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Dorothy V. Grooms Macfarlane ’44

Dorothy V. Grooms Macfarlane '44, November 19, 2010, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Dorothy's introduction to Reed came through her father, Frederick Grooms, who was facilities director at the college in the ’30s. In addition to relishing time spent in biology lab, Dorothy had happy memories of square dancing and of playing squash and badminton with her friend “Cookie” (Mary Cook Yoakum ’44) and Charles Botsford [physical education, 1912–52]. Between her sophomore and junior years, she married James A. Macfarlane and went on to earn a BA from Reed in biology. When her husband completed military service in 1946, the couple bought a home in Milwaukie, where they raised three daughters. Dorothy was a research assistant for 24 years: first at Oregon Health & Sciences University in the diabetes and metabolism department, and then in medical research at the Portland VA Medical Center. She retired in 1987 and pursued many interests, including hiking, traveling, photography, playing piano, and practicing ikebana. She delighted in visits and conversations with members of her extended family and was very active in her church. Survivors include her daughters. Her husband died in 1981.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2011

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