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Esther Lange Undseth Johnstone ’43

Esther Lange Undseth Johnstone ’43, November 22, 2000, in Portland. Esther emigrated from Norway as a child, and graduated from Reed with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She married Charles Johnstone in 1954, and they had three children. She was active in the Roman Catholic church, in the altar society and the Perpetual Adoration Society. Survivors include her daughters and one grandchild. Her husband died in 1993, and a son in 1996.

Virginia Lorraine Ueckert Lamont ’48

Virginia Lorraine Ueckert Lamont ’48, March 30, 2004, in Gladstone, Oregon. Virginia earned an RN from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Grand Island, Nebraska, before attending Reed for two years. In 1946, she married Maurice B. Lamont ’48, and they had three daughters. Virginia worked as an infirmary nurse at Reed, and also worked in nursing in Washington and Montana. She was director of nursing for Kimberly Quality Care in Eugene, Oregon, for many years before moving to Gladstone in 1999. In retirement she volunteered for the Gladstone Senior Center and Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center. Among her associations, she was the Pacific Northwest representative for the National Nursing Directors (for Quality Care) Association, and was appointed a delegate to the Oregon governor’s commission on aging. Survivors include her children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. Maurice predeceased her.

Josephine E. Lewis Utley ’39

Josephine E. Lewis Utley ’39, March 18, 2008, in Seattle, Washington. Josephine received a BA from Reed in literature and languages. She began a 15-year career in social work in 1940, employed with the Portland and Hillsboro, Oregon, public welfare departments. In 1945, she married artist and musician Windsor R. Utley, and moved to New York City. In 1946, she received her master's degree from the New York School of Social Work, Columbia University. The couple lived in Seattle for the next 23 years, where she did social work and assisted with the operation of her husband's business, Utley's Art Gallery. In 1969, the couple and their son, artist C.L. Utley, moved to Salt Spring Island, B.C., where she took up hand weaving. She was a lifetime member of the Salt Spring Island Weavers Guild. (Later, she joined the Seattle Weavers Guild and the Hand Weavers Guild of America.) The couple also opened an art gallery, in 1976, in Sidney, B.C. In 1980, they moved to Laguna Beach, and then to Seattle in 1987. Their business and interest in Italian art and culture included numerous trips to Italy. Josephine studied Italian language and cuisine and then, in turn, gave Italian cooking classes. During the ’90s, she was a docent at the Seattle Art Museum, and was a member of the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner, Washington, and the Fry Art Museum in Seattle. She was also a member of the Meany Hall for Performing Arts and many chamber music groups. In her oral history interview with Deborah A. Prince ’71, in 2001, she said: “What Reed gave me is that I recognize every name I ever hear in any subject, and the rest of the people don't. I may not remember what the person's philosophy was precisely, but I'm not uncomfortable. Because I know when they're referring to these people, whether it be in music or philosophy or history, whatever, it just goes along with me. Others say, 'Who's that?' 'What's that?' That's what I really realize, how different the Reed education is.” Her sister, Claudia L. Lewis ’30, also graduated from Reed. Survivors include her son and brother. Windsor died in 1989. His portrait of Victor L.O. Chittick [English, 1921–48 ] was presented as a gift to the college.

Rae Ager Uffelman ’37

Rae Ager Uffelman ’37, October 21, 2000, in Eugene, Oregon. Rae attended Reed for one year, and then did a year’s apprenticeship in laboratory technology at Good Samaritan Hospital, taking classes at the University of Oregon extension center. She received a medical technologist certificate in 1936 and worked as a medical technologist for the medical department of Portland General Electric Company until 1940. During World War II, she did relief work at Providence Hospital and the University of Oregon Medical School, and she worked in private physician offices until retiring in 1973. In 1937, she married Richard Uffelman, and they had five children. They moved to Bend, Oregon in 1979, and after his death in 1997, she moved to Eugene. Her outside interests included cooking and fishing, and she won prizes at the Oregon State Fair for her pies. Survivors include a daughter, Molly Uffleman Stafford ’66; three sons; 10 grandchildren, including Jason Stafford ’93; and three great-grandchildren. A son preceded her in death.

