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Letitia Monroe Capell Shrank ’28

Letitia Monroe Capell Shrank ’28, April 12, 2002, in Astoria, Oregon. After high school, Letitia taught in a one-room, multigrade school in Agness, Oregon. She attended Monmouth Normal School (now Western Oregon University), Reed, and the University of Oregon, from which she graduated in 1926. She returned there on a history fellowship, studying history and psychology, and earned a master’s degree in 1934. She married H.C.R. Shrank in 1937, and they moved to Placerville, California, where she organized a branch of the American Association of University Women. In 1954 they moved to Brevard, North Carolina, where she earned a reputation as a beloved and enthusiastic teacher in the local high school. Letitia moved to Astoria in 2001 at the age of 97. She is survived by her daughter, a granddaughter, three nephews, a cousin, and numerous other extended family members. Her husband and son preceded her in death.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2003

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