The Faculty and Staff who have made a difference!. The Women of Maryland.
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Charlotte Ann Vaux joined the University of Maryland at the beginning of the second term, 1916-1917. Her home is in Washington, D.C. After her career at Prep School in West Virginia, she decided to take up the noble art of farming, and for that purpose she entered M.S.C. She has the honor of being the first Co-ed to graduate from this institution.
M. Lucia James- The first African American to become a full professor (Education - 1970-1977) at the University of Maryland. Her responsibilities included the oversight of the School of Education's curriculum lab. See College of Education history site.
Eugenie Clark- Professor emeritus Eugenie Clark is known as the "Shark Lady" thanks to her world-renowned shark research.
Shirley Strum Kenny - Kenny, while a professor of English, was the first woman to serve as chair of what is now known as the University Senate (1977-1979). She is currently the president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Sandra Greer - Greer, a professor of chemistry since 1983, chaired the 1988 university committee charged with determining the feasibility of and implementation strategies for recommendations included in the landmark report "The Education of Women Students of the University of Maryland, College Park : Issues and Opportunities" (referred to as "The Greer Report")
Marie Mount - Long-time dean of the College of Home Economics; Marie Mount Hall was named for her in 1969.
Alma H. Preinkert - The first woman registrar of the University of Maryland (1936 - 1954). Preinkert Field House is named after her, as is Preinkert Drive. Read about the mystery surrounding Alma Preinkert's death.
Agnes Saunders and Frieda Wiegand - The first female faculty members (1919). Saunders was a professor of home economics and served as acting dean of the school of home economics for the 1919-1920 academic year. Wiegand was an assistant professor of textiles and clothing.
Adele H. Stamp - Alumna and beloved first Dean of Women (1922-1960). She said her primary job was to "deal with the stream of life that flows through the university." When Stamp retired in 1960, the Board of Regents granted her emeritus rank, the first woman to receive this highest faculty honor. The Stamp Student Union was named after her in 1983.
Missy Meharg - 20 seasons with the Terps as women's Field Hockey coach has now produced four of the five NCAA championships (first back-to-back championships), six ACC titles and 6 seasons with 20 or more victories. She's been National Coach of the Year 5 times.
Mary Shorb - Shorb was responsible for the discovery of a microbe which led to the commercial development of vitamin B12. She served as a research professor at Maryland from 1949 to 1972 in poultry husbandry
Rachel Louise Carson - A professor of zoology at Maryland in the 1930s, Carson wrote "Silent Spring" - a call to action on the environment that resounds loudly today. Her birthday could become a state holiday. (See www.rachelcarson.org for more information.)
Brenda Frese - The first maryland women's basketball coach to win 34 games and a national championship (2006). You can add new mom of twins too!
Anne Turkos - The first woman to hold the title "University Archivist" at the University of Maryland.
Deborah A. Yow - The first female athletic director at Maryland and in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Lucy Wilson Benson - The first female commencement speaker (June 3, 1972). Benson was president of the League of Women Voters.
Anna Euretta Richardson (Home Economics) - The first woman to receive an honorary degree from the university (1930).
Queen Elizabeth II - The first (and only!) British Queen to see a Terps football game. She came to Byrd Stadium in 1957 to see Maryland beat UNC.
Mrs. John L. Whitehurst - The first woman to serve on the board of regents (1934-1966).