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Jean Reichenbach, 1937-2009
A Writer and a Fighter

Jean ReichenbachJean Reichenbach, '58, '81, who served as associate editor of Columns from 1983-93, died May 10 at the age of 72. The holder of degrees in psychology and journalism from the UW, she never failed to pay it forward to the next generation of students, both in her work with the UW Alumni Association and as a generous donor to the University.

Reichenbach's dedication translated into her everyday life. Vowing to beat ovarian cancer, she survived 17 years when doctors predicted she would live only two. At the end of her tenure at Columns, she wrote a compelling account that chronicled the new lease on life her diagnosis had given her.

"However cancer has changed me, it has not turned me into some sort of combination of Pollyanna and Mother Teresa," Reichenbach wrote. "But I do strive to find something worth keeping, worth learning, in every day and circumstance." Although she couldn't remain with us forever, her contribution to Columns will. She is survived by her husband Denny; two children; and six grandchildren.