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Sara Elizabeth Ashwell ’34

Sara Elizabeth Ashwell ’34, June 14, 1995, in Portland, where she had lived all her life. After graduating from Reed, Elizabeth worked as a clerical assistant in the Multnomah County Library, an experience that led her to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley, library science program. She earned a librarianship certification in 1939 and then returned to Portland to work for the Multnomah County library system. She began her career in a small branch and later moved to the Central Library, working in various departments there for almost 40 years. She returned to school in the ’60s, earning a master's degree in general studies from Oregon State University in 1968. In 1974, she retired from the library and became secretary to the senior pastor of Hinson Memorial Baptist Church, moving to part time in 1984.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1995

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