# Jeanne LaDuke

**Alice Jeanne LaDuke** (born June 27, 1938) is an American mathematician who specialized in mathematical analysis and the history of mathematics. She was also a child actress who appeared in one film (*The Green Promise*).

## Early life and film career

LaDuke was raised on a farm in Posey County,^{[1]} in southwest Indiana. Her parents were college-educated and an aunt who taught mathematics in Chicago frequently visited, bringing mathematics puzzles for LaDuke.^{[2]}

As a child, she was cast from a field of 12,000 4-H members to play a small part in *The Green Promise* (1948)^{[1]} as farm girl Jessie Wexford, the sister of Natalie Wood's character's love interest.^{[3]} Wood and LaDuke shared a tutor who taught them both string games as well as their school curriculum.^{[4]}

## Education

LaDuke studied mathematics at DePauw University in the 1950s, and roomed with another mathematics major from Oregon, who showed her the state on summer camping trips.^{[2]}

She earned a master's degree in mathematics, but was unable to obtain a teaching position with it because the schools she applied to only hired men. She returned to Oregon in 1966 as a doctoral student at the University of Oregon,^{[2]} and completed her Ph.D. in 1969 with a dissertation in mathematical analysis supervised by Kenneth A. Ross on *E _{p} Space: Essentially a Product of C_{p} Spaces*.

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## Mathematics career

After completing her doctorate, LaDuke spent the following thirty years as a faculty member of the department of mathematical sciences at DePaul University.^{[2]} She retired in 2003.^{[6]}

With Judy Green, she is the author of *Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s* (American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society, 2009).^{[7]} An annual lecture series on Women in Mathematics, Science, and Technology at DePaul is named after her.^{[8]}

## References

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^{a}^{b}Manifold, Sara (April 27, 2011), "Movie star native will return to Mount Vernon for showing",*Mount Vernon Democrat* - ^
^{a}^{b}^{c}^{d}Ryan, Catherine (Autumn 2010), "Not by the Numbers: On her own unconventional path, Jeanne LaDuke details the early history of women in American mathematics",*Oregon Quarterly*, University of Oregon, archived from the original on 2017-11-10, retrieved 2017-11-09 **^**Sullivan, Rebecca (2016),*Natalie Wood*, Palgrave Macmillan, p. 23, ISBN 9781844576708**^**Finstad, Suzanne (2009),*Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood*, Crown/Archetype, p. 75, ISBN 9780307428660**^**Jeanne LaDuke at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^***Mathematical Sciences Faculty & Staff*, DePaul University College of Science and Health, retrieved 2017-11-09**^**Reviews of*Pioneering Women in American Mathematics*:- Charles Ashbacher (January 2009),
*MAA Reviews*, [1] - Amy Shell-Gellasch (2009),
*Isis*100 (4): 925–926, doi:10.1086/652073 - Amy Ackerberg-Hastings (February 2010),
*Historia Mathematica*37 (1): 124–128, doi:10.1016/j.hm.2009.09.001 - Margaret A. M. Murray (May 2010),
*The College Mathematics Journal*41 (3): 248–251, doi:10.4169/074683410x488755 - Andrea Blunck (2010),
*Mathematical Reviews*, MR2464022 - Sorelle A. Friedler (June 2011),
*ACM SIGACT News*42 (2): 37–41, doi:10.1145/1998037.1998047

- Charles Ashbacher (January 2009),
**^**Hayda, Julian (October 1, 2014), "Field Museum Chief Curiosity Correspondent Emily Graslie discusses women in STEM at DePaul",*The DePaula*

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- People from Posey County, Indiana
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- 20th-century American mathematicians
- American women mathematicians
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- Historians of mathematics
- DePauw University alumni
- University of Oregon alumni
- DePaul University faculty
- 20th-century women mathematicians