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  Lewis Hermann Kleinholz, 1910–2001

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Lewis H. Kleinholz, professor of biology emeritus and a major figure in the history of Reed College, died at his Portland home on July 9 at age 91. He was one of the pioneers in developing Reed’s influential model of the teaching of science by active researchers, fostering an environment where professors and students learn together. He was also a scientist of distinction and accomplishment, specializing in crustacean endocrinology and neuropeptides.

Kleinholz was born in New York City on May 18, 1910. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Colby College in 1930 and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 1937.

He then worked at various marine biological research stations, including those in Plymouth, England, and Naples, Italy. He entered the U.S. Army Air Force as an aviation physiologist in 1942 and served in North Africa and Italy. After his release he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship; in 1946 he joined the Reed faculty, where he served until 1980. Reed College recognized him with both an honorary degree and the Howard Vollum Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Science and Technology.
Kleinholz had a long relationship with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, where he served as a member of the board of trustees, director of the invertebrate zoology course, and director of the NIH research training program in comparative physiology. He also held various visiting professorships at foreign and domestic institutions and held positions on editorial boards of several scientific journals.

His many honors include fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the National Science Foundation (NSF), and an NIH research career award.

He served on numerous national and international science committees for organizations that included the National Research Council, the Rockefeller Foundation Fund for Advancement of Education, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the NSF. A fellow of the New York and Oregon Academies of Sciences, Kleinholz was also a member of the Marine Biological Associations of the United Kingdom and India, the National Conference on Pre-Medical Education, and the American Society of Zoologists, which honored him with a symposium in 1983.

He is survived by a brother, Paul, of Brunswick, Maine, and a nephew, Stuart Nezin, of New York. End of Article


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