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.