Helen Leona Anair

Greensboro Bend, VT
Greensboro Bend, VT

Time Period

1910-1940

Subject Categories

Law

Notable Facts

Tenth woman admitted to Vermont Bar Association. Practiced law for six years in Morrisville, Vermont.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

04/04/1901

Date of Death

05/13/2001

Primary Residence

Greensboro Bend

Historical Significance

Helen Leona Anair grew up in Greensboro Bend, VT and attended school in Hardwick, VT. She graduated from high school in 1918 and, at that time in her life, hoped to become a court reporter. Because Anair had a hearing deficit, she was unable to achieve this dream and became a legal secretary instead for William Reirden. Attorney Reirden encouraged Helen Anair to study for the bar exam. She passed the bar exam in 1927 and became the tenth woman in Vermont admitted to the Bar.

Anair practiced law for six years, but was forced to close business due to her poor health. She then became a landlord in Burlington, owning one apartment house on St. Paul Street and two on North Street.

Helen Anair suffered a stroke in 1995 and moved to the Converse Home for the remainder of her 100 year life.

Occupations

  • Legal secretary
  • Lawyer
  • Landlord

Education

  • High School

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers" Link