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Inez Birney Palmer ’27

Inez Birney Palmer ’27, December 15, 1999, in Lincoln City, Oregon. She attended Reed for two years and later attended Western Oregon University and the University of Oregon, earning a BS in history in 1933. She also studied music at the Portland Music Conservatory. She taught school for over 40 years, primarily fourth, fifth, and sixth graders at the Kennedy School in Portland. The school is now a unique bed and breakfast and conference center that has named one of its rooms in her honor. She married Harry Palmer in 1927 and they had one son. After retiring in 1969, they moved to Lincoln City, on the Oregon coast. She was a volunteer at the town’s domestic violence shelter and served on its board of directors, and in 1987 was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award by the Chamber of Commerce for her work there. She also volunteered at the North Lincoln Hospital and the Lincoln City Senior Center, was a past officer in North Lincoln Republican Women, was a regent of the Yaquina Chapter of the DAR, and served on the Council on Aging. In the 1980s she was asked by the Lincoln County Commission to accept a position on the county planning commission, where she represented senior issues for seven years. Her other interests included rose gardening, fishing, music, and travel. She is survived by her son, two grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2000

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