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Helen Clifford Peters Sloss ’36

A picture of Helen Peters Sloss

Helen Clifford Peters Sloss ’36, February 27, 2012, in Yorba Linda, California. Helen hailed from Galveston, Texas, and earned a BA from Reed in sociology. She was an executive with Pacific Telephone for 37 years, pioneering positions for women that traditionally had been held by men. She also served in key leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church, including as interim executive of the Los Angeles Presbytery. In 2006, at the age of 94, Helen sent in news for class notes in Reed: “I really don’t need to be reminded that it has been 70 years since I was on campus,” she quipped. She was still driving her Volvo station wagon and reflected on the contribution that her classmates had made to the world. She is survived by a son and daughter, seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Her brother, Warren Peters, also attended Reed.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2012

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