June 7, 2023

UMW Alumna, National Security Agency Historian to Lecture on Tuesday

Department of History and American Studies & Department of Mathematics

An Accidental Cryptologist:  Genevieve Young Hitt
the U.S. Government’s First Female Cryptologist

presented by

Betsy Rohaly Smoot

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

5:00 PM

116 Monroe Hall

Genevieve Young Hitt, wife of U.S. Army Colonel Parker Hitt,  was the first woman to break codes and ciphers for the U.S. government.  She first worked on an unpaid basis during Pershing’s Punitive Expedition, and then as a paid government employee at Fort Sam Houston during World War I.   Recently discovered letters and government records shed light on this remarkable woman, her brief career and her interesting life.

Betsy Rohaly Smoot is a historian at the National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History.  She is a member of the Class of 1982 and majored in Geography and Economics while at Mary Washington.

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