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Rudolf Frederick Wagner ’52

Rudolf Frederick Wagner ’52, July 1, 2005, in Clayton, California. Rudy attended Reed for three years, enlisting in the Air Force in 1951. He was sent to Germany and France, and worked in military intelligence, utilizing his knowledge of several languages. Returning to the U.S., he earned a BA in political science from the University of Washington in 1955, and an MA in political science from University of California, Berkeley, in 1958. He married that same year. His interest in joining the U.S. Information Agency overseas during the Cold War was thwarted by family connections in East Germany, so he turned his attention to the field of electronic instrumentation advertising. He worked for Beckmann Instruments in Richmond, California, and the Systron-Donner Corporation in Concord, California. He then became an independent advertising sales representative, retiring in 1999. Rudy was a member of the Association of Industrial Advertisers, the Delta Phi Epsilon professional fraternity, and an ardent baseball and football fan. Survivors include his wife, Sandra, and his two sons.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 2005

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