fountain and bronze plaque at the corner of the Home Savings
and Loan parking lot commemorate the life of Waterloo native
She was born
in 1875, the daughter of a bookkeeper at First National
Bank. The family moved to Whittier, California, in 1885
because of the mother's poor health.
She started college
at San Jose Normal School but transferred to Stanford University
when she developed an interest in geology. She was the first
woman to earn a degree in geology from Stanford. It was
there, as a freshman, that she met Herbert Hoover, who was
then a senior. They were married in 1899, the year after
Lou Henry Hoover
played an active part in her husband's career as a mining
engineer, humanitarian, secretary of commerce and president.
She received eight honorary degrees in recognition of her
many public activities during and after her husband's presidency
She died in 1944,
and is buried next to her husband on the grounds of the
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa.