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Judith Black Craise ’63

Judith majored in literature and wrote her thesis, “The World of Clamence: a Study of La chute by Albert Camus,” with Prof. Kaspar Locher [German 1950–88]. After moving to the Bay Area, she worked as a deputy clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

After 21 years of marriage, she divorced and began building a life that was more to her liking, including taking in the rich cultural life of the Bay Area, writing and traveling. She began freelance writing and copyediting.

“I never dreamed after leaving Reed that I would have the free time to devote to writing,” she wrote at the time of her 30th class reunion.

When she looked back at her years on campus she remembered the spring flowers that bloomed after the winter rains, and the stimulating conversations when she dropped by the coffee shop any time of day.

“Reed gave me the self-discipline and intellectual background to try writing on my own,” she said.

In the ’90s, Judith became convinced that environmental concerns and human rights violations would be the issues of the future. She spent the last years of her life dedicated to these issues.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2016

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