Founding Fellows › Elizabeth Ely

Elizabeth Ely (1932-1961) died tragically young of cancer after a brilliant early career as an academic lawyer. She read Law at St Anne’s, winning a Winter Williams Law Scholarship and a First, and was President of the Junior Common Room. She took the BCL at Oxford and LL.M at Yale, returning to St Anne’s as a Research Fellow and elected Fellow in 1958. As well as teaching and researching with great distinction, she played a crucial role in the College’s acquisition of full collegiate status, re-drafting the Statutes speedily to bring them into harmony with those of the other four women’s colleges. Her lively and charismatic personality left a strong impression on all who knew her. The year before her death she married Wadham’s Law Fellow Peter Carter.