The Scandling Trust: Inspiring Others to Invest in HWS

Honoring a Mother and Creating Opportunities

The Dineen siblings at the September dedication of Dineen Hall,
Syracuse University College of Law. (L-R) Robert Dineen, Judge
Carolyn Dineen King, and the late Kathryn Dineen Wriston.

by Jessica Evangelista Balduzzi ’05

As one of only two women in the class of 1932 at Syracuse University School of Law, Carolyn Bareham Dineen ‘26 was a pioneer in the field of law and an advocate for a wide range of career opportunities for women. She often addressed women’s issues in newspaper columns and spoke to students about law as a profession for women.

The daughter of a family that emigrated from England to Rochester, N.Y., Dineen graduated first in her class at William Smith with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and arts. She served as president of student government, played basketball and field hockey, and was a member of the Dramatic Council. After graduating, Dineen went on to earn a master’s in medieval English from Columbia University. Not wanting to teach, she decided to instead go into law.

When her father, who did not believe women should be lawyers, refused to help her financially, Dineen worked as a newspaper columnist in Syracuse, N.Y. to put herself through law school. After passing the bar in 1932, she established a successful career at a local law firm, Costello, Cooney and Fearon, where she met her husband, Robert, when they were representing co-defendants in a lawsuit. The Dineens were married in 1937. Carolyn dedicated herself to raising their four children, Carolyn, Kathryn, Robert and Larry, who died of leukemia at a young age.

The couple later relocated to Milwaukee where Robert would eventually become president and CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and Financial Services. Carolyn remained with their children until the youngest went off to college. She then became involved with civic affairs in the area, serving as a member of the Hospital Area Planning Committee, president of the Milwaukee Catholic Home and a trustee of the Michael J. Cudahy Foundation. Although she passed away in 2001 at the age of 95, Dineen’s legacy lives on.

In memory of their mother’s pioneering and determined spirit, her children, Robert Dineen, Judge Carolyn Dineen King and the late Kathryn Dineen Wriston recently endowed a scholarship in Carolyn Bareham Dineen’s name through the Scandling Trust.

Through The Scandling Trust, Hobart and William Smith have matched the family’s gift of $100,000, leveraging William F. Scandling’s ’49, LL.D.’67 final gift to the Colleges to encourage further support. Their gift now funds two financially deserving and academically qualified William Smith students from either Rochester or Syracuse.

“This generous scholarship,” Vice President for Advancement Bob O’Connor says, “honors the legacy of their mother, a proud graduate of William Smith and Syracuse University College of Law, an accomplished attorney, and mother who instilled in her children a love of learning, an enthusiasm for hard work, and the importance of giving back to the community.”


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