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Name: Bream, Eleanor Harbison (1931-2001)

Historical Note:

Eleanor Harbison was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. In 1931 she began her studies at The Pennsylvania College for Women (PCW), now Chatham University. While at P.C.W., Eleanor was a staff member of the Arrow and a member of Phi Pi, Y.W.C.A., and the Library Committee for Junior-Freshman Tea. After graduating in 1935, she worked at the Pittsburgh Planetarium.

Eleanor Harbison began her work for the Foreign Service as a Personnel Officer in 1944. She became an administrative assistant, assigned to posts in Stockholm, Cairo, Rome, and Paris.  In 1952 she married a Foreign Service Officer, Gray Bream, and she continued to travel with him to his posts in Pakistan, the Netherlands, and Germany. Eventually, the couple settled down in McLean Virginia where Mr. Bream continued to work for the State Department and Mrs. Bream was an active member of the McLean Woman’s Club. In 2001, Mrs. Bream passed away at the age of 86.

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