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Robert Querry ’88

March 5, 2018, in Santa Maria, California, from cancer.

Born in Munich, Germany, Robert grew up in Spokane and Olympia, Washington, and graduated from North Thurston High School in Lacey. After majoring in political science at Reed, he received a bachelor’s degree in city planning from Portland State University and did graduate work in architectural history at Harvard University. Bob said, “Reed clarified the nature of the fiction we live under: i.e. that we can individually be moved without the help of the group.” He worked for the Washington County Planning Department and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Commission as a land use planner.

For many years, Bob made his home in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, and enjoyed a career with the county planning department before starting his own land-use consulting firm. He married Terra Tamai in 2008, and the couple moved to the central coast of California in 2013.

Bob had a lifelong passion for all kinds of music and his creative and artistic talents resulted in numerous interesting collections. He is survived by his wife, Terra Tamai; his stepson, Tyler Tamai; his mother, Priscilla Querry; and his sisters, Kathryn and Suzanne.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2018

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