Truth Seekers: Three Drury Alumnae Who Shaped the News

Recognized by their respective industries with numerous accolades including lifetime achievement awards, Mary Jane Pool, former editor of Vogue and House Beautiful; Betty Cole Dukert, former executive producer for “Meet the Press;” and Carol Loomis, a former senior editor of Fortune Magazine, parlayed their Drury education into successful and fascinating careers of meaning and purpose.

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Perspectives: Without a Microphone

We asked four individuals – a Drury alumna, staff, faculty, and current student – to share their thoughts on modern communication. 

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Truth Seekers: Betty Cole Dukert

In 1952, just three years after graduation, Betty Cole Dukert’s passion for journalism and political science led her to answer an ad seeking a secretary for a National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) executive. That move later turned into a 41-year career where she would interact with Jack Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi, among other political notables.

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Truth Seekers: Mary Jane Pool

Drury’s class of 1946 didn’t know they were graduating with an individual who later would be in touch with millions of readers in her jobs as Executive Editor of Vogue and Editor-in-Chief of House & Garden magazines. Pool has served on several boards—Drury University, The Decorative Arts Trust and The Isabel O’Neil Foundation. She has received a number of honors, including the Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Award. In 2002, Drury awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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Truth Seekers: Carol Loomis

A 2003 Breech Hall of Fame inductee, Carol Junge Loomis was a leading business writer for many decades. She has been described by the New York Post as “a legend in financial journalism” and was once said by the chief financial correspondent of the New York Times to have been an “inspiration.” Starting as a writer for the Drury Mirror during her college years, she went on to receive four lifetime achievement awards, write about hedge funds when nobody knew what they were, and chronicle the amazing rise of a young investor named Warren Buffett.

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Truth Seekers: About This Issue

When describing the role of the journalist, the American Press Institute refers to former publisher and president of The Tampa Tribune, Gil Thelen’s belief that a journalist is a “committed observer,” who, as a fellow citizen, creates a common understanding of a topic so that people can make informed judgments and decisions.

Drury University strives to educate the mind and spirit of students, so that they go on to serve their communities in meaningful ways. In this issue, we profile three Drury alumnae who committed their careers to providing informative, entertaining and compelling news to our country. Each embodies the mission and spirit of Drury, and we are proud to celebrate their accomplishments.


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