Vashti Ruth Cromwell
She was named for the queen of Ahasuerus in the first book of Esther who was one of the few biblical women to stand up for women’s rights. After graduating from a public high school, attended Cornell University on a full tuition scholarship until the market crash of ’29. Transferring to the University of Illinois, she eventually obtained her AB in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1944. After arriving in Champaign-Urbana to attend the U of I, she met Dr. John P. MCCollum, a staff member, whom she married in 1933.
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