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The sister of Lawrence Tech founders Russell and E. George Lawrence, Catherine Lawrence Graeffe was an integral part of the creation and success of the Lawrence Institute of Technology. The first signatory on the original articles of incorporation, she, along with her husband, Edwin O. Graeffe, was also a financial backer of the new university.

Never accepting a paycheck, Graeffe dedicated her skills and knowledge to the start-up institution. She helped register new students, process bills, and manage financial accounts. Upon the completion of her studies in library science, she worked in the Lawrence Tech library and helped convert the library’s catalog system from the Dewey Decimal to the Library of Congress Classification system.

Her tireless and ingenious efforts are reflected today in the astounding success of Lawrence Tech.