, and statistics before retiring in 1998.

He had an impressive ability to overcome obstacles and remain positive in the face of difficulties. As a teenager, he battled back from polio, and he showed a similar determination and optimism in his later years as he faced decreasing mobility and other medical issues. After retiring, Steve continued to study and write. In addition to his love of math, he enjoyed classical music and had a daunting collection of CDs and LPs, ranging from Josquin des Prez to Iannis Xenakis. Steve is survived by his wife, Jen; his son, Edwin; his daughter, Carol; and his stepdaughter, Ginette.

Bobbie Jean Taylor Dodds ’46

March 10, 2019, in Casper, Wyoming, of natural causes.

Bobbie Jean was born in Idaho and moved to Eugene, Oregon, at an early age. She graduated from University High School in Eugene and completed her education at Reed College.

She met the man who would become her husband when she was in junior high. Her marriage to Joseph Dodds, who was with the U.S. Air Force, would last 61 years. Together, Joe and Bobbie Jean made a home for their three children as they moved across the continent 11 times and to Europe for an extended tour in Germany.


Marcus Thomas ’95

March 2, 2019, in Oaxaca, Mexico, of a heart attack.

Born and raised in Texas, Marc received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Reed. He served in the military, worked for the forest service, and taught math in Portland public schools.


Jo Tice Bloom ’55

June 18, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, of heart failure.

She was born Nancy Jo Fostvedt in Los Angeles, but from childhood she disliked the name Nancy. She preferred “Jo” and later legalized it. After her parents’ marriage failed, her mother married Fred Tice. Jo found the ideal father in her new stepfather and legally adopted his surname.


Elizabeth Tarr Schneider ’44

Jean McCall, Betty Tarr Schneider ’44, unknown

December 27, 2019, in Palo Alto, California.

Betty was an active artist her entire life. She was fascinated with shadows and stripes as a child in Portland and won an elementary school art contest. At the insistence of her brother Bob Tarr ’43, she came to Reed. She and Jane Gevurtz ’44 were welcomed to Abington by having their beds short-sheeted, alarm clocks hidden throughout their room, and their clothes hung from the roof turrets. They retaliated by turning on the fire hoses to flush the giggling residents from their rooms and were each fined $50.


Abigail Mann Thernstrom ’58

April 10, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia, of multiple organ failure after lapsing into a coma.

A leading skeptic of affirmative action programs, Abigail supported civil rights, but concluded that color-blind policies worked better than preferential treatment for racial disparities in educational achievement, voting, and employment.


Keith Tracy ’64

April 8, 2019, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Keith was born in Sumpter, Oregon, and spent his childhood in St. Maries, Idaho. He joined the navy in 1942, served for four years, and upon discharge attended the University of Washington on the G.I. bill. It was there he met Joan Fries, the love of his life, who died a month before Keith. They would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on the day Keith died. Keith taught high school in Reed Point, Montana; Castle Rock, Washington; and Forest Grove, Oregon. He earned a master’s degree at Reed while teaching high school English and helping to raise three daughters.

In 1964, the family moved to Cheney, Washington, where Keith became an assistant professor of English at Eastern Washington University, retiring in 1987. He was not only interested in social justice, he practiced it. With his signature crew cut and wearing his trademark bow tie, he took his family to the first anti–Vietnam War march in Spokane. He looked out for those who lacked advantages, including some of his students at Eastern, and fully supported his wife and three daughters in their educational and career pursuits, well before it was common for men to do so.


Mildred Fahlen Taxer ’42

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

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


Anne Treseder ’66

December 1, 2020, in San Francisco, California.

When Janet Treseder, Anne’s sister, said that my wife, Elizabeth (Shaw) Cronbach ’66, and I were Anne’s best friends, we were touched. Some things we remembered about Anne at Reed: On the occasion of my first meeting with her, Anne knew of Johnny Ace, a rhythm and blues musician. In the late ’50s, I would listen to him on a pop music AM radio show. By that time, he was dead, having shot himself playing Russian roulette. I was very surprised that anyone else at Reed had heard of him. Anne liked taking a bus to shop for food and going to the Catlin Gabel rummage sale. She was active in the left-wing Focus Club and managed to survive sociology under the Prof. John Pock [sociology 1955–98] regime. She wrote her thesis, “Role Orientations among Physicians,” advised by Prof. Howard Jolly [sociology 1949–70].


Frances Manbeck Taber ’60

February 7, 2021, in Wenatchee, Washington.

Frances received her high school diploma from Nürnberg American High School in Germany and majored in German at Reed. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Oregon, she taught humanities and languages at Wenatchee Valley College. While living in Wenatchee, she met Warren Taber, and they married in 1967. In addition to Warren’s children from a previous marriage, they had one child, Michael.

After moving to the Oregon coast and then to Seattle—where Fran taught speed-reading courses and worked as a licensed securities broker and real estate agent—she and Warren returned to the Wenatchee Valley. They built a log cabin with a cherry orchard in a narrow canyon near Cashmere, Washington. Fran raised gardens and practiced a philosophy of “light living” and self-sufficiency. An ill-fated attempt to make a business of raising worms and compost led to her opening a small store that purveyed worms, but she added books and local arts and crafts to the mix. That modest enterprise, Homesteader Book Store, grew into a thriving bookstore and hangout for liberal-minded readers. Fran ran the store for 15 years, taking on a partner the last few years so she could fulfill her dream of running sled dogs with Warren in the snow and ice around Fish Lake. As rugged as she was literate, Fran lived for five years in a small cabin with 16 dogs. When Warren died in 2000, she refocused her work on small-farm agriculture and valley improvement. She was one of the founders of the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market and was named Farmers Market Lady of the Year in 1980.


