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Charles Wheaton Pomeroy ’48

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Charles Wheaton Pomeroy ’49, August 14, 2009, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from melanoma. Chuck joined the Army Air Force in 1943 and served in the Philippines and stateside. At Reed, he met Barbara Hilgren; they were married in the chapel in Eliot Hall. Chuck earned a BA from Reed in psychology and sociology. The summer after graduation, he ran a salmon fishing operation on Lummi Island, Washington. He was an instructor in public schools and at Seattle Community College (where he also was admission director and college counselor-coordinator for social sciences) but returned to commercial fishing each summer until 1985. Every winter he cut, sold, and delivered Christmas trees. Chuck pursued an astonishing range of interests: at various times he was a municipal judge; member of the city's planning commission; housing contractor; landlord; U.S. immigration inspector; and designer of fishing nets. He earned an MEd and was ABD in education at the University of Washington. Chuck retired in 1980, played golf at every opportunity, and traveled worldwide. He and Barbara lived in Lake Forest Park for nearly 50 years before moving to Santa Fe. “Reed did not teach me how to make a living; it taught me how to live a big, well rounded, exciting life—and a productive one, too.” Survivors include Barbara, two sons, one daughter, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and his sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2010

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