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Henry William Von Holt Jr. ’49

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Henry William Von Holt Jr. ’49, October 13, 2014, in Columbia, Missouri. Henry grew up in Portland and enlisted in the army air corps and trained as a pilot during World War II. He came to Reed on the G.I. Bill and received a BA in psychology, working with Prof. Frederick Courts [psychology 1945–69] to complete the thesis “A Study of the Concept of Direction in Lewin’s Vector Psychology.” Henry went on to earn an MA at the University of Oregon and a PhD from Clark University in psychology. He taught at the University of Oregon and at Western Michigan University before joining the faculty in psychology at Stephens College in Columbia. Henry and Lael H. Powers married in 1954 and raised three sons. His family remembers his kindness, compassion, and wit; his enthusiasm as a fan of the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals; and the remarkable friendship he had with many dogs throughout his lifetime. Survivors include his wife, sons, and three granddaughters.

Appeared in Reed magazine: June 2015

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