Kate Gleason


Kate Gleason is a Rochester, NY native that was the first woman to be president of a national bank, the first woman member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and daughter of the founder of Gleason Works, which is still located at 1000 University Avenue in Rochester, one of the few factories still operating in the old city area of Rochester.

Lots of nifty female engineering stuff is named after her, for obvious reasons. This includes the College of Engineering at RIT, and Kate Gleason Hall, a dormitory at RIT.

Gleason is buried in Section G of Riverside Cemetery.

If you're ever in East Rochester, make sure to check out the Concrest neighborhood, designed and built by Kate Gleason herself in the style of a European village.


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