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Margaret Elizabeth Hines Holzer ’29

Margaret Elizabeth Hines Holzer ’29, July 22, 2007, in California. Betty received a BA from Reed in chemistry. She credited chemistry professor Ralph Strong [1920–34] as the individual most critical to her success at Reed. (“A very severe taskmaster, but a very fine person,” she remarked in her oral history interview with Barbara Sloate Isgur ’63.) Betty received an MS from Stanford University in biochemistry in 1931, and did doctoral work in microbiology research at the Food Research Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. Her professional associations included membership in Sigma Xi, Pi Lambda Theta, and Iota Sigma Pi. In her first chemistry class at Reed, she was seated next to Walter F. Holzer ’29; they married in 1935, and lived in Wisconsin and in California. In retirement, the couple traveled and developed a mutual interest in photography. Their son, John A. Holzer ’62, and granddaughter, Christina E. Holzer ’00, also attended Reed. Walter died in 1983.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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