Neva Henrietta Radell

Dr. Neva Henrietta Radell, 95, of Friendship Village Retirement Center, Waterloo, died Saturday, July 27, 1991, at the center, of natural causes.

She was born November 27, 1895, in Cedar Falls, daughter of J. C. and Sarah Richtman Radell.

She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1917, a master's degree at Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York City, in 1929, and a doctorate in 1938 at New York University. She taught high school in Minnesota, Iowa, and Oklahoma. She was on the faculty of the School of Business Administration at Drexel University, Philadelphia, for eight years. She was a professor and head of business administration at Adelphia University, Garden City, Long Island, New York, for six years.

She was on the faculty at Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York City, teaching business in the home economics department for 8 years. She also did part-time teaching in New York University's home economics department for 11 years.

She was in charge of publishing several texts and workbooks, including one on accounting and food control in 1935, financial planning for individuals and families in 1939, and several sections on accounting and cost accounting in two workbooks. She retired after 45 years of residence in Manhattan, returning to Black Hawk County.

She was the first woman to join the President's Club, in 1969. In 1971, she helped organize the Alumni and Former Students Club at Friendship Village and became its first president. In 1973, a special lectureship series was begun in her name in honor of her being the first woman to receive a bachelor's degree in business and business education.

She also established a scholarship for Cedar Falls High School students who are planning on attending the University of Northern Iowa

Survivors include several cousins; she was preceded in death by a sister, Inez Radell.

Graveside services will be 2:45 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Cemetery, Cedar Falls. Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, Cedar Falls, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. The body was cremated.

Memorials may be made to the UNI Foundation.

Copyright Waterloo Courier, July 31, 1991, page A7.


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