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Jean Yount Smithson Heintz ’47

A picture of Jean Smithson Heintz

Jean Yount Smithson Heintz ’47, October 17, 2009, in Portland. Jean earned a BA at Reed in psychology and sociology during an era at the college that welcomed returning veterans—both new and former students. Jean said that their presence completely altered campus atmosphere. “They brought a larger perspective on history, and their experiences made their comments in class so valuable!” One veteran was Charles H. Heintz ’49, whom she married. Jean taught social studies, history, and psychology in Portland high schools for 30 years. “Looking back, I realize I learned a lot about teaching just by being a student at Reed. Dorothy Johansen's [’33, history, 1934–84] humanities seminar was my intellectual awakening.” Jean also volunteered with the Parry Center for Children and the Cub Scouts, traveled, practiced Tai Chi, and swam. Survivors include two sons and three grandchildren. Charles died in 1995.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2010

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