Mary Frances England was the founding Director, and Dean (1971-1983) of Culver Academy for Girls/Culver Girls Academy. She retired from The Academies in 1993 as a master instructor of English.
Born Mary Frances O'Callaghan, she was the fourth and youngest daughter of Col. William J. and Grace (Ladd) O'Callaghan; her father being Culver's long established Band director. Raised in Culver, she attended the local public schools. When she completed the 11th grade her father retired and the family relocated to Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where she finished high school. She received her masters in education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She applied for and was accepted to the midshipman school at Smith College in North Hampton, Virginia.
Upon completion of the Naval Communications course at Smith, Dean England served in the U.S. Navy (WAVES) from 1944-1946, being discharged with the rank of Lieutenant, J.G. From 1946-1953, she was a communications procedures analyst with the U.S. Signal Corps in Tokyo, Japan. It was there that she met and married Major Sydney M. England, an Australian Army Officer.
Following the end of the allied occupation of Japan, the Englands moved to Brisbane, Australia, where they lived for eleven years until Major England's death in 1962. Mary Frances England and her young son, Robert (Co. A '71), returned to Culver, where her mother, Grace, and sister, Esther, still lived. She took a teaching position in the Culver Community Schools while working on a graduate degree at Purdue University. She joined the staff of the newly established Culver Summer School for Girls in 1965 and became its director two summers later, serving in that position until 1970. She was hired as a winter school English instructor in the Fall of 1969, and became Dean of Culver Academy for Girls in 1971.
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Mary Frances England was the founding Director, and Dean (1971-1983) of Culver Academy for Girls/Culver Girls Academy. She retired from The Academies in 1993 as a master instructor of English. -
William Taber Added: Jul. 27, 2009