Louise Jenison Peet

Honored by:William H. Peet Jr.
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Born: Louise Isabel Jenison, September 10, 1885, Cambridge, Massachusetts 

To: Frank Alvin and Jeannie (MacQuarrie) Jenison

Died: May 9, 1983, Ames, Iowa 

Married: William Hartwell Peet on August 29, 1916, in Wellesley, Massachusetts; Mr. Peet died on June 18, 1962

EDUCATION: B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Wellesley College (1908); M.A. in Chemistry and Physics from Wellesley College (1911); Majored in Chemistry at the University of Zurich in Switzerland (1912-13); PhD in Nutrition and Physiology from Iowa State (College) University (1929); Before coming to Iowa State University, Mrs. Peet taught at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri and the American College for Women in Constantinople (Istanbul) Turkey. 

For 22 years, Mrs. Peet was professor and head of the Household Equipment Department at Iowa State (College) University. While at Iowa State University and after retirement, Mrs. Peet was a visiting professor at the University of Illinois, American College for Women in Istanbul Turkey (1938-39), University of Wyoming, Oregon State College, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University. Although officially retired in 1953, Mrs. Peet was still teaching a Household Equipment course in the department of Family Environment at Iowa State University at the age of 88. She was also professor emeritus of Family Environment at Iowa State University.

PUBLICATIONS: Young Homemakers’ Equipment Guide (1963); Science Fundamentals-A Background for Household Equipment (1972); At the age of 92, Mrs. Peet again revised the college textbook Household Equipment (8th edition) which she had co-written in the 1930s. It was one of the first textbooks on the topic. Louise Peet's supreme dedication to humanity and to her profession as well as her preeminence as an author and administrator were recognized through the years by the Iowa State Alumni Association.  The Louise J. Peet Memorial Award for Excellence has been established in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

She received a Faculty Citation in 1956 and an Alumni Merit Award in 1970. A Phi Beta Kappa scholar, Mrs. Peet was a member of a number of honoraries including Omicron Nu and Mortar Board. She was also a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Delta Epsilon, and Iota Sigma Pi. She was listed in Who's Who of American Women. For many years, Mrs. Peet was active in the United Church of Christ Congregational in Ames, Readers' Club, and Playmakers. She was also a world traveler.


Son: William Hartwell Peet, Jr. (Catherine Jeanette Fett)

Grandchildren: Mrs. Douglas Stoehr (Jenison Catherine Peet), Philip Conrad Peet (Susan Bastable), and William Hartwell Peet III (Barbara Teich)

Great-Grandchildren: Alissa Kristine Stoehr, Peter Douglas Stoehr (Marisa Mandra), Jennifer Susan Peet, James Philip Peet (Cindy Maldonado), Ryan Allen Peet (Karen Bravo Sosa), and Loren Michele Peet.

Great-Great-Grandchildren: Victoria Catherine, Alexandra Gabrielle, and Nathaniel Stephen

Submitted 11/15/94; updated 12/19/2014