Y'vonne L. Greatwood Papers
Greatwood contracted polio when she was three months old. She attended public schools in Buffalo, N.Y., graduating from high school in 1928. Greatwood underwent a number of treatments, including a stay at the Reconstructive Home for Infantile Paralysis in Ithaca, N.Y. She graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo in 1937, and unsuccessfully sought employment as a public school teacher. To gain experience, she taught piano and Sunday school, and was eventually hired as a substitute teacher in the Buffalo public school system, and finally, in 1946, as a permanent teacher at McKinley Vocational High School. In 1951 Greatwood was asked to serve as director of Christian education at St. Paul's (Episcopal) Cathedral in Buffalo. Resolved to continue her religious studies, she entered Union Theological Seminary in New York City, graduating in 1956. She taught at the National Cathedral School for Girls (Washington, D.C.), and was director of religious education in a Presbyterian church in Virginia before returning in 1963 to teach high school in Buffalo. Greatwood traveled widely, and for a year lived in Scotland where she studied at the University of Edinburgh.