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In this issue: 


FALL 1966 






By President Anne Gary Pannell 



By Judith Powell, '67, and Hallam Hurt, '67 


By Seymour Laughon Rennolds, '51 




By Kay Fitzgerald Booker, '47 


By Joan Vail Thorne, '51 



Associate Editor 
Class Notes Editor 

Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 
Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56 
Mary Vaughan Blackwell 


"Let it rain," says Kathy Ann Trimble, '69, of Little Rock, in a 
scene that recurs on campus as brilliant fall weather turns to the 
wet and gray of November. The picture is by Mademoiselle. 

VOLUME 37, NO. 1 

Issued four times yearly: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer by Sweet Briar 
College. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar, Virginia 24.595. 

Friends of the Library 

^^ HEN the Charles A. Dana 
Wing opens next spring, a new 
group will be at work helping the 
Mary Helen Cochran Library. This 
is the Friends oj the Sweet Briar 
College Library which Elizabeth 
Perkins Prothro '.39 is organizing at 
the request of the Board of Over- 
seers. The purpose of this organiza- 
tion is to encourage imderstanding of 
the work of the Library; to attract 
books, manuscripts, and other re- 
sources beyond means of the College 
budget: and to serve as a medium 
through which friends of the Library 
may become acquainted and share 
their enthusiasm for books. 

At a preliminary meeting held at 
Sweet Briar November 17, a consti- 
tution was adopted, officers were elec- 
ted, and the association, under Eliza- 
beth Prothro's chairmanship was 
officiallv launched. The group will 
be governed by a fourteen member 
Council. Jacquelyn Strickland 
Dwelle '35 and Ellen Gilliam Perry 
'45 have been enlisted to serve on 
the first Council. Formation of the 
Council is proceeding with deliberate 
speed because, Elizabeth reports, "We 
are being selective. We want people 
who are really interested and who 
will work to make the Friends a 

A special effort is being made to 
assure that there is no conflict be- 
tween the Alumnae Fund and the 
Friends of tho Library. Alumnae 
should note that memberships should 
be in addition to, not in place of, 
regular annual contributions to the 
Alumnae Fund. 

^j^ Of Permanence and Change 


^^^HANGE Sweet Briar? Change the curriculum to keep up with new 
knowledge and new needs in a changing society. Change the campus to 
add new buildings, new facilities in old buildings, virtually new tools of 
learning. Change the student body each year, with a class graduated and 
gone, a new class entering. Change the faculty, retiring some revered mem- 
bers and adding some young faces. Change the student regulations as times 
change. Change the textbooks as new knowledge is added to old. 

Each fall, the new is apparent. Students feel it. Returning alumnae are 
struck by it. Faculty and staff discuss it. 

But change Sweet Briar? Change the emphasis upon the cultivation of 
eternally inquiring minds, upon the worth of knowledge for its own sake? 
Change the beauty of the campus, the serenity of the countryside, the grace 
of the buildings, the shade of venerable old trees and the calm of gardens 
laid out long ago? Change the youth, the health, the vigor, the intellectual 
drive, the spiritual awareness of the student body? Change the concern of 
the faculty for the individual being taught and for the depth, the breadth, 
the truth of the subject learned? Change the intellectual honesty and moral 
soundness of the community? 

Of course not. The changes at Sweet Briar are changes of growth, not 
changes of direction. Neither the purpose of Sweet Briar nor the mood of Sweet 
Briar changes with growth. If anything. Sweet Briar becomes "more so" with 
changes that sometimes seem enormous. 

In this issue, the editors present some aspects of change at Sweet Briar, 
seen by students and alumnae, faculty and staff. These views are different. 
Yet the Sweet Briar they show is the same Sweet Briar. "Plus ca change, 
plus c'est la meme chose." 



The Old Math 

and the 

New Sweet Briar 

I J EFORE the advent of modern mathematics, we 
parents used old-fashioned terms and techniques to 
teach our youngsters arithmetic. The mystery of sub- 
traction was for many of a game of "take-away." Remem- 
ber? You have seven apples, you "take-away" three and 
so forth ! For a few moments. Fd like to discuss Sweet 
Briar College, as we know it today, by means of such 
"take-away" arithmetic. 

To understand fully what you as alumnae have meant 
to the college in the last sixteen years, we would have to 
"take-away" many things. Imagine, and some of you 
can easily recall what Sweet Briar actually was like, 
and would be like, if we "took-away" our lovely new 
Chapel and the Guion Science Building. But let's con- 
tinue to "take-away." Wouldn't it be a shame to "take- 
away" our handsome Mary Reynolds Babcock Fine Arts 
Center and Auditorium? What blanks would be left if 
we "took-away" die attractive comfort of Meta Glass 
and Dew Dormitories! Think what we'd miss if our 
new roads, lighting, and countless other less obvious 
campus improvements were gone! It is always interest- 
ing to note that next year's freshmen . . . and all the 
freshmen for years to come . . . will accept all these things 
completely for granted. Indeed they quite naturally 
assume they've always been here! We don't have time 
to suggest all the other "take-away" exercises that could 
be conjured up. Some of them would be more difficult 
to make tangible. Fortunately, our trustees' investment 
committee make sure in their wisdom that their arith- 
metic is more in the nature of the multiplication tables 
than "take-away," especially where our endowment, up 
by $6,734,000 since 1950, is concerned! 

A nostalgic look into Sweet Briar's less affluent, 
less well-equipped past reminds us, however, that even if 
we "took-away" these physical things, much would re- 
main — much that is vital, much that is uniquely Sweet 
Briar. There would still be the basic, enduring ideals 
of sound scholarship; there would still be close student- 

teacher relationships, the adventure of learning and the 
zest of creative teaching. There would still be memories, 
in short, of those men and women of our faculty who, for 
sixty years, have led lives of dedicated service to this 
institution and to their students. Fortunately our job and 
our challenge has always been and continues to be a 
matter of giving such people the tools they need for an 
ever-better educational program for ever more vigorous 
intellectual growth and achievement. 

In other words, our concern is not to "take-away" 
the salary increases made possible during the last decade 
but to add the other resources needed to make our salary 
scale ever more competitive. We also look ahead to 
adding tools of learning such as our new Charles A. 
Dana Library Wing. How wonderful it is that we, 
all of us, can look ahead to future projects that will 
build upon the heritage of what has gone before at this 
lovely Sweet Briar campus! 

/\ S AN historian and teacher of American History, 
I suppose I have been playing "take-away" for years, 
trying to acquaint and impress students with what this 
land was like before this space age, before the beatniks, 
before the threat and the promise of nuclear energy. 
Those were more gentle days, more simple days, less 
complicated by most standards, but those days, fascinat- 
ing as they are to study, are gone forever. In this era 
of frightful crises among world powers, in this day of 
new and challenging social patterns, it is well that we 
need not "take-away" the resources, the buildings, the 
curricular improvements that make Sweet Briar strong in 
a day when a weak college would not survive. This nation 
and this world need the kind of women who graduate 
from Sweet Briar and the need is greater than ever before. 
The game of "take-away" therefore cannot make 
us complacent. We cannot rest upon our laurels. Each 
resource, whether it be bricks, books, or brains, is needed 

Alumnae Magazine 

What ivould happen if we 

reversed the trend, if we undid 

the changes and returned to 

the Sweet Briar of former 

years? In this welcoming address to 

Alumnae Council, President Pannell 

considers answers to a question like this. 

and needed seriously. The full picture of what Sweet 
Briar must be is far from complete. There are obvious 
shortcomings that call for much continued work and 
progress. More endowment is needed for faculty research 
and travel, memorial book funds, scholarships, build- 
ing maintenance funds, and so on. Our game of "take- 
away" is good reverie, good nostalgic fun because it 
proves that what should be part of Sweet Briar can be, 
and will be part of Sweet Briar! Most important is 
the fact that it makes us realize with great humility and 
gratitude what Sweet Briar would lack if it had not been 
for good and generous alumnae, farsighted foundation 
officials, loyal parents, and all the others who have 
added so much through the years. These things, coupled 
with the deeper, more intangible, spiritual values that 
you and I know as the real Sweet Briar, cannot be 
"taken-away !"' Instead, they call upon us, indeed they 
demand, that we use them with as much skill, imagination, 
and wisdom as we can. 

Finally, one thing which we would not and could 
not "take-away" from our present-day students and facul- 
ty is their increased awareness of the world and the so- 
ciety in which they live. It is not a pretty world and it 
is a society that baffles us in its problem-ridden complex- 
ity. This fervent awareness and the desire to find an- 
swers is basic to good education now and in the years 
ahead. This social consciousness was not a part of camp- 
us life to this degree at Sweet Briar or elsewhere ten, 
twenty, or forty years ago. Because we would not 
"take-away" this increased concern and sensitivity to the 
needs of mankind on the part of students we must add, 
we must plan, we must chart a sound course for maximum 
and effective use of those things which are traditionally 
Sweet Briar and which have come to Sweet Briar. These 
plus elements, fortunately, cannot be "subtracted" from 
the college in which you can take pride as responsible 
and responsive Sweet Briar women ! 

By President Anne Gary Pannell 

The College 

in a 

Computer World 

I ^U EXT semester, Sweet Briar initiates a course in the 
computer and computer programming, and in January 
student records will be kept by data processing. By 
September 1967 many college records and all admin- 
istrative bookkeeping, will be computerized. Data process- 
ing will be available for faculty research, and mathe- 
matics graduates will not have to answer "no" to the 
question that is becoming standard to job applicants, 
"Have you had any experience with computer program- 
mmg .' 

How can a small liberal arts college like Sweet Briar 
embark upon such a new, and surely expensive, under- 
taking? And why should it? The answers to these two 
questions concern the whole college and are of great 
interest to alumnae, for data processing at Sweet Briar is 
revolutionary in many ways. 

The "How" is one of the ways. For to make data 
processing feasible. Sweet Briar has joined with Lynch- 
burg College and Randolph-Macon Woman's College to 
establish jointly the Educational Computer Center. Lo- 
cated in the Lynchburg Transit Company Building in 
Lynchburg, the Educational Computer Center (ECC) 
will begin the first of January the operation of an IBM 
1401 two-tape, two-disc computer, under the direction of 
Donald G. McCants of Lynchburg. Mr. McCants is a 
former account representative with the data processing 
division of IBM Comporation. Responsible for the devel- 
opment of ECC has been a three-man co-ordinating com- 

mittee: John Woodroof, assistant business manager at 
Lynchburg College, Russell R. Picton. director of develop- 
ment and public relations at Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College, and Peter V. Daniel, assistant to the President 
and Treasurer at Sweet Briar. Mr. Daniel is chairman 
of the committee. 

I J ATA processing has been under consideration at 
Sweet Briar for six years, according to Mr. Daniel. A 
few small colleges converted to data processing early in 
computer history, but at great expense, and since the 
question, "Should Sweet Briar do so?" was one that no 
one in the administration felt competent to decide, the 
College joined with the two others to retain Systemation, 
Inc., to conduct a feasibility study for all three area col- 
leges. Should each college work alone toward data pro- 
cessing? Should each college go into a service bureau 
separately? Should the three colleges pool resources and 
purchase or rent equipment themselves? Systemation, 
Inc.'s affirmative answer to this last question is unique. 
No other three liberal arts colleges in the nation have 
joined resources in this manner for data processing. The 
Systemation report was approved by the trustees of all 
three colleges, and the company was retained further 
to aid during the implementation period. 

For administrative bookkeeping in the areas of 
admissions, student and alumni records, and business 

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When the Faculty Show last 

year included this spoof (pictured) on computers, 

feiv thought that computers at 

Siveet Briar would so soon become a reality. 

Hoiv the reality has been accomplished, 

and the implications of the accomplishment, 

are matters of concern to alumnae and to those on campus. 

ofiSce records, data processing will undoubtedly prove 
more and more useful. But is it necessary that small 
liberal arts colleges teach data programming and make 
data processing available for research? Is this not a job 
for larger centers of learning? Dr. Lilly Rappaport, 
professor of physics at Sweet Briar, was somewhat scep- 
tical about such necessity. "I took myself to the Com- 
puter Center at the University of Virginia, during a Sab- 
batical leave second semester of last year, and I found 
out," she said, her eyes shining with amusement and 
enthusiasm. "The answer is yes." 

J_ EXPLAIN. Dr. Rappaport brought out a list of 
statistics. In 1950, there were ten to fifteen computers 
in the United States. This year, there are some thirty- 
five thousand, twenty-one hundred of them costing more 
than a million dollars. It is predicted that by 197.5 there 
will be eighty-five thousand computers in use in the 
I nited States, four thousand of thern costing more than 
a million dollars. 

This year, two hundred thousand persons are em- 
ployed as systems analysts ard programmers. In 1970 — 
only four years from now — the number will be five hun- 
dred thousand. Clearly, data processing is becoming our 
way of life. To quote a current corporate advertisement, 
"It's a computer world." 

Into this world Lilly Rappaport stepped, somewhat 

furtively, when she enrolled at the Computer Center in 
Charlottesville last winter. The L^niversity of Virginia 
has two computers. One. a Burroughs 600, is used purely 
for scientific research. Anyone at tlie University may 
use it free, when there is a grant, and outside groups — 
for example, an industrial research institute — may rent 
computer and programming time on it from the Computer 
Center. The second computer, made by IBM, handles 
administrative procedures. It also grades multiple choice 
tests, and many professors use it. "This computer grades 
papers between a million and a billion times faster than 
a professor can," Dr. Rappaport said. '"You cannot con- 
ceive of how fast a computer works, especially the big 

/ \ COMPLETER is an information machine. Infor- 
mation is programmed — put into a code that the machine 
can work with — and fed into the machine, and the mach- 
ine gives out the answer. It can store, or "remember," 
information, too. The computer uses the binary system, 
which is based on two and involves only the manipula- 
tion of zero and one. A computer bit, or unit of informa- 
tion. Dr. Rappaport explained, may be in one of two 
positions (as, on and off, conducting and non-conducting, 
and so on), so that with five bits there are thirtv-one 
variations, (bit one on. the others off, bits one and two 
on, the others off, and so on) and all the letters of the 

November 1966 


Dr. Lilly Rappaport studied computer 
science at the University of Virginia 

alphabet, plus some punctuation characters like those 
on the standard typewriter, may be realized. Seven bits, 
she said, is the basic unit in computer construction. More 
units are added to make words and bigger numbers, 
and to create more "storage" for memory. The bigger 
a computer, the more commands it can carry out. One 
of the largest, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 
has a million computer words in storage. 

I J r. rappaport had hoped to take several courses 
in computer theory and usage, but because most of them 
began in tlie first semester, and she was free only for the 
second, she found herself somewhat on her own. "Besides 
a regular computer program, the University of Virginia 
offers an intensive short course, three evenings a week 
for two weeks," Dr. Rappaport said. "They teach the 
fundamentals. Then they tell you to go over to the com- 
puter, make your program, feed it in, get it back, cor- 
rect it, feed it back. In the beginning I felt as dumb as 
dumb could be. Wliat I got was error, error, error — 
one mistake, you see, multiplies in a computer. But I got 

In Charlottesville, information was fed to the com- 
puter by punch cards and the out-put was received by 
typewriter. Typing takes more time, so for one computer 
five typewriters were necessary. The next information 
might return typed as from a typewriter, or in punch 
card form, or in graph form. "The current trend is 
toward time-sharing of large computers, with distant 
teletype machines feeding information into a central 
computer," Dr. Rappaport said. "The local console types 
directly into the machine from magnetic tape. Like tele- 
type, it is hooked through the telephone lines; the answer 
comes back in the same form it is transmitted. If you 
make a mistake, you know in five minutes. At MIT, 
there are now eighty consoles feeding into a tremendous 
computer. You can teletype from New York, from 
Washington — eventually perhaps from Sweet Briar — 

by telephone line to MIT and back. Since everybody is 
going to use computers, there will probably be a num- 
ber of large computers into which smaller ones will 


W^ OR research purposes, what does a computer ac- 
complish ? "To give you an example, you know that you 
can take a molecule and make an X-ray diffraction pattern 
which defines it," Dr. Rappaport said. "With laborious 
work you can figure out the configuration of the mole- 
cule. It took years to ascertain the configurations of the 
complicated molecules. Now a computer can ascertain 
such configurations in seconds. Because of computers, 
research will progress at an immeasurably faster rate. 

"During the Second World War, there was a certain 
set of conditions — I never knew what the practical appli- 
cation was, although I have suspicions that it had to 
do with mechanical impact and explosives, like a torpedo 
— and they wanted to know the answer. Even von Neu- 
mann of Brown — who was the authority and who de- 
veloped the proposal for die first universal computers — 
couldn't figure it out mathematically. Mechanical objects 
had to be made to see what they would do. Today, the 
computer could find the answer easily. 

"My last project in Charlottesville was programming 
differential equations with ten variables. To work equa- 
tions with a calculating machine would have taken me 
months. The computer could figure them in ten seconds." 

The theoretical and practical applications of the 
computer are limitless. It has been predicted that within 
ten years a computer console will become household 
equipment comparable to the electric light, the telephone, 
the radio, the television. The only obstacle to such con- 
sumer use today is cost, and that is expected to diminish 
radically before 1975. A computer will pay household 
bills, prepare income tax returns, schedule social events, 
medical appointments, and even menus and the prepar- 
ing of meals. It may help us design our own tools, our 

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Peter V. Daniel heads a co-ordinating 
committee for member colleges of ECC . . . 

own furniture, our own houses. It will find programmed 
references while we read a book the subject of which we 
wish to augment from another source; thus the computer 
will become an every day aid to learning like the diction- 
ary and the encyclopedia. In schools, it will be a teach- 
ing aid — indeed, in many schools is already a teaching 

aid — for drilling and tutoring. 

"But a computer can do nothing unless it is directed 
properly," Dr. Rappaport cautioned. "In teaching, it can 
drill, but it cannot explain the concept being drilled. 
There is a professional expression: G-Go. It means, 
Garbage-In, Garbage-Out. 

"A computer can also be misdirected on purpose. 
When you begin work with computer, you feed in your 
name, the project, and a code word. The code word is 
never printed. Nobody can monkey with the project un- 
less they know the code word. This is not because infor- 
mation may cross within a computer, which is not the 
case, but rather because a jealous scientist or a stupid 
prankster could wreck a project. 

\\ HAT Sweet Briar will offer next semester is a 
very simple course in computer understanding. James H. 
Laird, from the University of Virginia, will explain the 
hardware of the computer, which means the machine with 
its input-output-memory devices, and the software of the 
programming you put into it. Essentially, the software is 

"Such a course in computers must be taught at Sweet 
Briar because computers are becoming a necessary tool 
for scholars and for workers. Girls going out of college 
are assumed to know something about them." 

The IBM 1401 computer on which students from 
Sweet Briar, Lynchburg College and Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College will be initiated into the mysteries of 
data processing and programmed learning has 12,000 
positions of memory and is second-generation computer 

equipment. (The largest of the machines in current use 
are third-generation equipment.) Mr. McCants, the direc- 
tor of Educational Computer Center, has hired program- 
mers and a secretary-receptionist for the Center, and the 
computer will be delivered in late December. 

In January, the addressing system, the payroll system 
and student records will be operational. In February, 
accounts payable programming will be underway. In 
March, the admissions system will begin modification. 
In June, accounts payable conversion will be complete, 
and accounts receivable programming will begin. In 
September, when admissions and accounts receivable are 
operational, conversion to data processing in the admin- 
istration of Sweet Briar will be accomplished. 

I HIS schedule is not the only complexity with whicii 
Peter V. Daniel became involved during the change-over. 
"There has been a tremendous amount of detailed co- 
operation between the three colleges," he said. "All these 
systems to be converted to programming had to be con- 
verted simultaneously and in precisely the same manner. 
Individuals from each college have met on a weekly basis 
with Mr. McCants and the representative from Systema- 
tion. Inc., to coordinate the undertaking. 

"When ECC begins working, there will be three or 
four key punch machines at Sweet Briar, and several at 
each of the other colleges. Cards will be transported 
to Kemper Street, which is right off the turnpike — it is 
interesting that it takes us twenty-five minutes to get there 
but it takes Randolph-Macon, much closer, a little more 
than fifteen minutes because of the traffic. At ECC. ma- 
terial will be sorted on magnetic tape and discpac. The 
Center will become another research tool for faculty and 
students, comparable to the library or the laboratory. 

"It will give us more information than we could 
have formerly, and more quickly," Mr. Daniel concluded, 
"to allow us to run a better college." 

November 1966 

By Judith Powell '67 


"New Morality 


ICK up almost any newspaper or magazine these 
days, listen to almost any panel discussion on "youth," 
talk to almost any psychologist, and sooner or later the 
term "New Morality" is bound to appear. This elusive 
term, as vacuous and ambiguous as the Great Society or 
Space Race, encompasses a vast body of expressions used 
to describe the spirit of the college and high school gen- 
eration of the 1960's and includes such key phrases as 
LSD "trips," God is dead, pot parties, the frug, and sexual 

To attempt a more clear-cut definition of tlie "new 
morality" would be indeed difficult, for the term itself is 
misleading. Each generation has in some way shaped 
its own particular code of morality by altering those 
standards of the preceeding generation to meet the needs 
of the times. Perhaps then it is safer and indeed more 
truthful to regard the changes taking place today as simp- 
ly a part of the much larger trend which started long 
ago and which will continue long after we cease to be 
actively involved in it. 

Today, however, perhaps more than ever, there is 
an intense self-consciousness among young people who, 
faced with the unfathomable problems of modern tech- 
nology, are expressing an overwhelming desire to main- 
tain their individuality. This striving for individuality 
has found its most vivid expression in recent years in 
the music, clothes, and moral code of the generation of 
the 60's, and it is around these particular outcries of 
individuality that the term "new morality" had been 

The question, now, is where does Sweet Briar Col- 
lege with its 714 students fit into the changing system of 
^^ values? As an institution for the education of young 

women, Sweet Briar could certainly be a potential site for 
advocates, of the new morality. In spite of the Berkley 
riots, the pot parties prevalent in colleges and univer- 
55 sities up and down the East Coast (mostly up 1 . the Hot 

Nuts, and James Brown, this campus to all outward ap- 
pearances has remained unruffled. Standing alone, forti- 
^^ fied against invasion from the nearest men's college by 36 

miles of mountain roads. Sweet Briar still reflects the 
quiet atmosphere of peaceful country life. 

Obviously, Sweet Briar's response to the new moral- 
ity has taken on a subtler form than those of the larger 
and more vocal institutions of higher education. Over 
the last few years, it seems to me, a gradual change of 
attitudes among students has been taking place quietly, 
which has shifted the emphasis away from the College to 
the individual as a final judge in issues of morality. This 
new feeling is showing itself in a variety of forms, but it 
can be most clearly demonstrated in regard to Sweet 
Briar's honor system. 

Alumnae Magazine 

By Hallam Hurt '67 

Here the problem of individual judgment is placed 
in direct conflict with a system which demands obedience 
and acceptance of all prescribed college rules and regu- 
lations. On pledging one's honor to the Sweet Briar 
honor system, one is automatically surrendering her own 
right to individual choice. In light of the current trend 
toward greater individual freedom the problem here is 
evident, for the individual is forced to submit her own 
judgment to the predetermined judgment of the College. 

A recent survey of SBC supports this theory and 
indicates further the direction of this trend. Out of 
those questionnaires returned, 80'}i indicated they thought 
the highest moral right should rest with the individual 
rather than with the parents or with t';e College. Accord- 
ing to one freshman from the Northeast, "Social morality 
is something each should determii e for herself and be 
willing to accept the consequences. College is the middle 
period between adolescence and adulthood. It is an 
opportunity to lest your code. The college should give 
the student the opportunity to grow up; to deny this is 

Sex is always part of any discussion concerning 
morality, since today immorality is often confused as be- 
ing synonomous with sexual immorality. Sex does exist 
at Sweet Briar as it always has. Perhaps the difference 
lies not so much in the fact of sex, but in the frank dis- 
section and discussion of the subject. One alumna 
daughter said, "You can't tell me sex wasn't around when 
my mother went to Sweet Briar. They just didn't discuss 
it the way we do." 

It IS becoming more and more apparent that while 
one may not indulge in sexual relations herself she will 
not readily condemn it in others. A senior from the South 
expressed this feeling. "I don't care what people do as 
long as they keep it to themselves. That's the way people 
I know feel. It's when it becomes a means to popularity 
or a topic of conversation that it becomes offensive. Also, 
it's bad when it's such public knowledge that it hurts 
the reputation of the school." 

Sex then, like everything else, in the opinion of the 
students, is a matter of personal judgment and as long 
as one's behavior does not injure in any way the repu- 
tation of the school, a student may set her own standards 
without being condemned by her peers. 

"There are too many rules here that have nothing 
to do with most people's personal sense of honor," ac- 
cording to one senior. "It's not surprising to find many 
people who consider that they hold honorable principles 
breaking rules which are in no way related to their own 
personal value system." 

(Continued on the next Page) 

The Chairman of the Judicial 
Board gave the following 
speech on Parent s Day, 


\^ HEN I was told that the topic for today was 
to be the Role of the Ideal Parent and that I was to be 
speaking from the Judicial point of view, I asked my 
parents if they had any suggestions as to what I could 
say. My father looked thoughtful for a moment and 
then said that as he recalled, Mr. Jefferson, founder of 
our neighboring university in Charlottesville, had had 
as one of his tenets the idea that the least governed are 
the best governed. I must admit that I heartily agreed 
with his idea, although I do recall a number of times 
when apparently my father had a lapse of memory con- 
cerning Mr. Jefferson's tenet. 

In applying this idea to Sweet Briar, (and I am not 
so certain that I would have unanimous support from 
my fellow students) I would venture to assert that Sweet 
Briar does attempt to give its students as much oppor- 
tunity as is possible to govern themselves. 

I am not saying, however, that by sending your 
daughter to Sweet Briar you are sending her off to a 
quiet niche of anarchy in tlie foothills of Virginia — 
for Sweet Briar, as a residential college, is pretty well 
informed as to exactly where your daughter is, what she 
is doing, and with whom she is doing it. This may sound 
as if, contrary to what I said before, we are living under 
a rather large amount of Sweet Briar government. But. 
there remains an even larger area — the area in uliicli 
your daughter is responsible for her own actions and 
answers only to herself. 

I am not certain how familiar you are wilh lioiior 
systems, but at Sweet Briar our honor system is a con- 
tract between Uie students and the faculty and adminis- 
tration. This contract is a gift from Sweet Briar. From 
the moment we set foot on campus as Sweet Briar stu- 
dents. Sweet Briar trusts us as honorable persons and 
respects us as such. In return we give our word that we 
will act in a responsible and honorable fashion. By pledg- 
ing this we are assuring ourselves of a free community in 
which we all move without restraint and in a common 
trust of one another. This is really a vital and necessary 
component in the academic world, in which freedom 
and the search for truth are perhaps the two most esteem- 
ed principles. 

(Continued on the next Page) 

November 1966 


Judith Powell '67 

The real mistake, many think, is in the inclusion of 
the rules governing social behavior within the honor sys- 
tem itself. Fifty per cent of the questionnaires returned 
indicated the honor system was significantly weakened 
by having social regulations in it. With regard to ques- 
tions of academic honesty, lying, and stealing, the student 
body as a whole has the same personal standards as those 
directed by the College. It is only in the realm of the 
social tliat the norms of the school and the individual 
student are at variance. A junior offered her own sug- 
gestion, "Couldn't the school just tell us what is expected 
of us in social situations and leave it up to us to use our 
own discretion? The way it's set up now, I've separated 
the honor system into two halves in my mind — respect- 
ing one part and setting my own terms in the other." 

The administration is, however, atuned to this new 
spirit and is responding to the situation realistically and 
with great care. Last year after thorough re-excunina- 
tion of the social regulations, the College Council, com- 
posed of faculty and students, modified the apartment 
rule, which forbade any student to enter a boy's apart- 
ment in Charlottesville or Lexington or in the Amherst- 
Lynchburg area without the presence of a third party. 
This rule, according to one upperclassman, "was totally 
irrelevant to morality but existed purely for the sake 
of appearances. Apartment was used as synonymous with 
bedroom and the whole idea of the individual's own re- 

sponsible moral judgment was buried under a mask of 

A response of the administration to this current 
trend toward individual standards is its recent stand on 
moral behavior, found in the new student handbook. 
Here it states, "Any student accepting a place at Sweet 
Briar College should know that the College will not tol- 
erate extremes of social behavior which are injurious to 
the individual, the community, or the College. The mis- 
use of alcohol or drugs and sexual behavior which af- 
fronts contemporary moral standards will not be con- 
doned . . ." 

The student attitude toward this new policy on the 
whole seems quite favorable. Indicative of student ap- 
proval is the 70% of those surveyed who believed the 
stand was a realistic one in light of the responsibility any 
school must assume to protect its interests and the best in- 
terests of its students. 

According to a sophomore, "The school does have 
a responsibility to make rules governing student be- 
havior and the student does have the obligation to uphold 
them because she has agreed to live in the community. 
It is only when the school over-extends this right that the 
students object because it is taken as an affront to their 
personal integrity." 

This policy, however, is one which does seem to 
leave to each student a reasonable degree of individual 
freedom of choice within certain prescribed limits and in 
that way to a realistic balance between imposed authority 
and individual judgment. One opinion of the recent state- 
ment is found in this senior's response: 

"I find that the responsibility placed on me by the 
new clause leaves me room to discover and test my in- 
dividual ideas of healthy conduct in the context of my 
own life." 


Alumnae Magazine 

The terms of the "new morality" at Sweet Briar do 
not include an outbreak of student revolt against the 
administration and the "old morality," often associated 
by our generation with the Establishment, for students as 
a whole recognize the College's responsibility to protect 
tlie interests of all those connected with it. The terms 
are, instead for a more open policy based on the individ- 
ual's personal integrity and her own standards of moral 
conduct. The administration at Sweet Briar College is 
alert to this need and is responding realistically and 
thoughtfully, for it realizes that only by working together 
can the college and the students grow with the times. 

Hallam Hurt '67 

Here — 

When your daughter takes an examination, it 
is not proctored; 

When she hands in a paper, the work is unques- 
tionably hers; 

When she gives her word, it is honored. 

There is no question but that this is a large dose 
of responsibility, and, it does not end in the academic 

In a time in which parents have been tearing their 
hair over the so-called new morality, Sweet Briar has 
not been complacent. Realizing that this is a growing 
problem, and not one that will happily vanish over the 
summer months, Sweet Briar has now put into writing 
what had heretofore been an unwritten policy. This fall 
for the first time there appeared in the Student Hand- 

book a statement of policy of Sweet Briar College, which 
reads as follows: 

"Any student accepting a place at Sweet Briar Col- 
lege should know that the College will not tolerate ex- 
tremes of social behavior which are injurious to the 
individual, the community or the College. The misuse 
of alcohol or drugs and sexual behavior which affronts 
contemporary moral standards will not be condoned. 

"The President's judgment suffices in dealing with in- 
cidents in these areas, and the penalty of suspension or 
expulsion may be used at her discretion. 

"The President and the Deans will be willing to clar- 
ify the College's interpretation of the above statement 
as well as its definition of acceptable behavior in particu- 
lar circumstances. 

"Any student unwilling to acknowledge such author- 
ity on the part of the College is advised to withdraw." 

As you can see the College is not dictating an ab- 
solute personal moral code, it is merely saying that should 
there be any flagrant violations of what it considers ac- 
ceptable moral behavior, it will handle them accordingly. 

However, once again your daughter is left with a vast 
area in which she must make her own decisions. These 
decisions are not easy — and yet this is the time when we 
have become of age to make such decisions. 

I feel somewhat presumptuous in saying what I 
think the role of the ideal parent is in these situations, 
but I would venture the following: 

Teach your daughter moral virtue in a time in which 
hers may be sorely tried. 

Teach her the absoluteness of honesty in a time in 
which everyday perjury is flagrant. 

But most of all, respect her. She is herself now. 

November 1966 


What with news dispatches from Berkeley and the 

depth coverage by national weekly 

magazines, to mention only two, the college student 

today is much before us. The author, a 

member of the Alumnae Association s Publications Committee, 

visited Siveet Briar recently to see ivhat changes she 

found in student dress and habits after fifteen years. Here 

she reports the look of today as seen by one 

nurtured on the New Look of the post-World War II era. 

'51 : '"Eight hours to curl minr." "66: "Four hours tit get mine straight.' 

The More Things 

If'htit would "66 have thoughl oj Russian Sabtr, 
waist rinrhrrs. an/1 Baby Dolts? 

/~\ FTER a toe-dipping glance at the local College 
Shop full of purple size 7's, I plunged into Sweet Briar 
on a Wednesday in October to see what the present gene- 
ration looks like. I found myself in a Sargasso Sea of 
mermaid's hair. It is absolutely beyond me how it could 
all have been so clean. (If any readers ever had clean 
hair on a Wednesday, please write a letter to the Editor. ) 
There are several categories of it, mostly much. 

The Rapunzel hair is more than clean. It must be 
treated in some way, to flow in flat shining rivulets, with 
a liquid, metallic movement. It is not obstructively in 
their faces, but it doesn't usually have a part, either. I 
wonder whetlier they sleep with it inside or outside the 

The Alice-in-Wonderland hair is more flyaway, but 
held off the forehead by a band, or ribbon, or some of 
itself oddly going sideways. I was hospitably shown the 
inside of one girl's bureau. She had more than a cigar- 
box full of hair ribbons and a shoebox full of large 
rollers, plus clips. 

The in-betweens have the length hair that we did. 
but it goes in a pair of curves like facing question 
marks, with a flirty flip to the little bottom arc. There 
are two types of short cut, the Ringo and the Modified 
Sassoon, and, strange to say, they don't look funny. 
A certain shortness or thinness over the ear, just behind 
what not their grandmothers but ours would have 
called kiss-curls on the cheeks, allows glimpses of the 


Alumnae Magazine 

''Well, I do 

New gymnsuits, which may 

"I have two pairs of 

sort of sic 

tot be worn, evn under 

heels, one calf and one 

sideways on 

skirts, to classrooms. 

burlap . . ." 

a sofa."'' 

Cray flannel 

costume for 

Ma'am, I've got on TU 

a big 



Change, the More They Stay the Same 

tiny gold pierced-eanings which niaiiv of tliem wear. 
Their fingernails are natural, thank goodness, and 
their faces all look shining clean. I thought it was nice 
the way no lipstick made their eyes stand out. Ha! That 
bureau drawer held every eye cosmetic known to mortal 
woman from Cleopatra's kohl on, and twelve lipsticks 
ranging from taupe to flamingo, intended, it was ex- 
plained, to be combined for maximum effect. (You put 
a little Alice Blue over top of Ashes of Roses. I The 
darkest shade is the color pink rayon underwear was. 


I HAD expected a humbling vistn of trim little hips, 
bu their short straight skirts give an optical illusion of 
rude good health. I guess their rule is, don't buy it if it's 
wider than long. The Handbook states that hems mav he 
no more than an inch above the knees. (That Handbook 
is a caution. No bare feet in public areas — what made 
them think of that?) I guess it is a way of giving them 
a few little rules o break ( or stretch, like the definition of 
LARGE in reference to the scarf which must cover curl- 
ers) so they can have something to to do for innocent 

In comparison with our lives under regulations. 
theirs is just too responsible. It is nibbling away at 
their girlhood, all this Student Government. They go 
off for weekends in straight wool up to the neck dresses 
that look for all the world like a woman's club meeting. 

and they keep their evening dress and one silk dress at 
home. I was relieved to find them sitting on the Post 
Office floor peeking through the boxes at the mail being 
put up. They assured me that they write to more than 
one boy. Proposals were on the way out in our day. 
but I did hope that flirtation was still in. 


I HE\ have to study harder and more than we did. 
And of course they like it, or they couldn't have gotten 
in in the first place. But thev are no bluestockings. Thev 
are girls, and ladies, with giggles and fun and hopes and 
dreams. It's really just ruffles that they don't have any of, 
ruffled petticoats and bare shoulders and whispering skirts 
and songs like Stardust. 

It's fairly obvious that their morals are just fine. But 
I'm worried about whether they have any romance. Com- 
ing from the age that had to break fathers to strapless 
evening dresses, I guess I should remember another gene- 
ration's lifted eyebrows when we brought home "kiss- 
proof " lipstick. 

So they may not know the language of the fan, but 
neither did we. Maybe opera pumps and gloves will 
come back some day, and maybe so will boys ard girls 
dancing together. But the funny thing is the girls look 
just beautiful to the boys, and so did we, and so did 
Flappers, and so did Eve. The more things change, the 
more they stay the same. 

November 1966 

Story and Pictures by Seymouk Laughon Ren.nolds. ".51 

That Fabulous Bulb Project 

_|_T SEEMS incredible that bulbs, 
which must be planted from three to 
eight inches below the ground, can 
fly two alumnae to Europe, but this 
merger of inner and outer space has 
finally been brought off by two Sweet 
Briar alumnae. Elizabeth Shepherd 
Scott '4.3. of Wilmington, Delaware, 
and Anne Sheffield Hale '.54, of At- 
lanta, Georgia, sold more bulbs last 
spring and summer than any other 
alumnae ( except Vivienne Barkalow 
Hornbeck '18 and Blair Bunting Both 
'40, who disqualified themselves for 
the prize. I Mrs. Scott's total sales 
amounted to $1,311.26 and Mrs. 
Hale's came to $1,117.30. 

The prize they won is a round trip 
plan ticket to Holland. Wliile in 
Holland they will be the guests of 
Van Zyverden Brothers, from whom 
we buy our bulbs. If they wish, they 
may stay longer and travel about the 
continent at their own expense. 

In addition to their hospitality to 
the prizewinners, Van Zyverden 
Brothers has given several thousand 
bulbs to the College this fall to be 
planted around Sweet Briar House 

and in front of the Alumnae House. 
Forty-six alumnae clubs and thir- 
teen alumnae in areas not affiliated 
with Sweet Briar clubs, sold a grand 
total of $95,267.02 this year, which 
earned commissions of over $37,000 

for scholarships and other needs of 
the College. The Bulb Commitee 
has set a goal of $100,000 for 1967 
and hopes to be able to offer another 
prize trip next year. Watch for the 
announcement at a later date. 

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Elizabeth MacRae Goddard 
Martha McBroom Shipman 
Meta Moore McColter 
Jane Muhlberg Halverstadl 
Evelyn Mullen 
Jean Ploehn Wernentin 
Virginia Quintard Bond 
Natalie Roberts Foster 
Toole Rotter Mullikin 
Phoebe Rowe Peters 
Ruth Schoti Benner 
Mary Seaion Marston 
Helen Sim Mellcn 
Elizabeth Stribling Bell 
Mary Swift Calhoun 
Virginia Tabb Moore 
Katherine Taylor Adams 
Martha Tillery Thomas 
Elizabeth Tyson Posiles 
Cynthia Vaughn Price 
Ethel Ware Rutherford 
Marjorie Webb Maryanov 
Peronne Whittaker Scott 
Ella Williams Fauber 
Harriet Wilson McCaslin 
Pauline Woodward Hill 
Elizabeth Wooledgc j^amilton 
Nancy Worthinglon 


Virginia Bellamy Ruffin 

Margaret Bennett Cullum 

Sue Burnett Davis 

Courtenay Cochran Ticer 

Alice Dabney Parker 

Elizabeth Douglas Foole 

Virginia Finch Waller 

Jessie Fisher Gordon 

Constance Fowler Keeble 

Eleanor Franke Crawford 

Susanne Gay Linville 

Mildred Gibbons 

Helen Goodwin Lowe 

Sarah Gracey Haskell 

Emma Green Kennon 

Virginia Hall Lindley ■ 

Lenore Hancel Sturdy 

Sarah Harrison Merrill 

Jane Hays Dowlcr 

Mildred' //orfgrs Ferry 

Elizabeth Hun McAlien 

Irene Kellogg 

Ruth Kerr Fortune 

Anne MacRae 

Charlotte Magoffin 

Susan Marshall Timberlake 

Pally Mason Stedman 

Letha Morris Wood 

Barbara Munter Purdue 

Virginia Nolle Page 

Eleanor Nolle Armstrong 

Martha Anne O'Brien Cowgill 

Hallie Orr Barton 

Mary Moore Pancake Mandeville 

Marcia Patterson 

Helen Pratt Secrcst 

Ruth Remon Wenzel 

Frances Sencindiver Stewart 

Sara Shallenherger Brown 

Thcda Sherman Newlin 

Dorothy Smith Berkeley 

Virginia Squibb Flynn 

Hazel Stamps Collins 

Mary VanWinkle McClure 

Hildegardc Voelcker Hardy 

Marjorie Ward Cross 

Elizabeth West Eiheredge 

Alice Weymouth McCord 

Lillian Wilkinson Bryson 

Nancy Wilson Drcwry 


Margaret Austin Johnson 

Margaret Austin Johnson 

Rose Bear Burks 

Anne Brooke 

Sarah Brown Palmer 

Mary Buick 

Marjorie Burford Crenshaw ^ 

Mary Elizabeth demons Porzelius 

Jessie Coburn Laukhuff 

Doris Crane Loveland 

Nevil Crule Holmes 

Blanche Davies Barloon 

Elizabeth Dawson Birch 

Emily Denton Tunis 

Marietta Derby Garst 

Elena Doty Angus 

Sue Graves Stubbs 

Elizabeth Gray 

Margery Gubelman Hastert 

Mary Hammond Cook 

Julia Harris Toomey 

Emma Hills Boyd 

Jean vanHome Baber 

Sarah Houston Baker 

Kathrina Howze Maclellan 

Margaret W. Imbrie 

Mar>' G. Imbrie 

Ella Jesse Latham 

Lena Jones Craig 

Ellen Kelly Follin 

Margaret lan/er Chambers 

Katherine LeBlond Farquhar 

Geraldine Mallory 

Alice Martin Cooper 

Helen Martin 

Jane Martin Person 

Anne Marvin 

Elizabeth Vann Moore 

Cornelia Murray Wetler 

Isabelle Neer Semple 

Frances Neville Newberry 

Mary Neville Sieman 

Katherine Oglesby Mixson 

Mary Palion Bromfield 

Carolyn Pierce May 

Frances Powell Zoppa 

Gertrude Raymond Dempster 

Marjorie Ris Hand 

Mary Roberts Waynick 

Josephine Ruckcr Powell 

Jeanetle Shambaugh Stein 

Abigail Shepard Bean 

Gotten Skinner Sheperd 

Mary Spalding Osterman 

Charlotte Tomblyn Tufts 

Leila VanLeer Schwaab 

Virginia Vesey Woodward 

Langhorne Watts Austen 

Margaret Woyland Taylor 

Hetty Welts Finn 

Carolyn Wilson Hunt 

Betty Workman Wright 

Glen Worthinglon Johnson 





Cecil Birdsey Fuessle 

Eleanor Alcoit Bromley 
Dorothy Andrews Kramer 
Anne Armstrong Allen 
Ruberta Bailey Hcsseltine 
Helen Bean Emery 
Cecilia Birdsey Fuessle 
Elizabeth Bond Wood 
Virginia Broun Lawson 
Connie Burwett While 
Nancy Butzner Leavell 
Betty Carter Clark 
Elizabeth Collier Wardle 
Anne Corbiti Little 
Julia Dougherty Musser 
Amy Davies Yingling 
Louise Dreyer Bradley 
Emilie Emory Leary 
Elizabeth Eskridge Ambler 
Joanna Fink Mceks 
Elinor Fitch Welch 
Virginia Foster Gruen 
Rosemary Frey Rogers 
Deborah Gale Bryer 
Uarda Garrett Coley 
Lydia Goodwyn Ferrell 
Louise Greenwood Lippitt 
Marion Gwoltney Hall 
Frances Hallett Denton 
Thelma Hani/en Fried 
Helen Hanson Bamford 
Nancy Hoichkiss Boschen 
Dorothy Hutchinson Howe 
Bernadene Johnson Foote 
Marjorie Lasar Hurd 
Martha Lemmon Stohlman 
Dearing Lewis 
Jean Lydecker Roberts 
Mary McCandlish Livingston 
Bonney McDonald Hatch 
Emily Marsh Nichols 
Elizabeth Mayfietd Chapman 
Katharine Means Ncely 
Mar>' Moore Rowe 
Jane Morrison Moore 
Marcia Morrison Curtis 

Priscilla Mullen Gowcn 
Ruth Myers Pleasanis 
Mary Nelson Becker 
Margaret Newton 
Cordelia Penn Cannon 
Mary Pringte 
Margaret Ross Ellice 
Mary Lee Ryan Strolher 
Julia Sadler deColigny 
Elizabeth Scheuer Maxwell 
Julia Shirley Patterson 
Marjorie Smith Zengel 
Jean Sprague Hulvey 
Marguerite Stephens Sheridan 
Kate Sttauss Solmssen 
Betty Suttle Briscoe 
Marjorie VanEvera Lovelace 
Frances Weil Binswanger 
Katharine Wiltioms McCollum 
Bonnie Wood Stookey 

\ 1935 


Elizabeth Broun Trout 

Ray Adter Cochran 
Isabel Anderson Comer 
Anne Baker Gerhart 
Dorothy Barnum Venter 
Barbara Benzinger Lindsley 
Laura Babbitt Shuffle 
Elizabeth Broun Trout 
Jane Bryant Hurlbert 
Cary Burwetl Carter - 
Allyn Capron Heintz 
Helen Carrulhers Hackwell 
Margaret Carry Durland 
Anne Cockrill Wait 
Florence Crane Goodfellow 
Geneva Grossman Stevens 
Virginia Cunningham Brookes 
Margharita Curtze Vicary 
Jessie Davis Hall 
Claudia £)e Wo// Shepherd 
Lavalette Dillon Wintzer 
Mary Dungtinson Day 
Alison Dunne Harrison 
Marguerite Duval McGinnis 
Hester England 
Sallic Flint VonKann 
Ruth Gilliland Hardman 
Juliet Halliburton Burnett 
Elizabeth Hamilton Hunt 
Cynthia Harbison Heye 
Mary Jane Hastings Dunfee 
Beverley Hill Furniss 
Joyce Hobart Bullard 
Lucy Hoblitzetl 
Rebekah Huber 
Helen Jackson Hagan 
Elizabeth Johnston Clute 
Blandina Jones Skilton 
Manha Jones Belts 
Elizabeth Klinedinsi McGavran 
Hester Kraemer Avery 
Grace Langeler Irvine 
Alice Laubach 
Jane Lawder 

Alice McCloskey Schlendorf 
Mary McPherson Harper 
Mary Marks 
Frances Meeks Ford 
Jane Mitchell Robeson 
Frances Morrison Ruddell 
Betty Myers Harding 
Mznhdi'Neunschwander Founds 
Julia Peicrkin 
Evelyn Poole Brown 
Sarah Rick Putman 
Margaret Rose Turnbull 
Mar>' Saul Hunt 
Isabel Scriba 
Frances Spiller Merrill 
Suuinne Strassburger Anderson 
Jacquclyn Strickland Dwelle 
Natalae Strickland Waters 
Ann Temple Benton 
Mary Templelon 
• Eleanor Townsend Rector 
Lois Vanderhoef Benner 
Lida Voigt Young 
Marion Walker Alcaro 
Mary Whipple Clark 
Adelaide Whitford \\\cr\ 
Maud Winborne Leigh 
Helen Wolcotl 
Rebecca Young Frazer 


fi^arLi Hu\U-\ Dick 

Martha Ake Brouse 
D'Arcy Atwater Perry 
Frances Baker Owen 
Alice Benet Hopkins 
Elisc Bowen Mullins 
Lmily Buwen Muller 
Glonana Burrill Walker 
Lillian Cabell Gay 
Mary Virginia Camp Smith 
Margaret Campbell Usher 
Myra Carr Baldwin 
Betty Cocke Winfree 
Lucile Cox 

Mar>- CfH Sinclair 
NaiKv Dicki Blanton 
Kaihle«n Donohue McCormack 
Connnc Fentress Gray 
K.athr>n Ferson Barrett 
tlizaNcih Fessfr \lacLca\ 
Jane Fo.x Dodson 
Eleanor FranciMo Hi>od 
Chioc Frterion horx 
Caroline Furniss \Sotfe 
Ruth Gilham \ iar 
Parker Cc^^J**in Breen 
Jeanne CranJeman Losee 
Frances Gnegor> 
Marjorie Gnf/tn Caskey 
Capel Gnme!, Cierlach 
Annette Horlev Chappcll 
Elizabeth Hartndge 
Martha Harvev G^inn 
Mary Hesion Pettyjohn 
Sara High Gregg 
Ons^a Hoi Jen Perry 
Margaret Huxiey Dick 
Lois Leayiii Franks 
Abigil i^jn/fik-Leibowilz 
Margaret Lloyd Bush 
Dorothea McClure Mountain 
Alma Martin Rotncm 
Catherine Miichell Ravcnscroft 
Jane \foorr Johnson 
Elizabeth Morton Forsyth 
Betty Muggleton Patterson 
Katharine .\iles Parker 
Esther O'Br'tan Robinson 
Nanc> Parsons Jones - 
Logan Fhinizv Johns 
Phoebe pierson Dunn 
Mary PoinJexier W illingham 
Marquan Powell Doty 
Mar> Rich Wiles 
Doris Risk 
Margaret Robertson Densmore 
Ruth Robinson Marshall 
\ irginia Ruiiv Anstice 
Jane Shelton Bowers 
Marion Sim Reid 
\!argaret Smith Thomasson 
Lillian Steele Cook 
June Stein Cooley 
Mar\lina Stokes Fulton 
Atine Stump Cook 
Arnold Susonf; Jones 
Willieita Thompson Scofield 
Mar\ Elizabeth Troy 
Maria Gray Valentine Curtis 
Jean Walker Blalock 
Elizabeth Wail Saunders 
Constance Warner McElhinne>- 
Lydia Warner Kanhofer 
Annette Weiss Beyer 
Harriet Williams Cook 
Martha Williams Tim 
Carhe Young Gilchrist 




Barbara Lee Jar\is 

Elizabeth Ball Fensom 
Janet Bogue Trimble 
Mary Jane Carnev Turner 
Jaquelin Cochran Nicholson 
Margaret Cornwell Schmidt 
Agnes Crawford Bates 
Margerj- Cruikshank Dyer 
Rebecca Douglass Mapp 
Mary Frueau/f Klein 
Faith Cort Hcrpers 
Mar\ Gruber Stoddart 
Rosalie Hall Hursi 
Martha Harde^iv Minshall 
\ irginia Hardin 
Margaret Hite Palmer 
Margaret Holcomb MacMillan 
Natalie Hopkins Gnggs 
Barbara Jar\is 
Frances yo>i/iio/i Finley 
Frances Kemp Pettyjohn 
Lillian Lambert Pennington 
Mary Lambeth Blackvwelt 
Anne Lauman Busse\ 
Elizabeth Lee McPhail 
Mancn Leggeit Gates 
Anne Lemmon Johnson 
Margaret MacRae Jackson 
Margaret Mernii Haskell 
Barbara Munn Green 
Nanc> \aJle Lea 
Kitt> O'Brien Joyner 
Isabel Olmsiead Ha>nes 
Doroth\ price Roberts 
Doroth\ Proui Gorsuch 
Flelen Rar Stebbins 
Jessie Rose Har^ m 
Margaret SanJiJgr Mason 
Elkn SnoJgruis Park 
Dorothy Stefan 
Elizabeth Thomas Wells 
Marie Walker Gregory 
Elinor Ward Francis 
Betty Williams Allison 
Helen Williamson Dumont 
Eleanor Wright Beane 



Janet Mac/artan Bergmann 

Helen Allen Slupp 
Frances Bailey Brooke 
Louise Bailey Kane 
Jane Bemi^ \\ ills 
Ethlvn BieJenharn Swayzc 
Elizabeth Bowtey Phillips 
Marion Brown Zaiser 
Florence Caven Crosnoc 
Man. Cobb Hulse 
Kitty Corbt-tt Powell 
Frances Cordes Hoffman 
Harriet Daniel Herd 
Barbara Derr Chenoweth 
Justine DomAo//' Wright 
Virginia Eady Williams 
Frances Faulkner Mathews 
Barbara Ferguson Lincoln 
Barbara Fish Schiebel 
Janet Forbush Fcad 
Marion Fuller Kellogg 
Bessie Lee Garble Siegrist 
Katherine Gardner Stevenson 
Mildred Gill Williamson 
Dorothy Gipe Clement 
Lucille Greene Michel 
Luc> Gregory Marrow 
Llewellyn G/-//m A Longstaff 
Mary Hamilton Schuck 
Josephine Happ Willingham 
Shirley Haywood Alexander 
\ irginia Heifer Hickentooper 
Helen Hesson Binns 
Katherine Hoyt 
Cecily Jansen Kendrick 
Jane Kent Titus 
Elizabeth King 
Rebecca Kunkle Hogue 
Adele Letcher Har\ey 
Nancy McCandlish P'nchard 
Janet MacFarlan Bergmann 
Genevie\e Marsh Fisher 
Eylese Miller Latham 
Marjorie Miller Hein 
Vesta Murray Haselden 
Dorothy \icholson Tate 
Anne Old Mercer 
Carolyn Potter Echols 
Edwine Schmid Mill 
Lucile Sergeant Leonard 
Jessie Silvers BenrKtt 
Betty Meade Smani Johnson 
Jane Stevens Stanly 
Kate Sulzberger Le\ i 
Molly Talcott Dodson 
Lucy Taliaferro Nickerson 
Marjorie Thaden Davis 
Dorothy Tison Campbell 
Ida Todman Pierce 
Sarah Tomlinson Foscue 
Maud Tucker Drane 
Annie Rose Wallace Buchman 
Janice Wiley Adams 
Lillian Williams Gr>mes 
Elinor Wilson Gammon 
Lucy Winston Works 
Pauline Womack Swan 
Moselle Worsley Fletcher 


Clarice Baiiey Robmson 

Florence Bailey Adams 

Patricia Bah Vincent 

Mary Elizabeth Barge Schroder 

Sarah Belk Gambrell 

Bettina Bell Wyman 

Anne Benedict Swain 

Leila Bond Preston 

Ethel Bowen Glenn 

Lucy Bowers Elebash 

Elizabeth Campbell Gawthrop 

Eleanor Claflin Williams 

Louise Corrigan Jordan 

Charlotte Dunn Blair 

Betsy Durham Goodhue 

Anna Espach Weckler 

Martha Fowler McNabb 

Betty Frazier Rinehart 

Martha Fuller Le\-s 

Nancy Gatch Svien 

Ellen George Frampton 

Lucy Gordon Jeffers 

\alerie Goii Murphey 

Ruth Harman Keiser 

Anne Lee Harrison Brown 

Ethel Hauber Crowe 

Mardic Hodill Smith 

Anne Huddleston Cheek 

\ iola James Walhen 

Mar> Judd Patton 

Ka> Kleberg ^ar borough 

Catherine Lawder Stephenson 

^ vonne Legeeit Dyer 

Eleanor Liitie Morfit 

Elizabeth Lo\e 

GractN Luiktii Stoddard 
HclenMi Crrcrv James 
\tar> Mackintosh Shcrcr 
Marion Mann Hawkes 
Mary Milnor Deland 
Henrielte Minor Hart 
Lee Montague Watts 
Jean Moore \ on Sternberg 
Marguerite Mvers Glenn 
Lillian Seely Willis 
Jean Oliver Sartor 
Jane Parker Washburn 
Ann Parks 

Elizabeth Perkins Proihro 
Julia Ridgely Peacock 
Gertrude Robertson Midlen 
Grace Robinson NIcGuire 
Augusta Saul Edwards 
Julia Saunders Mtchaux 
Mar> Lou Simpson Bulkley 
Mar\ Spear Rooney 
Janet Thorpe 
Phyllis Todd Ellis 
Marv* Treadwav Downs 
Janet Trosch Moulton 
Elizabeth Vanderbilt Brown 
Eleanor V'andruff Dawson 
Mar> Welles Pearson 
Julia Worihington Lombard 



Reba Smith Gromel 
Ann Adamson Passano 
Man." Barnhardt Calder 
Muriel Barrows Neall 
Rosemar\ Bjorge Johnson 
Eleanor Bos^orih Spitler 
Adelaide Bo:e Glascock 
Blair Bunting Both 
Jane Burnett Hill 
Anne Burr McDermott 
Maria Burroughs Livingston 
Jane Bush Long 
Clara Call Frazier 
Joy Carter Carrington 
Cornelia Chalkley Kitiler 
Anne Conant Weaver 
Elizabeth Conover Nuttle 
Anne Cooke Gilliam 
Helen Cornwell Jones 
Connie Currie Fleming 
Ann Dawson Highsmith 
Laura Dickie Neil 
Margaret Dowell Cochran 
Kathehrte Estes Johnston 
Lois Fernley McNeil 
Alice Gass Domberger 
Emorv Gill Williams 
Elizabeth Gockley McLellan 
Barbara Godfrey 
Ruth Goodwin Duke 
Jane Goolrick N!urrell 
Betty Hammer Morrell 
Nancy Haskins Elliot 
Georgia Herbert Hart 
Alverta Hill Thompson 
Jane Hopkins Hanes 
Elizabeth Ivins Haskins 
Coralie Kahn Ferro 
Carrington Lancaster Pasco 
Clara MacRae Causey 
Sarah Mayo Sohn 
Ruth Mealand Schwartz 
Florence Merrill Pilkinton 
Mildred Miichell Gillis 
Mildred Moon Montague 
Shirley Nalley Irving 
Cynthia Soland > oung 
Helen Patton Wright 
Marion Phmizy Jones 
Polly Poe Richmond 
Hortense Powell Cooper 
Louise Pugh Worthing 
Martha Rector McGee 
Margaret Robinson Lewis 
Margaret Royal Davis 
Janet Runkle Wells 
Clara Sasscer Chandler 
Helen Schmid Hardy 
Jacqueline Sexton Daley 
Arline Simmen MacArthur 
Ann Sims 

Estelle Stnclaire Farrar 
Barbara Smith Whitlock 
Reba Smith Gromel 
Eleanor Snow Lea 
Agnes Spencer Burke 
Ramona Spurlock Fite 
Hazel Sierreti Allen 
Marjorie Stock Clemens 
Helen Taylor 
Josephine Tavlor Carlson 
Elisabeth Thomas Mason 
Nida Tomlin Watts 
Margaret \allance 
Irene Vongehr Vincent 
Kathleen Ward Allen 
Anne Waring Lane 
Evelyn Williams Turnbull 
Margaret Woodward Thomas 



Joan Myers Cole 

Margaret Anderion Dortch 

Allen Bagby Macnei! 

