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conservationist , writer

Emily DeSpain Polk, American conservationist, writer. Recipient Kiwanis Citizenship Plaque Inscription, 1928, Golden Bear Conservation award California Parks and Recreation, Sacramento, 1972, National Conservation award American Motors, 1972.


Polk, Emily DeSpain was born on July 6, 1910 in Aberdeen, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of John Dove Isaacs and Constance Ashley (DeSpain) Van Norden.


Student, University Oregon, 1929. Student, Oregon State University, 1931. Student, Rudolph Shaefer School of Art, San Francisco, 1932.


Head display & design V.C. Morris, San Francisco, 1931-1937. Founder, Chief Executive Officer DeSpain Design, Los Angeles and New York City, 1937-1944, 63-64. Ornamental & interior design architect Benjamin Polk Architect, Calcutta and New Delhi, 1952-1963.

Owner Galeria de San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California, 1966-1968. Founder, Chief Executive Officer Small Wilderness Area Preservation, Los Osos, 1969-1979.



Member council National Museum Women in the Arts, Washington, 1991-1993. Delegate, speaker Pan Asian Cultural Conference, Calcutta, 1963, India House, New York, 1963, The Women's Club, 1964, American Association of University Women, 1998. Member Society Women Geographers (California delegate, speaker 50th Anniversary Celebrations 1972, Library. of Congress Oral History Women of Achievement Program 1995), Small Wilderness Area Preservation, California History Society, California Oaks Foundation, American Women's Club (president 1962), National Indian Association Women (president), English Speaking Union (board directors), Gyan Chakra Literary Gp.



Married Benjamin Kauffman Polk, August 23, 1946.

John Dove Isaacs Norden

Constance Ashley (DeSpain) Van Norden

Benjamin Kauffman Polk