Margaret Kaeiser | Plant Biology | SIU

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Margaret Kaeiser

In SIUC Botany from 1947 to 1973

Margaret Kaeiser was born June 20, 1912 in McAlester OK to Harry S. and Florence A. Clayton Kaeiser. She received both her Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Oklahoma. She received her doctoral degree in 1947 from the University of Illinois Champaign. Before coming to SIU, Dr. Kaeiser taught at Chatham College and Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania and at St. Joseph College in Connecticut. She joined the SIU faculty in 1947 and was promoted to the rank of professor on July 1, 1973. Her research area was Plant Anatomy, specifically wood anatomy of conifers. She authored ca. 50 papers, some of which are cited below. She was a member of several societies such as the Botanical Society of America, the International Association of Wood Anatomists, and the International Society of Plant Morphology. She was listed in the International Who's Who in Science, American Men of Science, and Who's Who of American Women.


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Photo March 16, 1957

  kaiser and kaplan 1959

  Margaret Kaeiser and Leo Kaplan, ca 1959 

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Photo November 22, 1968

Dr. Kaeiser resided at 1217 Hill Ave. in Carbondale. After failing to report to work on Wednesday April (4, 11, 18, 25), police found Dr. Kaeiser dead in her home, apparently from a cerebral hemorrhage brought about by a fall the previous day. Dr. Kaeiser was burried in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in McAlester, OK.


  1. Boyce, S. G., and M. Kaeiser. 1961a. Environmental and genetic variability in the length of fibers of eastern cottonwood. Tappi J. 44:363-368.
  2. Boyce, S. G., and M. Kaeiser. 1961b. Why yellow-poplar seeds have low viability. US Forest Serv. Cent. States Forest Exp Sta. Tech. Pap.
  3. Boyce, S. G., and M. Kaeiser. 1964. Improve wood quality in eastern cottonwood by breeding and selecting for straight, vertical stems. South.
  4. Buchholz, J. T., and M. Kaeiser. 1940. A statistical study of two variables in the sequoias-pollen grain size and cotyledon number. The American Naturalist 74:279-283.
  5. Kaeiser, M. 1937. Transitional phenomena in the normal seedling of Althaea rosea Cav. Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science 17:62-65.
  6. Kaeiser, M. 1939. The pollen of certain Taxodiaceae. Trans. Illinois State Acad. Sci. 32:91-983.
  7. Kaeiser, M. 1940. Morphology and embryology of the bald cypress, Taxodium distichum (L.) Rich University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
  8. Kaeiser, M. 1953a. Microstructure of the wood of Juniperus. Botanical Gazette 115:155-162.
  9. Kaeiser, M. 1953b. Microstructure of the wood of the three species of Taxodium. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 80:415-418.
  10. Kaeiser, M. 1954a. Microstructure of wood of Podocarpus. Phytomorphology 4:39-47.
  11. Kaeiser, M. 1954b. A report on the mature wood of the syrian or drupe-fruited juniper, Juniperus drupacea Labill. American Midland Naturalist 51:306-310.
  12. Kaeiser, M. 1955. Frequency and distribution of gelatinous fibers in eastern cottonwood. American Journal of Botany 42:331-334.
  13. Kaeiser, M. 1956. Variations in fiber length of eastern cottonwood. Report no. 2047.
  14. Kaeiser, M., and S. G. Boyce. 1962a. Embryology of Liriodendron tulipifera. Phytomorphology 12:103-109.
  15. Kaeiser, M., and S. G. Boyce. 1962b. Use of an integrating stage for measurement of wood. Nature 195:1017.
  16. Kaeiser, M., and S. G. Boyce. 1962c. X-ray negatives for sorting yellow-poplar samaras with filled and empty seeds. Journal of Forestry 60:410-411.
  17. Kaeiser, M., and S. G. Boyce. 1965. The relationship of gelatinous fibers to wood structure in eastern cottonwood (Populus deltoides). American Journal of Botany 52:711-715.
  18. Kaeiser, M., and D. T. Funk. 1971. Structural changes in walnut grafts. Northern Nut Growers Association Annual Report 62:90-94.
  19. Kaeiser, M., J. H. Jones, and D. T. Funk. 1965. Interspecific walnut grafting in the greenhouse. The Plant Propagator 2021:2-7.
  20. Kaeiser, M., and M. Y. Pillow. 1955. Tension wood in eastern cottonwood. Technical Paper No. 149. 9 pp.
  21. Kaeiser, M., and K. D. Stewart. 1955. Fiber size in Populus deltoides Marsh. in relation to lean of trunk and position in trunk. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 82:57-61.