Elinor J. Writt G’63 died August 18, 2008, in Brunswick, Maine.
Born in Moline, Ill., she attended public schools in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with high honors in mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa. During World War II, she received an ensign’s commission as a Navy WAVE officer in 1944, followed by eight years of active duty at Great Lakes, Ill., and Washington, D.C. In 1950, she was the first woman officer in Naval history appointed to attend the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. She graduated at the top of her class, with a master’s degree in aerology. After his discharge at the rank of lieutenant, she moved with her husband to the Naval bases in Moffett Field, Calif., Pensacola, Fla., the island of Malta, and, in 1959, to Brunswick. She taught school for 18 years at Brunswick Junior High School, where she was appointed chair of the mathematics department, and earned a master’s degree from Bowdoin in 1963. She is survived by two sons, Christopher P.Writt of Brunswick and Frederick A.Writt of Falmouth; a daughter, Delia Austin of Brunswick; a brother, Robert E. Wagner of Harrison, Ohio; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Her husband, Navy Lt. Cmdr. William W. Writt, died in 1980.