Education: Radcliffe's First

Quite a different sort of academic executive was Ada Louise Comstock, first fulltime president of Radcliffe College, who ruled the school with firmness and vision from 1923-43. Last week, still tall, erect and stately at 81, Ada Comstock Notestein (she resisted the suit of Yale History Professor Wallace Notestein for her full 20 years at Radcliffe, married him only after she retired) journeyed to Radcliffe Yard, accepted congratulations as a dormitory was dedicated to her.

The Radcliffe that Ada Louise Comstock took over in 1923 was something of a makeshift institution. In 1879 a committee of Cambridge ladies asked Harvard President Charles...

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