Dean C. Mildred Thompson '03, along with John W. Studebaker, United States commissioner of education, and Representative J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, was one of six United States delegates appointed by the State Department to the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education in London (CAME).  The conference’s goal the development of an Allied organization for educational reconstruction.  The 20 countries represented adopted a plan for a worldwide school program, which was the genesis of a meeting in 1945 in London when delegates from 37 countries founded the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). UNESCO came into force in 1946, after ratification by the governments of 20 of the founding countries.

Dean Thompson, widely known as an historian and an educator, was a member of the department of history from 1907 until her retirement in 1948, and dean from 1923 to 1948.