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Glen Shipley ’55

November 25, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.

Growing up on a farm, Glen learned the work ethic that carried him through life. In high school, he decided that becoming a doctor would be perfect for his curious and caring nature. At Reed, he wrote his thesis, “Preliminary Investigations Aimed at Isolation of the Chromatophorotropic and Retinal Pigment Stimulating Hormones in Astacus trowbridgii,” advised by Prof. Lewis H. Kleinholz [biology 1946–80]. After earning a doctorate in medicine from the University of Oregon Medical School, Glen became a physician and psychiatrist, spending most of his career as director of the Student Health Center at Southern Oregon University.

He met his wife, Laurie, when they were both working at St. Vincent Hospital in Portland; they were married for 54 years. After retiring, they lived in Lincoln City and traveled extensively. After Laurie died, Glen moved to Beaverton to live with his son, Curtis, and daughter-in-law, Rachel, spending his days making art, going for walks, watching movies, and competing with the cat for his desk chair. He is survived by his sons, Matthew and Curtis.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2022

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