Carl George Uhr ’34

Carl George Uhr ’34, October 12, 1999, in Riverside, California. He was a founding faculty member of the department of economics, University of California, Riverside. After graduating from Reed, he worked as an economist and fiscal analyst with state of Oregon government agencies. In 1939, he entered the PhD program in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, graduating in 1950. In 1943–47, he was a regional economist for the Office of Price Administration, San Francisco. He was an assistant professor of economics at the University of San Francisco in 1947–51, and was research director for the Study Commission on Unemployment Insurance for the State of California in 1951–53. When the Riverside campus of the University of California opened in 1954, he was hired as an assistant professor of economics. He taught at Riverside for nearly 26 years, retiring in 1979, and he taught at both undergraduate and graduate levels. During his career, he published over 40 articles in professional journals and wrote four books, the best known of which is The Economic Doctrines of Knut Wicksell, 1960. He served twice as chairman of the department, and was the recipient of a number of research grants and awards, including three Fulbrights. After retiring from UC Riverside, he taught part time at the University of California, Irvine, and was awarded a research fellowship at Macquarie University, Australia in 1980. He was married three times, most recently to Patricia Beatty Robbins ’44, who died in 1991. Survivors include a stepdaughter, two grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

John Gregory Unrue ’84

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John Gregory Unrue ’84, September 19, 2008, at home in Berkeley, California.

Greg was born in Huntingdon, West Virginia, and grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and Las Vegas, Nevada. He majored in English at Reed and wrote his thesis with Prof. Roger Porter [English 1961-2015] on Henry James' novel The Ambassadors.


Daniel Kenge Uyemura ’68

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(Left to right) Matthew E. Smith ’66, James W. Bell Jr. ’66, Larry M. Kuehn ’66, Jan Mainwaring (an infirmary nurse at Reed), Daniel Uyemura ’68, and Jay M. Hubert ’66 in 1962.

Daniel Kenge Uyemura ’68, January 28, 2011, in Anguilla, West Indies, from respiratory disease. Dan was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved with his family to Ontario, Oregon, where he attended high school, graduating as valedictorian. At Reed, he earned a BA in physics, and completed a dual-degree program at Columbia University in electrical and electronic engineering. After graduation, he moved to College Park, Maryland, where he worked for Antenna Associates and enrolled in the MBA program at the University of Maryland. He met Jane Vielhaber in Maryland and they married in 1968. In 1972, he joined the Amecom Division of Litton Industries and later became vice president for engineering. His 30-year technical career at Amecom included design of antennas carried on the Apollo space missions, and he also was responsible for development of classified defense projects and government contracts. Dan and Jane loved to race their sailboat Shogun on the Chesapeake Bay. They also enjoyed sailing vacations throughout the Caribbean. In retirement, they sold their home in Maryland and purchased a home on the shore in Anguilla. In Dan's public obituary, we read: “Despite having to survive a hurricane in the protection of a bathtub, and the frequent breakdown of electronics caused by the tropic air, the couple loved Anguilla, its idyllic setting, and constant 80-degree temperature.” We also learned that Dan was a voracious reader, often reading five or six books a week on any number of topics. On the patio of his home in Anguilla, Dan could see the island of St. Martin, seven miles away, while he read. Survivors include his wife and brother. We thank Jay Hubert ’66 for notifying the college of Dan's death and for providing details for this memorial.

Juana Edith Ukolov, Faculty

Juana Edith Ukolov, August 8, 2011, in Troutdale, Oregon. Juana was a member of the student services staff and an instructor in belly dancing at the college until 1983. Robin Moore ’74, who informed us of Juana’s death, recalled that Juana assisted deans Jack Dudman ’42 [1953–85] and Pat Hanawalt [1959–82] beginning in the ’60s. We learned that Juana lived in Gresham when she worked at Reed. She raised a family and she taught belly dancing in a studio in her home. Two years ago, she moved to Troutdale. “Her graciousness and real concern for students will be remembered by many,” Robin wrote.

