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Leroy Skibsted Caspersen ’52

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Leroy Skibsted Caspersen ’52, July 20, 2013, in Portland, from cancer. Following his service in the navy during World War II, Cap married Coralee Stump, moved to Portland, and enrolled at Reed. He earned a BA in biology. “I received an excellent education and developed superb work habits.” Cap received an MD from the University of Oregon Medical School and began a practice in obstetrics and gynecology in Portland in 1960 that spanned 48 years and was marked by the delivery of 6,000 babies—including his grandchildren. He was a passionate golfer, a member of the Portland Golf Club, and he enjoyed skiing, tennis, and bridge. He was a member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and read two or three novels each week. A sudden decline in his health two months before his death, which baffled physicians, was finally diagnosed as metastasized cancer. Survivors include three children and six grandchildren. His wife died in 2004. “He was a wonderful father, father-in-law, and grandfather, filled with unconditional love for us all.”

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2014

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