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Floreen Lillian Hovgaard Warner ’50

A picture of Heidi Warner

Floreen Lillian Hovgaard Warner ’50, February 27, 2008, in Modesto, California. Heidi attended Reed for two years, later earning a BA from California State University at Stanislaus in history (1979). In 1946, she married William L. Warner ’47; they lived in Washington, D.C., for several years. She worked in D.C., and also continued her undergraduate studies at American and George Washington universities. The couple moved to Modesto in 1951 and raised three sons. Heidi was the first woman to be appointed planning commissioner for the city of Modesto (1957-68). She considered her greatest achievement to be the establishment of a cultural center, the McHenry Museum, in 1972. For 24 years, she served as the museum coordinator. She received many awards for her civic work and business leadership, including Woman of the Year from the Modesto Business and Professional Women's Club in 1966; and the Liberty Bell Award, presented by the Stanislaus County Bar Association in 1974. She was a person of vision and dedication, who supported the success of women in the workplace. Professional associations included membership on the board of directors of the Stanislaw, Oakland, and California historical societies, and membership with the California Museum Association. Her passion extended to tennis and travel—two pleasures she combined when she traveled the globe to attend Grand Slam Tournament events. Survivors include her sons, five granddaughters, and three sisters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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