By Michael S. Maurer
The 19 remarkable modern Hoosier ladies profiled via Michael S. Maurer -- one for every celebrity within the Indiana kingdom flag -- are leaders and pioneers who've excelled in numerous goals, together with legislations, enterprise, philanthropy, govt, medication, tune, paintings, athletics, faith, and schooling. one of the inspiring existence tales are these of the 1st lady named leader pass judgement on of the united states District court docket in Indiana, the 1st to set up a Holocaust museum within the kingdom, and the 1st girl elected Indiana's lieutenant governor. Maurer additionally introduces overseas golfing and billiards champions, opera singers, a rabbi, the founders of Vera Bradley Designs and For naked ft, and others. lots of those girls led heart-pounding lives. All labored demanding, and with zeal, to accomplish their goals. Indiana girls of each new release will take pleasure in and take pleasure in their stories.
Sarah Evans BarkerMary BolkAngela M. BrownAlecia A. DeCoudreauxChristel DeHaanNancy Shepherd FitzgeraldEva Mozes KorJeanette LeeSylvia McNairPatricia R. MillerNancy NoëlMercy Okanemeh ObeimeJane Blaffer OwenOra Hirsch PescovitzErnestine RaclinSharon RivenbarkSandy Eisenberg SassoBecky SkillmanCarolyn Y. Woo
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At 5'9", she has maintained the figure and grace of an athlete for more than three decades, perhaps because she is an award-winning ballroom dancer proficient in swing, fox trot, and cha-cha. Fulfilling her father’s wishes, McNair enrolled at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, as a music major with a concentration in violin. Wheaton, a small, church-affiliated liberal arts school, has a solid music department, but it is hardly comparable to the finer schools of music. “He really wanted me to go to Wheaton because his family could not afford to send him there.
She was elected president of her dorm, Sycamore Hall, and served on the IU Student Foundation board. She also pursued her musical interests as a member of the Singing Hoosiers. And she kept playing—this time as a member of the intramural basketball, baseball, and volleyball teams. “Intercollegiate competitions for women athletes had not been developed at that time,” Barker explained, “but our teams won several all-campus tournaments during those years. ” She balanced a variety of activities and responsibilities successfully during college, preparing herself well for the life she would carve out for herself in later years as a wife, mother, and lawyer.
In 1986, McNair married Hal France, a pianist and conductor. The couple, who did not have children, lived in the New York area but traveled extensively. McNair performed throughout the world, while France assumed leadership roles at various venues including the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and an opera company in Omaha, Nebraska. After eighteen years, France abruptly walked out of the marriage. McNair was devastated. “I was dragged to divorce court . . kicking and screaming. That night, I cried so hard I hit the silent scream,” says McNair.
19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women by Michael S. Maurer