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Relda Elaine (Grunder) Niederhofer was born April 15, 1928 in Creston, Ohio, and graduated from Creston High School in 1946. She earned a B.S. in Education in 1950 and an M.S. in Education in 1956 from Bowling Green State University. Her high school teaching experiences included Pontiac, MI; Mansfield, OH; and Sandusky Public Schools, OH,(from 1953 to 1965). In 1957 Mrs. Niederhofer taught part-time for Bowling Green State University, Sandusky Academic Center as a full-time instructor in 1969, and assistant professor at Firelands College in 1983. After 40 years of teaching, she retired Emerita in 1991.
Niederhofer's research includes medical history and horticultural therapy. She has had a horticultural therapy program for geriatric residents at Erie County Care Facility since 1982. Her interest in Moseley has resulted in publications and presentations. She became interested in Moseley as an undergraduate working on Moseley's museum specimens. Campus stories depicted Moseley as an eccentric professor who made tomato soup from hot water and ketchup. Teaching in the Sandusky-Huron area afforded her an ideal location to interview Moseley's students to gain a better insight into his life and achievements. She married James W. Niederhofer in 1952, the couple had a daughter, Sandra (Niederhofer) Douglas. Mrs. Niederhofer was widowed in 1997.