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Ben Howe Rowland ’07

June 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C., following a long struggle with depression.

Ben was a graduate of the Field School in Washington, D.C., before attending Reed, where he majored in sociology and wrote his thesis, “Out of Sight and Off the Streets: Risk and Enforcement in the Sex Industry,” with Prof. Marc Schneiberg [sociology 2000–] advising.

“Ben helped break a thesis mold in our department, combining interviews with advocates for sex workers with a meta-analysis of ethnographies of sex work to produce a wonderful thesis,” Schneiberg said. “In everything we did together, Ben engaged rather than went through motions, and I remember him especially for his sensitivity and compassion for those he studied, and for how he combined grace, care, thoughtfulness, and a wonderful sense of humor to work through and work me through a clear and unflinching view of world and its ways.”

Ben had been working as an outreach specialist at Pathways to Housing in Washington, D.C. He is survived by his mother, Julia, and his sister, Katherine.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2018

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