Helen Ripley: From Abbot Academy to Washington D.C.

Helen Ripley, graduate of the Abbot Academy class of 1930, is just one of many examples of women who acheived success in their lives post Abbot Academy.

After attending Bryn Mawr College (graduating in 1935), Ripley became a teacher. Our documentation on Helen Ripley focuses on her successful and longstanding Naval Career, joining the United States Navy shortly after the beginning of World War Two. Ripley would work in foreign affairs positions through the duration of her career in the Navy, retiring in the early 1970s. 

The donation of Helen Ripley's military records and some photographs were given by her neice, Charlotte Ripley Sorenson, to the Phillips Academy Archives and Special Collections in 2015.