Marjorie Jane Voltz

Marjorie Jane Voltz, 1942

B.A., Northwestern University
M.B.A., Northwestern University

Citation awarded May, 1992

Marjorie Jane Voltz is a true pioneer in the world of working women. Following her wartime service in the U.S. Navy, where she was among the first to enlist and the first to attend naval radio school, she rose rapidly through the ranks of Illinois Bell Telephone becoming general manager of a 660-square mile area overseeing 2,250 employees. At the time of her retirement in 1984 she was an assistant vice president.

While working at Illinois Bell, she completed her B.A. and M.B.A. at Northwestern, became a director of the Chicago Youth Center, and furthered her interest in sports.

During the Korean War, Jane’s reserve unit in naval intelligence was among the first called up for service and she worked in Washington as one of the first women to hold the title of chief radioman.

She is a U.S. Tennis Association umpire and has umpired matches at Wimbledon and the Virginia Slims Tournaments, among others. Jane was one of the first women members of the Executive Club of Chicago, and served on the board of directors of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois for 13 years, retiring in 1990. She is an active volunteer in community activities.