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Eileen Scott Ross MALS ’71

Eileen Scott Ross MALS ’71, September 6, 2003, in Portland, Oregon, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Eileen received a BA in English literature from Lewis & Clark College in 1951, and moved to Montana State University in Missoula with her husband, Robert Ross, in 1952, to accept a teaching assistantship. In 1952 the couple returned to Oregon to teach at Pacific University, and to raise a family. She attended Reed, and received a master’s degree with a focus on medieval literature. Eileen then began working in college administration, at Lewis & Clark, at Reed, and finally at Marylhurst University, where she was vice president of development until retirement in 1988. Eileen was an optimistic individual, with a keen determination to enjoy life. She maintained an unflagging interest in being with family and friends, and undertaking adventure, anywhere from Scrabble games to trips to the Oregon Coast. Survivors include her two sons; one son, Alan, attended Reed in 1982–83. Her husband predeceased her.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2004

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