Ermintrude ‘Trudy’ Dickinson

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Ermintrude ‘Trudy’ Dickinson (’44, ’46 M.S.), Kankakee, Ill. :: She was a high school teacher, laboratory instructor for the U.S. Army Specialized Training Program, patent librarian at Standard Oil Co., research enzymologist at Armour and assistant director of biochemistry at Cook County Hospital. She then co-founded and served as president of Pentex Inc., which produced specialized biochemicals. She also was president of Midwest Pentex Sales Co. After Pentex and Midwest Pentex were sold to Miles Laboratories, she took on several top positions there — including worldwide manager of manufacturing and distribution and director of manufacturing for its research division. When the company was acquired by Bayer AF, she became director of operations. She was active in numerous organizations and recieved many awards, including the Chamber of Commerce Business Women of the Year.

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