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Louise Odale Simonson ’32

Louise Odale Simonson ’32, July 11, 2001, in Pasadena, California. She worked in hospital laboratories in Portland and Los Angeles following graduation from Reed and was a registered and licensed medical technologist. She married Harry Simonson in 1943, who was in the publishing business. Together, they started Sidale Publishing Company, Los Angeles, and beginning in 1949 she published Lab World magazine, a medical and allied health news magazine. The publication became recognized nationally and internationally as objectively reporting on news related to the clinical and scientific laboratory fields. In 1975, they merged their business with North American Publishing Company, Philadelphia due to her husband’s ill health. After his death in 1976, she continued to write for the company. In 1985, she was appointed a consulting editor with two international medical publications, HospiMedica and MediLab, published bimonthly by Technology Communications. She was the executive director of the Metabolic Foundation of Los Angeles, a nonprofit corporation that funds camping experiences for diabetic children, for more then 30 years. She was a member of the American Academy of Microbiology and served on a police advisory board for community policing. In 1988, as a result of her several trips to China, she researched and wrote the background information used for publicity for the first U.S. tour of the National Dance Company of China.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2002

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