Helene Ruth Foellinger graduated in 1932 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. As a student, she was heavily involved in several organizations including Pi Beta Phi, Mortar Board, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu Epsilon, and Torch. She served on the student council for four years and as the women’s editor of The Daily Illini for four years. In 1935, Foellinger began serving as a director of the News Publishing Company, and upon the death of her father she became president of the News Publishing Company and publisher of the Fort Wayne Indiana News-Sentinel. Her career in publishing lasted for 45 years. Foellinger won several awards in her lifetime for her contributions to the publishing world and philanthropic efforts and eventually donated $3 million back to her alma mater to fund the restoration of the auditorium, now named in her honor.
Women featured in our weekly series are part of the 150 for 150 website Celebrating the Accomplishments of Women at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The website was created by the Gender Equity Council and the University Library to highlight women who have made significant achievements during their time at the University either as students, staff, faculty, or alumni.