These Were Builders

Myrtle Viola Caudell 1876-1963

On April 3, 19o2, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new heme economics building, among the notables present for the occasion ■was a former teacher, Myrtle Viola Caudell, who served for nineteen years as director of the home economics department of the Normal School and the College of Education, from 1919-1938- One month before the formal dedication of the building, Miss Caudell died on March 6, 19o3- • During her tenure at the college, the home economics course was increased from a three-year to a four-year program -with a bachelor cf science degree. She was at the Normal School when the transition was made from the present Grover Cleveland High School site to the new campus on Elmwood Avenue. At that time, the Home Economics Department was established in Ketchum Hall. A native of Buffalo, Miss Caudell was graduated from the Teachers Training School in 1897 and taught home making in the Buffalo schools for the next eleven years. In 1910, she received a diploma in home economics from Drexel Institute in Philadelphia. For the next three years, she was director of home economics for the Detroit Y.W.C.A. From 191^ through 1918, she was director of home economics education at Delaware College for Women in Newark, Delaware. She received a bachelor of science degree in 191^ and a master of science degree in 1921, both from Columbia University. Miss Caudell was also interested in child training and devel ­ opment. For further study in this area, she attended courses at

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