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Alison G. Weisner ’81

June 10, 2022, In Menlo Park, California, from cancer.

Alison lived nearly her entire life in the Barron Park neighborhood of Palo Alto, California. After graduating from Henry M. Gunn High School, she came to Reed, where she majored in economics and wrote her thesis, “The Present Value of Space Settlement Construction,” advised by Prof. Edward Schroeder [1979­–80].

“I majored in economics because the subject seemed quirky and paradoxical (goodness knows, it is),” she said. “But when I had to apply it seriously I discovered I didn’t care to.”

Alison had a long career as a document librarian at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Law Firm. In addition to being a prolific reader, she wrote fiction and poetry, and was a nature photographer and calligrapher. She was a prodigious walker; she and her sun hat were a constant, friendly presence around the Palo Alto area. Fiercely independent, Alison was devoted to friends, family, and her community. She is survived by her father, John, and sister, Karen.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2022

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