VEMBE 23, 1924 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
The Alice Freeman P
By Xrion Meyer
Announcement was recently made
that on September 26, the Board of
Regents formally accepted the gift of
Prof. George Herbert Palmer of Har-
vard, establishing an Alice Freeman
Palmer chair in history, the first
chair in that department to be occu-
pied by a woman.
Dr. Palmer wrote President Marion
prOblem, and ulp(
versity in 1876,
cepted the positio
Ottawa high scho'
in Lake Geneva,
nary for Girls,
Michigan. An ho
gree was conferr
L. Burton a letter on April 20 regard- ;oa a few years,
ing the establishment of such a chair, where the
in which he stated that to him it was 'toved on accou
a matter of importance to have wom- health, and then
en professors in a co-educational col- ; Sutinaw to becon
lege. Dr. Palmer further declared,
"Girls, no less than boys, need to e Miss Freemanr
assured that there is nothing in their ley for several yea
sex to forecast their attaining the ident of that col'
highest range of scholarship. Far that office for si.
tetter, however to admit women Tied Dr. Palmer i
teachers than to admit them only in Mrs. Palmer fou
inferior ranks as assistants or petty bridge filled wit
instructors. We have dropped the She w s connecte
conception of a man's world, recently, Educational sociE
and women now stand side by side Alumnae society,
with men in nearly all professions." Education, and n
Referring to the University, Pro- ganizations.
fussor Palmer concluded, "Two years The death of Al
ago, it appointed a woman professor occurred in1902
cf its medic 1 school. Much more Palmer and his
mhust follow. And wouF it not be his sabbatical yea
well that when the change comes at nevsr been except
Michigan, that the first woman's chair whin she underwe
sh3uld he in the name of one so sober, lacked power to
scholarly, widely respected, and little I i s Marien Tal
(Mip0sed to loose radicalism as Mrs. of the University o
Fa ~m er?" quested to relate 1
On August 29, Dr. Palmer made for- ences with Alice
es were always a
on leaving the Uni-!
Alice Freeman ac-
n of principal of the I
ol. She next taught,
Wis., at the Semi- E
of the University of j
norary doctor's de-
ed upon her in 1882.
she taught in Sagi-
family had then
ant of her sister's
Alice Freeman left
me the head of the
nt at Wellesley.
remained at Welles-
ars and became pres- j
ege in 1881, holding I
x years. She mar-i
and her life in Cam-
h varied activities.
d with the Woman's j
ety, the Collegiate!
the State Board of
numerous other or-!
ice Freeman Palmer
in Paris where Dr.
wife were spending
r. Mrs. Palmer had!
tionally strong, and
nt an operation, she
lbot, dean of women
of Chicago, when re-
her personal experi-
Freeman Palmer, I
THREE WOMEN REMAIN IN PARLIAMENT
Labor And Liberal Members Lose In Election
Board of Education, and had assumed
countless new interests.
"The time came when she and I
journeyed to Chicago, she as the ad- SOCIAL NOTES
visory dean of women of the new
University of Chicago, to be in resi-
dence for twelve weeks of each year, -
and I to be dean in residence during Guests at Alumnae house this week-, Huron; Helen Warner, Elmira, Ncw
I the regular university year. It was end were Olive Lockwood, '22, Mt. York; Mrs. N. D. Meisner, Windsor
during these weeks of intimatecam- Clemens, Beatrice Townsend,, '23, De- Canada; Lucille Winn, Kalamazoo
ioat a am troit, and Miss Ina Wilbert, Cleveland, Helen Yaeger, University -of Iowa
her sense of fun. Living conditions Ohio.' Marjorie Dean, '21, Niles; Marji
were extremely hard, we were busy Rorick, '24, Adrian, and Adelia Hobbs
getting order out of chaos for the '1, and Ethel Spillsbury, '24, of De
unexpectedly .large number of stu- Zeta Tau Alpha is entertaining over ,nEps y 4 D
dents who had thrown in their lot the week-end the following guests and troit.
with the new university, and we were alumnae: Miss Letta Peters, Port!
sharing with scholars drawn not only The pledges of Alpha Omicron F
from many parts of the United States, said, 'Fortunately I spoke of this or entertained the pledges of the othe
but from foreign countries as well, the you would have been afflicted all the sororities at a tea-dance Thursda
responsibility of determining the edu- way to the college grounds.' To this afternoon.
cational policies of the institution. 'she replied, 'Oh no sir, for I should
Each day we had our separate duties have bid you good morning at the The Mothers Club of Theta Pl
with long hours and baffling problems next crossing.' Alpha held a meeting at the Theta Ph
to solve. Never did her gaiety fail. "Later, at an educational convention Alpha House Tuesday afternoon. 'h
Many a difficulty was surmounted be- "er, t medional coention patronesses and. Ann Arbor alumna
cause of it. A jest, a gay, contagious where the merits of co-education also attended the meeting.
I eebeing discussed aproateand conetng
laugh would save the day. It is this an eminent speaker, who was decided-
yside of. her nature that a mnpro-aewh a dcdd
merr ly on the con side of the question, Sigma Kappa chapter of Kapp
yfessorshipsand memorial tablets and thought to clinch his argument by Delta entertained several members
even chims cannotperpetuate, but asserting that, 'the womanly grace the Michigan chapter at Columbu
it is something, which should not be g ls eked
forotten" and refinement of the distinguished last week-end.
