President William Trufant Foster looking out over the pasture on the north side of the canyon towards the West Hills of Portland, 1910.
“In every roundup, the finest steers are always outside the bunch.”
—David Starr Jordan, president of Stanford University,
at the laying of the Reed College cornerstone, June 8, 1912
This month, Oregon State University will publish Comrades of the Quest: An Oral History of Reed College, edited by John Sheehy ’82. This magisterial volume, constructed from hundreds of interviews with professors, presidents, alumni, and administrators over the past century, traces the history of the college, from Amanda Reed to Nitrogen Day, as told by the people who worked, studied, lived, and loved here. Rather than excerpt a single passage, we chose to highlight seven figures who shaped the college in one way or another. If this sampling whets your appetite, we encourage you to check out the book.