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Roy Alvin Stilwell ’50

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Roy Alvin Stilwell ’50, January 26, 2006, in Portland. Roy attended Reed for a year before entering into World War II with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. After the war, he returned to Reed, studying for two more years; he earned a BA in English literature from Portland State University in 1959. In 1951, he became part of the first violin section of the Oregon Symphony; he performed with the symphony for 40 years. In 1991, he became principal second violinist in the Oregon Sinfonietta of the Oregon Chamber Music Society. He taught strings in private and public schools. In retirement, he played in amateur orchestras, at parties of small groups, and pursued his interest in studying languages. His performances at Reed included the "Sound Experiments," and Gilbert & Sullivan productions. He played in many concerts at Reed during the years Herbert Gladstone taught music (1946–80), and participated in the annual Reed holiday ceremony with the Boar's Head Ensemble. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine, two sons, three daughter, six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2006

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