Monday, November 19, 2007

OSU's Maud A. Spear

The fall 2007 issue of Oklahoma State University's alumni magazine has an article on Maud Agnes Spear who was the first woman admitted to - and to graduate (1915) OSU's engineering program. The Women in Engineering House is known as Maud's Quad. I can't find a link to the magazine but it says she was born in Illinois Nov 15, 1892 to John and Catherine Spear. Her father taught in Native American children in government schools which eventually brought the family to Oklahoma. Both she and her sister, Mary, were active OSU (A&M back then of course)students. Maud took a job with an architectural firm in Milwaukee, WI and later moved to Washington, DC. There she met and married Leland Olds. They had 4 children. She continued to work as an architect and her husband had quite a career himself. She died in 1990 at the age of 97.

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