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Katherine Kennedy Carmichael (1912-1982)


The first dean of women, Katherine Kennedy Carmichael, continued to lobby for more dormitory rooms as women's enrollment increased significantly during the 1930s and '40s. In 1946, their numbers topped one thousand for the first time. During Dean Carmichael's tenure, a complex web of regulations governed women's activities. Carmichael enforced rules on ladylike behavior, curfew hours, and appropriate dress. A coeducational residence hall named for Carmichael opened in 1986.