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Ann Daudert

Ann Daudert, secretary in the physics and computer science departments, died on July 4, 2006.

Daudert joined Bryn Mawr College’s physics department in 1976 and was “an organizational whiz of unparalleled competence,” said Professor of Physics Peter Bechmann. “She was also a loving and caring supporter and personal confidant of many tens of faculty members, many tens of housekeeping personnel, and hundreds of physics majors. The best way I could describe her approach to her time at Bryn Mawr is to say that she was like a senior undersecretary in a governing Cabinet. She knew that presidents, provosts, and departmental chairs came and went but that she was responsible for the safekeeping and the evolution of the physics department over the long haul. She trained departmental chairmen on a need-to-know basis with good humor, never taking the job more seriously than was appropriate, and always doing everything with good humor and with a wise perspective. For many, she was Bryn Mawr. It will be different now.”

Daudert is survived by her husband, Jeremiah, sons Jeremiah Jr. and Matthew, and five grandchildren. Condolences may be sent to the family at 37 Schoolhouse Lane, Broomall, PA 19008.

Donations may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.


Howard S. Hoffman

Howard S. Hoffman, professor emeritus of psychology, died on August 31, 2006, at the Quadrangle in Haverford.

Born in New York City, Hoffman received his B.A. from the New School for Social Research in 1952 and his M.A. from Brooklyn College in 1953. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut in 1957 and was an instructor in its department of statistics before going to Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor of psychology in 1957. He attained the rank of professor at Penn State before leaving in 1970 to become a member of the Bryn Mawr faculty. Hoffman retired in 1991 but still taught an occasional course for a few years.

Hoffman had an international reputation for his work in experimental psychology, notably imprinting, studies of the startle reflex and human memory. He received grants from National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and the National Institute for Mental Health. A prolific writer, he authored and co-authored hundreds of journal articles and reviews and wrote several books. His book about his experiences as a scientist, Amorous Turkeys and Addicted Ducklings: A Search for the Causes of Social Attachment, is currently being translated into Japanese. He also wrote Vision and the Art of Drawing and created a computerized version of his statistics course, Statistics Explained, with his son Russell. Books written with his wife, Alice, included The Cruikshank Chronicles: Anecdotes, Stories and Memoirs of a New Deal Liberal, with a foreword by Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and Archives of Memory: A Soldier Recalls World War II. The latter book, a study of memory, dealt with his war experiences as a mortar crewman and forward observer.

Hoffman almost became a painter instead of a psychologist and after his retire­ment returned to this early love.

He is survived by his wife, Alice, daughters Gwen and Martha, sons Russell, Franklin and Daniel, and nine grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by his son Randall. Memorial donations may be made to The American Friends Service Committee at 1515 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19101.

Painting by Howard S. Hoffman, titled “Think about it!! You can't have a light without a dark to put it in.”


Margaret Anne Hollyday

Professor of Biology and Psychology Margaret Anne Hollyday died July 14, 2006, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Admired by students and colleagues for her generosity of spirit as well as her genius for experimental design and her deep commitment to scientific integrity, she was for many Bryn Mawr students a model of a woman’s ability to succeed as both a scientist and a parent.

Born in New Jersey, Hollyday graduated from Swarthmore College in 1969 and earned her Ph.D. at Duke University in 1974. After postdoctoral research at Washington University in St. Louis, she joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, where she met Paul Grobstein, now a professor of biology at Bryn Mawr. Having already published several papers that were generally acknowledged as major contributions to the field of developmental neurobiology, Hollyday early in her career “had already established an unshakeable reputation for absolute integrity, for collecting and presenting observations in impeccably clear and unchallengeable ways,” Grobstein said. The two collaborated on several papers and ultimately married; their twins, Jed and Rachel, were born in 1984. Hollyday and Grobstein both came to Bryn Mawr as full professors in 1987.

Hollyday’s recent research, funded by grants from the NSF and NIH, sought to determine what chemical cues triggered cell differentiation in the developing spinal cords of chick embryos and why motor neurons begin to differentiate earlier than interneurons. She was, colleagues say, determined to persist in her research and teaching despite her diagnosis of cancer; when illness forced her to take a final medical leave in April, she took a microscope home with her so that she could continue to advise her students.

An active member of the Main Line Unitarian Church, Hollyday was also an avid music lover who sang with the Bryn Mawr-Haverford Chorale. Colleagues and students remember her as an open-hearted friend, a devoted mother and a wise counselor who achieved a remarkable balance of the professional and personal. “All aspects of a life must be lived at once,” she told one student.

She is survived by her children, Rachel and Jed Grobstein, and their father, Paul Grobstein; her brothers, Bill and John; and her mother, Helen. A memorial service was to be held at Bryn Mawr this fall.

Rosalie Chase Hoyt, Ph.D. ’45, the Marion Reilly Professor Emeritus of Physics, died on July 25, 2006, in Brunswick, Maine.

Hoyt was born in New York City in 1914. She began her undergraduate work at Bryn Mawr in 1932, and then worked on Wall Street for several years before completing her B.A. at Barnard in 1940. She received her M.A. from Bryn Mawr in 1941, and her Ph.D. in 1945. Hoyt was an instructor in physics from 1941-1945, spent the next three years as a physics instructor at the University of Rochester, and returned to Bryn Mawr in 1948 as an assistant professor. She was chairman of the department from 1969-1977, and retired in 1982.

Her principal research interest was biophysical processes in nerve fibers. She published numerous articles in professional journals, contributed to college texts, held research grants from NSF and NIH, and received the Lindback Award for distinguished teaching in 1969. She was a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and Sigma Xi.

After her retirement, Hoyt’s greatest concerns were nuclear arms control and global climate change, a cause she was committed to deeply. Contributions in her memory can be made to the Climate Crisis Coalition:

Hoyt is survived by her brother, Edwin Chase Hoyt, Jr., and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, and great-grandnieces and nephews. At her request no services were held. Condolences to the family may be sent to her nephew and executor, Christopher St. John, 84 Central Street, Gardiner, ME 04345.


Joyce E. Lewis

Joyce E. Lewis, Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work, died on September 25, 2006, in Philadelphia.

Lewis received her A.B. from Gettysburg College in 1948, and her M.S.S. from Bryn Mawr in 1954. After several years as a caseworker and psychiatric social worker, she joined the Social Work faculty in 1965 as a field instructor, and was an associate professor on her retirement in 1994. She did intensive training in Gestalt theory and therapy, and in 1996, after her retirement, received an M.A. in theological studies from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Lewis is survived by two brothers, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Gifts in her memory can be sent to the Joyce Lewis Memorial Fund, GSSWSR, 300 Airdale Road, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. For more information, please see the Social Work website.


Paula Saler

Paula Saler, development communications manager in the Resources Office, died on September 26, 2006, in Philadelphia. Saler, who joined the staff of the College in 1989, will be remembered by many in the community for her passion and energy, her sense of humor, her enthusiasm and her warmth. Born in Staten Island, New York, she received her A.B. from Beaver College and her M.A. from Boston University in early childhood education. She is survived by her sons, Stephen and Matthew, and brother, Dr. Robert Roseman.

Condolences to the family may be sent to 104 Woodside Road, Apartment A-103, Haverford. Donations in Paula’s memory may be made to Paula B. Saler Fund, Pennsylvania Hospital, c/o Development Office, 800 Spruce Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107.


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