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Alice Maxine Meigs Schott Richards ’38

Alice Maxine Meigs Schott Richards ’38, June 20, 2011, in Redwood City, California, following a bout with pneumonia. Alice attended Skidmore College for a year, spent a year in Switzerland studying German, and then enrolled at Reed. That one year at Reed was the high point of her academic life, she said in 2003. “It made me want to get to the source material of things very often, and encouraged some radical feelings I already had. I was affected by the times we lived in, simply that this was a very controversial period in American life.” She recalled political discussions with professors such as Monte Griffith [psychology 1926–54] and Alexander Goldenweiser [sociology 1933–39]. “There were groups that were concerned with the New Deal and all its problems and some of the issues of war and peace. And there was a lot of worry about what was going to happen to the country, but there was also quite a lot of hope. The great clouds of war and the growing clouds of fascism were worrying us.” Alice left Reed to marry and raise a family and maintained a lifelong friendship with her roommate, Cecelia Gunterman Wollman ’37. She received a BA in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and went on to earn an MA in anthropology from Stanford and a junior college teaching credential from San Francisco State College. She was an instructor of cultural anthropology at the College of San Mateo and had three sons, including Peter Meigs ’59.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2012

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