Alumnae Win Honors


Marianne Buchwalter ’45 and Kathia Emery ’67 are honored

The Foster-Scholz Club bestowed the Distinguished Service Award on two worthy alumnae at Reunions ’15.

Marianne Schybílski Buchwalter ’45 escaped with her family from Nazi Germany and arrived in Portland in 1939—an experience she would later describe in her autobiography Memories of a Berlin Childhood. She spent two years at Reed, then earned a BA from Stanford and an MSW from Columbia, and trained to be a psychotherapist with Anna Freud. She helped establish the Cooperative Nursery School in Lake Oswego and founded the Oregon Psychoanalytic Foundation. Marianne cofounded the Oregon Contemporary Theatre with Craig Latrell ’74. She has volunteered for the Reed College Women’s Committee, the Friends of the Gallery, the Annual Fund, and Reunions. 

Kathia Nauman Emery ’67 is an interior designer specializing in historic restoration and rehabilitation. Her projects (happily) have included restoration of Prexy and the Parker House for Reed, the Waverly Country Club, and the Spotswood, Fields, and Biddle estates. Kathia attended Reed and UNC. She has served on the Foster-Scholz Club steering committee and has volunteered for Reed’s career network, the alumni board, and the international student host program. She’s a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the Northwest Society of Interior Designers, the Architectural Heritage Center, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has won several awards, including the Architectural Heritage Center Preservation in Action Award. Kathia has two sons; she and Jim Kahan ’64 reconnected and married in 2005.