Applauding Alumni: Carolyn Kadish Wysack

Applauding Alumni:
Carolyn Kadish Wysack
Diploma – Accountancy and Financial Administration, 1960

Retired, Hungerford & Co.

As one of four women taking classes at Walsh Institute during the late ‘50s, Carolyn Kadish Wysack acquired what she calls a love of competing with men in the classroom and in business.

“The instructors called on us women every day. You had to come to class ready with the answers,” she said. “We thought they were picking on us, but they were getting our competitive spirit up.”

“My Dad wanted me to be a pharmacist, but the tuition was not affordable,” she said. “An uncle had graduated from the Institute and gotten a good job, so my Dad loaded me in the car and took me to Walsh Institute and signed me up.”

Wysack rode the Fort Street bus from Wyandotte to Woodward Avenue and walked several blocks to the Institute for classes. She did at least six hours of homework each night, and worked part-time during the week at Difco Labs. The Institute had placed Wysack in a job in cost accounting.

At the end of the three-year program, Wysack had straight A’s and her three female classmates had dropped out. After passing the rigorous final exam, Wysack graduated in 1960. “A highlight of my Walsh memories is when I graduated at 19 in a male-dominated field.”

Wysack passed the rigorous Ernst & Ernst test and the Big Eight firm hired her. “However, I turned it down because I was engaged and wanted to get married and have a family,” she said.

When the youngest of her three sons entered second grade, Wysack transitioned into accounting at an office two blocks from home, two weeks a month. After working there for two years, she got a job with Hungerford & Co., where she became head of the client accounting department. After working there for 23 years, she retired.

In 2011, at the Institute 50th Reunion at the Troy campus, Wysack was amazed at the College’s growth. “I am very proud to this day to be a graduate of Walsh,” she said. “You were always respected and looked up to. Walsh is a part of my life I would never trade.”

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