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Edgar Earle Jacobs ’55

Edgar Earle Jacobs ’55, July 16, 2011, in Palo Alto, California, from pneumonia related to lung cancer. Edgar served in the army before coming to Reed, where he met his future wife, Allene Jenny Lamson ’53. He earned a BS in a combined physics and business program at Reed and MIT. His career as an industrial economist led to work at the Stanford Research Institute and to assignments in Europe and Brazil. Edgar had a broad knowledge of science and a great interest in world history and art. He loved nature and bird-watching. After Jenny’s death in 2000, he moved back to his home state, Idaho, and renewed connections with former friends from American Falls High School. Edgar and other surviving teammates, who set an unbroken record in the 1946 state championship basketball game, received the Legends of the Game award in 2010. During cancer treatment, he returned to California to be near his family. Survivors include a son, two daughters, and a granddaughter.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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