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Roberta Siegel ’76

March, 20, 2019, Gleneden Beach, Oregon

Roberta was an American studies major at Reed, where she wrote her thesis, “Pre-Revolutionary Domestic Architecture in New England: From Colonial to Aristocrat,” with Prof. John Tomsich [history 1962–99]. She went on to get a law degree from Northwestern University, eventually setting up a practice in Portland with her husband, Nathan Sanders. They specialized in working with the elderly and mentally impaired populations. The couple had two children and restored a historic Tudor revival home in Portland’s Laurelhurst neighborhood that was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2013, she married Jack Walsh and the couple moved to the Oregon coast. Roberta retired from her law practice and began doing mosaic art full time. Jack, a lifelong ceramic artist and teacher, created a studio next to their home. Roberta is survived by her children, Rachel Hawks and Owen Sanders.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2019

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