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Helen Fifer Dusenbery ’37

Helen Fifer Dusenbery ’37, September 5, 1995, at her home in Hood River, Oregon. She attended Reed for two years and then transferred to Oregon State University, where she graduated in 1938 in home economics and child development. She did graduate work at OSU and was an intern teacher with Portland School District until marrying Dallas Dusenbery ’34 in 1942. The couple moved to Umatilla, Oregon in 1952, where Helen raised two children, was a member of the Umatilla School Board, and was active in a variety of community and church groups. She was the librarian for the Umatilla Public Library in 1962–72. In 1972, the couple moved to Hood River, where Helen served as the first children’s librarian of the Hood River Library, retiring in 1980. She was active in the Red Cross and was a regular volunteer with the Hood River Memorial Hospital. She was also an active member of the Riverside Community Church. Survivors include a daughter; a son; a sister; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a nephew, David Dusenbery ’64; and a niece, Diane Dusenbery Waggoner ’68. Dallas died in 1993.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1996

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