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Jeanne Coblentz Senders ’41

Jeanne Coblentz Senders ’41, November 15, 2003, in Washington. Senders attended Reed for one year. Jeanne married Ralph Senders in 1939, and they had four children. After her family moved to Mercer Island, Washington, in 1962, Jeanne continued her lifetime interest in social causes by helping to found the Central Area Mental Health Center, and teaching at the Seattle Central Area YWCA. In the late ’60s, she started a travel business, developing an expertise in travel to Hawaii and Asia. She was a columnist and frequent contributor for the Mercer Island Reporter. Jeanne was active in the Sisterhood of Temple de Hirsch, and was the first woman to deliver a sermon at the synagogue. Her dry and sarcastic sense of humor assisted her fight against rheumatoid arthritis, and helped her beat the initial medical prognosis given when she was a teen. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, and two sons.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2004

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