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Stuit, Velma, 1911-1997



  • Existence: 1911 - 1997


Velma Pottorf Stuit was born on August 21, 1911 in Mason City, Illinois. She grew upon a farm, walking a mile and a half to country school. In 1933 Pottorf graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree to teach high school mathematics. Pottorf married Dewey B. Stuit in 1934. After brief stints in Northfield, Minnesota, and Lincoln, Nebraska, the Stuits came to Iowa City when Dewey Stuit took a position as Professor of Psychology with the University of Iowa. He served as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, from 1949 to 1977.

Velma Stuit became active in several women's organizations, serving as president of the University Club in 1952-1953 and president of the Iowa City branch of the American Association of University Women from 1967 to 1969. She is recognized for creating the Newcomers Club in 1938, a branch of the University Club created for spouses of new faculty members. Stuit is also recognized as co-organizer with Mrs. M.L. Huit of the International Wives Club in 1959.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Velma Stuit scrapbooks

Identifier: IWA0212

Wife of Dean of University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and organizer of Newcomers Club in 1938 and International Wives Club in 1959.

Dates: 1934-1990