Lottie E. Uhlman Haugerud ’25

Lottie Uhlman Haugerud ’25, November 14, 1998, in Scio, Oregon. She attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University. She taught school in Oregon and Idaho. Survivors include her son and six grandchildren. Her husband died in 1970.

Hilbert J. Unger ’28

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Hilbert and Callista Unger

Hilbert John Unger ’28, February 2002, in Maryland. Hilbert graduated with a degree in physics from Reed, in great praise for his college experience, especially with A.A. Knowlton [physics 1915–48], and went on to the University of Oregon as a graduate assistant. His studies in infrared spectroscopy led to a master’s degree in biological and physical sciences in 1930. For his work in physics, he was also awarded the first doctorate in the department in 1932. Continuing at the university on research grants, he took education courses that would enable him to teach physics and math at the University of Idaho–Pocatello (Idaho State University) from 1935 to 1938. During the next four years, Hilbert was engaged in the research division of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing as an infrared spectroscopist in what was then classified work against counterfeiting. In 1942, he began his career with the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, developing and monitoring the production of a radio proximity fuse for anti-aircraft and field artillery shells. Under sponsorship of the U.S. Navy at the end of the war, the laboratory developed the Terrier and Talos guided missiles with Unger on fuse research. He also studied the development of microcircuits for navigational satellites. In 1956, he transferred to the research center of the laboratory and returned to infrared research, developing a rapidly scanning infrared spectrometer for monitoring fuel temperature in rocket motors. He published articles in a variety of publications and in classified papers from 1930 until 1972, when he retired. In 1935, Hilbert married Callista de la Fontaine and they had a son and daughter. In retirement he was actively involved in community, church, and civic volunteer service, including serving on the board of the Montgomery County (Maryland) United Way, and as secretary of the central council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He taught English to those seeking high school equivalency and for whom English was a second language, and volunteered for an emergency assistance project. He also repaired clocks and electronics, and did carpentry. Hilbert and his wife traveled to Europe and Russia in 1972–73, and moved into a retirement facility in 1996. In 1998, he celebrated his 92nd birthday, and his wife’s centennial birthday. Reflecting on his research during World War II, Hilbert once stated, "We could see directly how our work helped end battles sooner and saved lives. Today there are enough atomic bombs to singe the entire world. It’s harder to know how to be of help."

Karl F. Urbach ’42

Karl Frederic Urbach ’42, November 8, 2003, in San Francisco, California, from colon cancer. Karl attended medical school in Austria, but was diverted to the Dachau concentration camp before he was able to finish his immigration process. Eventually released, he came to Oregon with his brother with an unfulfilled ambition to join the U.S. Army. He enrolled at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, then transferred to Reed and received a BA in chemistry, working summers as a firefighter and roofer. He went to Northwestern University and earned a PhD in chemistry in 1946 and an MD in1950. In 1952 he married Lilly Mendelsohn, and they had two children. Karl's 30-year career as physician with U.S. Public Health Service, included 14 years at the USPHS hospital in Staten Island, New York, heading the anesthesiology department; and 10 years as director of the USPHS Hospital in San Francisco. He retired in 1980, and enthusiastically pursued his interests in hiking, camping, skiing, gardening, reading, travel, and translating. He once noted that Reed reinforced his respect and interest for intellectual endeavors. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and three grandchildren. His son predeceased him.

Homer B. Utley ’58

Homer B. Utley ’58, April 27,1995, in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Reed, he studied physics at Rice University, earning a master's degree in 1960. He worked for Convair and General Dynamics in Fort Worth for several years before returning to complete a PhD at Texas Christian University, graduating in 1972. He retired as emeritus associate professor of physics at Clark College in Atlanta. Survivors include his wife, a daughter, a son, his mother and stepfather, and a sister.

