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Hope Skillman Schary

January 1, 1973

1973 – New York City

Hope Skillman Schary served two terms as the president of the National Council of Women of the United States. A woman of immense energy and talent, Hope Schary began her career as editor of Fine Arts magazine and Parnassus. She founded Skillmill, Inc., a cotton fabric manufacturing and textile firm, thus becoming the only woman cotton fabric converter in the United States. A graduate of Goucher College, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Goucher College Club. With her husband, the noted artist Saul Schary, she maintained a landmark federal house in Greenwich Village, New York and a country home in New Milford, Connecticut. Hope Schary served on the advisory council of The Fashion Group, of which she was president from 1958-1960, as first vice president of the International Council of Women, on the board of the National Center for Voluntary Action and on the board of the Coalition of National Volunteer Organizations (CONVO). She was also a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and the Inner Circle in New York City. In recognition of her efforts within the textile industry, she was made an Honorary Citizen of New Orleans and Dallas. She also was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award in 1972 from five separate service clubs. (Deceased 1981)