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Ward, Nell Marguerite

 Person

Dr. Nell Ward is the 1940’s Legendary Woman. She served UNO for 37 years as a passionate advocate for the study of chemistry and for her students. She started at UNO in 1918 and by the time she left in 1955, she was a tenured professor, had served as chair of the department, as dean of women and was named professor emeritus.



Nell was a native Nebraskan who grew up in Lincoln, NE, married John Lester Doan and died in 1981. Her interest in science came early to her. The chemical disasters of World War I and the burgeoning growth of scientific exploration and its related discoveries captured her attention. She was intrigued by the endless possibilities and variables in experiments as exemplified by some of the inventions from that era: color television, atomic bomb, Velcro, the Jeep, the electronic digital computer, the microwave oven, the Slinky, Silly Putty, Plastic Frisbees, the transistor and mobile phone.



Nell’s scientific expertise was recognized locally and nationally. When there was no publication to recognize women in science, publications for men in science recognized her. Her achievements are in Who’s Who in Science, a biographical directory of women in science, among others. Nell was named as a fellow in the American Institute of Chemistry in 1951.



Nell spent a lifetime promoting the importance of science education and was an active fundraiser for student scholarships. She founded the honorary society for students in the top 10 per cent at UNO. Her legacy is not just in the titles she held but in the inspiration she gave to her students. Her devotion to their learning and carrying on the tradition of promoting chemistry to even more students is what she would want us to remember.



Source: University of Nebraska at Omaha, "Nell Marguerite Ward, 1890-1981," Legendary Women of UNO, 2013, http://www.unomaha.edu/legendarywomen/nell/.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Nell Ward Collection, UNO's 4th Legendary Woman, 2013

 Series — Box: 4
Scope and Contents

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman, who must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. The Legendary Woman is revealed at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW).



The UNO Legendary Women Collection includes historical source material, such as papers and ...

UNO Legendary Women Collection

 Collection
Identifier: UNO-0158
Scope and Contents

Each year, the University of Nebraska at Omaha selects a Legendary Woman, who must have ties to the University of Nebraska at Omaha or its predecessor the University of Omaha, have done something especially noteworthy for the university or the community, and be deceased. The Legendary Woman is revealed at the annual luncheon of the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women (CCSW).



The UNO Legendary Women Collection includes historical source material, such as papers and ...