Mary Creswell, who was born on October 15, 1879, was the first female to receive a baccalaureate degree from the University of Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics in 1919. Before earning her degree, she graduated from and taught at the Georgia State Normal School in Athens, attended the University of Chicago during summer quarters, and taught in Walton County public schools.
Creswell eventually moved to Washington D.C. where she was a field agent for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and became the department’s first female supervisor in 1913. It was during this time that she is credited with coining the phrase “home demonstration.”
Creswell was selected as the first dean of the School of Home Economics following the reorganization of the University in 1933, and she held this position until her retirement in 1945.
In 1949, University Chancellor Harmon Caldwell presented Mary Creswell with the first Alumni Service award given to a woman. In 1963 the newly constructed Creswell Dormitory was named in her honor.
We look forward to celebrating Mary Creswell on Monday, October 15, 2018 honoring her birthday.