Jane Richardson Bredeson ’51
Few traits are as undervalued in today’s society as loyalty, as people hop from job to job and interest to interest. But for those who commit to a cause or to an organization, the long-term impact can be remarkable. For this alumna, who spent her career and volunteer efforts focused on education, her influence will last for generations.
This alumna majored in English while at Grinnell, and was active outside the classroom in women’s government, the humor magazine, and YWCA. She was also a class officer.
After graduation, she went on to have a 30-year career at Connecticut College where she served as Associate Director of Admissions and then as Secretary of the College. In 1991, she was awarded the Connecticut College Medal. In the same year the College started a scholarship bearing her name.
This alumna has also been steadfastly committed to Grinnell. She spent more than a decade as a class agent and was Grinnell’s inaugural representative to Connecticut College in 1998, 2002, and 2006. In 2004, she became an Asa Turner Associate.
This alumna’s other volunteer resume is similarly impressive. She has been a member of the board of United Way and a Mitchell College trustee. She volunteers for the Broken Ground School, and received the Concord School District’s Champion for Children Award in 2009.
For her unceasing work to improve the schools she worked for and attended, Grinnell is proud to recognize Jane Richardson Bredeson ’51.
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