Elda and Leva Walker at a banquet


Elda and Leva Walker at a banquet


A snapshot of Elda and Leva Walker with three other women scientists seated at a table. A note on the back identifies the women as: "Left to right, Dr. Elda Anderson - Speaker, Dr. Engelbrecht - Nat. Pres., Leva Walker, Lulu Rungs, Elda Walker." All of the women are wearing corsages, hats and nice dresses. They appear to be guests of honor at a banquet or other similar event, perhaps related to honoring women in science. Elda and Leva Walker were the daughters of Levi and Belle Walker, and the granddaughters of Oregon missionaries Elkanah and Mary Richardson Walker. Leva and Elda graduated from Pacific University in 1900. Born in 1877 and 1878, they were most likely the first women from Forest Grove to earn a doctoral degree, Elda from the University of Nebraska and Leva from Cornell University. Both Doctorates were in Biology. The sisters taught together at the University of Nebraska and lived together until their deaths in 1970 and 1971. This photograph was probably taken in the 1950s.
[back] Left to right, Dr. Elda Anderson--Speaker, Dr. Engelbrecht--Nat. Pres.--, Leva Walker, Lulu Rungs, Elda Walker

Date Created

circa 1950s


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