Boyd, Hannah Jeannette

Chapter

Alpha

Initiation Date

10/13/1870

University

Monmouth College

Birth Date

12/20/1849

Death Date

09/26/1937

Jennie Boyd entered Monmouth College in 1868 and received an AB-AM from Monmouth College in 1872. Jennie was the oldest of the Kappa Founders (at age 20) and is listed as Alpha 2. She was the first Alpha Scribe in 1870 and presided over the first Alpha business meeting, which made the badge orders in the Spring 1870. She was the first Grand Secretary of Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1871. She is credited with selecting the colors, blue and blue, and the statement: “How rich we are in daughters.”

Jennie was described as the “balance wheel” of the group with “executive ability…a keen and analytical mind” and considered a major force in the early planning of Alpha. Her brother, Rev. Joseph Newton Boyd, married Founder Lou Bennett. Jennie never married, but was instead the first Kappa career woman, working as a teacher in the East Ward School in Monmouth 1874-75. She taught for many years in the Omaha and Kansas public schools.

Jennie died in September 26, 1937, in Jacksonville, Fla. She is buried next to Lou Bennett Boyd in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Green Cove Springs, Fla.


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