Lucy Ward Stebbins

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Lucy Ward Stebbins
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DiedJanuary 31, 1955
Known forDean of Women at University of California, Berkeley

Lucy Ward Stebbins (1880 – January 31, 1955) was the Dean of Women at University of California, Berkeley.[1]

Lucy Ward Stebbins was born in San Francisco in 1880. She was the daughter of Horatio Stebbins, pastor of the San Francisco First Unitarian Church and Regent for UC Berkeley.[2] She was educated at the University of California, Berkeley and later transferred to Radcliffe College to receive her A.B. degree. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1902 and worked in Massachusetts as a social worker until 1910 when she took the position as Assistant Dean of Women at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1912 the former dean retired and Stebbins was appointed Dean of Women.

Stebbins gave the commencement speech at Radcliffe College in 1921.[3]

Stebbins served the university for thirty years. During her time in office, she increased the enrollment of women from 1,200 to 6,400 by raising money for scholarships and expanding curriculum. Stebbins also encouraged women to participate in student government and created housing opportunities. During her tenure, the schools of Nursing and Social welfare were established, as well as the departments of Home Economics and Decorative Arts. Stebbins also founded the Women's Faculty Club, one of the earliest female faculty organizations to exist at a co-ed university.

Upon conferring an honorary LL.D award to her in 1953, President Robert Gordon Sproul described Lucy Ward as “A teacher and dean... who saw clearly into the hearts and minds of students, and stimulated them by precept and example to achieve their highest potential. No single individual has contributed more than you to the personal and general welfare of the University's women, and few have touched helpfully so many phases of our University life."[1]

Berkeley Student Cooperative's Stebbins Hall is named for her.[1] Stebbins was the honored guest and speaker at the Stebbins Institute in 1942, which took place at Stebbins Hall.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Lucy Ward Stebbins, Economics: Berkeley". University of California: In Memoriam, April 1958. Retrieved 25 October 2010.
  2. ^ Pickering, Mary M. (September 1932). "Friends of Nursing. Dean Lucy Ward Stebbins". American Journal of Nursing. 32 (9): 967–968. doi:10.1097/00000446-193209000-00019.
  3. ^ "Radcliffe Graduates 115 Girls". The New York Times. June 22, 1921.
  4. ^ "Liberals Will Hold Stebbins Institute". Berkeley Daily Gazette. June 19, 1942. Retrieved 25 October 2010.