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date: 12 December 2019

Cronkhite, Bernice Brownlocked

(23 July 1893–03 August 1983)
  • Jane S. Knowles


Cronkhite, Bernice Brown (23 July 1893–03 August 1983), college dean and vice president, was born Bernice Veazey Brown in Calais, Maine, the daughter of James Edmund Brown, a physician, and Grace Veazey. After her mother’s death from appendicitis in 1898, the family moved to Providence, Rhode Island, where her father raised Bernice and her brother with the aid of relatives. She entered Radcliffe College in 1912, having spent two summers as a volunteer working with immigrants and one year as a teacher in a one-room rural school. She concentrated in government and twice won prizes for essays on municipal government. After receiving her A.B. (1916), she enrolled as a graduate student at Radcliffe, while working half time as a bibliographer in Harvard’s Bureau for Municipal Research. At the time she was appointed the first woman teaching assistant in the government department at Harvard on the understanding that “there was no male candidate available and that it was for one year only.”...

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