The chapter has had a couple of interesting events. In May, about a dozen Reedies came to
a gathering at Valencia Street Books in San Francisco, owned by Amanda Cotten ’91. In June,
Martin Johnson ’82 in the East Bay and Drew McCormick ’82 in the South Bay led
groups to see the Iliad, I mean, Troy. Lots of fun and hubris.
Alumni volunteer efforts at Renn Fayre were a great success this year with more than 100 alumni
volunteers contributing 500-plus hours of time to the meatsmoke, feast preparation, karma and
border patrols, alumni coffeehouse staffing and performing, and pass sales. The end-of-the-year
feeding frenzy drew a number of alumni volunteers who fed numerous, appreciative, and hungry
students during finals week.
Also planned was a potluck barbecue at the Reed campus on August 7. We are still looking
for steering committee members for the upcoming year. Please email Aarin Lutzenhiser ’97
at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with suggestions for next year’s schedule
The chapter started off the summer with our second-annual open garden day organized by Karie
Friedman ’61. Seven alumni opened their five Seattle gardens to interested visitors.
The ongoing reading, brew pub, and movie groups continue to meet regularly and welcome anyone
would like to attend. Information on meetings and upcoming events may be found at the chapter
For more information, or to suggest ideas for alumni activities, call our new chairperson,
Erik Speckman ’91 at 206/715-4100, or send email
The next planned event is the annual picnic, scheduled for August 8. A fourth-annual solstice
celebration is under discussion, but has not yet been planned. The book group meets monthly,
usually on the second Sunday. Alumni visiting from out of the area are invited to call ahead
for particulars, read the book, and join the discussion. For information, call Robert Hadley ’53
at 310/391-1427 or send email to BobPatHadley@aol.com.
This summer, the chapter is planning a backstage guided tour of Fenway Park, the revival
of the Dunkin’ Donuts Invasion series, and a barbecue potluck at the Quincy House at
Our annual summer-end picnic will be held Sunday, August 15, 4–7 p.m., at the home of
Judith Bell ’63 and Dick Goodwin ’63, 7621 Cabin Road, Cabin John, Maryland. Most
food and drink will be provided. A modest suggested fee for individuals is $7.50—’00s
alumni are $3, and current students are free. The family fee is $20. Bring a side dish or a dessert
to share. For more information, call Leslie Overstreet ’71 at 703/765-7059.
The chapter has joined the Oral History Project to prepare for Reed’s 100th birthday
in 2011, and has achieved great success so far. A dozen area alumni came to an organizational
meeting, following the announcement by Cricket Parmalee ’67 at last year’s picnic;
about 10 interviews with alumni from Reed’s early years (up to about 1950) have been
conducted, and are in the transcribing and editing stage of the process. Completed interviews
and more information
about the project are available at www.reed.edu/alumni/oral_hist.html. A celebration
for participants is being planned for this winter. As the project continues, we welcome new
volunteers, both early alumni to be interviewed and interviewers from any period. Email Cricket
We are delighted that steering committee member Chantal Sudbrack ’97 will remain in the
Chicago area and, after September, be able to take on the duties of co-chair alongside John Bergholz ’83.
Also, we are happy to report that another steering committee member, Jacob Juntenen ’99,
helped with reunions this year.
Mike Teskey, director of alumni relations, paid a visit to Chicago for the Dim Sum event that
was well received. A second alumni gathering that Mike attended was in Old Town and it yielded
some new faces, including a small group from Hyde Park.
August 14 will be the date of our first-ever Indian Independence Day dinner gathering. Tentative
plans are to hold the dinner at the Viceroy of India on Devon Avenue on the north side of
Chicago. Additionally, September 18 will be the third-annual Oktoberfest, once again to be
held in Lincoln
Square at the Brauhaus on Lincoln Avenue. Finally, November 13 is the tentative date for
our first Alumni Service Project, to be organized by Chantal Sudbrack ’97. Details to
follow as the date approaches.If you have suggestions, or are interested in helping out, please