Grace Oliver Duryee

c. 1874 – 1945

Grace Duryee headed the East Side Day Nursery for 31 years. She worked closely with philanthropist Louise Shugard. The Newark News wrote she “has been mother and grandmother to two generations of Newark’s children from all parts of the city”. Louise Shugard said, “she is the most faithful soul I’ve ever known…she makes them feel it is their home.”

The nursery was open 24 hours and served as an emergency shelter during the flu pandemic.

Grace was born in New York City as Grace Oliver.


Newark News Morgue file “Duryee, Grace”, Newark Library