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Pink Lady, portrait of 1918 grad, to be welcomed in Justin Hall Tuesday

Monday, September 15, 2014

Bella Nelson Baldwin earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Kansas State University in 1918. Now, in the form of a portrait painted in 1922 by Viola Helen Anderson, she is returning.

Detail from "Pink Lady"

Detail from "Pink Lady"

The large portrait, Pink Lady, was purchased with a gift from her son, John Baldwin. It will be hung in Justin Hall in ceremonies at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The late Mrs. Baldwin, who also had a master’s degree in education from K-State, taught home economics and mathematics in Kansas, was a university professor of home economics at the University of Utah and later was an American Red Cross executive in New York. Her family established the Bella Baldwin Scholarship in 1983.

The artist was head of the Washburn University art department from 1921 to 1929. Pink Lady hung in the Topeka Woman’s Club parlor for more than 80 years. She will now be in a lighted case on the Carol Kellett Human Ecology Heritage Gallery.

This article was posted on Monday, September 15, 2014, and is filed under College News.