|Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy (credit)|
Edgerton had raised the issue with Stephens, his undergraduate classmate at Cornell, because he wanted to hire a female clerk. Mary Lybolt (Rosenzweig) was a 1934 graduate of the Cornell Law School, where Edgerton was a faculty member until his confirmation in December 1937. Stephens told Edgerton, "if you prefer a woman, there is no reason why you shouldn’t have one.” Lybolt began her clerkship with Edgerton in 1938.
Update: In posting the above, I missed John Q. Barrett's tribute, written last June, shortly after Judge Kennedy's death.