Clara Gregory Baer

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Clara Gregory Baer was born in Algiers, Louisiana back in 1863 to Hamilton and Ellen. She graduated from high school in Louisville, Kentucky, enrolling at the Emerson School of Oratory, the Boston School of Expression and the Posse Normal School of Physical Education in Boston. After graduation, she was employed by the Southern Athletic Club to teach gymnastics to women.

Not content with that she reached out to Newcomb College, now a part of Tulane University. She was hired on a trial basis for a physical education teacher, that position was made permanent where she stayed and completed a 38-year career.

What you may not know about Clara is that she started the first teacher certification program in the South, as well as the first four-year degree program in physical education. She was also the author of the first book of rules for women’s basketball in 1896. She introduced Newcomb Ball, a variation of volleyball to women’s sports. She died in 1938.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray a woman of my own heart.... it's always a pleasure to read about women who promoted and coached women athletes.... Clara Baer was a pioneer....

Jan 12, 2019 03:31 AM #1
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And how PE has changed since then!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 12, 2019 04:45 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an incredible woman,person she was. Great read. TY  

Jan 12, 2019 04:54 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Clara and Barbara Todaro would have been close friends working out together. Enjoy your day!

Jan 12, 2019 05:18 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, such an amazing woman and she definitely hit on a few interests of mine, education, basketball and volleyball.

Jan 12, 2019 06:03 AM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

Clara was an amazing lady who made a difference for physical education. It's a shame  PE hasn't continued in the schools like Clara fought for!

Jan 12, 2019 06:15 AM #6
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  She was a true pioneer in the field of education and fitness.

Jan 12, 2019 06:27 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray , Women's athletics is a key to the physical and mental development of  young girls. You did a great service to honor Clara.

Jan 12, 2019 06:44 AM #8
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

This gal is to be recognized for her innovative thinking in athletic education.

Jan 12, 2019 06:45 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - she really put women's athletics on the map.

Jan 12, 2019 08:15 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James,  Wow, always like all the first you tell us about here in the rain.  Make it a great day!

Jan 12, 2019 08:19 AM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

She was a great sport and contributed to society in important ways.

Jan 12, 2019 12:23 PM #12
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great gift to the teaching profession and volleyball this lady gave us.  A

Jan 12, 2019 12:36 PM #13
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I always thought women’s basketball used the same rules as the men James Dray 


I hope you are having a great weekend....

Jan 12, 2019 08:39 PM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James, loved this historical tid bit, and especially since the Boston connection and again, I am showing my ignorance never knew about her until now, Endre

Jan 12, 2019 09:21 PM #15
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Well, you know that Ms. Clara was a woman after my own heart, James! I played basketball all through junior & high school as well as college. I also played during the days that we had 'rovers' on teams and I'll bet she had something to do with formulating that 'rule' of the game. 

Jan 13, 2019 08:19 PM #16
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Good Morning, James,

The accomplishments of both men and women back in the days of sketchy transportation, fewer opportunities, and slow communication, never cease to amaze me. Thank you for your stories!

Jan 14, 2019 03:16 AM #17
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Clara Baer certainly made some valuable contributions to women's athletics! Interesting read - thanks!


Jan 15, 2019 07:42 AM #18
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