Gladys Wilson Bundy

Bundy, Gladys

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

18th woman admitted to Vermont Bar. Served as missionary in the Orient. Was involved with the Bethel Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, State Republican Committee, and Bethel Library Board.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

12/29/1890

Date of Death

04/1973

Primary Residence

Bethel

Religion

Episcopal

Historical Significance

Gladys Wilson Bundy was born in Bethel, VT in 1890. Her father was Guy Wilson, who was well known in the Bethel area. He sold real estate and was also known for his historical research.

Gladys Bundy graduated from Whitcomb High School in Bethel, Vermont in 1910. She then went on to Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, from which she graduated in 1914 and became a teacher. In 1917, she married Robert Edgar Bundy. After marriage, they traveled to the Orient as Episcopal missionaries. Robert and Gladys Bundy adopted one daughter, Doris Aprilliano.

In 1938, Bundy became the 18th woman admitted to the Vermont bar. She opened a solo practice in Bethel which focused on wills, estates, and real estate transactions.

Gladys and Robert Bundy were linked to Owen Lattimore during the McCarthy Investigations. Owen Lattimore was a scholar of China and Central Asia. He was accused of being a Russian spy. Both Gladys Bundy and her husband are listed in the State Department of Loyalty Investigation, under Exhibit No. 85 "Signers of Letters From People who Know Owen Lattimore's Work." Gladys Bundy is listed as a lawyer and Republican Clubwoman.

Gladys Bundy was also very involved in her local community. Some of the organizations she was part of include the Bethel Historical Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, State Republican Committee, and Bethel Library Board.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vermont Bar
  • Bethel Historical Society
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • State Republican Committee
  • Bethel Library Board

Occupations

  • Teacher
  • Missionary
  • Town Clerk
  • Lawyer

Education

  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT (1914)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • "Celebrating Vermont's First 100 Women Lawyers 1902-1978" Link

  • Owen Lattimore Link

  • Investigation of Owen Lattimore Link

  • Full text of "State Department employee loyalty investigation..." Link