Joshua I. B. Ury ’84

Joshua I. B. Ury ’84, June 15, 1998, in Massachusetts. He attended Reed for a brief time before working as an independent financial investor and broker.

Lois Lenore Underwood Weiler ’40

Lois Lenore Underwood Weiler ’40, April 21, 2006, in Vancouver, Washington. Lois studied biology at Reed and at Willamette University. She married Ben Weiler in 1941. His being drafted into service in World War II led to her joining the U.S. Navy WAVES. The couple reunited in Oregon City after the war and raised a family. She was active in her community and church. She fostered her love of horses, hunted, and enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and abroad. Survivors include her daughter and son, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Donald L. Uppendahl ’61

Born in Springfield, Colorado, Donald grew up in Kansas. He married Margarette Wohl; they moved to Portland and raised a family. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Don earned his MA at Reed and taught at Washington High School and Portland Community College, retiring as dean of business and industry. Serving in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve, he retired as colonel.

Don was an avid outdoorsman who climbed several Cascade peaks. The couple moved to Bend in 1999, where he lovingly cared for Margarette as she battled Alzheimer’s disease. His daughters, Carol, Sue, Rebecca, and Mary; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren survive him.

Philip Douglas Uhlinger ’72

October 15, 2018, in Phoenix, Arizona, of blood infection that led to sepsis.

Douglas was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where his parents were American Baptist missionaries. After graduating from the American School of Kinshasa, Douglas started at Reed, where he was chair of the judicial board and on the Reed College senate. He wrote his thesis, “Frantz Fanon: Three Theories,” with Prof. Maure Goldschmidt [political science 1935–81]. He went on to get a law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

Douglas spent most of his legal career in public service, with the vast majority of his career at the Illinois Appellate Court. He was a judicial law clerk (research attorney) for one of the first black women on the court. Prior to that, he was counsel for the People with Disabilities Foundation, assistant managing attorney for Legal Assistance for Seniors, and managing attorney for Home Base, which provided advocacy and policy recommendations on issues affecting homeless people. While at appellate court, he met his wife Irma. During their married life, Douglas and Irma lived throughout the Chicago area, in the Bay Area, and in Arizona.


Marguerite Hartshorne Udell ’54

December 29, 2020, in New York City.

Rita grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C., and graduated from West High School in Madison, Wisconsin, when Senator Joseph McCarthy was a political force.


Richard Udell ’55

May 17, 2021, in New York City.

Richard grew up in a wealthy New York family. His grandfather had founded Max Udell Sons & Co., one of the largest manufacturers of men’s clothing in the world. “My father was wealthy, my mother was beautiful, and that’s a combination that often goes together,” Rich said. He loved playing basketball and handball, and attended progressive private schools, including the City and Country School and Elisabeth Irwin.


William Ure ’57

February 1, 2022, in Santa Barbara, California, from metastases of skin cancer.

Bill’s childhood in Michigan was filled with naturalist pursuits, including pets, the outdoors, and riding his bike around Minneapolis. His family moved to Forest Grove, Oregon, in 1947, where he graduated from high school. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “An Attempt to Produce Sensory Preconditioning in Rats,” advised by Prof. Raymond Boyle [psychology 1956–61].


Alan Duane Ullberg ’54

July 7, 2022, in Flossmoor, Illinois.

Alan wrote his thesis, “The Board of County Commissioners of Multnomah County, Oregon,” advised by Prof. Charles McKinley [political science 1918–60]. He went on to get a degree from Harvard Law School and then clerked for two justices of the California Supreme Court. He worked as a special counsel to James Webb, was an administrator of NASA in Washington, D.C., and served as associate general counsel of the Smithsonian Institution from 1970 to his retirement in 1998. Alan is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his son, Rohin.