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Devoting more than 29 years to Central, Neal J. Holmes has retired as professor emeritus of chemistry/science education.
Holmes received his bachelor’s degree in education from Northeast Missouri State University, his master’s degree in science education from Washington University and a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University.
He joined the university in 1967 as assistant professor of science education. He served as head of the department of chemistry from 1977 to 1982. Holmes’ service to Central included participation on the Faculty Senate, where he served as Planning Committee chair, and membership on the university Budget, Curriculum and Publications committees.
As the 1972 Outstanding Educator in America, Holmes contributed to the study of science and chemistry through leadership and scholarly publication. He authored the K-6 Elementary Science Textbook series published by McGraw-Hill Book Company.
In addition to his work at the university, Holmes has been active in numerous professional organizations dealing with science and education. He is a charter member of the Teachers, Industry and Environmental Committee of Missouri.
Holmes and his wife Carol are the parents of four sons, Tom, Tim, Ted, and Todd.