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William G. Lamont ’41

William G. Lamont ’41, January 20, 2000, in Ellensberg, Washington. After graduating from Reed, he worked in the Portland shipyards during World War II and then taught school in the Vanport, Oregon School District until the 1948 flood destroyed the town. He and his wife, Lucy, whom he married while attending Reed, then moved to Snohomish County, Washington, where they bought land and hand built a log and cedar home. He returned to school and earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Washington. In 1957, he began teaching high school humanities, English, and orchestra at Bellevue High School, where he taught until retirement in 1984. He was also an avid folk music collector and musician, and he and his wife worked as music and craft teachers at a summer camp on Lopez Island. In 1974, his wife died of cancer, and in 1981 he married Lena DeCourcey. In retirement, they enjoyed traveling and music. He is survived by his aunt; two daughters; a son; six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. His second wife also predeceased him.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2000

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