Louise Treadwell

Born Jul 31, 1896

Louise Treadwell, widow of actor Spencer Tracy, whose birthname was Louise Ten Broeck Treadwell, was the founder of the John Tracy Clinic, a private, non-profit education center for the deaf that she began in the year 1942.

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1896 Birth Born on July 31, 1896.


1915 18 Years Old In 1915, Louise Treadwell enrolled at Lake Erie College and graduated with honors. … Read More


1923 26 Years Old In early March 1923, Louise joined the Leonard Wood Players in White Plains, New York, which engaged her as the leading lady. There she met Spencer Tracy, who had also joined the company. On September 12, 1923, they were married in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1924 27 Years Old On June 26, 1924, John, Louise and Spencer's first child, was born. … Read More
1926 29 Years Old Early in 1926 Louise met a deaf woman at a bridge party, who could lip read so well that Louise was encouraged that John might be able to have a normal life, in spite of his deafness. … Read More


1942 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Throughout their marriage, Spencer had engaged in numerous affairs with actresses Loretta Young, Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, Ingrid Bergman and Gene Tierney, and in 1942, Spencer Tracy co-starred with the actress Katharine Hepburn in Woman of the Year. The pair famously began a long-term romantic relationship that lasted until Spencer's death in 1967. … Read More


1951 54 Years Old Louise Tracy was honored with many awards during the 1950s, including the 1951 Hearing Advancement Award from the Hearing Foundation, the Testimonial of Merit/Woman of the Year award from La Sertoma International in 1953, and the Sixth Annual Award of the Save the Children Foundation for 1955.
1956 59 Years Old Louise was also lauded in academic circles. In quick succession, she was granted honorary degrees from Northwestern University, University of Southern California, Lake Erie College, and MacMurray College. And on the national level, in 1956 she was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council on Vocational Rehabilitation. … Read More


1963 66 Years Old She was appointed a member of the Neurological and Sensory Disease Advisory Committee of HEW in 1963; member of the National Advisory Board of the National technical Institute for the Deaf in 1965; and a member of the President's Task Force on the Physically Handicapped in 1969.
1966 69 Years Old Gallaudet College, the only college for the deaf in the United States, honored her with a Doctor of Letters degree in 1966. … Read More
1974 77 Years Old 1 More Event
Louise resigned as Director of the Clinic in October 1974 due to ill health. … Read More
1975 78 Years Old In 1975, she received the Father Flanagan Award for Service to Youth from Boys Town. … Read More
1977 80 Years Old And in 1977, she was given the Humanitarian Award by the National Auxiliary of AMVETS. … Read More
1983 87 Years Old Died on November 13, 1983.
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