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REEVES, Dee Harmon Dee Harmon Reeves passed away February 18 after a four year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 67 years old and born in Troy, NY the daughter of Irving and Trina Shell, both from New Jersey. She grew up in Elmsford, NY, graduated from Vassar College and later received her master's from Teachers' College, Columbia University. She spent her entire professional career as a math teacher. She began teaching at Methodist Boys High in Lagos, Nigeria as an early member of the Peace Corps, and also taught at Riverdale School in the Bronx, at Greenfield Community College in Massachusetts, and locally the Marlborough School in Los Angeles and Westridge School in Pasadena. Dee Harmon created a parallel career in mathematics education which she continued after retiring from high school teaching in 2005. She was a frequent presenter at mathematics teaching conferences, on the board of LACTMA, and leader of numerous teacher preparation courses at several local school districts under the auspices of UCLA Math Center X. While undergoing treatment, she became an editor of a revolutionary program for students struggling to prepare for algebra written by the UCLA Math Content Programs for Teachers and Students and recently adopted by the State of California. Dee Harmon was a wonderful cook and gracious host, who enjoyed reading, tennis, and producing a constant stream of knitted clothing and hand-made quilts for the children of her family and her friends. Her sense of color and style, evident in her clothing creations, the decor of her home and her always outfit-matching shoes, was honed by selling women's shoes as part of the family business starting at age 12. She was a life member of the Sierra Club and led canoe trips in the Maine wilderness as part of the Club's Outing program. She is survived by Robert, her husband of nearly forty years, her children Katherine and Daniel, her granddaughter Margaret, her sister Dana and many cousins in her close-knit family. A memorial gathering of her family and friends will be held at her home on Saturday, February 28. If you wish to make a contribution in Dee Harmon's memory, a donation to the would be appropriate and appreciated. Ovarian is third most prevalent among woman's cancers, kills twice as many of its victims as the next most virulent, and receives a fraction of the funding needed to fight it successfully.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Feb. 22, 2009
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