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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 56, Number 12 (April 15, 1955)

Chatterton, Grace
Wisconsin women,   pp. 33-[35]


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0   *    0    with Grace Chatterton
AST MONTH           Wisconsin
    to Africa. This month we
    alumnae doing outstanding
sions on this continent-before
again in our last item.
Women made an excursion
want to tell you about some
work in business and profes-
we take you back to Africa
  MICROSCOPES . . . One of the first women in the
U. S. to make a career of forest products research, Dr. Eloise
Gerry, '21, retired this year after more than 44 years of
service at the U. S. Forest Products Laboratory in Madison.
  Industry has frequently profited from her studies of thc
physiological and structural make-up of wood. For example,
go back to 1915. In that year, Eloise pioneered microscopical
investigations of the turpentine pines in the South so that
this world's major source of turpentine and resin would not
be lost. It was a rarity then for a woman to pack a
microscope and
walk, ride horse-
back, or pilot a
Model-T       Ford
through the forests
of Louisiana   and
Mississippi. But
Eloise did just that
and collected many
valuable samples
necessary  for her
laboratory   work.
Soon she had posi-
tive evidence of the
damage    done   by
the crude wound-
ing of trees in the
process of extract-
ing   the   fluids.
Eloise went to in-
dustrial leaders
with  he"r evxitde-nrue
of "less scar, better trees, more turpentine." Once explained,
the improved methods won hearty cooperation. In 1935 this
important work was summarized in a handbook published by
the U. S. Department of Agriculture, and has been used exten-
sively by the naval stores industry since.
  In recent years Eloise has become an internationally known
specialist on foreign woods and has published data on species
from other parts of the world which are now available to
supplement the short supply of certain native woods.
  Dr. Gerry is the kind of scientist who likes people, and
she belongs to a number of civic groups which make sub-
stantial contributions to community life. Gardening, with a
special interest in wild flowers, an active interest in breeding
and training a rare strain of dogs (once pets of the Pharaohs)
and photography are some of her hobbies.
APRIL, 1955
   Although leaving the laboratory, Eloise plans to be active
in professional societies, and to encourage more women to
undertake careers in research.    (Wisconsin State Journal Photo.)
   . . . AND MICROBES. The mother of four children, a
leader in research on microbial genetics who currently holds
a grant from the Atomic Energy Commission to continue work
in this field, has just been named Dean of the New Jersey
College for Women at New Brunswick. She is Dr. Mary
Ingraham Bunting, '32, who held the Annie Gorham Fellow-
ship and research assistantships in biochemistry and bacteriology
while doing graduate work on this campus. In 1937 she
married the late Dr. Henry Bunting, '34, of the Yale School
of Medicine.
  PUBLIC SERVICE . . . Jessie E. Hutchinson, '89, was
the 13th woman to be admitted to practice before the U. S.
Supreme Court. She has just celebrated her 94th birthday,
so apparently 13 is not an unlucky number for her.
   This distinguished lawyer began practicing in Chicago im-
mediately after leaving the campus-the fourth law graduate
of her sex in University history. In 1893 a position in the
railway adjustments department of the Washington, D. C.,
post office was offered her, and there she stayed for 40 years
of distinguished service. Retirement at the age of 69 meant
continuing her active life in other ways. She began to travel
extensively and visited 17 countries, even being presented as
an attorney before the courts in London. At the present time
Miss Hutchinson is living near long-time friends in Northern
Wisconsin where she enjoys extensive reading and reminisc-
ing about her interesting life in Washington. She was a
personal friend of the late Eugenia Washington, grandniece
of George Washington, and attended many important affairs
held for the U. S. Presidents who were in office during her
residence at the Capitol.
   "Only one of my law class is left besides myself," she says.
"A 'young gentleman' in Minnesota. It's a battle between us
to see who outlives the other."
   . . . PUBLIC WELFARE .. . Have you seen the stun-
ning picture of our Catherine Cleary, '43, used recently in a life
insurance ad appearing in Time magazine? Also the news
from Washington announcing her appointment by O\veta Cull,
Hobby to the National Advisory Council on Vocational Re-
habilitation? Miss Cleary is vice president of the First Wis-
consin Trust Company in Milwaukee, and former Assistant
U. S. Treasurer.
   ... AND      PUBLIC     HEALTH. Another Wisconsin
 alumna has returned from Africa, where she spent three years
 as a missionary. After a one year furlough in the States, Lois
 Olsen, '49, will probably return to Sierra Leone. In the
 meantime, in addition to visiting her family and keeping
 many speaking engagements, she has enrolled at the Lutheran
 hospital in La Crosse for more training in laboratory work.
 Lois majored in public health nursing when she attended
 Wisconsin and later studied mid-wifery in England. She was
 the only white woman in Tiama, a city of 2,000. Since there
 is no doctor there, Lois and her assistants pulled teeth, sewed
 up wounds and handled minor surgery. The nearest hospital
 is fifty miles away.
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