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Regional Gatherings


In the fall, Reed physics professor Johnny Powell visited to talk about science and bird watching; a jovial time was had by all, with Reedies from Oxford and Cambridge attending. After a sleepy winter, the London chapter is now waking up, stretching, and having a few drinks. On the horizon, we have a possible trip to Greece, pizza night for recent graduates, a day at open-air markets, a July 12 picnic, and Thirsty Third Thursday (which hopefully will become a recurring event, possibly in Paris as well as London—get in touch if you’re interested!). Please check for updates at

Mark Chen and Chriss Tarnstrom

Hatef Behnia ’75 and Bob Foster ’99 at the chocolate and port sampling in February


Monthly gatherings include our book group and Thirsty Third Thursday, which meets in different parts of the greater Los Angeles area. A chocolate and port sampling, hosted by Hatef Behnia ’75, took place in February, with an expert presentation by Bob Foster ’99. In March, we got together for a well attended dim sum lunch in Chinatown. The annual summer picnic is scheduled for August 3, at the traditional site, Carlson Park, in Culver City. A career-networking event is in the planning stages. For more information on these and other activities, visit


On Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Emma Stocker ’07, 
in partnership with Hands On Portland, led six Reedies and their families in pruning an overgrown (and quite prickly) 10-foot thorn hedge at Marshall High School. In February, Paul Manson ’01 organized a crowd of 40 for a tour of Clear Creek Distillery, founded by Steve McCarthy ’66, where a great deal was learned about whiskey, brandy, and liqueur distilling from saleswoman (and pear bottler) Lynn Bauer ’92 and distiller Elizabeth Cartozian ’03—and the best part was tasting their excellent product!

In March, Connie Crooker ’69 led a day trip to Mt. Hood Meadows. The group shared a college van with students heading that way for P.E. credit. Connie reports, “We enjoyed, not only each other’s company, but that of the students, who remind us that there is intelligent life in the universe. They were reading things like The Early History of Judaism and Moliere, and one student summarized a recent lecture he had attended on the philosophy of consciousness and perception. Gotta love Reedies.”



We celebrated the Chinese New Year with our annual dim sum brunch, attended by alumni, family, and special guests from Portland, Laura Miller ’92 and Reed professor of Chinese and humanities Hyong Rhew. Our summer picnic and free concert in Millennium Park is July 16; the CSO will be performing Beethoven’s 7th Symphony while we picnic on the amphitheatre lawn. Thirsty Third Thursday has new Reedies coming out of the woodwork to chat and drink beer each month; we hope yours is the next new face to surprise us! Check on this month’s venue at


We are looking forward to a Memorial Day potluck at Eve Lyons’ [’95] house, Monday, May 26, at 4 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. to Eve at for her address. We hope Bostonians will join us for another potluck and gathering at Shakespeare on the Common, Sunday, July 27; this year’s play is As You Like It. We’ve joined Thirsty Third Thursday! We’ve been trying different bars, so check on this month’s venue (and make suggestions or ask questions) at


In March, Reed alumni and guests from the wider community enjoyed hearing Barry Hansen ’63, aka Dr. Demento, draw on samples from his music collection as he addressed the ways business and government interests influence what music we hear (and don’t hear) on the radio. The reading group meets on the third Wednesday of the month; books currently scheduled for discussion are Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, April 16; David Domke’s and Kevin Coe’s The God Strategy: How Religion Became a Political Weapon in America, May 21; Irène Némirovsky’s Suite Française, June 18; and Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union, July 16. If you plan to attend, please confirm with host at least two days ahead, as locations may change. Direct inquiries to Peter Greenfield ’67 at Thirsty Third Thursday gatherings continue at rotating locations around the city, and friends and family are always welcome; check on the latest watering hole at


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