Lucy Skidmore Scribner

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Lucy Skidmore Scribner
BornLucy Ann Skidmore
(1853-07-04)July 4, 1853
New York City
DiedMay 2, 1931(1931-05-02) (aged 77)
Saratoga Springs, New York
Known forSkidmore College
John Blair Scribner
(m. 1875; died 1879)
Parent(s)Joseph Russell Skidmore (1821-1882)
Lucy Ann Hawley Skidmore (1821-1853)

Lucy Skidmore Scribner (July 4, 1853 – May 2, 1931) was the founder of Skidmore College.


She was born in on July 4, 1853 to Joseph Russell Skidmore (1821–1882), a coal merchant, and Lucy Ann Hawley (1821–1853). Lucy’s grandparents were Jeremiah and Judith Ludlam Skidmore and Irad and Sarah Holmes Hawley. In 1875 she married John Blair Scribner. The couple resided at 21 East 48th Street in New York for their marriage. In 1879, after just 4 years of marriage, Lucy was widowed when her husband died of pneumonia.[1]

In 1903, she created "The Young Women's Industrial Club" in Saratoga Springs, New York, and in 1911, the club was renamed the "Skidmore School of Arts" and chartered as a college to vocationally and professionally train young women. In 1922, the school became a four-year, degree-granting institution for women and was renamed "Skidmore College." In 1971, Skidmore College became co-educational. Lucy Skidmore Scribner died on May 2, 1931.[2][3] and is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx near her husband.[4]


  1. ^ "Lucy Skidmore Scribner". Skidmore College. Archived from the original on 2006-09-21. Retrieved 2008-07-25.
  2. ^ "Mrs. Scribner Dies. Skidmore Founder. Widow of John Blair Scribner Succumbs After Long Illness at Age of 77. Known as Philanthropist. Gifts to Girls' College She Started and Whose Trustees She Headed Put at $1,000,000". New York Times. May 4, 1931. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Mrs. Lucy Skidmore Scribner, widow of John Blair Scribner, died yesterday afternoon at her home at 791 North Broadway after having been in poor health for several months. Her age was 77.
  3. ^ "Died". Time. May 11, 1931. Retrieved 2008-07-25. Mrs. Lucy Skidmore Scribner, 77, founder and board chairman of Skidmore College at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Skidmore School of Arts founded in 1911, changed to Skidmore College in 1922), relict of John Blair Scribner who was the eldest son of Charles Scribner (books); in Saratoga Springs,
  4. ^ Scribner III, Charles (2007). The Shadow of God: A Journey Through Memory, Art, and Faith. Random House. ISBN 978-0-307-42411-2.

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