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Browsing items in: Famous Women of Cleveland

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    • Vronsky, Vitya

    • Babin, Victor; Babin, Victoria (Vitya) Vronsky; Pianists; Cleveland Orchestra; Cleveland Institute Of Music; Composers
    • Vitya Vronsky was a world class pianist who came to Cleveland to become faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 1961 after touring and recording extensively as part of a duo piano team with her husband, Victor Babin. Vronsky hailed from the...
    • Votipka, Thelma

    • Opera singers; Votipka, Thelma; Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.); Oberlin College
    • Thelma Votipka was an accomplished mezzo-soprano opera singer. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she studied at Oberlin Conservatory and made her debut as the Countess in the Marriage of Figaro with the American Opera Company. She was an opera singer with...
    • Strassmeyer, Mary A.

    • Strassmeyer, Mary A.; Plain Dealer; Journalism
    • Mary Strassmeyer was a society editor for the Plain Dealer and was famous for her column, "Mary, Mary." She was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1994. [Image credit: this image is courtesy of the Plain Dealer newspaper in...
    • Sister Mary Ignatia, C.S.A., 1889-1996

    • Alcoholics Anonymous; St. Vincent's Hospital (Cleveland, Ohio); Catholics, Roman
    • Sister Mary Ignatia was one of the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous. Sister Ignatia was the registrar at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron when she began her work with alcoholics. In 1952 Rosary Hall was born at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland...
    • Sherwin, Belle, 1868-1955

    • Women's City Club; Suffrage; Suffragists; Women's suffrage; League Of Women Voters (Lwv) Of Cleveland
    • Belle Sherwin was the former president for the national League of Women Voters (1924-1934). She was also a founder of the Women's City Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
    • Sherwin, Belle, 1868-1955

    • Women's City Club; Suffrage; Suffragists; Women's suffrage; League Of Women Voters (Lwv) Of Cleveland
    • Belle Sherwin was the former president for the national League of Women Voters (1924-1934). She was also a founder of the Women's City Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
    • Shepherd, Dorothy G.

    • Case Western Reserve University; Islam; Cleveland Museum Of Art; Textiles; Galleries & museums
    • In the 1960s, Dorothy Shepherd was one of the only female museum curators in the United States and was renowned for her knowledge in medieval textiles and ancient Islamic art. Shepherd was a curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She also taught...
    • Rowland, Amy F. (Amy Farley), b. 1872

    • Rowland, Amy Farley; Lakeside Unit, World War I; Cleveland Clinic Foundation; Women's City Club; Women's City Club; Alta House; Office workers
    • Amy Rowland served with the Lakeside Unit in World War I and edited publications by Dr. George W. Crile, Sr. She worked with the American Ambulance in France and she became executive secretary at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation after WWI. Amy was...
    • Rouse, Rebecca Cromwell, 1799-1887

    • Rouse, Rebecca Cromwell; Ladies' Aid Society; Philanthropists; Beech Brook, Inc.
    • During the Civil War, Rebecca Cromwell Rouse was a founder of the Ladies' Aid Society which provided care for wounded and sick soldiers and also provided assistance to orphans and widows. Rouse and the society raised $100,000 through a successful...
    • Robeson, Lila

    • Robeson, Lila; Opera singers; Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.); Western Reserve University
    • Robeson was the first Cleveland-born opera singer that performed for the Metropolitan Opera in New York (1912-1922). Robeson was a mezzo soprano who performed 142 times for the Metropolitan Opera between 1912 and 1920. She was unique because she...
    • Redinger, Ruby V. (Ruby Virginia), 1915-1981

    • Redinger, Ruby Virginia; Authors; Teachers; Writers; Case Western Reserve University; Baldwin-Wallace College; Women's City Club; Ohioana Book Award Winners; Fenn College
    • Ruby Redinger earned her Ph.D in 1940 from Western Reserve University (Case). Her first book was "The Golden Net" which convinced "The Saturday Review of Literature" to praise her as one of the year's outstanding new authors. Ruby's second book was...
    • Pyke, Bernice Secrest

    • Pyke, Bernice Secrest; Democratic Party; Teachers; Delegations
    • Bernice Pyke was the first woman to be elected delegate for a national political convention and the first woman to serve in a cabinet for a mayor of Cleveland. She was a delegate for 5 Democratic National Conventions and in 1934 President Franklin...
    • Price, Constance Mather

    • Price, Constance Mather; Theaters; Cleveland Play House; Musicarnival; American Red Cross
    • Constance Price served for the American Red Cross in WWII and took part in the planning of Musicarnival. She designed sets for Cleveland's East Side Players, Heights Light Opera, and Euclid Little Theater. She also helped integrate the Bratenahl...
    • Prentiss, Elisabeth Severance Allen

    • Prentiss, Elisabeth Severance Allen; Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Foundation; Philanthropy; Allen Memorial Medical Library (Cleveland, Ohio)
    • Elisabeth Prentiss was famous for her philanthropy: she gave funds to many institutions and established the Allen Memorial Library. She also received a public service medal from the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, becoming first woman to receive the...
    • Perkins, Anna

    • Cleveland Press; Franklin Club; Cleveland Sorosis; Poets; Irwin, Josephine Saxer
    • Anna Perkins sold issues of the "Cleveland Press" for her livelihood, eventually earning her the moniker of "Newspaper Annie." She also advocated reform for women's dress and wrote the poem "What Is It?" Perkins also spoke at the Franklin and...
    • Norweb, Emery May

    • Cleveland Museum Of Art; Art collectors; Cleveland Plain Dealer; Norweb, Emery May Holden; Numismatics
    • Norweb was a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art's accessions committee who eventually became the first woman president of the museum in 1962. She was also a chairperson of the American Numismatic Society of London and donated valuable English...
    • Nash, Helen Millikin

    • Nash, Helen Millikin; Hathaway Brown; Botanical gardens; Cleveland Botanical Garden; Garden Center Of Greater Cleveland; Shaker Lakes; Philanthropists; Conservation of natural resources
    • Nash became the president of the Garden Center of Greater Cleveland in 1949 and received the Frances McIntosh Sherwin Award. She also helped preserve the Shaker Lakes area from highway construction by providing half of the funds for an Audubon...
    • McKelvey, Dorothy Marks

    • McKelvey, Dorothy Marks; Berea Historical Society; Baldwin-Wallace College; Historians; Berea (Ohio); History
    • Dorothy Marks McKelvey was the founder and president of the Berea Area Historical Society and the historian of Baldwin-Wallace College. Because she was so well-versed in Berea history, newspapers would look to her first to verify their facts.
    • McCormick, Anne O’Hare, 1880-1954

    • Mccormick, Anne (O'hare); Journalists; Writers; New York times; Pulitzer Prizes; United Nations
    • Anne O'Hare McCormick was a foreign correspondent for the New York Times who traveled the world reporting on injustice and issues threatening freedom worldwide. She was the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Largely self-trained,...
    • McCaffery, Margaret

    • Mccaffery, Margaret; Cleveland City Council; Cleveland City Government
    • Margaret McCaffery served on the Cleveland City Council for over 28 years. She received accolades from the safety forces, organized labor, and small business groups. She worked on committees for public safety, aviation-lakefront, and public...

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