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Ground Breaking Women Series, Part 1 – Julia Chase Brand
Stories of women who made important contributions and were the first in their field.
Julia Chase-Brand, MD, PhD was brought up in Groton and was a pioneer distance runner. As a 19 year old Smith college sophomore, she successfully challenged the AAU ban on women’s distance running in the 1961 Manchester road race. Three months later, the AAU changed its rules, and for the first time, allowed cross-country running for American women.
Julia’s PhD research on bats was done in Trinidad, and later Australia, and demonstrated that bats aren’t blind. Julia has also studied behavior in gorillas, migrating shorebirds, and bandicoots. At 49, she walked away from tenure at Barnard College and entered Albert Einstein College of Medicine, becoming its oldest graduate. She worked as a psychiatrist at L and M before retirement and lives in New London. Her husband George was a ballet dancer and political scientist, they have two children and two grandchildren.
Military Appreciation Luncheon
We will be honoring our Veterans, Active Duty and Fallen Heroes with our Military Appreciation Luncheon. Guest speaker will be Jess Smith.
Jess Smith, is an Air Force veteran with 21 years of communications experience. She is the owner of Roots to Thrive, a newly opened business that blends private yoga and massage sessions in Mystic. She is also the Director of Communications at JANSON Communications, a company out of Manassas, Virginia.
Jess recently returned to Connecticut after moving back home from New Hampshire. She works from home and travels to the pentagon to support the Army’s 3-star general officer responsible for the network of the Army – the Chief Information Officer, G-6.
Join us for our annual Holiday Party. We will have member give-a-ways including: One Year Paid Membership, Free Luncheon Certificate, Gift Basket Raffle and more...
We will be collecting donations for the folks at Safe Futures during our luncheon. Please click here for a list of items.
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