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Mary "Minnie" Reed (1867-1959)

Mary "Minnie" Reed was born in Circleville, OH, on April 18, 1867. Her family moved to Kansas in 1875. She graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College in 1886, and taught calisthenics at KSAC, 1892-1893. She received her Master's degree in Botany, one of the first advanced degrees awarded by KSAC, in 1893. Her thesis, Kansas Mosses, was published by the Kansas Academy of Sciences in 1896 and was the definitive work for 75 years. She taught for a time in Argentine, KS, and received her Master's degree in Marine Biology from Berkeley in 1899. Reed taught at the Kamehameha Boys School in Hawaii, conducted botanical research for the United States Experiment Station, 1904-1910, received a fellowship from the National Alumnae Association to study in Naples and Berlin, 1910-1911, and taught in Los Angeles, CA, 1912-1937. She died in Los Angeles on September 12, 1959. The Inauguration of the Reed Bryophyte Herbarium at KSU was on Oct. 7, 1989.

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Vertical File. Reed, Minnie
Alumni Record, 1914