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Phoebe A. Haddon

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
I'll Get Around To It Tomorrow.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1950
Birth Location:
Washington, DC, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Academic Administrator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard
Favorite Quote:
I'll Get Around To It Tomorrow.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1950
Birth Location:
Washington, DC
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Biography

Academic administrator Phoebe A. Haddon was born on August 29, 1950 in Washington, D.C. to Ida Bassette Haddon, a public school teacher, and Dr. Wallace J. Haddon, a dentist. Haddon was raised in Passaic, New Jersey and graduated from Passaic High School in 1968. She attended Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Haddon was a founding member of the college’s Black Students’ Alliance in 1969 and majored in government. She graduated from Smith College in 1972 and earned her J.D. degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1977. Haddon received her LL.M. degree from Yale University.

Haddon practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in Washington, D.C. from 1979 until 1981. During this period, she also clerked for the Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In 1981, Haddon joined the faculty of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she taught courses on constitutional law, torts and product liability, equality, and the jury. In 2009, Haddon joined the University of Maryland School of Law and became the first African American dean of the school. While dean of Maryland’s law school, she was responsible for the allocation of the W.P. Carey Foundation’s $30 million gift to the school.

In 2014, Haddon was named as chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden in New Jersey and has led the growth of that public urban research university. Under her leadership, Rutgers University-Camden launched Bridging the Gap, a national model for college access, affordability, and completion that supports New Jersey families by greatly reducing (and even eliminating) tuition costs. Through this program and other initiatives, the campus grew significantly on all fronts. For example, Rutgers University-Camden enrolled approximately three times more first-time undergraduate African American students over a four-year period.

Haddon was named the recipient of the 2019 Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of American Law Schools and the 2019 Smith College Medal. She was named among the “Women of Distinction” by Philadelphia Business Journal; as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Legal Education” by National Jurist; and as one of the “Top 100 Women in Maryland” by the Daily Recorder, which is located in Baltimore, Maryland.

In addition to her career in law and education, Haddon served in advisory and leadership roles for numerous organizations, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, HERS (Higher Education Resource Services), Cooper University Health System, William Penn Foundation, the Samuel S. Fels Fund, the Delaware Valley Community Reinvestment Fund, and the Philadelphia Education Fund. Haddon also served as deputy chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, and as vice chair on the board of trustees for Smith College. Haddon authored the article, “Rethinking the Jury”, which was published in the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal in 1994.

Haddon and her husband, Frank M. McClellan, have three children.

Phoebe A. Haddon was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 21, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Phoebe A. Haddon's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Phoebe A. Haddon lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls her father's move to Passaic, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about her father's civil rights and political involvement[TW1]
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her father's ideology
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about her Rachel Noel's involvement in the desegregation of Denver Public Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her mother's career at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her mother's career at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about her maternal aunt Rachel Noel
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about her parents' values
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers her mother's civic involvement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her parents' early years of marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls her childhood home in Hampton, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers visiting her great-aunts and uncles in Richmond, Virginia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers her chores
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls her father's affiliation with the National Dental Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers her experiences of segregation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her experiences of discrimination in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers her peers and teachers at Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her experiences at Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls the diversity of her schools and neighborhood in Passaic, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her decision to attend Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her high school aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers her experiences at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls her internship with Congressman John Conyers, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her civil rights involvement at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about the relationships she created at Smith College
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls her decision to attend Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Phoebe A. Haddon recalls how she came to teach at the Temple University Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her role at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about her decision to become a university administrator
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her article, 'Rethinking the Jury'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers meeting William P. Carey
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about the American Bar Association's Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about the American Bar Association's Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about the American Bar Association's Commission on Multidisciplinary Practice, pt. 3
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Phoebe A. Haddon talks about her chancellorship at Rutgers University-Camden in Camden, New Jersey
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Phoebe A. Haddon reflects upon the dichotomy between civic engagement and private enterprise
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Phoebe A. Haddon remembers teaching at Temple University's Japan Campus
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her experiences at the Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Phoebe A. Haddon reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Phoebe A. Haddon describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Phoebe A. Haddon reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Phoebe A. Haddon reflects upon her values