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Barrett Lynn Tomlinson ’64

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Barrett Lynn Tomlinson ’64, September 1, 2011, in Portland, after a brief fight with an aggressive cancer. Barry came to Reed from Richland, Washington, and earned a BA in chemistry. He went on to earn a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and lived in Santa Clara, where he wrote computer programs for scientific and commercial use. Barry devoted much of his spare time to Science Buddies—a nonprofit developer of software, content, and other resources for informal science and engineering education—and volunteered as a tutor for Kaiser Permanente. He also mentored troubled youths through the Bill Wilson Center, worked with the Boy Scouts, and enjoyed camping and hiking. The Tomlinson Family Scholarship, which will provide financial aid for a student in mathematics and natural sciences, was established at Reed a few days before Barry’s death. Survivors include his parents; his sister, Sue Yount; his niece, Carmen Yount ’92; and his nephew, Mason.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2012

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