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Water Under the Bridge
Water Under the Bridge

In a U.S. Army publication profile, Olivia Hooker, a 98-year-old former college professor and graduate of Teachers College, recalls her service as one of the first African American women in the Coast Guard SPAR program during World War II.
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From Homeless to a Home at TC
From Homeless to a Home at TC

Liz Murray made it to Harvard after living on the street. Now she's come to Teachers College to learn to help others
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Gifts Enhance TC's Recruitment and Influence in the Pacific Rim
Gifts Enhance TC's Recruitment and Influence in the Pacific Rim

Trustee Edith Shih and UBS China Executive David Li support the College's growing involvement with Asian students and education.
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Water Under the Bridge

Olivia Hooker

Olivia Hooker

A U.S. Army publication writes about Olivia Hooker, a 98-year-old former college professor and graduate of Teachers College who was one of the first African American female members in the Coast Guard SPAR program during World War II.

The story reports that after teaching third grade in Columbus, Ohio, Hooker applied to the Navy multiple times but was denied due to a technicality. After writing to the Navy to dispute her rejection, Hooker was accepted, yet had already made up her mind to join the Coast Guard in February 1945.

“The Coast Guard recruiter was just so welcoming,” says Hooker. “She wanted to be the first one to enroll an African American.”