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Iris Lee Burton Holt ’50

Born in Portland in 1927, Iris was class valedictorian at Lincoln High School and won a scholarship to Reed. She attended for only one semester before transferring to the University of Oregon.

In 1950, she married Gordon Swan and had two children, Peter and Steven. She returned to college and graduated from Portland State University with a degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate. For the next 24 years she taught in the Parkrose School District at Fremont Junior High School, which she loved.

She married John Holt, who had been a classmate at Lincoln, in 1997, and they traveled, did genealogic research and enjoyed their dogs.

John survives her, as do sons Peter and Steven, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2016

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