Giving to Reed

Professor Maggie Geselbracht Women in Chemistry Fund

Maggie GeselbrachtReed College lost a cherished colleague and great friend when Maggie Geselbracht passed away Thursday, September 11 after a long and hard-fought struggle against lymphoma.

Maggie was the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Chemistry, and she had taught at Reed since 1993. An inspiring teacher and mentor, she touched many students lives through her general and inorganic chemistry courses, as well as through her research. Maggie's energy and enthusiasm for life and for learning were evident in all her work. She will be deeply missed not only by her many students, her colleagues, and friends across the Reed community, but also a national network of like-minded chemists. Maggie is survived by her husband, Tom Armstrong, and two sons, Zach and Kieran.

Maggie’s family has launched an effort to create the Professor Maggie Geselbracht Women in Chemistry Fund to support female chemists at Reed.

Maggie's husband Tom Armstrong said, "The fund is a great way to honor Maggie. She loved teaching at Reed—the students, her colleagues, and the campus. She also was very proud of being a woman of chemistry. It is nice to know her legacy will include inspiring and supporting future generations of women chemists.”

For more information about Maggie, please visit the chemistry news blog.

An on-campus memorial will be held for Maggie on Sunday, November 16, at 2 p.m., in the Eliot Hall chapel, followed by a reception in the lobby of the chemistry building.

Make a gift in memory of Maggie

If you would like to make a gift in Maggie’s memory, please visit this site and indicate Geselbracht Fund in the notes section.

If you prefer to mail a gift please make checks payable to Reed College and indicate Geselbracht Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

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