Elizabeth Reynard


Elizabeth Reynard was an English professor at Barnard College, and a close friend of Virginia Gildersleeve, before taking a temporary leave of absence to work at the Navy. Her job was to help figure how the Navy could incorporate women into the services.  Other women in the military describe Reynard as artistic, creative and somewhat dramatic.

Reynard was born in Massachusetts, but moved to New York City with her mother after her father died, leaving the family virtually destitute. She was attending college at Barnard at the time, and worked as a copywriter while attending school. After graduation, she was invited to teach part-time at Barnard.

After helping to set up the WAVES, she would later be transferred back to New York, where she was credited with the creative and highly successful training regimen which WAVES would use at Hunter College.

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