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Harry Clark Paget ’52

Harry Clark Paget ’52, August 23, 2003, in his home in Anacortes, Washington. A U.S. Navy veteran, Harry enrolled at Reed following World War II and graduated with a degree in anthropology and theatre. He received Reed’s creative thesis award for his thesis and film, Return to the River, based on the Celilo Falls Indian fishery on the Columbia River. (His film Different Drummer, a project about Reed that he completed in the early ’60s, has been popular with alumni audiences over the years.) Following graduation, Harry was a film librarian at the Multnomah County Library for four years and began a 23-year career as a self-employed informational film producer, focusing on commercial and documentary subjects. His film Country Line received the Film Council of America award for outstanding documentary in 1956. He was hired as director of the Mid-Oregon Indian Historical Society at Warm Springs, Oregon, in 1975, setting up a cultural complex and museum. He later worked for the Quinalt Indian Nation on the Washington coast as a community development administrator. His love of boats determined his home in retirement, which he began in 1989, and he also had a passion for books and computers. Harry, a conservation advocate, served as president of the Portland chapter of the Izaak Walton League in 1972. He advanced the work of the Anacortes Sister Cities Association as well, traveling to Russia in 1992 and to Japan in 1995. He married Judith Eccles Scharf in 1958, and they had two sons. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, and his children and grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2004

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