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Byron Bair ’52

Born in Steilacoom, Washington, Byron lived a hardscrabble childhood that witnessed the entirety of the Great Depression. He enlisted in the navy after graduating from high school, and after World War II came to Portland, where he attended Reed for two years before moving back to Washington. He took a job as a fry cook at Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Inn, where he met the love of his life, Patricia Arnett. They married in 1954, and would be together until Pat’s passing 60 years later. They raised their family in Portland, where Byron enjoyed a long and successful career in the food industry.

A generous and caring man, Byron was known for his signature “point of information” comments when he happened on something interesting he thought all should know. He enjoyed sharing facts, reading the newspaper aloud, and listing the ingredients in food products. He is survived by three sons, Gregory, Thomas, and Daniel.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2017

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