Born: 1887, United States of America
Died: 1974, Framingham, Massachusetts, United States
Education: Clark University
Books: Youth in conflict, Parents on Probation
Lived: 1833 North Verdugo Road, Vista Park, Glendale
Buried: Pine Hill Cemetery, Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA, Plot: 507 Eastern Ave, GPS (lat/lon): 42.24455, -71.36334
Miriam Van Waters was a noted early American feminist social worker and served as superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham (1932–1957). Van Waters was also a closeted lesbian during this period, and in fact, it was a 'moral panic' against 'prison lesbianism' that almost led to her dismissal as a superintendent in 1949. Geraldine Morgan Thompson met Miriam Van Waters in the mid-1920s; Thompson was the owner of Brookdale, an 800-acre estate in Red Bank, New Jersey. She was the wife of Lewis S. Thompson, who established Sunny Hill Plantation in 1913. Van Waters and Thompson remained together 40 years and Miriam adopted a little girl named Sarah. When Geraldine died on September 9, 1967, she had lived for ninety-five extraordinarily full years, almost half of them as Miriam van Waters' "Dearest Love" and protector. Waters and Thompson remained lovers, and participated in joint social activities like membership of the Audubon Society. As a small, final tribute, Van Waters wrote an obituary for Thompson in the Framingham News.
Together from (around) 1925 to 1967: 42 years.
Miriam Van Waters (October 4, 1887 – January 17, 1974)
Geraldine Livingston Morgan Thompson (March 2, 1872 – September 9, 1967)
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At Pine Hill Cemetery (Sherborn, MA 01770) is buried Miriam Van Waters (1887-1974), an early American feminist social worker and Episcopalian leader of the Social Gospel movement. She served as superintendent of the Massachusetts Reformatory for Women at Framingham (1932–1957). In the 1930s she lived in California, at 1833 North Verdugo Road, Vista Park, Glendale.
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