Mary Berg Honnold Scholarship
The Mary Berg Honnold fund provides scholarships for students in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in honor of the late Mary Elizabeth Berg Honnold. Mary took pleasure in the simple things around her and cherished her family and friends. She boasted a cheerful outlook on life and encouraged those around her to look for the best in others.
Mary Elizabeth Berg was born on a farm just outside Clearfield, Iowa, in 1921. She described her childhood as the “happiest, most delightful time”. Although she was without the material things that are now thought of as necessities (no plumbing, electricity, television or car) she relished in the joys provided by the woods, fields, animals and garden on her family’s eighty-acre farm.
Mary graduated from Clearfield High School as valedictorian in 1939. She received a scholarship to Creston Junior College where she completed a two-year program. Mary then attended the University of Iowa where she earned part of her tuition working in the library of the law school. It was at the UI that Mary met her future husband, Charles Arthur Honnold. The two married in 1942, just a few short months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Charles enlisted in the Army and was sent off to war just before their first child was born. The happy couple went on to have two sons and one daughter. Charles received his Master of Arts degree in physical education from the UI in 1947.
Mary enjoyed music, both piano and vocal, and was an avid reader. She served as a volunteer at the patient library within the University of Iowa Hospital. Mary passed away in 2012 at the age of 90. She is described as a loving mother and grandmother who brought out the best in everyone she knew. Her legacy lives on with the Mary Berg Honnold fund.
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