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Melba Jeanne Hansen Gordner ’46

Jeanne majored in political science and history at Reed. Her thesis on Pan-American relations was advised by Prof. Rex Arragon [history 1923–74]. She also earned a BA in education from Central Washington College (University) and taught at Franklin Junior High in Yakima, Washington, for decades. She was active in politics, conservation, hiking, gardening, and the arts, and traveled throughout the world. A well-respected poet, Jeanne published three volumes of her work. Her study of poetry began in a class with Prof. Lloyd Reynolds [English & art 1929–69], she said. “I write largely about what I know, but like to venture occasionally into absolute imagination.” Jeanne was widowed twice. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, a foster daughter, a stepdaughter and stepson, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2015

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