Albion College Graduate
Class of 1926
Elsie was born in Gagetown, Michgan, and moved with her family to Albion in 1923. Her father built their beautiful home on Michigan Avenue, using oak from the trees on the property. He also built Bellemont Manor, the home of the Dean family for several years.
Elsie graduated from Albion College in 1926, and obtained an M.A. from the University of Michigan in 1935. She did postgraduate research over an extended period of time at the British Museum in London, often spending her summers there. Early in her career Elsie taught at Flint Junior College, returning to Albion in 1950 to teach at the College. She retired in 1969.
Elsie was extremely interested in furthering the cultural life of the people of Albion, founding and funding the Community Arts Program. This not only brought concerts to Albion, but also provided transportation to events in other cities and mounted art exhibits in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Building on the Albion campus. Elsie was elected to the Board of Trustees of Albion College for a three-year term and served on the Albion Public Library Board for fifteen years. She was a member of the library building committee that was responsible for the large library addition constructed in the 1970s. In addition, Elsie was a trustee of the Albion Historical Society.
Elsie received several awards for being such an outstanding leader in the community, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Albion College, the Minute Man Award from the City of Albion, the George Award from the Battle Creek Enquirer and News, and the Book of Golden Deeds Award from the Albion Exchange Club. The Albion branch of the AAUW gave a fellowship in her name. She was appointed to a four-year term on the Michigan Council for Humanities, and, in 1984, Albion College awarded her the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. A gallery in Albion College’s Bobbitt Visual Arts Building is named in her honor, as is the Local History Room of the Albion Public Library.
Sources: Albion Evening Recorder, October 21, 1986;Albion Public Library, Local History Room, Munro family file
From: Albion AAUW. Some Notable Women of the Albion Area. Albion, Michigan: American Association of University Women. 1998.