'Ground­break­ing' first woman pres­i­dent of Smith Col­lege dies

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES - Eddy Clear­wa­ter

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) - Jill Ker Con­way, the first woman pres­i­dent of Smith Col­lege in Mas­sachusetts, has died at age 83. The school says the writer and scholar died Friday at her home in Bos­ton.

Con­way, a na­tive of Aus­tralia, was named pres­i­dent of the women's lib­eral arts col­lege in Northampton in 1975. Dur­ing her decade­long pres­i­dency, Con­way spear­headed new pro­grams and over­saw a near tripling of the school's en­dow­ment

Af­ter she left Smith, Con­way wrote three best-sell­ing mem­oirs, in­clud­ing ``A Woman's Ed­u­ca­tion.'' She re­ceived the Na­tional Hu­man­i­ties Medal in 2013 from Demo­cratic Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Con­way also served as a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at the Mas­sachusetts In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy un­til 2011.

Smith Pres­i­dent Kath­leen McCart­ney calls Con­way a “ground­break­ing and gra­cious'' pres­i­dent and good friend and men­tor.

PHOTO COURTESY OF BILL­BOARD

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