2018 Frances McNulty Logan Lewis Lecture:
“Poet, Codebreaker, Nazi Hunter: The Puzzle Solving Adventures of Elizebeth Smith Friedman”
delivered by Jason Fagone
Journalist and author of The Woman Who Smashed Codes
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM
The George C. Marshall Pogue Auditorium
About Francis McNulty Logan Lewis:
Growing up in Lexington, Frances McNulty Logan Lewis had the run of the post of the Virginia Military Institute. She spent much time in the Anderson House on Letcher Avenue, where Moody Hall now stands, and played with the cows in what she called “the back lot,” the current location of the George C. Marshall Foundation.
In a letter to former Marshall Foundation staff member, Royster Lyle, Mrs. Lewis said she’d like to be remembered “as the little girl who played on Letcher Avenue, the parade ground and in the woods along Woods Creek,” and also, she added “attending the ‘hops’ with all the cadets.”
Later, Mrs. Lewis, became an ardent admirer of George Catlett Marshall. In letters to several Marshall Foundation presidents, Mrs. Lewis referred frequently to “the solider who received the Nobel Prize for Peace.” She lamented the fact that both military and civilian leaders of the time in which she was writing-the mid 1970’s until her death in 1992-lacked “the combination of genuine idealism and practical no-nonsense realism” that defined Marshall and served as the bedrock of his unique character.
Mrs. Lewis demonstrated her belief in Marshall and the Foundation charged with preserving and perpetuating his legacy through her financial support until 1992.
About Jason Fagone:
Jason Fagone is a reporter and author who covers science, technology, and culture. He works as an investigative reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle, the largest newspaper in Northern California. Jason lives in San Francisco with his wife, daughter and dog.
Jason has written three nonfiction books. His first, Horseman of the Esophagus (2005), explored the world of competitive eating and the American appetite. He followed that with Ingenious (2012), the story of a $10 million prize to build the super-efficient car of the future.
In 2013, Jason began researching the life of codebreaker Elizebeth Smith Friedman and found his way to the Marshall Foundation, diving into the library’s remarkable collection of Elizebeth’s letters. The result is his book The Woman Who Smashed Codes, published last year by Dey Street/Harper Collins. It was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2017 and a 2018 Notable Book of the American Library Association. The book is now being developed into a TV series by the creators of the show “The Good Wife.”
This event is free but reservations are required due to limited seating. Call Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103 or register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.