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First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore

In March 2020, before UMB entered into mandatory telework due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the HSHSL installed an exhibit called First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. As the title suggests, the exhibit highlighted the first women—first graduates, deans, etc.—of UMB. Unfortunately, the exhibit was installed a mere two weeks before the library shut down and was taken down before the library reopened in the fall; therefore, few people had the opportunity to view the exhibit. This blog post recreates the exhibit’s literature and photographs. Continue reading

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Dr. Maureen Henderson, First Woman Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, 1971-1975

Rounding out our celebration of Women’s History Month 2020 is Dr. Maureen Henderson.  Dr. Henderson joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in 1960 as an instructor. She was born in Tynemouth, England in 1926 to Dr. Leo E. and Helen McGrath Henderson.  She was a graduate in medicine and public health from the University of Durham, England.  Continue reading

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Anna F. Clancy & E. Grace Lotz: Early Women Graduates, School of Pharmacy, Class of 1906

Anna Francis Clancy and Elizabeth Grace Lotz, received their degree in Pharmacy in 1906, thus becoming the first woman graduates of the new UMSOP.  According to the Terra Mariae Yearbook of 1906 the two women were close friends.  Clancy even worked at Lotz’ family store during their senior year.  There is little evidence of their time at the school; however, the yearbook gives some hints as to their treatment or standing with fellow male students.  The Yearbook superlatives for both girls mentions potential interest by a “bachelor professor,” a concern never expressed before. Continue reading

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Josephine “Jody” Olsen, School of Social Work, Director United States Peace Corps

Continuing our Women’s History Month celebration is the School of Social Work’s, Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW and current Director of the Peace Corps.  Olsen’s career with the Peace Corps began six decades ago as a volunteer in Tunisia, where she taught English after graduating from the University of Utah in 1965.  She remained in Tunisia until 1968, when she returned to the United States and made Baltimore her home.  Continue reading

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Dr. Georgiana Palmer Monks, University of Maryland Dental Department Class of 1909

Georgiana “Georgia” Palmer Monks became the first woman graduate of the University of Maryland Dental Department in 1909. She came from a small town in Tioga County, Pennsylvania; she was a graduate of Lock Haven State Normal School and taught in Chatham Valley before becoming a Dentist. Continue reading

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“I Belong Here” : Women’s History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore

March is Women’s History Month, the HSHSL will celebrate the month by honoring select UMB women through our blog and an exhibit, The First Women of the University of Maryland, Baltimore, in the Weise Gallery. The University of Maryland, Baltimore as it is known today was formed through a number of mergers with other Baltimore area Colleges and Universities; additionally, the school was once a branch campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Because of this, the history of women at UMB is intermingled with the histories of these schools and each accepted women into their programs at different times.  Continue reading

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Esther E. McCready, First African American Graduate from the School of Nursing, Class of 1953

Culminating Black History month and ushering in March’s Women’s History Month, is Esther E. McCready, School of Nursing, Class of 1953. McCready was born on January 10, 1931 in Baltimore, MD; she graduated with honors from Dunbar High School in February 1948. During high school she worked as a nurses’ aid at Sinai Hospital maternity ward and following graduation worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital’s records department, which lead to her to choose the nursing profession. Continue reading

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Dean Natalie D. Eddington, First African American Dean of the School of Pharmacy

In 1957, Reverend James E. Hodges became the first African American graduate of the School of Pharmacy.  Fifty years later, Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP was named dean of the school becoming the first woman African American Dean at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).  Continue reading

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