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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 58, Number 9 (Jan. 15, 1957)

Chatterton, Grace
Wisconsin women,   p. 26

Page 26

with Grace Chatterton
E'RE PROUD that the new first lady of Wisconsin,
        Helen DAULS Thomson, '32, (Mrs. Vernon W.)
        is a Wisconsin alumna. And we who have made
her acquaintance in years past know that she will serve well,
as well as enjoy being official hostess at the executive
  We were not surprised when she said recently: "The
doors of the executive residence will always be open to the
citizens of the state; after all, it belongs to them."
  For Helen Thomson likes people! And she will enjoy,
knowing the people of the state better.
  An ardent gardener, she is planning to spend as much
time as possible in the flower gardens which lie to the south
and east of the Governor's official home. Roses are her
special love and she hopes to have many of them in bloom
for her visitors to enjoy.
  The huge basement recreation room-decorated in a
Scandinavian motif, by the way-will ring with the laughter
Wisconsin State Journal Photo by Robert Beasley
of the three Thomson children. Patricia, 18, is a freshman
in college, Susan is 14, and Tommy, 10, is a fifth grader.
When summer comes they will probably spend much of
their time on Lake Mendota, which is very near their front
door. No doubt they'll join the Governor occasionally in a
cool swim off the pier.
   When Mrs. Thomson, dressed in a navy blue jacket dress,
 small white hat and white orchid, accompanied her husband
 to inaugural ceremonies early this month, she was a woman
 well prepared for her new and important responsibilities.
 With her background as the official hostess for her husband
 when he was mayor of Richland Center, speaker of the
 assembly, and attorney-general of Wisconsin, she has had
 valuable experience to add to her natural poise and charm.
   Mrs. Thomson spent most of her youth in Viroqua. Be-
 fore coming to the University, she studied at National Park
 Seminary in Washington, D. C. "I met Vernon when I was
 home for a vacation from National Park and he was teaching
 in my home town," she says.
   It is natural that she enjoys cooking and sewing because
her bachelor's degree from Wisconsin was earned in home
economics. For three years before her marriage she taught
this subject in Viroqua schools.
   A happy woman, Helen Thomson has the gift of putting
persons at ease immediately, even when meeting them for
the first time. These and her other fine qualities will endear
her to the women of Wisconsin in the years ahead.
   -from Anne Kuehne, '56, Minneapolis, brought the
happy news that she "loves her job with Pillsbury-there is
such a variety in the work I do: recipe writing, proof read-
ing, checking layout, color, photography on ads, taste test-
ing." Ann, a delightful young woman who came to Wiscon-
sin from Glen Ellyn, Ill., was both a fine student leader
and a scholar while on campus. Her major was home eco-
nomics. She added courses in art and journalism and this
combination resulted in her present fine job opportunity.
Now that Anne has had six months to get oriented in her
work, she is starting to engage strenuously in outside activi-
ties such as skiing. We hope with her that there will be a
lot of snow in the Twin Cities area this winter.
  -from Germany tell of the marriage of Lt. Jack McCrory,
'55, to Suzanne Mitzi Arnold, '55. After a honeymoon in
Baden-Baden they returned to .Mannheim where "We live
in. the house of a German doctor. We have a small apart-
ment with a private entrance. It is very well furnished,
right down to pictures on the walls (oil paintings no less).
* . It is very close to my (Jack's) work. . . Come next
September I will be back in Law School, barring any un-
foreseen circumstances." Jack also was an outstanding cam-
pus leader while an undergraduate student here. The Mc
Crorys are the kind of fine young people we will all wel-
come back to Wisconsin with open arms.
Helen Dauls Thomson,: Wisconsin's First Lady
                     Wisconsin Alumnus, January, 1957

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