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Edith (Jones) Woodward



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Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 9:43 PM

I've been looking through my files and found various faded pieces of information. It was therapeutic to type it all in legible form. I have to write an obit tomorrow for the Shelbyville paper. Anyway, here is what I found:

Below is information from 8/8/91 Sheet Edith wrote while living at Calle Del


Edith Jones Woodward

Born: Waldron, Indiana August 15, 1914

Father: James Raymond Jones

Mother: Mary Madge Yeager Jones

Married to William R. Woodward August 14, 1940

3 Children: James F. Woodward

Barbara Woodward Doering

Paul R. Woodward

4 Grandchildren

Education: B.S. Purdue University, W. Lafayette , IN 1935

M.S. Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass 1937 - Astronomy

PhD. Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Mass. 1941 - Astronomy

Career History: Professor of Astronomy, Math & Geology:

Mt. Hoyoke College, S. Hadley, Mass. 1938-1940

Hunter College, New York City 1951-1952

William Paterson College, Wayne, N.J. 1959- 1983

Teacher of Math & Algebra at H.Sch. and Jr. High level 1956-59

Author of book: Elementary Concepts of Sets, 1959

& Articles on Astronomy: Harvard Bulletin 905, "Eclipsing

Star U

Caphei,"1937, Harvard Bulletin 909, "Rotation of Apsides V523

Sagitarrii," 1938; Astronomical Society of Pacific 87, "Super-

giant V453 Scorpii," 1975, Astrophysics & Spece Science 129:

"Apsidal Rotation AG Persei", 1987, Astronomical Journal: "New

Data on V523 Sagitarrii," 1989.

Civic & Political Activities: Active Member League of Women Voters, Summit,


1947-1980; Elected Delegate to Democratic National Convention,

Florida, 1972.

Awards, Honors, Grants: Phi Beta Kappa

Sigma Xi

Grants from NSF - Arizona Kitt Peak Observatory 1973-75

NASA- 3 trips to Cerro Tololo in Chile, 1974

Sigma Xi- to observe southern stars, 1974

Professional Organizations: American Astronomical Society


From Clipping probably in Shelbyville Paper in 1940:

Honor Graduate Marries Lawyer

Miss Edith Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Jones of Waldron, and William Redin Woodward, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin T. Woodward, of Port Washington, Long Island, N.Y., were married in the Methodist church at Waldron, August 14, by Rev. Rolland Dove. A reception at the bride's home followed.

The bride, a 1935 graduate of Purdue university, was one of the university's outsanding women students and held a scholastic record of 94 hours of H, highest obtainable grade, 64 hours of A and but 3 hours of B-grades. At her graduation she received the Flora Roberts medal as best all-around woman member of the graduating class, and a fellowship in an eastern college. Studying both here and abroad, she received M.S. and doctorate degrees and has been teaching astonomy in Mr. Holyoke college, Massachusetts.

She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Kappa Delta Pi, Delta Rho Kappa, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi, Mortar Board, Gold Peppers and Sportswomen. Mr. Woodward, who is practicing law in Boston, Mass., was graduated from Dickinson college in Pennsylvania, and Harvard law school, also studied in Heidelberg, Germany. He is a member of Phi Beta Kapa. The couple will live in Cambridge, Mass. Sumeon G. Yeager, the bride's grandfather, with Mrs. Yeager, of West Lafayette, and Mrs. F. Marie Moss, Lafayette, cousin of the bride, were among the wedding guests.


With all the greek lettered honoraries, what she really would have liked would have been to have been able to afford to belong to a greek lettered sorority. The groom is credited with Phi Beta Kapa (of which she was also a member, but seems to have been missed), but not with Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity of which he was a member at Dickinson.

The name of Harvard Observatory and/or Radcliffe College is curious by its absence where the article reports her graduate degrees from an eastern college.

The eastern college, equally seemed to have some trouble accepting that a Purdue Grad might beat the men in the Harvard Club bridge tournament. The story is they checked to find out if she was just somebody's wife or actually had a degree entitling her to beat them. The short note in the Harvard Bulletin of June 1980 reported:

"Roses for the Ladies

This is the year of Edith J. Woodward G '36 and Genuine Risk '78. The Risk showed her heels to a passel of colts at the Kentucky Derby and Edith Woodward did the same at the Annual Individual Bridge Derby on April 21. This is the first tiem in 65 years that a filly won the Derby and the first time ever that a woman with full membership in the Club has plade in this bridge tournament, let alone won it."


