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Adela May Kozikowski

July 8, 1929 December 30, 2018
Adela May Kozikowski
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Adela May Kozikowski, of Commerce Twp, passed away December 30, 2018, age 89.

Beloved wife of the late John for 63 years. Loving mother of Thomas and the late Ann Stocker.

Adela helped to blaze a trail for women in science. A 1951 account in the Detroit Free Press called 21-year-old Adela “the first girl ever to major in chemical engineering at the university [of Detroit],” adding that she “was elevated to honorary membership in Tau Beta Pi engineering fraternity on the basis of high scholarship.” (At the time, the honor society officially allowed only male members.) She received her B.C.E. in 1952 and worked in the lab of a chemical company for several years, leaving to raise two children. She then returned to school for a teaching certificate, and spent the next two decades as a high school math teacher. Adela was an avid reader who also enjoyed gardening, painting, stained glass, and the study of archaeology.


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