Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes

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Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes Abstract Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes was The first African-American Female Mathematician. She was an outstanding educator and leader in her community. She was born and died in Washington D.C. She was raised Catholic and very active in the Catholic Church. She earned her Doctorate in 1943 from The Catholic University of America. She taught Public school for 43 years in D.C and was also President of the Board of Education. She opened up the door for other African- American women in Mathematics. She fought racial segregation within the school system and also supported a lawsuit to desegregate the school system. Birth Martha Euphemia Lofton Haynes was born to parents Dr. William Lofton and Mrs. Lavina Day Lofton in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 1890. Her father was a prominent dentist and a financial supporter of black institutions and charities and her mother was active in the Catholic Church. She later became active in the Catholic Church. She earned a Papal medal, “Pro Ecclesia and Pontifex,” in 1959, for her service to the church and to her community. Education Euphemia started her education at Miner Normal school in Washington D.C. and Graduated with distinction in 1909. She attended Smith College in Massachusetts and earned her degree in Mathematics with a minor in psychology in 1914. She went on to attend The University of Chicago in 1930 and received her Masters in Education. Finally, at the age of 53 she earned her Ph.D. in math from the Catholic University of America in 1943. The title of her dissertation was "The Determination of Sets of Independent Conditions Characterizing Certain Special Cases of Symmetric Correspondences;" Contributions She made many contributions to her community and the public school system. She served as first vice president of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic

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