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Frontera: Women at UTEP

Centralized guide to all EPCC's local history publications, videos and guides and sources for local history topics

UTEP Women

American Association of University Women 

Ball, Myrtle E.   Drama and Speech professor at Texas Western for almost three decades.  Declared Professor Emeritus in 1981.

Coltharp, Dr. Lurline  Texas Western Professor, Professor Emeritus

Duke, Dr. Eleanor  Biology professor at UTEP from 1948-1985, much loved and honored, who sued UTEP for wage discrimination because of her sex. 

Gladstein, Mimi Dr.  UTEP Professor/Administrator

Gregory, Dr. Gladys Early Texas Western professor, first female professor to achieve the rank of full professor.

Ledesma, Romy scientist and university leader.

The only woman in the country to administer a Materials Research Center of Excellence 

Leyva, Dr. Yolanda Chávez activist/historian/UTEP faculty

Marchino, Dr. Lois  longtime UTEP professor who was instrumental in founding the first University Women's Studies Program in a Texas university, and subsequently served as Director.

Ponsford, Dr. Pearl Olive. Professor of English at College of Mines, president of the AAUW

See Vertical File for AAUW and Ponsford in Border Heritage Center, El Paso Public LIbrary, Main.

Seamon, Mrs. Frank H. 

started what would become the Women's Auxiliary of UTEP Archives are in Spec Collections, UTEP.  Expanded curriculum and physical facilities (tennis courts) to keep the school open rather than having UT move them to Austin.  Only 86 students enrolled at Texas Western then.  She was wife of professor.

Wise, Vera  Art Professor at Texas Western.

Well known in Southwest regional art circles

Worrell, Kathleen L.     Wife of first Dean of the College of Mines who is responsible for the trajectory of UTEP architecture for the next 100 years.

Research tips

Note details that might seem insignificant at first glance, in case one finds other information later.

Women's information is often found through researching the men in their lives (i.e. husband, fathers, etc.) so the notes here might only state that Mrs. X was married to Mr. X who was important for some reason, but in researching him, there might be information about his wife found later.

Research full text of local newspaper articles back to 1881 in this database available to EPCC users and in person in EPCC Libraries: 

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