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Lucy C. McDannel
After Grinnell resident Lucy C. McDannel showed her courage and intelligence as a 13 year old, shepherding a group of adults across Europe from Vienna to France at the beginning of WWI (see article below), no one should have been surprised that she refused to follow the usual path of a New York debutante. Instead of marrying and becoming a socialite, she opted to attend Yale Law School, becoming the first woman to earn a law degree from that esteemed institution (1925).
After working in her father’s law firm for several decades, she moved to New London, CT in 1968 and earned a Master’s Degree in art history at Connecticut College, where she is memorialized with both a sculpture and an endowed chair: the Lucy C. McDannel '22 Professor of Art History and Director of Museum Studies.
Below center: Synergy by Frances Gillmore Pratt, honoring Lucy C. McDannel; located near the entrance of Connecticut College, New London, CT.)
Washington Post: August 26, 1914,
She Rules War Zone
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Synergy by Frances Gillmore Pratt, honoring Lucy C. McDannel; located near the entrance of Connecticut College, New London, CT.)
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