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Leslie W. Dundes Holzner ’65

April, 7, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from cancer.

Born Leslie Weir Dundes in New York City, she was raised on both coasts, in NYC and San Francisco. After attending Reed and San Francisco State, she settled in Pittsburgh and was pleased to call it home to the end. She went on to earn both a master’s and a PhD in sociology and worked in the field of sociologically based knowledge, rising to become assistant director with the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Leslie worked to make testing, results, and analysis more useful within public school systems.

After the LRDC, Leslie carried this passion into a collaboration with her husband, Burkart Holzner, coauthoring a book on knowledge usage and global transparency. She is survived by her son, Weir Strange; her daughter, Sara Chapman; and her stepchildren, Dan and Claire Holzner.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2019

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