Magdalen Flexner

Magdalen Flexner worked as an American ambassador in Europe, serving for decades as consul general in France at a time when women were rarely given such responsibility. Flexner earned her bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr in 1928 and served as the school’s warden (similar to director of residential life) from 1930–1932. She earned a law degree from Cornell in 1947 and worked as a law clerk for the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals before passing the bar in 1948 and working as an attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. In 1951 she began working for the State Department. In 1955 she joined the Foreign Service and was appointed American consul in Bordeaux, France. From 1959–1962 she served as the deputy United States representative to UNESCO in Paris, working towards international cooperation through education programs and scientific collaboration. She then briefly served as US consul in Cardiff, Wales, before returning to Bordeaux as American consul general from 1965 until her retirement in 1967.

Topics: Law

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Date of Birth

Wateryliet, NY
United States

Date of Death

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