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Faces Behind the Places of DePauw University

This guide includes historical information about the people behind DePauw University's building names.

Katharine Sprague Alvord

Katharine S. AlvordKatharine Sprague Alvord was DePauw University's first dean of women (1915-1936). A native of Sandusky, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University, she is credited with starting most of the women's organizations on campus and for encouraging a large number of DePauw women to pursue advanced degrees. Alvord died at her home in Gaylordsville, Connecticut, April 15, 1960, at the age of 88.