\ rs. Rachel A. Bailey, of Detroit,' president of Wellesley college, Alice
wrs. kRacheA. Bae of A F -i Freeman, could never have been at- I Kappa Delta entertained at th
who knew the mother of Alice Free- tamed in any co-educational institu- Washtenaw Country club with a for
wman Palmer personally, relates the i tion .' There was much amusement n .al pledge dance Friday.
following incidents, which sho the 1when those who knew the facts began
character of Mrs. Palmer as a stu- to call, 'President Freeman: Presi- Mrs. E. L. Dickinson entertained a
dent and a supporter of co-education.ldent Freeman!' She responded that 'her home Friday with a tea for th
The says: "One morning, as Alice she "was loth to disabuse his mind of active, niedges, Ann Arbor mother:
reeman was walking to the college' the basis by which he gave her such patronesses, and alumnae of the Zet
he was joined by a distinguishei a flattering personality, but the fact Tau Alpha sorority.
enior, who was puffing the ievitable was that her alma mater was the Uni-
elgar. He did the courteous thing In versity of Michigan, and when she Alpha Cli' Omega entertained si
asking her if his cigar was offensive entered with about a dozen other members of its Northwestern chapte
knowing full well what hereanswer, girls, they were confronted by several at a buffet luncheon served befor
would be, that she, a simple co-ed hundred of those terrible boys." the Northwestern game.
would be 'willing to be enveloped in ________________________________
smoke for the privilege of walking by __
the side of such as he. And when her
answer came back, 'Yes sir, very,' he - - I
mral pledge of his gift ina letter
which contained a tentative sketch of
the terms of the gift. In this, he
stressed the rank, salary, and scholar-
ship of the woman, who is to occupy
this chair. He firmly believed that
it would bring tmo lowering of stand-
ards, as he stipulated that "the wom-
:n appointed must be chosen on, the
same grounds as men and not because
they are women. They must be mas-
ters of a subject."j
wrote the following: "When a per-
son of distinction passes beyond hu-
man ken and the years crowd in and
dim the memories of human contacts,
the figure gradually becomes more
impersonal, more austere, a veil of
impassiveness seems to enwrap it andj
later generations gradually lose all
knowledge of the personal traits
which were endearing. It is because
of this fact that I am glad to respond
to the request for some personal re-
The British parliament now has only three women menmbers,
all of them seasoned campaigners. A half dozen Labor and Liberal
women members of the House of Comimiions lost out in the sweeping
('nsrservative victory. The remain'ng trio are:- Mrs. hilton i hilip.
soil (left, above), former actress; the Duchess of Atholl (right,
above) and the American-born Lady Nanci Ator, seen here with
four ef her six c ildren.
as president at two different times her. "Even after her marriage to
and at other times as a director, and Professor Palmer, who had long been
I as secretary I had, therefore, an known by my father and mother, and
unusual opportunity to observe one of her removal to Cambridge, we had
her most striking gifts, that of al- many experiences in common, even
Give a Gift of Uncomimon
This gift comprised the savings of j miniscences of my dear
Dr.. Palmer. The official draft of the Freeman, especially at2
contract for the endowment of an at her Alma Mater the
Alice Freeman Palmer professorship ars are thinking of her
in history states that the interest president and are assoc
from the sum is to be paid to Dr. their minds with the me
Palmer, Mary Towle Palmer, and a professorship of histo
Frederic Palmer successively as long "It vwas my good fortu
as they live and shall then accrue to closely associated with h
the University for the maintenance Association of Collegiate1
of a woman professor in history. The first organized. She w
contract provides that the holder shall years old and had just b1
always be a woman with the rank,;president of Wellesley c
privileges and'salary of a full pro- several years we servedt
fessor and requires her to be a schol-
ar of highest rank in some field of
history. The contract also states that
in the advent of a vacancy, the inter- G
est is to be added to the principal
but that the chair is not to be left
vacant for this purpose.
George Herbert Palmer, the donor
of this gift in the memory of his INV
wife, is the author of several booksE
and is a well known philosopher.
Upon the death of Alice Freeman I We have
Palmer, Dr. Palmer wrote the story
of her life. and Sales
Alice Freeman, '76, the woman in! who have
whose memory this chair is estab-
lished, was born in 1855 in Colesville vious exper
New York. Her parents were farm-
ers of intense religious convictions. If you are
Her childhood was spent there until w
the famliy moved to Windsor, New1with aion
York. In 1865, she entered Windsor firm, we Sh
Academy, where her father was then
teaching. Her views about going toE
collegewere strongly opposed by her j Joel
parents, but in 1872, she entered the
University of Michigan. Here she be-
came especially interested in history,'
Greek, English literature, and'mathe-
as the college
Rating her in
miorial gift of
ne to be very
her when the
was then 26
ways having plenty of time to give
t Counsel and help, (no matter how
heavy her own responsibilities might
!be. I have often thought with amaze-
ment of the leisurely and happy hours
we spent in her room at Wellesley
college, making plans for the asso-
ciation, for I had occasion to know
better than many, the perplexing
problems connected with the college
which were constantly confronting
though she had substituted a trustee-
ship for the presidency, had become
a member of the Massachusetts State
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