Remembering Amy Jean Knorr, A Leading Light in the Higher Education Community

Sept. 7, 2023

Acknowledging the passing of Amy Jean Knorr, Professor Emerita of The University of Arizona School of Home Economics.

A black and white photo of Amy Jean Knorr

It is with heavy hearts that we come together to remember and honor the passing of an extraordinary individual, Amy Jean Holmblade Knorr. Amy Jean was a trailblazer and a true luminary in the field of Family and Consumer Sciences, dedicating over seven decades of her life to the advancement of her profession. Her journey began on November 28, 1916, and it is with profound sadness that we bid her farewell as she peacefully passed away on July 24, 2023, at the remarkable age of 106. 

Amy Jean's impact on the Family and Consumer Sciences profession was unparalleled, and her dedication to the field knew no bounds. Throughout her illustrious career, she wore many hats and served in various roles as a home economics educator, secondary teacher, college professor, advisor, curriculum specialist, program evaluator, and consultant. With a quiet, thoughtful, and thorough approach, she guided countless learners on their paths to success, always demonstrating genuine concern for their well-being and society as a whole. 

As a dedicated educator, Amy Jean taught at various levels, leaving a lasting impact on her students. She was instrumental in shaping their futures and encouraging them to excel in their chosen paths. Many of her students have gone on to play significant roles in the profession, attesting to her immense influence as a mentor and educator. 

Her commitment to giving back to the profession she loved was unwavering. Amy Jean established scholarships and fellowships to support students pursuing fields related to family education. Her philanthropic contributions continue to impact the lives of countless students, empowering them to pursue their dreams and make a difference in the world. 

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