WOLFEBORO — Grace Murray Hopper is a history maker who has largely escaped the common textbook. Pioneer computer programmer, Brewster Academy graduate and lifelong Lake Wentworth summer resident, Hopper was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously last fall.
Area women are invited to learn more about her and celebrate her achievements at the Wolfeboro Women's Network Luncheon Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Nolan's Pub on Main Street.
The event's speakers will be Deborah Murray, great-niece of Hopper, who received the award from President Obama on her aunt's behalf and her mother and Wolfeboro Selectman Linda Murray. In addition to speaking about Hopper, her accomplishments and her ties to Wolfeboro, Deborah may also regale attendees with her impressions of the White House and her experience sharing the podium with President Obama and 20 other honorees or their representatives. Included were singer Diana Ross, architect Maya Lin, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, philanthropist Melinda Gates, actor Cicely Tyson, Native American leader Elouise Cobell, fellow software pioneer Margaret H. Hamilton, and men representing similar diverse accomplishments.
Wolfeboro Women's Network luncheons give women a chance to step back from busy lives to learn about new things, share experiences and broaden their network of fascinating women in the Lakes Region. Cecile Chase and Barbara Wilson coordinate the monthly luncheons.
After this first Wednesday meeting, Wolfeboro Women's Network Luncheons will be held the third Tuesday of every month, February-May. Cost is $20, payable at the door.
Deborah Murray accepts the Presidential Medal of Freedom on behalf of her great aunt, Grace Murray Hoppe,r at a White House ceremony in November. Murray will talk about her aunt and the award at a Wolfeboro Women's Network luncheon on Jan. 17. (Courtesy photo)