United States

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North Carolina
Duke University, Durham

Mary Rutledge

My Mother c. 1946.
The daughter of immigrant coal miners from what was then Czechoslovakia, Mom was the first woman to graduate from Duke University Divinity School. She pushed the dean to create a “Women’s Program”. Back then there just weren’t any women ministers.
She also married a minister!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

It is a picture of a mother that every child should be proud of. Very beautiful and very memorable. It feels so good to see old photos of your parents. You are so lucky Julie.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Julie Harris
2 years ago

You’re welcome, Julie.

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
2 years ago

Her smile says everything. You must be proud of her. Lovely picture!

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
2 years ago

Julie, this brought a tear to my eye. My grandmother was also a minister with my grandfather. How cool is that?

She was beautiful. Thanks for sharing ? 

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
Reply to  Julie Harris
2 years ago

Julie, I was just about to say we have a lot in common! It was my dad’s parents and he actually lived on top of the church. That was his home.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
2 years ago

How wonderful that she was the first woman to graduate there. She made history! I love how you have linked the two pictures.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Your avatar photo is small on my screen but I think I can see a strong resemblance to your mother? A lovely story of a strong but gentle woman 🙂

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Your mother sounds like an incredible lady. You must have been so proud of her achievements.

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

What a lovely glow your Mother has Julie. She also appears to be looking slightly upwards – perhaps to Heaven ?!

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