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John William Redford ’89

The first of three children, Bill was born to Lyman and Edith Redford in Tacoma, Washington. During World War II, he served as a medic in the surgical department in a military hospital in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was married to Harriet Reed for 56 years and they had one son, Steven. Bill received a BA in mathematics from Walla Walla College and later attended Reed, Portland State University, and Andrews University.

A longtime educator, he loved teaching in both public and private schools in Oregon and Washington. After retiring, he continued to teach on a volunteer basis until he was 86. He also drove a school bus, where he enjoyed seeing the kids every day. After Harriet passed, he married Angie Sayler in 2004, gaining three stepdaughters: Cindy, Julienne, and Shelley. They survive Bill, as well as his son, Steven (Dora Sue); sister, Ruth; four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2016

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