Marjorie Perry Person
Marjorie “Marge” Perry Person was one of the first two first women to earn a doctorate at the Kelley School in 1965. A Missouri native, she earned undergraduate degrees at Northwest Missouri State. After earning an MBA, too, from IU, she joined the faculty at Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne as chair of the Department of Marketing, where she taught until her retirement in 1981.
“She was noted for her leadership in the teaching of marketing, her contributions to the university’s research and service missions and her many years of generosity to the university,” according to an Indiana Senate memorial resolution. “She believed teaching was a two-way street. Her students learned from her and she learned from them.”
Her son Bill recalled how Perry Person learned shortly after joining IPFW that she was earning significantly less than her male colleagues.
“The university president responded that the men were being paid more because they were heads of households and responsible for the support of their families. She responded that as a widow she, too, was head of a household and the sole support of a child.” The president decided that for payroll purposes, “Marge is a man.” Throughout her career, Marge served as a mentor for women in male-dominated professions.” She was active in numerous business and community organizations in Allen County and established an endowed scholarship in honor of her brother.