One of the years that Edith was teaching at William Paterson College, she gave an extra credit problem for her students that I remembered and asked for a copy of. I think she made it up herself, although she may have gotten it from somewhere. She was an avid reader of mysteries and this seemed to come from that. I found I still have a copy in fading mimeograph. It reads:

"Weekend Recreation:

On June 21 at 12:00 C.S.T. the villain Buck snarled and shot. The sun was just crossing the meridian 10 degrees S of the zenith. He knew it would be, since he had checked and knew the E. of T. that day was -4m . His mirror setup had reflected the sunlight perfectly and momentarily blinded his victim.

Buck coolly dashed to the nearest phone and called Los Angeles to tell Sam he was flying out to hide in his garage and called London to ask Joe to double his insurance at Lloyd's. ___________ had left his office early that afternoon and ____________hadn't come in yet that morning, so Buck was wild with fear. He started running wildly, but by then the cops were gunning for him. Deadeye, who lived at latitude 28oN., aimed his cannon and shot at Buck but missed because he forgot that in the N. hemisphere missiles deviated a little to the _____________.

Buck knew that the sid. time was _____________and that the full moon would rise about ___________, so he decided to fly (N., S.) to lat. _________ where the moon wouldn't rise at all and he could hide in the darkness, but to his amazement, he found that he was trapped in full sunlight. Why? ___________

Incidentally, where on earth was the corpse?______________"



Another thing I picked out from her papers some time ago were a couple of clippings about her artwork. One is Undated. It says:

Woodward Shows At Summit

With her former mentors Jones, Stromsted and Maxwell Simpson, in the background, painter and ceramic-tilist Edith Woodward makes her solo bow at the Summit Art Assn. Gallery.

A wintry and bluish "Mt. Chocurua" seen through slender birches and a tonally impressive "Canoe Brook" magnified in scale by a tiny group of spidery children, reveal the artist at her imaginative landscape best.

More importantly, "Mt. Cho- (Continues to another column or page, not included).


Newark Sunday News, April 17, 1955

AAUW Arts Festival

300 College Women Attend Jersey Even in Memorial Library at Drew University

" MADISON --Three hundred members of the American Association of University Women crowded Rose Memorial Library at Drew University yesterday for the association's second annual creative arts festival.

Thirty two chapters of the New Jersey division of the AAUW were represented at the festival, which is designed to give the former college women a chance to show their talents and renew acquaintance with fellow alumnae.

An innovation this year was a story-telling hour, in which Mrs. George Speck, a member of the Trenton chapter and a professional radio performer, demonstrated the art of story-telling on an adult level.

Events of Day Varied

Mrs. John Hammett of Summit conducted a gourmet show . The women listened to a reading of Stephen Vincent Benet's "John Brown's Body," heard a concert by the choral group of the Atlantic City branch and viewed 250 exhibits in arts and crafts, including orchid growing and violin making. A piano duet was presented by Mrs. David Marshall of Orange and her daughter, Elizabeth.

The visitors had tea at the home of Mrs. Fred Holloway, wife of the university's president.

Winners of first prizes in the arts show included short story, Mrs. Paul G. Hooper, Orange; essay, Mrs. T. E. Lutz, Montclair; pageant, Mrs. John S. Tennant II, Summit; poetry, Mrs. Norman H. Thompson, Nutley; oil painting, Mrs. William R. Woodward, Millington, and water colorl, Mrs. E.G. Robbins, Englewood.

Winners in the beginners' division were: Oil, Mrs. Della Brunty, Camden; watercolor, Mae Connor; photo, Mrs. S. B. Gatchall, Upper Montclair, sculpture, Nellie G. Speers, Montclair."


April 1956 (penned in)

Mrs. Wm. Woodward

Wins First Prize

In Art Contest


At the annual Creative Arts Festival of all the American Association of University Women branches in the state, a local artist Mrs. Wm. R. Woodward, of Gillette, won second prize in Amateur Oil Painting competition. There were about 200 canvasses entered.

The winning picture was painted at Canoe Brook in Summit.

Judges for the contest were: Theodore Brenson, Chairman of the Art Department of Douglass College; Miss Estelle M. Armstrong, insturctor at Montclair Museum of Art, and Robert Reed, instructor at Newark Museum of Art.

Mrs. Woodward recently sold a water color of the All Saints Church in Millington and the beautiful birch and pines nearby.





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