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Marjorie Campbell McDonald ’19

Marjorie Campbell McDonald ’19, March 10, 1995, in Corvallis, Oregon. She attended Reed for three years and went on to earn her teaching degree from the University of Oregon in 1919. She taught high school in Portland and married John McDonald in 1925. After his death in 1943, she began teaching English to Russians who were in Portland, shipping war materials during World War II. She learned enough Russian to start a beginning Russian course at Washington High School, the first such course to be offered in public schools in the United States. She continued to study Russian by taking summer courses at Stanford University and the University of Washington. In 1955, she took a sabbatical from teaching to study Russian at the University of London and in 1959 was given permission to travel alone in Russia, one of the first Americans to do so. She retired from teaching in the early ’60s and turned her attention to art. She became a collage artist, using torn rice paper, and showed her work in a number of exhibitions in Portland and Corvallis. A retrospective show of her work was held at the Stevenson Gallery in Corvallis on April 9, and a one-person show will be held at the Buckley Center Gallery, University of Portland, October 16–November 9 (1995). She is survived by her sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 1995

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