|Jill Ker Conway|
9 October 1934
Hillston, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||1 June 2018 (aged 83)|
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Alma mater||University of Sydney|
|Notable works||The Road from Coorain|
|Notable awards||National Humanities Medal2012|
|Spouse||John Conway (d. 1995)|
Jill Ker Conway AC (9 October 1934 – 1 June 2018) was an Australian-American scholar and author. Well known for her autobiographies, in particular her first memoir, The Road from Coorain. She was also Smith College's first woman president, from 1975 to 1985, and most recently served as a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004 she was designated a Women's History Month Honoree by the National Women's History Project.
Smith College is a private, independent women's liberal arts college with coed graduate and certificate programs in Northampton, Massachusetts. It is the largest member of the Seven Sisters. In its 2017 edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked it tied for 12th among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges. Smith is also a member of the Five Colleges consortium, which allows its students to attend classes at four other Pioneer Valley institutions: Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
RIP, Jill Ker Conway, author of bestselling memoir, THE ROAD FROM COORAIN