Sarah Thomas Curwood
Sociologist, professor, lecturer, and tree farmer, Sarah Thomas Curwood (1916-1990), daughter of Maurice and Sarah "Sadie" E. (Dorsey) Thomas, was born in Binghamton, New York. One of the few African Americans attending Cornell University at the time, she graduated in 1937, and went on to attend Boston University (Ed.M. 1947) and Radcliffe College (Ph.D 1956). She also attended the Nursery Training School of Boston (1942-1944). Curwood married James L. Curwood (born 1908), a businessman, in 1936; they had a daughter, Sarah "Sally" (born 1938) and a son, Steve (born 1947). James Curwood committed suicide in 1949. In addition to her professional activities, Curwood served on the boards or as a trustee of the Massachusetts Mothers' Health Council, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts, the Eliot-Pearson School of Tufts University, Region One of the Girl Scouts USA, and the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia.