Edna Duge


Edna Ella Duge (November 8, 1902 – April 25, 1985) was an American educator.[1] She was associated with the Institute of International Education for much of her career, as director of the Latin-American Department in the 1940s, and as director of the Alumni Relations Division in the 1960s.

Edna Duge
A young woman with fair skin, dark eyes, and dark wavy hair, wearing a dark dress or top with a square ruffle at the neckline
Edna Duge, from the 1925 yearbook of Wellesley College
BornNovember 8, 1902
Greenwich, Connecticut
DiedApril 25, 1985
Greenwich, Connecticut

Early life and educationEdit

Duge was from Greenwich, Connecticut, the daughter of John L. Duge and Mary A. Gerold Duge.[2] Her father was a carpenter; her father and both maternal grandparents were born in Germany. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1925.[3] She earned a master's degree at Columbia University in 1946, with a thesis titled "José Vasconcelos: A Study of his Attitudes Towards the United States."[4]


After college, Duge was secretary at the International Migration Service,[5] and executive secretary of the Institute de las Españas en los Estados Unidos at Columbia University.[6][7] She was secretary to Stephen P. Duggan, the director of the Institute of International Education in 1928, when she made a two-month tour of German colleges;[8] she was director of the institute's Latin-American Department in the 1940s.[9][10] She toured in South American for three months in 1940, meeting with educators and promoting student exchanges between the United States and Latin American countries.[11][12] In 1946, she was a co-author on the research report The Administration of Section Fourteen of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 in Regard to Handicapped Workers: a Study in the Exercise of Administrative Discretion.[13] In 1949, she was one of fourteen Americans rescued from flooding and mudslides in Guatemala.[14]

Duge represented the Institute on a tour in Texas and Oklahoma in 1950.[15][16][17] She took particular interest in encouraging women to consider study-abroad programs.[18][19] In the 1960s she was head of the Institute's Alumni Relations Division, and conducted research on college study-abroad participation among American foreign service officers.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Duge died in 1985, aged 82 years, in Greenwich.


  1. ^ In cases of possible confusion, the middle initial of her name is helpful; Edna E. Duge also had a sister-in-law named Edna M. Duge, and a niece named Edna A. Duge.
  2. ^ "Mrs. John L. Duge; Native of Detroit was 83". The Daily Item. 1956-07-10. p. 15. Retrieved 2022-04-26 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ Wellesley College, Legenda (1925 yearbook): 29.
  4. ^ Barrett, L. Lomas (1948). "Theses Dealing with Hispano-American Language and Literature -- 1947". Hispania. 31 (2): 157–160. doi:10.2307/334146. ISSN 0018-2133. JSTOR 334146.
  5. ^ "Members of 1925 Engage in Non-Teaching Occupations". Wellesley College News. October 22, 1925. p. 6. Retrieved April 26, 2022.
  6. ^ "Columbia Centre of Spanish Sought; Movement to Erect a House Is Started by the Instituto de las Espanas". The New York Times. 1926-11-21. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  7. ^ Sparkman, Colley Fredward (1926). Games for Spanish Clubs. Instituto de las Españas.
  8. ^ "Students on German Tour; Ten Sall Tomorrow as Guests of the Carl Schurz Vereinigung". The New York Times. 1928-06-29. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  9. ^ Affairs, United States Office of Inter-American (1943). Guide to the Inter-American Cultural Programs of Non-government Agencies in the United States. The Office.
  10. ^ Kropf, Simone Petraglia (August 2020). "Circuitos da boa vizinhança. Diplomacia cultural e intercâmbios educacionais entre Brasil e Estados Unidos durante a Segunda Guerra Mundial" [Good Neighbor Circuits: Cultural Diplomacy and Educational Exchange Between Brazil and the United States During World War II]. Varia Historia. 36 (71): 531–568. doi:10.1590/0104-87752020000200010. ISSN 1982-4343. S2CID 219934382.
  11. ^ "SAYS U.S. EDUCATION AIDS LATIN-AMERICANS; Miss Duge Asserts They Hold Best Jobs and Also Help Us". The New York Times. 1940-12-17. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-26.
  12. ^ "The More the Better". The Daily News Leader. 1940-12-26. p. 4. Retrieved 2022-04-26 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Durkin, Thomas J.; Durnell, Barbara H.; Duge, Edna Ella; Dugas, Helen B.; Dubester, Henry J.; Dougherty, James F.; Dudek, Louis; Dunn, Margaret M.; Dowling, Mrs Betty Brockway (1946). The Administration of Section Fourteen of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 in Regard to Handicapped Workers: a Study in the Exercise of Administrative Discretion.
  14. ^ "Greenwich Woman Saved from Flood Area in Guatemala". Hartford Courant. 1949-10-23. p. 32. Retrieved 2022-04-26 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "UT Foreign Students Enjoy Grants from Many Sources". Austin American. December 12, 1950. p. 26 – via NewspaperArchive.com.
  16. ^ "Miss Edna Duge to Consult Foreign Students". The Megaphone. December 1, 1950. p. 1. Retrieved April 26, 2022 – via JSTOR.
  17. ^ "Edna Duge to Visit, Speak on Campus December 10-11". The Chickasha Star. 1950-12-07. p. 10. Retrieved 2022-04-26 – via Newspapers.com.
  18. ^ "Miss Edna Duge to Interview OCW Students". The Chickasha Daily Express. 1950-12-10. p. 10. Retrieved 2022-04-26 – via Newspapers.com.
  19. ^ "Educator Visits TSCW Campus". Denton Record-Chronicle. 1950-12-07. p. 14. Retrieved 2022-04-26 – via Newspapers.com.
  20. ^ Wolfe, Glenn C. (January 1966). "IIE Contributes to U.S. Foreign Affairs". Department of State News Letter. 57: 11–12, 41.