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Virginia Shook Cordner ’31

Virginia Shook Cordner ’31, February 6, 2007, in California. Virginia attended Reed one year before taking a position with the Oregon Journal newspaper. Her copywriting career began at the Meier & Frank Company in Portland. She worked for the May Company in Los Angeles; wrote a fashion column in the San Francisco News; and for the Women’s Wear Daily in New York, she covered opera, Broadway opening nights, and Madison Square Garden shows. Virginia worked for Lord & Taylor, and then moved on to ad agencies, such as Foote, Cone, Belding and Compton. She was one of nine women in a Printers Ink listing of 100 top copywriters. Virginia, who gave her vital statistics as “twice divorced and thrice widowed,” spent 16 years in Europe, including in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Malta, and France, and retired in Laguna Niguel by the Pacific Ocean.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2007

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