Empire of the Griffin

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.

Reunions 2015



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Photos by Leah Nash & Christopher Onstott

An impressive 1,433 classmates and allied life forms—one of the biggest turnouts ever—descended on campus for Reunions ’15. Alumni of recent vintage (’06–’15) made a particularly impressive showing, with 328 classmates. What drew them back?

New Trustees



Reed welcomes two alumni to the board of trustees.

Deborah D. Kamali ’85 is an obstetrician and gynecologist at UCSF Women’s Health Center. She previously worked at Women’s Care, a group practice affiliated with Somerset Medical Center in New Jersey. She began her career on the faculty of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Deb graduated from Reed with a BA in biology and earned an MD from OHSU. She has served as chair of Reed’s Strategic Planning Partners and has participated in Working Weekend and as a career network volunteer. Deb and her husband, Kevan Shokat ’86, have three children, including Kasra, who graduated from Reed in 2014, and Mitra, who has just completed her first year.

Dylan Rivera ’95 is a public information officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, where he advises Commissioner Steve Novick on media and communications. He is passionate about urban development and the importance of transportation for quality of life. Before entering public service, he was a newspaper reporter for 14 years, most of them at the Oregonian.

Dylan earned his BA from Reed in political science. He has been a career network volunteer, has served on the alumni board, and has participated in Working Weekend and the Oral History Project. He has advised Reed students and alumni on entering the communications field. As a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, he is working on opportunities for ensuring access to Reed for minorities and economically disadvantaged students. Dylan and his wife, Ramona Perrault, have one child. 

He was appointed for a four-year term as an alumni trustee.

Captivated by New Orleans



Prof. Mark Burford talks Mahalia Jackson

Some lucky alumni enjoyed a travel study trip to New Orleans during the French Quarter Music Festival in April. The weekend kicked off with a reception at the historic home of Juliet Laughlin ’88 and her husband Tim, where Davis Rogan ’90 played tunes on a lovely grand piano and gave an overview of the great musicians who were on stage at the festival. The evening ended at a local club where Tim took the stage to play traditional New Orleans jazz.

The next day, we visited with Prof. Mark Burford [music 2007–], who spent his sabbatical researching gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and who treated us to an insightful overview of her life and work.

Through the generosity of the Historic New Orleans Collection, and assistant director Daniel Hammer ’00, we got up close to historic maps, books, and artwork that comprise this fantastic collection. Imagine what it was like to look at a map of the Gulf Coast from the 1500s—a mere decade after Columbus’ voyages!

The trip got rave reviews and we’re planning another soon. Watch for updates at alumni.reed.edu.

Alumni Alter Constitution


At its meetings during 2014–15, the alumni board unanimously approved and recommended to the membership several revisions to the constitution and bylaws of the Reed College Alumni Association. The intent of the revisions is to bring the governance documents in line with association and board practices, rather than to change those practices. 

See the proposed changes. Pursuant to Article VIII, these changes shall take effect 30 days after publication of this magazine. A copy of the recommended changes is also available upon request by contacting Reed College Alumni Relations, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland OR 97202-8199.

Deep in the Heart of Texas


Alumni explored Austin, Texas, and the legacy of former president Lyndon B. Johnson on a travel study trip to the Texas Hill Country. Tracy Poe ’91 and Greg Sullivan ’90 treated us to an amazing evening of local food and drink while we took in the 360-degree view from their new home. Thunder, lightning, and rain added an unforgetable element to the experience. A wonderful discovery that evening was that Greg and Tracy and Laura Leviton ’72 and Sheldon Hochheiser ’72, as well, reconnected for their second marriages because of Reed.