Grace Marie Bareis – 1875-1962
Grace Marie Bareis was born in Canal Winchester, Ohio on December 19, 1875. Bareis received her A.B. (first honors) from Heidelberg College and went on to become a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College from 1897-1899. She taught mathematics and science at Miss Roney’s School in Philadelphia PA from 1902 – 1906. In 1909 Bareis became the first person to receive a PhD in mathematics at Ohio State University, where she accepted a position as assistant professor of mathematics. In addition, Grace Bareis played a part in establishing The Mathematical Association of America and was also a member of The American Mathematical Society. After her retirement, Bareis donated $2000 to the Ohio State University to be used to develop an ongoing award for math students. Subsequently the “Grace M. Bareis Mathematical Prize” was established and has been awarded yearly since. Grace Bareis died June 16, 1962 at her home, which she had shared with a female friend for 26 years.
Read more about her at: http://www.math.ohio-state.edu/history/biographies/bareis/