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May 2004


Anita L. DeFrantz '74 was the first woman to represent the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the United States when she was elected in 1986. In 1997 she became the first woman in the history of the IOC to be elected as vice president, a position she held for four years. A member of the rowing squad at Connecticut College, Ms. DeFrantz went on to compete with the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic rowing teams, winning a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympic Games. She was a member of the Connecticut College Board of Trustees from 1974 to 1988 and from 1990 to 2000, and is a charter member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.



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