Frances Baldwin Whitakcr 

Elizabeth Blount Kempson 

Anne Borough O'Connor 

Linda Bovle Richardson 

Lillian Breedlove White 

Martha Brooks Miller 

Elizabeth Brown-Serman MacRae 

Evelyn Cantey Marion 

Angela Betty Cardamone O'Donnell 

Helen Carmine Thompson 

Wilma Caveii Alley 

Frances Chichester Hull 

Jane Clark Hartrick 

Elizabeth Colley Shelton 

Margaret Craighill price 

Marion Dailev Avery 

Eleanor Damgard Firth 

Charlotte Davenport Tuttle 

Judith Davidson Walker 

Shirley Devine Clemens 

Joan DeVore Roth 

Adela Diaz Eads 

Betty Doucett Neill 

Louise Duff Maverick 

Patricia Eaglesf'ield Kirchhoffer 

Sarah Esler Walters 

Katherine Estes 

Bette Fawceit Collier 

Lillian Fowlkes Taylor 

Mane Ga/fnev Barr>- 

Anne Gavle O'Beime 

Decca Gilmer Frackelton 

Ethel Gurney Beiz 

Helen Gwinn Wallace 

Carolyn Hagen Mj-ers 

Helen Hamilton Lewis 

Josephine Harlan Darby 

Ruth Hemphill DeBuys 

Emory Hill Rex 

Barbara Holman W'hilcomb 

Doris Huner Swiech 

Louise Kirk Edwards 

Elizabeth Lancaster Washburn 

Louise Lembeck Reydcl 

Helen Littleton Hauslein 

Lucy Lloyd Osgood 

Jarw Loveland Byerts 

Anita Loving Lewis 

Alpine Martin Patterson 

Joan Meacham Gay 

Alice Meeds Flaherty 

Farley Moody Galbraith 

Joan Myers Cole 

Lucy P'arton Miller 

Emmie Phillips Lohmcycr 

Ann Pickard McCarr>' 

Olivia Rhodes Woodin 

Maxine Robison Harrison 

Jean Ruggles Smith 

Edna Schomaker Packard 

Mary Scully Olney 

Laetitia Setbels Frothingham 

Shirley Shaw Daniel 

Anne Smith Clow 

Patricia Sorensen Ackard 

Margaret Tomlin Graves 

Betsy Tower Bennett 

Edith Vongehr Bridges 

Jean Walker Robinson 

Helen Watson Hill 

Marion Webb Shaw 

Anna Whitaker Bartel 

Dorothv While Cummings 

Mao White Miller 

Frances Wilson Dowdey 

Margaret Stuart Wilson Dickey 

Mary Worihington Foster 

W'ilnrw Zetsler Lee 


Cynthia Abbott Dougheny 
Florence Baglev Witt 
Anne Barrett Ceorge 
Mar> Alice Bennett Dorrancc 
Frances Boynton Drake 
Edith Brainerd Walter 
Grace Bugg Muller-Thym 
Eugenia Burnett Affel 
Jeanne Buzby Runkle 
Frances Caldwell Harris 
Lucy Call Dabne> 
Sudic Clark Hanger 
Katherine Coggins Clark 
Catherine Coleman 
Margaret Cunningham Allen 
Janana Darby CranHeld 
Catherine Diggs Orr 
Elizabeth Dunn 
Eloise English Davies 
Margaret Gearing Wickham 
Betsy Gilmer Tremain 
Nancy Coldbarth Glaser 
Elizabeth Hanger LippirKOtt 

Louise Honnock Gcrsien 
Shirley Houseman Nordhem 
Ann Hauslein Pottcrfield 
Ruih Hemley Camblos 
Janet Houston Davies 
Sally Jackion Mead 
Rulh Jacquoi Tempest 
Nancy Kegley Jenkins 
Alice King Harrison 
Cirace Lanier Brewer 
tlizabeth Lewis Lewis 
Dorothy Malone Vates 
F-rances Meek Temple 
Irene Mitchell Moore 
Ann Morrison Reams 
Joanne Oberkinh Willis 
Doris Ogden Mount 
Mary Pierson Fischer 
Margaret Preston Newton 
tlcanor Rini;cr Linn 
Barbara Riniey Furniss 
Helen Sanford 
Sally SchuH Van Allen 
Phyilis Sherman Barnes 
Diana Stout Allen 
Alice Swenev Weed 
tdna 5viAw Peltier 
Jane Taylor Lowell 
Mary Ellen Thompson Beach 
Margaret Trouiman Harbin 
Mary Wheat Crowell 
Alice Williams Mighell 
Deborah Wood Davis 
Douglas Woods Sprunt 


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Sarah Adams Bush 

Margaret Baker Kahin 

Brooks Barnes 

Nancy Bean White 

Betty Blackmer Childs 

Barbara Bolles Miller 

Polly Boswell Fosdick 

Catharine Bracher O'Connell 

Betty Brown Logas 

Dorothy Campbell Scribner 

Mary Christian Mulligan 

Katherine Doar Jones 

[>eborah Douglas Adams 

Clare Eager Matthai 

Eloise Ellis Simons 

Rosclle Faulconer Scales 

Mary Ferguson Sanders 

Janice Fitzgerald Wellons 

Annabelle Forsch Prager 

Dorothy Friday 

Muriel Gr\'mes 

Jane Hardy Harris 

Rozelia Hazard Potter 

Pauline Hudson Brown 

Marguerite Hume 

Ann Jacobs Pakradooni 

Nancy Jameson Glass 

Esther Jeti Holland 

Chesley Johnson Dale 

Primrose Johnston Craven 

\'a\eric Jones Materne 

Bonilee Kev Garrett 

Lucy Kiker Jones 

Karen Kniskern White 

Mary Lampion Middleton 

Betty Launder Butin 

Mary Law Taylor 

Helen Lawton Mitchell 

Betty Leighion Lane 

Dorothy Long Cousins 

Elsie McCarihv Samson 

Fayette McDowell Willett 

Anne McJunkin Briber 

Nancy McVav Marstcller 

Fay Martin Chandler 

Caroline Miller McClintock 

Anne Mitchell Albyn 

Elizabeth Munce Weis 

Karen Norris Sibley 

Anne Noves Awirey 

Leiitia Qrd Elliott 

Merriam Sands Packard Hubbard 

Catherine Parker Silverman 

Nancy Pingree Drake 

Betty Braxton Preston 

Harriet Pullen Phillips 

Patricia Pohineau McCulloch 

Peggy Roudin Foster 

Page Ruth Foster 

Elizabeth Schrneisser Nelson 

Elizabeth Shepherd Scott 

Effic Siegling Bowers 

Byrd Smith Hunter 

May Smith Burgess 

Judith Snow Bcnoii 

Harriet Swenson Munschaucr 

Margaret Swindell Dickerman 

Carol Tanner Cover 

Frcdda Turner Durham 

Lli/abcth Weems Solomon 

Mary Wheeler Milliard 

\ irgmia While Brinton 

Louise Wo(>*yruj(/ A ngst 

Barbara Wrighi Vctterlein 

Gloria Zick Sigars 



Mary Jane Brock 

Muriel Abrash Sal?berg 

Jean Blanton Siehl 

Norma Bradley Arnold 

Marguerite Brend/inger Robinson 

Mildred Brenizer Lucas 

Mary Jane Brock 

Connie Budlong Myrick 

Helen Caniey Woodbridgc 

Lucilc Christmas Brewster 

Barbara Clark Utiey 

Manha Clarke Peach 

Helen Crump Cutler 

Dorothy Denny Sutton 

Barbara buncombe Lang 

Ellen Duval Miller 

Margaret Eggers Perry 

Martha Folk Valler> 

Hazel Fellner Tultle 

Eleanor Coodspeed Abbott 

Helen Gravati Watt 

Virginia Griffith Morion 

Betty Haverty Smith 

Sloan Hawkins Ward 

Alice Hepburn Puleston 

Leslie Herrick Danford 

Frances Hester Dornette 

Martha Hoffman McCoy 

Sarah Hollerith Nietsch 

Sydney Holmes Bales 

Alice Johnson Fessenden 

Alice Lancaster Buck 

Martha Lindsey Barton 

Anita Lippiit Clay 

Mildred Liitleford Camm 

Paulett Long Taggart 

Frances Longino Schroder 

Lucy Love Elmer 

Hannah Mallory Perkins 

Ann Moore Remington 

Carlisle Morrisseti Branch 

Virginia /Moves Pillsbury 

Ruth O'Keefe Kennedy 

Frances Pet lit O'Halloran 

Elizabeth Pierce Oliver 

Evelyn Pre/low Ormiston 

Jane Rice McPherson 

Murrell Rickards Patrick 

Martha Rugelev Bachman 

Sally Skinner Behnke 

Louise Smith Norton 

Patricia Slickney 

Phyllis Tennev Dowd 

Catherine Tifi Porter 

Dorothy Tobin Ayres 

Elisabeth Vaughan Bishop 

Mar>' Walker Van de Water 

Cecile Waterman Essrig 

Virginia Watts Fournier 

Patricia Whiiaker Waters 

Emily Wilkins Mason 

Marjorie Willeits Maiden 

Elizabeth Williams Meyer 

Anne Woods Guzzardi 



Martha Holion Glesser 

Kathryn Agee Atkins 
Sadie Allen Blackburn 
Elizabeth Avery Duff 
Leila Barnes Cheatham 
Virginia Berrier 
Audrey Betts 
Frances Bickers Pinnell 
Ann Bower Cribbs 
Doreen Brugger Wetzig 
Leila Burnett Felkcr 
Mildred Carolhers Hcaly 
Patricia Carr Bowie 
Wyline Chapman Sayler 
Anna Chidesier Heywood 
Jerry Cornell Means 
Carol Co.x MacKinnon 
Esther Cunningham Shay 
Helen Davts Wohlers 
Van Meter deButis Page 
Evelyn Dillard Grones 
Alice Edwards Davenport 
Margot Enright Aghntdes 
Elizabeth Erwin Dcnniston 
Elenc Essarv Gill 
Eugenia Etheridge Falk 
Kathryn Fr\e Hemphill 
Isabel Cavford Thompson 
Alice Gearhart Stinson 
tdith Pace Gill Brcakell 
Ellen Gilliam Perry 
Ann Gladney Gibson 
Ruth Hall Pcckham 
Mary Haskins King 
Harriet Hazen Schmoeller 
Betty Hcaly Cutler 
Mia Hecht Morgan 
Marv Herbert Tavlor 
Elisa'bcth Hicks Pollak 
Martha Holion Glesser 
Margaret Jones Wyllic 
Mary King Oehmig 

Mary Kritser Miller 
Antoinette LeBris Maynard 
Sarah Leffen Macfarlanc 
Joyce Livermore Foust 
Rulh Longmire Wagner 
Mary Love Orth 
Jane McJunkin Huffman 
Edith Matiison Henderson 
Frances Mation Williams 
Julia Mills Jact^ibsen 
Joanne Morgan Hartman 
Rosemary Newby Mullen 
Alice Nicholson McMvaine 
Caroline Parnsh Seager 
Catherine Price Bass 
Ann Richey Oliver 
Jean Ridler Fahrenbach 
Jane Spiegel Eakin 
Margaret Swann Norris 
Cynthia Thompson Cowger 
Mary Traugoti Brown 
Lile Tucker Bell 
Beverly Turner McDonald 
Anne Carter Walker Somervjlle 
Virginia Whiiaker Shelton 
Harriet Willcox Gearhart 
Elizabeth Zulick Reuter 



Nancy Dowd Burton 

Patricia Arms Brown 
Rosemary Ashby Dashiell 
Betty Ann BoJi Norris 
Betsy Bowman Townsend 
Katherine Brooks Augustine 
Bowdre Budd Poer 
Dorothy Caldwell Crowell 
Flo Cameron Kampmann 
Ruth Carroll Gibson 
Jean Carter Telford 
Marjorie Christian Schley 
Elinor Clement Littleton 
Margaret Coffman Smith 
Carroll Cone Cozart 
Carolyn Conley Danley 
Dorothy Corcoran Hartzcr 
Louise Crawford Moorefield 
Joan Darby West 
Beatrice £)ingwell Loos 
Nancy Dowd Burton 
Ruth Drubych Zimmerman 
Marguerite Emmert Baldwin 
Cornelia English Monthan 
Alice Eubarik Burke 
Mary Wallis Evans Landrum 
Leila Fellner Lenagh 
Crutcher Field Harrison 
Elizabeth Fruii Metzenthin 
Helen Graeff 
Noma Greene Satlerfield 
Elizabeth Gurley Hewson 
Marilyn Hannah Crocker 
Anne Hill Edwards 
Mary Holland Hardin 
Mary Holion EfRer 
Barbara Hood Sprunt 
Ruth Houston Jarvis 
Harriet Inge Fillmore 
A\deline Jones Voorhees 
Ariana Jones Wittke 
Lucy Jones Bendall 
Shields Jones Harris 
Jennie Keeling Mansfield 
Alice Kennedy Necl 
Mary Elizabeth Kent Page 
Bertha Lee Batley 
Marj Lively Hoffman 
Jean Love Albert 
Patricia Luke B.yden 
Elisabeth McKeown Scott 
Mary Madison Henderson 
Marilyn Mandle Dick 
Helen Murchison Lane 
Eleanor Myers Cole 
Gloria Sadler Knight 
Clara Nicol Moore 
Hallie Tom Nixon Powell 
Anne Owens Mueller 
Jeanne Parham Coors 
Jane Pickens Church 
Beverley Randolph Knight 
Jane Richardson Vieth 
Ellen Rohbins Red 
Juliette Rollins Napier 
Caroline Rudulph Sellers 
Nancy Sanders Starr 
Grace Schoenheit Metz 
Margo Sibley Lewis 
Bett> Sirnmons Lynch 
Catherine Sman Grier 
Charlotte Sprunt Nturchison 
Lee Stevens GraveU 
Jessie Strickland tictxk 
Anne Siuckle Houston 
Eden Taylor Persons 
Mar>' Taylor Hollowell 
Ellen Thackray Wilson 
Josephine Thomas Collins 
Legarc Thompson Robertson 
Margaret Todd Fanning 
Polly Vandeventer Saunders 
Mary* ymion Fleming 
Nanc> Wane Ward 
Barbara Warner 

Wistar Walts King 
Lillian Wen Parrott 
Louise Wilhourne Collier 
Virginia Wynn 
Edwina Young Call 

(g^ ' 1947 

A gen I : 

Lois Ripley Davcy 

Nancy Alexander Blantfy 

Virginia Barron Summer 

Cynthia Bemiss Stuart 

Eleanor Bos worth Shannon 

Marna Bromberg W illtams 

Judith Burnett Halsey 

Elizabeth Caldwell 

Susan van Cleve Riehl 

Eunice Coc 

Ann Colston Leonard 

Lucinda Converse Ash 

Eleanor Crumrine Stewart 

Elaine Davis Blackford 

Aimee Des /*/an(/ Gibbons 

Jean Ferrier Ramsay 

Catherine Fitzgerald Booker 

Bettie Golden Tyler 

Shirley Gunter RatlifT 

Nan Hart Stone 

Sara Cecil Herr Perr> 

Betty Hoehn Beeson 

Betty Holloway Harmon 

Mary Hudgin's Rice 

\ irgtnia lliges Norman 

Alice Joseph Davis 

Anne Kleeman Sites 

Elizabeth Knapp Herbert 

Cordelia Lambert Stites 

Mary Jane Land Cleveland 

Shirley Levis Johnson 

Anne Lile Bowden 

Joan McCoy Edmonds 

Mary McDuffie Redmond 

Sara Ann McMullcn Lindsey 

Ann Marshall Whitley 

Suzette Morion Sorenson 

Katherine Munter Derr 

Jean Old 

Dale P/7/oM Kirkman 

Gene Ray Minor 

Margaret Redfern 

Elizabeth Ripley Davey 

Margaret Robertson Christian 

Inez Rosamond Boone 

Virgmia Shackelford Poindexter 

Meredith Slane Finch 

Martha Smith Smith 

Maria Tucker Bowerfind 

Frances Vlmer Conley 

Trudv Vars Harris 

Mar>' Lib Vick Thornhill 

Virginia Walker Christian 

Anne Webb Moses 

Elizabeth Weil Fisher 

Margaret Ellen White Van Buren 

Isabel Zulick Rhoads 



Betsy plunkeit Williams 

Margaret Addington Twohy 
Mary Jo Armstrong Berrvman 
Beatrice Backer Simpson 
Mary Barrett Robertvon 
Katherine Berthier McKelway 
Julia Blakey Brown 
Harnotie Bland Coke 
Manon Bower Harrison 
Elizat^eth Bramham Lee 
Annabcll Brock Badrow 
Bcii> Lou Bruion Lyons 
Alice Butman Bellows 
Patricia Damron Joy 
Martha Davis Barnes 
Sara Davis Spencer 
Louise Del'ore Towerji 
Catharine Doolin Dickey 
Closcy Faulkner Dickey 
Ardis Fratus MacBride 
Martha Frye Terry 
Martha Garrison Anness 
Elizabeth Ciibson 
Patricia Goldin Harrsch 
Blair Graves Smith 
Elizabeth Gra\es Perkinson 
Constance Hanccnrk CjClman 
Caroline Haskell Simpst^n 
McCall Henderson Re\ercomb 
Allen Hobbs C apps 
Carolyn Irvine Forbes 
Beltv '\nn Jackson R>an 
Patricia Jennei Ntelscn 
Jane Johnson Kent 
Diane King Nelson 
Tempe Kv\er Adams 
Betty I effel W ingaie 
Lima /.t?i- Hartmann 
Indiana LmJsav BiliNolv 
Mars LIo>d 

Mavdc t.udington Hennmgscn 
Mary Jane Luke 
\^\c Mi Arthur r*»dd 

Helen McKemie Riddle 
Martha Mansfield Clement 
Faith Maitison 
Jeanne Morrcll Garlington 
Nancy Moses Eubanks 
Josephine f^eal Peregrine 
Ann Orr Savage 
Martha Owen Thatcher 
Anne Paxion Gail 
Sarah Pearrc 
Virginia Pekor Culpepper 
Judith Perkins Llewellyn 
Margaret Ann Pierce McAvity 
Elizabeth Plunken Williams 
Ann Porter Mullen 
Eleanor Potts Snodgrass 
Bess Pratt Wallace 
Caroline Rankin Mapother 
Anne Ryland Ricks 
Frances Robb 
Ann Rowland TyicV. 
Ann Samford Upchurch 
Sylvia Schively Robertshaw 
Joyce Sentner Daly 
Peggy Sheffield Martin 
Virginia Skeppstrom Ctine 
Martha Skinner Logan 
Patricia Smith Nelson 
Sally Smith Williams 
Nancy Snider Martin 
Nancy Stcptoe McKinley 
Wayne Stokes Goodall 
Ruth Street Ide 
Elinor Taylor Hough 
Jane Taylor \\ 
Patricia Traugott Rixey 
Constance Tunneil Bond 
Catherine Vance Johns 
Anne Vaushn Kelly 
Betty Wallace Tenney 
Cornelia Wattlcy 
Elisabeth White Gregory 
Elvira Whitehead Morse 
Virginia Wurzbach Vardy 
Ceciley Youmans Collins 


Carolyn Cannady Evans 
Lisbeth Abrams Bardin 
Carolyn Aubrey Humphries 
Sally Ayres Shroyer 
Julia Baldwin Waxter 
Catherine Barnett Brown 
Joan Becker Taylor 
Elizabeth Blair Gosling 
Dorothy Bottom Gilkey 
Mary Brown Ballard 
Patricia Brown Boyer 
Kathleen Bryan Edwards 
Anne Bush Train 
Carolyn Cannady Evans 
Deborah Carro// Ziegler 
Caroline Casey McGehee 
Lindsay Coon Robinson 
Susan Corning Whitla 
Catherine Co.x Reynolds 
Margaret Cromwell Tipper 
Alice Dahm 

Patricia Davin Robinson" 
Elizabeth Dershuck Gay 
Ann Doar Jones 
Alice Dulaney Sheridan 
Fredda Duncombe Millard 
June Eager Finney 
Julia Easley Mak 
Ann Eustil Weimer 
Anne Fiery Bryan 
Marcia Fowler Smiley 
Ruth Garrett Preucel 
Zola Garrison Ware 
Sarah Gay Lanford 
Goode (jeer DiRaddo 
Mary Grigsby Malletl 
Catherine Hardwick Efird 
Ann Henderson Bannard 
Preston Hodges Hill 
Ann-Barrett Holmes Bryan 
Roselise Holmes Wilkinson 
Marilyn Hopkins Bamborough 
Jacquclin Jacobs Buttram 
Joan Johnston Yinger 
Margaret Jones Keenan 
Nancy yon« Worcester 
Nancy Lake 

Margaret Lawrence Bowers 
Sallie Legg De Marline 
Patricia Levin Barnett 
Joan McCarthy Whiieman 
Vidmer Megginson Ellis 
Sarah Metcner Jarvis 
Marie Musgrove Pierce 
Polly Plummer Mackie 
Frances Pope Evans 
Margaret Quynn Mapies 
Ellen Ramsay Clark 
Barbara Sloan Pearsall 
Donna Siemens Cowdery 
Mary Stevens Webb 
Elizabeth Strickland Wright 
Jaclyn Tappen Kern 
Jean Taylor 

Margaret Towers Talman 
Alice Trout Hagan 
Elizabeth Truehean Harris 
Carter VanDevinier Slalery 

Katharine Veasey Goodwin 
Dorothy Wallace Wood 
Elizabeth Wellford Bennett 
Lucie Wood Saunders 


Marilyn Ackerson Barker 

Caroline Bailey Fritzinger 
Beverly Benson Seamans 
Mary Waller Berkeley Ferguson 
Sally Bianchi Foster 
Edith Brooke Robertson 
Catharine Clark Rasmussen 
Frances Cone Klrkpatrick 
Margaret Craig Sanders 
Mary Davis Gettel 
Diana Dent 

Elisabeth Elmore Gilteland 
Anne Esiill Campbell 
Barbara Favill Marshall 
Marilyn Fisher Hanford 
Julia Freels Chwalik 
Deborah Freeman Cooper 
Mary Morris Gamble Booth 
Joan Gulick Grant 
Patricia Halleran Salvador! 
Anne Hubert Carey 
Mary Lanman Brown 
Kay Leroy Wing 
Fanchon Lewis Jackson 
Margaret Lewis Furse 
Joan Livingston McFall 
Bonnie Loyd Crane 
Virginia Luscombe Rogers 
Frances Marr Dillard 
Frances Martin Lindsay 
Helen Missires Lorenz 
Louise Moore 
Cora Morningstar Spiller 
Jane Munnerlyn Carter 
Margaret Murchison Corse 
Nancy Nelson Swiggett 
Virginia Page Carter 
Jean Probeck Wiant 
Mary Dame Stubbs Broad 
Elizabeth Todd Landen 
Susan Tucker Yankee 
Carolyn Tynes Cowan 
Agnes Veach Brooks 
Elizabeth White Bradley 
Marianne Williams Sizer 
Dorothy Wood Letts 
Evelyn Woods Cox 


Carol Rolston Toulmin 

Annette Aitken McRoberts 
Myrtle Alston Mott 
Sally Anderson Blalock 
Catherine Arp Waterman 
Rosalie Barringer Wornham 
Patricia Barton 
Barbara Bauman Robinson 
Ann Benet Yellott 
Elizabeth Brawner Bingham 
Audrey Breitinger Lauer 
Doris Brody Rosen 
Janet Brornan Crane 
Nancy Brumback Kruvand 
Nancy Butierworth Palme- 
Joan Cansler Marshall 
Patricia Carlin Selvage 
Margaret Chisholm 
Ruth Clarkson KentHeld 
Louise Coleman Jones 
Carla deCreny Levin 
Betty Crisler Buchignani 
Margery Davidson Rucker 
Jean Duerson Bade 
Eugenia Ellis Mason 
Wingfield Ellis 
Mary Jane Eriksen Ertman 
Rodes Esiill Coleman 
Terry Faulkner Phillips 
Ada French McWane 
Mary Jane French Halliday 
Nedra Greer Stimpson 
Barbara Hahn Smith 
St. Claire Hayden D'Wolf 
Ann Kilpatrick Webster 
Joan Kuehnle Kaufman 
Barbara Lasier Edgerly 
Seymour Laughon Rennolds 
Suzanne Lockley Glad 
Patricia Lynas Ford 
Ruth Magee Peterson 
Dorothy Marks Herbruck 
Julie Micou Eastwood 
Jane Moorefield 
Ann Mountcastle Gamble 
Ruth Oddy Meyer 
Susan Ostrander Hood 
Mary Pease Fleming 
Nancy Pesek Rasenberger 
Ann Petesch Hazzard 
Jean Randolph Bruns 
Ursula Reimer VanAnda 
Diane Richmond Simpson 
Carol Rolston Toulmin 
Carolyn Sample Abshire 

Mary Semple Riis 

Anne Sinsneimer 

Joan St. John Curtner 

Martha Staley %xn\\\\ 

Mary Street Montague 

Sue Taylor Lilley 

Joan Vail Thornc 

Ann Van Norden McDuffie 

Angie Vaughan Halliday 

Joanne Williams Ray 

Mona Wilson Beard 



Nancy Hamel Clark 

Sallie Anderson Jones 
Katharine Babcock Mountcastle 
Mary Bailey Izard 
Barbara Baker Bird 
Suzanne Bassewitz Shapiro 
Patricia Beach Thompson 
Edith Bell Burr 
Carolyn Black Underwood 
Leila Booth Morris 
Mary Boyd Ronald 
Jean Caldwell Marchant 
Jane Carter Ogburn 
Sara Clay Vance 
Grace DeLong Einsel 
Ginger Dreyfus Gravin 
Mary Ely Smith 
Sally Fishburn Fulton 
Florence Fitch Patton 
Mary Ford Gilchrist 
Anne Forster Dooley 
Cynthia Fowle 
Anna Garst Strickland 
Sally Miller Gearhart 
Mary Byrd Gesler Hanson 
Nancy Hamel Clark 
Bette Jane Harcourt Drake 
Keir Henley Donaldson 
Holly Hillds Hammonds 
Anne Hoagland Plumb 
Susan Hobson McCord 
Joanne Holbrook Patton 
Louise Kelly Pumpelly 
Nancy Laemmel Hartmann 
Evelyn Lane Fozzard 
Patricia Layne Winks 
Martha Leeg Kalz 
Mary Leith Rutrough 
Marjorie Levine Abrams 
Barbara McCullough Gilbert 
Robbin McGarry Ramey 
Jane Mattas Christian 
Gabrielle Maupin Bielenslein 
Nancy Messick Ray 
Mary Miller Carroll 
Margaret Moore Ripley 
Martha Ann Moore 
Carroll Morgan Legge 
Betty Mundy Littrell 
Margaret Anne Nelson Harding 
Joanne O'Malley Pleasants 
Nell Orand Lynch 
Benita Phinizy Johnson 
Polly Plumb deButts 
Laura Radford Goley 
Jane Ramsey Olmsted 
Jacqueline Razook Chamandy 
Donna Robinson Cart 
Jane Roseberry Ewald 
Patricia Ruppert Flanders 
Jane Russo Sheehan 
Sarah Sadler Lovelace 
Alice Sanders Marvin 
Josephine Sharp Pargellis 
Joan Sharpe Metzinger 
Virginia Sheaff Liddel 
Charlotte Snead Stifel 
Alice Stansbury White 
Joan Stewart Rank 
Frances Street Smith 
Harriet Thayer Elder 
Nancy Trask Wood 
Ann Trumbore Ream 
Marianne Vorys Minister 
Grace Wallace Brown 
Louise Warfield Stump 
Pauline Wells Bolton 
Ann Whittingham Smith 
Elizabeth Wilder Cady 
Catherine Yerkes Grant 
Rebecca Yerkes Rogers 
Sandra Zelie Mulinos 



Mary Siagg Hambleti 

Kalherine Amsden 
Donna Anderson Mullens 
June Arata Pickett 
Joan Arev Harrison 
Kathleen Bailey Nager 
Betty Behlen Strother 
Betty Benlsen Winn 
Joan Brophy Tyree 
Barbara Buxton Waugh 
Olivia Cantey Patton 
Mary Cave 
Anne Clark Gildea 

Jane Dawson Mudwilder 
Virginia Dunlap Shelton 
Anne Elliott Caskie 
Jean Felty Kenny 
Dorothea Fuller 
Margaret Graves McClung 
Anne Green Stone 
Katherine Guerrant Fields 
Janet Hamilburg Carter 
Eleanor Hirsch Baer 
Harrietie Hodges Andrews 
Virginia Hudson 
Dale Hutter Harris 
Sara Ironmonger Greer 
Virginia Jago Elder 
Eleanor yonnson Ashby 
Anne Joyce 
Lynne Kerwin Byron 
Mary Kimball Grier 
Ann Lackey 
Ann Leonard Hodges 
Nan Locke Rosa 
Jacqueline Lowe Young 
Nancy McDonald 
Janet Martin Birney 
Mary Ann Mellen Root 
Elizabeth Mertz Barton 
Caroline Miller Ewing 
Caroline Moody Roberts 
Cynthia Moorfiead McNair 
Nancy Ortf Jackson 
Joanna Parks Husovsky 
Betsy Parrolt McMurry 
Jane Perry Liles 
Anne Phelps Gorman 
Patsy Phillips Brown 
Shirley Rankin Dumesnil 
Virginia Robb 
Ann Saunders Miller 
Joan Sexton Jones 
Polly Sloan Shoemaker 
Mary Stagg Hamblett 
Virginia Timmons Ludwick 
Carolyn Tolberi Smith 
Alice Trilch McClements 
Kirkland Tucker Clarkson 
Sarah Turner Mears 
Ann Vlerebome Sorcnson 
Elisabeth Wallace Hartman 
Josephine Wells Rodgers 
Constance Werly Wakelee 
Courtney Willa'rd Conger 
Jane Yoe Wood 

5 1954 


Jean Gillespie Walker 

Anne Allen Pflugfeldcr 
Page Anderson Hungerpiller 
Magdalen Andrews Poff 
Joan Anson Hurwit 
Loui^ Aubrey McFarland 
Susan Bassett Finnegan 
Joy Bennett Hartshorn 
Jayne Berguido Abbott 
Doreen Booth Hamilton 
Virginia Bramlett Lowrance 
Louise Brandes Abdullah 
Scott Brice Griffey 
Anne Brooke 
Sarah Bumbaugh 
Nancy Claire Campbell Zivley 
Erlend Carlton McCaffree 
Elizabeth Carper Hoffman 
Judith Catlin 

Joan Chamberlain Engelsman 
Barbara Chase Webber 
Caroline Chobot Garner 
Ann Collins Teachout 
Janet Cozari Phillips 
Margaret Crowley Talbott 
Audrey Darden Wilson 
Anne Davis Roane 
Margaret Davison Block 
Jerry Dreisbach Ludeke 
Margaret Ewart Boggs 
Ruth Frye Deaton 
Sally Gammon Plummer 
Jean Gillespie Walker 
Ann Henry Lake 
Margaret Hetley Peck 
Mary Hitchcock Davis 
Hattie Hughes Stone 
Vaughan Inge Morrissette 
DalHs Johnson Jones 
Margaret Jones Stewart 
Jane Keating Taylor 
Margaret Latterhos Smith 
Mary Lee McGinnis McClain 
Kay McLaughlin Patrick 
Jean Manning Morrissey 
Barbara Mathews Holley 
Ann May Via 
Joyce Evelyn Miles Shouse 
Virginia Mitchell Frank 
Margaret Mohlman 
Nancy Paxton Moody 
Jean Morris Long 
Margaret Morris Powell 
Jo Nelson Booze 
Mary Hill Noble Day 
Rosalie OgHvie Echols 
Betty Orr Atkinson 
Joy Parker Eldredge 
Leta Patton MacNaughton 
Barbara Pinnell Pritchard 

Joan Potter Bickcl 
Faith Rahmer Crokcr 
I ranees Reese Peak 
Mary Ann Robb 
Mary Jane Roos Fenn 
Ruih Sanders Smith 
Anne She/field Hale 
Bctte-Barron Smith Stamats 
Beverly Smith Bragg 
Helen Smith Lewis 
Jeanne Stoddart Barenfls 
Ann G. Thomas 
Viccoirc Too/ Pierce 
Merrill Underwood Barringer 
Susan Valier Mulligan 
Margaret Van Peenen Grimes 
Elinor Vorvs Matchncer 
Elizabeth Walker Dykes 
Ann Walsh Cahouei 
Bruce Watts Krucke 
Ann White ConncW 
Barbara Wilson Danietl 



Lydia Plamp Plaiienburg 

Helen Addington Passano 
Nancy Anderson Shepard 
Agnes Burden Sabislon 
Kalhryn Beard 
Frances Bell Shepherd 
Barbara Black Sommer 
Gladys Bondurant Lee 
Newell Bryan Tozzer 
Kathleen Button Ginn 
Catherine Cage Mooney 
Ruth Campbell VanDerpoel 
Nancy Clapp Cudlip 
Alice Cleaves Lewis 
Carolyn Cooper Gates 
Emily Coxe Winburn 
Gail Davidson Bazzarre 
Jane Dildy Williams 
Nancy Douthat Goss 
Joan Fankhauser Burrell 
Rebecca Faxon Sawtelle 
Jane Fellus Welch 
Lenora Fiducia Hartmann 
Barbara Gar/orth Jackson 
Phyllis Gautier Koeppel 
Betty Byrne Gill Chaney 
Nella Gray Barkley 
Ethel Green Banta 
Joan Gualiieri Romano 
Anne Harrell Welsh 
Elizabeth Harrison Austin 
Martha Hedeman Buckingham 
Phyllis Herndon 
Katharine Howe Lovctt 
Diane Hunt Lawrence 
Emily Hunter Slingtuff 
Diane Johnson DeCamp 
Jcaneitc Kennedy Hancock 
Anne Kilby Gilhuly 
Chase Lane Bruns 
Sue Lawton Mobley 
JarK Lindsey Riddell 
Patricia Mc'Clay Boggs 
Barbara McLamb Lindemann 
Amanda McThenia lodice 
Frances Marbury Coxe 
Fredcrika Merriman 
Mary Murray Trussell 
Betty Owens Benziger 
Burney Parroii Cleveland 
Barbara Plamp Hunt 
Lydia Plamp Plattenburg 
Elizabeth Rector Keener 
Betty San/ord Molsier 
Suzanne Schmid 
Susan Seward Vick 
Mary Reed Simpson Daugett 
Mcia Space Moore 
EJetsy Stevens Sutton 
Metta Sireii Halla 
Sally Siroihman Eklund 
Shirley Su 1 1 i/f Cooper 
Charlotte Taylor Miller 
Emily Thompson Gable 
Judy Trevor Nettles 
Patricia Tucker Turk 
Dianne Verney Greenway 
Adcte Voorhees Milligan 
Elise Wachenfeld de Papp 
Andrea Wallace 
Margaret West Valentine 
Anne Williams Manchester 
Camilte Williams Taylor 



Julia Bates Jackson 
Eve Alisheler Jav 
Jane Black Clark 
Ellen Bordley Gibbs 
Carol Breckenridge Dysart 
Joan Broman Wright 
Pryde Brown McPhce 
Anne Carroll Mulholland 
Susan Clav Disharoon 
Barbara Collis Rodes 
Barbara Darnall Clinton 
Norma Davis Owen 

Carolyn Dickinson Tynes 

Virginia Echols Orgain 

Nancy Ettinger Minor 

Martha Field Carroll 

Joan Fisch Gallivan 

Louise Calleher Coldwell 

Sally Garrison Skidmore 

Frances Gilbert Browne 

Ann Greer Adams 

Alice Cuggenheimer Mackay 

Laura Hailev Bowcn 

Mary Ann Nicklin Quarngesser 

Elizabeth Hodgin Williams 

Gwendolyn Hoffman Lamb 

Nancie Howe Entenmann 

Louisa Hunt Coker 

Ann Irvin 

Julia Jackson 

Katherine Kindred Decker 

Corell tauter Murray 

Joyce Lenz Young 

Lottie Lou Lipscomb Guttry 

Catherine Lotterhos Mills 

Mary Alice Major Duncan 

Gary Maxwell Rousseau 

Elizabeth Meade 

Rose Montgomery Johnston 

Kay Newman Yonge 

Carolyn Pannell Ross 

Elizabeth Parker Paul 

Elise Parrish Laughlin 

Cathleen P/ei/fer Ward 

Paula Purse Pointer 

Joan Roberts Slattcry 

Caroline Robinson £llerbe 

Frances Shannonhouse Clardy 

Sarah Sharp Taylor 

Jane Slack Egleby 

Elizabeth Smith Abse 

Kathryn Smith Schauer 

Meredith Smythe Grider 

Nancy St. Clair Talley 

Karen Steinhardt Howe 

Byrd Stone 

Jane Street Liles 

Leila Thompson Taratus 

Mary Thornton Oppcnhimcr 

Prince Trimmer Knox 

Helen Turner Murphy 

Dorothy Urner 

Sally Whiitier Adams 

Alice Wilkinson Kirby 

Anne Wills Hetlage 

Helen Wolfe Evans 



Sophie Ames White 

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Sophie Ames White 

Florence Barclay Winston 

Alice Barnes Knight 

Jane Best Wehland 

Priscilla Bowdle Lamont 

Elizabeth Bundy Tafl 

Jane Campbell Butler 

Anna Chao Pai 

Marylew Cooper Redd 

Elizabeth Churbuck Lewis 

Beih Denny Candler 

Barbara Denton Berlage 

Elaine Dies Colmer 

Carter Donnon McDowell 

Diane Duffiefd Wood 

Dorothy Duncan Hodges 

Nancy Fink Leeds 

Jane Fitzgerald Treherne-Thomas 

Elaine Floyd Fisher 

Eklly Folrnar Hum 

Ann Frasher Hudson 

Mariella Gibson Kerr 

Nancy Godwin Baldwin 

Sydney Graham Brady 

Ruth Green Calhoun 

Dagmar Halmagyi Yon 

Joan Harjes Jasperson 

Charlotte Heuer Watson 

Betty Hunt Adams 

Patricia Johnson Brockman 

Saynor Johnson Ponder 

Joan Lawson Kuhns 

Nannette McBurney Crowdus 

Marguerite McDaniel Powell 

Anne McGraih Lederer 

Elizabeth McMahan Tolbert 

Carol McMurtry 

Roberta Malone Henderson 

Virginia Marks Paget 

Emma Matheson Roe 

Catherine Meacham Colin 

Anne Mellon Kimzey 

Stella Moore McClintock 

Belly Murden Michelson 

Elynor Neblett Stephens 

Susannah Sewlin Archinal 

Elaine Newton Dickinson 

Averala Paxlon Poucher 

Joy Peebles Massie 

Helenc Perry 

Page Phelps Coulter 

Jane Pinckney Hanahan 

Susan Raglahd Lewis 

Joanne Raines Daniel 

Jane Rather Thtebaud 

Sue Roth Olson 

Margery Scott Johnson 

Enid Slack 

Christine Smith Lowry 
Helen Smith Davenport 
Mary Landon Smith Brugh 
Susan Smith Stewart 
Elayne Steele Shults 
Emily Sienhouse Downs 
Susan Stevens Cootey 
Sandra Stingily Simpson 
Mary Sioll Warner 
Carolyn Swift Fleming 
Katharine Tilghman Lowe 
Mary Ann Van Dervoort Large 
Louise Wallace Wilemon 
Mary Webb Miller 
Virginia Weed Browne 
Carroll Weitzel Rivers 
Carolyn Westfall Monger 
Marjorie Whilson Aude 
Anne Wilson Rowe 
Cynthia Wilson Frenzel 
Elizabeth Wilson Woodruff 
Mary Ann Wilson Malefakis 
Natalie Wittich Morrow 



Lynn Prior Harrington 

Dedie Anthony Coch 
MoUte Archer Payne 
Sally Austen Adams 
Susan Avril Schneider 
Barbara Bagg McPeek 
Joan Baggs McKenzie 
Cornelia Bear Givhan 
Gisela Benecke Odell 
Olivia Benedict Maynard 
June Berguido James 
Julia Soothe Perry 
Kay Branch McKenzie 
Mary Lane Bryan Sullivan 
Floride Buchanan Heyward 
Helen Burkett Stevens 
Joan Cabaniss Harrison 
Eleanor Cain Pope 
Susan Calhoun Heminway 
Claire Cannon Christopher 
Alexandra Carpenter Cole 
Ruth Carpenter Pitts 
Dianne Chase Monroe 
Charlotte Coan Biren 
Elizabeth Coggeshall Nock 
Lee Cooper Robb 
Anne Couchman 
Lynn Crosby Gammill 
Susan Davis Briggs 
Dana Dewey Woody 
Cecile Dickson Banner 
Virginia Eastman Gossage 
Marietta Eggleston Carpenter 
Sandra Elder Harper 
Alice EUer Patterson 
Barbara Elliot Eddins 
Myrna Fielding Hamel 
Peggy Fossetf Lodeesen 
Ruth Frame Salzberg 
Elizabeth Gallo Skladal 
Judith Graham Lewis 
Catharine Hill Loth 
Elizabeth Kemper Wharton 
Edith Knapp Clark 
Joan Lamparier Downs 
Maud Leigh Hamlin 
Mary Lineherger Roberts 
Cornelia Long Kaminski 
Carol McClave Mercner 
Ann McCullough Floyd 
Julia McCullough Shivers 
Elizabeth McCuichen Williams 
Linda McGuire Last 
Elizabeth Moore Gardner 
Joan Nelson Bargamin 
Violet Nelson Talbot 
Ethel Ogden Burwell 
Jane Oxner Waring 
Valeria Parker Sharp 
Evelyn Pedersen Oebauer 
Alice Pfister Auly 
Ann Plumb Duke 
Lynn Prior Harrington 
Margaret Richey Toole 
Anne Robinson 
Betsy Robinson Taylor 
Sue Rosson Tejml 
Caroline Sauls Hilz 
Elaine Schuster 
Adele Scott Carulhers 
Margaret Shannon 
Gertrude Scott Caldwell 
Gertrude Sharp Caldwell 
Jane Shipman Kuntz 
Belly Sivalls Davis 
Elizabeth Smith Cawein 
Margaret Smith Warner 
Eleanor St. Clair Thorp 
Patty Svkes Treadwell 
Marsha Taliaferro Will 
Beedy Tatlow Ritchie 
Mary Taylor Swing 
Faith Templeton Rounlree 
Langhorne Tuller Webster 
Virginia Tvson Lawrence 
Betty Warden Hens*in 
Mary Ann Ward Richler 
Dorothy Woods McLcod 
Lila Wrapr Saunders 
Jar>et Wynn Dougherty 



Connie Fitzgerald Lange 

Houston Andrews Kirby 
Sallie Armfield McMillion 
Fortunaia Azores 
Sally Beattie Sinkler 
Joanne Bosserl Thompson 
Elizabeth Brawner Pittman 
Marcia Brown Lyle 
Catherine Brownlee Smeltzer 
Ethel Bruner Davis 
Martha Bulkley O'Brien 
Martha Burnet Carlisle 
Vivian Butler Scolt 
Mary Chen Gutmann 
Diane Clark Schweigaard-Olsen 
Elizabeth Colwill Wiegers 
Margaret Cook 
Mary Cooke Carle 
Patricia Davis Sutker 
Joann Derrickson Slights 
Claire Devener 
Salty Dobson Danforth 
Diane Doscher 
Elizabeth Duke Seaman 
Jane Duncan King 
Deborah Dunning Neu 
Mary Durham Tyler 
Ann Eagles Carrell 
Alice Farmer Brown 
Anne Fisher Crowell 
Cornelia Fitzgerald Lange 
Judith Franklin Campbell 
Courtney Gibson 
Ann Gumaer Johnson 
Meriwether Hagerty Rumrill 
Jacqueline Gay Hart Gaines 
Ann Hearin 

Jacqueline Hekma Stone 
Harriet Henderson Stubblefield 
Karen Herschbach Bates 
Susan Hight 

Gertrude Jackson Smithcr 
Jane Jamison Tatman 
Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb 
Barbara Kelly Tate 
Linda Knickerbocker Ford 
Sandra LaSiaiti MacDonald 
Barbara Lewis Weed 
Isa Lowe Ziegler 
Virginia MacKethan Kitchin 
Sorrel MacKell McElroy 
Cecile Martin Pearsall 
Kathleen Mather Bulgin 
Sally Mavfield Schreiner 
Elizabeth' Meyerink Lord 
Lizora Miller Yonco 
Dorothy Moore Lawson 
Evelyn Moore Horton 
Sarah Murdock Moore 
Virginia Nassib Collett 
Fleming Parker Rutledge 
Mary Payne Hester 
Ann Pegram Lyle 
Susan Perry Irvine 
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Elsie Prichard Cancr 
Virginia Ramsey Eaiton 
Nan Reed Snyder 
Debora von Reischach Swan 
Betsy Salisbury Creekmore 
Barbara Sampson Borsch 
Prudence Sandifer Scott 
Joan Schladermundi Osgood 
Mary Blair Scott Valentine 
Elizabeth Smith White 
Grelchen Smith Buntschuh 
Judith Sorley Chalmers 
Elijabeth Space Dunn 
Valerie Stoddard Loring 
Mary Lee Taggard Jay lor 
Susan Taylor Montague 
Tabb Thornton Farinholt 
Susan Timberlake Thomas 
Mary Todd Singh 
Kathleen Tyler Sheldon 
Dorothy Utf Mayer 
Catherine Waijin Flemings 
Julia Waits Buchanan 
Jane Wheeler 

Anne Camilla Wimbish Kasanin 
Alice Wood Thompson 
Lucia Wood 
Ann Young 



Carolyn King Ratcliffe 

Rheit Ball Thagard 
Judith Barnes Agnew 
Dorothy Barnwell Kerrison 
Barbara Beam Denison 
Barbara Bell Peterson 
Barbara Bowcn 
Elizabeth Buechner Morris 
Starr Bullis Phillips 
Mar> Claiborne Johnston 
Margaret Cook Montgomery 
Joyce Cooper Toomey 
Nancy Conon Ciibbes 
Eleanor Crosby Sinclair 
Lee Cullum Clark 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. McDowell 

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Mclniosh 

Mr. M. P. McLean 

Mr. J. Finley McRac 

Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Medercr 

Mrs. Richard H. Meyer 

Mrs. tdgar P. Miller 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Miller. Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs William C Moog 

The Rc\. and Mrs. Merrill M. Moore 

Mr. and Mrs. Redingion Moore 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph S. Morris 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Morton 

The Rev. and Mrs. W. C. Munds 

Mrs. David Newhall. Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Wilson Newnnan 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold L. Ntles 

Mr. John Lord O'Brian 

Mr. and Mrs. Lee H. Ostrander 

Mrs. Theron McD. Owens 

Mrs, Henr>- G. Pannell 

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar N. Pederson 

Mrs. J. J. Perkins 

Dr. and Mrs. Samuel W. Perry 

Dr. and Mrs. Maxwell O. Phelps 

Mr. W. H. Poole. Jr 

Mr. and Mrs. Alpheus A. Porter 

Mr. and Mrs. Ben H. Powell. Jr. 

