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Mary T. Harman (1877-1961)

Mary T. Harman was born in Aug 1877, in Odon, Ind., the daughter of Joseph Slingluff and Kezia (Allen) Harman. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University in Botany and Zoology in 1907, her Master's degree in 1909, and her Ph.D. in zoology in 1912. She taught zoology at Pennsylvania State College, 1907-1909, and Indiana University, 1909-1912. Harman joined Kansas State Agricultural College in the combined zoology and entomology department in 1912. In hiring her it was necessary to circumvent President Waters' aversion to women in science departments, but she was by far the most qualified applicant. She was a founding member of the KSU Social Club and a charter member of the Kappa Alpha chapter of the Chi Omega sorority. Her summers were spent working at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Station, and in the summers of 1925 and 1927, she was in charge of the embryological work at the University of Washington Biological Station at Puget Sound. In 1926, she served as President of the Kansas Academy of Science. Harman was author or co-author of over 45 technical papers and contributed many more articles to journals. She spent a year doing research and writing an embryology textbook in Europe, 1928-1929. She was a member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, American Society of Zoologists, Genetics Society of America and Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Harman retired from Kansas State College in 1948, but continued to teach the course in cytology, serving as advisor of pre-med students, and as zoology editor of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science until 1955, when she moved to Camden, NC. She died on July 15, 1961.

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Vertical File. Harman, Mary T.
K-Stater, June 1956, pg 12-13