As part of Women’s History Month, the University of Dayton’s Women’s Center is honoring celebrated humorist Erma Bombeck and 15 other women trailblazers in an outdoor exhibit on campus.
A 1949 graduate, Erma is one of the UD’s most famous graduates. When she died in 1996, television personality Phil Donahue eulogized her in this fashion: “We shall never see the likes of her again. We shall never know again her brilliance, her insight, and especially her generosity.
“She was real and she brought us all down to Earth — gently, generously, and with brilliant humor. She is a 20th century political figure, and when the scholars gather hundreds years from now to learn about us, they can’t know it all unless they read Erma.”