In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us at 7:00 PM MT on Tuesday, March 22 for a conversation with World War II code breaker Nancy Thompson Tipton, BJ ’44.
Immediately after graduating from Mizzou in 1944, Nancy moved to Washington D.C. to serve in the U.S. Army in World War II. As a “code girl”, Nancy spent hours behind the scenes of wartime intelligence cracking secret codes. The codes Nancy and her fellow cryptanalysts deciphered helped lead the U.S. to victory, but they were sworn to secrecy. Only recently could these code breakers break their silence.
Nancy and her husband formed the first Mizzou alumni chapter in Colorado back in the early 1950s. At the time, the chapter had less than 30 members. Today, nearly 6000 Mizzou alumni live in Colorado. When the chapter established our scholarship endowment in 2015, Nancy was among the first donors, and she has continue to donate regularly to help provide scholarships to Colorado students. This year, we’re awarding one of those students our very first Nancy Thompson Tipton Scholarship.
The Rocky Mountain Tigers are proud to host this hour-long virtual Women’s History Month celebration where Nancy will share her story with Jennifer Meckles, BJ ’11, KUSA-TV/9News anchor/reporter. We’ll also hear from executive committee members from the Griffiths Leadership Society for Women, a nationwide network of undergraduates and alumnae leaders connected by their ties to Mizzou.
This is a free event, with a suggested donation of $10 to the RMT Scholarship Endowment.
All Mizzou Alumni Association members who register for this webinar will be entered into a drawing for a copy of Liza Mundy’s Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II and Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion — along with a Mizzou bookmark and our exclusive Skiing Truman tickets. Not a member? Join by using the link in your confirmation email.