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Katharine Jaeger Steig ’58

August 12, 2022, in West Vancouver, British Columbia, from complications of a stroke.

Katharine met her husband Mike Steig ’58 at Reed. She finished her degree in education at the University of Washington. In 1966, she and Mike moved to West Vancouver, British Columbia, where she worked in the library and became actively involved in protecting the parks and wilderness on the edge of urban and suburban Vancouver. Katharine’s greatest passions were wild plants and the nature that supports wild creatures and nourishes humans. Her legacy can be seen from Vancouver to the North Shore Mountains, where an important stand of old growth forest still exists because of her efforts, and where two peaks in Cypress Provincial Park were saved from future development. She is survived by her two sons, Joseph and Eric;  and her sister Winifred Wood ’55.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2022

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