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317 jane blaffer owen, cbe (1915–2010), graduated in 1930 from the Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, and in 1933 from the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut. She selected Bryn Mawr College (1933–35) specifically to study under Georgiana Goddard King and Rhys Carpenter. An interest in finding peaceful solutions to world problems led her to the Washington School of Diplomacy (1938–39) during the buildup to World War II. In the 1950s, she attended some of Paul Tillich’s classes at Union Theological Seminary. Jane Blaffer Owen was a recipient of the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE). She was the third recipient of the State of Indiana’s highest honor, the Sachem Award, presented by Governor Mitch Daniels in 2007, for her lifelong dedication to enhancing the landmark historic community of New Harmony. The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized her preservation and revitalization accomplishments in New Harmony with its highest honor, the Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award, in 2008. She has received accolades and honorary degrees from many universities, including : Purdue University, Doctor of Letters, 2008; Ball State University, HHD, 1977; Northwood University’s Distinguished Women Award, 1974; University of Southern Indiana, Doctor of Humane Letters, 1971; Kenyon College; and Butler University. Michael S. Maurer included her in his book 19 Stars of Indiana: Exceptional Hoosier Women as “Jane Blaffer Owen: The Buckwheat Bride” (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009). After a lecture and panel discussion honoring the significant roles that Robert Dale Owen and David Dale Owen played in establishing the Smithsonian Institution , held in the Castle on March 10, 2009, U.S. Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana also recognized the contributions of Jane Blaffer Owen and her late husband, Kenneth Dale Owen, in New Harmony, Indiana. Jane Blaffer married Kenneth Dale Owen, a ­ great-­ great grandson of Robert Owen, on July 12, 1941. Although based in Houston, the couple devoted themselves to New Harmony, Indiana. Biography 318 Biography kenneth dale owen (1903–2002) graduated from Cornell University in 1926 and began his career as a field geologist for the Humble Oil Company in Houston, Texas, before founding two companies, Gulfshore Oil Company and Trans-Tex Production Company. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1987. Kenneth D. Owen became a highly respected Standardbred ­ horse breeder, winning the coveted Hambletonian in 1967. He was commissioned a Kentucky Col­ o­ nel, the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky , and also named a Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill by Gov. Don Sund­ quist. He was a founding member of the New Lanark Association, Ltd., in Scotland. In his hometown of New Harmony, he established Indian Mound Farm, which became renowned for its purebred Hereford cattle breeding operation. He also worked to reclaim and restore historic properties belonging to his ancestors, including the David Dale Owen Laboratory (his childhood residence) and the Rapp-Maclure-Owen mansion. Kenneth Dale Owen and Dr. David Rice, President Emeritus, University of Southern Indiana, ­ were together recipients of the Outstanding Preservation Award of Indiana from the State Department of Natural Resources for their roles in the restoration of the Rapp Granary–David Dale Owen Laboratory as well as the AIA Indiana Honor Award for Preservation, 2000. For his outstanding contribution to preservation, he was awarded Indiana’s highest civilian distinction, Sagamore of the Wabash, by Gov. Frank O’Bannon. Kenneth Dale Owen and Jane Blaffer Owen ­were married for ­sixty-­one years. Both ­ were also the recipients of awards in Houston where they actively participated in the community; their daughter Anne Dale Owen highlights some of her mother’s activities in Houston in the afterword “Life Was to Celebrate.” ...


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