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Dr. Harriett Cracraft Stout

January 1, 2019

1971 – Indianapolis, Indiana, Jacksonville & Amelia Island, Florida

Mrs. William J. Stout is a fifth generation Hoosier. Her husband, Bill, was executive vice president of L.S. Ayres & Co. Mrs. Stout was educated at Indiana University, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta and Honorary Cadet of R.O.T.C., and at Washington and Lee, which she attended as an Army captain. She has been executive director of the Indiana League of Women Voters, Fashion Coordinator at LS Ayres, in the first officer’s class of the Women’s Army Corps, was the first woman elected to the Indianapolis County Council and served two terms in the Indiana legislature. She was selected Outstanding Junior League member, named by Indianapolis newspapers as a Woman of the Year, and was listed in the first edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women. State appointments have included: State Salary Commission, Sheriff’s Department, Governor’s Residence Commission, and district commissioner, Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. In Indianapolis she’s served the Long Range Planning Commission, Crime Commission, Juvenile Court Advisory Council, Child Guidance Clinic (charter member), Cancer Board, the Zoo, the Symphony, the Museum, as Indiana chairwoman of Women for Eisenhower for President and as campaign co-manager for several House and Senate candidates. She was the only female member of the Republican Veterans, on the Welfare Board, chaired Republican Block Captains and was Republican Vice-Committee Woman. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Northwood in 1982, is a Northwood Trustee Emeritus, and was National Chair of the Northwood National Women’s Board from 1988-1990.