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Joan Chrystall Cutting ’44

October 30, 2020, in Portland.

Known as Joey to her friends, Joan was born in Portland and attended Lincoln High School. At Reed, she wrote her thesis, “Jane Austen: A Novelist of Manners,” advised by Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [art and English 1929–69]. In 1942, she married Lt. William Browne and joined him in the Philippines after World War II. Following the birth of two sons, they returned to the States, and after the birth of their third son, purchased a new home in the West Slope area. Joey continued her education and secured her teaching credentials with a master’s degree.

She taught for many years at Chapman and Ainsworth grade schools. In 1983, she married her second husband, Donald Cutting. The two volunteered in the Mycological Society and were avid travelers who loved camping, boating, fishing, and gardening. Joey still tended her garden at the age of 99. She is survived by her sons, William Browne and Gordon Browne.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2021

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