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Late Dr. Housholder Remembered as Educator, Scientist

Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 12:59pm

Glenn T. Housholder, PhD

Glenn Housholder, PhD

Professor Emerita Glenn Tholen Housholder, PhD, a longtime faculty member at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, died Feb. 26, 2013. She will be remembered by her colleagues and students as "a compassionate and caring individual, an excellent and exacting teacher and a good friend," said one of those colleagues, retired Professor Emerita Peggy O’Neill, PhD, DDS, who had these words to share about her friend:

“Glenn was a very private person, more a listener than a talker, with a great sense of humor and a genuine interest in people. She was always very calm and steady and created that atmosphere for others. Glenn was married to Dwight E. 'Gene' Housholder, and outside of their careers, the two of them enjoyed collecting Hollywood films – the projector type – from before the days of videotape.

“Glenn received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Houston and a doctorate in pharmacology in 1970 from UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in Houston. She completed her graduate research at UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center under the mentorship of Dr. Ti Li Loo and joined the 'UT Dental Branch' faculty in November 1970 as one of only three women teaching in the basic sciences curriculum.

“Glenn was involved in teaching courses in pharmacology, for which she received several teaching excellence awards. One of the things that always awed her students was the fact that on the first day of class, she knew every one of them by name, as she memorized the names in each incoming class.

“She was involved in curriculum development and served on numerous committees. Her research interests and publications were in the areas of inflammation in dental diseases, tissue responses to dental materials, coagulation and platelet function, and anti-inflammatory drugs. She was an associate member of the faculty at the GSBS from 1971 until 1989 as well, where she mentored graduate students and served on the curriculum committee. She retired from the Dental Branch in 1998 as 'professor emerita' and continued to live in Houston.

“Glenn T. Housholder will be remembered fondly by friends, colleagues and students. We mourn her passing.”