Mr. and Mrs. John A. Prevost 

Mr. and Mrs. Conrad C. Price 

Dr. and Mrs. John W. Price. Jr. 

Mrs. Thomas Pringlc 

Mr. Charles N. Prothro 

Admiral and Mrs. Allen G. Quynn 

Mrs. Lden Baton Rand 

Mr. and Mrs. Chester A. Rankin 

Mrs. Donald D. Rasco 

Mrs. H. M. Riichey 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank M. Rowleti 

Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Rusmisel 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene D. Saunders 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Schroder. II 

Mr. and Mrs. Buford Scolt 

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest G. Scott 

Mr. and Mrs. Orvel Sebring 

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard J. Seward 

Mrs. William B. Shaw 

Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Sheaff 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sheffield 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shure 

Mr. and Mrs. Montford H. Smith 

Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Smith 

Mr. and Mrs. William Sorlor 

Mr. John M. Stemmons 

Mr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Tetzlaff 

Mrs. Alsen D. Thomas 


Mrs. Margaret C- Thouron 

Mrs. Fred C- Tilghman 

Mr. and Mrs. Townsend G. Treadway 

Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Trosch 

The Right Reverend and 

Mrs. Beverlev D. Tucker 
Mr. and Mrs. Wil'liam D. Tynes. Ill 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C, Tyson 
Mr. and Mrs. Karl R. Van Tassel 
Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vaughan 
Mrs. Eunice B. von Reischach 
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Vorys 
Mr. Jerome Waterman 
Mr. and Mrs. John I. Watson 
Mrs. W. G. Wemple 
Mr. and Mrs. Millard F. West. Jr. 
Mr. Ernest White 
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Wilbourn 
Mrs. William C. Williams. Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Milion Wirtzman 
Captain and Mrs. Gerard H. Wood 
Mr. and Mrs. Granville Worrell 
Mr. and Mrs. George S. Writer. Jr. 
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Wynn 
The Rev. and Mrs. William W. Yardley 
Mr. and Mrs. John Yoe 
Ur. and Mrs. Southgate Leigh. Jr. 
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Lemmon 
Mrs. George LeVarn 
Mr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi 
Mr. and Mrs. James C. Lewis 
Mr. Hinton \ . Longino 
Rear Admiral and Mrs. Edwin E. Lord 
Mrs. William A. Luke. Jr. 
Mr. John F. Marshall 
Dr, and Mrs. Edward McCrady 
Mr. and Mrs. William T. McCullough 
Dr. and Mrs. Cicorge T. McCutchen 

Gifts From Overseers 

Mrs. Richard H. Balch 
Mr. C Waller Barrett 
Mrs. Richard J. Both 
Mr. Wright Bryan 
Miss Margaret Clapp 
Mr. John J. Corson 
Mr. Hugh k. Dufficid 
Dr. Connie M. (juion 

Mrs. Leonard M. Honon 

Mrs. Remy Lcmaire 

Mr. J. H. Tyler McConnell - ^ 

Mr* J. Wilson Newman 

Mrs. Anne G. Pannell 

Mrs. Houston S. Park. Jr. 

Mr. Charles N. Prothro 

Mrs. Edgar F. Shannon. Jr. 

Mr. Robert C Tyson 

The Hon. Edward Thompson Wailes 

Mrs. Robert C. Wans. Jr. 

Gifts From Friends 

(Including Students, Faculty and Staff 

Mrs. Ralph Aiken 

Miss Lois Ballenger 

Miss Eleanor Barton 


Miss Jane C Belcher 

Miss Miriam F. Bennett 

Mr. and Mrs. Harvey C Bingham 

Miss Barbara Blair 

Mr. Flerman V. Boley 

Miss Eleanor Bowling 

Miss Margaret A. Brown 

Mr. John D. Capron 

Mr. James R. Caskie 

Mr. Leslie M. Cassidy 

Mrs. William C Cheney 

Miss Mabel Chipley 

Mr. Brackett H. Clark 

Mr. and Mrs. Pendleton S. Clark 

Mr. Frank G- Davidson. Jr. 

Mr. Donald W. Denniston 

Miss Elizabeth E. Downey 

Mr. and Mrs. Hunton Downs 

Mr. John B. Downs 

Miss Geneva Drinkwaler 

Mrs. John B. Ferguson. Jr. 

Miss Ruth Firm 


Miss Maxine Garner 

Miss Elsie W. Gilliam 

Mr. G. Noble Gilpin 

Mr. Edward S. Graves 

Miss Ridie J. Guion . 

Miss Florence Hague 

Mr. W. Gibbs Herbruck 

Mr. and Mrs. Ames B. Heltrick 

Mr. John L. Hettrick 

Mrs. M. S. Hines 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Hood 

Mrs, Dorothy K- Howard 

Mr. T. Haller Jackson. Jr. 

Miss Dorothy Jester 

Mrs. E. Runk Kayan 

Miss Mary Ann Lee 

Mr. Raymond S. Lees 

Miss Esther B. Leffler 

Mrs. Bernice D. Lill 

Mrs. Perrin Lowrey. Jr. 

Mrs. Robert H. Lucas 

The Rev. Frank McClain 

Dr. A. Parks McCombs 

Miss Gertrude Malz 

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde H. Martin 

Dr. and Mrs. R. John Matthew 

Miss Freida May 

Mr. Wilson Lee Miser 

Miss Elizabeth Mdller 

Miss Carolyn L. Moseley 

Miss Lysbeth Muncy 

Miss Lydia Newland 

Mr. John D. Owen. Jr. 

Miss Ethel Ramage 

Miss Sarah Ramage 

Mrs. James A. Rawley 

Mr. E. Neill Raymond 

Dr. Carol M. Rice 

Mr. and Mrs. Elias Richards. Jr. 

Mrs. Martha H. Richardson 

Miss Harriet H. Rogers 

Mrs. Marion B. Rollins 

Mr. B. F. D. Runk 

Mrs. Herbert Scovitle 

Mrs. Ephraim Shorr 

Mr. and Mrs. R off Sims 

Miss Elizabeth Sprague 

Miss Ruth H. Stevens 

Mrs. Nora S. Surface 

Sweet Briar: 

Athletic Association 

Bum Chums 

Chung Mungs 

Class of 1967 

Student Development 
Mr. William M. Trausneck 
Dr. and Mrs. Hugh H. Trout. Jr. 
Mrs. Seymour W. Urban 
Mr. and Mrs. Granville G. Valentine. Jr. 
Mr. Mack Williamson 

Miss Jean Louise Williams 
Dr. Terrell Wingfield 
Mr. John M. Yost 

Corporation & Foundation Gifts 

•Aetna Life Insurance Company 

Allen-Morrison. I_nc. 
•American Brake Shoe Company 
•American Enka Foundation 
•American Express Foundation 
•Armstrong Cork Companv 
•Asarce Foundation 

Avalon Foundation 

Barker-Jennings Hardware Corporation 

Barrett Foundation 
•Brown-Forman Distillers Corporation 

Caskie Paper Company 

Central Virginia Telephone Corporation 
'Cerro Corporation 
•The Champion Paper Foundation 
•The Chase Manhaiten Bank 
•Cities Service Foundation 
•Continental Can Company. Inc. 

Cooperative Building and Loan 

Craddock-Terry Foundation. Inc. 

The Crown Zellerbach Foundation 

The Charles A. Dana Foundation. Inc. 
•The A. B. Dick Foundation 
•Dow Chemical Company 

Duti-Duds. Inc. 
•Esso Education Foundation 

The Fidelity National Bank 

First National Trust and Savings Bank 

C. B. Fleet Company 
•General Electric Company 
•General Foods Fund. Inc. 

General Motors Corporation 

Glamorgan Pioe and Foundry Company 
•Gulf Oil Company 
•Hercules Powder Company 

Hill City Tobacco Comnanv. Inc. 
♦Honeywell Inc. 

Housenold Finance Foundation 

•I. B. M. 

A. G. Jefferson. Inc. 
•Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company 
•Johnson and Higgins 
'^ ne Kidder Peabody Fund 

The Charles E. Merrill Trust 

Montague-Betts Company. Inc. 

Morton Manufacturing Corporation 
•Phillips Petroleum Company 
'Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company 

The Presser Foundation 

Procter and Gamble Scholarship Program 
■Rust Engineering Company 

R. H. Schenkel. Inc. 

James A. Scott & Son. Inc. 
•Scott Paper Company Foundation 

Sears. Roebuck and Company Foundation 

Strother Drug Company 
'Standard Oil Company of Ohio 
'J. Walter Thompson Company 
•Time Incorporated 
"Vulcan Materials Company 

Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges 

The John Jay and Eliza 

Jane Watson Foundation* 

•Denotes companies which have matched 
gifts to the Sweet Briar Fund 


Estate of Anna F. Beaver 

Estate of Sue Slaughter 

Estate of Hildegard A. Stiicklen 


July 1, 1965 to June 30, 1966 

Physical Facilities 

Dana Challenge $ 399,287.90 

Science Building 32,293.92 

Chapel 27,011.93 

Students Activities Building 22,182.00 

Swimming Pool 437.50 

Unrestricted 370.00 


Faculty Salaries 130,002.07 

Scholarships 79,334.38 

Unrestricted Endowment 28,026.16 

Frences O'Brian Hettrick Fund 9,799.52 

Chaplaincy 8,080.00 
Dr. Connie Guion Excellence 

Fund 2,000.00 

Mary J. Pearl Lectureship 1,464.00 

Jessie Melville Fraser Fund 1,433.92 

Marcia Capron Award 1,000.00 

Professorships 552.00 

Other 1,592.65 

Current Purposes 

General Funds 103,288.18 

Miscellaneous Scholarships 6,850.00 

Annual Scholarships 5,810.00 

Gifts in Kind (Valued at) 1,741.92 

Library Books 947.11 

Suspense and Other 23,406.99 





Catherine Fitzgerald Booker "47, 
from Dayton. Ohio, greets Anne 
Mcjunkin Briber "43. of Milwau- 
kee. Wisconsin. They are newly 
elected members of the Board. 

The return to campus as 

a member of the Board of the Alumnae 

Association is the experience 

told here by the Chairman of Region VI. 

To Keep Up 
with Sweet Briar 

By Kay Fitzgerald Booker '47 


\\ HEN a student answers, "\es. Ma'am," you 
ki.ow for certain you are an alumna, and that of course 
is not al all unsettling for an alumna of twenty years, 
but it was a bit shattering to the '64 alumna so addressed 
at the Fall Council meeting. Let's say it was the dash, 
the handsome appearance of returning alumnae that 
prompted the respect and cordiality of the students, 
themselves a well-dressed, poised and enthusiastic group. 

The theme of this year's Alumnae Council was 
"Sweet Briar of Today." 

Sweet Briar Toda) , said Dean Catherine Sims, is 
"Classics and Computers." What better wav to say that 
Sweet Briar is both old and new, changing and un- 
changed? From the Whitney Professor of Physics, who 
talked of |Mogramming and computing, to the chairman 
of the Social Committee, who told us "the Bum Chums 
are still cliasing the Q. V.s," we alumnae learned that 
yesterday endures at Sweet Briar and that tomorrow is 

Truly impresseil by what is new at Sweet Briar — 
the Cliaicl. Babcock Fine Arts Buikling. the driveways, 
curbs and landscaping. Guion Science Building, Alum- 
nae House, the Book Shop, Post Office, Dew and Glass 

halls, the changing curriculum to meet expanding knowl- 
edge, the change in admissions policy, the better-prepared 
student, library addition, student cars and phones, even 
the patrolmen's white jeep — however impressed by 
changes, we alumnae naturally take delight in the col- 
lege we knew and found again at Council: the gold and 
crimson October days, the beauty of the boxwoods and 
green hills, the view across the woodlands to the lake, 
the friendliness and rapport between student and teacher, 
the genuine interest by teacher in the student, the integ- 
rity and steadfastness of the honor system and self-govern- 
ment, the character of the Sweet Briar student. With 
memories of other years and enthusiasm for today, the 
alumnae returned for three October days of workshops 
and meetings in order to understand better the Sweet 
Briar of today. 

Over one hundred alumnae representing 42 classes 
from 1915 to 1966 came to Council. They came from 21 
states and 62 cities, as nearby as Monroe. Va.. and as far 
as Pasadena. Calif. ( \ ou may judge how meaningful 
Council is by the fact that Anne Mcjunkin Briber, '43, 
who simply doesn't (ly. did fly from Milwaukee to Lynch- 
burg. I The alumnae came as fund agents, class secretar- 



The changing student: how she is selected, how she is aided by the fund-raising efforts 

ies, reunion chairmen, bequest chairmen, club representa- 
tives, alumnae representatives, bulb chairmen, and mem- 
bers of the Executive Board which has as its head, Blair 
Bunting Both, '40. Also there were alumnae members of 
the Board of Overseers. Nida Tomlin Watts, '40. Eliza- 
beth Prescott Balch, '28, Emmy Riely Lemaire. '30, and 
the alumna member of the Board of Directors. Gladys 
Wester Horton, '30. All alumnae were guests of the 
College and were housed in staff and faculty homes and 
nearbv motels. 

Tuesday morning, Oct. 4, was a time of registra- 
tion, committee meetings (Fund, Regional Chairmen, 
Nominating, Alumnae Representatives, Bequest, Re- 
union), visiting new landmarks (a tour of the campus 
with Peter Daniel, Assistant to the President), and at- 
tending classes open to alumnae. These were classes in 
art by Miss Barton and Mr. Gurney, biology by Miss 
Sprague and Mr. Edwards, English by Mr. Rowland, 
French by Miss Buckham, choir rehearsal by Mr. Gilpin, 
philosophy by Mr. Regan, and history by Mr. Taylor and 
Miss Muncy. 

It was Miss Muncy, Professor of history and govern- 
ment, who at luncheon in Meta Glass dining room told 
several of us (Judy Burnett Halsey. '47. Marion Bower 
Harrison, '48, Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56, Margaret 
Austin Johnson, '33, and others) that today's student is 
far better prepared than she was in past years and that 
she demands much more from her teachers. Dean Sims, 
later on. also mentioned that today's student is better pre- 
pared for college. This fact is not unknown to alumnae 
who see their own children studying more and studying 
certain subjects earlier than they themselves did in ele- 
mentary and secondary classes. Nancy Godwin Baldwin, 
'57, Admissions Director, carried this idea further at 
the Workshop for Alumnae Representatives when she 
pointed out that CEEB scores of Sweet Briar applicants 
have been rising over the years; that in this year's fresh- 
man class of 245, 63% ranked in the top fifth of their 
class, including 44 Cr in the top lO'^f. Twelve students 
entered with advanced standing. Of last year's graduat- 
ing class, 27% are earning further degrees. 

The enrollment. Nancy continued at the Workshop, 
is now 714 (with 75 faculty members! from 42 states. 
District of Columbia, and 13 foreign countries. 23 girls 
are studying abroad, in France, Scotland. Sweden. Italy, 
and North Wales. Her statistics included 1.116 girls who 
applied for admission to this year's freshman class; 22 

alumnae daughters in the freshman class, 20 in the sopho- 
more class, 18 in the junior class, and 21 alumnae 
daughters (or granddaughters) in the senior class. 

J__ HE over-all fee this year is $2,950; it will be $3,100 
for '67-'68. 91 students are receiving financial aid in 
some form from the College. This includes nine faculty 
or staff children attending college elsewhere and for 
whom Sweet Briar is paying tuition. 17 Alumnae Club 
Scholarships were awarded this year; 14 students have 
received National Defense Student loans since July, 1966. 
Last year more than 150 students had 190 self-help jobs 
and earned more than $25,000 in a variety of jobs, such 
as typing for faculty members, working in dining halls. 
Admissions Office, language laboratories, showing slides 
— and counting birds for Dr. Edwards at 2^ a bird! 

Not only have students been earning money, so have 
the alumnae (who may be watching rather than counting 
birds), to judge from the reports of the Bulb, Boxwood 
Circle, and Fund chairmen. 

Kitty Guerrant Fields, '53, Bulb Committee chairman, 
presided at the Bulb Workshop, assisted by Vivienne 
Barkalow Hornbeck, '15, who originated the project in 

Dean Catherine S. Sims presides at the session 'Focus on the 
William Trausneck, Associate Professor of Education, Dean Sims. 
Urdu, Kay Macdonald, Associate Professor of Physical Education. 


Alumnae Magazine 

of alumnae, how she ivorks to help herself, the beauty of the campus around her. 

1951. Since then the project has blossomed into a fabu- 
lous achievement, this year selling over $95,267.02, some 
$9,779 more than last year's total. The Washington 
Club outsold all other clubs with a sale of $10,711. 
The winners of the trip to Europe were Elizabeth Shep- 
herd Scott, '43, of Wilmington. Delaware with sales of 
$1,311.26 and Anne Sheffield Hale, '54, of Atlanta, Ga. 
with sales of $1,117.30. 

Vivienne Barkaloiv Hornbeck, '18, of Washington, 
D. C. sold the largest amount of bulbs ($2,179.94) and 
Blair Bunting Both, '40, of Wilmington, Del. sold the 
third largest amount ($1,288,571, but they disqualified 
themselves at tlie beginning of the contest. 

Gladys Wester Hoiton, chairman of the Boxwood 
Circle Committee, announced that 51 Circle members, in- 
cluding 15 new ones, contributed $148,654.43 this year. 
The range of gifts was $1,000 to $21,217. Membership in 
Boxwood Circle is on an annual basis and is composed 
of alumnae who give $1,000 or more to the College in a 
fiscal year. Mrs. Horton, member of the Board of Di- 
rectors of the College, showed the alumnae the plans and 
drawings for the new student-faculty center to be built 
where the Date House now stands. The Date House 
will be completely remodeled ( red brick will replace 

Faculty." — Left to right, Lilly Rappaport. Professor of Phvsics, 
Prahba Dixit, Visiting Lecturer in Indian History and Hindi- 
Each spoke on new programs and courses in their departments. 

the white frame) and enlarged to include a dining room 
for students, teachers, and guests, a coffee shop, TV and 
card room, lounge, small dining room for private parties, 
and a room for discotheque dancing. In her report, 
Mrs. Horton said, "To encourage support for this project, 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wailes have made a marvelous 
challenge gift of $40,000 to be matched by an equal 
amount by Dec. 31, 1966. This provides a wonderful 
opportunity for alumnae to help improve the social facili- 
ties on campus, an important area of college life." 

Carla de Creny Levin, '51, chairman of the Alumna 
Fund Committee, announced that as of June 20, 1966, 
3,150 alumnae contributed $244,731.63, including the 
gifts of Boxwood Circle members. 

Council was not all facts and figures, however. 
President Pannell gave a reception Tuesday evening, wel- 
coming alumnae, and Alumnae House provided a well- 
stocked refreshment stand, a popular gathering place 
before dinner and late in the evenings. The Admission 
Office gave a tea one afternoon in its luxurious new offices 
on second-floor Fletcher. There, where Miss Stockholm 
read her Shapespeare notes and Miss Muncy taught 
British history, are now carpeted offices, wing chairs, 
draperies, and a reception hall for visitors. Alumnae had 
lunch in the Refectory with students from councillors' 
areas and dinner in Meta Glass dining room with student 
leaders and daughters of councillors. At this dinner 
on Wednesday evening, the Sweet Tones entertained. This 
group of 13 sophomores, juniors, and seniors, is headed 
by Beth Gawthrop, '67, daughter of Elizabeth Campbell 
Gawthrop, '39, who is Bequest Chairman of the Alumnae 

/ \ T THE Opening Session of Council, Joan Devore 
Both, '41, second vice president of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion and Chairman of Alumnae Council, introduced Pres- 
ident Pannell, whose address to the Council was called 
"The Old Math and The New Sweet Briar" (See page 
two of this magazine ) . 

Following Mrs. Pannell's talk was the talk by Dr. 
Ernest P. Edwards, Professor of Biology and son of Dr. 
Preston Edwards, who tau:ht physics at Sweet Briar. Dr. 
Edwards spoke about "The Sweet Briar Campus" and 
illustrated his lecture with the exquisite color movies he 
has taken of Sweet Briar during tlie Fall, Winter, Spring, 
and Summer. As he had stated before in his article in the 

November 1966 


Martha von Briesen 

Alumnae from the class of 1910 through the class of 1966 gathered for the general sessions each day in the Emily Bowen Room. 

The changing alumnae: she will be able to hear academic speakers 
through the Traveling Faculty Program, available to alumnae clubs. 

July, 1966, Alumnae Magazine, and as his film shows, 
the Sweet Briar campus is almost unique among Ameri- 
can colleges and universities with its opportunities for 
first-hand ecological study. Having seen the film, many 
alumnae agreed that Dr. Edwards will be a valuable mem- 
ber of the newly-formed Alumnae Association's Traveling 
Faculty Program. 

Describing the Traveling Faculty Program, Marion 
Bower Harrison, '48, member of the Executive Board, 
told the Club Presidents' Workshop that the Program is 
the result of the Clubs' expressed interest in continuing 
education; that the costs of the Program will be shared 
by the College, the Alumnae Association, and the hostess 
clubs. 13 faculty members have joined the list of speak- 
ers for Sweet Briar Clubs. They are: Miss Barton, his- 
tory of art; Miss Belcher, Miss Bennett, Mr. Edwards, 
biology; Miss Garner, religion, Asian religion, church 
history; Miss Lee, the new math, the computer age; 
Miss Macdonald, tennis, hockey clinics, techniques of re- 
laxation; Miss Marik, piano recital, lecture recital; Mr. 
Nelson, Shakespeare, contemporary literature; Mr. Row- 
land, English, Asian studies; Mr. Shannon, organ re- 

cital, music; Dean Sims, history, political science, educa- 
tion in general; Mr. Hapala, Government, Asian Studies; 
Mr. Raymond, economics. 

r^ OCUS on die Faculty," a fascinating if brief re- 
turn to the classroom, was the one-hour presentation on 
Wednesday afternoon by four faculty members. Dean 
Sims introduced them to alumnae in the Emily Bowen 
room. First was Dr. Lilly Rappaport, Whitney Professor 
of Physics, who described the computer age and, with 
great good humor, her attempts to master techniques of 
programming. She urged college women to enter the 
expanding field of programming, saying that what the 
slide rule is today the computer will be in five years; 
that while we have 35,000 computers today and eight 
billions invested, by 1975 we will have 85,000 computers 
and 30 billions invested. A new faculty member then 
spoke: Miss Prahba Dixit, Lecturer at University Col- 
lege for Women in Delhi, and this year Visiting Lecturer 
in Indian History and Hindi-Urdu at Sweet Briar. This 
attractive Indian teacher, who looked scarcely older than 


Alumnae Magazine 

The changing faculty: they study computer 

programming^ teach Hindi-Urdu and 

golf, direct an active teacher-training program, 

in a curriculum characterized by "a lack of requirements." 

Dorothy Keller Iliff '26 studies the bulletin board in Fletcher. 

the students, discussed, and with persuasion, India's vain 
and mistaken eflforts and attempts to re-create the past in 
modern times. 

The next speaker brought a gasp and then applause 
from alumnae as she rose, for she was the Associate 
Professor of physical education and she was holding the 
new Sweet Briar gym suit: a tartan mini-skirt. At long 
last, alumnae thought, remembering the ill-fitting pink or 
yellow one-piece bloomer costume of yesterday. Today, 
alumnae all over the country, be of cheer now that Sweet 
Briar students are in fashion with their plaid mini-skirts 
and white button-down shirts! And would you believe 
that golf has come to Sweet Briar? It's true. Two putting 
greens are going up beside the tennis courts, and golf 
instruction is available. Gym is required for two years. 
Miss Macdonald told us; new requirements include the 
Harvard Step Test and motor ability test for freshmen, 
and one course in dance, posture, movement, or body 
gymnastics for all students. ( Dean Sims added her 
thoughts to the gym discussion with a remark that she 
still has hopes for a swimming pool at Sweet Briar.) 

Dr. William Trausneck, Associate Professor of Edu- 

cation, described Sweet Briar's three teacher-training 
programs: the nursery, instruction in foreign language 
in Amherst County, and the practice-teaching program 
in the County. Byrd Stone, '56, directs the nursery, in 
which 10 students participate in kindergarten-nursery 
school training. An observation window is new this year, 
and the playground is improved. Dr. Trausneck said. 
The Junior Year Abroad Students participate in the in- 
struction in conversational foreign language in grades 
four to seven in the county, 110 hours of practice teach- 
ing per year is offered in the practice-teaching program, 
and it is done in both elementary and secondary county 

For many alumnae listening to Dr. Trausneck, the 
education courses were new, and a glance at the catalogue 
of courses indicates the changes. Offered now are The 
Teaching of Reading and Children's Literature, Instruc- 
tional Methods and Materials in the Classrooms, and the 
above-mentioned Student Teaching of Foreign Language 
Conversation. In her talk to alumnae, Dean Sims told 
us also that the education courses today are designed to 
help students meet certification requirements at both 
elementary and secondary levels, even though such re- 
quirements vary from state to state. 

J_J^OW Fare the Liberal Arts?" was the title of the 
Dean's talk on Wednesday afternoon. They fare well, 
indeed, alumnae concluded upon hearing Dean Sims' 
eloquent description of Sweet Briar's course of study. 
"The lack of requirements," which permits flexibility and 
variety in individual programs, characterizes today's 
curriculum, she stated. To be sure, certain requirements 
remain: English, 1, 2; foreign language proficiency; two 
years of science, including one laboratory science; one 
year each in literature; classics; history; fine arts; 
anthropology or economics or government or philosophy 
or religion; two years of gym; 25% of 120 semester 
hours in a major field. The degree requirements, then, 
provide the basic tools, or background, so that "students 
may explore the broad fields of knowledge, and in the 
end have a substantial concentration in one field." 

Dean Sims continued, "Although it does not prepare 

November 1966 


Martha von Briesen 

Alumnae stroll tliiMu^li ilir \\u\\\ Is en route to 

President Pannell's reception given in their honor. 

On the porch of Sweet Briar House are 
Ginger Borah Slaughter "62, Molly 
Harris Jordan '62, and Deborah Glazier 
Michael '62, who were among twenty 
alumnae graduated since 1960 who at- 
tended the Alumnae Council meetings. 

Changing traditions: some are new, but remaining ones make alumnae feel at home. 

students for any specific vocation, the liberal arts curricu- 
lum makes them good generalists and gives them the pos- 
sibility of becoming good specialists, too. It is more 
practical, in view of the explosion of knowledge and the 
rapid rate of obsolescence, then so-called 'practical' voca- 
tional education." Firmly opposed to specialization be- 
gun too early, Dean Sims added that the advanced place- 
ment courses in high school often encourage specializa- 
tion too soon. Her opinion of advanced placement 
courses especially interested many alumnae who see in 
their high schools at home the proud announcements of 
"advanced English" or "advanced math" or "advanced 
physics," which to Dean Sims are often superficial 
courses. "The advanced courses in high school are not 
an unmixed blessing," she said, giving us food for 
thought here at home. 

"What do we in a liberal arts college give for 
$3,000?" she asked, and answered: "The opportunity 
for a student to discover and develop her own talents 

and interests. The liberal arts college starts her on her 
way to the acquisition of the well-stored mind which will 
give her personal satisfaction all her life and make her a 
good companion to family and friends. It gives her the 
educated person's awareness of other ways of life and 
other modes of thought. It gives her the opportunity to 
learn how to learn. It gives her the chance to stretch 
her mind and once stretched, it never comes back to its 
original size." 


_J_ \_S WE had enjoyed the talks and meetings with the 
faculty, the Dean and the President over two days, we 
also enjoyed the students' panel discussion the last eve- 
ning of Council. 

"Evening with Studerts of Today," was led by the 
President of Student Government, Mary Bell '67. 
Assembled in the Emily Bowen room were the president 
of the senior class, the Benedict Scholar (just returned 


Alumnae Magazine 

from her junior year in Paris), the Manson Scholar, the 
chairman of the social committee, orientation chairman, 
and chairman of Judicial Board. From these entertaining 
and lively students we caught a glimpse of Sweet Briar 
life today. We learned many old traditions still continue 
— the Christmas Bazaar, Senior Show, May Day, Fresh- 
man Show. Faculty Show, Junior Banquet and class 
rings, the Fall Weekend ( informal Friday night party 
with combo, a Saturday concert and formal dance, a Sun- 
day rugby game) . We learned that several rules we knew 
are changed ( Bermudas may be worn on campus except 
to classes and meals, closing hours are later, juniors and 
seniors no longer need be in groups of three or more to 
visit student apartments in Lynchburg, Charlottesville. 
Lexington). We learned that the "Sweet Briar Student 
Government Constitution is being rewritten to delegate 
more responsibility to the student sphere." We learned 
of new traditions springing up, the one dearest to the 
students now is Tempo, a student sponsored symposium 
to be held March 2. 3. 4. 1967. This meeting. Contem- 
porary Art and Thought in America, will be the first 
symposium sponsored by Sweet Briar students, who are 
asking the support and interest of all alumnae in the 
pro^'ect. $12,000 is needed, we were told, and some 
$7,000 is in hand for the symposium. 

Among contemporary thoughts in America among 
alumnae and students everywhere is the much-publici- 
zed "morality of the student," and this topic was not 
overlooked during the students' panel discussion. 

Current Handbook rules may differ from yesterday's 
and may change, as they do with time and custom; yet 
the Sweet Briar student herself remains the same in many 
ways, in her marvelous good looks and youth, her talent 
for fun and good times, her eagerness for challenge, her 
awareness of world problems yet concern for self, her 
desire for independence yet need for security, her serious- 
ness of purpose and devotion to cause. She perhaps is, 
indeed may well be, more committed to learning and to 
accomplishment than were past students, if post-grad- 
uate w6rk and careers are the criteria for such judgment. 
Certainly, from lecturers and conversations and articles 
on Sweet Briar, the alumnae may conclude that today's 
students are exciting to teach, ambitious to succeed, 
and worthy of the efforts of their parents, their college, 
faculty and alumnae. 

Thursday noon the alumnae departed for home with 
expressions of thanks to the College and Alumnae House 
for their hospitality and program, with feelings for 
Sweet Briar as warm as the sunlit October days they had 

Martha t on Briesen 

Nancy Goduin [Salihvin '.i7, Uin ctor of Admissions, invited the alumnae lo tea in the new .\dmissions Offives on second floor of Fletcher. 

November 1966 


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I.ET it be graciously conceded at the outset that the 
Sunday Salon was born of a surfeit of tulip bulbs! 
The idea was conceived the moment a skeptical alumna 
began to muse over her hu\b bulletin and her hulh cata- 
logue and her hulh order blank, and marvel that what 
was once so liberal arts in reality could become so agri- 
cultural in retrospect. And eventually the musing and 
the marveling took the shape of an attempt to put educa- 
tion back into the alumna experience and take some of the 
horticulture out of it. 

The name "Sunday Salon" is simply a happy coin- 
cidence of convenience and conceit. The convenience is 
in the fact that Sunday remained the only undecimated day 
in the suburban calendar. And the conceit is in the echo 
of those remarkable social engagements surrounding the 

court of Louis XIV where intellectual exercise was the 
order of the day, under the tutelage of certain colorful 
ladies who set the pace with charm and wit. 

Whatever the glamorous overtones of the title, the 
real thing in Westchester is a mid-afternoon gathering of 
from 50 to 90 persons for what the publicists would call 
a dialogue with distinguished guests. And the publicists 
would have a point, because the principal offering is less 
like a lecture than an exchange. There is, of course, the 
more or less formal presentation of an idea, a reminis- 
cence, an institution by a speaker, but then there are 
whatever explorations and expansions the subject and 
the audience prompt. 

For Sunday Salons '64- '65, Anne Pannell, in her 
role as historian, surveyed the domains of narrative ver- 


Alumnae Magazine 

sus analytical history, interspersing interesting sidelights 
on the current college generation. Dr. Connie Guion 
offered vastly moving and amusing memories of her years 
on school and college campuses. Ethel Barrymore Colt 
traced the profile of a unique theatrical enterprise that 
turns the tool of theatre to the education and social serv- 
ice of the community, and then by way of illustration 
introduced the professional performance of a typical one- 
actor on stroke rehabilitation, commissioned by the De- 
partment of Health, Education and Welfare. 

For Sunday Salons '65-'66, Mary Krone, a Sweet 
Briar alumna, and currently Director of the Civil Service 
Commission of the State of New York, described the 
staggering variety of employment opportunities on the 
state's payroll, and the work of her department in filling 
the job openings with qualified personnel. Martha Lucas 
Pate, former President of Sweet Briar, took us vicariously 
to educational and cultural centers around the world. 
And Dr. Lawrence Nelson explored the "Third Realm," 
that treasure island charted by so much of the world's 
great poetry, where the apparently inimical forces of 
material and spiritual, ephemeral and eternal, mutable 
and immutable are turned inside out and viewed as in- 

This then was the meat of the occasions. Only 
slightly less delectable were the fringe benefits. By far 
the best of these is the fortunate fact that the Sunday 
Salon is bringing to education something it never had, 
even at Sweet Briar, and that is male company. In other 
words, it is delightfully co-educational. Alumnae hus- 
bands have paid it the tribute of not only coming once, 
but returning less reluctantly on subsequent Sundays. 

There's no doubt that both husbands and guests, not 
to mention alumnae, are attracted by two further fringe 
benefits: the ease and elegance of the setting, a large 
enough alumna house, and the convival pleasures of tea 
and cocktails, once headier things are said and done. 
There's no doubt either that the Salons in Westchester 
would be poorer, if not nonexistent, without either the 
male element or the home environment. To cross the 
thresholds of the East and the rims of the Dark Continent 
between the walls of a basement playroom is exotic. To 
hear Dr. Nelson's sonorous bass tones matched by bass 
questions and comments is pure relief! 

If the world's best impressarios operate in what 
might be termed a benevolent despotism, the producer 
of Sunday Salons operates in what must surely be called 

a benign anarchy. She is her own lord, that is, lady, 
with as many good and gracious counselors as there are 
interested alumnae. She begs speakers from her own 
and anybody else's roster of distinguished friends and 
acquaintances. She begs houses from alumnae who may 
have been, but will not long remain, total strangers. She 
begs postage from the club treasurer. And she begs dis- 
counts from printers when she's flush enough to afford 
printing, and more frequently, secretarial assistance from 
other alumnae for as many mailings as the budget will 

Wishing she were cleverer, she conceives the most 
enticing teaser mailing she's capable of, because indiffer- 
ence means the wastebasket in Westchester. She may 
come up with a "toile" informal sporting a single ques- 
tion in French: "Avez-vous jamais assiste au salon de 
dimanche?" She may later win Dr. Guion's complicity in 
preparing a Sunday Salon prescription on a proper pre- 
scription blank. And she will most likely lift the eye- 
brows of the local merchant who supplies her with some 
300 checkers for announcing Martha Lucas Pate's "Check- 
erboard Truth." 

She may do the introductions herself, or she may 
find introducers. She may work alone or she may choose 
a committee. But she must desire to cultivate something 
besides tulip bulbs. 


• lALON expenses in Westchester consist mainly of 
materials and postage for mailings. It is club policy to 
offer reimbursement of the hostess for liquor consumed 
in cocktails, but the offer is more often than not re- 
fused. A very modest gift (bulbs for Dr. Guion's building 
at New York Hospital, theatre tickets for Dr. Nelson, 
Sweet Briar plates for Ethel Barrymore Colt, etc.) is 
presented to the speaker. There is no fee attached to 
either a single session or the series, and there is little 
doubt that the experiment would be dealt a nearly fatal 
blow if there were. 

So that's a Sunday Salon, the Westchester way. An 
intellectual adventure that creates a certain air of ele- 
gance and preserves a precious informality. A home- 
brewed commodity from invitation, to cocktails that has 
the personal appeal of hand-done needlework. An echo 
of France that lets the mind go out to play with the rest of 
us. A tribute to the college that countenances vegetation 
only in tulip bulbs. 

By Joan Vail Thorne '51 

November 1966 


The Pattern Is Success 

Woman's changing role today is reflected in interesting, unusual occupations of 
Sweet Briar alumnae. The keynote is individuality, a matching of talent to oppor- 
tunity, a refusal to accept cliches in living. Here, some examples of this trend. 

Marcia Fowler Smiley, '49, rose from file clerk to executive with The Reader's Digest. 


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I jECAUSE she was used to going back to something 
useful in the fall. Marcia Fowler Smiley, '49, took a 
job with The Reader's Digest the September after grad- 
uation. She filed stencils as a starting job. Today she 
is a member of the fulfillment management and adminis- 
tration team covering the magazine, the Book Club, and 
the single sales divisions. 

"I grew up in my grandmother's house in Mt. Kisco, 
N. Y., just three miles north of the Digest offices," Marcia 
said, "and now we live just three miles south. Filing 
stencils was really beginning at the bottom. Happily, 
opportunities were never lacking, and by 1955 I was on 
the first Systems Design committee for The Reader's 
Digest in a project to study computers for list mainte- 
nance. The purpose of the project was to improve cus- 
tomer service in sending out the magazine and the con- 
densed books. We wanted to speed our method of post- 
ing payments, too. I'm pleased to say that we achieved 
our objectives." 

The Reader s Digest was one of the first publishers to 
consider computers for their subscriber lists. The commit- 
tee went on to design fifty-odd computer programs that 
would accomplish this purpose. The Digest first used 
Remington Rand Univac II computers, and now uses two 
IBM 7074 computers. In 1965, Marcia Fowler Smiley was 
named to the Planning Committee by Vice President Kent 
Rhodes. This new team is now determining what methods 
an dmachines the Digest will use in 1968-1970. 

Although her job has grown with the use of compli- 
cated business machines, Marcia did not study mathe- 
matics at Sweet Briar. Her major was biology. "About 
the only thing I do now that relates to biology," she 
sad, "is to put a bandaid on my husband [Leonard L. 
Smiley, manager of the Appliance Division at Consumers 
Union} once in a while." 

Marcia is enthusiastic about the field she chose, and 
particularly about The Reader s Digest. "Mr. and Mrs. 
DeWitt Wallace, the co-founders and owners, have plan- 
ned and implemented splendid employee programs. In 
addition to excellent pension, medical, life insurance, and 
profit-sharing plans, they set up in 1965 a system of 
allowing a selected group of executives to distribute some 
of the company's philanthropies. Each was allowed to 
designate a charity or charities to receive a sum of money 
money from The Reader's Digest. The amount distrib- 
uted in this manner was $750,000 — and this was in addi- 
tion to the magazine's usual philanthropies. It is a tremen- 

dously exciting company, and I am proud to be associa- 
ted with it." 

She said she didn't want to act, 
but noiv plans a lifetime career. 

J_^UCY MARTIN GIANINO, '60, spent her growing-up 
years insisting that she would never go on the stage. "My 
parents were in the theatre, and I thought that wasn't for 
me," she said. "But I couldn't stay away from acting." 

Now a thoroughly trained and thoroughly dedicated 
professional actress, Lucy is spending her second season 
with the Charles Playhouse, a permanent professional 
theatre in Boston. There she and her husband, Gioacchino 
S. (Jack) Gianino, are acting together for the first time 
since they met in summer stock in 1959. 

For long before graduating from Sweet Briar, Lucy 
knew that she would be an actress. She changed her 
mind about majoring in art, and switched to drama. She 
worked at P & P productions. During the summers, she 
did summer stock, and it was at the Orleans Arena 
Theatre on Cape Cod that she and her husband met. Al- 
though they did not see each other again until both 
were working in New York some years later, they honey- 
mooned at the same Orleans Arena Theatre after their 
marriage last July. 

Meanwhile, both were busy laying the foundations 
for their careers. Lucy appeared as Cassandra in the 
Circle-in-the-Square production of "The Trojan Women," 
and gained other Off-Broadway experience in "Electra" 
with the Shakespearewrights and in "Happy as Larry." 
Viewers of television saw her on the Dupont Show of the 
Week, Naked City, and My True Story. With the Charles 
Playhouse last season, she played Victoire in "Poor Bitos," 
Barbara in Major Barbara," and Slise in "The Miser." 
This season, she opened as Angelica in Congreve's "Love 
for Love," and will appear in other of the resident 
theatre's tenth anniversary season plays — Genet's "The 
Balcony," Brecht's "Mother Courage," "Hamlet," and the 
recent Broadway musical. "Oh What a Lovely War." 

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with 
advanced work at Stanford University. Jack played at 
the New York Shakespeare Festival and at the Pabst 
Theatre in Milwaukee. In addition to this, and to stock 
theatre, he has toured with the road companies of "The 
World of Suzie Wong" and "A Man for All Seasons." 

November 1966 


Dick Wetidle, St. Louis Globr^Democrat 

Jane Clark receives award for the best page eililed by a woman. 

Priscilla Shite Graham paini- Imilnns in a studio at home. 

Last season at the Charles Playhouse he appeared in 
"Galileo" and '"The Inspector General," in which Lucy 
did not play. He and Lucy live in a Beacon Hill apart- 
ment with a cat named Pyewacket, acquired for '"Bell. 
Book and Candle" and now a member of the household. 
Lucy, who is known professionally by her maiden 
name, studied dance under Matt Mattox and Martha 
Graham, voice and diction under Marion Rich, singing 
under Graham Bernard and acting under John Ulmer. 
"But I got a great deal of my training at Sweet Briar, 
and it was very good," Lucy said. "And how envious all 
we old P & P people were when the new fine arts building 
opened the fall after we had graduated!" 

From ^'■bnd novels'" to fi successful 
produced play, is this writer's road. 

I I ER only experience with the theatre was in Junior 
League Children's Theatre, and she wrote a play "be- 
cause I wrote such bad novels.." Inauspicious as this 
sounds, it is the background for a successful first pro- 
duction last February for playwright Carolyn Potter 
Echols, '38, who is working now on a third play. 

"When my daughter, who is now twenty-five, was 
small, I wrote children's stories that were used in edu- 
cation courses," Carolyn said. "My son was killed when 
he was sixteen, and it was then that I started serious 
writing, to occupy myself. One of my novels was op- 
tioned, but the publishers wanted so many changes that 
I ruined it in my efforts to improve it. The theatre 
director at Southern Methodist University read it, and 
said that since the best thing in it was dialogue I should 
try writing a play." 

Her first play, "Cat's Eye," might be classified 
"parlor tragedy." It concerns a social-climbing matron, 
her insurance-salesman husband, her scheming friend, 
and her teen-age daughter, all in a setting reminiscent 
of Mrs. Echols's native Dallas. "What Mrs. Echols has 
done is take a hard look at the soul of the status seeker, 
the person whose values are warped and whose only pur- 
pose is to 'belong' at whatever cost," wrote critic John 
Neville of the Dallas Morning News the morning after 
opening night, in a review that could scarcely find fault 
with the play or the production. 

"Louis Hexter, a founder of the Margo Jones theatre, 
got some people — all professionals — together to read 
the play," Mrs. Echols said. "Norma Young, of Theatre 


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Jiimes Math'Twa 

Three, came, and decided to use tlie plav as a benefit 
to celebrate the filth anniversary of that theatre. It was 
very exciting — black tie. tickets at $12.50, and they 
sold out two nights and requested a third. 

"I wrote the play from observation and from a very 
strong feeling. None of the characters was a person 
I knew, or any one person at all, but some members of the 
audience thought they were. I had letters from some 
members of the audience. The New York agent who 
has read the play says it is too regional in treatment for 

A second play, a comedy, is being considered in 
New York, and Mrs. Echols is writing an avant garde 
play now. "What I like is the writing. I don't like the 
other part," she said. "For 'Cat's Eye' I had to be at 
every rehearsal and do a lot of rewriting. I have had 
requests from theatres in five cities to do the play, but 
I would have to do too much travelling and be away 
from my husband for too long so I have said no." 

Mrs. Echols keeps a schedule of sorts for her work. 
She begins each morning and works for several hours, 
depending on how it goes. "I swim or pull weeds between 
writing sessions," she said. "It helps." 

"Kinderkuchen Workshop'''' from home- 
made presents lo family enterprise. 

I I ER daughter's search for an interesting home-made 
Christmas present led Marjorie Lasar Hurd, '34, into 
what amounts now to a year-round business partnership 
with her daughter. The present was cookies, the decora- 
tor's baked, inedible kind. Daughter Julie Hurd Brady 
baked and decorated a few just before Christmas 1964. 
She put them on the church Christmas tree, and the chil- 
dren loved them so. and she enjoyed making them so, that 
she kept on baking and enlisted her mother's help. 

Around Valentine's Day, Marj and Julie took sam- 
ples to the Bird in Hand, a boutique gift shop in St. 
Louis's Famous-Barr. a branch of the May Company. 
There, the buyer took all they had and asked for more. 
Suddenly, they couldn't keep up with the orders. A 
neighbor of Julie's was pressed into the baking depart- 
ment. Julie kept on with the decorating. Marj took over 
the business end. The enterprise was registered in Jeffer- 
son County, Missouri, as the Kinderkuchen Workshop. 

The designs, which look like china cookies, are 
Christmas trees, stockings, Santas, and reindeer; they are 

Lui \ MaiiiM |i|j\r(l Cassandra at New York"? ( jrcle-in-the-Square. 

.Sr, Louis Globi'-Democrat 

Julie and Marj Hurd sill nationally the "cookies" they decoraie. 

November 1966 












After a successful first night, playwright Carolyn Potter Echols, left, discusses "Cat's Eye" with Martha Bumpas, who played the lead. 

bunnies and hens; they are hearts and flowers; they are 
Raggedy Annes and teddy bears and hobby horses; they 
are alphabets and nursery rhymes, often to be hung on 
a cookie board, a burlap-covered, framed board on 
which the cookies may be looped to cup hooks, the whole 
hung as a wall decoration. The cookies are used for 
Christmas tree decorations, firstly, but also in masses as 
centerpieces, as place cards, as party favors, and as 
stocking stuffers and the piece de resistance in the Easter 
basket of a favorite child. 

Last fall, Marj and Julie could scarcely keep up with 
the orders. Large, well-known shops in New York, 
Chicago, and Dallas as well as Famous-Barr at home 
placed oven-breaking orders for the cookies. This year 
their wares will be available at the Christmas Shop in 
Williamsburg, the Little Travellers Shop in Geneva, 
and Cargo of Houston, to name a few. 

With three active little boys, the oldest of them six, 
daughter Julie does much of her decorating at night or 
"like other people's knitting, when I can." Marj herself 
has other demands on her daytime hours, and does most 
of her baking and bookkeeping in the evening. "Before 
Christmas, we'll be so busy we'll meet ourselves coming 
and going," Marj said. "But then, who isn't?" 

Winner of a national press award. 
Editor Jane Clark was no news-hen. 

It IS fashionable to maintain that the girl who is a 
whiz at typing and shorthand will never have an interest- 
ing job — that she will always type and lake shorthand. 
Jane Clark. '51, dispute; this view, and offers her own 
case to back up her opinion. An experienced secretary, 
she was working for the publisher of the St. Louis Globe- 
Democrat when the women's editor of that newspaper 
resigned and the job became Jane Clark's. 

That was six years ago. Last June. Jane was awarded 
first place in the national writing contest of the National 
Federation of Press Women, Inc.. for the best page 
edited by a woman. "I had had no experience writing 
or editing when Richard H. Amberg, the publisher, sud- 
denly decided I should be the editor," Jane said. "It 
was sink or swim — that was my training course." 

The Family Page of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat 
offers features of interest to women, interviews with local 
women or visitors who might interest women, society 
news, recipes, and such syndicated material as medical 


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and personal advice. The material runs fourteen to six- 
teen columns a day, and covers from two to four pages. 
The Globe-Democrat is a morning paper, but the Family 
Page has early make-up, and Jane and her staff — one 
reporter and one part-time copy-reader — work fairlv 
regular nine-to-six hours. 

As editor. Jane spends about a fifth of her time 
writing, conducting personal interviews when time per- 
mits. Most of her time is divided between copy-reading, 
editing, make-up. headline writing, and planning. 

"My liberal arts education has been very, very im- 
portant to me," Jane said, "but I think that if you don't 
have typing and shorthand you might as well not try to 
get a job. Liberal arts alone is not enough." 

Believing this as far back as 1951, Jane attended 
secretarial school in St. Louis the year after she grad- 
uated from Sweet Briar. She worked first for an advertis- 
ing agency, then as secretary with a steel company, both 
in St. Louis, before becoming secretary to Mr. Amberg. 

Outside office hours, Jane does volunteer work 
through the Junior League, and was a member of the 
Governor's Commission on the Status of Women. Her 
job demands most of her time, however, and although 
she enjoys the writing she does as editor she does not 
write as an avocation. "Outside the office," she said, 
"I don't even want to write a laundry list." 

Her hobby turned business is 

time consuming but better than bridge, 

1^ IVE years ago. Priscilla While Graham, '41, was 
about to buy some expensive hand-decorated buttons, one 
day, when something stopped her. "Why, I can make 
these just as well myself." she thought. 

Today, buttons have become a full-fledged business 
for her. She paints initials, sports motifs, and other dec- 
orations on buttons, to order, at a rate of four to five 
thousand a month. "These things just kind of grow," she 
said, explaining how the world beats a bath to her door 
in Hudson, Ohio. "I sell them to stores all over the coun- 
try, mostly small suburban shops. Among these are the 
Carol Reid Ski Shops, and Carrousel, in Lynchburg. Peo- 
ple hear about the buttons and write to me for them." 

After leaving Sweet Briar, Priscilla White Graham 
studied fine arts at the Art Institute in Chicago for 
two years. She worked for Rand McNally, drawing 
maps, and for North American Airlines, towards the end 
of World War II, drawing airplanes for parts catalogs. 

When she married J. Ashton Graham, she left the com- 
mercial art field, although she continued painting. 

She assesses property in a 
rapidly developing community. 

_/\lICE LEIGH CAPLES, '30, may be one of the 
few women tax assessors in the United States. Certainly 
she is the only one in New Jersey, where last November 
she was re-elected for a second term of office in the 
township of West Windsor. The population of West 
Windsor is some 6,000 and Al Caples assesses the value 
of property for tax purposes in an area of about twenty- 
two square miles. 

"To make a speech is the worst thing in the world 
for me," Al confessed, "This is a job you need a great 
deal of training for, however, so that campaigning is not 
as heavy as it is for some political offices. All my friends 
had my name on their cars — my friends like the garbage 
and trash collectors, too. I spent only thirty dollars on 
the campaign. One of my opponents spent a great deal 
of money." 

A Democrat, Al defeated the Republican candidate, 
1144 — 543. An independent polled less than three hun- 
dred votes. The office is a key one because in New Jersey 
nearly all local monies are raised locally through real es- 
tate taxes. The expansion of Princeton, four miles north, 
into West Windsor, and the growing numbers of New- 
York City commuters, necessitates the appraisal of prop- 
erty being used in new ways. Once a potato farm economy, 
West Windsor is now the site of two large industrial re- 
search laboratories as well as the home of commuters. 

"I work at home and keep my own hours, which is a 
great convenience for those who need me," Al said. 
"Often people want property looked at in the evening. I 
go out and look at all properties myself. I also see addi- 
tions to existing properties. I am on the Township Plan- 
ning Board as a representative of municipal government, 
and I sit in on meetings of the Township Committee — 
five men and a mayor — although I have no vote." 

When her husband. Martin H. Caples, became ill in 
1959, Al took over his duties as tax assessor and per- 
formed them under his direction until his death three 
years later. In 1962 she was elected with no opposition. 
"Being tax assessor is not a very good job, really, since 
in effect you have to tell jieople how much their tax 
will be." she said. "Thev can always come to me with 
complaints, but not too many do." 

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By Jane Belcher 

By John McClenon 



By Paul B. Hood 




By Jean McKenney Stoddard, '39 








Associate Editor 
Class Notes Editor 

Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 
Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56 
Mary Vaughan Blackwell 


The sixteenth century woodcut on the cover shows Durer's view of 
of the contemporary classroom. Suggested by Loren Oliver, of 
the Department of Art, the woodcut is timeless in its humor. 

