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Arthur Bledsoe Carson ’40

Arthur Bledsoe Carson ’40, February 22, 2004, in Port Angeles, Washington. Art received his bachelor’s degree from Reed in physics. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps in Alaska and Arizona as a topographical computer, after which he obtained a commission in the signal corps and went to Britain. Following that time, he transferred to the Army Air Corps and was stationed in the South Pacific. In 1946 he married Billie Louise Jones. That same year he began working as a reactor physicist for General Electric in Richland, Washington. Art transferred to GE’s research lab in Schenectady, New York, in 1960, where he worked for five years before moving to the company’s fuel recovery operation in San Jose, California. He retired in 1979 and went to work for the Electric Power Research Institute, where he was involved in nuclear fuel cycle and waste management projects for three years. Art enjoyed athletics and played baseball on a semipro team, and also handball and golf. He was a regular blood donor, a community volunteer, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, his two sons and two daughters, nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, and his sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2004

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