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Edward Gammon ’51

July 2, 2019, in Fresno, California.

Edward grew up on the Oregon coast in Yachats, where he developed his love for nature and the outdoors. When he moved to Portland to attend Reed, he took up serious rock climbing, hiking, skiing, and outdoor adventures.

He wrote his thesis, “A Problem in the Calculus of Variations,” with Prof. Lloyd Williams [math 1947–81] advising. Continuing his education, he earned two master’s degrees, one at the University of Oregon and another in statistics from UC Berkeley. He completed his formal education with a PhD from Stanford University.

Prior to teaching linguistics at California State University, Fresno, Edward worked as a researcher and developer for such companies as Lockheed and Northrop. He met his wife, Lotte, on a Sierra Club hike while living in Southern California. He taught his children to ski on Mount Hood and kayaked on the Kings River. As a family, they traveled and lived around the world while Edward studied and presented academic papers. After retiring, he spent time in his garden, learned ancient Greek, and rediscovered his love for singing. Edward is survived by his children, Michael and Ruth.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2019

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