Harriet Edith Merrill Hurd


Colby 1888; A. M. 1891

Harriet Edith Merrill was born on March 1, 1864 in Dover, Maine to Bradbury and Harriet Merrill. She attended Foxcroft Academy before entering Colby (University) and graduating in 1888. During her undergraduate career, she was active in a literary society, tutoring, and as a Sigma Kappa Sorority member. Merrill received Phi Beta Kappa academic distinction, and later an honorary master’s degree from Colby. She went on to teach mathematics at Foxcroft Academy from 1888-1889 and Denver High School in Colorado from 1891-1899. In 1899 she married George N. Hurd ’90, a Zeta Psi member, and close friend of Arthur Roberts, a later president of Colby. After getting married, she and her husband traveled for some time, visiting Alaska and Manila (Philippine Islands), where she was the Director of the Office of the Civil Service from 1902-1910. Her husband then became a judge, and she then left her job to travel with him as he held court in various nearby islands.

While in the Philippines, Hurd founded the Worthy Matrons of the Major Chapter of the Eastern Star in Manila, and made frequent trips to Japan, China, and Korea. She and her husband returned to the U. S. and lived in Los Angeles for a few years before taking a year-long trip around the world. George Hurd died in 1932, and Harriet died on May 8, 1955, aged 91 years.

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