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Catherine Filene Shouse

Catherine Filene Shouse, American philanthropist, cultural organization administrator.

Background

  • Shouse, Catherine Filene was born on June 9, 1896 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Daughter of Lincoln and Therese (Weil) Filene.

  • Education

    • Graduate, Bradford Academy, 1913. Student, Vassar College, 1914. Bachelor, Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts, 1918.

      Master of Education, Harvard University, 1923. Postgraduate, University Colorado, 1928. HHD (honorary), Tufts University, 1963.

      HHD (honorary), Wheaton College, 1964. Doctor of Laws (honorary), American University, 1971. HHD (honorary), George Washington University, 1975.

      HHD, Bucknell University, 1975. Doctor of Music, New England Conservatory Music, 1975. HHD (honorary), Catholic University, 1977.

      HHD (honorary), College William and Mary, 1977. HHD (honorary), Skidmore College, 1979. HHD (honorary), University Maryland, 1979.

      HHD (honorary), Hood College, 1981. Doctor of Letters, Gonzaga University, 1983. Doctor of Music, Shenandoah College and Conservatory Music, 1984.

      HHD (honorary), Marymount College of Virginia, 1986.

    Career

    • Assistant to chief women's division United States Employment Service United States Department Labor, Washington, 1918-1919.

    Works

    • Author: Careers for Women, 1920, 3d edition, 1974.

    Membership

    1st woman appointed to National Democratic Committee Massachusetts, 1919-1920. Founder with Mistress Borden Harriman Women's National Democratic Club, 1925. 1st woman chairman appointed by President Coolidge Federal Prison for Women, 1926.

    Founder, chairman Institute Women's Professional Relations, 1929-1945. Trustee Filene Foundation, Boston, 1947-1994. Organized General Clay Fund to aid German Youth Activities, 1949-1956.

    Elected to board directors National Symphony Orchestra Association, 1949-1968, vice president, 1951-1968, honorary vice president, 1968-1994. Board directors National Arbitration Association, 1952-1963. Board directors Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs Tufts University, 1955-1994.

    Organizer Washington Hungarian Relief Fund at request President Hoover, 1956. Board trustees National Cultural Center which later became known as John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, 1958-1980, honorary trustee, 1980-1994. Appointed by President Nixon to Pennsylvania Avenue Development Commission, 1973.

    Appointed by President Ford to Commission on Presidential Scholars, 1975. Member American Committee on The French Revolution, 1989-1994. Sigma Alpha Iota. Clubs: 1925 F St.

    American Newspaper Woman's. Kollegewidgwok Yacht.

    Connections

    • Married Alvin E. Dodd, 1921 (divorced 1930). 1 child, Joan Tolley. Married Jouett Shouse, December 10, 1932 (deceased).
    • father: Lincoln Filene
    • mother: Therese (Weil) Filene
    • spouses: Alvin E. Dodd
    • Jouett Shouse
    • child: Joan Tolley Shouse
    Catherine Filene Shouse
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    Died December 14, 1994
    (aged 98)
    Nationality
    • 1913
      Bradford Academy
    • 1914
      Vassar College
    • 1918
      Wheaton College
    • 1923
      Harvard University
    • 1928
      University Colorado
    • 1963
      Tufts University
    • 1964
      Wheaton College
    • 1971
      American University
    • 1975
      George Washington University
    • 1975
      Bucknell University
    • 1975
      New England Conservatory Music
    • 1977
      Catholic University
    • 1977
      College William and Mary
    • 1979
      Skidmore College
    • 1979
      University Maryland
    • 1981
      Hood College
    • 1983
      Gonzaga University
    • 1984
      Shenandoah College and Conservatory Music
    • 1986
      Marymount College of Virginia
    • 1918 - 1919
      Assistant, to chief women's division United States Employment Service United States Department Labor
      Washington, United States
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