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Verda Mae Dale (1916 - 2017)

Verda Mae Dale died on October 17 in Amherst, Mass.. She was born on July 31, 1916 in Protection, Kansas and later grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Coldwater where she attended a one-room schoolhouse. Verda rode a horse many miles to Coldwater High School freshman year and graduated valedictorian in 1934. She worked her way through Kansas State University with a $150 loan from the District Federated Woman's Club. On August 6, 1942 she entered the U.S. Army Women's Army Corps where she rose to the rank of captain, commanding a 600-woman company in Georgia. After graduate school at Cornell University on the G.I. Bill, Verda became an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts-