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Southern California

August was a very active month for local Reedies. Mela Kunitz ’87, assistant director of alumni relations events and programs, visited the annual barbecue picnic on August 7; the book group met August 14; and on August 21, Mike Teskey, director of alumni relations, joined us for a Reed on the Road event with Reed Professor Doug Fix at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Professor Fix’s presentation was linked to a LACMA exhibit of Japanese art displayed at world fairs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The next scheduled event is the solstice party on December 10; look for a printed or emailed invitation. If you have a spam filter that screens your incoming email, please set it so you can receive messages from The book group meets monthly, usually on the second Sunday. For the November 13 meeting, the book is Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene. Alumni visiting from outside the area are invited to call ahead for details, read the book, and join the discussion. For further information, call Robert Hadley ’53 at 310/391-1427 or send email to


The Portland chapter steering committee welcomed a new chapter chair this August, Barbara Smith-Thomas ’64, and new members Deane Bennett ’55, Joanne Hossack ’82, Tamara Lishka ’92, Paul Manson ’01, and Barbara Pijan ’79. Thanks go to retiring chair Aarin Lutzenhiser ’97 and retiring member Nora Leibowitz ’93 for their service over the past years, and to returning members Johanna Colgrove ’92, Esteban Gutierrez ’94, and Ron Sato ’68 for their continuing service.

We hosted a pizza party at Old Town Pizza in May to congratulate new Reed graduates and to welcome them into our ranks. In August, we held a potluck family barbecue picnic on the Reed campus. By the time you read this, we will have been on a private docent tour of the “Fair To Remember” exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, led by public historian Richard Engeman ’69. Two hundred years have passed since the Lewis and Clark expedition, and 100 years have passed since the World’s Fair in Portland celebrating the centennial of the expedition.

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Roger Porter, professor of English and humanities, led an Alumni College session at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland in July. Attendees saw two plays, Richard III and Twelfth Night, and engaged in discussion of the texts and film adaptations over the course of the weekend. Clockwise from left: Tom Landye ’60, Roger Porter, Jennifer Ash, Laura Graser ’73, Barbara Smith-Thomas ’64, and Pat Landye.


Washington, D.C.

In August, Dick Goodwin ’63 and Judy Bell ’63 hosted the chapter’s annual summer picnic at their wonderful wooded property in Chain Bridge. The rain held off and everyone had a wonderful time. There was a great mix of alumni and new Reedies eating and talking under the trees until early evening. During the picnic, the chapter elections were held and Susan Rudy ’79 was elected chair. Leslie Overstreet ’71, who has held the position for many, many years, deserves a great deal of gratitude for her commitment to the chapter.

Upcoming events should include the annual solstice party in mid-December. Get in touch with Susan if you have ideas for alumni events in the coming year, or if you can suggest an evening meeting venue in the District or near a Metro (either a large private home or public space), where we can have speakers and serve wine and cheese. If you are a recent grad and would like to be a college fair attendee, Susan would like to hear from you (703/379-1796 or


Our second-annual Indian Independence Day dinner was organized by Alison Birkmeyer-Aske ’93, and held August 13 at the Viceroy of India on Devon Avenue, the heart of Chicago’s Indian community. We were pleased to be joined by Rachel Fredericks ’04, assistant to alumni relations, who graciously answered questions about the college from four decades of Reedies (all of whom were positive “Old Reed” ended the year before they arrived on Woodstock Boulevard).

We look forward to upcoming events, such as our fifth annual Dim Sum Chinese New Year Celebration (Sunday, January 29, 2006, Three Happiness, 2130 South Wentworth), and quarterly bar gatherings at local watering holes. The steering committee is always on the lookout for event ideas and welcomes new participants. Contact Greg Clarke ’88, at or Chantal Sudbrack ’97 at if interested.

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The Chicago chapter’s Indian Independence Day dinner, clockwise from left: Sarah Austin ’85, Kate Piatt-Eckert ’04, Joe Reid ’74, Julie Dugger ’91, Ray Coyne ’71, Chantal Sudbrack ’97, Rachel Fredericks ’04; photo by Alison Birkmeyer-Aske ’93.


Over the past few years, members of the Rainier chapter have been active in the alumni association’s oral history project. Under the direction of Nancy Stewart Green ’50 and her successor, Brie Gyncild ’91, nearly a dozen volunteers have collected oral histories from more than 30 alumni in the classes of 1927 through 1954. Their work is part of a larger effort by volunteers in the alumni association as we advance to Reed’s centennial celebration in 2011.

If you’d like to learn more about activities in the local chapter, including the monthly reading group and brewpub gatherings, or would like to find out how to be involved with alumni efforts on the national level, please contact chapter chair Erik Speckman ’91 ( or 206/715-4100).