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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.


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Mrs. Elbert W. Rockwood

Laura Clarke Rockwood, writer and lecturer, was born in Iowa City, which is still her home.  She is a daughter of Charles Franklin Clarke and Julia Brown.  Her father is a direct descendant of a brother of Benjamin Franklin.  She is a graduate of the State University of Iowa, with the degrees B. Ph. and M. A.;  a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She took post graduate at Yale, Stoute Institute, and in Leipzig University, and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.  On March 21, 1894, she was married to Dr. Elbert W. Rockwood, professor of chemistry and toxicology of the State University of Iowa.  They have two children, --- Paul Redd Rockwood, and Alan Clarke Rockwood.  She is a member of the Congregational church, is President of the N. N. Club, a local organization, active in the college sorority, Phi Beta Kappa, and president of the King's Daughters.  She is special advisor of the household economics committee of the I. F. W. C., and is chairman of the state social service committee of King's Daughters.  She is the author of "Food Preparation and its Relation to the Development of Efficient Personality in the Home," "Dignified Drudgery," and has contributed numerous articles on household topics to leading magazines and periodicals.  She believes in the justice of equal suffrage but does not believe it is expedient.  She is fond of society, music, and of everything out of doors.  She is one of the exceptionally well educated women of Iowa, having had unusual advantages in this country and abroad, and having spent her life in the atmosphere of a university town.



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