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RG 30/160 - Grace E. McConnaughey (1882-1978)
Biography/Administrative History

Grace E. McConnaughey, daughter of John Thompson and Lucetta Ursula Mills McConnaughey, was born in Washington, Iowa in 1882. After attending Benzonia Academy from 1900 to 1905, she received an Oberlin College AB in 1909. She then went to Shansi Province, China, in 1910 as a Congregational missionary. She remained there 18 years, many of them as principal of a girls school in Fenchow. From 1929 to 1932 she lived in Boston and worked as Candidate Secretary for the American Board for Foreign Missions finding college trained women to serve in stations about the world. This position ended when the depression reduced the number of missionaries who could be supported. From 1933-1941 she was house director of various Oberlin College dormitories. After being forced to quit this position due to illness, she lived in Claremont, California; and for seven years, as she wrote, "lived in a suitcase and earned my keep by any means, not immoral!" In 1947 Miss McConnaughey moved into Pilgrim Place in Claremont, an retirement home for Protestant missionaries and ministers, where from 1967 she was a resident of the nursing home. There she lived with other Oberlin graduates, who also had been missionaries. She died on 30 June 1978 at the age of 96.

Sources Consulted
Student file of Grace E. McConnaughey (RG 28), and The Guide to the Women's History Sources in the Oberlin College Archives (1990).
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