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Virginia True began her career at Cornell as a part-time instructor in the College of Architecture and in 1942 became an assistant professor in the Department of Housing and Design in the College of Home Economics. As head of the department she expanded the design courses into the undergraduate curriculum, helped develop the Cornell University Housing Research Center, and established a housing program in Cooperative Extension. She also participated in national conferences to improve the teaching of housing and art in land-grant universities. She was an accomplished artist and her mural entitled "Home Economics" hangs in Martha Van Rensselaer Hall. She retired in 1965 and was appointed professor emeritus at the time.