Six Degrees of Separation With Mayo Methot’s Alma Mater

Oregon’s Catlin Gabel Campus in Autumn

‘Six degrees of separation’ involves the concept that we’re all six or fewer personal connections from each other. This means if you follow the ‘friend of a friend’ link far enough, any two people can be linked within a maximum of six steps. While the theory has been popularized more recently, an early proponent of ‘six degrees of separation’ was Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in 1929.

‘Six Degrees’ proponent Karinthy Frigyes

Mayo Methot’s educational background is shared by well known luminaries. Like Mayo, some have been been involved in acting and/or film. Here are a few of Mayo’s fellow celebrities from Oregon’s Catlin Gabel School, previously known as ‘Miss Catlin’s School.’ 

Catlin Students
Margaux Hemingway-Model, actress & granddaughter of novelist Ernest Hemingway.

Margaux Hemingway

Gus Van Sant, Jr. -Film Director

Gus Van Sant, Jr.

Catlin Faculty
James Beard-Chef

James Beard

Mayo Methot’s Final Resting Place

Mayo Methot rests at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, a historic mausoleum founded in 1901. It’s appropriately located in Portland, Oregon, the place Mayo long called home.

‘Fight Club’ author Chuck Palahniuk describes navigating the massive mausoleum, a resting place for nearly 100,000:

“Within ten minutes you’ll be confused and lost. But while you’re hunting for the way out, look for the crypt of Mayo Methot…”  

Also named on Mayo’s crypt are her parents, father Jack Methot and mother, Evelyn.

Mayo Methot

Rosebuds for the Portland Rosebud   Photo © Roy Widing/All Rights Reserved

Mayo Methot – Did You Know?

An early object of Mayo Methot’s affection was actor William Reid, whom she met as a youth.

Wallace Reid – Public Domain Photo

After an injury in 1919 while filming ‘Valley of the Giants’ on location in Oregon, the ‘movie star handsome’ Reid was given painkillers in order to continue filming. He became addicted and as a result, his health deteriorated. In 1923, Wallace Reid died in the arms of his wife, Dorothy Davenport. Wallace Reid is now considered one of Hollywood’s earliest victims of drug addiction.