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Geneva Hale Inman Quigley ’26

Geneva Hale Inman Quigley ’26, November 2, 1993, in Portland, where she had lived since 1943. She attended Reed College in 1923–24 and later received a degree in home economics from Oregon State University. Geneva taught school in Idaho for several years before moving to New York City, where she worked in the restaurant business. Her marriage to Kenneth Inman in January 1942 ended in divorce after a year. She moved back to Portland in 1943, and managed three restaurants and two departments of the Lipman-Wolfe department store. In 1950, she purchased a restaurant in southwest Portland, renovated it, and opened it as The Carnival. The restaurant became a popular landmark in Portland, known for its casual family atmosphere and excellent hamburgers, and frequented by such notables as Senator Mark Hatfield and former governor Tom McCall. A loyal customer, former director of the Oregon Historical Society Tom Vaughan, noted that Geneva was "part of that American dream where a simple meal could be made forever memorable. She made eating fun." She retired from the business in 1966, turning over the restaurant to her son. She married Edward Quigley in 1965. He died in 1984. Geneva is survived by her son, a brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1994

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