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Jonathan Alper ’54

July 24, 2021, in Kalispell, Montana, from cancer.

Jon was born in New York City and at a young age moved to California. He attended Chadwick Academy in Palos Verdes Peninsula before coming to Reed. After a stint in the U.S. Army, Jon and a partner established a company, Marine Salvage and Dive. He was one of the original founders of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and owned a successful printing business in San Francisco.

After retiring in Anacortes, Washington, he met Susie, the love of his life. She was from Montana and he had always dreamed of being a cowboy, so they headed back to the Big Sky to fulfill Jon’s dream. They started a popular bed and breakfast, and Jon, for whom organization and planning were key ingredients to contentment, busied himself with spreadsheets and alphabetizing spice racks. Susie survives him, as do his children, Jonathan Jr., Lyn, Christopher, and Libby.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2022

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