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   Date: 9/30/09 Bookmark and Share

Marjorie M. Holland ’74

What do I remember about Dr. Elizabeth Horner? Enthusiasm, love of the living world, interest in her students, love of Smith College, commitment to her research, and incredible respect for each and every animal she ever met. I remember taking a class in Animal Behavior with Betty Horner in the Fall of 1973 while she was director of the live animal quarters in the basement of Burton Hall. Dr. Horner gave each student a choice as to what species we wanted to work with, and we had permission to visit these animals and to record our observations of their activities. I chose a family of mice, and would sit on the floor of their cubicle for hours waiting for them to come out of their hiding places so I could see them. On the day that they all scurried across my lap, I had to let Betty know what had transpired. Betty was as excited as I was about the behavior of the individual mice. After I told her about my observations, she proceeded to share stories of various collecting trips across the American southwest and throughout Australia. As a graduate student I was very impressed by her enthusiasm for everything. Years later when Betty joined my students and me for a course in Costa Rica, my undergraduates were equally impressed with Betty's enthusiasm for everything we could find in the Monteverde cloud forest.

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