Harry Warren Taber ’57

February 7, 2021, in Albany, New York, of complications due to Parkinson’s disease.

Harry was a scientist who directed the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Wadsworth Laboratories, New York State Department of Health. He was also a professor in the department of microbiology at Albany Medical College and chaired the biomedical sciences department at the School of Public Health, University of Albany.


Robin Thomas ’68

December 18, 2020, in New Britain, Connecticut.

Robin was born in Rochester, New York, and graduated from Pittsford High School and Middlebury College. She moved to Portland in 1967 and received an MA in education from Reed. She returned to school for a degree in nursing, ultimately becoming a family nurse practitioner, and worked in various settings until her retirement.

Robin married Carl Addy in 1988. She loved nature and people who lived to serve the common good. She is survived by her son, Eli Ross, and her two sisters, Christine Quencer and Nan Berke.

Prof. Jane Todd [French ’87–90]

February 2, 2021, in Portland.

Prof. Todd was born in San Francisco and lived with her family in Millbrae, California, until she went away to Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. Having skipped a grade, she graduated from high school when she was 17. During high school, she developed a lifelong interest in French literature and language, which intensified following a summer program at UC Santa Cruz and two study abroad programs during her college years.


Sean Thackrey ’63

May 31, 2022, in Walnut Creek, California, from cancer.

Combining a cultivated intellect with his poetic tendencies, Sean gained renown for the small-batch, idiosyncratic wines he fashioned at his Thackrey & Company winery, snapped up by oenophiles lucky enough to get their hands on them.


Tyler Madison Thompson ’16

April 17, 2022, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Tyler attended Madison Simis Elementary and Madison Meadows Middle Schools. He graduated from Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, where he played on the tennis team, contributed to many of the school’s drama productions, and received national recognition for his artwork. He majored in political science at Reed, where he was a contributing author to a corporate law treatise and authored a thesis titled “No Bold, No Foul: An Analysis of Naming and Shaming and Detainee Abuse Prevention in the Iraq War, 2003–2008,” advised by Prof. Darius Rejali [political science 1989–2020]. Tyler’s thesis was later noted at an international symposium at Harvard University and included in the political science curriculum at Reed.


Michael Templeton ’63

April 26, 2022, in Portland.

Michael was a physicist and mathematician who made his life’s work the public understanding of science.


Carolyn J. Threadgill ’67

July 25, 2022, in Seattle, Washington.

Carolyn was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where her pet dog, Satan, made sure the kids stayed out of the arroyo during flash floods and kept the feral goats at bay. Carolyn spent two years of high school in Mexico City and then came to Reed, where she majored in classical studies. Advised by Prof. Frederic Peachy [classics 1956–82], she wrote her thesis, “The Rudens of Plautus: An Analysis,” entirely in Latin with the exception of the acknowledgments section, which was written in ancient Greek. She credited Reed with instilling in her the courage and analytical skills to tackle anything.


Alice Turtledove Meyer MALS ’89

July 19, 2022, in Portland, of cancer.

Alice believed thoughtful, committed people, joining forces, could repair the world. A native Oregonian, she was born on the eve of the Great Depression to David and Fanny Turtledove, who instilled in her an ethos of political engagement and empathy. With a sense of responsibility towards the less fortunate, Alice grew into a woman who dedicated her life to community building and activism.


Vivian Tomlinson Williams ’59

Photo by Christopher Nelson / Northwest Folklife

January 6, 2023, in Seattle, Washington, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Dedicating her life to the study, preservation, and fostering of traditional folk music, Vivian made an inestimable impact on the bluegrass and traditional music of  the Pacific Northwest. A marquee musician at bluegrass and old-time scenes, she made recordings of more than 300 fiddle tunes and was a prodigious historian of Northwest music. With her late husband, Phil Williams ’58, she helped found the Seattle Folklore Society and the Northwest Folklife Festival.


Barbara Wuest Thompson ’43

November 11, 2022, in San Francisco.

Barbara, a talented ceramicist and cofounder (with her sister-in-law, Enid Thompson ’44) of Allied Potters in San Francisco, died at age 101. At Reed, which Barbara said had an immeasurable influence on her life, she studied literature and wrote her thesis, “Constance Rourke and the Roots of American Culture,” under Prof. Victor L.O. Chittick [English 1921–48]. She went on to earn an MA in museum studies from John F. Kennedy University, served as editor of the graduate program’s journal, and became curator at the San Francisco Wine Museum.

Barbara and husband Ezra Thompson III had three sons. The family moved often, living in Canada, Colombia, and Venezuela. Later in life, Barbara moved into a home for active seniors in San Francisco; there she served as the chair of the library committee and wrote a biweekly column for the residence newsletter. She also volunteered her time as a reader to students at a local elementary school, held season tickets at the symphony and the theatre, and attended several classes a week at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning.


Phyllis Cohn Terkla ’48

March 9, 2022, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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

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