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Hoell, S. Melanie


Nov. 22, 1952 – Jan. 20, 2018

S. Melanie Hoell, 65, died unexpectedly at her home of causes not yet known on January 20th, 2018. Melanie was born in Helena, Montana, November 22, 1952, to E.J. Hoell and Bessie (Laramie) Hoell. An outstanding student, Melanie excelled in language arts and piano (older sister Carol Ann and Melanie played duets and two piano compositions competitively). She graduated from Helena High School in 1970. Four years later she graduated with a bachelor of arts in psychology from Barnard College/Columbia University (New York City.) It was there that she developed a passion for art and design. In 1977, Melanie earned a masters degree in counseling from the University of Montana. In the early 1980’s Carol Ann lived with Melanie while attending graduate school. Both shared great memories of their second stint as roommates. In 1985 Melanie joined UM as the Coordinator of Retention Services. In 1988, she married Rick van den Pol. They divorced in 2001 and remained good friends thereafter. From 1992-2009, she served as Undergraduate Advising Center Director. Her career with UAC formed the basis for doctoral research culminating in 2006, when she was awarded her doctorate in counseling education. In 2009, she turned her focus to the College of Humanities and Sciences where she worked as the Director of Advising until her death. In the course of her career, Melanie touched the lives of literally thousands of students, helping them navigate the journey to graduation. She received recognition/awards over the course of her 30+ years at UM. In 2001, she was awarded the prestigious Robert T. Pantzer Humanitarian Award. Melanie was a great gardener and her yard was a showpiece. She loved all kinds of animals; in the end she was a confirmed cat person. Melanie was a voracious reader. Melanie and Carol Ann spent years traveling with their parents following their older brother Noel’s trail from medical school, in Chicago to New York City, Seattle, Denver and Pueblo, Colorado. During this time the sisters developed a love of travel. Melanie is survived by her brother, Noel Hoell [Anne] of Missoula; her sister, Carol Ann Dietzen [Dan] of Helena, a niece, Andrea Hoell, and nephews, Geoff Hoell and Nicholas Dietzen. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held February 16, 2018, 3 p.m. at the University of Montana Ballroom.

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