VOLUME 37, NO. 2 

Issued four times yearly: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer by Sweet Briar 
College. Second class postage paid at Svreet Briar, Virginia 24595. 

Briar Patches 

I N THIS issue about the faculty, 
there seem to be gaps, created by 
tliose teachers who left Sweet Briar 
to teach elsewhere. Space does not 
permit a tale of their adventures, but 
many are still in touch witii the Col- 

James A. Rawley, Professor of His- 
tory, 1953-1964, now chairman of the 
Department of History at the Uni- 
versity of Nebraska, is the author 
of Turning Points of the Civil War 
(University of Nebraska Press, 
1966) . Dr. Rawley had a leave of 
absence from Sweet Briar, 1963-64, 
to work on this book at the University 
of Virginia. In the book's foreword 
he acknowledges help given him by 
Sweet Briar College, President Pan- 
neU, and Miss Gemmell and her staff. 

Gerhard Masur, Professor of His- 
tory, 1946-1966, is teaching this year 
at the University of California at 
Berkeley. He plans to return to Sweet 
Briar next year as Visiting Professor 
in History. 

Gertrude Malz, Professor of Greek 
and Latin, 1930-1963, left Sweet 
Briar for Colby College and lives in 
Waterville, Maine. Last year she 
taught at the University of Delaware, 
but she is back at Colby this year. 

Thomas Hughes, Assistant Profes- 
sor of History, 1954-56, returned to 
the Sweet Briar campus this fall to 
deliver an address, "Technological 
Change," a subject on which he has 
become an authority. A visiting asso- 
ciate professor at Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity and a fellow of the Center for 
the study of Recent American His- 
tory, Dr. Hughes spoke imder the 
auspices of the Virginia University 

■ . . and gladly teche. 


iN 1871, speaking of the value of a true teacher. James A. Garfield said, 
"Give me a log hut, with only a simple bench, Mark Hopkins on one end and I 
on the other, and you may have all the buildings, apparatus and libraries 
without him." 

For each Sweet Briar alumna, there is a name to be substituted for Mark 
Hopkins's. The name may differ with the alumna's interests and with her 
decade of graduation, but the meaning stands: for the student or alumna and 
Sweet Briar, as for the twentieth President of the United States and Williams 
College, the buildings and the books are not so important as the teachers. 

Sweet Briar College as it is would not exist without the dedication of its 
early teachers. Teachers like Mary K. Benedict, the first president of the Col- 
lege, J. M. McBryde, Jr., Gay Patteson, Mary Harley, Connie Guion, Wallace 
E. Rollins, Caroline Sparrow, Virginia McLaws, Eugenie Morenus, Hugh 
Worthington, and Ruth Howland, all left positions at established institutions 
in order to participate in the establishment of a new one. During the years, 
there have been devoted teachers whose loyalty kept them at Sweet Briar in 
spite of more lucrative opportunities at other colleges or universities. There 
have been, also, young teachers w^ho have begun distinguished careers at 
Sweet Briar before continuing them at larger institutions, and in so doing 
have given the College the stimulation of their youth and knowledge. The 
power of the personalities of those in both groups has been of inestimable 
influence upon those who have studied at Sweet Briar, and, it is not too 
large a thing to say. upon those whom they, in turn, have influenced. 

In this issue of the Alumnae Magazine, the editors examine the fac- 
ulty of today — who they are, how they live, what they teach, why they are 
at Sweet Briar. The issue is dedicated to them, and to those who have gone 
before them, without whom Sweet Briar would not be. They live for their 
students that quality of Chaucer's clerk: 

"And Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche." 

Qlddly Do They 

V T LANCE down the list of the Sweet Briar faculty, 
from Ralph Aiken, Associate Professor of English, to 
Herman L. Zimmermann. Instructor in Greek and Latin. 
Two things strike you: first, the cosmopolitan back- 
ground of the group as a whole, and, second, the hish 
level of professional preparation evidenced bv the de- 
grees its members hold. 

They have studied at colleges and universities all 
over the L-nited States, from the University of Vermont to 
the University of California at Los Angeles — small col- 
leges, large universities, women's colleges, men's colleges, 
Ivy League universities, state universities, schools of 
theology, schools of medicine, schools of law. art and 
technical institutes. Two hold degrees from Oxford, 
as does the President of the College. One earned the 
Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen; one at the Uni- 

versity of Vienna. Giuseppe Antonio Mirri, Assis- 
tant Professor of Italian, holds the Dottore in Lettere e 
Filosofia from the University of Florence. Peter Pen- 
zoldt. Professor of French and Comparative Literature, 
holds the Licence es Lettres and the Doctorat es Lettres 
from the LIniversity of Geneva. Marie-Therese Sommer- 
ville. Professor of French, holds the Diplome de I'Ecole 
Libre des Sciences Politiques, the Licence en Droit from 
the Ifniversite de Paris, and the Licence es Lettres from 
the Sorbonne. Iren Marik, Associate Professor of Music, 
is a graduate of the Budapest College of Music and has 
a Piano Professor's Diploma from the Liszt Academy of 
Music in Budapest. Prabha Dixit, Visiting Lecturer in 
Indian History and Hindi-LIrdu, and Krishnamurthy 
Ganesan. Instructor in Economics, are exchange teachers 
from India. And two assistants (Suzanne Taylor Gouver 

Alumnae Magazine 

For 35 years Miss Ethel 
Ramage and English 
Literature went hand in 
hand at the College. 



'61 in physics and Mary Jane Schroder Oliver '62 in 
art) and one instructor (Byrd Stone '56 in education) 
were graduated from Sweet Briar. 

But it is the ability to teach, rather tlian a required 
set of degrees, that earns an appointment at Sweet Briar. 
"As an institution with confidence," explained Dean 
Catherine S. Sims (A.B., Barnard College; M.A., Ph.D., 
Columbia University), "Sweet Briar has no hesitation in 
appointing a teacher who does not have a Ph.D. and does 
not plan to get one." 

She named two examples, Leonora A. Wikswo, Assis- 
tant Professor of Mathematics, and Lentz C. DeVol. 
Associate Professor of Physics. "A less secure institution 
would be afraid to do this," Dean Sims continued. "I 
remember that Dean Gildersleeve of Barnard said you 
don't need a degree at all to teach at Barnard, if those at 

Barnard believe you are qualified to teach the subject at 
a sufficiently high level. In making appointments, we 
look at the training and the recommendations, but depend 
mostly upon interviews within the de|)artment. Such a 
group of interviews constitutes almost an oral examina- 
tion. It is interesting that some who have three degrees 
and lots of training don't impress those in the depart- 
ment that tliey have the knowledge that should go with 
degrees and training." 

Of sixty-eight fulltime teachers at Sweet Briar, half 
hold the doctorate. Except for Mme. Sommerville. who 
holds three other degrees, every full professor holds the 
Ph.D. Although no permanent appointment is made 
without the Master's degree, a vacant teaching position is 
open to the most qualified applicant. 

Nineteen of the sixty-eight fulltime teachers at the 
College have taught at the College for more than ten 
years. Dean Sims considers forty-two of them settled. 
"A certain amount of turnover is ine\'itable and desir- 
able," she said. "We take some applicants who will leave 
to complete their training, and some young applicants 
who want experience at a small college before going on to 
large universities. And, of course, there are some mis- 
takes — on both sides. From those who stay a short 
time, one generation of students benefits, and this fits 
into our pattern." 

Once at Sweet Briar, what does the new teacher find? 
What makes teaching at Sweet Briar a unique exper- 
ience? First, because it is immediately obvious, there is 
the location. The country seems isolated to some and 
beautiful to others; too far from great libraries and cul- 
tural centers for a few ; for many others, a haven of peace 
and a perfect place to raise a family. "The country atmos- 
phere works both ways — as an advantage and a disad- 
vantage — just as it does for students," said Dean Sims. 
"The lonely tend to be the single, not tlie married, faculty 

Second there is — and faculty members seem acutely 
conscious of this — the freedom to teach. "Most of 
us come here from graduate schools, where the emphasis 
is on research." said Eleanor D. Barton. Professor of 
Art. "Here, the emphasis is on teaching. You can teach 
all by yourself, not just as somebody's junior, junior 
assistant. It's considerably more work, but you can be 
your own man." 

"There is academic freedom here, of course, but 
it's not just academic freedom." said Ralph Aiken. "It 
is freedom to teach in your own fashion. So much energy 
is spent elsewhere preparing syllabi, making sure certain 
things are taught in certain ways by everyone." 

"How true — the height of the absurd in this was 
reached at an institution where I have even heard a pro- 
fessor present a sample lecture on how to lecture about 
giving a lecture," said Richard H. Busch. An Instructor 
of English for the first year at Sweet Briar, Mr. Busch 

March 1967 

The Department of Biology enjoys the latest in equipment with new quarters in Guion. 

teaches History of the Theatre, Dramatic Theory, Theatri- 
cal Presentation and the Seminar in Drama. "If I were 
to get a job in a big university," said Mr. Busch, who 
holds the Master's degree from Purdue, "I would be 
teaching two speech courses, perhaps an introductory 
course, and then be assistant to the designer • — which 
would mean helping him build his sets." 

Perhaps the freedom to teach may be linked to a 
scholarly administration. President Pannell is Professor 
of History and teaches Origins of the United States. Dean 
Sims is Professor of History and Political Science, a posi- 
tion she held actively at Agnes Scott College, prior to her 
Sweet Briar appointment. Nor is tlie professor-president 
new at Sweet Briar. President Benedict had been pro- 
fessor of psychology and pedagogy at the State Normal 
School at Warrensburg, Missouri. President McVea was 
assistant professor of English as well as Dean of Women 
at the University of Cincinnati. President Glass taught in 
the classics department at Randolph-Macon Woman's 
College before becoming assistant professor of Latin and 
assistant to the director of the University Extension at 
Columbia University. President Lucas taught philos- 
ophy and religion at Westhampton College before becom- 
ing associate dean at Radcliffe. 

Some advantages the new teacher quickly recognizes 
in a small liberal arts college, and at Sweet Briar, are: 

■ the opportunity to teach each year at all levels 
of the discipline. 

■ the opportunity to read all the student production, 
rather than leaving it to graders. 

■ the opportunity, particularly in tlie sciences, to 
do research with students. 

In most departments at Sweet Briar, courses are 
rotated so that new members may teach courses that 
interest them. When the department is as large as depart- 
ments must be in imiversities, and when there are many 
graduate students, the new personnel seldom has ad- 
vanced courses. "Elsewhere," quipped an associate pro- 
fessor with some experience in the matter, "you have to 
do some one's nasty precepts." 

"Few in my position have two freshmen sections," 
said a full professor, "and I have them by choice. A 
liberal arts college gives the student the advantage of 
having experienced teachers straight through her college 
career. No graduate fellows are given all the freshmen 
courses here." 

Although there are probably fewer changes in the 
teaching of courses at Sweet Briar than at a large Univer- 
sity, the parcelling out of courses each year gives the 
professor a break. He does not cover the same material 
year after year and become stale, nor does he forget 
with time the special difficulties tliat the material may 
hold for the students. Keeping up with changing mater- 
ial and new knowledge, of course, may result in a heavier 
work load for the teacher who does not teach the same 
courses every year. 

Alumnae Magazine 

The Departmenl of Physical Eilucatl 

(1 with the magnitude of ll 

Four who teach Frencl 

/~\ THIRD factor in the unique experience of teaching 
at Sweet Briar is the student body. The new teacher finds 
young women who, a popular image to the contrary, are 
serious about their studies and often dedicated to them. 
"My first impression of tlie College was that the students 
were doing more thinking about a lot of tilings," said 
John R. McClenon, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, who 
before coming to Sweet Briar three years ago was a teach- 
ing fellow at U.C.L.A. and, after the Ph.D. was his, an 
instructor at Milton College — a small co-educational 
liberal arts college he chose over Vassar — in Wisconsin. 
"In fact, when I was visiting Sweet Briar, and being 
interviewed, I attended the student play, and I believe 
it was the individual reactions among the audience that 
made me decide to come here. I could tell that the stu- 
dents were not judging the play in a certain way because 
they had been told to. And this year I have one of the 
best students I expect ever to have. She keeps us all on 
our toes, and I've learned a lot of chemistry this year 
because of her. Of course, it's not an activist student 
body. It doesn't rebel, and few individuals do. If I 
give an assignment that's too long, my students will do it 
anyway. This certainly wasn't true of my former stu- 

The close relationship between faculty and students, 
fostered by the isolation of the community and its small 
size, is an advantage for the born teacher. One professor, 

who sees more of her students and hears more of their 
personal problems than she did when she taught at Smith 
College, where the student-teacher ratio is comparable, 
believes that this is because she is now nearer the age 
of the students' mothers. An instructor, whose classes are 
somewhat small, believes that her students — one of 
whose wedding plans she knew before the family — feel 
close to her because she is young. Wliatever the reason, 
the happy relationship that alumnae remember as one 
of the basic qualities of life at Sweet Briar remains. 

"But students are much more outspoken than they 
were when I was here," said Byrd Stone, '56, who heads 
the nursery school and teaches in the education depart- 
ment. "If they don't agree with you, they are much 
more likely to tell you so. And if they tliink a course 
is not what it should be, they make no bones about it." 

"There is a certain element of frustration in my re- 
lationship with the students," confessed one associate pro- 
fessor of English. "I tend to see the halt and the lame, 
and I know so many students only in class, students I 
would like to know better — particularly the very good 
ones who aren't majors, and the freshmen. I have more 
opportunity to do individual w'ork with students than I 
have time to do." 

This closeness between students and faculty, of 
course, is not every teacher's dish of tea. "Some urban 
types don't want to see the students," commented a vet- 

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Members of the Departments of Chemistry 



. . . and 

eran professor whose advanced degrees were earned in 
urban areas. "They want a more ivory-tower existence." 
Not that a member of a small academic community 
lives in a fish bowl. At Sweet Briar, he may live on 
Faculty Row or he may live off -campus, but his personal 
life will be his own to the extent that he wants to make 
it so. Few faculty members live in the dormitories, 
although some eat in the Refectories. Single members of 
the faculty start out in apartments, as do some married 
members. The larger houses on Faculty Row are two 
or three family dwellings. Under certain conditions the 
faculty meinbers from the College may build a house on 
Sweet Briar property by renting the land on a long term 
basis for $1.00 a year. Those wishing to build off-camp- 
us, as well as on, may take advantage of a college policy 
that provides building loans at one and a half per cent 
less than the current commercial mortgage rate in the 

I HOSE faculty members with families will send their 
children to the College nursery school and then to the 
Amherst public schools. There is general agreement 
that the public schools need improvement, and that the 
Amherst county leaders have been slow to improve them 
— funds for Project Head Start were refused, for ex- 
ample, and arguments about integration have taken pre- 
cedence over constructive action. But children who have 
grown up on the campus have certainly not been educa- 
tionally deprived. Some faculty children after reaching 
high school have gone away to preparatory schools but 
many who have graduated from the Amherst County 
High School have distinguished themselves in college. 
For example, the two Wikswo girls were both members 
of Phi Beta Kappa at Sweet Briar. 

When faculty children reach college age, they may 
receive a grant from tlie College to pay the tuition at the 
college of tlieir choice, up to the amount of Sweet Briar's 
tuition. This plan was at first an exchange with other 
colleges, but Sweet Briar found that more faculty chil- 
dren from other colleges were coming to Sweet Briar than 
Sweet Briar was sending out, so that the present plan is 
the grant system. 

The teacher arriving at Sweet Briar finds that there 
is privacy for those who want it, and those who don't 
must make their own lives. Social pressure is at a mini- 
imum. The normal teaching load is twelve hours, and 
most teachers agree that each hour's lecture requires five 
hours' preparation. This means sixty working hours 
a week, and, of course, involves study during evenings 
and week ends. For some, contacts witli other members 
of the faculty come largely through department and com- 
mittee meetings. The more sociable make friends among 
the faculty and staff, and among the Amherst and Lynch- 

burg community. At lunch, there is always a chatty table 
at Boxwood Inn filled with faculty. But the picture of 
a big happy family of a faculty, giving cosy little din- 
ners in each other's honor and discussing early runes and 
late genetic discoveries over coffee, is only a fraction 
correct. Perhaps one faculty wife echoes the feelings 
of many when she says she and her husband are so 
busy during the week that they become reacquainted 
over the week end. They don't want social commitments. 
But this may lead to loneliness for some single mem- 
bers of the faculty, who lack time-consuming family re- 
sponsibilities. It leads to discontentment among a small 
number of faculty wives, who must make an effort — 
difficult for those with small children — to become a 
part of the Sweet Briar or the Amherst community. The 
opportunities are there. Members of the faculty have 
worked with the Human Rights Society, the Amherst 
County Area Development Association, the Parent-Teach- 
er Association, and the Demonstration Library, to name 
a few county projects. Miss Caroline Sparrow helped 
found the Amherst Public Health Association and raised 
money at the College annually to pay a public health 
nurse for the county. Since the 1940's, Miss Ethel 
Ramage has administered a scholarship fund for Negroes 
in the county through the AAUW. This year, a young 
member of the faculty has joined with a faculty wife 
to tutor in the Amherst public school. But the effort 
to find the opportunities must be made by the individual. 


I HE individual teacher must also find the time. For 
not only does he, in some cases, spend sixty hours a week 
on his courses but he also serves on standing committees 
of the College. For the academic and campus affairs of 
the College may be said to be run by the faculty. They 
make all decisions regarding courses to be taught. Thev 
set the requirements for the degree. They rule on aca- 
demic matters, and on some non-academic matters, affect- 
ing the students. Thus they govern registration, class 
standing, advanced standing and summer work, examina- 
tions, grades, and academic absence regulations, and 
also the regulations on overnight absences, motoring, air 
travel, drinking, hazing, and secret organizations. It was 
the faculty who granted the students the privilege of keep- 
ing cars on campus. The faculty elects five faculty mem- 
bers to serve on College Council, in which students and 
faculty join to govern campus regulations, non-overnight 
absences, social regulations, and smoking regulations. 
College Council has the final decision in all judicial cases 
except when it votes for a penalty of suspension or expul- 
sion from the College, in which case it makes a recom- 
mendation of such a penalty to the Administration. 

Perhaps the two most demanding committee assign- 
ments are the Admission Committee and the Committee 

on Instruction. The Admission Committee decides who 
comes to Sweet Briar. The Committee on Instruction 
decides what she shall study. To make such decisions, 
the Committee on Instruction receives proposals from the 
departments on change within courses and on new courses 
to be offered. The Committee makes recommendations 
to the faculty from its considerations, and the faculty as 
a whole votes on each change. When a department is 
substantially changed, an outside consultant may be 
lirought in. 

There are many other committees. Some members 
of the faculty serve on more than one. Eighteen faculty 
committees, three joint faculty-student committees, and 
nine other committees on which faculty members sit are 
listed for 1966-67. This list does not include all the 
committees, such as the Self Study Committee, which 
functions before the College is visited (once every ten 
years) by the Southern Association of Colleges and Uni- 
versities, an accrediting organization. "Certainly some 
of the jobs done by the committees could be done more 
efficiently if the faculty gave over some of its duties and 
powers to an executive committee," said one professor. 
"But will the faculty relinquish one of these committees? 
Certainly not!" 

/\ CCEPTING a heavy teaching load and these re- 
sponsibilities for the function of the College, how does a 
teacher find time to learn? Does he have adequate hours 
and facilities for research? Is there pressure to publish? 
"The College believes that all good teachers will do re- 
search as a means of enriching their teaching." Dean 
Sims said. "Keeping up with one's field, particularly 
in those fields where content and method are subject to 
change, can be a very substantial kind of research. 

"The College also believes," she continued, "that 
over a period of years such research will lead to at least 
a modest amount of publications. But there is no pres- 
sure here on faculty members to do research and to pub- 
lish for purposes of prestige. Sweet Briar is interested 
in good teaching and values this above other professional 

In the Mary Helen Cochran Library are three shelves 
of faculty publications. The collection is not complete, 
for some Sweet Briar teachers who worked toward pub- 
lication at the College and left before completing the 
work have not let the College know of its fruition. There 
are here works in history I Gerhard Masur. Simon Bolivar; 
Eva Sanford, Mediterranean World in Ancient Times), 
philosophy (Lucy Crawford. Emile Boudroux and French 
Idealism), religion I Marion Benedict. The God of the 
Old Testament in Relation to War, Marion Benedict 
Rollins and Wallace E. Rollins. Jesus and His Ministry), 
literature (Doro \eill Raymand, The Political Career 

March 1967 

of Lord Byron J, fiction (Evelyn Eaton, Flight), and 
poetry (Philip Legler, A Change of View). There is 
a whole shelf of professional journals and general schol- 
arly reviews in which faculty articles have appeared. But 
the College stands or falls on its teaching, not on its 
research or publication. 

"Anybody who's not willing to do mainly teaching 
and some research doesn't belong in a liberal arts course," 
said John McClenon flatly. "But teachers ought to be 
doing some sort of research. It is the only way to stay 

Dr. McClenon's own research project, preliminary 
findings from which were published in the Journal of 
Chemical Educalion (June 1966), concerns differential 
thermal analysis and differential scanning calorimetry of 
organic compounds. He has developed a modular ap- 
proach to operational amplifiers in building instruments 
for such analysis. Using the instruments in the Sweet 
Briar laboratory and about forty dollars worth of addi- 
tional equipment, he has constructed instruments that can 
be used interchangeably to do the work of instruments 
available commercially for five thousand to seventy-five 
hundred dollars. He has been negotiating the marketing 
of his methods. For such research, he is enthusiastic 
about the Guion Science Building, where each teacher 
has an ofiice with an adjoining individual laboratory. 
"With this lab, I can have something going while the 
students come in and out," he said. "I just check on it 

Research in the humanities is not so easy to arrange 
as research in the sciences. In the humanities, the ex- 
periment cannot be set up; the researcher must be pres- 
ent doing the work, which often requires books available 
only at the largest libraries. If the Mary Helen Cochran 
Library can order the book, as it is cooperative in doing, 
the time is still difficult to come by. For research here, 
as well as in the sciences, the summers are a God-send, 
and the Sabbatical year a heavenly blessing. Sweet 
Briar is generous with the Sabbatical leave, a custom 

H. Tyler Gemmell, Librarian, takes tea during conference in Delhi. 

which some institutions have terminated. At Sweet 
Briar, the time is counted from the first teaching year, 
not from Uie beginning of the assistant professorship or 
the beginning of tenure. The opportunity to take such 
a leave, with half pay for a full year or full pay for a 
semester, is grantetl once every seven years, provided 
a substitute may be found or the members of the depart- 
ment can divide the extra load among themselves. This 
provision means that it is harder to take Sabbatical 
leave in small departments, for it is difficult to find 
qualified replacements. 

I ^U EXT year, three members of the faculty will be on 
Sabbatical leave for a year; one member, for a semester. 
Eleanor D. Barton, Professor of Art, will continue 
studies of seventeenth century sculpture, primarily in 
Italy. Betty Sue Moehlenkamp, Assistant Professor of 
Physical Education whose field is the dance, will under- 
take study directed towards a Master's degree. H. 
Chester Markle, Jr., Associate Professor of Chemistry, 
will explore recent advances and developments in physi- 
cal and organic chemistry. Miriam F. Bennett, Pro- 
fessor of Biology, will continue her work on periodism 
in honey bees at the Institute of Zoology, University of 
Munich, during the second semester. 

This year, H. Tyler Gemmell, Librarian, and Thomas 
V. Gilpatrick, Associate Professor of Government, are in 
India as participants in the U. S. -India Woman's College 
Exchange Program. Ruth M. Firm, Associate Professor 
of Art, is in England pursuing studies in early nineteenth 
century art. Elizabeth F. Sprague, Professor of Biology, 
will spend the second semester in Europe, and the United 
Kingdom, studying pollination of a species of European 
Pedicularis and visiting gardens and herbaria. Elizabeth 
Emerson, Associate Professor of English, spent the first 
semester continuing a study of "Casuality and Coinci- 
dence in the Works of George Eliot, Thomas Hardy and 
Henry James"; Peter Penzoldt, Professor of French 
and Comparative Literature, is spending the year com- 
pleting a monograph on the comparison between Goethe's 
Faust and Paul Valery's Mon Faust. Lucile Umbreit 
will spend the second semester studying chamber music 
of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. 

It is apparent that each of these programs will enrich 
the professor's knowledge and make his teaching more 
fruitful. Such leaves widen the horizon of the whole 
community. It is not necessary, however, that Sabbatical 
leaves be spent solely in the pursuit of knowledge. 
Lawrence G. Nelson, Professor of English, will spend 
tins semester bringing to completion a critical work on the 
Shakespearean Drama in the context of the Renaissance. 
A member of the Sweet Briar faculty for twenty-one 
years, Dr. Nelson counts this his third Sabbatical year. 

The first was, according to Mrs. Nelson, "a year of 
health," spent at Daytona Beach, Florida with their two 
pre-school children. During this year. Dr. Nelson began 
writing the critical study. The second year Mrs. Nelson 
describes "a year of culture." That was 1959-1960, when 
the Nelson family lived in the house of King's College 
fellow Humphrey Trevelyan, a member of the scholarly 
family, at Trumpington on the border of Cambridge, Eng- 
land. The children attended the school a block and a 
half from the house, and the family all but lived at 
theatres. Dr. Nelson had access to the University Li- 
brary, where stacks are open, and he did further back- 
ground reading for the study there. In completing the 
study, Dr. Nelson will work mostly at Sweet Briar, with 
trips as necessary to large libraries. 

Sweet Briar is generous in granting leaves for those 
who wish to work on the Ph.D. Sometimes the College 
gives assistance for such a leave. One teacher who earned 
the Ph.D. after coming to Sweet Briar is Milan E. 
Hapala, Carter Glass Professor of Government. He 
did all the work except writing the thesis before he 
began teaching at Sweet Briar in 1947. Eight years 
later — two summers at the Library of Congress, a 
third summer at Harvard and in New York on a grant, 
the other summers at Sweet Briar or at Duke, where 
the degree was conferred — he completed the thesis, 
"The Evolution of Political Parties in Czechoslavakia, 

"If I were writing a Ph.D. thesis now, I would try 
to do it before beginning to teach," Dr. Hapala con- 
fessed. "It is impossible to work en a thesis and teach 
full-time. I worked on mine only during the summers. 
Such fragmentation of time prolonged the job unneces- 
sarily, and made it hard — for my family, too. On 
the one hand, it was fine for Sweet Briar to be patient 
and wait for me to finish. On the other hand, I could 
have done the job more quickly if I could have done it 
all at once. Today, fellowships for a year of thesis- 
writing are available, as they weren't twenty years ago, 
and Sweet Briar will grant a leave so that candidates may 
take such grants. But twenty years ago, not only did I 
need a job to support my family, I also wanted to get 
on with teaching." 


»i ABBATIC ALS and doctoral leaves are fringe bene- 
fits received by teachers at Sweet Briar. So are the mort- 
gage loans, the college grants for faculty children to at- 
tend college, the TIAA retirement plan, to which the 
College contributes ten per cent of an individual's salary, 
and major medical expense program, total disability 
income insurance, and life insurance program, for which 
the College pays all or a major portion of the premium. 
Rents are low, other living costs are minimal, the laundry 

is unusually cheap and good. The faculty as well as the 
students benefit from the free lectures and concerts, the 
free movies. In the library, stacks are open. Labora- 
tories, musical instruments, art supplies, typewriters — 
all are available. But the salaries at Sweet Briar are 
still not high. 

They are much higher tiian ever before. The gen- 
eral level of prosperity on the campus, if the surface is 
an indication of the facts, has risen in ten years — more 
faculty members are buying and building houses, fewer 
faculty members have that look of rumpled shabbiness 
that many alumnae, and alumni, all over the country 
associate with the professor. An alumna parking her 
automobile at Guion late one recent afternoon, when the 
Committee on Instruction was meeting there and most 
students had left the building, remarked that her own 
car was tlie oldest one in the parking lot, and the only 
one with mud and dents. 

Sweet Briar has kept up with the trend in rising 
faculty salaries, and the Alumnae Association can point 
with pride to its share in the achievement. But the fact 
remains that the salaries at Sweet Briar are still not 
high and they are proportionately lower for full profes- 
sors than they are for instructors and assistant profes- 
sors. It is to rectify this that the Development Fund is 
aiming to raise Sweet Briar's endowment today. 


I HEN what keeps the full professors at Sweet Briar? 
Many have turned down offers from other institutions, 
and the demand for teachers is so great today that any 
of them could probably bargain his way to higher pay 
elsewhere. The preceding discussion has touched on a 
number of things that keep them at Sweet Briar — tlie 
freedom to teach, the level of excellence of the students 
and of the work they expect to do at Sweet Briar and 
afterward, the location of the College, and its size. But 
there is another element. Among the great majority of 
the Sweet Briar faculty, there is a deep concern for the 
College. Among those who have taught for years, and 
those who are new to the work, lliere is love for the 

The faculty do not play Candide. They know the 
needs of the College — large ones, like settling Sweet 
Briar's present legal difficulties, and small ones, like 
a faculty dining room where greater exchange among 
members will be facilitated. Rut they believe in the 

Said one young assistant professor, settled at the 
College after three years, "I'd rather be in a state-sup- 
ported school that is pushing to go somewhere than in a 
good small school that is standing still. But I don't 
think Sweet Briar is standing still. I believe the College 
will move ahead." 

March 1967 

For a focus on the facility view 

of Sweet Briar, the editors 

are pleased to have two viewpoints: one 

from a faculty member of long 

standing; the other from a 

relative ncivcomer to the College. 

Jane Belcher has taught biology at Sweet 

Briar since 1940. John McClenon 

began teaching chemistry at 

Sweet Briar in 1965. 


on the College 

|WEET BRIAR and I have changed during 


By Jane Belcher 

Professor of Biology 

twenty-seven years here. Multiply our ages by about 
2, our sizes by li/>, and you'll see what I mean. The 
parallel between institution and individual falls apart 
at this point. We were both green in 1940, had shapely 
arches, no shortness of breath, 20-20 vision and time. 
You, kind reader, finish the thought. Biology has taught 
me, if nothing else, tliat change is the eternal variety in 
the great dimension. Time, and a price is paid for every 
change. With each change at Sweet Briar we have been 
heartened by promise of progress and saddened by the 
loss of a tradition or landmark. Let no alumna fear, 
however, that our college has lost its fingerprint. 

A computer in 1940 was a human being who com- 
puted, to be found in the Treasurer's or Recorder's office. 
Now it is a box at an address in Lynchburg which receives 
messages from the area colleges and I have still to see 
what it does with them. In 1940 we cut stencils and 
hand-cranked a mimeograph machine, ending, to be sure, 
with copy, but covered with ink. This same old Dodo 
now resides on 3rd floor Benedict (which was Academic), 
and only two old Dodos, MoUer and Belcher, use it; 
everyone else has switched to Xerox. 

In 1940 my salary was $1,800, a princely sum, and 
solid proof that a Ph.D. paid, since as an M.A. I had 
earned only $1,000 per year. In about 1944 one of our 
favorite colleagues was lured away by a salary which we 
all ruefully agreed he couldn't afford to turn down — 
$4,400. Now I am part of the affluent society, with a Jeep 
Wagoneer to prove it. 

In those days we settled in and soon identified our- 
selves with the college. Today the young instructor 
keeps his suitcase packed, ready for offers in greener 
fields. In those days much procedure could run smoothly 
by gentleman's agreement and tradition: today we spell 
things out, read the fine print, are over-conscious of 
minutiae in commitments between institution and individ- 
ual. In 1940 the jungle was a lush spot near the equator; 
today it is a competitive milieu, teaming with predators — 
it has crept into education just as it has into business 
and government, and we feel its moist breath. 

In those days the type specimen of Sweet Briar 
teacher was a single woman, living on campus; if young 
she occupied a single room, shared a bath with five 
others, and had no kitchen facilities or living room. 
Today there's a balance between male vs. female, single 


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vs. married, and on- vs. off-campus living. The single- 
room-sliared-bath is an anachronism. 

In the '40s we had Characters: Birdie Sparrow, Mrs. 
Raymond, Carl Connor, Miss Lucy, Dr. Scott. Today 
I suppose we"re the characters and don't know it, but 
in any case we are pallid substitutes for those stalwarts. 

The efficiency which characterized our 1940 tele- 
phone system departed with Dial. We had few phones, 
but we had Micky-at-the-Switch-board who knew all our 
haunts and habits. Today, though we all but trip over 
phones, the system itself is constructed of mechanisms 
wiiich insure wrong party or no party or irrelevant can- 
ned messages or mysterious codes from UFO's. 

J[n 1940 the students were largely WASP. Today 
there's a happy sprinkling of names suggesting more 
exotic backgrounds and even one living, breathing, pretty 
Negro. The entering student had only two hurdles still 
facing her — a B.A. and marriage; her expectation be- 
yond the altar was a hazy, rosy amalgam of husband. 
Junior League, comfort, children and general lived- 
happily-ever-after sort of thing. Today she faces compre- 
hensives before her B.A., often at least one advanced 
degree, a job, marriage, Cub Scouts, PTA, and then 
anotlier job. She once arrived bearing clear marks of 
Latin and Alegbra; today there's much less Latin and 
a lot of New Math. She spent Thanksgiving at Sweet 
Briar, and any girl from the West Coast was lucky to 
get home for Christmas; today skiing in Austria be- 
tween semesters is not unheard of. We need to worry 
about our country club reputation; now we worry about 
getting girls into graduate school. 

In the early '40s students had no cars and their 
young men were in Morocco or the Solomon Islands. 
Today we have shopping-center-sized parking lots which 
are full Monday through Friday, empty on Saturday 
and Sunday. During the war years life was centered 
at Sweet Briar; we created amusements and extra curric- 
ular programs involved the whole college community. 
Today, for many, life is elsewhere, time on campus is 
strictly for classes and study, not for lectures, concerts 
and lighter diversions: we select between competing cal- 
endar events, and rarely do we see the whole college to- 
gether. In 1940 the girls had their hair waved and their 

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I See 
Sweet Briar 

By John McClenon 

Assistant Professor of Chemistry 

l^/l Y earliest impression of the Sweet Briar student 
was that she thinks more, and more for herself, than many 
I had formerly known. This impression, like many I 
formed at first, has been tempered somewhat. Yet many 
of my first impressions of Sweet Briar still seem to me 
true characteristics of the College. 

Probably the first thing a new professor at Sweet 
Briar notices is the academic honor system. I find it a 
real pleasure not to have to act as a policeman, and to 
be able to trust the students without having to be sus- 
picious of them. As far as I can tell, the academic 
honor system works very well. 

Student scheduling of final examinations is an im- 
pressive outgrowth of the honor system. Two periods 
are set aside each day during the examination period, 
and the student is allowed to choose when .she will take 
her exams. This assures that no one will be penalized 
because she has to take two exams on the same day. 
It also allows for a much more relaxed examination 
period, and ensures a more accurate evaluation of what 
the student knows rather than what she is capable of 
doing under pressure. 

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March 1967 


By Jane Belcher 

skirts covered their knees; today they have their hair 
straightened and their skirts approach their knees only 
when they're standing up. Their dates were in uniform 
and had crew cuts; today, well, let's skip it and hope for 
something better next year. 

What's new? Babcock and outdoor commencement 
and traffic circles and Bookshop and sidewalks and cement 
curbs and Chapel and Dean Sims and Guion and language 
labs and Meta Glass Dormitory and Hindi-Urdu and 
the necrotic effect of white lipstick and purple eye shadow 
and a Pinkerton Crew and a nursery school and Wood- 
land Road and Alumnae House. 

What's gone, never to return? Manson Chapel, a 
sense of leisure, Fletcher Auditorium, the old P.O., linen 
napkins, the Music Box. 


HAT endures — where is Sweet Briar's finger- 
print? Well, girls still wear loafers; they still tend to 
vote Republican while the faculty leaning is Democratic, 
they still, during the February-March Doldrums, talk of 
transferring, and complain about meals; the meals are 
still superior to any institutional cooking any of us have 
ever known: we still sing Eva Sanford's song, "A Profes- 
sor's Life is not a Life of Ease," to introduce each Fac- 
ulty Show. We still have 3,000 acres of woods, fields and 
streams, and by walking for ten minutes a girl can be 
outside the sight and sound of human activity and know 
the pleasures of solitude. The most important feature, 
however, is the hardest to define. From our earliest days 
we've been blessed by Quality in all branches of our 
community. Perhaps people like Miss Benedict, Miss 
McVea, the Dews and all the rest were better than an 
infant college deserved. Glancing our way these days 
they probably wince from time to time, but Fm inclined 
to think that they often see an Old Morality in human 
behavior at Sweet Briar which they helped to establish, 
and they see familiar marks of Quality in the substrate 
of principles which nourishes our activity, in the teach- 
ing and learning, in felicitous relations within and be- 
tween segments of the community. Perhaps they push 
aside the New Morality and miniskirts and shaggy dates 
and intermittent sounds of bickering or arrogance, and 
they call, "Come here! Miss Dutton, Mr. Manson. Dee, 
Carl, Miss Lucy, Mary, Helen, Genie, Eva, Miss Sparrow, 
Mr. Worthington, Dr. Scott. Mrs. Raymond, Joe! There's 
a clear view, and they're going right along the way we 
hoped they would!" 

By John McClenon 

The small size of a college is not necessarily an ad- 
vantage, but it does allow close contact between students 
and their professors. I remember vividly the excitement 
of being able to observe practicing scholars at work 
while I was still an undergraduate. This may well be 
the only effective way of showing students what scholar- 
ship is all about. From the faculty point of view, it 
is stimulating to observe students who are just beginning 
their study of a subject. They do not have a bias in 
favor of the subject as the teacher does, and they may 
gain some insights the teacher has missed. 

The small size of classes makes better teaching 
possible. I find that student difficulties in chemistry are 
frequently individual problems that cannot be handled 
well in a group. Students seem to form mental blocks 
which cannot be readily removed without individual 
attention. In addition, individual attention smoothes 
difficulties created by the wide variety of preparation 
within the classroom group. For example, those who 
have trouble with algebra will not be able to understand 
the same explanation that can be given to those who have 
some knowledge of calculus. 

Although our students do not all do top quality 
work, they are almost all very capable. Stimulating 
students to do well is a continuing problem, at Sweet 
Briar as well as elsewhere. One of the things I observe 
about the Sweet Briar students is that many of them are 
either too polite, or too timid, to take a stand on contro- 
versial issues or to question something I say in class. 
I do not expect to have a whole student body of agitators. 
But we certainly need more than we have, for some 
degree of controversy is necessary to an intellectually 
stimulating environment. The relative homogeneity of 
the student body is undoubtedly a factor in this, but 
more than homogeneity is involved. The recent student 
decision not to invite Dr. Martin Luther King, appar- 
ently because he is too controversial, is a good example. 
If he really is that controversial, we ought to be exposed 
to him. All ideas ought to be open for consideration 
and rejection only after they have been shown inade- 
quate. A somewhat generalized lack of independent 
thinking by our students seems also evident, and may 
be linked to this caution in controversial matters. 

These criticisms within my impressions of Sweet 
Briar College are by no means carping. I am optimistic 
about the future of Sweet Briar. But I believe such views 
must be made known in order that we mav move for- 
ward. In education, to stand still is to move backward. 


Alumnae Magazine 

From the Faculty, 
Suggested Readings 

I HE nostalgia for college is often the nostalgia for 
knowledge, for the thrill of knowing new developments 
in a field deeply studied. For those Sweet Briar alumnae 
suffering this winter from such nostalgia, the editors 
asked representatives from different departments at the 
College to recommend books which might be of interest 
to alumnae. The replies were immediate, and the list 
is exciting. Some of the books are to catch the former 
student up in advancing knowledge. Some of the books 
are recent publications to be read for pleasure. Here 
is a rich list, to carry the adventurous reader through 
the winter slump, past the spring awakening, and into 
the summer hammock. 


GOMBRICH, E. H.. Medilalions on a Hobby Horse and 

other essays on the Theory of Art, Phaidon 

Press, Greenwich, Conn. 1963. 
Panofsky, Erwin, Tomb Sculpture, H. Abrams, Inc., 

New York, 1964 
SciiODER. R. v.. Masterpieces of Greek Art, New 

York Graphic Society. Greenwich, Conn. 1965. 


Beadle, George W. and Muriel, The Language of 

Life, Doubleday, 1966. 
Grobstein. Clifford, The Strategy of Life. W. H. 

Freeman & Co., 1965. 


Skinner, Cornelia Otis. Madame Sarah, Houghton 

Mifflin Co.. 1967. 
Blau. Herbert, The Impossible Theatre, MacMillan. 



Moore, Brian. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, 
No. 4928 Delta. Dell. 

The Collected Poems of Theodore Roethke. 


Robbe-Gkillet, Alain, Le Voyeur 
Robbe-Grillet, Alain, La Jalousie, Modern French 

Series, Macmillan 
Simon, Claude, Le Somnambule 
Simon, Claude, La Route Des Flandres 
Butor, Michel, La Modification 


Schlesinger, Arthur M., Jr., The Bitter Heritage: 
Viet Nam and American Democracy, Houghton 
Mifflin, 1967. 


Renault, Mary, The Mack of Apollo, Pantheon. 
Else, Gerald, Origin and Early Form of Greek 
Tragedy, Harvard L^niv. Press, 1965. 


Carr, Edward Hallett, What Is History?, Knopf. 

New York, 1962. 
Taylor, A. J. P., English History, 1914-1945 (The 

Oxford History of England, Vol. XV), Oxford 

Univ. Press, 1965. 


Sharp, Evelyn, A Parent's Guide to the New Mathe- 
matics, Dutton & Co., New York, 1964. 

Allendoerfer, Carl, Mathematics for Parents, Mac- 
millan, New York. (Paperback ed.) 


LiTTAUER, V. S.. Russian Hussar, J. A. Allen & Co. 
Ltd., London, 1965. 


McClelland, David C, The Achieving Society. D. 
Van Nostrand, Princeton, 1961. 

Gregory, R. L., Eye and Brain, (Paperback), Mc- 
Graw-Hill, New York, 1966. 


Bayne. S. F., Jr., Space Age Christianity, Morehouse, 

Bayne, S. F.. Jr., Christian Living, Seabury, 1956. 
Boyd, M., The Hunger. The Thirst, Morehouse 
Macquarrie, J., Principles of Christian Theology, 

Ogden, S., The Reality of God and Other Essays, 

Harper, 1966. 


Coytisolo, J. .Fiestas, Laurel-Leaf Library — 

No. 2845-3. Dell. 
Lorca, F. G., Obras Escogidas, Laurel-Leaf Library 

—No. 5013-3. Dell. 
Renaissance and Baroque Poetry of Spain, 

Laurell-Leaf Library— No. 7357-3, Dell. 
Cuentos y narraciones en lengua espariola, 

Washington Square Press. 

March 1967 


I HE "education in sound learning" that Indiana 
Fletcher Williams wished imparted in the school she 
endowed has been a liberal education from the opening 
of Sweet Briar College, but the details of that education 
have changed sharply with the years. Today, the cur- 
riculum taught by sixty-eight full-time professors, asso- 
ciate professors, assistant professors and instructors is 
more diverse than that offered in 1906, when eight teach- 
ers taught everything from domestic to natural science. 

The curriculum has changed with the growth of the 
College, because more students have made more teachers 
and more courses possible. It has changed, too, with the 
times. In 1906, modern European history, from the 
Renaissance to the present, was a one-semester-course; 
so was psychology. Today, at least forty-two hours may 
be elected in modern European history, not counting 
England or Eastern Europe, and at least thirty-six hours 
of psychology are available, from General Psychology 
to Advanced Experimental Psychology, not counting 
courses involving psychology but taught under the de- 
partment of philosophy or education. Between these 
two eras, there have been many steps. Miss McVea, 
Sweet Briar's second president, expanded the curriculum 
to include physics and social science. Under Miss Glass, 
in 1929, the first inter-departmental major, American 
Problems, was offered. During World War II, students 
flocked to a course called Studies in the Present Crisis. 
During the surge of interest in religion that followed the 
crisis, that department offered a popular course named 
Contemporary Issues and Christian Thought and collo- 
qually dubbed "modern problems." 

Basic to changes in the curriculum are changes in 
the requirements for the degree. These have become 
less rigid at Sweet Briar as the College has attracted 
more and more young women who are prepared for the 
high quality education that Sweet Briar has always 
maintained. This attraction has followed the establish- 
ment of Sweet Briar's reputation, on the one hand, and, 
on the other, a growing seriousness among the young 
women of America to obtain a first-rate education — a 
seriousness not taken for granted in 1906 as it is today. 

During Sweet Briar's early years, there were four 
prescribed courses of study that the student might follow. 
Once embarked upon a course of study, the student might 
choose two electives, within the prescribed system, one 
her junior year and one her senior year. Today, the 
requirements for the degree are no longer rigid. The 
graduating student must have lived at the College for 
two academic years; she must have taken a hundred and 
twenty semester hours; she must have the equivalent of 
a C average, and the equivalent of a C in each course 
counting toward her major. She must take English 1, 2, 
Thought and Expression, during her freshman year unless 
she receives advanced placement. 

The Changing 

Except for English 1, 2, requirements for the degree 
may be fulfilled any time during the college career. They 
include foreign language ability, fulfilled by a six-hour 
course in college following adequate preparation, or by 
two years of a foreign language begun in college, or by 
passing an achievement test. They include twelve hours 
of science or mathematics, at least six of which must be 
a laboratory science. They include a six-hour course 
in history; in the arts (art, music. History of the Theatre, 
or History of the Dance I ; in social sciences, philosophy, 
or religion; in classics; in literature. The total require- 
ments for the degree encompass in general less than 
half the hours required for the degree — a typical stu- 
dent spends fifty-four hours fulfilling the requirements 
and has sixty-six to choose for herself. The hours of 
requirements, of course, involve many choices within 
themselves. No one course is required for graduation 
from Sweet Briar. 

/ \ COROLLARY to the change in the requirements 
for the degree is the change in the requirements for en- 
trance. In 1906, a student could not begin one of the 
four courses of study until she passed a rigid set of re- 
quirements: if she lacked four years of Latin or three 
years of mathematics as entrance units she was placed in 
the Academy to make them up. Today, there is a greater 
latitude in entrance requirements. Four years of English 
and three of mathematics are still required, but the lan- 
guage need not be Latin ( four years of any language or 
three of one and two of another fill the bill.) A unit of 
history is required, and a unit of laboratory science, an 
unheard-of requirement in 1906. 

Today the College is in a position to make excep- 
tions in special cases to these requirements. In general, 
however, the required entrance units constitute the basic 
knowledge common to all entering freshmen. One reason 
the requirements for the degree are flexible today is that 
such basic knowledge indicates a wide range of actual 
knowledge and of academic proficiency. 


Alumnae Magazine 

As jcuiics A. Gcirficlcl suggcsfcd, ci'cryfhiiig 

ciboitt a college should stand second in 

hnporfciiice fo its teachers. The ciirricidiim is 

important, however, to the teachers and 

to the students they teach. How has the curriciihim at 

Sxveet Briar changed over the years, and how have 

these changes affected the institution? 

Illdlter That the Teachers Teach 

The changes in the requirements for the degree have 
changed the curriculum. So, too, has Uie change in knowl- 
edge. Change in curriculum brought about by the growth 
of knowledge manifests itself in two ways: in the courses 
offered, and in the contents of the courses offered over a 
period of years. In the mathematics department, for ex- 
ample, twelve courses were offered ten years ago; this 
year's catalog lists eighteen courses. Ten years ago the 
basic course in mathematics was called Elementary Mathe- 
matical Analysis, and was described, "A miified course 
combining the essentials of college algebra, analytic 
geometry and calculus." Currently, the basic course in 
matliematics is called Introduction to Modern Mathe- 
matics, and is described, "Modern viewpoints on selected 
mathematical material including logic, set theory, axiom 
systems, and the real numbers." Nine hours of analytic 
geometry and calculus are offered today as compared with 
three, ten years ago. Among advanced courses added 
since 1956 are Topology, Numerical Analysis, and Intro- 
ductory Complex Variables. 

Changes in the content of courses may be demon- 
strated by the Department of Biology, where genetic con- 
cepts have changed radically. "The physical basis of 
inheritance and its importance to man and society," read 
the description for Biology 217, Heredity, ten years ago. 
Today the description for the same course reads, "A 
review of classical genetics; current theories regarding 
the gene's influences on the organism, its behavior in 
populations and its role in evolution." 

The curriculum changes because of the better prep- 
aration of the students entering Sweet Briar. Gone are 
many of the survey courses — the material they covered 
has been studied by many of the freshmen in high school. 
There is, for example, no Survey of English Literature, 
old English 10.3, 104. In its place is English 103, 104, 
Major British Writers. Although History 1-2, Introduc- 
tion to Modern European History, is offered, substantially 
the same course as 195f)'s Social Studies 1-2, tliere is 
also on this level History 5-6, Topics in European Civili- 
zation, a course which presumes a general knowledge of 

European history and serves as an introduction to his- 
torical analysis. One corallary of this change is that 
the senior's studies are broader and deeper than they 
were in the past. 


I HE curricuhmi changes with a ciianging world. 
Ten years ago, Asia was beginning to be recognized as 
an important and little-understood area. Today, Sweet 
Briar's Program of Asian Studies covers the art, history, 
politics, language (elementary Hindi-Urdu is offered this 
year) and religion of selected countries. Ten years ago, 
computers seemed the stuff of science fiction. This semes- 
ter, a course to teach basic programming concepts in 
different fields will be offered at the same time that ad- 
ministrative staffs at the College convert to computer 

But such changes do not come about overnight, as 
a matter of whim. And seldom are curriculum changes 
radical. The curriculum at Sweet Briar does not follow 
fads. Insuring this much-to-be-desired stale is the Com- 
mittee on Instruction, a faculty group that hears recom- 
mendations for changes within courses and for new 
courses from the departments, considers these recommen- 
dations in the light of the whole curriculum, and in turn 
makes its own recommendation to the faculty as a whole. 
Any change in courses offered, or in the content of courses 
already listed, must have the approval of the faculty. 
The purpose of the curriculum, of the requirements 
for the degree within the curriculum, and of the changes 
as such change seems desirable and wise, is tlie education 
of young women who will use their knowledge well. In 
the words of the 1966-1967 catalog, "Whether its grad- 
uates elect to make a iiome or make a living, Sweet Briar 
aims to have helped them to live well — intelligently and 
morally. The College expects its graduates to know 
how to find out about everything that interests them, and 
it expects them to be deeply concerned in the continuing 
adventure of man's quest for truth." 

March 1967 


Sipeet briar 1977: 

Paul B. Hood, a graduate 

of 'Pennsylvania State University, 

has been Director 

of Development at Sweet Briar 

College since 1964. 

Here, he presents a view of 

primary importance 

to alumnae of the College. 

I J AST December the news of a proposed merger be- 
tween Vassar and Yale was widely reported in the 
public press. These accounts stimulated some spirited 
cocktail conversation over the holidays; but they also 
raised some very serious questions. If venerable Vassar 
with over 1,600 students, forty million dollars of endow- 
ment, and a proud tradition dating back more than five 
generations is considering such a portentous step, what 
has the future in store for a youngster like Sweet Briar? 
Are the days of the small, independent woman's college 

In Sweet Briar's case, this is not a question of sur- 
vival per se. By gradually lowering its academic stan- 
dards, this College could probably exist indefinitely as 
a fashionable southern finishing school. Such a course, 
however, is repugnant to the board, the administration, 
and the alumnae. The question, then, is not can Sweet 
Briar survive; but rather, can Sweet Briar survive as a 
first-rate, independent, liberal arts college? 

^^tIIANTED a concerned, active governing board, 
and an enlightened administration, the essential ingred- 
ients of a first-rate college are good students, good teach- 
ers, and proper facilities. Thanks to its hard-won reputa- 
tion for scholastic excellence ( and, in a large measure to 
the energy, persuasiveness, and charm of its Alumnae 
Representatives on Admission ) Sweet Briar is blessed 
with a wealth of well-qualified applicants. If the pres- 
ent demand for college admission nationally continues 
and if this college's present high standards are main- 
tained, there is every reason to be optimistic about Sweet 
Briar's ability to attract good students. Such recent addi- 
tions as the Mary Reynolds Babcock Fine Arts Center, 
the Memorial Chapel, the Connie M. Guion Science 
Building, and the Charles A. Dana Library Wing have 
provided physical facilities which are more than suffi- 
cient for the forseeable future. 

