For nearly two decades Miriam served as Vice President of the Biographical Research Center at the University of Hawaii, as well as an editor of their internationally acclaimed journal, Biography. She also headed the English department's Honors Program in the '90s while teaching a wide range of courses from Freshman English to graduate courses in modernist literature and biographical studies. Acclaimed as a teacher of exceptional skill with a rare ability to engage and challenge students, she won in quick succession the three most prestigious teaching awards the University offers: the Frances Davis Teaching Award at the undergraduate level; the College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Manoa level; and the University of Hawaii Board of Regents Award for Excellence in Teaching at the system level. Beyond Manoa, Miriam shepherded three classes of Manoa students through Study Abroad semesters in London and Paris (twice), facilitated a community book club ("The Bookies") for more than two decades, and was a skilled and dedicated paddler for many years with the Lanikai Canoe Club.
Miriam died in Honolulu on November 20, 2021 after a heroic two decade struggle with cancer. She was predeceased by her husband Alan Holzman, and is survived by many Holzmans on Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island, by her brother Seymour Fuchs of Freehold, New Jersey, and by her partner Dr. Glenn Stahl of Kaneohe. She leaves countless former students and colleagues and friends who admired and loved her. Our loss is great. May her memory be a blessing.
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