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Tiffany, Kathrine Belanger (1879-1978) | Archival Collections at Wheaton College

Name: Tiffany, Kathrine Belanger (1879-1978)

Historical Note:

Kathrine Belanger Macdonald Tiffany was born in Wisconsin in August, 1878. She died in the Quarryville Presbyterian Home, Quarryville, Pennsylvania on April 18, 1978.

Mrs. Tiffany grew up in North Dakota. She graduated from the University of North Dakota in 1889, one of its earliest graduates. Not long before her death, a study center was built on campus in her honor which became known as The Kathrine Bellanger Tiffany Graduate Study Center. It was dedicated there on April 22, 1972.

In 1904 Kathrine Bellanger married educator Neil C. Macdonald who died in 1923. Later, she remarried in 1925 to Orin Edward Tiffany, the president of Greenville (Illinois) College. In 1928, Dr. and Mrs. Tiffany moved to Wheaton College (Illinois) where Dr. Tiffany assumed the chairmanship of the Division of Social Sciences.

Kathrine Bellanger Tiffany taught in the Wheaton College English Department. She refused the chairmanship of the department because she lacked a Doctor's Degree (Mrs. Tiffany had done graduate work at the Universities of Chicago and Washington as well as Northwestern and Harvard. In the process, she accrued over seventy graduate hours in literature. In 1940 she declined an honorary doctorate from the University of North Dakota due to a personal conviction against them.

After her retirement from teaching, Mrs. Tiffany rewrote and corrected manuscripts for writers and speakers -- among them President Edman of Wheaton and President Starcher of the University of North Dakota.

After the death of her husband in 1950, Mrs. Tiffany devoted her energies to the Orin Edward Tiffany Memorial Lecture Series at Wheaton College, fund raising for the University of North Dakota, and working at the Wheaton Bible Church.

Note Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection staff

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