Vivian D. Bennett, first coed AFROTC cadet

Vivian D. Bennett, first coed AFROTC cadet
October 5, 1971

Photo of Air Force ROTC cadet Vivian D. Bennett and Col. A.T. Reid, professor of Air Force aerospace studies.

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"Vivian D. Bennett, 1230 W. 74th St, Chicago, first coed cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, confers with Col. A.T. Reid, professor of Air Force aerospace studies.  Miss Bennett, a graduate of William Rainey Harper High School, Chicago, and a sports and music fan, is majoring in chemistry in the U. of I. and says she always has been interested in the armed services.  A brother is an Air Force airman, stationed in Springfield, Ohio, and two other brothers were in the Army.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Bennett.  Although a few other coeds have taken Air Force courses or been commissioned officers in the Air Force, Miss Bennett is the first to enroll at the U. of I. under a new program opening the ROTC to women cadets on the same basis as men."

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