Gwendolyn Raper

Female 1931 - 2012  (81 years)

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  • Name Gwendolyn Raper 
    Nickname Gwen 
    Born 8 Feb 1931  Englewood, McMinn, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 93BB287233DA1D46B0D364E03C9D5F88DF83 
    Died 9 Sep 2012 
    Person ID I104446  Scudder
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2015 

    Family Benjamin Franklin Stillwell,   b. 17 Oct 1922, Jackson county, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jun 1990  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 11 Aug 1956 
    _UID 26DC81CBE5AD294590DD503BBC398E481164 
     1. Brett Stillwell
     2. Martha Stillwell
    Last Modified 7 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F38071  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In 1949, Gwen graduated from Englewood High School where she lettered in women's basketball and co-edited the school's first yearbook. She then enrolled at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, a college that provides full tuition scholarships to students from Appalachia. During her Berea years, she worked in the college's weaving industry and majored in history. She also worked two summers at a beach boardwalk cafe in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

      Upon graduating from Berea in 1953, Gwen became a fellow of an innovative teaching program at George Peabody College for Teachers and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. (Peabody later became part of Vanderbilt.) The program was one of 39 funded by the Ford Foundation Fund for Advancement of Education during the years between the end of World War II and the beginning of the space race.

      Gwen learned methods for teaching secondary school at Peabody and studied political science at Vanderbilt. She completed her student teaching in Nashville public schools before earning a joint master's degree in 1954.

      She taught at Waterford Township High School in Pontiac, Michigan, in 1954-1955. At the urging of Berea classmate, Lil McCoy, she applied for a job to teach seventh-grade social studies at Prineville Junior High School (PJHS), in Prineville, Oregon. She arrived in Prineville in August 1955.