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John Paul Van Hyning ’65

John Paul Van Hyning ’65, August 9, 2004, in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. John attended Reed for a year, then graduated with honors from Portland State University, and eaned master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. Having lived with his family in Puerto Rico before attending Reed, he returned to San Juan to work for the Star newspaper in the early ’70s. At the Star, he served as reporter, and business and assistant city editor. He also wrote for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Time magazine, and ABC News. John was a musician and photographer, and was adept at languages, speaking Spanish, French, and Portuguese. Within a decade, his life took an unanticipated turn: he ended up homeless, suffering from mental illness and alcoholism, and completely dependent on the kindness of the Charlotte Amalie community in St. Thomas.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2005

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