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John Oliver ’68

December 31, 2020, in San Francisco, California.

A sensitive kid with a love of learning, John spent his formative years in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and, after a stint in the U.S. Navy, served in the Peace Corps for two years as an English instructor in Mwanza, Tanganyika (now Tanzania) in East Africa. Upon his return to the United States, John got his master’s degree from Reed College.

He joined the faculty at City College of San Francisco, Alemany Campus, as an ESL instructor. At Alemany he met the love of his life, Faina Shukhat, who had been a student, and they married in 1998. John is survived by her; his brother, Jim; his sister, Fran; and his stepdaughter, Lucy.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2021

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