The key to Sweet Briar's survival will be its ability 
to provide sufficient financing to recruit and hold teachers 
of the quality of its present fine faculty. Mr. Hechinger, 


Alumnae Magazine 

d challenge to the Alumnae 

By Paul B. Hood 

in his December 17 New York Times article, said, "The 
reason Vassar might want to join forces with Yale is . . . 
that the independent and relatively isolated liberal arts 
colleges, whether co-educational or not. find it increas- 
ingly difficult to compete for faculty talent with the 
universities." In Sweet Briar's case these difficulties 
are compounded by the fact that this College is seeking 
a particular kind of faculty member — one who is 
becoming a rather "rare bird." While independent 
scholarship, research, and publication are encouraged, 
the Sweet Briar College faculty is primarily a teaching 
faculty; and the College seeks the man or woman whose 
first love is teaching undergraduates, who is concerned 
with the personal development and intellectual growth of 
each individual student. 

To such a person there is much about this College 
which is attractive. Such things as highly motivated, 
intelligent students; the serenity and beauty of this rural 
campus; the absence of big-city, big-campus pressures; 
and no "publish or perish" policy are difficult to eval- 
uate but play a part in faculty recruitment. The first 
consideration, however, is financial compensation — salary 
plus benefits — and it is here, I believe, that Sweet Briar 
College ultimately will either stand or fall as a first-rank 

V^ y VER the past ten years faculty salaries at Sweet 
Briar have doubled. In 1956 the minimum yearly salary 
of a full professor was .85,000; today it is $10,000. 
Ten years ago some instructors were receiving as little as 
$3,000. Today, no member of the Sweet Briar faculty 
earns less than $6,000. In addition to "take home pay," 
for every faculty member the College pays all of or con- 
tributes to: a) TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan, b) 
Major Medical Expense Insurance. c) Total Disability 
Income Insurance, d) Group Life Insurance. A low 
cost group hospital and surgical plan is offered to those 
who wish to subscribe. Other benefits available to 
faculty members include sabbatical leaves, sick leave, 
subsidized laundry, research grants, faculty home loan 

plan, and college tuition grants, for faculty children. 
All this costs a great deal of money. Out of a 
total operating budget of $1,6.36,000 (excluding room 
and board) last year nearly $700,000 went to faculty 
salaries and benefits. To keep pace nationally, it is not 
unrealistic to expect that Sweet Briar will be required 
to more than double that figure in the next decade. 


I HREE main sources of income make up the College's 
educational dollar — tuition accounts for almost 83^; 
current gifts and grants another 10^; and endowment 
income about 6^. (The remaining penny comes from 
"other sources.") Because of its relatively modest en- 
dowment of less than seven million dollars. Sweet Briar 
has had to rely heavily on tuition income to underwrite 
the educational program. However, with a comprehen- 
sive fee of $3,100 beginning September 1967, there is a 
danger of pricing Sweet Briar beyond the means of 
students the College would like to have. It is, therefore, 
essential to reduce this dependence on fees by vastly 
increasing income from endowment and current gifts and 

The Master Plan Committee, in its November 20, 
1965 Report to the Board of Overseers had as its First 
Recommendation "That priority be given to increasing the 
endowment of Sweet Briar College from its present mark- 
et value to $30,000,000 by 1976." The Committee's 
Second Recommendation was. "A concentrated effort 
should be made to increase unrestricted 'Annual Giving' 
from its present level (about $96,000) to $300,000 by 
1976." These measures, together with other steps recom- 
mended by the Committee, would go far toward provid- 
ing the financing the College must have for future faculty 

The answer to the challenge presented to Sweet Briar 
by the Vassar- Yale marriage. I believe, lies in this Col- 
lege's ability to find. hire, and hold top quality teachers. 

The financial means of achieving such a goal con- 
stitutes a challenge to all those who concern themselves 
with Sweet Briar. 

March 1967 





Jose Litnon is one of many Jaiiccrs «ho have peilurnied al Siweel Briar under the auspices of tlie Committee on Lectures and Concerts. 

Emlyn Williams presented an evening of 
readings from Charles Dickens in 1965. 
Here he creates the part of Mr. Guppy. 

Robert Frost, here with Bettye Thomas, '62, 
spoke to an overflow house in Babcock. 

Mme. Indira Gandlii created 
conflicting reactions in her 
Sweet Briar audience, 1962. 


Alumnae Magazine 

Teachers and subject rnafter are basic 

components of the community 

inteUecfttal experience. To make the experience 

richer, Siveet Briar has over the 

years invited members of the wider intellectual and 

cultural community — the world — to bring 

their genius to the Blue Ridge foothills. 

They Enrich the Curriculum 

_/\ SHAKESPEAREAN drama direct from Stratford 
in Ontario. The Salzburg Marionettes in "The Magic 
Flute." Lectures by a foremost British historian, a lead- 
ing French critic, a Nobel Prize-winning poet. Concerts 
by prima divas of major opera companies. These are 
among the entertainments offered. 

Mid-town Manhattan billboards? The variety and 
the quality would certainly lead you to think so. But 
not at all. The announcements are from the bulletin 
boards of Sweet Briar College, where through tlie years 
they have come to seem commonplace. Far from metro- 
politan areas where such artists and scholars usually 
make appearances, Sweet Briar has been able to benefit 
from the aesthetic pleasures and the new ideas tliat they 
can give. The lectures and concerts are free, and are, 
moreover, open to the outlying communities as well as to 
the College. 

The lecture and concert tradition goes back almost 
to the beginning of the College community. The series 
was inaugurated by the faculty in 1907, and was financed 
tliat first year, according to Martha Lou Lemmon Stohl- 
man, '34, in The Story of Sweet Briar College, by two- 
dollar contributions from each member of the faculty 
and from parents of the students. Among the first-year 
attractions were the Schubert String Quartette of Boston, 
a reading of The Merry Wives of Windsor, and a clergy- 
man lecturing on "The Guises." Wrote Mrs. Stohlman, 
"This was the beginning of a feature of Sweet Briar's 
college year which has always been an important adjunct 
to scheduled classes. Most Friday evenings later on were 
taken up with outstanding speakers and performers. One 
of the pleasant by-products of the lecture and concert 

series has been its effect of providing a binding tie for 
the whole community." 

The continuing success of the series was due partly 
to the devoted work of Miss Miriam H. Weaver, Associate 
Professor of Music, Emeritus, who was chairman of the 
Committee on Lectures and Concerts from 1926 to 1953. 
Her discriminating taste, particularly in music, was the 
cause of many of the fine concerts the commmiity enjoyed 
during tliose years. Nor did she neglect the lectures. 
At the present time. Miss Lucile Umbreit, Professor of 
Music, is in charge of musical events, and Dr. Maxine 
Garner, Professor of Religion, those events of lectures, 
dance and drama. 

[ J EFORE easy transportation led to the holiday exo- 
dus, the biggest entertainment of the year was at Thanks- 
giving. Later, the number of concerts was reduced, in 
order to raise the quality of the selections. At irregular 
intervals, tlie lecture and concert series included a Sym- 
posium. During a Symposium, classes are suspended, 
and the whole community profits by a series of outside 
speakers and entertainers on one subject or theme. This 
may be Understanding Asia as in 1955, or Modern 
Science and Human Values, as in 1958, or Religion and 
the Arts, as in 1963. A highly anticipated event in the 
life of tlie community, a Symposium leads to fruitful 
learning and lively discussion among faculty and students 
of diverse talents and interests. 

During tlie beginning years of tlie lecture and concert 
series, Arthur Fiedler directed the Sinfonietta from the 
Boston Symphony Orchestra at Sweet Briar each year. 

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Dame Judith Anderson as Medea 

In 1937. soon after it was formed, the National Sym- 
phony Orchestra of Washington, D. C, gave a concert 
at the College, and returned almost annually — and 
sometimes more than once a year — until 1962. Today 
the trend at the College is to enjoy small choruses and 
chamber ensembles. The Quartetto Italiano, the Vienna 
Octet, and the Budapest Quartet are among those who 
have played at Sweet Briar. Myra Hess gave several 
concerts at the College during the 1930's, and, more 
recently, Philippe Entremont and Joerg Demus were 
among the performers for the series. The superb Cana- 
dian soprano, Maureen Forrested, has also sung here 
more than once. 

A memorable concert was that given by Leontyne 
Price in 1950, while she was still a student at the Juil- 
liard School of Music. Mrs. Alexander Chisholm, mother 
of Peggy Chisholm, '51, who had sponsored and encour- 
aged Leontyne Price's studies, came from Mississippi to 
accompany her at that concert, one of Miss Price's first 
recitals outside Mississippi. 

Leontyne Price is not the only world figure to visit 
Sweet Briar before becoming famous, giving many grad- 
uates that great pleasure of saying, "I remember him 
when . . ." Mme. Indira Gandhi was well-known when 
she visited the College in 1962, but she had not yet be- 
come Prime Minister of India. Vladimir Nabokov was 
an established writer, but had not attained the notoriety 
Lolita brought him, when he lectured in 1943 on Tolstoi 
and on "A Century of Exile: The Strange Fate of Rus- 
sian Literature." Dean Rusk commanded respect as the 
president of the Rockefeller Foundation, rather than as 
the Secretary of State, when he delivered the Commence- 
ment address in 1954. 

But many have come to Sweet Briar after they were 
famous. W. H. Auden was recognized as one of Eng- 
land's foremost poets before his visit to the College. 
Robert Frost was the grand old man of American poetry 
when he gave a reading from his works, peppered with 
his comments on the world scene, in the Mary Reynolds 

Babcock Fine Arts Center in December, 1961. Because 
of the weather and tlie distance, Mr. Frost's coming could 
not be certain, and was not publicized. Nevertheless, he 
did come, pronouncing the trip far easier than many 
he normally made to New England colleges, and the new 
auditorium was filled and overflowing. 

Eleanor Roosevelt was perhaps the leading woman in 
America when she addressed Sweet Briar students in 
1948. Her visit was due not to planning by the Com- 
mittee on Lectures and Concerts, but to the efforts of 
several students. Wayne Stokes, a member of the Inter- 
national Affairs Club, rode to Sweet Briar on the train 
with a Chatham Hall student who said Mrs. Roosevelt 
was to visit that school within several weeks. It was the 
International Affairs Club that wrote to invite Mrs. 
Roosevelt to stop at Sweet Briar on her way to Chatham 
Hall. Immediately came a polite, typewritten refusal, 
with a postscript in Mrs. Roosevelt's hand — since 
dictating the reply, she said, she had discovered that 
she could stop over at Sweet Briar if she could speak to 
the students at noon on Saturday. It was Midwinters 
dance week end, and boys visiting the campus helped put 
folding chairs in the gymnasium, already decorated for 
the dance that night. Mrs. Roosevelt spoke to a full 
house. The President of the College, Dr. Martha Lucas, 
returning early from a trip to greet Mrs. Roosevelt, dis- 
covered that the students had arranged to introduce 
the speaker themselves, and to entertain her at luncheon 

In ADDITION to lecturing, many of the writers and 
poets have spoken to students in small, informal groups. 
Students crowded the parlor in Reid to ask questions of 
Emily Bowen in 1954, when she came to deliver the Phi 
Beta Kappa address. Katherine Anne Porter had break- 
fast with students in the Boxwood Inn on one of her two 
trips (1953 and 19591 to the College. Earlier, Gertrude 
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in person, according to Mrs. Stohlman. John Ciardi 
11956, 1963), Mark Van Doren (1959), Flannery O'Con- 
nor (1963) and Reynolds Price 1 1964) are among many 
who have impressed the community witii their gracious- 
ness as well as with their scholarship and genius. 

Lest the peace and beauty of the Sweet Briar campus 
make tlie troubles of the outside world seem too distant 
for concern, the lecture and concert series brings men and 
women whose knowledge of, and involvement in, world 
affairs makes these immediate for the community. In 
the early 1930's Norman Thomas described socialism to 
a Sweet Briar audience; 20 years later, he again visited 
the campus. Norman Cousins discussed his ideas of 
world unity in 1954 and in 1962. Vera Micheles Dean 
elucidated foreign policy in 1943, 1955 and 1960: Sena- 
tor Fulbright, in 1949. Journalists Inez Robb and Harri- 
son Salisbury are among those who have kept the com- 
munity abreast of current events. Literary critic David 
Daiches (1957), drama critics Walter Pritchard Eaton 
(1950) and Harold Clurman (1953), sociologist Mar- 
garet Meade (1944 and 1962), historian Arnold Toynbee 
(1958), economist Barbara Ward (1964), Artie explorer 
Sir Hubert Wilkins (1949), and UNICEF director 
Maurice Pate ( 1962 ) have widened the horizons of the 

/"^^ LONG list of speakers has supplied a French 
accent to the series. Yale Professor and French critic 
Henri Peyre spoke at the College in 1944. 1953 and 1959. 
Writer and translator Justin O'Brien lectured in 1957; 
Germaine Bree, in 1961. Former Ambassador Henri 
Bounet, Cultural Councillor Edward Morot-Sir and mem- 
bers of the French Embassy staff at Washington have 
been guests of the College. 

Good theatre has come to the community through 
the series as well as through student drama groups. 
Judith Anderson and Emlyn Williams brought Medea 

and Dickens, respectively, to Sweet Briar audiences. 
The Canadian Players of Stratford presented Othello 
(1957), King Lear (1961) and Henry IV (1963); 
Margaret Webster's company put on a modern-dress ver- 
sion of Julius Caesar (1950) and Miss Webster gave a 
Shakespeare reading in 1964 and lectured on drama in 
1966. Sometimes one person created a theatre. Mrs. 
Patrick Campbell, old, lame, and half-blind in the 1930's, 
became young and powerful when she spoke. Ruth 
Draper (1944, 1954) created her own kind of drama 
and Joyce Grenfell, the British monologuist, made a 
whole audience ache with laughter. 

Martha Graham's dance amazed the campus audience 
in 1932. Jose Limon appeared at Sweet Briar soon after 
her, and returned better-known in 1950, 1953 and 1965. 
Among other dancers have been Merce Cunningham, 
Pearl Primus, and Charles Weidman. 

Among theologians who came to the College through 
the Eugene William Lyman Lectureship series were John 
Baillie, Canon Charles E. Raven, and Henry P. Van 

Recently, the dedications of new buildings have 
been occasions for scholars to speak at the College. 
Last spring, at the Connie M. Guion Science Building 
dedication, Bentley Glass, national president of Phi Beta 
Kappa and a leading geneticist, opened a week-end pro- 
gram which included lectures by Henry Guerlac, science 
historian, and Helen Dodson Prince, solar astronomer. 
The Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church 
will be among the speakers when the Memorial Chapel 
is dedicated diis spring. 

Among programs of particular interest in this year's 
lecture and concert series have been the exciting Gregg 
Smith Singers, Sir Robert Menzies of Australia, Margaret 
Webster, Ferenc Nay, Juan Lopez-Morillas and John 
Covelli. Scheduled for the spring are Governor John H. 
Chafee of Rhode Island, Marietta Tree, first U. S. woman 
ambassador to the U. N., and Loren C. Eiseley, who will 
give the Phi Beta Kappa address. 

Eleanor Roosevill came to Sweet Briar, 1948. at the invitation of students. 

Philippe Entremont 

President Pannell welcomed President Emeritus Glass and Professor Emeritus Frazer at Sweet Briar House. 

IPhere, Oh IPhere, 
Are the Dear Professors? 

Yy ERTHA PFISTER WAILES, '17, Associate Profes- 
sor of Sociology, Emeritus, lives at Mt. St. Angelo, where 
her husband is farm manager. Since 1960, Mrs. Wailes 
has been at Sweet Briar College as Visiting Lecturer in 
Sociology, or in Economics; as Assistant in Academic 
Counselling in the Office of the Dean, or as a member 
of the interviewing staff of the Admission Office. This 
year she is a visiting lecturer at Randolph-Macon Wom- 
an's College. She is active in the Amherst County Health 
and Welfare Council. 

Mrs. Wailes was a student during the administrations 
of Miss Benedict and Miss McVea; she taught at the 
College imder Miss Glass, Miss Lucas and Mrs. Pannell. 
She has, perhaps, a longer record of association with 
the College than any other living person, and her con- 
tinued association is remarkable in only one regard: she 
retired in 1960. Yet her work with the College after re- 
tirement is not peculiar to her. Nor is her pace. 

For although Sweet Briar College, along with most 
other such institutions, has a compulsory retirement age, 

the College does not sever its connection with the retir- 
ing professors as some institutions do. At sixty-five, the 
compulsory retirement age, most minds are indeed not 
ready for the pasture. 

For those who look forward to research, perhaps 
elsewhere, fine and farewell. For those who wish to con- 
tinue teaching, when the occasion presents itself at Sweet 
Briar, excellent and hail. Some of the twenty-one emeri- 
tus professors, listed in the present College catalog and 
so designated for the first time this year, have preferred 
retirement to continued teaching. Some have turned 
to scholarly pursuits frustrated by the demands of class- 
rooms and teaching. Some have taught since retirement. 
Some are teaching still. Twelve have remained in the 
Sweet Briar area. 

Of tliem, four besides Mrs. Wailes have taught at 
the College since retiring. Dr. Ethel Ramage. Professor 
of English Emeritus, who retired in 1963, was visiting 
lecturer in English during the first semester, 1964-1965. 
Prior to that, she helped interview students for the Admis- 


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sion Office and was Assislanl in Academic Counselling. 
Dr. Ramage, still active in Ascension Episcopal Church 
(Amherst) and a member of the Ascension choir, lives 
with her sister, Dr. Sarah Thorpe Ramage, in tlie house 
they built on campus in the early thirties. Miss Sarah 
still teaches at the College. 

During the illness of a member of the department. 
Dr. Florence Hague, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, 
returned to teach biology. Until this fall Dr. Hague 
lived in Lynchburg and was a regular visitor to the 
campus for lectures, concerts and other events. She 
remained actively interested in ornithology, and was a 
member of the Lynchburg Bird Club and the Virginia 
Society of Ornithology. Dr. Hague's present address is 
3420 Shamrock Road, Charlotte, North Carolina. 

Dr. Elisabeth Moller, who came to the College in 
1932, retired in 1965 but has yet to leave the College. 
She has been Visiting Lecturer in Psychology during the 
two years of her retirement, and lives in her house near 
the campus which is always open to alumnae. 

Another emeritus professor returned to Sweet Briar 
to teach after retiring. Dr. Preston H. Edwards, Pro- 
fessor of Physics, Emeritus, referred to himself as 
"Professor Resurrectus" when he returned to teach from 
1947 to 1949, following retirement in 1943. He came 
again for the academic year 1953-1954. Since 1943 he 
has taught also at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Hamp- 
den-Sydney College, the University of North Carolina, 
and, for a year, at the South Carolina high school he at- 
tended. Alumnae who have returned to the College 
recently remember that Dr. Edwards's son. Dr. Ernest 

Edwards, Professor of Biology, was cameraman, editor 
and narrator for the movie about the ecology of the Col- 
lege campus. Dr. Edwards pere lives now at Shelton 
Home, Hampton, Virginia. 

Some emeritus professors have left Sweet Briar 
to teach at other institutions. Mme. Cecile Johnson, 
Associate Professor of French, Emeritus, went first to 
Skidmore and now teaches at the University of Maryland. 
She lives in Hyattsville. Dr. Johanne Stochholm, Pro- 
fessor of English, Emeritus, retired in 1959 after thirty 
years at Sweet Briar. She returned to Denmark as 
Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the University 
of Aarhus, and is teaching there this year. In addition, 
she translates scholarly articles on subjects ranging from 
musicology to Russian literature. 

With the extra time retirement has brought, Dr. 
Stochholm has completed Garrick's Folly, a book de- 
scribing the first Shakespeare Jubilee Festival at Strat- 
ford in 1769. It was published, in London and New 
York, in 1964. 

/ \ NOTHER emeritus professor engaged in active 
scholarship on another campus is Dr. Belle Boone Beard, 
Professor of Sociology, Emeritus. Dr. Beard is studying 
centenarians under a research grant from the National 
Institute of Health. She is pursuing her present project, 
"Demonstrated Human Abilities at Upper Age Limits," 
at the University of Georgia, although she shares a house 
at Sweet Briar, "West Windows," with anotlier emeritus 
professor. Dr. Marion Benedict Rollins. Dr. Beard, who 

"Where, oh where, are the old professors? 

Lost now in the wide, wide world," caroled the seniors 

in a by-gone step-singing lyric. 

But professors emeriti of Sweet Briar arc neither lost nor strayed. 

Often they are in libraries, laboratories, or classrooms 

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retired in 1963, taught in New Mexico during 1964 and 
says now she misses teaching but enjoys devoting full 
time to research. Hers is no ivory tower existence, how- 
ever. Last year she gave three papers on centenarians, 
in New Orleans, in New York, and in Vienna. While in 
Europe she visited institutions and clinics for older peo- 
ple and interviewed every person over a hundred she 
could find, as she does when she travels in this country. 

Dr. Dorothy Thompson, Rockefeller-Guion Professor 
of Chemistry, Emeritus, another scholar, is at Boston 
University doing research on a chemical that might be 
of use in treating epilepsy. Jessie M. Eraser, Professor 
of History, Emeritus, is working, in Charlottesville, on 
the Life and Letters of Arthur Lee. 

Closer to home. Dr. Gladys Boone, Professor of 
Economics, Emeritus, has returned to her old love, his- 
tory, in collecting material on the life of R. H. Tawney, 
an English economic historian whom she knew slightly 
and with whom she shared interests in history, industrial 
relations and international relations. Dr. Boone lives 
on Woodland Road, in a house she built adjoining Miss 
Tyler Gemmell's, and is secretary of the Amherst Com- 
munity Action Groups. 

Ernest T. Zechiel, Professor of Music, Emeritus, has 
continued composing in his home off Dairy Road, and in 
winter, in Orlando, Florida. Another musician, Miriam 
H. Weaver, Associate Professor of Music, Emeritus, lives 
nearby and teaches music to private pupils. Mr. Zechiel 
is joined in Orlando each winter by Dr. Ruth B. How- 
land, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, who lives on Wood- 
land Road. 


t ^ EVERAL other emeritus professors who have not 
returned to Sweet Briar as visiting lecturers have con- 
tinued to live at Sweet Briar, contributing their work 
to the College and the community. Among these is Dr. 
Marion Benedict Rollins, who made an extensive study 
of methods of academic counselling of freshmen and 
sophomores at twenty-one colleges similar to Sweet Briar, 
in 1963-1964, the year following her retirement. With 
a house at Sweet Briar, Dr. Rollins spends summers at 
Adelynrood, in South Byfield. Massachusetts, the retreat 
and conference center of the Society of the Companions 
of the Holy Cross. This summer she was elected for a 

Dr. Rice, Physician and Professor Emeritus. 

second three-year term to be Companion-in-Charge of 
the Society, a duty she says keeps her too busy to be 
nostalgic for the classroom. Dr. Rollins was at Sweet 
Briar in 1964 for the ground-breaking of the Memorial 
Chapel, and she plans to be present for a part of the 
dedication ceremonies this spring. The Chapel is, for 
her as for many, a dream she has worked hard to make 
come true. 

Dr. Carol M. Rice, College Physician and Profes- 
sor of Hygiene, Emeritus, lives in the house she built 
in the thirties, and is able to relieve Dr. Whitehead, the 
present college physician, from time to time, and to 
help with physical examinations. The chairman of the 
Amherst County Health and Welfare Council, Dr. Rice 
is on the board of directors and chairman of mental 
health for the Lynchburg League of Women Voters. She 
is active, too, in the Lynchburg Medical Society. She 
continues her stamp collection, and retirement has not 
dulled her golf game — she plays in the Virginia Senior 
Women's golf tournament and is on the Boonsboro Coun- 
try Club women's golf team. Each year she takes a 
course at the College. 

Harriet H. Rogers, Professor of Physical Education, 
Emeritus, shares with Dr. Rice a love for golf — she 
too plays in the Virginia Senior Women's matches and on 
the Boonsboro women's team — and an active interest 
in the Lynchburg League of Women Voters. She was 
recently made an honorary member of the U. S. Field 
Hockey Association, and enjoys field trips with the 
Lynchburg Bird Club and the Virginia Ornithological 
Society. She lives at "Red Top," which she and Miss 
Lucy Crawford built in the twenties, the first privately 
built faculty house on campus. 

Carl Bricken, Professor of Music, Emeritus, was 
active on campus as "clerk of the works" for the con- 
struction of the Memorial Chapel. He lives on Old 
Stage Road, across the railroad tracks from the Sweet 
Briar station, in a house he and Mrs. Bricken restored 
while he was teaching. Mrs. Bricken owns and operates 
the Amherst Gift Shop, where several of Mr. Bricken's 
paintings — he takes classes at the Lynchburg Art Cen- 
ter — are on display. 

Dr. Arthur S. Bates, Professor of French. Emeritus, 
who retired early because of ill health, lives in his apart- 
ment on Elijah's Road with his wife, Caroline, who is 


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Director of Vocational Guidance, and his daughter, 
Vicky, a freshman at Amherst County High School. He 
pursues his hobby, photography, and attends the lectures 
and concerts on campus. 

Dr. Florence H. Robinson, Professor of Art, Emeri- 
tus, lives in Lynchburg and is active with the Westmin- 
ster Presbyterian Church and the Lynchburg Arts Cen- 
ter. Since retiring in 1953, Dr. Robinson has made three 
trips to Italy and the Near East. 

Virginia R. McLaws, Director of Art, Emeritus, 
lived with her brother-in-law and sister, the late Gen. and 
Mrs. E. P. King, after her retirement in 1938, and went 
with them to the Philippines and to Washington. Later 
they lived in Atlanta, Savannah, and Sea Island. Now 
in her ninety-sixth year, Miss McLaws spent summers at 
Saluda, North Carolina, until recently. 

Dr. Adeline Ames, Professor of Biology, Emeritus, 
lives in Long Beach, California. Although she is now in 
poor health, she has continued her interest in botany. 
The Adeline Ames greenhouse at Sweet Briar, named in 
her honor, has been moved from its old location, behind 
the Refectory, to the new location near the Connie M. 
Guion Science Building. 

/~\ LTHOUGH she was not made professor emeritus 
ijecause she left Sweet Briar before retiring, a discussion 
of Sweet Briar's retired professors is scarcely complete 
without mention of Dr. Mary Ely Lyman, Dean and 
Professor of Religion at Sweet Briar from 1940 to 1950, 
who left to become Jesup Professor of English Bible at 
Union Theological Seminary, the first full professorship 
ever offered there to a woman. Retiring from the Semi- 
nary in 1955, Dr. Lyman, who is an ordained minister of 
the Congregational Church, spent eight months travelling 
around the world, preaching and addressing faculty and 
student groups. During the 1956-57 academic year she 
lectured at the Seminary and taught a course at Vassar. 
In 1958 she was visiting professor in the department 
of religion at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Her 
interest in Sweet Briar has remained very active. She 
gave the Baccalaureate sermon at the College in 1962, 
and was active in raising funds for the Memorial Chapel. 
One more beloved emeritus (or is it, for one so 
distinctly feminine as well as learned, emerita?! is Dr. 
Meta Glass, President Emeritus, who returned to the 
College so many times after her retirement to Charlottes- 
ville in 1946 that she is a real presence even to many 
alumnae who were students afterwards. Her last official 
visit before she became incapacitated due to illness was 
the occasion of the ground-breaking for the dormitory 
which bears her name. Miss Meta's concern for the 
College was like that of other emeritus professors — a 
spirit of continuitv that gives each generation of students, 
often unknowing, a firm foundation for their education, 
under other professors, at Sweet Briar. 

C(Mcge teachers exercise untold 

influence upon their students. Often because of encouragement 

from faculty members at Sweet Briar, alumnae 

of the College have themselves become college teachers. 

Six Alumnae in College Teaching 

P EW Sweet Briar alumnae have returned to teach 
at Sweet Briar College, but a number have taught, and are 
teaching, at other institutions. Often they find this call 
to teach, because of the encouragement of a favorite 
professor at Sweet Briar; they choose the institution, 
often, because their husbands work near them. With 
more community colleges opening, and more Sweet Briar 
graduates continuing their studies at graduate schools, 
the ranks of Sweet Briar alumnae teaching on the col- 
lege level may be expected to swell. But these ranke 
have never been empty. A glance down the alumna 
roster shows many college teachers from each decade of 

An outstanding teacher who was graduated more 
than thirty years ago is Evelyn Lee Way, '25, Professor 
of Latin and acting chairman of the Department of 
Classics at the University of Missisippi. A native of 
Raleigh, North Carolina, Evelyn Way earned the M.A. 
and Ph.D. degrees at the University of North Carolina 
and began her career at the University of Mississippi 
in 1931. With more than six thousand students, the 
university is not so close-knit as a small liberal arts col- 
lege, but the relationships between student and teacher 
can be close. "In my department, with comparatively 
few students, the students are very close to us," Miss 
Way said. "We have three graduate students now, and 
ten undergraduate majors. A few of our majors go on 
to graduate school, but not many. We get more minors 
than majors." 

A graduate from the following decade, Julia Sadler 

deColigny, '34, is Associate Professor of English, Aca- 
demic Dean for the freshman class, and Dean of Stu- 
dents, at Stratford College, in Danville, Virginia. She 
is one who has returned to Sweet Briar professionally, 
to be The Assistant Dean from 1962-63. Prior to this 
she had been head of St. Michael's School, an Episcopal 
day school in Richmond. The death of her husband 
plummeted Julia back into the academic world, but she 
had earned her M.A. at Columbia University long before, 
and her association with Sweet Briar and with its Alum- 
nae Association had included membership on the Board 
of Overseers. The youngest of her four children, Julie, 
is a junior at Sweet Briar this year. 

Julia finds the combination of teaching freshman 
English and administering academic affairs at Stratford 
particularly stimulating as Stratford expands this year 
from a two-year to a four-year institution. "The college 
enrollment is a little over four hundred now," she said, 
"and we expect to have sixty in next year's junior class, 
the first one for Stratford. The change probably won't 
increase the eventual enrollment more than fifty students. 
We are planning a hmnanities major for all students, 
with a choice of minors in particular areas of concen- 
tration. The course will be liberal arts, with a program 
of teacher certification and some practice teaching in the 
Danville schools. You can see what a job it is, the 
more because Stratford was formerly a preparatory school 
with two years of college, and is in transition now, be- 
coming a four-year college." 

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Julia Sadler cleColigny, '34 is clean and associate professor at growing Stratford College. 

decade, is college organist and Instructor of Music at 
Western College for Women, whose size (five hundred 
students) and aim (liberal arts) are very like the Sweet 
Briar Blair knew. "That is one of the tilings 1 like about 
it," Blair said. "I feel as if I've gone back twenty years. 
Occasionally I see a student who reminds me so much 
of some one I knew at Sweet Briar that I have to remem- 
ber where I am. 

"My husband teaches at Miami University, here in 
Oxford, Ohio, and we find it works well for us to be 
teaching in different institutions. I got my master's in 
music education at the University of Michigan before I 
married, and began teaching here three years ago, when 
my youngest son was two. That year and the next I had 
a wonderful housekeeper from Georgia, who was as 
homesick for the South as I was, and she made the 
teaching possible. I hadn't planned to start so soon, 
but in a tiny town like ours you don't let a position go 
by. Now with the boys five, eight and nine, it is much 

"A good many Miami faculty wives teach at West- 
ern," said Blair, who teaches music theory and piano. 
"Mine is a very good job for my kind of life, and I'm 
not bucking society one bit to be a housewife and a teach- 
er at tile same time." 

Anotlier alumna teaching in an institution somewhat 
similar to Sweet Briar is Sally M. Gearhart, '.S2. Asso- 
ciate Professor of Speech and Drama at Texas Lullicran 
College, Sequin, Texas, which, although diurch-rclated 

and co-educational, is also strongly liberal arts and 
teaching-oriented. "I find the atmosphere of the campus 
here very like that at Sweet Briar, which is one reason I 
like it," said Sally. "The faculty and the students are 
very close, and the professors are dedicated to teaching 
rather than to research. I find the stimulation in the 
classroom far more dynamic with boys and girls together, 

^ALLY GEARHART taught at Bowling Green State 
University while working on her master's degree, which 
she received in 1953. She taught, too, at the University of 
Illinois, from which she received the Ph.D. degree in 
1956. Her first post after completing the degrees was 
at Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacagochus, Texeis. 
She went to Texas Lutheran in 1960, and has been for 
four years chairman of the Department of Speech and 
Drama, a position she pioneered. "In 1960, there was 
no speech department here." she said. "Now we have 
a staff of three, with an extra half-time teacher. This year, 
there are thirty majors. A surprising number of our 
students go on to graduate school, and many pull down 
top national scholarships." 

Teaching in a predominantly liberal arts college for 
women should make the recent Sweet Briar graduate 
feel right at home, but it may make her too much so. 
"I feel about the same age as most of my students," 
confessed Diane Hatch, '64, Instructor in Latin at Mary 

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Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Diane 
earned tiie masters degree at the University of North 
Carolina, which she chose for the same reason she chose 
to teach at the college level: the advice and encourage- 
ment of her professors at Sweet Briar, especially during 
her senior year. She says, "My professors at Sweet 
Briar did indeed support and encourage and advise me 
when I was considering college teaching, and for this 
1 am very grateful to them." Diane will teach again 
next year and plans to begin work on the Ph.D. this 
summer. She adds, "I am definitely going to get it 
(the doctorate) though under just what arrangement in 
the future. I do not yet know." 

Although Mary Washington, a state-supported col- 
lege with two thousand students, is very different from 
Sweet Briar, the beginning teacher's opportunities are 
much the same. Diane teaches twelve hours, a standard 
load for Mary Washington. Two of her classes are basic 
courses and two are advanced — one is Special Studies, 
a seminar for majors. 


V^OLLEGE teachers are much in demand, and will be 
more in demand as more colleges open their doors. 
To encourage women to fill this demand, the Danforth 
Foundation Graduate Fellowships for Women offer 
grants, based on ability and need, to cover tuition, trans- 
portation and household assistance to the married woman 
who needs further study in order to teach at the college 
level. The fellowships were first available for the aca- 
demic year 1965-66; a member of the second Danforth 
group this year is Helen Missires Lorenz, '50, who lives 
in Jeunaica, N. Y., and is preparing the Ph.D. in French 
at New York University. A member of the first Sweet 
Briar Junior Year in France group, in 1948-49, Helen 
earned the master's degree at Columbia following grad- 
uation, taught a year at Chatham Hall School in Virginia, 
and would have returned to teach at Sweet Briar the 
following year had she not retired, temporarily, to marry 
Richard J. Lorenz, a salse executive with an addresso- 
graph corporation. There followed moves to Long Is- 
land, where she taught high school French; to Illinois, 
where she taught fifth grade; to Minnesota, where she 
was a substitute teacher for the public schools and a busy 
modier of three boys. 

When the move to Jamaica seemed a more perma- 
nent one, and with her mother there to help look after 
the boys, now four, six and eight, Helen began her studies 
last semester with two days of classes. This semester, 
she is concentrating ail three subjects in one day. On 
that day she leaves home at noon — the trip to the 
Village location of the university takes an hour and a 
quarter — and returns sometimes after nine. "The really 

difficult part is getting the books." Helen said. "I am 
fortunate that the new Queensborough Public Library, 
near me, has an excellent collection of contemporary 
French works, and I can study there while my youngest 
son is in nursery school, rather than travelling to the 
City and finding the book out. 

"It is not an easy way to get a degree, but I have 
always planned to do it. In fact. I had hoped to do 
it sooner, but the cost and the moving kept me from it. 
The Danforth Foundation fellowship made it possible." 

It will take at least three years to earn the Ph.D., and 
Helen hopes to begin teaching immediately. Where she 
teaches will depend upon where her husband's work takes 
him. But with community colleges opening in many 
places where higher education has not been located before, 
and with college teachers much in demand in established 
institutions, she looks forward to a long career. 

/~\ PROGRAM in Asian Studies, close to the one 
established at Sweet Briar in 1961. is that at Rockford 
College in Illinois. And head of the Rockford program 
is a former Sweet Briar major in English, Dearing Lewis, 
'34, who has been allied with the program since she went 
to Rockford in 1953 and head of the program since 1961. 

Although it may seem a far cry from English to 
Sanskrit, to Dearing Lewis the switch came by easy 
stages. With almost as many French as English courses 
at Sweet Briar, she became director of comparative lit- 
erature at Rockford, having received the M.A. at the 
University of Chicago and the Ph.D. at the University 
of Illinois. "Now I teach courses in Asian literature 
and philosophy, with strong emphasis upon India, China 
and Japan. We also have selected Asian readings in the 
freshman composition course," she said. 

Rockford was founded as a woman's college in 1847, 
and was for more than a century a downtown institution. 
In 1956 the college became co-educational, keeping the 
enrollment near 450, half of whom are now men. The 
campus completes this year the move to the country. "We 
are building as fast as we can, where prairie used to 
be," Dearing Lewis said. "A new library and a new 
science building are under construction now." 

Before becoming the director of Asian Studies at 
Rockford, Dearing was Harvard Fellow in East Asian 
Studies, 1959-1960. Three years later, 1962-63, she was 
Fulbright Professor of American Literature in India: 
the first semester, at LTtkal University; the second, at the 
University of Gorakhpur. 

She visited Sweet Briar the year Sweet Briar began 
its own Asian Studies Program, and was at the College 
more recently, in 1965, to be initiated into the Theta of 
Virginia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. 


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Hdue Program 
IPill Trauel 

V CONTINUING education — that phrase has become 
almost mystical during the last few years. Easy for those 
in urban areas; more difficult for those who live in small 
towns. Easy for institutions large enough for branches, 
or close to educational centers; difficult for the small, 
private college. And when that small private college is 
situated in the foothills of Virginia, doubly difficult. 

But not impossible. A step toward a program of 
continuing education is being taken this year, and sev- 
eral Sweet Briar clubs have benefited from it already. 
Called the Alumnae Association's Travelling Faculty Pro- 
gram, it is an effort to help alumnae keep up with 
scholarship and with the College. Fourteen members 
of the faculty, and the Dean and the President of the 
College, have graciously agreed to participate in the 
program, to bring to Sweet Briar Clubs and related 
groups lectures from art and the new math, piano and 
organ recitals, to tennis and hockey clinics. 


t J UCH a lecture being given this month is "Florentine 
Art Then and Now; Changing Views of the Renaissance." 
It will be heard by members of the Sweet Briar Club 
of Wilmington, Delaware, and their guests, at the Tower 
Hill School at 8 p.m. Monday, March 27. Dr. Eleanor 
D. Barton, who will lecture, is giving her time and her 
talents so that all proceeds from this lecture will go to 
the Committee to Rescue Italian Art. Such a benefit 
lecture, to meet the tragic needs of the city of Florence, 
demonstrates interests and concerns that Sweet Briar 
alumnae have always shared. 

Other lectures offered are a part of the progr;mi 

proper rather than benefits in themselves, although any 
of the lectures might be used to raise funds for, say, a 
Club scholarship fund. Several Clubs in a geographic 
area may join to present such a lecture, recital or panel 
discussion. And a Sweet Briar Club may join with an- 
other group of institution to present a lecturer as a com- 
munity service. Clubs which have participated in the 
Travelling Faculty Program this year include Baltimore. 
Charlottesville and Chicago. Mrs. Pannell has spoken to 
the Seattle Club and the Southern California Club. 

/~\ STAR of the program is Dr. Ernest Edwards, Pro- 
fessor of Biology, whose film on Sweet Briar's ecology 
takes views through a whole year on the campus. Dr. 
Edwards intersperses scholarly ecological date with ob- 
servations on the nesting habit of a favorite blue bird. 
Other faculty members in the program are Miss Jane 
Belcher and Miss Miriam Bennett, biology: Miss Maxine 
Garner and James Kirby, religion; Richard Rowland and 
Milan Hapala,, Asian studies; Lawrence Nelson. English 
literature; Miss Mary Ann Lee, mathematics; Miss 
Katherine Macdonald. physical education ; Mrs. Betty Sue 
Moehlenkamp, the dance; Miss Iren Marik and John 
Shannon, music. 

A visiting lecturer will receive a standard honorar- 
ium of fifty dollars, plus any expenses incurred, all of 
which costs are shared equally by the Club, the Alumnae 
Association, and the College. The Alumnae Office acts 
initially as liaison between a club requesting a speaker 
and the faculty member whose field and availability 
fit the club's need. 

March 1967 


These lines were written two months a}^<>, in fhe ilays now reiueinbered 

as perhaps the darkest of the Florentine flood. 

With gratitude and joy if can now be reported that due to the 

super-human courage, effort, help from within and wit/jout, and from 

the fortitude of the Florentine spirit, the 

situation is incredibly normalized. 

"Ci siamo fatti coraggio" is fhe keynote — and now the stores are 

open again, ready and waiting for business. 

Dark Is the Day 

By Jean McKenney Stoddard, '39 
American Embassy, Rome 


IT IS raining. 

It is cold. Cold and damp and muddy. 

The Arno River is brown and ugly and swirling 
under the Ponte Vecchio, and the water is full of naphtha, 
floating debris, and rubbish. 

It is now one p.m. and today is the 5th of December, 
one month after the flood. I am sitting in a bar on the 
via Guicciardini, having a tea and a toast, hoping that 
I won't have to talk to anyone and that no one will talk 
to me. I've heard too much already. 

This morning I've seen men cry and women have 
wept on my shoulder and I have wept with them — as 
anyone would and everyone does, looking at the devas- 
tated beauty of this glorious city. Since the AUuvione 
I've been impressed and humbled by the magnificent 
spirit of the Florentines, proud of their energy and en- 
thusiasm, the courage with which they confronted their 
catastrophe, and their readiness to rebuild, recreate and 

But today, somehow, things are different. The initial 
effort has given way to exhaustion and depression. -Sud- 
denly, everyone seems to be coming out of shock. Now 
that the sweeping and the pumping and the carting-away 
are over, the people of Florence are looking around and 

what's left? Dirty, bare walls, empty stores, vacant 
rooms, nothingness. A life time's work has disappeared. 
A business, a shop, an ambition carried on from gen- 
eration to generation — gone. The struggle, the success, 
tlie post-war drive, the savings — 
And it is still raining. And cold. 

Cold and damp and muddy. 

* -» * * * 

I yl R. C. is a photographer. He has a tiny shop on 
the via Maggio, a sweet wife and a beautiful, 22-year old 
daughter, named Fiorella. For five years he developed 
pictures for us, enlarged pictures, counselled us on light 
exposures and camera equipment and the speed and 
variety of films. This morning his store was empty — 
not only of people, but of supplies. Gone were the cam- 
eras, the home-movie equipment, the gay blown-up 
Ferrania posters, the stacks of orders. Gone were the 
bright lights, the shiny display cases, the busy counter, 
the lenses and the tripods. A few rolls of film lay 
pathetically forlorn on a temporary shelf and anachron- 
istically four shiny new barometers were hanging on tlie 
slill-damp wall. "Yes, we're starting again," Mr. C. 
said, as I looked at them. "Everything was lost, the 


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plate-glass window smashed, the entire shop washed out. 
These barometers are the first shipment of an order from 
Milano so that business can begin again." His eyes 
filled with tears. "We lost our life's work. Everything. 
Maybe I'm crazy to start again but this is the only work 
I know. Cosa vuole? We're not that old . . . but still 
it will take time. We had twenty years wrapped up in 
this shop — all gone in two hours." In tlie dark room 
in back the naphtha and water stains were high and 
greasy on the walls and the one iron table that had 
survived the flood was ruined and rusting. 

"And Fiorella?" I asked. 

"The strain was too much for her. She was expect- 
ing a baby in February. She lost it two days after the 
flood . . .'' 

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J UST one block from the Ponte Vecchio on the via 
Guicciardini is the ceramics store of the M. family. 
Always displayed was the finest of Italian pottery, and 
inside the store a warm welcome was always extended 
by all the members of tlie family. The store had been 
theirs for years and they were justifiably proud of it. 
Everything was available from dinner services to ash- 
trays, from flower vases and small statues to coffee cups. 
The little store was impressive in the variety of its dis- 
plays, but the true treasure chest was downstairs in the 
cantina — there, in room after room was one of the 
biggest ceramic collections of Florence. It was almost 
a museum. 

Mrs. M. wasn't there this morning. Her niece told 
me she hadn't come back to the store she loved since the 
flood; she could not bear to return. The daughter was 
washing plates in an improvised bucket-sink, carefully, 
one at a time, removing the caked mud, and then putting 
each object lovingly on the shelves. "Would you like to 
go downstairs?" she asked me. "Do you mind walking in 
mud?" I could only stand numb when I reached the 
cantina — there wasn't much to say. "We put all the 
broken pieces over there," the uncle said, pointino; to 
one of the rooms which was high in rubble. "We haven't 
even been able to cart it away yet." The water had come 
in. swirled over the shelves and receded, leaving a tangled 
mass of broken, unrecognizable tea pots, plates, fruit 
bowls. There was mud thick over everything and every 
bit of bowl and cup and jar was filled with it. The 
brother came downstairs. "Everything will be all right," 
he said. "It will just take time and perhaps by the time 
it's finished I'll be too old to see it." His niece smiled. 
"Yes, we're coming along," she said bravely. "And what 
a break for me! I've been excused from washing dishes 
at home!" And then she burst into tears. 

I HE morning of the flood, Mr. 1 . who owns a leather 
store, was on the Ponte Vecchio helping a relative re- 
arrange some of his stock of gold bracelets. "The Arno 
had often risen high before," said Mr. T., "and I didn't 
pay much attention to it, except that mv cousin was 
worried about his new stock of Christmas jewelry. I 
worked there with him for two hours, putting everything 
on the top shelves of his shop. Then I came back to my 
own store, went down into my cellar where all mv sup- 
plies and machines were, and suddenly realized that my 
feet were very wet. Water was seeping in from every- 
where. Well, there'd been dampness down there before 
so I didn't do anything about it — when — whoosh! 
without any warning the water was over my knees. From 
the work table where I was until I reached the stairs to 
get out the water rose to my waist. Another ten min- 
utes I would have drowned. I never even had time to 
take any leather up with me . . . everything was down 
there, too, except for the few things on display in the 
show room. And the water rose all the way to the ceil- 
ing and met the other water coming in from the street. 
And then the work began — trying to rescue and dry 
out, if possible, the soggy leathers. We had no light, 
no heat, and no running water. Yet for three weeks I felt 
as though I were a boy of twenty again — nothing tired 
me. My helpers and I worked 16-17 hours a day. I've 
never had so much energy and strength. But now — 
who knows? There's so little that could be salvaged, 
there's no money, no one comes to buy. Sure, I'm start- 
ing again, but I'm discouraged. Twenty million lire is 
a big loss, and we've all worked so hard and so long. I 
hope we'll have the courage to go on. And imagine my 
cousin — putting the gold on the top shelf, when later, 
his whole store was washed out . . ." 

A young man interrupted us. He had just come into 
Mr. T.'s store, out of the rain. His shoes were muddy 
and his coat was wet. I learned from the introductions 
that he was the son of one of the best-known book- 
binders of Florence, and that his father had had a heart 
attack a month ago when the flood waters had broken 
down the door of his tiny shop and carried away all his 
tools, his leathers, and a number of priceless volumes. 
The son was out now looking for work — any work — 
anything at all that he might find to do. He was a leather 
engraver by profession, and his father's assistant. 

"When are you getting married?" Mr. T. asked 
him. Tears came to the young man's eyes. "My fidan- 
zata's father died, you've probably heard — they lived 
in Gavignano, you know. Lost everything. The old 
man had a stroke. The shock was too much for him. 
Furniture, money, clothes, all that they owned. No time 


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to save anything. And all the trousseau and the wedding 
presents and what we had bought to set up housekeep- 
ing — gone. Well, corraggio. We're young. We can 
work. But we won't start life as we'd planned." 

I HERE'S a little narrow street o(T the Piazza Santo 
Spirito and there, for years, has worked A., master-crafts- 
man at repairing, restoring and polishing antique furni- 
ture. This morning his workshop was a shambles, still, 
of ruined chairs, mud-encrusted tables and broken chests. 
When I arrived A. was working hard — and there was 
the lovely odor of alcohol and lacquer and wood, mixed 
with the dreadful smell of the oily mud that had per- 
meated everywhere all over the city. A. told me he had 
been asleep the dawn of the flood, had awakened with a 
jolt and had looked from his third-floor window down 
at his workshop door being battered in, and a mass of 
bureaus and desks and mirrors suddenly roaring down 
the street. There was nothing to do, he said, but clench 
his teeth in anger at the loss, the destruction and the 
cherished "mobili" spinning around on the water like 
corks. "I'm better off than most," he added, "my most 
important tool is elbow-grease. But I need business. I 
want to get back to work. Old G., the upholsterer down 
the street, has closed his shop. No point in coming in to 
work. He's an old man, and all he had was right there in 
that shop — now the place is empty and he stays home. 
Funny thing — he was working on a green velvet sofa 
with matching chairs the day before the flood, and when 
I saw him he said, "You know, I have a feeling I'll 
never finish these." He certainly was right. The sofa 
and the chairs floated by under my window the very 

next day." 



I HE man who had for years made shoes for everyone 
in our family was pathetically trying to pull his little 
business back to shape. It wasn't the shoes that he'd 
lost, it wasn't the equipment — but it was the records 
and the names and the sizes and the orders of all the 
tourists and foreigners who had ordered shoes from him 
and had paid in advance, and who were who knows 
where, now? How could he get in touch with them? 
All his fall and winter work, and nothing to start with 
now, "What to do?" lie kept repeating. "What to do . , ,?"' 

I HE beautiful Lungamo Acciaouli is crumbling into 
the Arno and is closed to traffic. Part of it, today, be- 

cause of the rain and the rising river, was closed even to 
pedestrians, I stepped cautiously along the narrow side- 
walk, hating the rain, hating the mud, hating the devas- 
tation and the desolation. I wanted to go and see my 
friend Mr, L., who owned an art store, but when I got 
there I wished I hadn't gone. 

There were boards substituting for the entrance 
and it didn't matter if the boards were weak: there was 
nothing inside. Even the tile floor had been washed away. 
There were only damp and grimy walls where once had 
been paintings and parchment lamps and the gay and 
lovely Florentine gilded wood objects. 

In the middle of this dreary emptiness stood Mr. L., 
while two workmen took measurements and surveyed the 
walls. Mr. L. and his brother and father had not been 
able to get to the shop in time to save even one small 
carved box, and here, too, everything that the family had 
saved and worked for had been washed away, "It's almost 
Christmas," he said, "and how can I make the children 
understand? We can't open here again until April-May, 
probably. All my father's lifetime, and now mine. I'm 
just too discouraged to have any strength left. . ." 

It was my turn to have tears in my eyes as I said 

goodbye to him. 

* * * * * 

I ^U EAR the Santa Maria Novella Church is a sports- 
man's delight — a sports store with a very sporting owner. 
P. not only knows all about sports but he participates 
and wins medals in all of them. Skiing is his favorite, 
and 15 years ago he started a small ski shop in answer 
to many requests. A few years later, having made instant 
success, he moved into larger quarters, and then took 
over the premises next door. He had an enormous well- 
stocked basement and then added another one. It was 
a joy to see him in the fall when the winter shipments 
arrived, and this past October he had made a stunning 
display in his underground showrooms. When the roar- 
ing waters lashed into his store, not a ski was left, the 
bobsleds, the parkas, the poles, all were swept away. 
This morning a few pairs of wooly gloves were upstairs, 
and one photograph of P. at the end of a winning race 
was still tacked on the wall. "Well," he said, "here we 
are. Wiped out. Store, basement, stock, I guess I won't 
do any skiing this year but maybe I can get ready for 
next summer's camping season!" Thirty million lire 
loss is a small estimate. "We lost our car, too," said his 
wife. "Never mind. We're still alive and thanks for 
coming by. We only need a little encouragement to get 

It's still raining. 

It's still cold. Cold and damp and muddy. 

March 1967 


class notes 

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Mrs. A. E. f'unke (Juliana White- 
hill, Sp.), Oct. 2, 1966 

Mrs. Arthur C. Ambler (Mary Barb- 
er, Acad.), Nov. 6, 1965 

Mrs. North P. Davis (Lata Camp. 
Acad.), July 10, 1964 

Mrs. Theodore S. Meade (Cynthia 
Magee, Acad. ) , May 30, 1966 

Mrs. Blakeley Winston (Cornelia 
Mayfield, Acad.) 

