Farewell to the "schoolmarm who drinks and smokes."
March 5, 2013 7:31 AM Subscribe
Dawn Clark Netsch dies at 86. Dawn Clark Netsch
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was a woman of many firsts: she integrated the dorms of Northwestern University in 1949, graduated first in her class from Northwestern's School of Law (as the only female graduate), joined the Law School faculty in 1965 as the first woman law professor in the United States, elected Comptroller as the first woman to a state-wide office in Illinois in 1972, and was the first woman to run for governor in Illinois.
Netsch was a force of nature and a character of many contraditions. Described by her biographer as "a schoolmarm who drinks and smokes, a powerful woman who has never learned to drive, a feminist who thought of herself as one of the boys, a well-to-do woman who is frugal to a fault."
There is serious talk of the current Attorney General in Illinois
running for governor in the next election. If she does, she will have Dawn Clark Netsch to thank for paving the way "as a woman in the legal profession, legal academy and politics ... and a pioneer."