Biography of Florence Tyzzer

Florence Tyzzer, a Mount Holyoke Student in the class of 1914, and daughter of Mary and George Tyzzer, was born in Winchester, Massachusetts. One of three children, Florence had a sister named Helen, who also attended Mount Holyoke and became a missionary in China, and her brother David. Their family lived in Rosindale, a residential neighborhood outside of Boston, where George Tyzzer was a well known school teacher in the area, and eventually became the principle of the Theodore Lyman School in East Boston. Florence attended Mount Holyoke in 1911, and according to her scrapbook, was interested in music and drama, and may have been a member of the Debating Society. It is unclear what she studied, but she kept exams from a variety of different subjects, such as Greek, German, Economics, Botany, and more.

After she graduated in 1914, she reported to the 1917 Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly that she was hired as an editorial assistant in the office of a newspaper, the Zions Herald, in Boston, the first weekly Methodist publication in the country. Around the late 1910’s, She married a man named Philander Lewis and had four children of her own. She and her new family moved to Indianapolis, where she helped to organize, and served as secretary for, a local Mount Holyoke alumnae association. She spoke about Mount Holyoke and her connection to other alumnae with fondness, telling the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly that her meetings with other alumnae were “a precious link with New England and college days”, in their Spring 1972 publication. Florence Tyzzer Lewis died in 1981, with 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Below is her photo in the 1914 yearbook.