Her parents were John Pierson Quander and Hannah Bruce Ford Quander
Hannah Bruce Ford Quander
was a direct descendant of West Ford, the slave-born putative son of Bushrod Washington, nephew of George Washington.
It was West Ford, who based upon his
personal recollection, provided the Mount Vernon Ladies Association
with the intimate details of the interior decoration of the Mount Vernon Plantation when the association purchased it in the 1850s and decided to restore it to historical accuracy.
s. Quander attended Washington public schools and graduated with honors from Miner Normal School. in 1901, she began a long and productive career at the Garrison School.
By being such an eager student, she was able to combine teaching in the Washington public schools with attendance at Howard University.
She received the Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Howard University in June 1912, having majored in history, economics and political science.
s. Quander had a successful career as a teacher in the District of Columbia school system.
took a one-year leave of absence during the school year 1914 to 1915 to study at Columbia University
and completed the requirements for the Master of Arts degree.
For the school year 1916 to 1917, Ms. Quander
was granted a second leave of absence to serve as special field agent for the Children''''s
Bureau of the Department of Labor.
During this assignment, she
studied the social and economic conditions among mentally handicapped persons in New Castle County, Delaware.
This study had been requested by the Women''''s Clubs of the County in preparation for the establishment of an institution for the handicapped.
earned a Certificate of Social Work from the New York University School of Social Work
later studied for two summers in the school of economics of the University of Washington
In 1936, she obtained a diploma from Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden.
While visiting Europe that year, she
attended the International Conference on Social Work held in London, England.
or more than 30 years, Ms. Quander
taught social studies in the junior high schools of Washington, D.C. While at Shaw Junior High School
organized the first School Safety Patrol Unit in the city and continued the sponsoring of this activity for 25 years.
s. Quander was initiated into Alpha Chapter
in the spring of 1910 and became basileus of the chapter in 1912.
Because of her
unique role with the founders, she
aided in resolution of the most serious crisis in the earl), years of the organization.
As an undergraduate, Ms. Quander
had taken several courses in argumentation and in public speaking; and for a project in one of her
classes, had made a study of the effect of Greek letter organizations on campus life.
After extensive study into the history structure and background of these organizations, she concluded that as a sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha must continue to exist and become incorporated, She planned the incorporation, and on January 29, 1913, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Recorder of Deeds in Washington, D.C.
Thus, Alpha Kappa Alpha
, the first sorority for Black women in America, became the first to be incorporated.
s. Quander was named supreme basileus of Alpha Kappa Alpha
, an office she
held until December 1919.
organized and presided at the first Boule held at Howard University
in 1918, and the second held in Chicago in 1919.
At the second Boule, she
relinquished the office of supreme basileus and was elected the first Eastern Region organizer.
s. Quander continued to serve the sorority in numerous ways through the years.
wrote the preamble to the constitution-, she
worked with Founder Beulah Burke in organizing Beta, Gamma and Delta Chapters.
On November 25, 1916, she personally established Zeta Chapter at Wilberforce University.
s. Quander remained with Alpha Chapter
even after the establishment of Xi Omega Chapter
in Washington, D.C., to advise and assist Alpha Chapter
anticipated the function of the graduate advisor before that office was formally established.One of the major organizations with which she
worked was the YWCA.
Locally, she was a board member and chairman of the Young Women''''s Department of the YWCA; member of the board of directors of the Phillis Wheatley YWCA; chairman of the Business Professional and Industrial Committee of the Phillis Wheatley YWCA-, and special industrial field secretary of the National YWCA.
s. Quander continued with other civic and religious activities.
supported the union movement.
She became a delegate from the teachers union to the Women''''s Trade Union League.
She served as executive secretary of the Miner Community Center.
She was secretary of the trustee board of Lincoln Temple Congregational Church.
ellie M. Quander died suddenly at her
home on Saturday, October 23, 1961.
is buried in Washington, D.C.Ms.
never married and her
only immediate surviving relative was her
sister, Susie; but she
had several nephews and many friends.
belonged to the famous Quander (Guan-do) family which in 1984 could document three hundred years of residence in Maryland and Virginia.