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Remembering Susan Jacobson '71, Bowdoin's First Female Graduate

Story posted October 07, 2010

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Susan Jacobson '71

Susan D. Jacobson, a member of the Class of 1971 and the College's first female graduate, has died following a battle with type 1 diabetes.

Jacobson graduated magna cum laude, and was the first woman to deliver a Bowdoin College Commencement address, before going on to earn a master's degree in library science from Simmons College.

She later worked at Yale University and subsequently became Acquisition Librarian at Youngstown State University. Jacobson was 61.

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Susan Jacobson '71, the College's first female graduate, at Commencement.

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