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Florence Ladd

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Fiction Writer
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Asparagus, Strawberries
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France
Favorite Quote:
Looking Forward.

Birthplace

Born:
6/16/1932
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Fiction Writer
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Asparagus, Strawberries
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France
Favorite Quote:
Looking Forward.

Birthplace

Born:
6/16/1932
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Florence Ladd was born June 16, 1932, in Washington, D.C., to parents who were educators. Ladd attended public schools in Washington, D.C., before earning a B.S. in psychology in 1953 from Howard University and a Ph.D. in social psychology in 1958 from the University of Rochester in New York.

Ladd first taught at Simmons College. She then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, where she taught until 1964. In 1965, she returned to Boston and began teaching at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, as well as at the Graduate School of Design. Teaching at both schools allowed her to simultaneously pursue her interest in psychology and environmental studies. In 1977, Ladd left Harvard University and the classroom and teaching for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and administration, rising at M.I.T. to associate dean.

In 1979, Ladd was hired by Wellesley College, where she worked as dean of students at Wellesley College until 1984. She was then hired as a research consultant with the Institute of International Education's South African Education Program. A year later, she went to Oxfam America and served as a liaison to the United Nations. In 1989, Ladd returned to academia as to a unique multi-disciplinary center of advanced studies for women, the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College. Ladd retired from the Bunting Institute in 1997.

Ladd is active in other fields as well. In 1996, she published her first novel, Sarah's Psalm, to critical acclaim. Currently, she is the overseer of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampshire College. Previously, she served on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Florence Ladd's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Florence Ladd lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Florence Ladd describes her maternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Florence Ladd describes her paternal family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Florence Ladd talks about her father, William Cawthorne
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Florence Ladd talks describes the dynamics of her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Florence Ladd describes her mother, Eleanor Willis Cawthorne
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Florence Ladd talks about summers at the National Gallery of Art and segregation in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Florence Ladd describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Florence Ladd describes the disenfranchisement of citizens and the black middle class in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Florence Ladd describes her grade school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Florence Ladd describes memorable teachers and experiences in grade school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Florence Ladd talks about influential teachers at Shaw Junior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Florence Ladd describes her experience at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Florence Ladd describes how she developed an interest in psychology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Florence Ladd talks about her social life at Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Florence Ladd describes her social life in high school and her first experience of racial discrimination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Florence Ladd describes her decision to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Florence Ladd describes her experience studying abroad in Paris, France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Florence Ladd talks about her interactions with American expatriates while studying abroad in France
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Florence Ladd describes her decision to pursue graduate studies at the University of Rochester in New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Florence Ladd talks about her experience at the University of Rochester and her relationship with composer Noel DaCosta
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Florence Ladd talks about her dissertation and her entry into gerontology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Florence Ladd talks about her first marriage to Ulysses Grant Shelton, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Florence Ladd talks about life in Turkey and the end of her first marriage
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Florence Ladd describes the early years of her career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Florence Ladd talks about her marriage to John "Jack" Ladd and his untimely death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Florence Ladd talks about her mentor in academic administration, Bill Porter at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Florence Ladd talks about her marriage to Bill Harris and her tenure as Dean of Students at Wellesley College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Florence Ladd talks about her work in the South African Education Program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Florence Ladd describes working for Oxfam America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Florence Ladd talks about her appointment as director of the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and notable Bunting fellows
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Florence Ladd talks about her book, "Sarah's Psalm"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Florence Ladd describes the manuscript of "The Spirit of Josephine"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Florence Ladd talks about her writing projects including a collection of poems and a collaboration with Marion Kilson
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Florence Ladd describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Florence Ladd reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Florence Ladd talks about how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Florence Ladd reflects upon The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Florence Ladd narrates her photographs