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William Fiske Bernard MALS ’93

William Fiske Bernard MALS ’93, June 1, 2004, in Portland. William received a BS in political science at the University of Oregon in 1942. He served in the merchant marines during World War II, and returned to the university to receive a JD in 1947, graduating with honors. His law practice began that year in partnership with his father, and he retired after a distinguished career in 2002. His community affiliations included Rotary, People to People, and the Episcopal church. An athlete with a lifelong connection to the Oregon desert, Bernard hiked several Cascade peaks, was a member of the Mazamas mountaineering club, and ran his first marathon at 60. His interests also ranged from furniture making to improvisational theatre. William possessed a strong will and a sense of humor. He described his experience in Reed’s MALS program, which he began at age 65, as one of the highlights of his life. William's determination to learn and to share his positive perspective on life were unaffected by a debilitating stroke. Survivors include his wife, Julie Schauffler Bernard, to whom he was married for 54 years; two sons and daughters; six grandchildren; and his sister.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2004

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