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Yvonne Altmann ’60

November 19, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Yvonne was born in Paris, France, and attended Reed for three years. She received a bachelor of science degree from Georgetown University, with majors in French and German. Completing course requirements for the master’s degree at Georgetown, she was awarded translator’s certificates in French and German and taught French at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.

Yvonne pursued a wide-ranging career, which increasingly focused on fundraising and development for nonprofit organizations. She served as assistant to four successive presidents of the Fund for Peace, a New York educational foundation promoting world order and citizen involvement in foreign affairs.  She was administrator and fundraising coordinator of the New York–based Scientists’ Institute for Public Information, a national public interest group. She assisted in the establishment of the Margaret Mead Internship in Policy Related Science, an undergraduate internship for science students administered by the Scientists’ Institute.

After moving to Portland from New York, Yvonne was appointed assistant to City Commissioner Mildred Schwab and served as liaison between the commissioner and various departments within Portland’s Bureau of Parks. In 1980, she began a three-year stint as the director of Reed’s Annual Fund.

Returning to New York, she became associate director of the New York Committee for Young Audiences, served as fundraising counsel to Family Recovery, Inc., and worked for years as a fundraiser for the Opera Orchestra of New York.

She was married to Peter Rubstein ’61, who died August 7, 2020.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2021

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