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May A. Director Georges ’37

May A. Director Georges ’37, May 20, 2011, in Portland. May followed sister Estelle Director Sholkoff ’31 to Reed and earned a BA in psychology. During a 28-year marriage to Norman Berenson, who died in 1965, the couple operated Berenson Hardware and raised a daughter and four sons. In 1970, May and Thomas T. Georges Jr. ’40, co-owner of Oregon Linen Rental in Portland, were married. May served as a volunteer for United Way, the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry, Chamber Music Northwest, and the Emanuel Hospital Foundation board. She was board president of the Oregon College of Art & Craft, president of Jewish Family and Child Services, and was a member of Congregation Beth Israel and the Reed College Women’s Committee. In 1984, she received the Maurice Sussman Memorial Award for her outstanding contributions to Jewish and civic communities; she also served on Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh’s commission on education. May and Tom enjoyed time with grandchildren, traveling, golfing. Tom died in 2004.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2011

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