Madeline DeFrees will be inducted into the 2013 Hall of Achievement at the University of Oregon on November 1, 2013.
Established in 1998, the Hall of Achievement honors alumni and faculty members of the School of Journalism and Communication for their outstanding accomplishments and exceptional contributions to the field of journalism and the communities in which they live and work. Madeline DeFrees earned a M.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1951.
A series of five persona poems based on journals kept by the wives of New England whalers have now been published together for the first time. Madeline DeFrees started the series while she was teaching at U. Mass Amherst. In 1985, Nimrod published “Whaling Wives: Jenny Martinson, Whaling Captain’s Widow, Addresses the Historical Society” and “Whaling Wives: Submit Claiborne,” and The Massachusetts Review published “The Whaling Wife Awaits the Captain’s Return Home.” Ms. DeFrees lost faith in the project after a colleague questioned its worth, and she never tried to publish the two remaining poems. They were discovered in her files in 2008.