Written by Ed Osborn
Carmen Cid, left, and Mary Lou DeVivo
Willimantic, CT-- Carmen Cid, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, and Eastern alumna Mary Lou DeVivo '60, were recognized by Girl Scouts of Connecticut at the Centennial "Woman of Merit" Gala at the Hartford Marriott on Sept. 12. The 19th Annual Woman of Merit Benefit Dinner celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting and honored 100 women, men, groups and organizations.
Cid was recognized in the Trailblazer category while DeVivo was honored as a Community Champion. Trailblazers are recognized as pioneers who have opened doors for other girls and women to follow. Community Champions have made significant contributions to their home communities.
Cid emigrated with her family from Cuba in 1968, and has long been a champion for women in the sciences. For several decades, she was the only Hispanic woman in plant ecology in the United States. Cid received a B.A. in Biology from NYU, and her master's degree and Ph.D. in ecology from Ohio State University and Michigan State University, respectively. On Aug. 25, the Connecticut Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission named Cid "Latina Citizen of the Year" at its annual award ceremony in New Haven.
DeVivo is president and owner of Willimantic Waste Paper Co., Inc., a single stream recycling company that recycles metal and collects solid waste. She was a Girl Scout during her years at Windham High School and went to a Round-Up in 1956. In 1960, DeVivo graduated from what was then Willimantic State College and is now Eastern Connecticut State University. She says her happiest achievement is her five children and 13 grandchildren.