Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, of American parents, Corinne Lathrop was educated in Canadian schools through the third grade. She moved with her family to Washington state when she was eight years old, and received her B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Washington.
Accepted to graduate school at Radcliffe College, she received her Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program, "History of American Civilization".
After moving to California from Cambridge, she received her M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley, and attended Boalt Hall School of Law for three years as a special student.
Corinne Lathrop, age 11, Spokane, Washington
|I cannot speak in your tongue, upright men,
In words that glibly form alliterative phrases.
Simplicity must be the garb of truth;
And, earnestly, I would speak truth to you:
Did not our poet sing, in centuries past,
A hymnal to the great, the common man?
And did not statesmen speak of liberty?
And does not Christianity itself
Bespeak for each the opportunity
To know and give the best of what he is?
And you subscribe to these, our church
And nation's heritage
Yet look upon the struggles
Of our unemployed, upon
The heartbreak of the color line
And think it not your duty to eradicate
Such scarring social wrong.
If you have been endowed with strength,
And know the feel of capability,
Then greater is your debt
To men less fortunate than you.
Count not society ideal
Until its structure be
Classless, devoid of prejudice,
Each member free, secure
To grow collectively, creatively.
Then will our nation stride together
Toward a greater, higher goal.
Then will we know a true prosperity.
- Corinne Lathrop
|Excerpt from poem in "Month's Best”, Department of English,
University of Washington, April 1945
5th grade teacher's letter to Mrs. Lathrop on Corinne Lathrop's progress, 1935.
Appointment to Managing Editor of high school newspaper, 1941.
Alpha Delta Pi rush chairman, 1944.
Women's Public Discussion Squad debating engagements, 1944-46.
"Women to Discuss World Unity at Campus Lecture", 1945.
The State Bar movement in California, Thesis (M.A.), University of California, Berkeley, 1951.
Self-regulating professions and the public welfare, a case study of the California State Bar, Thesis (Ph.D.), Radcliffe College, 1957.