Thursday, March 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Women in Law Edition (part 1)

By Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist

South Texas School of Law Yearbook, 1928-1929, p. 10.

March is Women’s History Month. It is fitting, therefore, that our first Throwback post of the month is of our first woman graduate, Ann Marie Hollenburger, class of 1928. Born September 12, 1905 of German immigrant parents in New Orleans, her family moved to Houston around 1910.
During her law school career, she worked as a stenographer for the legal department at Gulf Oil Company. At that time, most stenographers were men. After graduation, Gulf Oil transferred her to Shreveport. In 1941, she moved to Los Angles where she worked as a stenographer at the law firm of Williams, Hope & Judson.  She married a Los Angeles attorney, William Brennen, in 1951. They moved out to Garberville, CA, in the early 1960s where together they ran a law practice and the Gaberville weekly paper.

Following her husband’s death in the mid 1970s, Ann spent her time traveling around the world. In addition to being the first woman to graduate from South Texas, Ann was also one of the first women to become a licensed pilot.