Alma Preinkert (October 22, 1895 – February 28, 1954) was the registrar at the University of Maryland before being murdered by an intruder at her Washington, D.C. home. A Maryland alumna and a beloved figure in the University community, her murder sent shockwaves through the area. Although a large investigation ensued, her attacker was never identified.
A building on the University's College Park campus, the Preinkert Field House (which currently contains the National Center for Smart Growth), and Preinkert Drive are named after Alma Preinkert.
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- A University of Maryland:Culture - 50 Year-Old Mystery - University of Maryland Registrar Alma Preinkert's Murderer Was Never Found (Accessed May 2012)
- McCabe, Scott (September 20, 2010), "U.Md. registrar fatally stabbed in her D.C. home", The Washington Examiner, (subscription required (, ))
This weeks cold case dates back more than 50 years ... Alma Preinkert was born in the District, graduated from George Washington University and received a masters from Maryland. In 1936, she became the first female registrar of the university in College Park. ... Investigators interviewed hundreds of people, and a $1,500 reward was offered, but no arrest was ever made.
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- Report of the Chronicler for 1954 Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C., Vol. 53/56, pp. 406–435
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