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Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] More on Genevieve Melody Irish Chicago educator
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 03:45:22 -0600
Tribune March 14, 1937
CALUMET HIGH RAISES MELODY MEMORIAL FUND
Scholarship is Tribute to Educator
The Genevieve Melody memorial scholarship at Calumet High School
has been completed after four years of co-operation on the part of
teachers, alumni, and students to establish a fund for an annual
full-year college award to be given the most outstanding graduate
selected by the principal. Members of the scholarship committee
are Miss Marie Crowe, Mrs Helen Davidge and John a Bartky, Principal.
Miss Melody was a third generation Chicagoan who was the first principal
of the present Çalumet High School and the the first woman principal of
a Chicago Co-educational high school. She obtained her bachelor and
masters degrees from the University of Chicago and her law degree
from the Kent College of Law.
Her first teaching assignment was in Kershaw grammar school and later
she was mathematics instructor in both the Hyde Park High and the
South Division schools. She was then appointed principal of the Park
school were she spent 18 years in active study of education.
At this time she wrote "Supplementary Studies in American History"
Appointed to Calumet High School in May 1925, Mill Melody began a
campaign for a high academic standard among her students Obvious
results of her efforts were furnished in the spring of 1933 when her
school won more than twice as many scholarships in the University
of Chicago examinations than the closest competing school.
Calumet High School received a plague from the university for this
That spring marked, however, the beginning of an illness that later
caused Miss Melody's death in Sweden, where she was buried near
Gothenburg. She was the daughter of Thomas Richard Melody,
whose father was a pioneer of West Lake Forest, where his estate,
known as the Melody Farm, was later purchased by Ogden Armour.
(note her DOB is given in another article as Sept 18 1872 and
date of graduation from U/Chgo 1902
Lois Ruth Arnett 7524 Union was awarded this GM scholarship to the
University of Chicago
Brother Paul J. Melody died (while on vacation like his mother and
sister!) in Ft Lauderdale in Aug of 1945
He was associated with the Columbia Bank Note Co. He resided at 105
at the time ofhis death. Widow Elsa and a daughter survived him.
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