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Henry Van Meter Stevens ’58

December 2, 2020, in Billings, Montana.

Born in Sheridan, Wyoming, Hank was a true child of the West. During a bout with rheumatic fever as a child, he developed a love of reading and technology. He lived by the motto “carpe diem” and never stopped learning. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “The Effects of Automation on Job Satisfaction,” advised by Prof. Carl Stevens [economics 1954–90]. He married Thelma Stuart in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, in 1963. They moved to Billings, Montana, in 1975, where Hank worked as a controller at the Billings Sash & Door Company and then as a manager at the Montana Heart Institute.

He enjoyed photography—with a special interest in capturing the many phases of the moon—and loved classical music, the arts, and animals. He is survived by Thelma, his wife of 57 years, and his daughters, Lora, Krista, and Rebecca.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2021

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