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Stuart Crawford Gaul ’48

Stuart was born in Olympia, Washington, and graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. He entered Reed in 1942 and stayed a year and a half before being called up to the U.S. Army, serving as a radioman in New Guinea, in combat in the Philippines, and as part of the occupation force in Japan. After being discharged he returned to Reed, glad to be back at a place he loved and grateful for the opportunities the school provided him. He earned a degree in political science and wrote his thesis, “The Effects of the 1948 Budget Cut on the Bonneville Power Administration,” advised by Prof. Charles McKinley [political science 1918–60].

Stuart went on to Harvard Law School, later noting that Reed had prepared him well. He spent his career in corporate law, including 30 years at United States Steel. He was active in his church and loved organizing family vacations, reading, and grilling. He is survived by his wife, Joan Boffa; his sons, Stuart and Christopher; and four grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: Fall 2023

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