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Loren Foster Berry

  • Personne
  • -1900

Reverend Loren Foster Berry of Ottumwa, IA was a trustee of Grinnell College from 1894 until his death in 1900. He moved from Ottumwa, IA to Chicago, IL in the last year of his life. After his death, his wife taught Mathematics at the Grinnell Academy and was the Dean of Ladies until 1906.

Ladies Reading Circle

  • 1882-

The Ladies Reading Circle was founded in 1882 as the first women's literary club in Grinnell, Iowa [c.f. Magoun Club, Ms.01.11]. The purpose of the club was "to gain an intelligent understanding of the world achievements, and its problems, through the study of its history, literature, science, and arts." Before changing its name to the Historical and Literary Club in 1894, the club was called the Historical Circle, the Literary Circle, and the Historical and Literary Circle. Founding members included Lynda Haworth MacDonald, Emily Timmerman Hanlin, Joanna Harris Haines, Mrs. M.G. Phillips, and Mrs. H.K. Snider. The club was a member of the Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs.

Pfitsch, John Alfred

  • Personne
  • 1919-2012

Beginning in 1948, John and Pioneer athletics were synonymous. He coached in virtually every sport during a 50-year career and even in retirement directed the men's soccer program and his beloved Pfitsch's Pfishes. In addition to many seasons, records, and championships in basketball and soccer John also was justifiably proud of his role in instituting women's sports during his long tenure as athletic director.

After graduating from the University of Texas Pfitsch earned his M.A. in physical education and assisted famous Coach Phog Allen at the University of Kansas before and after service in World War II. At Grinnell he helped obtain a $2.2 million federal loan and headed the planning committee for construction of the former Physical Education Complex, where the fieldhouse was named in his honor.

Florence Stewart Kerr (Class of 1912)

  • Personne
  • 1890-1975

Born in Tennessee in 1890, Florence Stewart Kerr and family moved to Iowa when she was an infant.  She grew up in Marshalltown and attended Grinnell College from 1908-1912 where she formed a lifelong friendship with Harry Hopkins.  Florence married Robert Y. Kerr in 1915; she taught English at the College from 1921-26 and 1931-32.

In 1930 she was named a member of the Iowa Unemployment Relief Council; in 1935 Hopkins recommended her as one of five regional directors of the Division of Women's and Professional Projects within the Works Progress Administration (alternately called the Work Projects Administration).  She was promoted to Assistant Administrator of the WPA and Director of the Women's and Professional Projects in 1938 and worked in Washington, D.C. until the WPA ended in 1943.

She became director of the war public services of the Federal Works Agency and later served as an executive with Northwest Airlines.  She retired in the mid 1950s and lived in D.C. until her death in 1975.

Robert Y. Kerr, a native of Newton, Iowa, served on the editorial staff of The American Lumberman and as Executive Secretary of Grinnell College.

Kerr, Robert

  • Personne

Robert Y. Kerr, a native of Newton, Iowa, served on the editorial staff of The American Lumberman and as Executive Secretary of Grinnell College.

Noun, Louise R. (Class of 1929)

  • Personne
  • 1908-2002

She served as president of the ACLU of Iowa from 1964 to 1972. Noun also served as a co-founder and president of the state’s chapters of the League of Women Voters and the National Organization for Women, was a charter member of the Iowa Women’s Political Caucus, and was a vocal advocate of women’s issues within the Iowa Democratic Party. In 1989, she founded the Chrysalis Foundation, a Des Moines-based organization that works to empower, educate, and support Iowa’s girls and women. With Mary Louise Smith, the first woman to chair the Republican National Committee, Noun co-founded the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa.

In 1985, Noun’s brother, Joseph Rosenfield ’25, established an endowment in her name at Grinnell College. The Louise Noun Program in Women’s Studies and the Noun Professorship were instrumental in bringing women’s studies to Grinnell.

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