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John Houston 1914-2004

John A. Houston, 89, passed away — peacefully on September 28th at the Rogue Valley Community Hospital. His — life will be remembered at a memorial on Sunday afternoon, November 21st — at the Unitarian Fellowship in Ashland.

The only son of Ethel Robinson Houston — and John Alexander Houston, he was born and grew up in Spokane, WA. He — graduated from Stanford University in 1936, worked in marine insurance — and at the California State Relief Administration in San Jose and San — Francisco. On the day after Pearl Harbor,, he enlisted — in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific as a communications officer — on Halsey&

39;s staff. With the war over in 1945 he took advantage of — the G.I. Bill of Rights to earn an A.M. at Stanford University and his — Ph.D in political Science at the University of Michigan. His dissertation — "Latin America in the United Nations" was published by the Carnegie Endowment — for International Affairs.

He taught political science and international — affairs at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi from 1949 — to 1954. In 1954 he joined the faculty of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois — and chaired the political science department for many years, retiring — in 1980. One of his most vivid memories of life at Knox involved serving — for a week as host for Dean Atchison, former U.S. Secretary of State. —

In 1939 he married the former Marjorie — Anne Robinson, deceased. They had three children; Alexandra Benham of — St. Louis, MO, Ann Houston Martin of Arlington, MA, and John Alexander — Houston, deceased. In 1969 he married the former Polly Turner of Palo — Alto, CA, and became stepfather to Jane Teas Hebert of Columbia, SC, Howard — Teas of Anchorage, AK, Steve Turner, deceased, Susan Dorman of Chico, — CA, and George Turner of Davis, CA. He leaves one granddaughter, Catherine — McKenna of Fayston, VT, two great-grandchildren and six step-grandchildren. —

In addition to his love of teaching — and interacting with students, John was an avid reader and intensely interested — in politics. While in the hospital he asked for an Absentee Ballot because — he wanted to be sure that he voted. He loved golf, music, San Francisco, — and the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his life he remained a loyal Stanford — supporter.

John and Polly retired to Hilton — Head, SC in 1980, then moved to Ashland in 1987. Until recently, he enjoyed — attending symphony and chamber performances, plays, playing the piano — with the Extended Circle, participating in SOLIR where he also taught — an occasional course, the Foreign Affairs seminars, and the Unitarian — Church.

Memorial contributions can be made — to the Dean Atchison Scholarship Fund, Political Science Department, Knox — College, Galesburg, Illinois.

Susan Roderick-Reynolds

October 6th was a day of great loss — for the family and friends of Susan Roderick-Reynolds. The Roderick family — are lifetime residents of Ashland and Susan will come Rest in the Columbarium — at Trinity Episcopal Church in Ashland. Susan was born in Ashland July — 13, 1955. She graduated from Ashland High School and continued her education — at the Museum Art School in Portland, OR. Susan has spent the last 20 — years with her husband Jamie in Sausalito, CA, where she developed and — built an extremely successful Graphic Arts business. She worked with many — notable people including those in the film and television industry where — she was recognized by many and presented an Emmy Award for her work.

Beyond her successful career, Susan — was loved and cherished by her family, a number of great friends, and — she was a wonderful wife and sole mate to her husband. Susan lost a long, — hard fought battle to cancer, her loss will touch the lives of all who — knew her, and her courage and determination will be an inspiration to — us all. Susan was truly loved and her memory will remain with us always. —

Susan is survived by: Her husband — James Roderick-Reynolds of Sausalito, CA, Mother; Shirley Long of Ashland, — OR, Sisters; Sharon Denzer and two sons of Phoenix, OR, Shelia Gleim and — daughter of Phoenix, OR, Sylvia Bieniek and daughter of Dahka, Bangladesh, — Aunt; Isobel Grover and four children of Ashland, OR. Many very important — extended family members.

A Memorial Service for Susan will — be at Trinity Episcopal Church with Reverend Ann Bartlett Residing. Monday — October 11, 2004 at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, anyone wanting to Donate — in her memory may do so to: University of California at San Francisco — Foundation, In Memory of Susan Roderick-Reynolds, Breast Cancer Center, — 44 Montgomery Street, Suite 2200, San Francisco, CA 94104