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Jane Knauss Stevens '45, MBA '48 Jane Knauss Stevens '45,
MBA '48

Jane Knauss Stevens '45, MBA '48, passed away on Feb. 15, 2008. She was 82. The first woman to receive a Cornell MBA, Stevens created many opportunities to blend her management expertise, her commitment to volunteerism and her dedication to Cornell. In the late 1950s, she was president of the Cornell Women's Club of Rochester, and she held various leadership roles in her Class of '45, guiding them through many special projects, including the establishment of a Cornell Tradition Fellowship, and stairways and a wildflower garden path at Cornell Plantations. Stevens was a founding member of the Johnson School Alumni Executive Council (now the Advisory Council), and she served on the Cornell Council for a number of years. She volunteered in a wide variety of organizations in her community, including Planned Parenthood, the Republican party, and several family charities. "Through church, politics, women's rights, education, and international diplomacy, Jane fought fiercely for justice, equality, and right," reads an obituary sent by her husband, Robert C. Stevens. "Jane didn't just listen, she took action with passion and conviction."

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Posted by Angela Noble-Grange on June 23, 2008:

I feel very priveleged to have met Jane while I was the director of the Office for Women and Minorities in Business (now Office of Diversity and Inclusion). Students were curious when the first woman graduated from the Johnson school and were delighted when they discovered Jane's picture in the first graduating class.

I am quite saddened by Jane's passing and comforted in the knowledge that so many were touched by her legacy here at Johnson. I hope we find a suitable way to keep her legacy alive for generations of women and men yet to pass through the doors of Sage Hall. Jane, you are one of our great treasures and will be missed.

Angela Noble-Grange
Lecturer
The Johnson School
Cornell University

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