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Laurie Miller Cummins ’39

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Laurie Miller Cummins ’39, March 13, 2005, in Santa Barbara, California. Laurie attended Reed for one year, and also Sarah Lawrence and the University of Washington, receiving a BA from UC Berkeley in sociology in 1945. In 1939, she married Roy R. Cummins; they had two children. Following his return from service in World War II, the couple moved to Roseburg where they bought and managed her father's business, Young's Bay Lumber Company. They sold the company in 1964 and moved to Santa Barbara. From 1972 to 1994, Laurie served on the Reed College Board of Trustees, focusing on academic affairs and strengthening cultural opportunities on campus. Prior to this she served on the Reed College Womenis Committee. She was also a member of the Reed Art Associates. Cummins did social service work as a caseworker for the Oregon State Public Welfare Commission. She volunteered and supported many organizations working for justice. She enjoyed travel, athletics of all kinds, music, art, reading, and writing, and was a member of the Unitarian Church. Survivors include a daughter, and two grandchildren. Her husband and a son predeceased her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2005

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