Mrs. Clarence B. Rogers (Mary 
Clark '13), June 30, 1966 

Mrs. Frank Groves (Vivian Moss- 
man '13), Sept. 17, 1966 

Mrs. Joseph S. Farmer (Cornelia 
Horner '16), Nov. 18, 1966 

Mrs. K. D. Graves (Margaret Bur- 
well '23), November 1966 

Mrs. Julian Baum ( Thelma Jones '24) 

Mrs. Russell H. Allan (Elizabeth 
Miller '27), July 1966 

Miss Dorothy Wrightnour '29, Dec. 
11, 1966 

Mrs. Curtis Loving (Merry Curtis 
'30) , July 29, 1966 

Mrs. Lunsford L. Loving (Rosalie 

Faulkner '30), Sept. 12, 1966 
Mrs. John B. Orgain (Norvell Royer 

'30), Jan. 26, 1967 
Mrs. Jack C. Northam (Mary Walker 

'30), Sept. 9, 1966 
Mrs. Donald Newhall (Betty Goff 

'31), Feb. 7, 1967 
Mrs. Lennart Nylander (Inga-Maja 

Olsson '33), Feb. 11, 1967 
Mrs. Powell Doty (Marquart Powell 

'36), Jan. 5, 1967 
Mrs. Newton H. Hanes (Mary Smith 

Mrs. Roderick S. Rooney ( Mary 

Spear '39), Nov. 13, 1966 
Mrs. George 0. Compton ( Kaye Ellen 

Creekmore '56), Dec. 7, 1965 

Dr. Stanley K. Hornbeck 

A friend of Sweet Briar w)io look an 
active interest in many aspects of tlie 
College and its development. Dr. Stanley 
K. Hornbeck, died in Washington on 
December 10, 1966. He was the husband 
of Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck '18, Execu- 
tive Secretary of the Alumnae Associa- 
tion from 1929 to 1938 and founder of 
Sweet Briar's successful Bulb Project. To 

her Sweet Briar College extends its deepest 
sympathy. ^ 

Dr. Hornbeck had a long and distin- 
guished career in public service. He was 
the first Rhodes scholar from Colorado, 
and he attended Oxford University from 
1904-1907, after receiving his bachelor's 
degree from the University of Colorado. 
Later he received the Ph.D. from the 
University of Wisconsin. 

For seven years he taught at several 
Chinese colleges and travelled extensively 
in the Far East. In World War 1 he was a 
captain in the Army Ordnance Department 
and military intelligence. After the war 
he served in Paris with the American Com- 
mission to Negotiate Peace. Later he 
taught at Harvard University and was 
active in the Institute of Politics at Wil- 
liams College. 

Dr. Hornbeck's government service span- 
ned three decades. From 1928 to 1937 he 
was chief of the Division of Far Eastern 
Affairs in the State Department and from 
1937 to 1944 he was a special adviser to 
Secretary of State Cordell Hull on political 
relations. In 1944 he became director of 
the new Office of Far Eastern Affairs. 
Later that year be became Ambassador to 
the Netherlands and was instrumental in 
re-establishing diplomatic and consular 
relations in that country at the close of 
World War II. He retired in 1947 and 
returned to Washington. 

Dr. Hornbeck was the author of eight 
books and many magazine articles and 
received honorary degrees from the univer- 
sities of Utrecht, Colorado, Wisconsin, 
and Beloit College. 


Class Secretary: Sue Hardie Bell (Mrs. 
William T.), 57 Union St. Montclair, N.J. 

How grieved we all are over the passing 
of our class fund agent, dear Mary Clark 
Rogers. Don't let her down. Continue 
to contribute to the Alumnae Fund. A 
letter from Sarah Cooper from Hopkins- 
ville, Ky. says. "Mary's death is a great 
loss to all the family as well as her school- 
mates and friends. Clarence and a couple 
of friends came to Hopkinsville for the 
funeral service." Frances Summers Bard- 
well also wrote that she attended the serv- 

A letter from Elizabeth Franke Balls 
tells of the loss of her husband. Their son, 
Kent, Jr., is director of the Diagnostic 
Clinic at the Bryn Mawr Hospital. It was 
there that he died. She writes, "I must 
not let myself grieve since his eyes were 
failing and he knew he soon would have 

to give up his laboratory work. He was 
still on the National Institute of Health 
grant the week before he died. I plan 
to stay on here in my big house and will 
welcome all old SBC gals, so let me know 
if you come West again." 

A Christmas letter from Ruth Howland 
(our Biology teacher) told her plans to 
join three friends from near Buffalo in 
Orlando, Florida. She has been in the 
hospital twice this year but is feeling fine 

I hope soon to see our Connie Guion. 
She wrote, "I have office hours always over 
the lunch hour as patients want to come 
at that time, but if you are in the city, 
give me a ring and come to see me." 

My daughter. Hardie Davies, came from 
.Santa Monica, Calif., and joined my son 
Coleman and me in June and we had a 
delightful trip to Scandinavia. If you 
don't write to me your classmates don't 
know wdiat you are doing, so please send 
me at least a few lines. 


Class Secretary: Elizabeth Eccleston, 
Green Level, Hampden-Sydney, Va. 
Fund Agent: Cakoline Sharpe Sanders 
(Mrs. Marion S.), 585 Withers Rd., Wythe- 
ville, Va. 24382. 

Do you recall a sunshiny day exactly 
half a century ago. when our sophomore 
class, divided into sh'fts, guarded Sweet 
Briar's total assortment of ladders? You 
will remember it was during banner rush- 
ing and in the night several intrepids of 
1919 had nailed our lavender and green 
banner to the ceiling of the refectory. This 
masterful coup enraged freshmen and jun- 
iors and filled us and our sister class w th 
a sense of mastery and jubilation. Since 
the freshmen greatly outnumbered us, it 
seemed the part of wisdom to chain every 
available ladder to the fire escape behind 
Grammer. This we did, but we were pre- 
pared to do battle in their defense. 

During the morning, as we sat out our 


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guard duty, there was a great shout in mid- 
campus. A spy was sent to investigate. 
She came back breathless. "They haven't 
got our banner! It's just that Woodrow 
Wilson is re-elected." We relaxed and 
went on with our watch. 

It was just such a season when our 
Alumnae Council met in early October. 
The meetings are always well-planned. But 
our stay this time was most enjoyable be- 
cause there was a less-pressured pace, and 
there was time to poke around on our own 
and see the College at its workaday tasks. 
I listened in on tliree classes and a paint- 
ing seminar, leaving with reluctance and 
wistful envy. 

It is an eye-opener when class fund 
agents, bulb chairmen and all the hard 
working anonymous crew of money-raisers 
make their reports. It is startling to realize 
what a vital and necessary part they are of 
the College, whether they are members of 
earlier classes or cjuite recent graduates. 
Without the stream of dollars that their 
diligence and toil pour into the College, 
Sweet Briar would suffer pernic'ous ane- 
mia. Working alumnae are almost as nec- 
essary a part of the whole as are faculty, 
student body and administration. 

Without private gifts, as well as dona- 
tions from foundations, no independent 
college can live. It is increasingly a gr'm 
business competing with tax-fat behomeths. 
The fine, hand-tooled education offered by 
first-rate private colleges must not only 
continue, but continue to grow. 

The class will he grieved to learn that 
Skeet Wilde's husband died just before 
Thanksgiving. If her plans materialized, 
she spent Christmas with a daughter. 
Dorothy Neal writes happily of the full and 
rewarding life that she and her husband 
find in retirement. Her Hugh. Jr.. lives 
in Portland, anrl they planned to be a 
family group for the holidays. She writes 
of a trip to California last June, which 
makes one wish they would head East with 
Sweet Briar as the goal. 

Flo writes gratefully of Gerard's recovery 
from his last desperate bout of surgery. 
.She plans to be on hand for the dedication 
of the Chapel .April 22-23. 

Carrie Sharpe Sanders has just com- 
pleted her stint as a member of the Execu- 
tive Board of the Alumnae .Association. 
She and her husband spent Christmas in 

Other old-timers, more or less of our 
vintage, attending the Council in October 
were Elmira Pennyparker Yerkes, her sis- 
ter Frances Pennypacker, and Anne 
Schutle Nolt. Bertha Wailes always shep- 
herds revenants in most comfortable fash- 
ion. Bertha has been pressed back into 
service at .Sweet Briar for each of the 
years succeeding her retirement. This year 
she is teaching at Randolph-Macon and 
is finding it an interesting and rewarding 

Did you know that Margaret Banister 
has written another book? 


Class Secretary: LaVern McGee Olnicy 
(Mrs. Alfred C. Jr.). 6.314 Azalea Dr., 
Dallas, Tex. 7.S230. 

Fund Agent: Frances Laitkrbach. .\pt. C. 
6224 Yucca St.. Hollywood, Calif. 90028. 

1 know all of you are sorry to hear of 
tile death of Margaret Burnelt Graves on 
November lyih after a short stay in the 
hospital. Her daughter. Margaret Graves 
McClung 'Si ( Mrs. David ) sent me this 
sad news. 

Matiltia Bryant George says their winter 
and summer vacations are divided between 
their two daughters in Mass. and Florida 
but they were in Durham for Christmas. 
Virginia Stanberry Schneider wrote that 
she has four grandchildren — two girls 
and two boys. 

Mildred Bniril White's oldest step-daugh- 
ter and Doctor husband left Woolen, Ohio 
on Jan. 1.5 for two years in Tunis, Africa. 
He is attached to the State Department 
medical department. She plays bridge with 
some bridge addicts twice a week. 

Phyllis Payne Gathright spent Thanks- 
giving in Virginia Beach with son Norvell 
and family on their farm. He is a com- 
mander in the Navy and is teaching at the 
staff college in Norfolk. 

Gertrude Geer Bassett and husband. 
Clark, visited Sweet Briar. Helen MrMahon 
took them on a tour of the campus las 
she did for A\ and me last year. I 

Lorna Weber Dowling and husband 
planned a visit to Ft. Worth, Texas in Jan- 
uary to see their doctor son. 

We have been travelling since June when 
we came out to Phoenix to see our fourth 
grandson ( Bobbie's second son) . After a 
few weeks at home we went to South Caro- 
lina in August and then to Florida and 
New Orleans. 

We went to Phoenix on December 1.5th 
for Christmas with the daughter who lives 
there. The Dallas daughter flew out on 
the 24th with her family. 

Dorothy Job Robinson wrote from Eng- 
land that she is planning a world tour 
by boat. 


Class Secretary: Cordelia Kirkendall Bar- 

uiCKs I Mrs. Arthur A.), 1057 Walker Ave., 

Oakland, Calif. 94610. 

Fund Agent: Mary Dowds Hodck (Mrs. 

Lewis D.I. 23 Hodge Rd., Princeton. N.J. 


No news is good news so "you all " 
must be "in the pink." I'll have difficulty 
writing a column this time especially 
about our class. Please turn over a new- 
leaf and let me hear from vou. 

Elizabeth Franke Balls, class of 1913, 
lost her wonderful husband. Kent, a scien- 
tist in May of this year. 

Ruth McElrai'y Logan, class of 1917, is 
now in Reno with her mother who is very 
ill. Ruth has her lovely home in Piedmont 
up for sale, but now hopes it won't sell 
in the three months the realtor has it on 
ihe market. 

Ellen Netiell Br>'an. class of 1926, wrote 
me a card. Now doesn't that put vow to 
shame. They moved to Clemson. So. Caro- 
lina after having lived in Cleveland for 
ten years. Her husband. Wright, is Vice 
President of Clemson. Ellen had attended 
her 40th reunion at Sweet Briar last June 
and had a marvelous time. Their family 
is madi' up of two daughters and a son. 
One daughter lives in .Atlanta and the 
other in (!leveland. They each have two 
children. Their son is a bachelor and 

works for the Times Picayune in New 
Orleans. The daughters both graduated 
from .Sweet Briar and the son from Van- 
derbilt. Ellen was going to Cleveland in 
August and besides her family would see 
Kay Klumph McGuire. Thank you Ellen 
for helping me out. 

Dorothy Herbison Hawkins phoned me 
from San Francisco in August. She and 
her husband had planned to go to Europe, 
but changed their trip to the West Coast 
and felt very rewarded. They didn't want 
to be too inaccessible considering one of 
their sons-in-law was in Vietnam. It was 
wonderful hearing from Dorothy, but I 
wish we could have seen each other. She 
was leaving the next morning and, too, 
I'm not so free now because of my hus- 
band's illness. 

While on our Mexican cruise in Feb- 
ruary 1 won a prize for my costume which 
was the dress 1 wore in Sue Hager Rohrer's 
wedding in 1927. It had no sleeves, was 
very low waisted and short. I carried an 
ostrich feather fan with it, also from the 
Roarin' Twenties and then did the Charles- 
ton. I sent the photo on to Sue. By now 
she has two more grandchildren. I think 
that makes about nine or ten. Congratula- 
tions. Sue. and I'm envious, too. I have 
but two. but alas! two of my sons are bach- 

.Arthur and I went to Alaska this sum- 
mer. Flew to Vancouver, B.C. There we 
rented a car. We took two different boat 
trips through the Inland Passage, one 
through British Columbia waters and the 
other in .Alaskan. Never have we seen so 
much scenery of grandeur and would rec- 
ommend the trip to all. 

While on this trip Arthur first felt 
twinges of arthritis, but he said little. We 
were home only a few weeks when we 
drove to Kennewick. Washington to see my 
oldest son and family. They had recently 
moved there from Yakima and are happy 
in their new locale. Their home is darling, 
overlooking the Columbia River. We took 
our daughter-in-law and two granddaugh- 
ters to our favorite simple resort in the 
Feather River Country. Our son had used 
his vacation in which to move and both 
he and his wife had painted both the inter- 
ior and exterior of their home. We're 
proud of them. I have yet to paint a 

Evidently this trip proved too much for 
husband. Arthur. He became worse and 
worse. His twinges of discomfort turned 
into acute arthritis which put him in the 
hospital for ten days. He is some better, 
but still pretty helpless, and the worst of it 
is he faces surgery when stronger. I had a 
complete physical in .August and seem to 
be healthy, certainly can't use the word 
"young" in that last sentence. 

Please remember I send no cards and 
please so many don't remain my silent 


Acting Class Secretary: Sara Callison 
Jamison (Mrs. John R.), 616 Ridgewood 
Dr.. West Lafayette. Ind. 
Fund Agent: Mary .Archer Bean Eppes 
I Mrs. James V.I. 447 Heckwelder PL, 
Bethlehem, Pa. 18018. 

It has been said that one should never 

March 1967 


begin a letter with an apology, but I am 
going to pretend that 1 haven't heard about 
that rule. About two iveeks ago I decided 
that the class of "29 should break into print 
again and so I wrote to the Alumnae Office 
and asked for the deadline for the next 
issue of the Alumnae Magazine. 1 learned 
that the deadline was only several weeks off 
with almost no time for sending you all 
an S.O.S. for news. So here goes with 
what news I have on hand. June McKenzie 
said that I could get someone to write the 
letter but she didn't give me any news 
of herself. 

The most dramatic and exciting piece 
of news concerns the daring deeds of the 
son of our glamorous classmate, Virginia 
Lee Campbell Clinch. Virginia's son, 
olas Llinch. has just led a U. S. mountain 
climbing expedition to the peak of Anarc- 
tica's Vinson Mass.f and planted the flags 
of twelve nations there on December 21st, 
1966. I am going to quote a paragraph 
from an article in Time Magazine, Jan. 6, 
1967 concerning this feat. "The logistics 
alone made it an impressive feat. Com- 
manded by Los Angeles lawyer Nicholas 
Clinch, 36, the veteran of two Himalayan 
ascents, the ten members of the U. S. expe- 
dition had nothing to go on except aerial 
photographs in planning their assault, had 
to do without fancy climbing rigs. And 
they had to prepare themselves mentally 
for one of the loneliest undertakings man 
has ever attempted." Explained Clinch be- 
fore the climb: 'Antarctica is not like 
the Himalayas, where you can always 
retreat to a native village if something 
goes wrong.' From the moment that a 
Navy plane deposited them on a lifeless 
plateau 20 miles from the base of the Vin- 
son Massif, the climbers only lifeline to 
the outside world was an emergency radio 
hookup with McMurdo .Sound, 1300 miles 

Virginia Lee, her husband and her 
mother were visiting the Clinch's daughter 
in Denver, Colorado when they received 
the thrilling news of the successful climb 
on Christmas Eve. Our congratulations to 
all of the Clinches. 

A Christmas letter from Libber Lank- 
ford Miles and husband John contained 
a picture of "Litlle Paradise," their rather 
new home located on an inlet somewhere 
between Norfolk and Virginia Beach. 
When they want crabs for dinner, they 
have only to throw a line off the pier in 
the front yard. Doesn't it sound enticing? 
Esther Campbell, who has visited them, 
says it is the most adorable place she 
can imagine. Libber and Johnny's chil- 
dren are located fairly near them; John, 
Jr. at "Swannanoa" in Virginia; Burnley, 
his wife, Kim, and three boys in Washing- 
ton, D. C; and Betsy and her husband 
with their daughter Bess are in South 
Carolina. The Miles' children and grand- 
children are fortunate to have a built-in 
resort to visit when they go to "Little Para- 

Jamie and 1 were in Charleston, W. Va. 
over New Year's weekend visiting sister 
Jane Smith and family. While there we 
saw Esther Campbell, who looked simply 
great, despite a husband in bed with the 
flu and visiting grandchildren for the holi- 
days. We chatted prodigiously for an hour 
or so without covering all the topics we 
wished to discuss, so I asked Essie to write 
to me before I prepared this newsletter. 

I quote from her welcome letter, "As you 
can see, 1 have survived the Christmas 
visit of my grandchildren, and Harry and 
I have settled into our placid routine once 
more. Did 1 tell you that son Hugh and 
his family are living in Norfolk V He 
called last week to say that the bank is 
transferring him to Alexandria, Va. It 
is a nice promotion for him, and that, of 
course, pleases us. But it will also mean 
that I wont be seeing Libber Miles so 
often, and being with her added so much 
fun to the Norfolk visits. However, 1 will 
be returning to Norfolk for a while longer 
at least, for Tia (Esther's daughter, SBC 
"66 » and Bob will be there for the dura- 
tion of Bob's stay in the Navy. Right 
now he is in the Mediterranean and Tia 
is over there too, following the ship from 
port to port and having a wonderful time. 
When Bob is at sea, Tia joins other Navy 
wives and the girls go off on trips of their 

"Every now and then I drive over to 
Huntington to have a few hours with Mary 
Eunice Armstrong Allen '29. For so many 
years Mark and "Pinkie" lived .n Vene- 
zuela, but Mark has retired now and they 
have moved back to Huntington. They 
also have bought a lovely home which 
ihey leave periodically when the itch to 
travel becomes too strong. They enjoyed 
a long European trip last year, and dur- 
ing the summer their daughter, Ann, a stu- 
dent at St. Catherine's, joined them." 
Esther ended her letter with the following 
question, "Have you recovered from Pur- 
due's victory at the Rose Bowl?" I swear 
that I didn't make up that last question 
that Essie asked me and I'm so glad she 
did ask it because I wondered how 1 was 
going to work in a few words in praise 
of the Jamison's favorite team! 

We have visited Ruth Ferguson Smythe 
and Fred several times this past year both 
in Louisville and at their cottage at Torch 
Lake. They are thorouglily enjoying 
Fred's retirement and are spending much 
time travelling and staying up north at 
Torch. Their son John is located in San 
Francisco; son Stuart, his wife. Sue, and 
their three children live in Louisville, as 
does daughter Meredith (SBC "551, her 
husband. Dr. Paul Grider, and their three 
darling little girls, the last little girl be- 
ing only five months old and named Mere- 

Ruth and Fred see quite a lot of Polly 
McDuirmid Serodino, who has become 
quite a success in the field of real estate. 
We all take off our hats to one of us for 
having launched a new and diffieult-to- 
learn career. And speaking of Polly's. 
Jamie and I saw Polly Roberts Bennett in 
Frankfort, Ky. almost two years ago. 
Since then her husband. Arch, has passed 
away. We all send our sympathy to Polly. 
Both of their children, a boy and a girl, are 
married and have been quite successful in 
their professions. Polly has just recently 
moved to a new apartment in Frankfort. 

Last weekend we visited Queen Belle and 
husband John Hutchins in Winnetka. John 
was retired from business this year, but 
has taken on an important new civic job as 
Chairman of the Board of Passavant Hos- 
pital in Chicago. They will probably spend 
more time in Virginia in the future and 
they are planning to be in Florida for 
a while this winter. Their eldest son, John, 
his wife and two children, are moving 

back to Chicago soon, which is wonder- 
ful news for the Hutchins. Son Cole is 
hnishing law school at THE UNIVERSITY 
()ou know where I in June and will then 
be assoc.ated with a Chicago law firm. 
Harley has distinguished himself as a top- 
ranking young naval officer in the nuclear 
suhmarine service, and Brockie, the young- 
est son, is a freshman at the Colorado 
School of Mines. 

While in Winnetka we had luncheon 
with my old roomie, Jo Tatman Mason and 
husband Mace. These two met at our 
wedding and we must say that it turned 
out pretty well. Jo still takes the prize 
as the youngest looking gal in the class of 
'29. (Of course, I haven't seen all of 
you recently, so some of you can claim the 
prize if you feel so inclined ) . The Masons 
have built a lovely home in Connecticut 
near Rockville where they spend some 
weekends and to which they will retire 
some day. In the meantime, they have 
lots to keep them in Winnetka other than 
their enthusiasm for curling. Their daugh- 
ter, Joan and husband, Quigg Porter (son 
of Lib Joy Porter '28) and their two daugh- 
ters; son Mark, his wife and their two 
children, and son Ned. his wife and two 
sons all live in the Chicago area, so that 
the Masons have plenty of opportunity to 
play grandparents. 

We had a delightful letter from Gert 
Prior shortly after Christmas. She told 
us about some of the changes in the SBC 
landscape, something of how terribly busy 
the present student body is kept, what 
with more outside activities than we ever 
dreamed of when we were in school, the 
fact that she is as busy as can be in the 
Book Shop, and that bird-watching is still 
the great interest and hobby of her life. 
1 have mislaid her letter or 1 would quote 
from it some of the cute th'ngs she said 
about her dogs and roosters and her moun- 
tain-bird-watching hikes. Gert, take good 
care of yourself as we always want you 
"to come home to" when we return to 
Sweet Briar. 

Jamie and 1 had our first trip abroad 
together last spring. We spent almost all 
of our time in the cities of Paris and Lon- 
don where we soaked up all of the his- 
tory, scenery ard atmosphere that we could 
absorb in the time we had to spenJ. It 
was a must successful tirp in every respect. 
Be sure to ask us about it som? time! 

Our Jamie works in New York City and 
he and his wife Judy and four children 
live in Summit. N. J. We don't get to see 
them as often as we would like, but we do 
keep the telephone lines busy. Daughter 
Jane (SBC '591 and her husband, George 
Tatman, (Jo Tatman's nephew), little Jam- 
ison and Sarah, live in Richmond, Ind., so 
we enjoy going back and forth to visit 

Jane and I sometimes meet in Indianapo- 
lis at a .Sweet Briar alumnae meeting there. 
The Indianapolis Club was organized only 
about ten or so years ago, but it has grown 
steadily and has become a strong organi- 
zat'on in those years. 

Class notes for odd-numbered classes 
will be carried in the winter issue of the 
Alumnae Magazine and even numbered 
classes will be carried in the spring issue. 
.So — you see it will be some time before 
we will again appear in print, but please 
do write to me and I will keep your letters 
for the next issue. 


Alumnae Magazine 


Class Secretary: J KAN Cole Anukhson 
(Mrs. George D., Jr.), 2d8 Wasliington 
Ave., N.E., Marietta, Ga. 30060. 
Fund Agent: Polly Suiift Calhoun (Mrs. 
Frank E. ), Coltsfoot Farm, Cornwall, 
Conn. OblS'i. 

At our S.'itli reunion last .lurie we decid- 
ed to make a .special conlribulion to Sweet 
liriar in the form of books for the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library in memory of 
twelve deceased classmates. The money 
was turned over to Martha Von Briesen 
who made arrangements with Miss Lydia 
M. Newland, Assistant Librarian, for the 
selection and purchase of the books. Each 
is to be in the field of interest, or major, 
of the classmate so remembered and her 
name will be placed on the bookplate in 
the volume. It is hoped that other mem- 
bers of the class will wish to add to this 
memorial fund. As the nineteen reunion- 
ers went the> various ways, three were 
heading west for summer tours, (Juinny 
(Juintard Bond joining her husband for a 
flight to Denver where they were to pick 
up a car to drive through the West. Natalie 
Roberts Foster and Walter drove out to 
Colorado. And Polly Swijt Calhoun had 
come to .'^weet Briar in her completely 
equipped camper so we could picture the 
fun she and her family would have on 
their tour. A card from Polly in Septem- 
ber said they even reached Alaska. 

My own 1966 trip was that of driving to 
Lynchburg before reunion time for a 
"merrie month of May" with Elizabeth 
Clark, my first visit in fifteen years. It was 
like a homecoming to be with her and so 
many old friends, Nancy Worthington, Ella 
Williams Fauber, Lucy Harrison Miller 
Baber "30. Fanny Penn Ford Libby "30 an<l 
Amelia Mollis Scott '29. After two min- 
utes nobody had changed a bit. 

Split and 1 visited Natalie and Walter 
in Roanoke. They gave us a beautiful 
drive along the Blue Kidge Parkway to see 
the flame azalea in full glory. Another 
day Split and I went up to Charlottesville 
to have lunch with Elizabeth Copeland Nor- 
fleet, '30. She was looking forward to a 
summer of teaching in England. 

Ginny Cooke Rea and Jean Countryman 
Presba had a visit with Ella in Lynchburg 
before departing for home. The evening 
of June 7th was really gay as we looked 
through Ella's photo albums of S.B. scenes. 
Ginny wrote at Christmas that she and 
Country had had another reunion in Octob- 
er, inclutling husbands, at a convention. 

While in Athens, Ga., last fall, where my 
daughter lives, I spent a morning with 
Nan Torian Owens '29 looking at, and 
through, some fine old houses. From her 
1 learned that Ella and her husband had 
stopped by shortly before on a trip to 
Jekyll Island where Everette is the archi- 
tect for the restoration of '"Millionaire's 

Other news gleaned from Christmas 
cards: Helen Sim Mellen said that her son, 
John, was still in Germany with the Air 
Force enjoying what trips he can get 
in between duties. 

Natalie wrote that she and \\ alter were 
in Florida in the fall and as they went 
through Ft. Pierce she got in touch with 
Mary Frances Riheldaffer Kuhn who 
"looked fine and is all set to have fun. 

her children being off on their own." Oil- 
painting is one adventure mentioned. 

Natalie enclosed a clipping from the 
Richmond paper, a fine article complete 
with attractive photo, about Charlotte Kent 
Pinckney's having been named Christmas 
Mother for Richmond, a fund-raising proj- 
ect sponsored each year by the Richmond 
Newspajiers, Inc. to provide for needy fam- 
ilies at (.hrislmas. I'm filing the clip in 
C^harlotte"s section of the marvelous scrap- 
book she made for the class reunion. It 
will go back to the Alumnae House as 
soon as I get more notations from it for 
the files that Jean Floehn Wernenlin sent 
on to me. 

Addenda by Martha Von Briesen: 

Jean's post-Christmas letter brought me 
up to date on her family. Her oldest, Ed, 
is a lawyer in the Wall Street firm of 
Hughes, Hubbard, Blair and Reed. He was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Cornell, spent 
several years in the Navy, and was grad- 
uated cum laude from Harvard Law 
School. Grace, a Smith graduate, is in 
Chicago as an assistant supervisor in Occu- 
pational Therapy in the neuro-psychiatric 
Institute of the University of Illinois Medi- 
cal School, which means she is on the 
faculty and teaches O.T. Jock is start ng 
his last of three years in the Navy, since 
graduating from Dartmouth, and plans to 
go to graduate school, probably in busi- 
ness administration. 

I spent a week in Nepal right after 
Cliristmas, visiting my niece Mary von 
Br!esen, who has been there 15 months in 
the Peace Corps. Gordon Calhoun, Polly's 
son, is there also, and we had two very 
pleasant visits with him. Polly and Frank 
were coming to spend some time with 
Gordon in January, on their round-the- 
world trip which will include a visit with 
the'r son Dave and his family, in Geriuany. 


Acting Class Secretary: Augusta Saul 
Edwards (Mrs. Richard T.), 1344 Lake- 
wood Dr, S.W., Roanoke, Va. 24015. 
Funi Agent: Mary Mackintosh Shlrer 
(Mrs. Joseph, Jr.), South Rd., Box 98 
Holden, Mass. 01520. 

Greetings to the '39'ers from coast to 
coast! Since Mary Jeffery Welles Pearson 
has taken off for the clear weather of .-Vri- 
zona for a few weeks, 1 am pinch-hitting 
for this issue of the Magazine. Please 
write to Jeff soon so she can include you 
in the July class notes. 

From the West coast conies news of 
Barbara Earl Reinheimer. She and Fred, 
a lawyer in San Jose, celebrateil their 
25th anniversary by remodelling and add- 
ing to their house; their two sons are in 
college. .She hopes to see Ellen McClin- 
toch Tcmpleton '40, as she has moveil to 
Santa Rosa. Bobby's former roomie is 
on the East coast so they seldom meet. 
Patricia Bah Vincent's travels usually take 
her to England when she roams far from 
home. Patty's husband. Dr. Pat, teaches at 
Duke: .Simon is an honor student at Epis- 
copal High School in Alexandra: .Sarah, 
a talented teen-age dress designer, was 
featured in the Durham paper: and Mary, 
their youngest, keeps Patty a-chauffeuring. 

.Among those who changed adilresses last 
vear are two who moved to the same 

town, but in different states! John and 
Jane Lewis Kingsbury moved their family 
trom Kalamazoo, Mich, to 65 Linden Rd., 
Barringlon, Rhode Island. Janie is a graml- 
mothcr as .Susan and her husband have 
two children. John is a senior in college 
in Michigan, so only the two younger girls 
are at home now. Charles and Margaret 
Hoyt (jogsvvell moved from their lovi'ly 
I'airfax (bounty home in Virginia to another 
Harrington, outside of Chicago, while 
Frank remained in Virginia to continue his 
studies at V.P.I. The Cogswells, with 
(Jiuck a high school senior and Mike, 
the youngest, live at 107 Brinke Rd., Bar- 
rington, 111. 

Ruth Harmon Kei-ser and her daughter 
had a trip to Europe this summer before 
Judy entered Katherine Gibbs in Boston. 
Mac is a sophomore at Middlebury and 
Andy's in school in Connecticut. Ruth 
plays tennis a lot and currently is taking 
some courses at Rutgers. Another traveler 
is Ann Espach Weckler who traveled to 
India to see her daughter and son-in-law 
while they lived there one year. They 
are back now; Ann and Harold's son, Hal, 
is a freshman at the University of Mich- 
igan. Carol Carpenter Gillam and Chuck 
have only Lex at home now. Greta had a 
lovely wedding in Houston in June. Tom 
also lives there with two children of his 

Our deep sympathy is extended to New- 
ton Hanes, and to his son and family, over 
the passing of Mary Smith Hanes. Millie 
died in Winston-Salem, after a lingering 

Did you know that our alumnae secre- 
tary, Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 is now an 
authority on Indians in Alaska? Jackie 
had a quick hut fabulous trip to the ''top 
of the world" recently to be with her 
daughter, Katie Wood Clarke, '65, when a 
new son arrived to her and her minister 
husband in Grayling, Alaska. Have her tell 
you about it next time around campus. 

As with most of you all, we Edwards 
have had another memorable year. Tliree 
of tlu' highlights were Tom and Ebbie's 
(Mary Evelyn Evans '64) gift of a grand- 
son in May: John's graduation from 
Princeton in June, and Betsy's entrance 
to Sweet Briar in September. Tom will 
receive his M.D. from the School of Medi- 
cine at University of Virginia in June, 
and John is at llnion Theological .Seminary 
in New York this year. Parents" Day 
at .Sweet Briar was absolutely wonderful. 
Betsy Campbell Gawthrop really should 
have been there to hear Beth and her 
group sing. .Also saw Martha Matheus 
McGiffs" daughter. Page Munroe, on a 
visit to campus, and she looks just like 
Martha, (^ome to see us whenever you're 
around Roanoke, Virginia. 


Class Secretary: Decca Gilmer Fracke(.- 
TON (Mrs. Robert L.I, 1714 Greenway Dr., 
Fredericksburg, Va. 22401. 
Fund Agent: Elizabeth Brown-Serman 
M*cR\E (Mrs. Colin), 903 Vicar Lane, 
Alexandria, Va. 22302. 

Bouquets to Helen Watson Hill who so 
ably carried on the duties of Class Secre- 
tary and special thanks to her for remem- 
bering to add a note to her Christmas card. 

March 1967 


The Hills "had a good sailiiif: summer and 
in October a nice trip to Maine." Jeff 
graduated from Chinese Lanjiuage school 
in Monterey (Air Force) and is now in 
Texas. Leni is enjoying her senior year 
in high school. 

Our thanks to Helen Anne Littleton 
Hauslein. Lillian Breedlove White and 
Joan Myers Cole for the lovely wilt-proof 
corsages we each received and the Scraji 
Book to keep our memories intact. 

Our gratitude to the Alumnae Office for 
publishing this Scrap Book for us. May 1 
take a moment here to praise the "unsung 
heroines" of the Alumnae Office ^vho de- 
vote their time and energies so success- 
fully to making our visits a pleasure! 

An unexpected bonus for me was the 
October meeting at SBC. There '41 was 
well-represented by Vice-President Joan 
Derore Roth and Regional Chairmen Allen 
Baghy Macneil ( all the way from Califor- 
nia! ), Bettv Doucett Neil and Martha Jean 
Brooks Mdler. 

Helen Anne handed me messages from 
Shirts Shnw Daniel. Wilma Cavett Alley 
and Paula Robison Harrison sending 
greetings and regrets. We were sorry you 
all and others couldn't be with us. 

Most of you must have heard from our 
Fund .-\gent Betty Brown-? erman MacRae. 
No better time than now to send your 
check to .Sweet Briar! 

Marie Gnffney Barry entertained all the 
Frackeltons plus her house sruests at 
Sprucewood (4th Lake) one Sunday in 
AuGust and we discovered why she's such 
a hichly rated hostess. Marie and Ted 
headed for sunshine and the British West 
Indies for the holidays. 

Butch Giirney Betz and John grilled 
us steaks at 7th Lake on their 21st weddin<i 
anniversary. Also found in the Adiron- 
dack area was Barbara Nevens Young with 
her grandson. Benjamin Clayton Beers, 
then eight weeks old. Barbara had seen 
Edffe Cnrdnmone O'Donnell several times. 

Charlie Davenport Tuttle answered my 
appeal for news as a kindred spirit (Class 
.Secretarv of Dobbs '37 ) . Susan 13. is at 
home. Winnie at St. Margaret's (Conn.) 
and Ty at Williams. Ty had been ("vears 
aao") to Adirondack Woodcraft Camps 
where our bovs eo in the summer. If there 
are other AWC sons among you, let me 

Kllie Damsard Firth reports that Mollv 
left for U. of S.C. in her new Skvlark and 
that Weezie 's now Mrs Robert Jude 
Doran, Jr. With her husband she also 
will be studying at U. of S C. Fllie and 
.Swede were to visit friends in Charleston. 

Asked Marion Dailey Avery about her 
naintirg — she prefers inks, casein, acrv- 
lics. but uses oils occasionallv — her style 
— "semi-impressionistic, semi-abstract, sel- 
dom the same," does mostly landscapes. 
This summer in Chattanooga she saw Mil- 
dred Moon Montague ('40) who "looks 
great, stavs busy." 

In Michigan we find Martha Ingles 
.Schrader teaching hi"b school English and 
Jack having retired from the Arniv is with 
the Trust Department of the Michigan 
National Bank. John is a senior at the 
University of Michigan, Stephen, a sopho- 
more at Michigan .State and Cathy an 
8th srrader. 

Judy Davidson Walker is in Norfolk 

where Tony is "Deputy Chief of Staff FMF 
Lant." Bill whose graduation from Ver- 
mont .Academy kept Judy from reunion is 
now at Gettysburg College. Don is a 
junior at Hotchkiss and Andy in the 8th 
Grade at Norfolk Academy. 

Mary Scully Olney and Jim were in 
the Virgin Islands in October — a 20th 
.Anniversary trip. Mary had reported earl- 
ier a golf game with Betty Doucett Neil 
in Conn, this summer. 

Just managed a "Hello" on the phone 
Avhen Lou Lemheck Reydel was down for 
Chuck's graduation at Quanlico. Then the 
Reydels were off to the Bahamas for 
Christmas. Lou sent me a card from there 
which the owners had made from a slide 
she took the year before. Jimmy is at 
Villanova, Joan. Steve, and Barbara in the 
8th, 5th and 4th grades in that order. 

I do believe Helen Gwinn Wallace has 
discovered how to pack more than 24 hours 
into a dav. She's back at the Loudoun 
Country Day School as Assistant Head, 
spends several hours daily doing office 
work for Johnny who is building his first 
shopping center, and has managed to re- 
sume "community" life in the League of 
Women Voters, Seroptomist Club, Speech 
and Hearing Center, Community Action 
Committee, and as program chairman of 
Garden Club! Also, keeps her horses and 
a pack of hounds and rides daily, 
In addition she finds time to enjoy her 
son's two children (ages 3 and 1.) Before 
Christmas she visited Linda who is mar- 
ried and working as a research chemist 
with Monsanto Company in Dayton. 

A friend took her daughter to the 
Testing Center at RPI and there was Fran- 
ces Wilson Dowdey on the job. Frances's 
Patsy is planning to study with the FLL 
Schools this summer as is our Carter. 

Mishap Dept.: learned that Bebo Chi- 
chester Hull broke a leg skiing Dec. 27 — 
know it hurts more having happened so 
early in the season. Speedy recovery to 


Class Secretary: Marguerite Hume. 2218 
Village Dr.. Louisville, Ky. 4020.5. 
Fund Agent: Betty Schmeisser Nelson 
(Mrs. Karl J.), Sachem Rd., Rt. 2, Weston, 
Conn. 06880. 

.At the time of this writing (January) 
the rosy sociability of Christmas lingers, 
and out of it have come the following notes. 

Our local Sweet Briar Day brought a 
delightful glimpse of Mary If heeler Hill- 
iard (remember the "Paducah" of our 
freshman year? I and her pretty daughter 
Margaret. This is the year of the debut 
for Fayette McDoivell Willeft's Sweet 
Briarite Louise, and a recent newspaper 
picture showed her danc'ng with her still 
very young looking grandfather, Mr. Robert 
B. McDowell. Fayette reported by phone 
that she had been in touch with Snookie 
Campbell Shearer, who said that her fam- 
ily is getting along fine now, including 
her husband Logan, who had earlier been 
prevented from coming from Lexington to 
Louisville for an annual golf tournament 
by a case of mumps, 

Esther Jett Holland mentions having 
seen Anne Mcjunkin Briber at .Mumnae 
Council in October; last May she chatted 

with Jody IJ illis Leaman, who is teach- 
ing kindergarten now that both of her 
children are in college. Lucy Kiker Jones 
enclosed a clipping date-lined in Lynch- 
burg last June announcing the marriage of 
Elsie Jackson Kelly's lovely daughter, 
Susan Hamner Kelly, to David Wayne 
Clemons of Greensboro, N. C. Caroline 
Miller McClintock reports her five chil- 
drtn busy with school — Dave is at David- 
son and loves it — and Gale's pleased with 
the business year for textile machinery. 
Louise I^eak Spring writes conc'sely frcmi 
Cynthiana, Ky., with no word appended 
about her girls, but I hear from another 
source that there has been a wedding in 
her family as well. .Speaking of the mar- 
riages of the next generation, and we do 
seem to have reached that stage, ladies, 
Dotti Campbell Scribner sent along a wed- 
ding picture of her Kali?, marr ed in 
September to Michael Dunn, and notes 
that the bride received her M.A. from 
Michigan in linguistics only two weeks 
beforehand. Bonilee Key Garrett and 
Mary Carter Richardson have sent rather 
breathless-sounding notes about trying to 
keep up with the teen-agers, but both 
add that it's a job they enjoy. Ann° 
Mitchell .Albyn sends welcome news of 
her five; her Sally is going to Indiana Uni- 
versity next year. Scottie Simmons 
McConnell's Davy is going to medical 
school next year. Barbara Perkins Max- 
well recalls with pleasure a trip she and 
her doctor husband Jack made from their 
home in .Alexandria, La., to New York last 
year and hopes for a repeat journey. 

Janice Fitzgerald Wellons tells of a 
twenty-fifth reunion she and Margaret 
Gold Sivindell Dickerman shared at St. 
Mary's: still living in Smithfield, N. C, 
Janice has 24 piano students to occupy her 
as well as her busy lawyer husband and 
three daughters — the oldest. Jan, will 
graduate from St. Mary's High School in 
May. Ouija Adams Bush is most happy 
that Jeanette. who enjoyed a trip to Eur- 
ope last summer will be entering Sweet 
Briar next fall. Ouija hopes now to see 
more of our classmates who are also .Sweet 
Briar parents; she recalls a pleasant eve- 
ning spent last summer with Junk and 
Frank Briber. 

Barbara Bolles Miller plans some trips 
east (from Toledo) this summer so that her 
oldest son Ken, a high school junior, can 
visit some of the eastern colleges. A 
friend who visited -Ann Jacobs Pakradooni's 
"Joie de Vivre" boutique in Haverford, 
Pa., writes enthusiastically: A good num- 
ber of the dresses, shifts and evening 
gowns were on her own design, and she 
says she now has a partner and has formed 
a company which manufactures her de- 
signs under their double name, Ann- 
Michel, or something close to that. And 
— she's writing for McCall's magazine, 
starting in January. It all sounds great." 
doesn't it ! 

Baxter Broun Logas sends greetings 
from her home in Studio City, Calif., and 
adds: "I think about and enjoy memories 
of SBC often. Clint and I have a tiny 
house with pool in what is fondly known 
as 'The Meadows' where we have horses, 
dogs, geese and other bucolic accouter- 
ments — twenty minutes from Los Angeles 
City Hall." Harriet Fallen Phillips tells 
of a flight to Luxembourg last sunmier 
with luggage, tent and five sleeping bags. 


ALLIMN.4E Magazine 

Once there, she and her fajiiily uroceeileil 
to lour Europe in a Germaiiinadt- mini- 
l)us, camping out about half tiie time. Tliis 
t.cliedule-free arrangement allowed them 
to spend more time in the places they most 
enjoyed: Salzburg, the Rhine valley, and 
Lake Lucerne. She sounds most enthus- 
iastic; tempted, anyone V If you go, and 
wherever you go, please don't forget to 
write. And may the year just started 
bring you many blessings! 


Class Secretary: Mary Kathrvn Frye 
Hemphill (Mrs. Samuel M.), 344 7th 
Ave., N.E., Hickory, N.C. 2860L 
Fund Agent: Martha Holton Glesser 
(Mrs. Donald G.l, 5698 Raven Rd., Birm- 
ingham, Mich. 48010. 

The last day of September Dr. Elbyrne 
G. Gill died in Roanoke. We all mourn 
with the family and the community the loss 
of this enthusiastic civic leader and nation- 
ally-known physician. Our love goes es- 
pecially to Edith Page Gill Breakell and to 
her mother and sisters, Jean King and 
Betty Byrne Chaney (SBC '55). 

Christmas Card Gleanings: 

Carol Cox MacKinnon and family vaca- 
tioned in England and Scotland last sum- 
mer. They are rejoicing in son Jock's 
acceptance on early decision at Williams. 
Congratulations to Jock! We know that 
relieved feeling, for our Steve is in David- 
son for next year on early decision. 

A family picture of Jo Livernwre Foust 
and family indicates three handsome teen- 
agers, plus equally handsome ma and pa, 
who have changed only a little bit. Jo has 
cut her hair! 

Martha Holton Glesser's boys are busy 
with winter athletics — diving lessons and 
ice hockey. To us Southerners that is a 
peculiar combination. 

Jean Ridler Fahrenbach's son Robert, 
now nine months old, must have made 
Christmas even merrier for his two sisters. 

Ann McLean Loomis writes that her 
Betsy is a happy Sophomore at Guilford 
College near Greensboro. Gil, III (16) 
and Lloyd (10) are both doing well in 

\^'hile in Greensboro for a Davidson 
basketball game, I spent a lot of time in 
the telephone booth. Conversations with 
their mothers brought news of Nancy-Ellen 
Feazell Kent and Dolores Fagg Horner. 
Nancy-Ellen teaches Spanish in a junior 
high school in Greensboro. Her husband 
is manager of the Coliseum and all re- 
ports indicate he is doing a grand job of 
it. The Kents have two daughters — Dede, 
a junior piano major at UNC, Chapel Hill 
and Hutton, a freshman at St. Mary's, 
Raleigh. Nancy and Robert were vaca- 
tioiting in Jamaica when I called, so Mrs. 
Feazell cantributed this news of the fam- 

Mrs. Fagg in Kernersville reports that 
Doe is in the usual busy mama role with 
Becky (13* and Amy (9). Since their 
new home is outside Morristown. Tenn.. she 
has more than the usual amount of chauf- 

Thru Mary Haskins King there is more 
Christmas card news: 

Jean Moores McCulloch in Springfield, 
Ohio continues her interest in horses, at- 
tending shows when she can. 

Perk Traugott Brown is teaching second 
grade in a public school at Virginia Beach. 
She has a son in school at Severn, near 

Mary is going to New York on the 
Theater Train from Greensboro soon and 
has plans to meet Diddy Gaylord Thomp- 
son for lunch at Lincoln Center. Audrey 
Betts was out when I called but Mary 
tells me she is fine. 1 will try again, 

And now this fascinating report: Mary 
said that Jodie said that Lovah said that 
Ellen Gilliam Perry's husband Marvin is 
to be the new president of Goucher Col- 
lege! Harriet Wilcox Gearhart confirmed 
this good news so congratulations go to 
Marvin, and our best wishes. Lovah is 
eager to be among those to welcome the 
Perrys to Baltimore next June. Jodie Mor- 
gan Hartraan and her family spent one 
night with the Gearharts last fall. Since 
1 needed news desperately, Lovah said I 
could report that she entertained the area 
Sweet Briar Day group at the rectory in 
December. The covered-dish luncheon 
affair was attended by about 12 in sp.te 
of the snow storm that day. 


Class Secretary: Mary Stuart McGiiire 
Gilliam (Mrs. B. McCluer), 8 Providence 
Hill Circle, Lexington, Va. 244.50. 
Fund Agent: Elizabeth Ripley Davey 
(Mrs. Paul H., Jr.), 7535 Sylvan Dr., Twin 
Lakes, Kent. Ohio 44240. 

Our sympathy goes to: 

Pat Hassler Schuber and Jack, on 

the death of their son; 
Maria Gregory Tabb, on the recent 

death of her husband; 
Cynthia Bemiss Stuart, on the death 

of her father; 
Evie If hite Spearman, on the death 

of her brother. 

From wliat I hear, 1947 will have a good 
Reunion. Judy Burnett Halsey heard from 
Mary Lib lick Thornhill and Barbara 
Golden Pound that they will come, and 
maybe Trudy ( ars Harris. Connie Clei'en- 
ger Berg told Kay that she hoped to be 
there. So did Liz Ripley Davey, Maria 
Tucker Bowerfind, Sue Morton Sorenson, 
Becky Knapp Herbert, Sue Van Cleve 
Riehl, Ann Colston Leonard, Sara McMul- 
len Lindsey, Ernie Banker Gerhard, and 
Cecil Butler Williams. 

Pat Hassler Schuber called when she was 
in Lexington — 1 hated to miss seeing 
her — and she assured me she was plan- 
ning to come and would try to get Irving 
Brenizer Johnston to come. And Sara 
Bryan Glascock says she aims to make it 
by hook or by crook. And if she can man- 
age to leave her large production, the 
rest of us should be able to. But as Sara 
found out during a recent bout with pneu- 
monia. "It's a lot of baloney about no one 
being indispensible. Just found out I am!" 
Jim took their three oldest boys (17, 16, 
15) on a camping trip to Florida between 
Christmas and New Years. "It was a 
glorious experience . . . the milk quota 
dropped from 20 to a mere 14 gallons for 
the week." 

bailie Bailey Remson will come to Re- 
union. The Kemson's have just moved to 
Illinois from Baltimore. "Jack works in 
t.lucago; the children go to school in Ken- 
ilwortli and 1 keep house in Winnelka." 
(Address: 515 Meadow Rd.) 

Kay Fitzgerald Booker unloaded this let- 
ter-writing on me but, bless her, she passes 
on the news too. She reports on Lu Lynn 
Green Wilson who writes, "Bob and I liad 
a week in San Francisco in October. Will 
have our annual week in Aspen in Feb- 
ruary. Last sununer we took a two-week 
pack trip into the wilderness area with 
all four cliildren and six horses. The 
packer came back for us two weeks later." 

Margaret Ellen White Van Buren is 
enthusiastic about life in London. She 
will come to this country for a visit this 
summer but not in time lor Reunion. Sue 
titzgerald Van Home and Van saw her 
in London last summer. 

Jackie itiiwell Clark is teaching at New- 
town Friends School. Her children: Tony, 
a sophomore at Lawrenceville ; Jane (11) 
and Kevin (10). 

Ginger Barron Summer will miss the 
reunion because her daughter, Kathy, grad- 
uates that weekend. I'wo sons. Lanky 
and Bill, are in the 9th and 6th grades. 
She writes that Lloyd has just been made 
Executive Vice-President of National City 
Bank and if anybody comes through Rome 
(Georgia) and needs a check cashed, the 
credit of '47 is good! 

Mystery girl — there was no signature 
on this card but the postmark is Salis- 
bury, N. C. so 1 guess this is Jean Ann 
this fall with Ann Brinson Nelson's son, 
James, who is a cadet here. Fuzzy writes, 
"Jim, who is with the Navy Department, 
is at Gitmo, Cuba, for a month. This leaves 
only four of us at home." 

Gene Ray Minor's daughter, Vieve, is 
a Freshman at Sweet Briar and loves it. 
Her Jane is in the Junior class with our 
Molly at St. Catherine's. 

Saravette Royster Trotter writes: "We 
are enjoying our new home . . . I'm get- 
ting my teacher's certificate in English . . . 
We opened a new theatre here in the fall 
which we are thrilled over. I'm teaching 
creative dramatics to Scout groups and 
plan to do some directing. 

Joan Littlejord Donegan has kept up 
her interest in horses — says she'll come 
to Reunion if we have a horse saddled 
and ready for her. Tally ho! 

Ann Marshall Whitley's family is settling 
down to civilian life after many Army 
years. Ann is interested in the Nelson 
Gallery, the art museum where she has 
become a decent and gives lectures and 
conducts tours. She has also started a 
new SBC Club in Kansas City. 

Ginna Walker Christian, who has a hand 
in running many civic endeavors in Rich- 
mond, urges you to visit Jamestown Island, 
one of her favorite interests. I can agree. 
It makes a great family excursion. Tip; 
if you go in July and the little one is 
foot-weary, don't put him on your shoulders 
while he's eating a popsicle. 

Ginna showed me a picture of Marguer- 
ite de Lustrac Laboret's magnificent new 
house outside of Paris. 

Martha Budd Shelnutt has had a busy 
year — another debutante and a new baby. 
.Sarah arrived August 19th to join Ann 
(20). Jane (18), and Barbara (12). The 

March 1967 


son of one of their friends is the room- 
mate at Williams of the son of her room- 
mate, Elaine Davis Blackford. 
Ferrier Ramsey. U'll never forget Wash's 
memorable performance acting out "The 
Birth of a Nation."') She writes, "John 
and 1 had seven weeks in England, France, 
Italy, and Spain ... 1 was thrilled with 
it all and can't wait to go back. Anne 
is a sophomore at Stephens; John, Jr. a 
Freshman at UNC, and George and Ken 
Craige in the 7th and 8th grades in Salis- 

Joan McCoy Edmonds, Bill and the two 
boys and a new puppy departed in January 
for Brussels where they'll live for about 
five years. Bill is Managing Director of 
Coppee Rust. His sister will be living in 
their Birmingham home so mail can reach 
them via this address. 

