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organization administrator , philanthropist

Catherine Filene Shouse, American philanthropist, cultural organization administrator.


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


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.


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


  • Other Work

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


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.


Married Alvin E. Dodd, 1921 (divorced 1930). 1 child, Joan Tolley. Married Jouett Shouse, December 10, 1932 (deceased).

Lincoln Filene

Therese (Weil) Filene

Alvin E. Dodd

Jouett Shouse

Joan Tolley Shouse