Mary Conklin spent most of her professional career as a teacher and coach, which included 11 years at Arcadia, where she introduced women’s lacrosse. During the 1940s and 1950s, she coached both field hockey and lacrosse. Her record is outstanding, and she produced many All-Americans in lacrosse, including Jane Oswald '52, who was elected to the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 1994.
When the Olympics introduced women’s track and field in Amsterdam in 1928, Conklin ran on the United States 400-meter relay team and won a silver medal. It was her senior year at DePauw University. She also is a member of the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
She was one of the founders of the Long Island Field Hockey Association and for seven years played on the U.S. Women’s Lacrosse Team. She spent most of her professional career as a teacher and coach. She retired from full-time teaching in 1974 and went on to volunteer at a physical education program for youngsters in her hometown of Stoddard, N.H.
At Arcadia, Conklin was a very dedicated coach, and alumnae respected her and considered her one of the best parts of their college experience. Also, according to many of our alumnae she had a significant affect on the women, athletics and the history of this institution. Betty King Manual accepted the award on behalf of Mary Conklin.