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Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47

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Regina Tarlow Kriss ’47, September 22, 2008, in San Francisco, California, from pancreatic cancer. Regina attended Reed for three years, earning a BA from the National College of Education in Chicago. She later earned an MA in counseling from San Jose State University, and a PhD in family therapy from Stanford University. Regina was a counselor and teacher at Ravenswood High School in Palo Alto before joining the Stanford psychiatry department and school of medicine as an assistant researcher in 1975. She was promoted to assistant clinical professor for psychiatry and behavior sciences in 1987, and was supervisor of the drug and alcohol clinic. At the age of 30, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and treatment, but subsequently developed other cancers. She became project director for the Post Mastectomy Group Therapy Research at Stanford, and also introduced revolutionary methods for treating terminal cancer patients. Regina married Joseph P. Kriss in 1948; they had two sons. Her siblings Pauline Tarlow Mosley ’36 and Elvin Tarlow ’30 also attended Reed. “Reed turned me into a perennial student,” she reported, nearly 50 years after graduation. “I am constantly taking classes, workshops, and challenged to learn new things. I will never forget the stacks in the library and the wonderful hours of discovery.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2009

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