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Shirley Coate ’37

Shirley Coate ’37, January 9, 2002, in Clackamas, Oregon. She attended Reed for one year and then transferred to the University of Oregon, where she earned a BA in 1937. She served with the Red Cross during World War II, an experience that led her to pursue a career in social work. In 1948, she earned a master’s degree from Simmons School of Social Work, Boston. She returned to Portland and worked in the social work department with Kaiser Permanente, retiring in 1978 as director of social work. In addition to her career in social work, she pursued her interest in painting, attending classes in the evening and on weekends, and studying art with several well known local and national artists. In retirement, she turned this interest into a second career as a professional artist who showed her work in local galleries. She also enjoyed traveling and took trips all over the world, and at age 65 she took up synchronized swimming.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2002

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