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Maurine Olive Gregory Baldwin ’32

Maurine Gregory Baldwin ’32, September 5, 2004, in Portland. Maurine attended Reed and Oregon State College (University), from which she earned her bachelor’s degree. She provided social services to families at the Multnomah County Poor Farm in Northeast Portland during the Great Depression. In 1939, she married George Baldwin, and began a career as a special educator and teacher. Maurine worked in program development for the Oregon Department of Education, Portland State University, Portland Public Schools, and the University of Portland, viewing education as a lifelong pursuit, for which the strengths of each individual should be reinforced. Her work for the Portland Public Schools introduced cross-cultural normed testing and reading programs that addressed the abilities of all students. For the Oregon Department of Education, Maurine initiated services for the Oregon Literacy Council and the Early Literacy Project. She was described as a woman of strength and integrity; an independent thinker, committed to diversity of person and thought. She lived in respectful relationship with many aspects of life, reflecting her interests in such organizations as the Nature Conservancy, the Portland Art Museum, and the Oregon Historical Society. Survivors include her son and daughter, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2005

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