Bequest Creates New CEW Scholarships in Science and Social Work

CEW is delighted to announce the establishment of two new scholarships, to be awarded for the first time in 2013. The Elizabeth Dusseau Scholarship will support University of Michigan women studying a scientific field. The Margaret Dusseau Brevoort Scholarship, which honors Elizabeth’s older sister, will go to women majoring in social work.

Elizabeth Dusseau, who endowed both scholarships, was born in
Monroe, Michigan and died this past May at the age of 101. She earned her BA and master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan and, as an expert in parasitology, became a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology. After many years of distinguished service as a lecturer, Dusseau was promoted to assistant professor, a rank she held until she retired from the University in 1978.

Elizabeth and Margaret’s family highly valued education for both male and female children–at a time when such a belief was somewhat radical. Also strongly ingrained in their family was a commitment to women’s rights. Elizabeth was dedicated to those values–especially after she observed and experienced discrimination in her own work-life. That dedication led Elizabeth to spearhead the creation of an Affirmative Action for Women Committee in the Department of Epidemiology. According to her niece, Anne Dusseau, “Get Aunt Toots started talking about women’s rights, and she’d give you an earful.”

A lover of history, Elizabeth was active in the Washtenaw County Historical Museum. She was also a member of various University groups, including Women of the University of Michigan Faculty and the Women’s Research Club.

Anne Dusseau tells us that her aunt always spoke of the University of Michigan as “her child.” The Center for the Education of Women honors Elizabeth Dusseau’s legacy and her generous bequest, which will allow us to support outstanding students for many years to come.