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LAI History Quiz #1

FIRST THREE WOMEN INITIATED IN LAI.
WHAT YEAR, AND WHAT CHAPTER?


1972 George Washington - Washington DC Chapter

Three women were initiated by the George Washington Chapter in 1972, becoming the first women to join LAI. 
 



Photo taken by Bradford Bachrach, is from the M-NCPCC Archive and shows Ms. Caroline Freeland being sworn into office.

Three women were initiated by the George Washington Chapter in 1972, becoming the first women to join LAI.

Caroline R. Freeland was "Recognized for service as long-term citizen-executive member of public planning bodies and her outstanding contributions in the field of public planning, as well as park and community development." 

Ms. Freeland was the first female Chair of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), serving from 1963-1971. Caroline Freeman Urban Park in Bethesda MD is named in her honor. Photo above, taken by Bradford Bachrach, is from the M-NCPPC archive.

Catherine E. Martini was "Honored for her long-term and outstanding services to the real estate and land economics fields through research, analysis, writings and administrative work." 

Catherine Martini was the Director of Economics and Research for the National Association of Realtors. She was a prominent, often-quoted spokesperson for the Association until she retired in 1974 after 21 years. Previously she was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins Institute of Law. During World War II, Ms. Martini was an administrator and planner for communities in war production centers.

Marilyn Pray was "Recognized especially for her innovations in formulating and applying new approaches to land use guidance systems, as well as authoring many published articles on the relationships between land economics and physical planning." 

Marilyn Madden Pray (1926-1991) was the Director of Program Planning and Economic Development for Prince George’s County MD. Previous positions include Division Chief with Maryland National Capital Parks and Planning Commission and planner for the California cities of Richmond and Freemont. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California Berkley and earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the same institution. 

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LAI Celebrates 90 Years

Lambda Alpha International was established as a professional fraternity at Northwestern University in 1930. The inspiration for the fraternity was Professor Richard T. Ely (1854-1943), a prominent progressive economist who is known as the Father of Land Economics.  
 
LAI moved beyond its fraternal structure to become an honorary land economics society in the broader Chicago real estate community through Ely Chapter.  

As certain members of LAI moved from Chicago, they helped to establish new chapters, the first being the New York Chapter (1949).  The Los Angeles Chapter (1955), George Washington Chapter (Washington DC, 1957) and Golden Gate Chapter (San Francisco, 1964) followed. 

The founding of the Simcoe Chapter (Toronto, 1964) marked the beginning of LAI’s international growth. Today, LAI operates through a network of 29 chapters in Canada, India, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
 
The tradition of “winnowing and sifting” of ideas has remained the hallmark of LAI through the 90 years since its founding. 

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