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John Mills Stidd ’65

June 14, 2021, in Los Altos, California.

John was born in Pendleton, Oregon, and attended Reed before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, where he served during the Vietnam War. His keen mathematical talent and computer training brought him to Silicon Valley, where he worked for a series of tech startups and then for the famous Xerox research labs in Palo Alto.

John was a stroke survivor who courageously fought the effects of his stroke for almost 20 years. In spite of this, he never lost his keen sense of humor or his love for math, science, history, economics, political science, and music, and he completed the Jumble with his wife, Karen (Browne) Stidd ’65, every day. He was a master level bridge player as well as a keen student of Go and poker and a skilled and knowledgeable photographer who took classes with Ansel Adams. He studied Pali so he could read the earliest recorded teachings of the Buddha. He is survived by Karen, his wife of 56 years, and his children, Sean and Jessica.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2022

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