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McCune, Julia E., 1898
    Died 1982

Albion College Graduate
Class of 1919

Julia was born in Parma, Michigan, on May 3, 1898, the daughter of Gilbert V. and Carrie McCune. The family lived on a farm until 1911, when they moved to Albion.

Julia graduated from Albion High School in 1915 and Albion College in 1919. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University in 1929. Julia also studied at the University of Chicago, Oxford University, the College of William and Mary, and the Writer’s Conference at Bread Loaf, Vermont.

She first taught in high schools in Carson City, Ionia, and Albion. During the summer she taught courses at the future Western Michigan University and Albion College’s summer college at Bay View. Julia returned to Albion College in 1929 to teach English, remaining there until she retired in 1964.

Julia was also a poet, serving as the poetry editor of the Delta Gamma sorority magazine. She was chair of the judges of statewide poetry contests sponsored by the Federation of Women’s Clubs. In 1947, Julia was the state creative writing chair of the Michigan AAUW. She was also very popular in the Albion area as a book reviewer.

Locally, Julia was president of the Albion AAUW from 1935 to 1937, the Faculty Women’s League from 1949 to 1950, and the Albion Historical Society from 1956 to 1958. She was also a member of the Delta Gamma Alumni Association, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the E.L.T. Club and the First Methodist Church. A Delta Gamma Fellowship was named in her honor in 1962. She was very active in fundraising for Albion’s Community Concerts.

Source: Albion Public Library, Local History Room, McCune family files

From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.

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