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Founding Women

The Founding women of Pacific University hold a special place in the school’s history. While many of these women didn’t actually find anything, they played an essential part of the story. The only women to have any hand in the creating of the school was Tabitha Brown; however, women like Emaline Clarke and Mary Richardson Walker, play a valuable part within the schools past, but will only be as great as their husbands.  The thing to know about all these important women was they all had to be the first within their relative fields. Elizabeth Miller was the first women teacher, and she set the stage for all those after her.   Harriet Hoover Killin was the first female graduate, and she led the path for those after her.  Each one of these women played an influential within Pacific University’s history, and yet many will never be remembered.  When reading this exhibit, it is valuable to remember the how important even the smallest player can be in the past.