Dickinson was the first woman to receive a PhD from Heidelberg University in Germany at a time when women were not generally welcomed in graduate philosophy classes. She was a well known lyricist, translator, and art historian who frequently lectured at Union Seminary in New York City. She and her husband Clarence (organist at New York City’s Brick Presbyterian Church for half a century), wrote hundreds of chorales and anthems for church choirs. Dickinson’s works include:

  1. Angels o’er the Field Were Circling
  2. Jesus Christ, Our Strong Salvation
  3. Lord, We Cry to You for Help