Virginia Armistead
Membership Years
An auction record for a Karl Hofer painting gives an account of Armistead's life: "Virginia Armistead MacLaren [...] studied medicine at William and Mary in 1927, but left college due to her father’s reservations about a woman’s place in that field. Undaunted, she left for Europe. In the early 1930s, Virginia lived in Paris and studied painting with Madame Mela Muter, also immersing herself in French culture and cuisine. She returned to New York City, where she met and married Donald MacLaren, who would soon be working for the British Government as a spy. Virginia began working for the U.S. Government in the Secret Service, the precursor to the C.I.A. While there she investigated American oil companies that were trading armaments to Hitler’s army through third world countries, as well as helping people escape the clutches of the German army, smuggling them out to freedom."
Birth – Death
1909 – to1976
United States

Membership Timeline

Member timeline showing activity from 1936 to 1936. See the activities tab for more details.