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AACHM Oral History: Mary McDade, Alma Wheeler Smith, and Nancy Cornelia Wheeler

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 10:55am

Mary Wheeler McDadeMary McDade was born in Columbia, South Carolina in 1939, but grew up in Ann Arbor. Her parents Albert and Emma Wheeler were active in local politics and civil rights. As a college student, McDade helped found the University of Michigan chapter of the NAACP. She moved to Peoria, Illinois with her husband Joe Billy McDade in 1963. After raising four children, she built a career in law. McDade graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law and she has been a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court since 2000.

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Officials sign three-way agreement turning Willow Run airport over to the University of Michigan, June 1946 Photographer: Eck Stanger

Officials sign three-way agreement turning Willow Run airport over to the University of Michigan, June 1946 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, June 3, 1946
Caption
OFFICIALS SIGN WILLOW RUN AGREEMENT: Officials of the government, the University of Michigan and the Capital Airlines--PCA were present when the three-way agreement was signed today turning the huge airport at Willow Run over to the University. Seated left to right are Elton A. Burke, acting department director of real property disposal, War Assets Administration; University President Alexander G. Ruthven, and Vice-President Robert P. Briggs. Standing, Robert J. Wilson, airlines vice-president and counsel, and Robert M. Averill, western regional vide-president of the airlines. (Other pictures are on page 18.)

Barrage Balloon at U-M's Supersonic Wind Tunnel at Willow Run Laboratories, April 1947 Photographer: Maiteland Robert La Motte

Barrage Balloon at U-M's Supersonic Wind Tunnel at Willow Run Laboratories, April 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 16, 1947
Caption
SUPPLIES AIR FOR SUPERSONIC WIND TUNNEL: This converted 25,000 cubic foot barrage balloon at Willow Run holds the dehydrated air which rushes through the University's wind tunnel at speeds up to 3,000 miles per hour to test aircraft materials for planes of the future. Open house for newspaper representatives was held this afternoon.

Raymond Schneyer, U-M aeronautical engineer, studies a manometer at the Willow Run laboratory, April 1947 Photographer: Maiteland Robert La Motte

Raymond Schneyer, U-M aeronautical engineer, studies a manometer at the Willow Run laboratory, April 1947 image
Published In
Ann Arbor News, April 16, 1947
Caption
Raymond Schneyer, University aeronautical engineer, studies the manometer, in the above picture, to determine the velocity of wind blowing through the new supersonic tunnel at the Willow Run laboratory.