Bubolz, MargaretProfessor Emeritus
Dr. Margaret Bubolz was a Professor Emeritus of Family and Child Ecology in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University. A native of Minnesota, Dr. Bubolz joined MSU Extension in 1963 as a district program leader in MSU Extension located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In 1965, she moved to the East Lansing campus and served five years as chairperson of the Department of Family and Child Sciences in the College of Human Ecology. She developed an ecological model for families that was widely applied. Her research focused on family stress and quality of life issues. Bubolz also directed 30 doctoral dissertations and served on many student advisory committees. She was a 1983 recipient of an MSU Distinguished Faculty award. After her retirement in 1991, she co-authored "Families on Small Farms" in 1996, and wrote "Home Economics to Human Ecology: 100 Years at Michigan State University" in the same year, and "Beatrice Paolucci: Shaping Destiny Through Everyday Life" in 2002. She did extensive volunteer work and helped organize the International Paolucci Symposiums, in recognition of Dr. Paolucci's rediscovery of the ecological roots of home economics. In 2005, Dr. Bubolz received the MSU Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Award in recognition of her years of service and numerous accomplishments as part of MSU’s community of scholars.
Dr. Anne Field was an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Child Ecology. She received her Bachelor’s in Food and Nutrition, Master’s in General Home Economics and PhD in Family Ecology from Michigan State University. Her PhD dissertation was a study of family water use. She began her 38 year career at Michigan State College in 1949 as a Home Demonstration Agent and she became an Extension Specialist in Family Resource Management in 1964 until her retirement in 1987. Dr. Field worked in all aspects of conserving scarce resources within the family - time, money, energy and water. She was a lifetime member of the American Home Economics Association which is now the American Association of Family and Consumer Science and Kappa Omicron Nu.
Long-time faculty member Betty Garlick passed away on October 25, 2010.
Betty was employed with Michigan State University between 1948-1984. She received her Bachelors degree from Eastern Michigan University and Merrill Palmer Institute and her Masters degree from University of Michigan. She was the founding member of Spartan Cooperative Nursery as well as its first director. She initiated a grant that eventually provided grant funds for Head Start Training for the tri-state area to MSU for a decade. She organized the Michigan Council of Cooperative Nurseries (MCCN) and was an officer and advisor to the group for many years. She was an advocate, founder and first president of the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC). While in her retirement she achieved a Master Gardner certification.
Dr. Marjorie Kostelnik, former FCE faculty member and department chair, now Dean at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, wrote the following remembrance of Betty.
I was lucky to have known Betty for many years. Actually, she was one of the first people I met in coming to MSU. We shared a small cluster of offices in the Olin Health Center my first year on campus. At first, Betty seemed so sweet and unassuming, a cheerful grandmotherly sort of person. However, with time I learned she had a fierce loyalty to children and always pursued the 'right' course on their behalf - no matter the consequences. She spoke out even when it would have been easier to keep quiet and she rallied people of all types to put aside their differences to do what was 'best for the children.' She helped start Spartan Nursery School in the late 1940's/early 1950's and was an international leader in the co-op preschool movement. She started the Michigan co-op journal and got what has now become the MiAEYC conference underway. She was also a great champion of healthy foods for children and significantly shaped the State's nutrition programs for young children and their families. She founded the MiAEYC in 1974 and that organization has named their lifetime achievement award after her. The award recognizes Betty as the first president of MiAEYC from 1974-1976, and honors her life-long commitment to young children and their families. Recipients of the award must demonstrate deep devotion to working on the behalf of Michigan's children and families, and have made exceptional contributions to the early childhood profession. I personally think it is the single greatest honor an early childhood person could receive in Michigan. Most importantly, Betty never stopped learning. Her bright smile and ready sense of humor helped get her message across. She had the absolute respect of people in all walks of like and was a true champion for children. Thank you for your recognition of Betty's importance to the Department and MSU - she was one of a kind.
Tom Luster, Professor in the Department of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University, passed away on March 15, 2009. Tom will be remembered for his many contributions to the study of child development as well his mentoring of young scholars who continue his work. Tom joined the faculty in the Department of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University in 1985 after completing his doctoral studies under the direction of Urie Bronfenbrenner at Cornell University, who remained a continual influence in his life and work. Tom's passion for the most vulnerable citizens led him to study resilience and positive developmental outcomes among adolescent mothers and their children, among the "Lost Boys" of Sudan, and among Japanese youth. His dedication to the well-being of children and families permeated his life and his work. When the Sudanese "Lost Boys" arrived at the Lansing airport in 2001, Tom was there to meet them. Tom and his wife, Carol, came to know these youth, and in the years to follow, became an integral part of their lives and community.
Tom was a generous scholar, eagerly mentoring students and other emerging young scholars. Students at Michigan State University recall a caring teacher whose investment in their learning was clear at every class. He took great care to know his students, and the concern and affection with which he mentored his graduate students was well-known. That influence now reaches countries as far as Thailand, Korea, China and Japan, where former students, now professionals, are continuing to produce excellent work based upon their training with Tom. Ever concerned for the launching of new careers, Tom actively involved his students and his colleagues who were beginning their academic careers in the publication process. Colleagues describe Tom as a thoughtful scholar, whose wisdom and knowledge of the field was well recognized.
During the course of his productive career at Michigan State University, Tom published 45 articles in respected scholarly journals such as Child Development. Always determined to move the work forward in a timely fashion, his research in the areas of child development and resiliency resulted in 4 edited books, 11 book chapters and further dissemination at innumerable scholarly conferences. Tom's work, disseminated in well known papers, such as Luster & McAdoo (1994), changed the way we understand development and achievement outcomes among diverse groups of children. His service to the profession included appointments to the editorial boards of Parenting: Science and Practice and to the Journal of Marriage and the Family, involvement as an active reviewer for 13 scholarly journals, and his inclusion on review panels for the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation.
As a scholar, Tom was always mindful of contributing to the community. He was concerned that new knowledge generated from his research be used to benefit the communities in which he worked, and, in particular, the most vulnerable people in those communities. He approached his community work with the same sense of humility, respect for others, and high ethical standards, that he displayed in all of his scholarly efforts. He had great respect for the hard work that community partners did and was careful that his research complemented that work. As a result he was loved and respected by his community partners. Tom's deep commitment to the community led to his involvement on the boards of teh Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health, the Office for Young Children, the South Sudanese Resue and Relief Association, and Lansing Child Abuse Prevention Services.
As important as his work was, Tom's family always came first in his life. Tom and his wife, Carol, were married for 29 years, and together raised two children, Anna, 23, a graduate of MSU, and Ben, 21, who will complete his bachelor's degree at the University of Michigan in May.