Elsie MacGill, MSE ’29, the first female aeronautical engineer trained at U-M, weathered polio to build planes for Britain’s R.A.F.
An African-American student of the 1920s left a vivid memoir of his years in a semi-segregated Ann Arbor.
Zina Pitcher, an unsung hero of U-M’s earliest years, was a doctor, soldier, politician, and botanist.
A woebegone corner of campus once attracted trysts, trash and, a magnificent plan for an amphitheater. And then we paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
In 1970, a female secretary inspired one of the great sea changes in the University’s history: that Michigan should treat women the same as men.
As a field geologist, 98-year-old Helen Foster, BA ’42/PhD ’46, mapped the farthest-flung islands of Japan, met Emperor Hirohito, and documented Alaska’s landscape.