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Searching for Information on Early Women Grads

1/31/2006 --

Dividend plans to profile business pioneers.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Ross School of Business graduated its first MBAs in 1926. Between 1926 and 1935, its graduates included 282 men and 19 women. In a forthcoming issue of Dividend, we will profile some of these pioneering women. We are asking for your help since so few records of their lives can be found. If you have memories, anecdotes or other information about the women listed below, please contact Dividend@umich.edu, fax: (734) 647-2401, or write Dividend, Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Street, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 48109-1234.

Velma Fay Anderson, Ann Arbor, BA '31, MBA '32. Worked at State Bureau for Educational Research, Lansing, 1940s.

Elizabeth Charlotte Black (Ross), Detroit, BA '28, MBA '29. Took over the photo supply and jewelry store, L. Black Co., founded by her father Maurice, d. Grosse Pointe, Michigan 1992.

Evelyn Kingsbury Burke (married to A.G. Rueckert), Ann Arbor, BA '27, MBA '28. Retired as secretary-treasurer, Edwards Brothers, Ann Arbor, d.1992.

Olive Chadwick (Olson), Detroit, MBA '32. Lived in Wisconsin, d. Boynton Beach, Florida 2003.

Eleanor Louise Delo (Paddock), Elmira, New York, BA '30, MBA '31, taught in Pennsylvania, moved back to Elmira, 1945, d. Horseheads, New York 1996.

Bessie Valborg Egeland (Godfred M. Johnson), Bisbee, North Dakota, and Chatham, Ontario, Canada, BA '30, MBA '31. Moved to Petoskey, Michigan 1937, d. 1979.

Edith Valborg Egeland (Ludvig Emde), Bisbee and Chatham, BA '30, MBA '32. Researcher, U-M Bureau of Business Research until c. 1937, d. Birmingham, Michigan 1987.

Sih Eu-Yang (Chungshen S. Chen), BA '25, National Southeastern University Nanking, MBA '26. Barbour Scholar, returned to Shanghai. First woman MBA, U-M.

F. Elizabeth Forman (Laurenson), Newaygo, Michigan, BS, Western State Teacher's College, MBA '34. Business director, Oakland Unified School District, d. Walnut Creek, California.

Martica Haller Georg (Joseph George Black), Ann Arbor, BA '30, MBA '31, teacherís certificate '34. Father, Conrad Georg, MD, left Ann Arbor c. 1937, d. Decatur, Georgia c. 1979.

Dorothy Margaret Hagen (G. Lester Simpson), Detroit, BA '27, MBA '28. Taught in Detroit until c. 1937, d. Oceanside, California 1986.

Doris Eleanor Merritt (Seymour), Mio, Michigan, BA '33, MBA '33, d. Flint 1994.

Mary Parnall, Los Angeles, BA '30, MBA '31, d. Pasadena 1995.

Alice M. Plough (Alfred Lemen), Wenatchee, Washington, BA, State College of Washington, MBA í30. Secretary-treasurer, Edwards Brothers then University Lithoprinting of Ypsilanti, d. Dexter, Michigan, 1946.

Belle Lucille Richard, South Haven, Michigan, MBA '33, d. Chicago 1991.

Helen Cornelia Sanford, Ann Arbor, MBA '28. Accountant, comptrollerís office, Stanford University, 1930s, d. San Francisco.

Elizabeth Mae Schaible, Ann Arbor, MBA '33, Detroit, Mackinaw & Marquette Land Co. through 1930s.

Johanna (sometimes Joan) Mathilda Wiese, Ann Arbor, BA '31, MBA '33, BA library science '35, teacher's certificate '53, Libraries, Chelsea School District then U-M School of Nursing Deanís Office 1960s, d. Ann Arbor 1996.

Ailene Mae Yeo (Bardsley), West Branch, Michigan, BA '30, teacherís certificate '30, MBA '33. Buyer for Himmelhochís in Detroit, then Lord and Taylor in New York, last address, Anderson, Indiana, 1997.



For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: (734) 647-4626
E-mail: mjfrank@umich.edu