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Herman H. Becker ’34

Herman Hewitt Becker ’34, August 4, 2006, in Portland, from pneumonia. Herman received a BA from Reed in history, and also earned an MEd from the University of Oregon. In 1940, he married Carol L. Dickensheets `32, who died six years later. In 1950, he married Winifred Jane Roby. Herman taught history and social studies at Washington and Franklin high schools in Portland for 30 years. His pride in teaching stemmed from his belief that education provides the most important foundation for an individual's life, and that the study of history is critical in understanding the present. He served on Reed's alumni board and as chair of the Portland High School Teachers Association, as well as other educational organizations, and was a life member of the National Education Association. He was also a professional baritone, and a longstanding choir member at the First Presbyterian Church in Portland. In retirement, he worked in real estate management and sales. Survivors include his wife, his son and two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2007

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