Marie Evelyn (Moored) Huizing was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 11, 1939, the daughter of Beulah (Pinch) Moored, an elementary school teacher, and Ferris Moored, a dairy and grain farmer. She lived on a farm in Martin, Michigan, until the age of 5; after her parents divorced, she divided her time between city living in Grand Rapids and country life in Martin. Her great-grandfather Pinch had been a mine captain in Cornwall, and her grandfather, Frederick Pinch, worked in the Cornish mines as a teenager; after his parents died, he came to America (Michigan) as a Congregational minister. Marie attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, graduating (cum laude) in 1961 with a degree in Secondary Education as an English major with a biology minor and one lone course in geology as an elective.
Marie met Terry Huizing when he was a freshman in college and she was still a senior in high school; they married as soon as they had both finished college in 1961 (he with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor) and moved immediately to Cincinnati where Terry took a job with Proctor and Gamble, and Marie with the Cincinnati Public School system. Three days after arriving they attended their first Cincinnati Mineral Society meeting.
Marie developed an interest in minerals through Terry, who was an avid mineral collector. They collected together at quarries and localties throughout the Midwestern states, gradually building a large and interesting collection specializing in calcite. They were (and still are) active members of the Cincinnati Mineral Society, where Marie wrote and edited the society's newsletter, The Quarry, for at least 15 years. Both have been on the Cincinnati Gem and Mineral Show committe since it's inception in 1964 and have held (and continue to hold) many offices in the Society.
Peter Zodac, the founder and long-time editor of Rocks & Minerals, died in 1967; a succession of temporary editors took over, and the magazine was acquired by the Heldref Foundation in 1975. In 1978 Marie was invited to assume the role of Editor, and she agreed. A panel of Associate Editors was established to deal with the more technical aspects of mineralogy and geology, but Marie was otherwise free to solicit or reject articles, design the rough graphic layout, and craft the direction and quality of the magazine. With the benefit of her charm, intelligence and good humor (and the invaluable assistance of her husband), Rocks & Minerals has prospered under her direction, each issue now consisting of 96 full-color pages rich in beautiful photography and interesting articles. Terry and Marie travel to several mineral shows each year, and regularly take mineral-oriented vacations together to countries around the world.
In recognition of her contributions to the literature of the Earth Sciences, Marie Received the Cincinnati Mineral Society Educational Foundation Award in 1978, and was presented the Carnegie Mineralogical Award for 1995; more recently the Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Public Service Award for 2007.
Terry and Marie still live in Cincinnati, in the large house where they raised their three children, who all live nearby and give her ample opportunities to spend time with her eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
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