Lennon, Alice

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Alice Lennon , Brockport Normal School
Alice Lennon was a daughter of William Lennon, long time science professor at Brockport. She graduated from Brockport in 1891, and then attended Smith College, graduating in 1895. She taught science here from 1896-1904, at a time when there were not many women science instructors at all. She is pictured here in a year book that came out in 1899. Alice took a year off for further study at Cornell, and then moved to New York City, to work for the Y.W.C.A. in Harlem. Subsequently she moved on to teach at the Ruben Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia, a school for the "mountain people" there. Many may know of this school, which still exists, as the source of the popular Foxfire series of books that came out in the 1960s about the skills and crafts of the mountain people. In a book about the school, "Mountain Legacy" by Frances Statham, there is a long section of reminiscences of the school in the days before WWII, with many of the former students fondly recalling Miss Lennon and her influence on them.