Aimee DesPland Gibbons lives in Ham- 
let, N. C., where her husband, Phil, is in 
the business of distributing fire and rescue 
equipment and municipal supplies. Katie 
is in the 10th grade at Stuart Hall and 
Bridget ("Fogo'J is in the 5th grade. 
Aimee is busy keeping up with the other 
three and the usual school and church 
activities, and is considering studying for a 
teacher's certificate. 

Sara Ann McMullen Lindsey is teaching 
sociology at the Northern Virginia Exten- 
sion of the University of 'Virginia. She 
and Doug are busy in civic groups in Alex- 
andria. Ihe younger Griffiths are: Douglas, 
Bruce, Ann, and Robert; and it delights 
me to hear that aU of the boys may head 
for VMI. 

We enjoyed a picnic in Goshen Pass 

Ethan Taylor Leonard arrived January 
24th to the joy of the family of Ann Col- 
ston Leonard. Ann writes, "I understand 
I'm in very good company with Mary Lib 
and Ernie Banker." 

Last summer Virginia Finley Shannon 
joined Bozzie's bevy of beauties at Carr's 
Hill. Eleanor and Edgar are on top of 
a busy, interesting and entertaining life 

Mac and I had a wonderful evening 
with Maria Tucker Bowerfind, Pete and 
their tliree delightfid cliildren at Farming- 
ton last summer. Maria and all of the St. 
George Tucker descendents gathered in 
Williamsburg last fall. Their joyful noise 
was heard over the Blue Ridge. 

Oochie Mayberry Todd writes that her 
ornithology major has served her well. 
She is in Australia studying the effects 
of fear on ostrich eggs, and as a consul- 
tant to VISTA, is working with local 
Bushmen organizing a Little Theatre group. 
Her eight children are great surfers, and 
her husband is now Chairman of the Board 
of the International Pogo Stick Company. 
She's sick that she can't get to Reunion. 

Please let the Gilliams know when you 
come to Lexington. Mac is Professor of 
Government at VMI and serves on the 
Town Council. I work at the George C. 
Marshall Research Library where an im- 
portant collection of military and diplo- 
matic history is being assembled, includ- 
ing the papers of General Marshall. Jay 
(15) is at Virginia Episcopal, and with 
Molly away too, Catharine (10) keeps 
life charming at home. 

Only a few more months to shape up for 
that romp in the dell. Hope to see you 


Class Secretary: Margaret Towers Tal- 
MAN (Mrs. Carter E., Jr.), 2 Huntly Rd., 
Richmond, Va. 23226. 
Fund Agent: Carolyn Cannady Evans 
(Mrs. Hervey, Jr.), Box 1724, Laurinburg, 
N.C. 28352. 

Happy New Year, all you forty-niners. 
Please note that 1 have a new address; 
No. 2 Huntly Road, Richmond, Va. 23226. 
(It's the story of my life, but not yours, 
so enough said.) Please also note that 
there's a new regime. Class notes in only 
two issues a year. Another directive says 
births and marriages must be listed without 
further comment, but this reporter doesn't 
think they had our age group in focus so 
1 promise you I'll relay as many glowing 
details as you will furnish me in those de- 

Witliout further ado I will now tell you 
about our bride and baby. Alice Dahm 
was married Oct. 15, 1966 to Herbert R. 
Crane. They are living in St. Louis at 
6803 Kingsbury Blvd. I'm told she met 
him on the skiing trip to Colorado that 1 
reported she was going to take last year 
this very time. 

Our new baby is Allison Craft Clark, 
born to Ellen Ramsay and Ken Clark on 
July 6, 1966. She's joining Ken, 12, Ellen, 
11, Ramsay, 9 and Marshall, 7, but the 
Clarks also added two more bedrooms to 
their house over the simmier so they looked 
pretty serene and smug on their Christmas 
card picture. 

And speaking of pictures, thank you 
so much, so many of you, for sending me 
pictures. Frankly those baby pictures 1 
used to get all looked alike, but now 
personality, family resemblances and ma- 
turity are speaking out. Some of the boys 
are looking more dignified than I remember 
their dads in their courting days. Patsy 
Davin Robinson's Sandy looks like he's 
ready for the Green Bay Packers and al- 
ready at 15 has a varsity letter as goalie 
on the Detroit Country Day soccer team. 
John, 13, and Woods, 10, are skiers and 
Davin, 6, looks exactly like Patsy. The 
Robinsons live in Birmingham, Mich, and 
their boys attend camp with Anne Fiery's 

Next picture — Ruth Garrett Preucel's 
three: two boys and a girl, also looking 
like her mother. The Preucels have built 
a greenhouse and I hope the plants turn 
out as profitably as the children. 

Preston Hodges Hill sent a color shot 
of her three on the hood of a red Jeep with 
the Colorado mountains rising in the back- 
ground. The children are the best look- 
ing features in the scene: Gene, 15, six 
feet tall; Margaret, 12, is brunette and a 
horse-lover; Virginia, 10, has blond pig- 

From Peggy Quynn Maples came the 
top academic report, in quantity that is. 
Sam is guidance counselor in a new high 
school. Peggy teaches kindergarten in 
another school. And the three children, 
Allen, 15, Johnny, 12, and Margaret, 9, 
are in tliree other schools. "Oh, that stren- 
uous PTA circuit!" says Peggy. 

Alice Dulaney Sheridan wrote me the 
nicest letter. She and Danny live at Jack- 
sonville (Fla.) Beach and have five chil- 
dren. (Her letter came last April so 

you'll have to prorate the ages) . Kathy 
was 16; Leo, 13; Cobb, 12; Ginger, 10; 
and Billy, 7. Alice teaches nursery school, 
but summer before last took her children 
to Milan by way of Paris for a visit and 
grand tour of Italy with her sister who 
lives there. Alice says she misses Nell 
Boushall and Dick Steed who have moved 
to Richardson, Texas with their four chil- 
dren, Robin, Pam, Netzi and Richard. 

Kitty Hart Belew now lives in Baltimore 
in a rented mansion (700 W. University 
Pkwy) . She sent me a clipping from 
the Baltimore paper which told of Betty 
Kuth and John Cleaver's children visiting 
their grandparents while the Cleavers were 
summering in England. The Cleaver 
children are Susan, Mary Ruth and Chester 
and according to this clipping Susan was to 
enter Vassar in the fall, (traitor, ed.) 

"Fritzie" Buncombe MiUard writes that 
Grant's son who is 11, has come to live 
with them full time which has made them 
all so happy. This evens them up at two 
boys and two girls. She goes on to say 
that she is doing admissions work for SBC 
in Lake Forest and becoming very enthu- 
siastic about the College. "It really is a 
good school" is her quote and a good note 
for me to end on. 


Class Secretary: Wingfield Ellis Parker 

(Mrs. Richard K.), Imperial Court Apts., 

A-4, 4282 Roswell Rd., N.E., Atlanta, Ga. 


Fund Agent: Terry Faulkner Phillips 

(Mrs. Charles W.) 63 Lexington Ave., 

Buffalo, N.Y. 14222. 

When you're not there to defend your- 
self you get elected! That's what happened 
to me at reunion, so you've got me as 
your secretary for the next five years. 
PLEASE keep me supplied with news! 

Wish I could have attended reunion. 
From all reports the 15th was the best 
ever with all 51ers looking even more 
glamorous than they did in '51. In the 
travel business the one thing you can't do 
in June is travel, so I had to mind the 
agency in Nashville. Also I was plan- 
ning a move back to Atlanta and a wed- 
ding to Richard Kilpatrick Parker in 
September. (Did you really tliink the last 
wedding bell had rung for '51?) 

Bill and Barbie hosier Edgerley came 
from Illinois for our wedding. What a 
busy and worthwhile life she leads! In 
addition to mothering three exuberant 
children (ages 12yo, H, and 9) and help- 
ing Bill manage a large farm, last year 
she was elected to the Board of Education 
of a proposed junior college. She is 
secretary of the Board as well as chair- 
man of the architectural selection commit- 
tee. By the fall of '69 doors of an en- 
tirely new college will open to 3000 stu- 
dents and there'll probably be an S.B.C. 
influence on campus! 

John and Nancy Keen Butterworth 
Palmer brought their two children, Mary 
and John, from Nashville to the wedding. 
N. K. is another class member up to her 
eyelashes in community affairs — church. 
Junior League, garden club. Did you see 
the Christmas issue of House Beautiful 
featuring "Trees of a Nation" from Nash- 
ville? That project was N. K.'s baby from 


Alumnae Magazine 

start to finisli. Incidiiitally. slie ami Peggy 
(Cliis) Chisholm got together last year 
and visited Sweet Briar for a concert by 
Miss Iren Marik. At that time Chis was 
living a gay and stimulating life in New 

Speaking of magazine articles, be sure to 
read the fascinating piece on Norway liy 
("alvin Kenlfield (that's Mr. Red Fox) in 
the November '66 issue of Holiday. Ruthie 
accompanied him on most of that beautiful 
trip and that's why she didn't make re- 

Kathy Phinizy Mackie writes that she 
and Osborne and their four are still en- 
joying life in Holland. I hope we'll have 
a more detailed report from her next time. 
Gardner and Mary .Tane Erirksen Ert- 
man's Christmas card shows their greatest 
gift of 1966 was little .Andrew, giving them 
three girls and two hoys. 

Orchids to Seymour Laughon Rennolds 
for her delightful article in the last News 
describing some differences and similarities 
between today's college gals and us. Sey- 
mour, you didn't tell them our skirts were 
just above our ankles, did vou? 

Congratulations to Jane Clark for her 
first prize in the national writing contest 
of the National Federation of Press Wom- 
en for the best page edited hv a woman. 
.As Women's Editor of the St. Louis Globe- 
Democrat, she's one of 'Si's busiest mem- 

Archer and Louise Coleman .Tones have 
just moved to Columbia. South Carolina 
where he is Associate Dean and Professor 
of History at the University. 

Sounds like our class descends on Vir- 
ginia Beach in July like the college kids 
descend on Ft. Lauderdale for Spring Vaca- 
tion. .Seymour writes she and John saw 
Susan Taylor Hubbard and Clifford. Marie 
Ironmonger Bundy and Nat, Carla de Creny 
Levin and Bernie fa State Legislator), 
Doris Brody Rosen and Martin. Carolyn 
Sample Abshire was there passing out pens 
advertising her "Iberian Imports" gift shop 
in Alexandria. 

The Alumnae Office advises the following 
girls are missing: Diane Aubineau, Jeanne 
Ford Tandy. Joan Gillespie McCormick, 
Ann McCreery, Pauline Nichols Neal. 
Maria Radford, and — would vou believe? 
Joan Matter Andersen. No. I won't be- 
lieve it! Nobody could possibly lose Mott! 
Will anybody who has any knowledge of 
the whereabouts of these class members 
please notify the Alumnae Office or me. 

Let's have a newsy five years 1 promise 
to report it if you'll send it. So, to quote 
ole' Dean, keep those cards and letters 


Cla.'is Secretary: Vircini\ Ditnlap Shelton 
'Mrs. Thomas C). 2378 Hanover West 
Lane. N.W.. Atlanta. Ga. .30.327. 
Fund Agent: Mary Stagg Hamblett (Mrs. 
Kenneth B.). 74 Craigmoor Rd., West 
Hartford, Conn. 06107. 

The last postcards sent out really pro- 
duced a windfall! Thanks so much for 
the news. 
Vital Statistics: 

Anne Joyce married Joseph Wvman Sep- 
tember 21, 1966. 

Hunter James was born to Faith Catlin 
and Bob Peters. July 2, 1966. 

(iaihy Munds Storek and Ben sent a pic- 
ture of their adorable children, Mark (4) 
and Karen (7), Ben is in real estate in 
Tucson. Arizona. 

The Bakers, Betty Moore and Rex and 
their three boys have a wonderful life 
on their farm in Zionsville, Pa. Betty is 
taking courses to become certified to leach. 
Indianapolis, Ind. is the home of Mar- 
garet Long and Charles Parker. He is 
sreneral manager of Herff Jones Jewelry 
Mfgrs. and their children are .''usan (2) 
Charles (7) and Peggy (9). 

M. A. Mellen Root writes that John is 
now with .American Packaging Corp in 
Ohio. They and their three offspring took 
a lovely 2-week boat vacation last sum- 
mer on Lake Erie. 

Connie Werly Wakelee, Dave and their 
five children love living in Fair Haven. 
N. J. They are right on the water and 
only one hour from New York. Flo Pye 
Any and Georgia Knoblock Smith are 
other alumae living there. 

From Eastville, Va., Kattv Turner Mears 
writes that she and Ben have a son in 
hoarding school now! — also two daugh- 
ters, ages 12 and 2V2. The Mears went to 
Bermuda and Eleutbera last vear. 

Ann Leonard and Leland Hodges now 
have a wonderful family of four adopted 
children, Pamela and Priscilla (4'/4 year- 
old-twins) . Allen, 2M'. and Margery, 8 mos. 
From Man' Stairg Hamblett comes a plea 
to resnond to her Fund Agent's letter! She 
and John have two children and eniov 
living in West Hartford. Conn., where he 
is with an insurance agency. 

In November Polly Sloan Shoemaker and 
Timniv came to Atlanta again for the Ga. 
Tech-LI. Va. football game. She is as full 
of life as ever They and their two sons 
live in Greenville where Jimmy is a lawver. 
Carol Le Varn McCabe and Hugh live 
in McLean. Va. with their two tiny daugh- 
ters. Meghan and Caitlin. Before marrv'- 
ing she spent a year as a free lance re- 
porter in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. 
a"d also was women's editor for the 
Washington Daily News. Now she is a 
columnist and contributing editor of the 
Washingtonian Magazine. 

.After 2V> years of living and working 
in Rome. Nan O'Keefe is back in the 
States in Houston. Tex. There she works 
for the Headmaster of St. John's School. 
.She mentioned being at Anne Joyce's love- 
ly wedd'n" along with Jane Yoe Wood. 
Faith Catlin Peters. Jean Duff and Nancy 
McDonald. Jane's darling 7-vear-old 
daughter. Wendi. was in the wedding 
wearing a long blue organza sown. lane 
said that Anne and Joseph took a Euro- 
pean honeymoon. 

Ginny Robb has just returned from 
Christmas vacation in Antigua to her iob 
as math teacher at Grosse Pointe Uni- 
versity School (her old alma mater). 
.She's happy to be living in her own apart- 
ment now. 

Mary Kimhall Grier and family moved 
into a house they built in Russellville. Kv. 
last July. Her children are Ned (8) . 
Betsy (6). and Roger (3). 

The Congers (Ford and Courtnev Wil- 
lard) have moved from Portland. Ore. to 
Aiken. S. C. where they have a country 
home on four acres of land complete with 
a 22-sfall barn! 

A letter came from Isolde Baisch Wer- 
hahn in .Stuttgart. Germany, telling that 
she and her husband (a tax lawyer) have 
two lively children, Ina (9) and Peter (7). 
Isolde hopes that any of you who come 
to Germany will look her up. 

After living in Paris 4% years. Jo Parks 
and Ivan Husovsky and sons. Peter (2%) 
and Hal (9) have moved to Westport, 
Conn. Ivan is International Counsel at 
Richardson-Merrell and travels around the 

Kay Vennard Le Blanc and Joe live in 
.Short Hills. N. J. where Joe is Headmaster 
of the Country Day School and two of 
their children. Bill (8) and Elizabeth (9) 
attend there, .'^he keeps busy at home with 
three year old Jimmy, and also does volun- 
teer work. 

Elizabeth Mertz Barton writes from 
Dallas, Tex. that she has four children 
and is back in college getting her desrree 
and then masters in special education 
(handicapped children). 

Carlyle and Patsy Brown and their four 
children are still at Sweet Briar. Patsy 's 
occupied as a den mother and also works 
part-time at the Sweet Briar post office. 

Plainfield, N. J. is the home of Anne 
Vlerebome and John .''orenson. He is the 
associate minister at the First Presbyterian 
Church there. Their children are Mary 
(5) and Mark (1.5 mos.) 

Nancy Ord and Art Jackson are in Falls 
Church, Va. with the'r four children after 
beine overseas in Taiwan and Okinawa 
for four years. 

Jane Perry Liles and George iust re- 
turned from a 2% week trip to Europe. 
Last June they had a reunion at SBC and 
Natural Bridge with Kitty, Katzy, Dale, 
Maseie, Joan and husbands. 

Georsia Mo'z and Jack McGhee live in 
Bluefield, W. Va. where Jack is a lawyer 
and municipal judse. Thev have two 
ch'ldren: Allison (12) and John (2). 
Georgia enjoys PTA, church work, playing 
golf and travelinsr. 

.Ann Saunders Miller and Lee moved re- 
cently from Johnson City. Tenn. to Mem- 
phis. She's working on her masters degree 
in English. 

Liz Ray and Pinkney Herbert and two of 
their four hovs went to Jackson Hole. Wyo.. 
and California last summer for a fun-filled 

Georgia Rawls Askew and Hank live in 
New Orleans now with their two girls. 
-Allyson (10) and Janis (6). She srad- 
iiated from ."^MU and he from Texas 
.A fi M and is a chemical engineer. 

Nan Locke and Frank Rosa have a three 
year-old dauehter. Mary Nelms. Nan 
teaches physical education to hi?h school 
students three days a week and also plays 
tennis and ffolf and skiis. 

Ginaer Timmons and Dave Ludwick 
recently moved into the dream house they 
biiilt in the foothills of Bel A'r. Calif. 
The children are Leslie (8'-;) and David 
(3). Ginger is a board member of the 
Junior Philharmonic and the Opera Asso- 
ciation and worked diligently to get the 
Reagans into the governor's mansion. 

A long newsy letter came from Nancy 
McGinnts Haskell. She and small daugh- 
ter. Lucia, snent a week at ,SBC with 
Miss Harriet Rogers. She loved the "new, 
revised edition" of Sweet Briar and hopes 
to send Lucia in 1982. 

March 1967 


That's all for now, but do send me your 
news for the summer issue. As you noticed, 
we have a new address. We built last sum- 
mer and moved into this house in Septem- 
ber. We have more rooms now and also 
lots of children to play with ours. 


Class Secretary: Jank Felliis Welch (Mrs. 

James S.), 30 Southwind Rd., Louisville. 

Ky. 40207. 

Fund Agent: Lydia Phimp Plattenburc 

(Mrs. George S.), Box 448, Kemmerer, 

Wyoming 83101. 


to Shirley Sutliff Cooper, a second son. 
Robert Montague. Jan. 20. 1966. 

to Jane Dildv Williams, a third child, 
a son, McKim, April, 1966 

to Pam Compton Ware, a third son. 
John Williams, May 19, 1966 

to Clara Pfeiffer Rodes, a third child, 
a daughter. Holly Larson, May 26, '66 

to Chase Lane Bruns, a third child, a 
son, Somner Lane, July 12, 1966 

to Kathleen Peebles .Sattler. a second 
daughter. Mary Taylor. July 19, 1966 

to Joan Fankhauser Burrell. a second 
daughter, Samantha Gai, Sept. 28. '66 

There's no doubt but that Joan Fank- 
hauser Burrell's flair for the dramatic is 
still with her. Isn't her new daughter's 
name divine! (I'm crushed I didn't th nk 
of it for one of my girls.) It's been 11 
summers since Joan was with the Briar 
Patch summer stock theatre at Sweet Briar, 
but she keeps her hand in by working 
regularly with the Junior League Players 
both on stage and backstage. This winter, 
however, all of her energies are devoted to 
the United Fine Arts Campaign of Cincin- 
nati. .She is chairman of the entire individ- 
ual subscribers division. I think an acco- 
lade for Mrs. Burrell is in order. 

In fact between her and Diane Johnson 
De Camp a real precedent for civic involv- 
ment is being set for the class. Not long 
ago Diane was one of the two women 
in the Cincinnati area to run for Villaee 
Council. Thoush defeated by a mere 100 
votes she gained tremendous experience. 
and who knows, perhaps she'll trv aerain. 

Procter and Gamble has moved Clara 
Pfeiffer Rodes and Charles back to Cin- 
cinnati after two years in Kansas Citv. 

Speaking of moves, Jane Dildy Williams 
and her family had a rather startlinr; time 
in 1966. Hannily ensconced in Newport 
News where Mac was in private practice, 
the Williams were rocking along — a 
Nassau vacat'on in March, a third child in 
April — when to their shock Mac was 
drafted. The familv moved to Southern 
California in October where Mac serves 
as a lieutenant commander at the San 
Diego Naval Hosnital. 

In October Liz Rector Keener's husband 
Ross returned from Viet Nam weqrin"; 
major's leaves and a bronze star. While 
Ross is assigned in Washington, D. C the 
Keeners live in Snringfield. Va. 

Having been at Northeast Harbor. Maine 
for several years, Bexy Faxon Sawfplle and 
Malcolm have moved to Millbrook. N. Y. 
where Malcolm is rector of Grace Episcopal 
Church. Maine enthusiasts, they plan to 
keep their cottage and boat on Little 
Cranberry Island to vacation there this 

Betty Sanjord Molsler and Chuck were 
on Mt. Desert, Maine last summer with 
their three children. 

Eager to cruise in the Ma ne area is 
Honey Addington Passano and her hus- 
band, Billy, who have this interesting prop- 
osition to make. For a week or two this 
summer they would like to swap either 
their 32 foot sailing sloop (on which they 
and their three ch'ldren have lived for 
a month at a timet or their home in Gib- 
son Island. Md., or both with any of you 
who have the equivalent in Maine or any 
part of the New England area. If any of 
you do make these arrangements with 
the Passanos I feel it only fair to warn you 
that my cut for this free classified ad is 
at least two days with each couple. 

Nancy Clapp Cudlip and Bill are an- 
other pa'r I wouldn't mind joining at their 
vacation times if 1967 works out for them 
as 1966 did. Last winter they took Anne. 
9 and Billy, 7 to Florida for a week, and 
in the summer they went to Harbor 
Springs, Mich. Nancy is active with the 
Arts-to-the-schools program sponsored by 
the Junior League of Detroit. 

Tinker Beard, vacationing from her job 
with the County Municipal Court in Minne- 
apolis, went to Nova Scotia and Prince 
Edward Island. On her return she dropped 
in to see Bar Black Somner and Bob and 
their three darling children in Norwich. 
Vt. The .Somners will be moving to Maine 
this summer where Bob will be starting 
out in his practice of dermatology. 

After a fabulous trip to Europe last sum- 
mer Gay Reddig spent the fall in an orien- 
tation program of Industrial Insurance and 
Pension Planning before beginning work 
with an insurance firm in Cleveland. 

Last summer the Plamp twins and their 
families had a marvelous camping trip 
together on the Oregon coast, after which 
Lydia and George Plattenburg spent 
a week with Bar and George Hunt at the 
latters home in Lafayette, Calif. Back in 
Kemmerer. Wy. Lydia, busy with the mul- 
titude of duties required of a minister's 
wife, continues to find time to serve us 
as class treasurer, as well as to take 
lessons in water-color. 

Incidentally girls, as you and/or your 
husbands begin work on vour tax returns, 
don't forget the lov-er-ly deductions checks 
pavable to the Sweet Briar Alumnae Fund 
make . . . and write one. 

With a few extra minutes in the .Atlanta 
airnort recently I called Newell Brvan 
Tozzer. Bu«v with her two pre-schoolers. 
Brent and Ellen, she took time to fill me 
in on the Atlanta girls. Frankie Marbury 
Coxe is doing a tremendous job heading 
up the decent training program at the At- 
lanta Museum and Sue Laivton Mobley 
serves on the Jimior League board as Pub- 
lic Relations Chairman. 

They're all hoping Nella Grav Barclav 
and Rufus will be coming to Atlanta for 
the ocera this spring so that they can 
hear first hand an account of the Barclav's 
trip to Europe. In Tours and Paris. Nella 
visited the families with whom she. Newell 
and Sue had lived during their junior year 

Our deepest sympathv goes to Betty 
Bvrne Gill Chaney, whose father. Dr. 
Elbvrne G. G'll. died last fall. You may 
rememebr that senior vear Dr. Gill, rep- 
resenting the parents of our class, addres- 
sed us at a banquet at the college. 

If all goes as i)lanned, as you read this 
I'll be in the middle of a month's run of 
Streetcar Named Desire (playing Blanche, 
but of course, dahlings). Keep your fing- 
ers crossed that I don't make a large fool 
of myself. 

And please write me. There are just 156 
of us, so each of you is important to me! 


Cliiss Secretary: Tabb Thoriiloii Farinholt 
(Mrs. H. B.), Ware Neck, Gloucester, Va. 

Fund Agt'Kl: Fonnie Filzgercdd Lange 
(Mrs. Richard), 1339 Rowe Rd., Schenec- 
tady, N.Y. 12309. 

Because of having no class notes last 
time with the special issue, and the passage 
of summer, fall and part of winter I feel I 
have so much to catch-up on with the '59ers. 
To make matters more mixed-up I was 
unable to send out cards to the now long- 
neglected last third of the class. My "ex- 
cuse" for not getting those out is also my 
reason for having seen and heard from a 
good number of classmates. I wouldn't 
h.ive heard from otherwise. I don't want 
more time to elapse between columns — 
you'll notice odd years this time — even 
next — and no column without an explana- 
tion of sorts — so here goes. On the morn 
of Oct. 29 Blair and I were on our way 
to Lynchburg, of all places, to an Anni- 
versary Homecoming at the Virginia Epis- 
copal School, his Alma Mater. A car com- 
ing toward us blammed us head-on and 
the car we were in is now scrap metal. 
However, we are walking testimonials to 
the miracles of modern medicine i.e. I 
haven't been sold for junk yet. I probably 
should be thrown out because I have been 
spoiled to a rotten condition. As I write 
this in the last week of January I'm soaking 
up the sun which shines on breathtaking 
beauteous Stocking Cay, in the "out Is- 
lands" of Exuma. That should be enough 
to want you to discard me with the gar- 
bage, so I won't tell you of all the kind- 
nesses from Patchers. I'll iust try to give 
vou a run-down on the activities, first, those 
I saw and heard from as a result of that and 
then the wonderful ones who put a card 
with a little news in the mail at Christ- 

Among my first hospital visitors were 
Betsy Duke Seaman and Mary Blair Scolt 
Valentine. Both look better than ever, 
which is going somewhere and impressed 
me mightily on my subsequent stay in 
Richmond with their royal residences and 
precious progeny! Betsy has three children, 
a boy and two girls. Mary Blair has two 

My visitor from the greatest distance — 
who later brought us a turkey on Thanks- 
giving when we'd just settled back to norm- 
al in Gloucester — was Betsy Pender 
Trundle, class of '58, who came up from 
Virginia Beach with her handsome hus- 
band to entertain me. 

lust missed seeing Courtney Gibson who 
came to Richmond and by my parent's 
when I was there. Courtney was there for 
an Educational meeting. She is Principal of 
an elementary school in Northern Virginia, 
and from many sides I hear complimentary 
descriptions of her abilities and activities. 
Courtney lives in Alexandria. She sees 


Alumnae Magazine 

Snowdon Durham Tyler occasionally. Snow- 
den blessed me with a picture of her active 
little yard-man, about two gaily raking 
leaves, I think. 

Tricia Coxe Ware and Lizora Miller 
Younce happened to be visiting at the 
same time in Richmond. Tricia had called 
me before her arrival there from her home 
in Charlotte and confessed she was a little 
frightened of the drive to Richmond after 
our story. They got to their destination 
only to get bumped in a minor skirmish on 
a street in town. Tricia came out of that 
scrape with a wounded leg — which made 
caring for her three adorable but rambunc- 
tious rascals a bid hazardous. It was never- 
theless much fun to meet, even under 
such adverse conditions ! 

Also had a visit from Pickie Payne Hes- 
ter whom I had seen a bit of at Virginia 
Beach last summer — our children built 
sand castles together — making a delight- 
ful sight. She and Pat have a nine year 
old daughter, a son seven, and another girl- 
child, about four — a fine-looking bunch. 
And at church I got a glimpse of Susan 
Taylor Montague and her Ashley and Cay 
Ramey Howard and her Miss-Cay. Both 
little ladies are four now, and blossoming 
sweetly. I was unable to get much news 
from either Cay or Susan in the fleeting 
meeting ! 

Some newsy letters came in though, 
which I'll attempt to compress. Weezie 
Marshall Cutchin is now in Triangle. Vir- 
ginia with her Marine doctor husband, and 
three sons, all of whom are in school now. 
They are happy with militarj' life and the 
life of the small community around Quanti- 
co. Cookie Payne Hudgins has a similar 
situation. She wrote (is an especially good 
correspondent) from Columbus, Georgia 
where they are now. Bob has finished at 
the Mayo Clinic and is now in the Army 
as a Neurologist. Cookie is one of the most 
adaptable people I've encountered, and al- 
ways able to get a good group together 
and have a party. She enjoys any place 
they ever go to the fullest! They like to 
travel, in fact are planning a trip to Aspen 
in March. 

Soon to be moving, according to the 
latest I've heard, is Fleming Parker Rut- 
ledge. Her husband Dick is going up 
fast with IBM so they are leaving Char- 
lottesville for Tenn.. I think. More later 
on that. 

Newly moved also is Barbara Sampson 
Borsch. Her husband, Fred, is a Profes- 
sor of New Testament at Seabury-Western 
Seminary and thev live in Evanston, III. She 
is now pretty close neighbors with Ginny 
Marchani Noyes. Pat Davis Sutker and 
Sally Mayfietd Schreiner. Barbara, as usual, 
is doing fantastic things, too many to 
describe, often too incredible! I'm hoping 
to lure her to Virginia before long. Also 
want to get Judy Sortey Chalmers to our 
stomping grounds since she's published her 
father's book Lewises Of Warner Hall. 
She is a descendent listed in this fascinat- 
ing genecology and so am I, and probably 
50'"^ of the Alumnae — and Warner Hall 
is about ten minutes away from our house 
in Gloucester County. Judy is still doing 
her work with Admissions at Columbia's 
College of Physicians and Surgeons. She 
has two little people to keep her busy at 
home too. 

Another busy wife and mother is Kathy 

Tyler Sheldon who is continuing to enjoy 
life on New World Island, having many 
visitors in the summer; and a visit to Eng- 
land in October caught them up on things 
social and cultural. She says "I seem to 
get involved in all sorts of community life 
and am teaching religion in the high school. 
I am also writing worship services for the 
International Journal of Religious Education 
which keeps my brain "ticking over." 

My news of Betsy Smith White came 
from several sources, among them Marj' 
Blair Sco/r Valentine who attended a Junior 
League top-level meeting with her in Co- 
lumbia. (Mary Blair said it was over-run 
by S.B.C. and the girl who was with her. 
not of our flock, swore she'd never team up 
with a Sweet Briar girl again!) 

Betsy said on Christmas card that for 
them life is considerably more complicated 
with three vs. two small children. I doubly 
appreciated the time spent, knowing it's 
precious ! 

Our class does have the most beautiful 
children. I wish we could print all the little 
people in the magazine. Among those that 
also added a bit more light and laughter 
to the season were Stuart, Cary and Lyons 
Brown, children of Alice Cary Parmer and 
Lee Brown, and Val and Steve Loring's 
boys, Robbie and Tommy. I hope you will 
all see the picture of Sue Wedderhurn 
Murray's children which I'm sending to 
the college. Though the picture is in 
black and white one can still see the pink 
cheeks of the highlands! Sue is now liv- 
ing in Edinburgh, Scotland where "Ian is 
teaching Latin and Greek at the Edinburg 
Academy — a boy's private school, from 
12 yrs.-18 yrs. in his part of it, but it 
has a separate department from the age 
of 5. where Keith has just begun, in his 
school cap and blazer." Her children are 
Keith. 5, Gillian, 3, and Alan. 5 months. 
She says she loves to know when anyone 
is passing through. 

My only other Xmas card news was from 
Jackie Hekma Stone, Gay Hart Gaines and 
Sandy LaSlaiti MacDonald. Jackie and her 
husband, Lanier, are living in Greenwich. 
Conn, very busy with Amy, born April 15, 
1966, and Francie. born August 13, 1964. 
Gay and her husband, Stanley, have moved 
to California. She loves the climate and 
her pretty pink house! Sandy and Murdock 
have four children now, Lisa, 6; Laurie, 
4%; Duncan, 3^2; and Brendan, 4 mos. 
She says, "have had a busy year, moved 
to new home in July, and evened out the 
family in Aug. This coupled with a few 
tonsillectomies and various childhood mala- 
dies have made the year fly." 

And so it has — please don't let '67 get 
by without answering Connie Fitzgerald 
Lange's fund appeal and sending me a 
newzy bit about yourself and friends. O.K.? 


class Secretary: Judith Greer SCHULZ 
(Mrs. Stephen), 3810 Meredith Dr., Fair- 
fax, Va. 22030. 

Fund Agent: Kay Prothro Yeager (Mrs. 
Frank J.), 2111 Avondale, Wichita Falls, 
Texas 76308. 

To Celia 'Williams Dunn, a son, Joseph 
Laurence, Jr.. Jan. 17. 1967. 

To lanna Staler Fitzgerald, a son, Robert 
Edwin. Ill, July U, 1966. 

To Claiborne Smith Jones, a son, Robert 
Trent, III, Nov. 28, 1966. 

To Lucy Israel Oliver, a daughter, Mar- 
garet Mackall, March 31, 1966. 

To Judy Bulluck Pattison, a daughter, 
Jennifer Marie, August 23, 1966. 

To Sally Matthiason Prince, a son, Ed- 
ward Miner, Jr., Jan. 27, 1966. 

To Judith Greer Schulz, a son, Stephen 
Garth, Oct. 27, 1966. 

To Sheila Haskell Smith, a daughter, 
Kirsten, Aug. 17, 1966. 

A big thank-you from the class to Janna 
Sialey Fitzgerald for her fine job with the 
class notes. Hope she will have more 
time now to enjoy that baby boy! 

Louise Cobb is on the other side of the 
school desk again. Having earned her Mas- 
ter's degree in June she headed to Califor- 
nia for a vacation and in Sept. began teach- 
ing English at Otterbein College, Columbus, 

Another on the scholastic trail is Marilyn 
Dreesman Chuang, who gained an M.A. 
in political science and economics from the 
State University of Iowa and was headed for 
a Doctorate at the University of London 
when marriage intervened. While living 
in France, Marilyn enrolled in a French 
Cuisine School, which she describes as 
most traumatic. Now she and her hus- 
band are settling in Geneva, Switzerland, 
where he is beginning an importing busi- 

Martha Ann Chandler Romoser, her Navy 
husband Bill, and their two children — 
Scott. 9 mos. and Marcie, 3 — have had a 
delightful two-year tour in Hawaii and are 
now moving to Norfolk. Va. for duty. 

Law school continues to claim several 
husbands. Carolyn Fusltr Meredith lives 
in Baltimore and works for the Veteran's 
Administration there while Michael studies 
law at the L'niversity of Maryland and 
works with the brokerage firm of Merrill, 
Lynch. And Lou Chapman Hoffman fol- 
lows husband Don to law school at the 
L'niversity of Wisconsin after three years in 
Paris where he was with the L^ S. Embassy. 

Moving to a new home in Bryn Mawr 
and gardening have kept Chloe Lansdale 
Pitard. husband Dave and son Derrick busy, 
as has Lucy Wood Oliver's move with hus- 
band and children to Fox Chapel, a suburb 
of Pittsburgh. Ginger Lutz Belser is also 
busy painting and decorating a new home 
with the help of Elizabeth. 9 mos. and Bur- 
ney. 3l-j. Her husband. Townie. is an 
attorney in Columbia. S. C. 

Sheila Haskell Smith is caring for two 
little ones and working with the Cleveland 
Jr. Senile League and SBC alumnae group 
while husband Lynn interns at St. Luke's 
hospital. They expect to be off with I'ncle 
Sam come July. Ann Sinwell Gaber also 
manages Jr. League work, two children, 
and Broadway plays and symphonies for 

The Story twins are both .settled in At- 
lanta. Winifred Storey Davis has two sons 
and does Jr. League work while husband 
Tread practices law. Margaret's husband. 
Andy Abernathy. has begun private prac- 
tice in medicine and Margaret is enjoying 
being home with one-year-old Andrew IV. 

Sally Matthiason Prince writes that even 
with a one-year-old son she manages to 
substitute and tutor English at Holton-Arms 
School as well as give tours at the National 
Gallery of Art. She also writes that both 
Maury Bethea Cain and Sandy Brown 

March 1967 


Slaughter had sons this fall and that Teny 
Reese was married in New York to Ian 

Besides caring for three daughters, Susie 
Philion Babcock manages volunteer work 
and tennis lessons and says that she and her 
husband hope to be in Europe in April. 
Sallv Hamihoi! Staub is busy planting SB 
bulbs and keeping up with daughter Dab- 
ney and son Richard. Sally writes that 
Bambi liifF still loves working in Denver 
and is doing Jr. League work there with 
the handicapped. 

The George F. Pace, Inc., Insurance Ad- 
justers covers most of Virginia, writes Susie 
Prichjrd Pace, whose car ("with two occu- 
pied car seats") is always running to help 
out the business. 

The "working girls" in the class sound 
busier than ever. Julie O'Neil Arnheim is 
in her fourth year of work with Esso Re- 
search and Engineering Co. and is presently 
the reference librarian — a job as taxing to 
the feet as to the brain, she says. Husband 
Bill is chief spectroscopist at Interchemical 
Corp. in Clifton, N. J. Also working is 
Linda McAithur Hollis, who after three 
years with NBC working mainly on the 
TODAY show is now with A.T.&T. and 
loves her job. She and husband Bob have 
just moved to a house in Mamaroneck, 
N.J., which they are enjoying redecorating, 
and they plan a trip to Italy and Greece in 


Class Secretary: Anne Carter Brothers 
(Mrs. John), 4000 Iroquois Ave., Nash- 
ville. Tenn. 37205. 

Fund Agent: Karen Gill Meyer (Mrs. 
James Edward), 4635 N. 22nd St., Phoenix, 
Ariz. 85016. 

Word from the far-flung class of 1963 — 
from California to Germany. Go west young 
woman is the message from Susan Alexan- 
der, who writes that San Francisco is the 
place to be. Susan is rooming with Heidi 
Dillingham's cousin and working for an 
engineering firm. McNair Currie Maxwell 
and Bob are in school at LJCLA. Mac 
started work on her MA in history after 
Christmas. Carol Crowley Karm and hus- 
band Bill are also living in the Los Angeles 
area. Delighted to hear from Glenda 
Carlson Woerheide whose husband is based 
in Long Beach with Texaco. She taught 
seventh grade last year and is now devot- 
ing full time to their first child, Arthur. 
Gini Joachitn Wade's husband Julien passed 
his exams for a Ph.D. last fall, and she will 
continue work for an educational publish- 
ing house while he completes his studies 
at Stanford. 

Madison, Wise, is home for Leslie Smith 
Elger, Rodney, and daughter Andrea Na- 
dine, 13 mos. Rodney was discharged 
from the sunbmarine service in August and 
is attending Engineering School at the 
Univ. of Wise. 

Judy Kay Alspaugh finished her train- 
ing in medical technology in Chicago at 
Wesley Memorial in Feb. '65, and is work- 
ing there and living on the North Shore. 
She also sent news of Janet Hiestand and 
Patti Knight Rea. Janet went back to 
school, got her teaching certificate, and is 
teaching in Danville, Ky. Patti's husband 
Sam finished work on his Ph.D. at M.I.T., 
and they are now happily back in Houston, 

Lucetta Gardner Grummon is teaching 
mentally retarded children in the Special 
School District of St. Louis County. Her 
husband Bill is a third year resident at 
Barnes Hospital. Mandy McCormick 
Cronin is busy with her second graders at 
Edgewood School in Pittsburgh while hus- 
band Paul completes his Masters in Social 
Work. Prue Gay and Mandy can com- 
pare notes. Prue is teaching second grade 
also and sharing an apartment in Cam- 
bridge, Mass. with Sue Jones. She spent a 
challenging summer with ten college stu- 
dents on the Experiment in International 
Living in Basel, Switzerland. Sue took a 
break in her work at Children's Hospital for 
a summer trip to Hawaii. At the moment 
they are probably both somewhere on the 
slopes of New Hampshire with their ski- 

Their travels have also included a visit in 
New York with Lyn Clark Pegg and Mary 
Groetzinger Heard. Other big city dwellers 
are Barby Rockefeller Bartlett and John, 
who report strange sights from their "spot" 
in Greenwich Village. Anne Leavelt Rey- 
nolds continues to teach at Chapin while 
Herbert finishes his second year of resi- 
dency. Joan Johnston Ambrose represented 
the NYC group at Alumnae Council. 

Nancy Wood was on her way to France 
to spend Christmas with her sister's family 
in the French Alps when last heard from. 
She is now probably back at Princeton 
Theological Seminary studying for her Mas- 
ters in Christian Education. She talked to 
Lynne Shradin Bischel and saw Lisa Wood 
Franklin, Ken, and their cute son in Sep- 

Chapel Hill, N. C. is home for Punch 
Harris Wray, whose husband Linton is an 
intern at the university hospital. Punch 
is struggling with the hospital computers! 
Lucy Otis completed her Masters in Person- 
nel Administration there at LINC. She 
has a job in Charlotte with the North Caro- 
lina National Bank as their first manage- 
ment trainee. Lucy Boyd Lemon Edmunds 
and Hugh are in 'Wallace, N. C. where is is 
with J, P. Stevens Textiles. 

The Atlanta contingent has grown. Betty 
Stanly is there with Osborne Travel Serv- 
ice and sees Nancy Dixon and Julie Ar- 
nold. Olive Wilson Robinson and Roby 
have two potential Sweet Briarites in Sara 
3 yrs. and Trigg 1 yr. 

We have a Tennessean now in Lyn Gabel 
Allen. Dave is in Knoxville as a Sales 
Representative for Eastman Kodak. Their 
sons Billy and Peter are just darling. 

Nancy Roberts Pope and Jim are in Nash- 
ville while he slaves through his surgical 
internship at Vanderbilt. His first boss 
as an intern was my husband John, who is 
a first year resident. Nancy is working 
for the Methodist Publishing House. Mary 
Trabut Meyer is a research librarian for 
the Nashville Public Library. Julia Fort 
is in library school at Peabody College. 
She was in Nerissa J^om Baur Walker's 
wedding in New York in Sept. Cynthia 
Hubbard Strang and Bart are here also. 
Cynnie is working for Genesco and keep- 
ing up with a toddler. 

The stork has been busy in Europe. Har- 
riet Reese Jensen and Jorgen have two 
young Danes, Marianne 2% and John 17 
mos. Her parents visited them in Denmark 
over Christmas, and then the Jensens were 
off to Austria for skiing. Do you remem- 

ber Ginger Gates Mitchell's bruises from 
the Va. ski slopes.'' She wrote that she 
brought a rather large piece of plaster 
home to Germany from the Austrian slopes. 
She now has Jennifer Bingham Mitchell 
who arrived Dec. 5th to keep her out of 

How do you all look in your mini skirts? 


class Secretary: Alison Flynn, Box 1051, 

Hobe Sound, Fla. 33455. 

Fund Agent: Milbrey Sebring Raney 

(Mrs. Richard B.), 9-B Towne House 

Apts., Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514. 


Mary Ellen Freese to Dr. Alberto Cate, 

October 8, 1966 
Laura Haskell to Stewart Phinizy, III 

October, 1965 
Bonnie Hulse to Frank Young, Decem- 
ber 17, 1966 
Polly Jose to John Scafidi, August 13, 

Natalie Lemmon to Joe Parker, June 18, 

Elvira McMillan to Al Tate, June 11, 

Nancy Moog to Richard Aubrecht, July 

2, 1966 
Brenda Mullinghaus to Hugh Barger, 

August 6, 1966 
Melinda Musgrove to David Chapman, 

June 11, 1966 
Milbrey Sebring to Dr. Beverly Raney. 

June 23, 1966 
Belle Williams to Ware Smith, June 18, 

Dabney Williams to Timothy McCoy, 

August 1966 


Becky Hart to William Smith 
Betty Boswell to George Atley 
Aline Rex to Lawson Calhoun 


To Katie Wood Clarke, a boy, Douglas 
Kent Clarke, Nov. 1966 

To Joan Clinchy Blood, a girl, Barbara 
Elizabeth Blood, Aug. 26, 1966 

To Sally McCrady Shumate, a girl, Anne 
Dowling Shumate, July 9, 1966 

Before I relate any class news let me 
thank all of you who responded to my re- 
quest and to those of you who continuously 
keep me informed. It has been some time 
since the last class notes and there is much 
to tell . . . Natalie Lemmon Parker and 
husband, Joe, are living in Raleigh where 
Joe has entered the Bus Terminal Restau- 
rant Corp. Nancy Moss and Jean Flana- 
gan were in Natalie's wedding and at last 
report Nancy was training for assistant buy- 
ing at a department store in Atlanta and 
Jean was a case worker for the Juvenile 
Court in Atlanta. Jean Inge is now in Paris 
studying at the Sorbonne and loving it. She 
was in Austria during Christmas and plans 
to go to Russia for Easter. Her address is 
92 Quai Louis Bleriot, Paris, 16. Payson 
Jeter is also in Paris, working for the Over- 
seas Credit Service, a Swiss firm. In the 
past year and a half she has travelled ex- 
tensively throughout Europe and North 
Africa. Her address is No. 67 Rue Madame, 
Paris 6 — near the Luxemberg Gardens. 

Becky Hart is teaching art in Columbia, 
South Carolina and recently became engaged 


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to Bill Smith of Birmingham, a former 
W & L and Harvard law man. Attending 
Becky's engagement party was Augusta 
Marshall who has been working as director 
of the lung cancer division of the Univer- 
sity of Alabama Medical Center. 

Bonnie Chapman McClure and husband 
are in London where Bonnie is the proprie- 
tor of a small hotel — pension — actually a 
fantastic mansion Bonnie manages for an 
impoverished noble woman, and Bonnie is 
eager for any Sweet Briarites to visit. Her 
address is 62 Wellington Rd., London, 
N. W. 8. While Bonnie keeps busy with 
the hotel, her husband is doing graduate 
work in Town Planning at the Architec- 
tural Association School of London. 

Babette Frasier is also in London work- 
ing on her master's degree in British Poli- 
tics at the London School of Economics. 
Last summer she worked in the campaign of 
Congressman George Bush of Houston and 
on a recent trip to the states saw many mem- 
bers of the Republican National Committee. 
Babette will be in London until the sum- 
mer and hopes to see many Sweet Briarites. 
Her address is 43 Wilton Crescent, Bel- 
gravia, S.W. 1. Babette has also seen Jo 
Galleher at N.S.E. where Jo is working on 
her M.Sc. 

Polly Jose Scafidi and John are now at 
the University of Delaware and will both 
receive their master's in American history 
in June. John holds a teaching Assistant- 
ship and was a Boden Fellow. Polly holds 
a Hagley Fellowship for study in American 
Economic and Technological History. 

Janie Merkle Borden and Lew are in 
New York where Lew is associated with 
the firm of Smith, Bonney & Co. Janie has 
taken to the stage and was Gretel in a 
children's theater production of "Hansel 
and Gretel" in Englewood, New Jersey. 
Barney Walker is now with the Red Cross 
Clubmobile in Seoul, Korea and is enjoying 
working with Korean orphans. Nivin 
Snyder Stott and Jimmy are in Haverford, 
Pa. where Jimmy is with the Philadelphia 
National Bank. 

Laura Haskell Phinizy is enjoying the 
life of being a housewife. After a year of 
working in a bank, cooking, sewing lessons 
and work with EYC and Boys Club keep 
Laura busy. 

Alice Virginia Dodd received her mas- 
ter's degree in Library Science at the Uni- 
versity of Kentucky, and on January 3rd she 
began a new job as a librarian in the Chil- 
dren's Department in the Louisville Public 

Katie Wood Clarke and family are in a 
little Indian village on the Yukon River 
where Dick is the Priest-in-Charge of St. 
Paul's Mission. Hopefully, spring will see 
the Clarkes travelling east to visit friends 
and relatives. 

Betsy Benoit is coming to the land of sun 
to join me in a week of relaxation and 
rest. After a summer's trip West, Betsy 
has been teaching in Boston at an elemen- 
tary school. She loves the children but 
says it is hard work. 

Carol Dudley, after completing her 
M.A.T. at Emory, has been teaching ele- 
mentary school at Westminister in Atlanta. 
Dabney Williams McCoy and husband, 
Tim, are in Jacksonville. North Carolina, 
where Tim and some fraternity brothers 
haye started a convenience grocery — simi- 
lar to the 7-11 chain. Dabney has been 
teaching a 5th grade class of 35 students. 

Sallie Mullins is enjoying life in Palm 
Beach and is teaching English in a brand 
new junior-senior high school. In addition 
to teaching, Sallie sponsors cheerleading, 
does volunteer hospital work, and has been 
working on her master's degree in Guidance 
and Counseling at Florida Atlantic Univer- 
sity. Sudie Donovan visited Sallie during 
Thanksgiving, taking a vacation from her 
job with Andersen and Co. in N.Y.C. 
According to Sallie, Sue Fedeler is working 
in Washington for the National Restaurant 
Association. Phebe Harris is still in buyer's 
training in Indianapolis and hopes to make 
her first buying trip to N.Y.C. in February. 
She hears from Molly Sutherland Gwinn 
that Molly is taking German lessons, while 
she and Byrd are in Mannheim, Germany. 

Attending Bonnie Hulse Young's wed- 
ding in December were Merrily Austin 
Teasley. Carol Cole, Ann Lutz, Fran Han- 
nahan, Phebe Harris, Melinda Musgrove 
Chapman. Frank attended W.&L. and is 
now attending law school at Cumberland 
University. David and Melinda Musgrove 
Chapman are in Birmingham where David 
is with I.B.M. and Melinda is working as 
a research assistant in Psychology at the 
University of Alabama Medical Center. 
Ann MacClintock got her master's degree 
in English from U. Va. and is teaching in 
a Virginia prep school. Betty Boswell has 
been working on her master's degree in 
psychology at the University of Alabama 
and recently became engaged to George 
Atley who is working on his Ph.D. in the 
same field. Belle Williams Smith and hus- 
band, Ware, have moved to Roanoke, Va. 
after spending six months in N.Y.C. where 
Ware was in a training program for Francis 
I. duPont (stockbrokers). While in N.Y.C. 
Belle saw Mary Parke Johnson, and Bunny 
Sutton — the latter working for Little, 
Brown in Boston. In addition to a busy 
"tourist" schedule Belle appeared on the 
TV program "Password." Also in Roanoke 
is Harriotte Dodson, who is teaching math 
after a summer's tour of South America to 
visit her sister in Peru. Vicky Thoma is 
still in the Peace Corps in Venezuela. She 
has had much opportunity to travel — dur- 
ing Christmas she had planned to go to 
Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. 

Sandy Allen White is now in New Haven 
where Larry is in his second year of Archi- 
tectural school. Larry has been working on 
a housing project for a poverty area in 
Southeastern Kentucky. Sandy is working 
in Beintcke Rare Book and Manuscript 
Library doing a variety of jobs. George and 
Margie (Rand) Chapman have been work- 
ing hard after a summer's tour of Europe. 
George is still studying theology and has 
a church in Bedford, Mass., while Margie 
is working at M.I.T. Jane Moore Stubbs 
is now in Durham where Buzzy is in his 
third year of law school at Duke. Mibs 
Sebring Raney and husband, Beverly, are 
in Chapel Hill where Bev is doing his 
residency. Since Labor Day. Mibs has been 
working in Admissions of U.N.C. evaluat- 
ing transfer students. 

Alice Haywood is in Richmond teaching 
math. During Christmas she worked at 
Miller and Rhoads's Stag Shop as a hostess, 
She sees Mary K. Lee MacDonald who is 
still working with the C&P telephone com- 
pany. In November the company sent Mary 
K. to S B.C. to talk with seniors about 
opportunities with the phone company. To 
keep busy, Mary K. has enrolled in an art 

course at the Virginia Museum and she 
is also "grand mistress" of an apartment 
building in Richmond — a wise investment 
of C&P wages. Last fall Mary K. sent 
an article about Pat Goldman, our illus- 
trious Freshman Show director. Pat sailed 
in September for Monte Carlo where she 
was to perform as a member of Les Ballets 
de Monte Carlo. Pat received a B.S. in 
Economics from Columbia and while in 
N.Y.C. also studied at the American School 
of Ballet and the Ballet Russe School. 

