19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women by Michael S. Maurer

By Michael S. Maurer

The 19 notable modern Hoosier ladies profiled by way of Michael S. Maurer -- one for every big name within the Indiana nation flag -- are leaders and pioneers who've excelled in quite a few targets, together with legislations, enterprise, philanthropy, govt, drugs, song, artwork, athletics, faith, and schooling. one of the inspiring lifestyles tales are these of the 1st girl named leader pass judgement on of the united states District courtroom in Indiana, the 1st to set up a Holocaust museum within the nation, and the 1st lady elected Indiana's lieutenant governor. Maurer additionally introduces overseas golfing and billiards champions, opera singers, a rabbi, the founders of Vera Bradley Designs and For naked toes, and others. a lot of those ladies led heart-pounding lives. All labored difficult, and with zeal, to accomplish their goals. Indiana girls of each iteration will take pleasure in and delight in their stories.

Sarah Evans BarkerMary BolkAngela M. BrownAlecia A. DeCoudreauxChristel DeHaanNancy Shepherd FitzgeraldEva Mozes KorJeanette LeeSylvia McNairPatricia R. MillerNancy NoëlMercy Okanemeh ObeimeJane Blaffer OwenOra Hirsch PescovitzErnestine RaclinSharon RivenbarkSandy Eisenberg SassoBecky SkillmanCarolyn Y. Woo

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It was a traumatic moment in my life, but sometimes people grow apart,” DeHaan said. Soon, she enrolled at Indiana Central University, now called the University of Indianapolis, to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Christel met Jon DeHaan through a blind date arranged by one of her classmates, whose husband worked with DeHaan at an Indianapolis architectural and engineering firm. Jon was a creative, entrepreneurial type who had been involved with several business ventures. At the time, Christel was working as the administrative assistant to the RCA plant’s head of quality control.

At that point, DeHaan, who will be approaching 70, plans to continue as chairwoman but pass the CEO’s role to a successor. It’s a very personal crusade for DeHaan, who works with Christel House staff to build relationships with students and parents. During one visit to Mexico City captured by a Forbes reporter, a slight 17-year-old girl, abandoned by her prostitute mother, clung to DeHaan, unwilling to let her leave. DeHaan embraced the child, stroked her hair, and kissed her face. “That’s what it’s all about,” DeHaan later said.

And though DeHaan will leave some of her fortune to her own children and grandchildren, most will go to Christel House International. Her Christel House support is separate from the more than $50 million she gave through the years to her family foundation and a related charitable fund. The family foundation now donates more than $2 million annually, much of it to arts organizations. “I ended up being an extremely fortunate human being,” she said. ” What better way to use it, she says, than to give children a seat at the table of life?

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