Canby, Mary Dechert Griffith


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A mathematician, physicist, and botanist, Mary's list of achievements included many firsts for women, including being the first woman to hold a reception in Houston Hall, the men's clubhouse at the University of Pennsylvania. During her term, she also served as Grand Secretary, focusing on changes in rushing techniques. After her term, she installed Beta Pi Chapter in Montana.



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