Daily News: Pioneering lawmaker set the bar for other women

By Kathleen Leinen

Mildred Johnson, described as an attorney who trailblazed the way for other women, died Friday, Sept. 12 at age 96.

Johnson was the first woman appointed to the North Dakota Higher Board of Education. She was the only woman to graduate from her class at the University of North Dakota Law School in 1939 and was awarded the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor for graduating law students in the United States. Johnson was also the first woman to try a case before the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Being known as the type of woman other women could talk to, Johnson left a mark in this state. The library at North Dakota State College of Science was christened the Mildred Johnson Library in 1971 in recognition of her work on behalf of the school.

She was a tireless leader and her passing has left behind a legacy few others can attain. The NDSCS campus community is saddened to learn of the passing of Mildred Johnson, said Dr. John Richman, president of the college.

“Mildred was a true pioneer among women in our state, forging the way for others and often bringing a woman’s perspective to her many roles in both higher education and public policy,” he said. “Her numerous and vast accomplishments speak volumes about the part she played in North Dakota’s history and her dedication to our state.

“Mildred was an avid supporter of NDSCS and its mission, for which we are truly grateful,” he said. “Mildred will be missed and remembered by many.”

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Bethel Lutheran Church, Wahpeton, North Dakota, with visitation one hour before the service. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery, Wahpeton.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

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