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Dorothy Johnson Campbell ’40

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Dorothy Johnson Campbell ’40, January 20, 2012, in Vancouver, Washington. Dorothy transferred to Reed from the University of Washington and earned a BA in psychology. On the day that she graduated, she married Laurence C. Rodgers ’29 [comptroller 1937–41]. She accompanied Laurence as he traveled around Oregon for his work in labor relations and was a full-time mother, with a daughter and son. When the couple later divorced, Dorothy went to work for the Oregon Employment Security Department as an interviewer and employer relations representative. In 1958, she married Robert W. Campbell; they had one daughter. Dorothy was a member of the Reed College Women’s Committee and volunteered for the Oregon Symphony and the Oregon Zoo. In the ’70s, she moved to a houseboat on Sauvie Island. She was a proficient powerboat operator and canoeist, and taught water safety to her grandchildren, including grandson Timothy W. Atwill ’89. She enjoyed hiking the trails of the Pacific Northwest and swam and walked daily. She also traveled in the U.S. and abroad, including to Somalia, Afghanistan, Iran, Nepal, Morocco, Cambodia, and China. As one of the first female dispatchers for Portland’s waterfront, Dorothy worked for Shaver Transportation and Foss Maritime until retirement in 2003. Survivors include her children, nine grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Daughter Sally Rogers, who provided the details for this memorial, said that her mother loved Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2012

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