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Deane Bennett ’55

Deane Sterndale Bennett ’55, April 26, 2008, in Forest Grove, Oregon, from congestive heart failure. Deane transferred to Reed in his second year, as a premedical student from the University of Oregon. He entered the U.S. Army in 1952, and served in South Korea, after which he completed thesis requirements for a BA from Reed in biology. In 1958, he received an LLB from the University of Chicago. He worked for two years in Chicago for Continental Casualty Company in the claims department. He married Irene Labno in 1960; they had two daughters and two sons, and later divorced. Deane managed an insurance agency in Forest Grove, was a field inspector for Lawrence Warehouse, and was an insurance adjustor for Travelers' Insurance. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1963, and worked as assistant attorney general for the State of Oregon and was deputy city attorney for the City of Portland. In 1973, he entered private practice in criminal defense; his work involved the Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. In the late ’80s, he retired due to health issues. Survivors include his children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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