Four East Tennesseans in 2015 Women’s Hall of Fame Class

Photo:Mcclung Historical Collection, Knox Public Library
Photo:Mcclung Historical Collection, Knox Public Library

The namesake of our Lizzie Crozier French Women’s Leadership Award  is one of the first two posthumous inductions into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame. Lizzie was nominated for induction by the East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Council based on her deep commitment to suffrage as well as devotion to the Knoxville community. Read Lizzie’s bio here.

The second posthumous induction is Dr. Elizabeth Rona, Anderson County. Before immigrating to the U.S., Dr. Rona was the first woman to teach chemistry in any university in Hungary. Here in the U.S., she worked on the front lines of discoveries of isotopes and fission and contributed to the Manhattan Project. Later, she taught theory and methods of nuclear physics at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies (now known as the Oak Ridge Associated Universities).

Joy Bishop, Maryville, was the first career woman in the U.S. Air Force to be appointed to the Senior Executive Service position, one of the highest ranking civilian positions at the Pentagon. Joy is a well-known community leader and extraordinary community volunteer.

Carol Gardner Transou, Johnson City, teaches U.S. history, is an AP Exam consultant, and chairs the history department at Science Hill High School. She has authored a number of curricula regarding wartime and women’s history. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee.

Register to attend the induction ceremony.


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