Alumni Magazine

Dickinson Alumna Becomes First Woman to Receive Navy Commission

Date
December, 1949

The December 1949 Dickinson Alumnus documents a fellow alumna, Frances L. Willoughby '27, who was awarded a commission. However, Willoughby was not awarded just any kind of commission, but she received the honor of being the first woman doctor to receive a Navy Commission. She entered the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant in 1944, and appointed to permanent staff only 4 months after and in 1946 she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After graduating from Dickinson, Willoughby went on to receive a medical degree from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine.

"The State of Women at Dickinson"

Date
May 1981

Christina Bartolomeo writes an article for The Dickinson College Magazine in the May issue of the publication about the state of women on campus. In her article she includes several interviews from various women on campus, many of whom say that the status of women is discouraging.

Mathews House Becomes Dormitory for Women

Date
December 1957

The December 1957 issue of the Dickinson Alumnus documents the college's acquisition of Mathew's House for the use as a women's dormitory. Mathews House was the home of Col. Philip Mathews and his sister, Anne. The house would provide rooms for 26 female students. Mathews House would be the fourth small residence for women, along with Gibbs, Biddle and McIntire Houses.

Progress Report: Commission on the Status of Women at Dickinson College

Date
May 4, 1973

This Progress Reports includes changes and plans to change College policy regarding female students. Most notably is the mention of the 1973 Spring semester and the success of the movements to "rescind the 'sex quota,' by action of the Board of Trustees, so that henceforth Dickinson College will strive for an approximate ratio of 1:1 in admissions of male and female students; and to omit singing at College functions the last verse of the Alma Mater, with its references to 'men' and 'sons.'"

Alumni Notes - Class of 1923

Date
May 1927

Ivy M. Hudson, class of 1923, went on to teach American History in the Dover Junior HIgh School in Dover, Delaware.

Alumni Notes - Class of 1922

Date
May 1927

Helen E. Scott and Raphael E. Rupp were both Dickinson graduates of 1922. They were married on April 9, 1927 at the home of the bride's uncle (Dr. C. W. Moody) in Plainville, CT. The newlyweds moved to Methuen, MA.
Dickinsonians who attended the wedding ceremony included: Albert Berkey (1922); Lillian Mindlin (non-graduate of 1923) - wife to Philip E. Semel; Edith M. Robinson (1922) - wife to E. O. Leslie; and Louise Rupp (1919).

Alumni Notes - Class of 1921

Date
May 1927
  • Sara Kathleen LeFevre, class of 1921, was from Carlisle, PA. She announced her engagement to John McCrosker Horner, of Harrisburg, when they attained a marriage licence in New York. They were to marry at the Little Church Around the Corner in New York City. The marriage ceremony would was set for some time in June of 1927 (a month or so after getting the license).

Alumni Notes - Class of 1912

Date
May 1927
  • Lottie Myers graduated with the class of 1912. She later married Mr. Lowe G. Rasmussen and had five sons. She and her sons spent several months with her parents in Carlisle early in 1927 hoping to stick around until Commencement. Her home was in Estlin, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Alumni Notes - Class of 1911

Date
May 1927

Dr. Julia Morgan, graduate of 1911, had a post in Tsinanfu, Shantung. She remained there and continued working until she was ordered out by the Consul. When this happened, she set on her way home by way of Europe.

Alumni Notes - Class of 1910

Date
May 1927

Lydia M. Gooding, class of 1910, became the librarian for Dickinson College; however, after some time working there she decided to return to school.
She became a student at School of Columbia University during the year of 1927; and was elected to become an instructor for them as of the school year of 1928-29.