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Buena Maris earned her M.S. degree in Home Economics at Oregon State College in 1939 and taught family relations and child family life at Oregon State until 1941, when she became Dean of Women, a position she held until 1948.
Buena Margason Maris Mockmore Steinmetz was born in Salem, Oregon on 2 August 1898. She attended the University of Oregon briefly before her marriage and George Washington University for a short time during her marriage to Homer Maris, a Tacoma educator and author of "Carry Me Back," the OSC alma mater. Homer was the brother of long time Director of Extension at OSU, Paul V. Maris. After her husband was killed in an auto/bicycle accident in 1933, Steinmetz attended the University of Puget Sound, receiving a BA degree in 1936. She taught school in Tacoma for a year before coming to Oregon State College, where she earned a MS degree in Home Economics in 1939. Steinmetz taught family relations and was an Extension Specialist in child development and child family life at OSU before becoming Dean of Women in 1941, serving in that capacity until 1948. In 1943-1944, she took a leave of absence to serve as the de facto "Dean of Women" for women employees of the DuPont Co. at the Hanford atomic project. Steinmetz received a War Department citation for this work as part of the Manhattan Project.
In 1946 she married Dr. Charles Mockmore, the head of civil engineering at OSC. When Dr. Mockmore died in 1953, she joined the staff at Iowa State University as Extension Specialist in child development and family life. While there Steinmetz developed a program of parent-teenager understanding by speaking to high school assemblies first, followed by parents' meetings. In 1960, she returned to Oregon after marrying Avery Steinmetz. She headed the Oregon Home Economics Association for two years and was active in the American Association of University Women. On 18 December 1967 she passed away in Portland. Steinmetz was survived by her husband, Avery; a daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Maris Peterson; four stepchildren: Mrs. Charlotte Mockmore Spring, Regina T. Mockmore, William E. Steinmetz and Mrs. Gretchen E. Bunnell.
The Mockmore Papers consist of materials created and assembled by Buena Margarson Maris Mockmore Steinmetz documenting her life and work, especially at Oregon State College and Iowa State University. The collection includes personal information; speeches and presentations; radio and television programs; and publications and teaching aids.
The personal information includes biographical information, obituaries, certificates, miscellaneous personal papers, and 29 photographs. The photographic prints span from 1916 to 1967. About half of the images are portrait photographs of Mockmore, including her 1916 high school graduation photograph. The remainder are of Mockmore with groups or making presentations. Photographers include Josie Wolfe (Salem, Oregon); Gladys Gilbert Studio (Portland, Oregon); Hill Studio (Ames, Iowa); and Hise Studio (Corvallis, Oregon).
The speeches and presentations are primarily from the 1950s-1960s and address family relationships, child development, and teenagers. The radio and television programs include scripts for radio programs that aired in 1939-1945 on family plans and goals, rural homemaking, and children. A television presentation about the White House Conference on the Welfare of Families, Children, and Youth is included. The publications and teaching aids include an article published in the Journal of Home Economics (1958) on "Lasting Values in a Changing World"; "Maris' Mimeos", handouts about family relationships issued by Oregon State College Home Economics Extension from 1938 to 1941; and questionnaires and handouts about family relationships, teenagers, and children. Of special note are questions submitted by teenagers in the 1940s and 1950s at Mockmore's family life meetings.
Buena Maris Mockmore Papers (MSS Mockmore), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.