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Dr Juanita Morris Kreps
Birth: Jan. 11, 1921
Lynch
Harlan County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 2010
Durham
Durham County
North Carolina, USA

US Presidential Cabinet Secretary. She served as US Secretary of Commerce from 1977 until 1979, during the administration of President Jimmy Carter, becoming the first female in that capacity. The daughter of a coal mine operator, her parents divorced when she was four. She was raised in a poverty-stricken Kentucky community during the depression, and growing up under those circumstances influenced her to devote her life to economics. After attending a Presbyterian boarding school, Kreps earned her BA from Berea College and a PhD in Economics from Duke University. She was a Professor of Economics at Denison University, Hofstra College and Queens College, before returning to Duke University for a professorship in 1955; she served as vice president of Duke from 1974 until 1977. During her tenure as Commerce Secretary, she was noted for opening trade between the US and China. Kreps was the author of several books, among them "Sex in the Marketplace: American Women at Work" (1971). She died from complications of Alzheimer's disease. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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 Spouse:
  Clifton Holland Kreps (1920 - 2000)*
 
 Children:
  Sarah Blair Kreps (1951 - 2001)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Churchyard
Chapel Hill
Orange County
North Carolina, USA
 
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jul 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54642874
Dr Juanita Morris Kreps
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Dr Juanita Morris Kreps
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Juanita Morris Kreps: Madam, thank you for serving as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from January 23, 1977 until October 31, 1979 under President Jimmy Carter and was the first woman to hold that position, and the fourth woman to hold any cabinet position, re...(Read more)
- MFPS
 Added: Jan. 11, 2014
On your 93rd birthday
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Jan. 11, 2014
Juanita Morris Kreps: Madam, thank you for serving as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from January 23, 1977 until October 31, 1979 under President Jimmy Carter and was the first woman to hold that position, and the fourth woman to hold any cabinet position, re...(Read more)
- MFPS
 Added: Jul. 5, 2013
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