Lord, Mary Pillsbury, 1904-1978

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Birth 1904-11-14
Death 1978-07-21

Biographical notes:

Government official; interviewee married Oswald Bates Lord.

From the description of Reminiscences of Mary Pillsbury Lord : oral history, 1969. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122597521

Active in civic affairs, Lord (Smith, A.B., 1927) was a U.S. representative to the General Assembly of the U.N. and U.S. representative to the Commission on Human Rights (1953-1961). Earlier she had been a volunteer social worker, chairman of the National Advisory Committee on Women's Participation in the World's Fair (1940), Assistant Regional Director of the Office of Civilian Defense (WWII), Chairman of the National Civilian Advisory Committee of the Women's Army Corps, co-chair of Citizens for Eisenhower-Nixon (1952), and organizer and chair of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF (1947). Later she chaired the New York Governor's Committee on the Education and Employment of Women, toured East Asia for the State Dept., and was vice-chair of the Committee for Peace with Freedom in Vietnam.

From the description of Papers, 1927-1972 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 232006716

Mary Stinson Pillsbury Lord (1904-1978) was heir to the Pillsbury flour fortune, who devoted her life's work to public health and social welfare. During her career she held chairmanships of many national committees. As chair of the Civilian Advisory Committee for the Women's Army Corps (WAC), Lord traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, touring WAC installations and studying the needs of WACs. She also helped with legislation that made the Women's Army Corps part of the U.S. Army rather than an auxiliary. In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Lord to succeed Eleanor Roosevelt as U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, a post she held for eight years.

From the description of Lord, Mary Pillsbury, 1904-1978 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10611021


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