Icie Macy Hoobler Living Center
There are 11 suite-style living centers named for Grand Valley Board of Trustees members Richard M. DeVos, Icie Macy Hoobler, Paul A. Johnson, William A. Kirkpatrick, Arnold C. Ott, Robert C. Pew, William F. Pickard, Bill & Sally Seidman, Dale Stafford, Maxine M. Swanson, and Ella Koeze Weed. All the buildings are divided into suites consisting of two double-bed rooms and a bath.
Widely recognized for her research in the study of nutrition in relation to human growth, Dr. Icie M. Hoobler was a professional scientist, educator, leader and author. Books written by Dr. Hoobler include: Hidden Hunger, about what children eat, and her biography, Boundless Horizons - Portrait of a Pioneer Woman Scientist. She was the first woman president of the American Chemical Society. Born and raised on a Missouri farm, she received her B.S. from the University of Chicago, an M.S. from the University of Colorado and her doctorate in physiological chemistry from Yale. Dr. Hoobler was head of the Nutrition Research Project for the Merrill-Palmer School in Detroit, Michigan, where she studied the effects of various foods on the growth and well being of children. Dr. Hoobler served on the Grand Valley State Colleges Board of Control from 1960-1968.
Dr. Hoobler died in 1984 at the age of 91. This Living Center built in 1987 is just one of her legacies. Hoobler Living Center now houses primarily freshman art students.
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