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Owens, Elisabethlocked

(15 May 1919–15 November 1998)
  • Edward L. Lach, Jr.


Owens, Elisabeth (15 May 1919–15 November 1998), educator, was born Elisabeth Ann Owens in Oxford, Massachusetts, the daughter of parents whose names and occupations cannot be readily ascertained. After graduating from Girls Latin School in Boston, she entered Smith College on a full scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 1940 with a degree in economics. Intent upon earning a Ph.D. in the subject, she entered graduate school at the University of Chicago, but she dropped out and moved to Washington, D.C., after the United States entered World War II. Owens spent two years (1941–1943) helping to organize the Office of Price Stabilization (precursor to the Office of Price Administration), where she worked with the Reciprocal Trade Agreements Program on topics such as automobile and shoe rationing. She then worked (successively) at the State Department, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, and, from 1943 to 1945, at the Fiscal Division of the Bureau of the Budget. Although initially “more irritated than impressed by the lawyers” (Swiger, p. 141), she realized the importance of legal credentials and decided to pursue the study of law. Attracted to Yale by its willingness to admit female students, she moved to New Haven in 1948 and graduated from law school in 1951....

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