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Louis Merrill Falkenhagen ’37

Louis Merrill Falkenhagen '37, November 15, 2007, in Seattle, Washington. Merrill received a BA from Reed in economics. After graduation, he was employed with the State Highway Department in Salem, along with a number of fellow Reedites, including Bill Parker ’36, and later worked for the State Unemployment Compensation Commission. During World War II, Louis was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Following the war, he joined his father's manufacturers agency business, Lou Falkenhagen Company, and opened a branch office in Seattle in 1946. He represented manufacturers of hardware goods, particularly in the plumbing materials field, until retirement in 1980. In 1938, he married Jane A. Willson ’37 in the Eliot Hall chapel. The couple enjoyed golf and vacationed annually in Palm Desert. They were life members of the Seattle Yacht Club, master bridge players, and were members of the Rainier alumni chapter, including the book club. Survivors include two sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Jane died in 2007.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2008

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