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On the road from a childhood herding sheep in the lonely Australian Outback to becoming the first woman to serve as president of Smith College, Jill Ker Conway found that her intellectual gifts matched her personal ambition.

“I had a talent for history,” she told the Globe in 1989, when she published “The Road From Coorain,” the first of her trio of best-selling memoirs, “and the fates were prodding me toward putting it into use.”

Dr. Conway, who was 83 when she died Friday in her Boston home, made use of that academic talent while making history herself.

Continue reading the Boston Globe article: Jill Ker Conway, 83, author and first woman to serve as Smith College’s president