Carolyn Verhoeff(1875-1975), teacher, author and animal rights activist, grew up one of seven children of Mary Parker and Herman Verhoeff, Jr., a successful businessman and politician. She earned a degree from Vassar College and did post-graduate work at Radcliffe College. In her early years, she ran a kindergarten in the Butchertown area of Louisville for the Board of Education, and also authored three children’s books.
In the 1920s she became president of the Kentucky Animal Rescue League and lobbied the city and University of Louisville officials for the humane treatment of animals. She was honored by the university with the naming of an animal care center on the Health Sciences Campus (1963) and by the National Society for Medical Research (1959) for her work.