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Carl H. Cadonau ’43

Carl Henry Cadonau Sr. ’43, June 21, 2004, in Portland, following a stroke. Carl earned a BA at Reed in mathematics, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a weather reconnaissance radar technician in a B-24, receiving training in radar technology at MIT and Harvard. Following World War II, he returned to Portland, and worked in his family-owned business, Alpenrose Dairy, for the remainder of his life. In 1944 he married Virginia Mae Wilson; they had four children. He and his wife taught classes at the Portland Foursquare Church, and served on the church’s college scholarship committee. Additional community engagements included those for the Life Bible College, and for the free, family-centered public events and services at Alpenrose—ranging from Little League games to a Christmas storybook lane. He also established a trust fund to assist organizations devoted to improving children’s lives. In 2003 Carl received the Foster-Scholz Distinguished Service Award for his extensive contribution to his community. Survivors include his wife; two sons and daughters; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Anita Cadonau Birkland ’41.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2004

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