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Monday, August 21, 2006

Alice Ilchman, former Wellesley dean


Alice Stone Ilchman, a former dean at Wellesley College who later became president of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y., died Aug. 11. She was 71.

Ilchman is being remembered as someone who built the stature of women's colleges, the Globe reports today in an obituary.

Ilchman was appointed dean of Wellesley College and professor of economics and education in 1973. She served until 1978. She also served as an assistant secretary of state in the Carter administration and from 1981 to 1998 as president of Sarah Lawrence.

"Alice was always interested in opportunities for women," said her husband, former Boston University dean Warren F. Ilchman. "She wanted to prove that women could handle very complex positions."

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