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Tatum, Elizabeth Lindsay, 1920-1964



  • Existence: 1920 - 1964


Elizabeth "Bicky" Jerene Lindsay was born in Fairfield, Iowa, in 1920, the eldest of Robert and Eva Mandt Lindsay's four children. In 1942, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics with a concentration in dietetics from Iowa State College. Elizabeth Lindsay married Lyle E. Tatum in 1942 and subsequently became a Quaker and pacifist. Her husband, a conscientious objector, was imprisoned during World War II for refusing induction into military service. Lyle Tatum became an administrator and consultant with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), and spent four years in Southern Rhodesia as the AFSC's South African representative. The Tatums had two children, Susan and Steven. Steven accompanied his parents to Southern Rhodesia in 1960 while Susan stayed behind to study nursing at the University of Iowa. A homemaker and volunteer, Elizabeth Tatum worked with the Young Women's Christian Association for African girls while in Rhodesia. In 1964, as the family was preparing to move back to the United States, Elizabeth Tatum was killed in a car accident that also killed another member of the AFSC and injured her son and husband.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Elizabeth Lindsay Tatum papers

Identifier: IWA0824

Peace activist and Quaker who lived in Southern Rhodesia from 1960 to 1964.

Dates: 1900-2006