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Margaret Frances Williams ’23

Margaret Frances Williams ’23, August 25, 1990. Margaret earned a BA in history from Reed, later noting that it was the "most prestigious thing" she ever did. In fall 1923, she joined George Axtell ’16 and two other teachers as the Parkdale (Oregon) High School faculty. She taught at Parkdale for three years. In 1924 she married Howard Williams ’24, and traveled with him to national parks with a trailer and a movie camera. They taught for nine years in western and eastern Oregon before moving to California. Margaret did graduate work at UCLA, and taught in Los Angeles area high schools until her retirement at 65. Margaret and Howard had one daughter and five grandchildren with whom they spent many delightful years. Margaret devoted time to community interests and politics, the AAUW, the Unitarian church, and local library programs. Howard predeceased her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2004

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