Sally McCrady Shumate and Hayne are 
now at Ft. Meade while Hayne completes 
his military service. Before studies were 
interrupted Hayne was workine on his 
Ph.D. in math at Tulane and Sally was 
working on her master's in English. Nancy 
McMeekin is still working for the Navy at 
Johnsville and is taking a graduate course 
in mathematical physics at Drexel - — the 
only girl in her class. To keep busy Nancy 
has been doing much riding and recently 
became the proud owner of a horse. In 
September, Nancy toured Scotland by car 
and spent a night with Jean Murray's par- 
ents. Jean is now teaching in the States — 
her address is Kent Place School, Summit, 
New Jersey. 

Marianne Micros is working for a Greek 
travel agency in N.Y. Sachiko Takemura 
is working for the Pakistani Embassy in 
Tokyo. Nancy Moog Aubrecht is a secre- 
tary in the College of Architecture at Cor- 
nell while Dick is working on his Ph.D. 
in mechanical engineering. Betsy Knode 
Campbell has moved to Cincinnati. Elvira 
and Al Tate are in Atlanta where Elvira 
is teaching the 6th grade at Lovett school. 
Also, teaching in Atlanta is Aline Rex. 
Alice and George Foster have moved to 
Winston-Salem, N.C. and often see Douglas 
Noell Huffines and Robert. The Huffines 
have moved to Asheville, N.C. where Rob- 
ert is a loan officer at a bank and Douglas 
is busy decorating the house and looking 
after Robbie, age 2. 

Saralyn McAfee Smith and Hamp are in 
Valdosta, Ga. Saralyn substitutes at the 
local high schools and Hamp is undergoing 
pilot training. Libba Hanger Luther and 
Steve have moved again, this time to Hon- 
duras where Steve is the head of a Texaco 
office. Libba is enjoying the climate and 
says her Spanish is improving. 

JoAnn Moricle has returned to Reids- 
ville, N.C. and is working for Creighton 
Shirtmakers. Traylor Rucker has just moved 
to a new apartment in N.Y.C. and continues 
to enjoy working in the hospital and she 
is busy planning a summer trip — hope- 
fully to Europe. Speaking of Europe, last 
summer Jane Hamill and I had a marvelous 
eight weeks' tour of Europe — travelling 
by boat, train and car. Needless to say I 
would love to return, especially to the 
Emerald Isle. In September, Janie returned 
to Cincinnati to continue working for the 
Historical Society and I returned to Flo- 
rida, to continue teaching math in Palm 
Beach. I have been kept busy with "school" 
work, moving into an apartment, and plan- 
ning next summer — a cruise to the Ba- 
hamas on a sail boat acting as chaperone 
for a summer camp, and then a trip West. 
That is all the news I have accumulated — 
if yours did not appear — remember there 
is a summer issue and I need to hear from 
all, especially the silent ones. 


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Us Sitting on the Golden Stairs! 


HUS generations of Seniors have sung at the step-singings 
so dear to the heart of Sweet Briar students. Alumnae are now 
invited to "sit on the Golden Stairs" once again as part of the 
new group being announced this month by the Alumnae Fund 

Each alumna who makes a gift of $250 to Sweet Briar this 
year will have her special place on the "Golden Stairs" and be 
a charter member of this circle. There are 250 places and 
250 X $250 = $62,500.00 which will be added to the 1966-67 
Sweet Briar Fund when the Golden Stairs ore filled. 





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Meta Glass 1880-1967 


President Emeritus Meta Glass 

Resolutions from the Faculty 


A Tribute to Miss Meta 

Jane Belcher, Professor of Biology 


As I Remember Her 

Martha von Briesen '31 

As I Remember Her 

Margaret Banister '16 


A Symposium from the Students 

Shelley Gearhart '67 


Contemporary Art and Thought, 

A Review from Sweet Briar 

Nancy St. Clair Talley '56 

Briar Patches 


The Arts at Home (SBC) 

They Shall Dance 

They Shall Have Music 

They Shall Design 


For Love, Not Money: Harper Lee 

William E. Smart, Jr. 

Assistant Professor of English 


Quo Vadis, Art Major? 


A Writer Asks, Has Sweet Briar Changed? 

Mary Lee Settle '40 

Meta Glass 


Dr. Meta Glass, president emeritus of Sweet Briar 
College and one of the country's leading educators died 
March 20 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Miss Glass was 
president of Sweet Briar from 1924 until 1946. 

Born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1880 Miss Glass at- 
tended the Lynchburg schools and received the AM 
degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College at the 
age of nineteen. She twice returned to her alma mater 
as a member of the faculty, as an assistant from 1901- 
1904 and again from 1914-1918 as assistant professor 
of Latin. The PhD degree was earned from Columbia 
University in 1913. 

After America entered the war in 1918 she became 
secretary with the Young Women's Christian Associa- 
tion in France and later was dean of a Training School 
for European Women in Paris serving with the World's 
Community YWCA. For her work in France during the 
war she was awarded the Reconnaissance Francaise. 

After her return to the United States she became 
assistant professor of Latin and Greek and assistant to 
the director of the university e.xtension of Columbia 
University, which position she held until she became 
president of Sweet Briar College. 

Among the many offices Dr. Glass held in educational 
organizations was the presidency of the Association of 
American Colleges and the presidency of the American 
Association of University Women, representing the latter 
organization abroad on four occasions. She was also 
honored by many colleges and universities, receiving the 
LittD from Columbia University in 1929, the LLD from 
the University of Delaware in 1934, the LittD from 
Mount Holyoke College in 1935. the DCL from the 
University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., in 1936, 
the LLD from Brown University in 1937 and the same 
degree from Williams College in 1940, Wilson College 
in 1945 and the University of North Carolina in 1946. 

After her retirement in 1946 as President of Sweet 
Briar, Miss Glass remained a member of the Board 
of Overseers until 1958. At a gay Christmas party 
given at Sweet Briar that year in her honor, Mr. Thomas 
Boushall presented her with a Resolution which read 
in part . . . "The Board recalls with pride that under the 
administration of Meta Glass Sweet Briar College be- 
came nationally recognized for academic excellence. 
The two decades of her wise and stimulating guidance 
constituted a period of significant development. The 
faculty was increased from thirty-eight to fifty-five 
members — scholarly men and women drawn from the 
best colleges and universities in this country and abroad. 
Despite the depression of the '30s and the College's 
limited resources. Miss Glass managed Sweet Briar's 
finances so well that faculty salaries were never cut and 
sabbatical leaves and a retirement plan were instituted. 
Miss Glass was never satisfied with the status quo. Her 
great concern for improving the curriculum was largely 
responsible for introducing the Honors Plan of Study, 
comprehensive examinations, and the Junior Year at St. 
Andrews and in Paris; for reorganizing the curriculum 
under the Group Plan of Study; and for establishing 
such new major offerings as Music, Art, and Religion. 
Her special concern for the Library, as the intellectual 
center of the campus, resulted in Fergus Reid's magnifi- 
cent gift to the College, the Mary Helen Cochran Li- 
brary, and in the remarkable and continuing growth of 
its collection. The Daisy Williams Gymnasium, the Book 
Shop, and a number of faculty houses were also added 
to the campus. The record of her administration set 
forth in Tlw Story of Sweet Briar College is aptly char- 
acterized as the College's 'Coming of Age.' . . . Those 
who have been associated with Miss Glass at Sweet 
Briar — faculty, students, alumnae, overseers — cherish 
her qualities of mind and heart, her commanding pres- 
ence, her love of scholarship, her enjoyment of the good 
life, and her abiding interest in Virginia and in world 

President Emeritus Meta Glass 

Since its founding more than fifty years ago, Sweet Briar 
College has prospered under the direction of five able presi- 
dents, each of whom — endowed with qualities quite different 
from those of her predecessors or of those who have followed 
her — has made a unique contribution to its life and growth. 
The president who so far has held the office for the longest 
term was Dr. Meta Glass, who served from 1925 to 1946. 
She was, first of all, a woman of character and vision; she was 
also a person of wide and varied interests and of international 
reputation; but during her term of office the individual per- 
sonality and the public figure were fused to become the college 
president, for Sweet Briar was ever her foremost consideration, 
everything else being subordinated to it. 

Miss Glass became president of the College at the beginning of the Great Depres- 
sion, when the endowment was far less than even one million dollars. Her im- 
mediate problem was how best to spend the money available: to keep the buildings 
In repair or to keep the faculty contracts. She chose the second course. No faculty 
member was dismissed as expendable and no faculty member suffered a reduction 
or postponement of salary — an enviable record for any college during those years. 
The buildings were repaired later! During the next decade Miss Glass Instituted 
two new benefits: sabbatical leaves for the faculty and an annuity plan for both 
faculty and other personnel. These two innovations indicated her continuing con- 
cern for the welfare of those employed, by the College. 

The student body in the late 1920's numbered about 450. Miss Glass learned not 
only the names but also the identities of as many of the 450 as possible. She was 
present at student functions both social and academic and entered into these activ- 
ities with Interest, humor, and sympathy. In the Shakespearian May Day of 1937, 
she was well cast as Queen Elizabeth, for in her brilliance, her imperious but graci- 
ous manner, her love of the graceful compliment, and her solid common sense she 
invariably evoked a comparison with Glorlana. F6r this small and struggling col- 
lege Miss Glass had the aim of "gracious living" and though the early days were 
passed in which there had been peacocks on the academic lawns, there was still 
a good deal of charm and general sociability to temper the hard work of both stu- 
dents and faculty. And hard work there was. With her keen mind, her scorn for the 
easy, the slip-shod and the careless, and her low opinion of pigeon-holed knowledge. 
Miss Glass set a high standard of academic excellence. 

Furthermore, she was determined that this rural College should not automatically 
become a provincial one. As president of the American Association of University 

Resolutions from the Faculty 

Women, Miss Glass represented the AAUW abroad and she took the College with 
her wherever she went. The names of few small American colleges have become 
so widely known as has Sweet Briar's. Under her leadership the highly successful 
program of exchange students with St. Andrews University was inaugurated, and 
Sweet Briar also became a participant in the ambitious program of what was then 
called only the Junior Year in France, under the aegis of the University of Dela- 
ware. The program of the Honors Plan of Study, designed for the specially gifted, 
the ambitious, and the thoughtful, for many years produced outstanding students of 
whom the College could be particularly proud. 

As a classicist. Miss Glass was a firm believer in the worth of form and decorum 
— but not necessarily of the decorous. She took delight in the unexpected, whether 
in action or in witty speech, and one of the sources of her charm was her ability to 
recognize the value of the suddenly informal. To her young instructors she was easily 
accessible, concerned for their problems, and purposeful for their growth. Character- 
istically she recognized high potentialities in each individual and, by so doing, drew 
out the best in him. 

Unless she was away from the College, Miss Glass was always at chapel on week- 
days and often held the Sunday services herself, in the auditorium of Manson Hall, 
then called The Chapel. Her aim was to have a non-denominational service which 
would appeal to all, for she felt a true concern for the religious life of the College. 

When Miss Glass reached the age of retirement and built the house in Charlottes- 
ville in which she lived for many years, it seemed eminently suitable that she should 
name her home Ipsissima, as a reflection of her own personality. No one would ever 
mistake her for someone else, and for hundreds of Sweet Briar alumnae and for many 
present and former members of the faculty she holds an unforgettable place in their 
lives and hearts. 

Lois Ballenger 

Lysbeth Muncy 


Laura Buckham 

Ethel Ramage 

Sarah Thorpe Ramage, Chairman 

A memorial service for Miss Glass was lield at 
Sweet Briar on Saturday, April 22nd as part of the 
dedication of the Memorial Chapel. The chapel was 
filled with those who had come to honor the memory 
of this remarkable woman. This tribute was given 
by Jane Belcher, Professor of Biology. 


HEN I was ten a Vermont beekeeper intro- 
duced me to the mysteries of the hive, removing 
rack after rack from one of those old fashioned, 
square, be-stilted cases with a rock on top. Each 
rack was so filled with bees crawling over comb that 
I wondered how Mr. Tennien could spot the tray 
bearing the queen. He told me to look closely. I 
then realized that on one tray there was a kind of 
pattern in activity, almost like lines of force in a 
gravitational field. And at the focal point, larger 
than life, was the queen. I was reminded of this phe- 
nomenon more than once during the time I knew 
Miss Glass. She was a many-faceted woman whose 
effect on her associates was immediate, penetrating, 
and as complex as her own personality. 

That Miss Glass was real and larger than life is 
evidenced by the stories which have accumulated 
around her. Just mention post box. Home Nursing, 
Meg, gracious living, Mr. Baird. turkey, Mrs. Bur- 
ford, Reuben, noise in the dorms, telephones. 
Mount San Angelo, Carl Connor, Faculty Show, 
freshman reading — and the Meta-phile is off and 
running. Only a woman who combined wit with 
ideas, imagination with action, who spiced routine 
with the unexpected, could leave such a collection of 
gems. To know her at all was to know at least a part 
of her intensely. I reacted, according to the circum- 
stances, with terror, with admiration, with resent- 
ment, with approval, with distrust and trust, with 
rancor and with love, with tears and with giggles. 
Life was not dull. 

I could wish that the faculty spokesman on this 
occasion had been selected from among the emeriti 
who, knowing her through more seasons and crises, 
would have been more eloquent. In many ways I 
must have still been adolescent in my thirties when I 
knew her best, and there were others like ir.e. Even 
our century was adolescent. How did she put up 
with our callowness, our pettiness, our youthful ar- 
rogance, our iconoclasm, our gauchery? There was 
one thing which she could not endure, however, and 
that was a trifling human being; perhaps we can 
congratulate ourselves that whatever our miserable 
faults, we cared intensely about things larger than 
ourselves — our disciplines, our teaching, our college; 
part of this caring was an infection from our Presi- 
dent. Like us, I suppose, she had faults, but she was 
never trifling, nor did she tolerate trifling behavior in 

We biologists and our kinfolk the psychologists 
are being tantalized over the presently emerging 
prospect of explaining memory in physical terms — a 
cell product, stored in the brain, not unlike the cod- 
ed information we call genes — this memory sub- 

Miss Glass was guest of honor at a dinner given for her 
on April 27, 1946 by Jhe faculty and staff. Shown here are: 
Wallace Rollins, Caroline Sparrow, Dora Neiil Raymond, 
Meta Glass, Carl Connor, Eugenia Morenus, Emily Dutton, 
Mary Ely Lyman, Linda Brown, Eugene Lyman. 

Stance, then, perhaps consists of molecules whose 
sequence of constituent parts and general architec- 
ture are coded information about the past; these 
giant molecules are formed during the life of the 
individual, by the individual, are utterly unique to 
him, and wait in the wings, as it were, to serve as 
his own basis for recall, for Remembrance of Things 
Past. I like to think of Miss Glass as a molecular 
colossus in Sweet Briar's coded memory, a physical, 
immutable, and unique structure in the institution, 
whose inherent and particulate detail makes our past 
live, illuminates the present, and helps to determine 
our future. Like the individual, the institution lives 
in time, and its development reflects the combined 
action of inheritance and a constantly changing envi- 

A Tribute to Miss Meta 

by Jane Belcher 

J\ n article which I recently wrote for the Alumnae 
Magazine on changes at Sweet Briar quite unexpec- 
tedly ended on a Green Pastures note, with some of 
our old friends peeking at us from their cloud. I 
realized that something was missing, that the com- 
pany of friends seemed a bit fuzzy, directionless ex- 
cept in their focus on Sweet Briar. Miss Meta died 
at about the time the magazine came out and I had 
an immediate sense of relief — all's right with the 
world, or rather with heaven. On the day of her 
departure — or arrival — the weatherman predicted 
electric storms. Anyone who had observed her effect 
on First Floor Fletcher or on the Instruction Com- 
mittee would have said such a prediction had at 
least a 75% chance of fulfillment. Since there was 
no lightning over Sweet Briar I conclude that Miss 
Meta was in amiable mood, ready for the reunion; 
she perhaps raised her eyebrows and pursed her lips 
at signs of disarray, but in short order had her com- 
pany in formation and ready for the first business of 
the day. I can see them all — Genie Morenus taking 

attendance, the Dews, and Carl Connor, Dora Neill 
Raymond, and Helen Mull, Dee Long, Eva Sanford, 
Birdie Sparrow, Pop Worthington and Joe Barker, 
Miss Lucy Crawford and Mary Pearl — the Court 
around their Queen, as on May Day, 1937 — mixing 
tears and laughter over the Old Days, over our own 
two-steps-forward-one-step-back progress. But they 
reminisce only during coffee breaks, for they are 
real, they are in business, and with one month of 
orientation, they know where they're going, who's 
going first, and who will be the spokesman when they 
present themselves for official accreditation. 

If I have seemed flippant or frivolous, or unaware 
of the dignity of our surroundings or of my proper 
obligation to the Faculty and to Miss Glass, forgive 
me, for I have meant no offense. We would not be a 
Faculty if we didn't disagree on almost everything, 
but we who knew her speak with one voice about 
Miss Meta — she was of heroic proportions, a Great 
Lady, one of Sweet Briar's dominant Facts of Life, 
and — a toast to her — our much loved President. 

As I Remember Her 

by Martha von Briesen '31 


.N my first meeting with Miss Glass after I became 
a member of the stalT she remarked, characteris- 
tically, "I'll help wherever I can, but don't bother 
me with a lot of details; you'll have to work those 
out for yourself." 

Miss Glass was as good as her word; she did help 
whenever I asked her. and through our discussions 
of problems and possible solutions I learned to ap- 
preciate her wisdom and her high standards in mat- 
ters academic and humanistic. Her guidance was 
sound and sure. 

Not that we always saw eye to eye. She relished 
a good argument and she respected those who dis- 
agreed with her, if she found their reasons valid. And 
I never knew her to hold a grudge against any of us 
who had aroused her ire. 

The years during which I served under Miss Glass 
were the last four of her administration, three of 
them under the dark shadow of war. Professors left 
to go into military service or to posts in the govern- 
ment; students were under great emotional strains 
as their fathers, brothers, friends, fiances and even 
a few husbands were sent to far combat areas; econ- 
omy measures and wartime regulations added more 

Miss Glass was deeply concerned with all these 
problems, and more. Her first concern was to main- 
tain the academic standards in spite of a diminished 
faculty (almost everyone took on added teaching 
duties); her second was the students, who needed 
persuasion and encouragement to remain in college 
instead of leaving to enter some kind of war work. 
With acceleration, formal graduation exercises were 
added at mid-years, to give each departing senior 
some feeling of academic achievement normally im- 
parted at commencement. 

Miss Glass led the way or lent a hand in various 
community enterprises, from raising funds for war 
relief agencies to discussions of current affairs and 
plans for post-war developments in the world and 
on the campus, and impromptu measures to boost 
student morale. She presided with pride and dignity 
when seven seniors in the Class of 1944 were sworn 
into the Women's Army Corps in April, with entry 
into the service deferred until after graduation. With 
equal aplomb, she initiated the faculty-staflf volun- 
teer corps to man the soda fountain at the Inn for 
an hour each evening when the staff-shortage threat- 
ened the closing of this one small recreational haven 
for students. 

Miss Glass enjoyed telling stories, and to her hs- 
teners the ghosts who inhabited Sweet Briar House 
became, paradoxically, real. She also enjoyed re- 
counting many small humorous incidents, pulling 
them out, as she said, "from my grab-bag mind." Her 
innate dignity never obliterated her sense of the 
ridiculous, never kept her from telling a joke at 
her own expense. As she walked about the campus, 
her sharp eye caught everything from the appearance 
of a bulletin board or a student room to matters of 
greater importance to the community welfare. She 
knew most of the staff by name, and many were in- 
clined to report their problems and concerns direct- 
ly to her. A maintenance worker appeared at her 
office one day and asked her to come and look at 
a hole he had dug, in pursuit of a leaking pipe. "I 
went to look," she reported with a laugh, "but I 
didn't know what 1 was supposed to make of it." 

Fund-raising was not a congenial task for her. 
Looking back, I realize how often she must have 
been discouraged and disheartened by rebuffs and 
refusals. Corporations and foundations in general 
were not contributing much to women's colleges, 
nor were individuals. Often Miss Glass was told that 
Sweet Briar was rich and didn't need money! 

I recall this vividly as a period of extreme econ- 
omy when every expenditure was carefully scrutin- 
ized and weighed in advance. To Miss Glass, who 
had inherited a sizeable deficit after the construction 
of Fletcher and Reid, every penny saved was im- 
portant. By careful management, in spite of the 
long depression years which added to her financial 
problems, the deficit was slowly erased. Surplus 
funds, painfully gained, were added to endowment. 

Endowment, more than anything else, was sorely 
needed to assure a measure of security for the future. 
This was deeply impressed on all of us. Miss Glass 
took rueful pride in knowing that twice during her 
administration Sweet Briar was invited to submit 
credentials to Phi Beta Kappa. Twice to her deep 
disappointment, they were turned down, "because 
your purse does not match your performance," as 
she put it. Endowment, or lack of it, again! 

The establishment of the Meta Glass Fund for 
General Endowment, which had reached $100,000 
at her retirement, was for her the most prized recog- 
nition of her aspirations and struggles for Sweet 

May Day 1937 and Sweet Briar turned time back to the 
Elizabethan age. Miss Glass reigned as Good Queen Bess. 
Miss Meta relaxed on the steps of Sweet Briar House 
(below) with Lt. Cmdr. Mildred McAfee, President of 
Wellesley, 1943. The Scotty is Miss Meta's beloved Meg. 

"Uncle Joe" Barker and Miss Meta take their turn at th( 
soda fountain in the Inn during World War II. Miss Glas.v 
was always elegantly attired. Below: The finale of the facultj 
show in 1938 finds Miss Meta. Dean Dulton and Miss Evii 
Sanford, Professor of History, floating on a cloud. 


Meta Glass at age 17, student at Randolph-Macon from 
which she graduated at age 18. Below is a picture of Miss 
Class in her YWCA uniform, taken in France. 

At age 24 Meta Glass was an instructor at her alma mater, 
Randolph-Macon. This formal picture was talien shortly 
before President Glass retired from Sweet Briar. 


As I Remember Her 

by Margaret Banister '16 

I > FF eef, ccf gang geef, ich tomalacka, ich to- 
malcef, imberti geef, imberti goff, goff, goff." I 
wonder how many people there are, of the many, 
many who knew Meta Glass at various stages of her 
long life, who ever heard her "do" Eef eef. Not 
many, 1 imagine, and that is a pity, because to hear 
it and to sec it was an experience. "Came to a river, 
couldn't get across. Paid fifty cents for an old blind 
horse. Horse wouldn't pull, swapped him for a bull; 
bull wouldn't holler, sold him for a dollar. Eef, eef, 
eef gang geef." On and on the verses would go. 

Meta Glass was a tall woman whose brown hair 
began to turn gray when she was in her thirties. She 
was humorous, gracious, firm, dignified, and she 
could be very impressive. She was neither dignified 
nor impressive when she did eef, but she was 
screamingly funny. She had the ability to throw her 
well-coordinated body into a shambling pose, 
shoulders and knees bent, arms hanging loosely at 
her sides, head jerking rhythmically backwards and 
forwards, and the absurd words coming out between 
her teeth in curious little sibillant explosions, espe- 
cially the go-f-f-fs. 

When Meta graduated from Randolph-Macon 
with a master's degree at the age of eighteen, she 
taught for a year at a small private school in Wythe- 
ville, Virginia. The next year she went to a small 
private school in the mountains of Kentucky, where 
she taught for two years, and it was from Kentucky 
that she brought back to Lynchburg the "eef, eef" 
saga. Being the youngest of a family of twelve 
brothers and sisters, she had innumerable nieces and 
nephews, among whom I was one. She was very 
fond of children and good with them. She had a 
great ability to amuse and entertain them. All during 
my childhood the high point of entertainment was to 
get Meta to do "eef, eef." As she grew older and 
took on academic laurels and dignities, she per- 
formed less and less often, but even then it was pos- 
sible to persuade her to do it on special occasions. 

There is one story about this performance which I 
cherish. Several years after she left Sweet Briar and 
was living in Charlottesville she was asked to go to 
Turkey to serve for three months as a visiting ob- 
server at the American Woman's College in Istan- 
bul, to appraise the curriculum and teaching and to 
give advice. At that time one of her nephews. Rear 
Admiral Richard Glass, was in charge of the Ameri- 
can fleet in Greek waters, with headquarters in Ath- 
ens, and while she was in Turkey Meta paid a visit 

to him and his wife. One night she was taken to 
what might be called an international Sunday night 
supper club, composed of members of military and 
diplomatic missions of foreign countries stationed in 
Athens, who met at each other's homes on Sunday 
evenings. After arriving at her hosts, Meta was filled 
with consternation to learn that each person present 
was expected to contribute in some way to the eve- 
ning's entertainment. Some of them played musical 
instruments, or sang or recited or otherwise per- 
formed according to their abilities. Meta was 
horrified. She played no musical instrument, she 
couldn't sing, her mind was devoid of recitations. 
She could think of nothing that she could do. She 
delved back into the past, and in desperation she 
dug up the old favorite. So when her turn came, that 
is what she did. There was the distinguished, white- 
haired American educator standing up in a room 
full of foreign VIPs performing the absurdities of 
"eef, eef, eef gang geef." Meta told us about it when 
she returned, emphasizing her discomfiture at the 
situation. Her nephew's version, when he came back 
to this country, emphasized the effect of the per- 
formance on the hearers. It was, he said, the fun- 
niest thing that ever happened to them. It brought 
down the house; it had the generals and the admi- 
rals and the diplomats rolling in the aisles, so to 
speak. They had never heard anything like it, and I 
am sure that is true, because I don't think there was 
anything like it. 

Ivleta brought back from Kentucky something 
else that became a family byword — a name. The 
story was that she went driving with some friends 
one afternoon — horse and carriage driving, not au- 
tomobile. They stopped at a small country store. A 
little colored girl was sitting on the steps and just to 
be pleasant Meta spoke to her and asked her name. 
The child rattled off something that was completely 
incomprehensible. Meta asked again, and again the 
flood of sound that could not be understood. Not to 
be defeated, she got the child to repeat it over and 
over again until she learned it. The name was: In- 
diana Hen and Ham, Anna Margy Buckingham, 
Cornelia Booker Lizzie Lee, Bessie Fochristor 
Gilmore Burr. 

I grew up on Indiana Hen and Ham. Meta taught 
it to some of the children in the family and we 
learned to rattle it off all in one breath, as the origi- 
nal little girl had done, taking pleasure in puzzling 


President Glass presided at the ceremony on the Golden 
Stairs of the induction of seven seniors into the VVacs in 
April 1944. 

our hearers. Meta and I found some humor in the 
fact that years later she came up with another In- 
diana, Indiana Fletcher Williams. Meta had a great 
feeling for her. During all the years she lived in 
Sweet Briar House, "Miss Indie" was a very real 
person to her. She always held to the legend that if 
you did something to the house that Miss Indie 
didn't like she would trip you up on the seventh step 
of the front staircase. 

Meta was very fond of dogs. Her Irish terrier. 
Red, was a campus character at Sweet Briar for 
years, and later her little Scottie, Meg. During an 
interval when she had no dog of her own, when I 
was working at Sweet Briar as director of public 
relations, I had a Scottie puppy named Jock. Meta 
was devoted to him and he to her. He spent a good 
deal of time in her office. During the summer 
months, when only the administrative staff was on 
duty at the College, the offices in Fletcher were 
sometimes hot and Jock felt the heat badly. Meta 
had a shelf built out from one of the window sills in 
her office so Jock could jump up on the leather-cov- 
ered sofa under the window and thence to the en- 
larged sill where he could get the benefit of any 
breezes that might come in. One hot day, when I 
was working in my office with the door to the corri- 
dor open in the hope of getting some cross-ventila- 
tion, I heard the door of the president's office open 
and Meta come along the hall. Just as she passed 
my door she stopped and looked back, and I heard 
her say: "Now Jock, you just wait. I've got business 
to attend to. I'll fan you some more when I come 

The most famous personality story about Meta 
Glass that came out of her years at Sweet Briar was 
the one about her Box 408 correspondence. One 
afternoon in 1936, Lois Ballenger, who was then 
Miss Glass' secretary, came into my office to show 
me an amusing letter which had come in the after- 
noon mail, and an even more amusing reply which 
Meta had dictated to it. At that time there was a 
brief fad for the boys at neighboring men's colleges 
which had individual post office box numbers to 
write to the corresponding number at girls' colleges. 
This letter was addressed to Box 408, Sweet Briar 
College. That happened to be the president's box 
and the letter was delivered to her office. It read, in 
effect: "Dear Box 408: I have been wondering who 
the holder of my box number at Sweet Briar is and 
what she looks like. I am tall, dark, and I drive a 
Ford V8. I am a freshman." It went on to tell of his 
college interests and activities and ended by asking 


I once 
was a 

Sweet Briar's Box 408 to write and tell him 
herself. The letter that went out in reply said: 
Box 408: I too am tall and not as thin as 
was. My hair is white and I drive a Buick. I 
freshman in 1896." It went on to tell of her 
college interests and ended by inviting the 
man to come to see her if he ever visited 
Briar. It was signed: "Meta Glass, President." 

We thought this was very funny and I went down 
the hall with Lois to see if I could persuade the 
president to let me give the story to the newspapers. 
Meta was sometimes a little difficult about publicity. 
She wanted Sweet Briar to be well-publicized and 
well-known, but she did not really like publicity and 
especially disliked personal publicity and any kind 
of ballyhoo. Rather to my surprise, however, she 
made no objection in this case, and I sent the story 
to the Associated Press that afternoon. The next 
morning I got a telegram from the Richmond AP 
thanking me for it and urging me to send them more 
like it. Of course there were no more like it. It was 
one of a kind. It went out on the AP wires and was 
picked up by newspapers all over the United States. 
I remember one of the headlines that appeared in a 
number of papers: JUST FORTY YEARS TOO 

The office of public relations of course operated 
on a budget. We had a certain amount of money 
allocated to a clipping service, so that we could have 
some check on the amount of newspaper coverage 
received by the items about the college and the indi- 
vidual students that were sent out. Before we 
finished with that story our clipping budget for the 
entire year had gone up in smoke. We received 
hundreds of clippings at five cents per clipping. 

It was when Mrs. Pannell came to Sweet Briar, 
many years later, and heard the story, that she had 
the perspicacity to send it to the READERS DI- 
GEST. It was accepted and published in the maga- 
zine, and this time it went around the world, not 
just the United States. I wonder what it did to 
Martha von Briesen's budget. 

When I entered Sweet Briar as a freshman Meta 
Glass had just gone back to Randolph-Macon as 
assistant professor of Latin. Thirteen years later, 
when she was asked to go to Sweet Briar as its pres- 
ident, knowing my feeling for the college and its first 
president, Mary K. Benedict, she wrote to ask me 
how I felt about the proposal. What I felt was pure 
joy, both for her and for Sweet Briar, and that is the 
way I have felt ever since. 

In writing about Meta Glass I have selected these 
small incidents from among the many, many memo- 
ries of her throughout my entire life that now fill my 
mind and heart, not because they are important in 
themselves, but because they illustrate a facet of her 
character and personality that I think was impor- 
tant, that does not always accompany intellectual 
brilliance and administrative ability, and that cer- 
tainly to me, and I think to many others, was very 

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a review by a student 

by Shelley Gearhart '67 


EMPO — the world is catchy, current, camp, and 
for three days it was ahve! As March 2 slowly ap- 
proached, the air was charged with an excitement 
that was infectious. Past anticipation, students were 
intensely aware of the present. A "happening" by 
definition is present tense, is experienced and cannot 
exist in print. Marshall McLuhan, a man who has 
kept abreast of contemporary culture, describes a 
"happening" as "an artistic event of all-at-onceness 
in which there is no story Hne". TEMPO, however, 
has a story. 

TEMPO is the first student-sponsored symposium 
and its story began in the spring of 1966. The last 
symposium in 1963, entitled "Religion and the 
Arts" was sponsored by the college and again in the 
spring of 1966 Sweet Briar had invited eminent 
speakers to celebrate the dedication of the Connie 
M. Guion Science Building. This past year the ener- 
gies of the college have been directed toward the 
religious symposium to be held in April of 1967 at 
the dedication of the Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel. 
Students certainly could not complain of living in a 
cultural vacuum. 

Yet, in the spring of 1966, the words "happen- 
ing" and "camp" began to circulate frequently in 
discussions, and it became increasingly clear that 
there remained an area in which the students were 
vitally interested and wished to explore — the area of 
contemporary art and thought in America. Although 
it is true that many courses touch upon this area, 
students wanted to hear from the artists themselves. 
At a spring student government meeting the students 
voted to sponsor their own symposium. TEMPO 
was conceived amidst a great deal of enthusiasm and 
a willingness to shoulder the responsibility involved. 
President Pannell granted her permission and TEM- 
PO was scheduled for the first weekend in March, 

Throughout the summer, the co-chairmen, Bobo 
Covington and Pam Burwell, worked to contract 
speakers from the list which the students had pro- 
posed. At a late fall student government meeting, 
after many phone calls, and letters, they presented a 
group of nine men, each outstanding within his own 
area of contemporary art. 

Without financial aid, TEMPO would not have 
been possible. The response to the fund drive was 
terrific and reflected the interest and support of par- 


ents, alumnae and friends. The students were en- 
couraged and excited to know that so many people 
were behind them. The largest single contributors 
were campus organizations: the 1966 and 1967 
Bum Chums pledged $1000; the Lectures Commit- 
tee generously donated $2000 and the Student Gov- 
ernment Association gave $2000. 

With speakers contracted and a substantial budget, 
TEMPO was still in the planning stage. There 
seemed to be endless details to arrange. The time 
and talents of practically every student were ex- 
hausted. The interest of the students would ul- 
timately determine the success of TEMPO. Copies 
of The Centaur and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 
almost buried the campus. Professors, sponsored by 
Tau Phi, graciously gave of their time to prepare 
afternoon lectures on the TEMPO speakers. The 
Sweet Briar News carried a series of TEMPO ar- 
ticles throughout the month of February. The 
Brambler rushed to publish a special TEMPO edi- 
tion which doubled as a program. Printed on pink 
paper, it included essays about the speakers, ex- 
cerpts from their works, pictures and even a plastic 
Charlie Byrd recording. The pub- 
licity committee plastered TEMPO 
posters in every free nook and 
cranny. In short, there was no way 
to avoid TEMPO; the only possible 
responses were enthusiasm and an- 
ticipation. The campus buzzed, and 
as March 2 approached, the under- 
current of excitement became un- 
bearably intense. Life magazine was to be here for 
three days covering TEMPO. Glamour and Madem- 
oiselle wanted the story. Many newspapers carried 

1 hursday afternoon, March 2, anticipation high, 
seven girls had their noses pressed to the glass 
as passengers descended from the Piedmont flight. 
Whispers buzzed through the waiting room — John 
Updike, Lionel Wiggam, Edward Field and 
Ralph Pomeroy were arriving. The transition was 
swift; TEMPO had moved into the present and was 
a reality. We spotted Field and Pomeroy, the poets, 
first. A pair, they were laughing, casual. Field was 
striking, thin, prematurely white with sideburns and 
distinctive features; Pomeroy, short and blond, wore 

a blue turtle-neck, sunglasses and bell-bottom trous- 
ers with his sportscoat slung over his shoulder. They 
looked like TEMPO. Behind them walked John 
Updike, award-winning novelist, author of Rahhil 
Run and The Centaur. Lionel Wiggam was ecstatic 
over the fresh, sunny air. a change from New York 
City, and for the next three days would slip out 
into the sun whenever we gave him a chance. 

Mr. Wiggam was our keynote speaker and a 
man well-qualified to tie together the trends in con- 
temporary art. Lyric poet, playwright, screenwriter 
("Smash-Up" Susan Hay ward Academy Award 
nominee), actor, model and lecturer, he is "truly a 
master of the arts" and a very real person. In his 
keynote address he wanted to light a spark on the 
Sweet Briar campus which would remain after 
TEMPO had gone. He praised students who cared 
enough to put TEMPO together and to follow it 
through. His polished address was received with 
enthusiasm by faculty and students alike. 

iNext Mr. Updike gave a reading and discussion 
of his works. He had no prepared speech but was 
more casual and one got the impression of being in 
a small room ha\ing a personal conversation with 
John Updike. Relaxed at the podium, kicking one 
leg out behind him with a boyish smile, he talked 
with feeling about his works, willing to answer what- 
ever we wanted to know. 

As one speaker followed another, patterns evolved; 
there were connections where there were none be- 
fore. Friday morning featured Edward Field and 
Ralph Pomeroy followed by a panel discussion with 
Wiggam. Field and Pomeroy, summarizing trends in 
poetry. Much of Mr. Field's poetry dealt with movie 
themes ("Frankenstein", "The Life of Joan Craw- 
ford") for he feels that movies and the great Holly- 
wood stars are the American folklore. Mr. Pomeroy"s 
poems tended to be brief, like fleeting impressions, 
with amazingly fresh perceptions of love and time. 

Between the planned events, the speakers wan- 
dered over the campus. Mr. Field autographed books 
in the dell. Mr. Pomeroy talked under the arcades. 
Jonas Mekas had arrived at 5:45 a.m. at Monroe 
Station, carrying his camera in a gunnysack over his 
shoulder. When he arrived at Sweet Briar, the mist 
had not yet cleared and he jumped out of the car 
to film the campus. He was an amazing man with 
a heavy Lithuanian accent, hair to his shoulders, 
unassumingly dressed. In his smile there was a shy, 
almost indescribable friendliness. Girls were crowded 
around him outside the refectory. New ideas had 
been tossed out to students who grasped them avidly. 
The spark had been lit; there was connection. 

David Schaber, experimental dramatist with the 
Strasberg Theater of Art, had spent a week at Sweet 
Briar in the Spring of 1966 directing one act plays 
of Tennessee Williams and Anton Chekov, and stu- 
dents welcomed him back on Friday afternoon. 

l-/ven the best laid plans go awry, and when Ed- 
ward Albee could not be here Friday night, Mr. 

Mekas offered to show his films. Whatever anyone 
else's reaction may be, Mr. Mekas believes absolutely 
in the validity of his work as art. Among the films 
he showed were segments of Andy Warhol's film of 
a man sleeping for eight hours, a spoof on the 
underground cinema, and part of his own film "The 
Brig." It is not easy to describe these under- 
ground films. There were images juxtaposed and 
incongruous; everyday objects usually taken for 
granted assumed tremendous importance; they 
seemed close to music and close to pop art. Mr. 
Wiggam commented that students were lucky to be 
able to see and judge these films at Sweet Briar 
where the serenity of the campus would maintain 

Speaking Saturday morning, Edward Albee 
mourned the plight of the American theater where 
Ibsen. Chekov, Miller and Shaw are relegated to 
off-Broadway, while light entertainment floods 
Broadway. Mr. Albee is a man in the main stream 
of contemporary American drama. His plays. Who's 
Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, A Delicate Balance, Tiny 
Alice, have stirred up the wild new currents of avant- 
garde productions. Persuasive and interested, he con- 
nected with the students. He was more than we 
really had hoped for in a man known for his un- 
predictable temperament and seclusion. 

Art Buchwald, syndicated columnist noted for 
his political satire, was witty and quick. He put 
across some good jokes at the ex- 
pense of U.Va. boys. Asked what 
he would write in a column on 
'f Sweet Briar, he deftly sidestepped 
^ •^-'V '^^ question, saying that he thought 
^B^^^/^ his thirteen-year-old son Joel who 
^^^^ ^1 was with him could do the assign- 
^B iSk ^1 ment greater justice. 
^^^«^ ^B Charlie Byrd's concert brought 
TEMPO to a close Saturday night. He is a maestro 
who can make the guitar sing a thousand languages. 
The auditorium was packed. The response to 
TEMPO had been fantastic. Events scheduled for 
the Emily Bowen Room had to be moved to Bab- 
cock Auditorium. 

It was with a great deal of pride that students 
witnessed the success of TEMPO. Perhaps one of 
the most valuable rewards was the knowledge of 
what the student body could achieve when they 
worked together toward a common goal. Of course 
there were rough spots, unforeseen problems, most 
of which were handled smoothly. It was expensive, 
but we feel it was worth it, and in the future we will 
profit by the example of the first student symposium 
and learn from the criticisms. If every person was 
not completely satisfied with every speaker, at least 
few were apathetic. Whether to shock, disturb or 
inspire, TEMPO struck deeply enough to get a reac- 
tion that impressed even the speakers, many of 
whom are still writing students, still discussing con- 
troversial issues in the area of contemporary art and 
thought. Although the "happening" is ended, the 
spark it ignited is still burning brightly. 



a review by an alumna 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley '56 


.T was going on the first weekend in March. The 
crocuses were in bloom, coats could be left in closets 
— a fine, sunny time for early spring fever. But 
at Sweet Briar College, the air was electric with ex- 
citement and anticipation. You could feel it wher- 
ever a group of students gathered, by the heightened 
tone of the general din in the refectories, by the 
jauntiness in those hurrying to classes, by such over- 
heard conversations, as, "Isn't it exciting?" — "Yes, 
you can just feel it. It's the utmost in coolity." 

It was Tempo, a symposium in contemporary art 
and thought in America (ConTEMPOary; get it?) 
conceived and executed by the students themselves, 
a three-day (Thursday, March 2, through Saturday, 
March 4) feast of learning and thinking and study- 
ing about the artistic processes. It was a feast to 
which the bidden guests came in hoards. Those pan- 
el discussions originally scheduled for the Emily Bo- 
wen Room or for the small auditorium in Guion 
were changed to the large auditorium in Babcock, 
where students not in place well ahead of the time 
for lecture or discussion might well be turned away 
or forced to stand outside straining to see and hear. 

Those wisely on time heard Edward Albee discuss 
"the playwright's responsibility to be a national con- 
science," and John Updike read from his works, us- 
ing his hands as if he were composing for the au- 
dience. They heard Art Buchwald regale an 
audience with an ease of wit that is its definition. 
They learned from Edward Field, Ralph Pomeroy, 
and Lionel Wiggam different views of poetry, both 
in theory and in practice. They listened to David 
Schaber's thoroughly thoughtful criticism of today's 
theatre, both different and closely kin to that of Mr. 
Albee. They watched Jonas Mekas's films of The 
Underground, which some of them found fascinating 
and some, horrid, and they heard Mr. Mekas tell the 
why and wherefore of his technique, in a heavy ac- 
cent. They paid Charlie Byrd the high compliment 
of filling Babcock Auditorium to capacity on a Sat- 
urday night to listen raptly to his magic with the 

The three poets presented contrasts in personality 
and in artistic expression. They were not contempo- 
raries of the students — Ralph Pomeroy and Edward 
Field were born in the mid-twenties; Lionel Wig- 
gam, some ten years earlier. Lionel Wiggam has 
published a recent book of verse. Land of Unloving 
(1962), which includes poems from an earlier vol- 


ume. Landscape with Figures (1936). Ralph Pom- 
eroy's verses have appeared in leading periodicals, 
as have Edward Field's, and Mr. Field has in addi- 
tion published Stand Up, Friend, with Me (1963), a 
volume which won the Lamont Poetry Prize in 

Lionel Wiggam gave the opening address of the 
symposium. He discussed education, including his 
own. After flunking out of two universities, he was 
graduated cum laiide from Princeton — and called 
today's underclassmen curiously noncommittal. He 
spoke of current poetry, which seems, he said, to 
have gone underground, and of certain novelists 
who may be achieving more of an art than the 
poets. He fascinated students with tales of his days 
in Hollywood, where he and his office neighbor, 
William Faulkner wrote dialogue in free verse or 
blank verse for unsuspecting producers, and of his 
early writing, when he received five or six times as 
much money for a story he named "Thick Ankles" in 
a periodical called "Greasy Stories" than he received 
for a poem in Atlantic Monthly. He spoke, too, of 
art. The purpose of Tempo, he said, was to urge 
individual expression. "Art does not come quick-fro- 
zen, but is the hot product of the artist," he said. 
"The coolest art is never cool in its origin. Without 
a spark it would never be at all." 

/\ll artists strive to objectify subjective reality. 
What they have in common is this hope of abstract- 
ing emotional form from incoherent life." 

Edward Field and Ralph Pomeroy read from 
their poems, poems divergent in form and in intent. 
Mr. Field's preference is for narrative poetry, and 
most of the poems he read were from Variety of 
Photoplays, a collection of poems about early Holly- 
wood, brought out this spring by Grove Press. The 
poems are colloquial, and treat the movies as myth. 
He read those about "A Song to Remember," "She," 
"The Bride of Frankenstein," "White Jungle 
Queen," and "Whatever Happened to Mary Cas- 

Mr. Pomeroy's poetry, on the other hand, is lyri- 
cal and impressionistic. He read them in a modest, 
unassuming manner that made him appear younger 
than he is. He interrupted the reading for a question 
period, during which he established an immediate 
rapport with the students. He writes a poem, he 
said, because of "a funny sense of well-being that 

makes me feel as if I have to do something about 
it." The role of the poet in society today, he an- 
swered without a trace of condescension, is "to tell 
the truth — any truth. An artist does not have to 
concern himself with being modern. He only has to 
concern himself with the truth." 

Ralph Pomeroy is also a painter, the only one at 
the symposium. It was Tempo's loss that his works 
were not exhibited while he was at Sweet Briar. He 
spoke of his aim in painting, "to reduce the number 
of images, sometimes to no image at all," and de- 
scribed his dual role as poet and painter in his way: 
"Painting keeps me from wanting to write descrip- 
tive poetry. I write what I can't paint and paint 
what I can't write." 

As the only novelist represented at Tempo, and 
as one of the artists with the most established repu- 
tation. John Updike had a responsibility which he 
fulfilled entirely. He read from selections of his 
works, talked freely of his writing and how it is ac- 
complished, and answered questions with gracious 
concern. Before his lecture, he said, "1 don't write at 
all as I talk. I talk very simply, and what I write is 
all tongue twisted, complicated. When I read what I 
write, I become tongue twisted." 

Yet when he read "Eclipse," a description, and 
"My Lover Has Dirty Fingernails," a short story, 
the writing seemed more alive because the writer 
was there, just as the poems by Field and Pomeroy 
had seemed. "Your writing is not quite your voice," 
John Updike said to his audience. "You want to cry. 

no, that's not the way it is at all. But prose has an 
audio existence. Those who write for the eye alone 
are kidding themselves." 

Mr. Updike's own writing began with poems, pro- 
gressed to short stories, which were published by the 
New Yorker, and then to the novel, the first begun 
while he was a member of the staff of the New 
Yorker. "Every novel appears very perilous to me," 
he said. "I've lost as many as I've brought into the 
world. You begin with a kind of shiver, when you're 
suddenly confronted by something big enough to 
tell. I try not to begin until I have a pretty good idea 
of the end. The middle I leave to faith. The char- 
acters will take care of themselves, the themes will 

"My advice to any writer is to enjoy doing it, 
because it is the only sure pleasure." 

The drama was represented by three men: David 
Schaber, writer of stories and plays, Broadway pro- 
ducer, college teacher; Edward Albee, brilliantly 
successful playwright; Jonas Mekas, a key figure in 
the New Cinema. David Schaber gave a cohesive 
lecture, and was a popular speaker — the students re- 
membered him with affection and respect from two 
former trips to the College, one to criticize student 
experimental plays and a second to spend a week 
directing student productions. He said of the present 
state of the theatre that there is not enough excel- 
lence in it. "How long has it been since something 
you saw on the stage really moved you," he asked, 
"since something you saw on the stage changed your 
life? Because that is our goal . . . Nowhere can we 
see a play about people who are concerned about 
the responsibility of life. Such people cannot go to a 
play and see themselves held up to life . . . The best 
theatre is didactic, not thematic, or message-y." 

Edward Albee does not subscribe to this view of 
the theatre, and it was unfortunate that Mr. Schaber 
had to leave before Mr. Albee arrived. "It is the 
responsibility of the playwright to show his audience 
what it is like and how to change," he said. "In the 
Great Society, the writer finds himself continually at 
odds with his environment." 

Mr. Albee discussed the public obligation to con- 
cern itself with the theatre, and the obligation of the 
playwright to be a national conscience. He discussed 
controls on the theatre: in this country, he said, the 
theatre is controlled from the bottom, as opposed to 
state control from the top; the proletariat wants to 


maintain the status quo, here, and believes the artist 
his servant rather than his conscience. 

JVlr. Albee got down to brass tacks when he out- 
lined the environment of the theatre today, for he is 
in the thick of it with a perceptive, analytical mind. 
Speaking of the Broadway theatre, he said that the 
chief aesthetician is the real estate owner, followed 
by the lady executive of theatre parties, the stars 
(not the actors), the director, the producer, and, 
last of all, the playwright. Dictators in the theatre, 
he said, are the critics and the audience. The real 
problem in today's theatre is the latter. "You can 
have any kind of theatre you want, and you will 
probably have whatever kind of theatre you de- 
serve," Albee said. "If the audience weren't content 
with mediocre theatre, there would be good theatre. 
I would submit that the audience has a responsibility 
to the playwright, a tremendous unpopular view." 

This responsibility he outlined thus: to be alert 
(sober and awake), to be informed, to be intelli- 
gent, and to be open-minded, willing to accept any 
theatre as long as it is done reasonably well. "The 
audience that will not exert itself will not have the 
best," Mr. Albee said. 

And although Edward Albee deplores the didac- 
tic theatre for which David Schaber calls, both agree 
about the lack of responsibility in today's theatre 
and today's audience. They may have agreed on 
much else, although Edward Albee's plays are not 
what David Schaber wants. During the question pe- 
riod after Mr. Albee's talk, when Mr. Albee re- 
sponded with great consideration and thoughtful- 
ness, it became apparent that the students longed for 
a confrontation between the two men. 

Jonas Mekas's stage, the cinema, is a theatre of a 
different breed, not only from that of Mr. Albee and 
Mr. Schaber, but also from that of the conventional 
cinema. Jonas Mekas and David Schaber did meet 
at a panel discussion, after Mr. Schaber's lecture 
and before the showing of Mr. Mekas's films, but 
their ideas seemed to be on different wave lengths, 
and the discussion was not fruitful. Jonas Mekas 
outlined the background of the underground film, 
which was born when new men could not afford to 
make films in Hollywood and so began their own, 
from scratch. The technique grew like a child, Mr. 
Mekas said, with no tradition and many mistakes. 
Unlike the French, who have a tradition of estab- 
lished artistic cinema, the American art cinema is 
basically a means of self-expression. "Light is the 
basis of the film," Mekas said. "It is the beginning, 
and if we go to the beginning, to light, because God 
is light, we can perhaps find the basis of ourselves." 

The content of Jonas Mekas's films may not be 
what the run-of-the-mill self considers its basis. In 
one, Andy Warhol eats a hard-boiled egg intermina- 
bly — and it was rumored that the film was cut short. 
In another, cartoon and action jumble in a Key- 
stone-Kops-type fire. In still another, the camera fo- 
cuses on a stomach, from the film's beginning to its 
end. Audience reaction to these films, and the 

others, was enthusiastic, or scornful, or shocked, but 
certainly not blase or bored. 

"Basically I deal in a very serious commodity, hu- 
mor," Art Buchwald told the Sweet Briar audience 
in Tempo's next-to-last offering. With his serious 
commodity, he kept a packed house in laughter for 
almost an hour, yet he discussed the serious rela- 
tionship of humor to hostility, and gave, in the ques- 
tion period, a happy picture of a man who does not 
take himself too seriously. 

Charlie Byrd, too, is a man who enjoys his work. 
A foremost guitarist, he plays both classical and jazz 
styles, and he gave the Sweet Briar audience a sam- 
ple of both. Mr. Byrd introduced the bosa nova to 
Americans after a trip to Brazil, but he also studied 
under the maestro Segovia and is well-versed in the 
traditional music of his instrument. 

An event like Tempo is more than the sum of its 
parts. The impact of the symposium was the serious- 
ness of the artist, and his quality of every-day-ness. 
To hear a poet, a novelist, a playwright, tell how he 
works and what he aims for, is to make the work 
seem more accessible and at the same time more 
remarkable. For the student body, to have a group 
of men so concerned with what the students 
thought, what they cared for, what they wanted to 
know, was a moving experience. These two facets 
were perhaps the greatest impression of Tempo, and 
they applied to the charming Mr. Updike and to the 
somewhat dourly serious Mr. Albee, who have be- 
come well-known, as well as to the lesser known 
poets and to the popular humorist. The importance 
of the intellect, the reality of the life of the mind, is 
what education is about. An event hke Tempo 
makes this importance and this reality tangible. 


^^riar j""^ cttcheS 


Adelaide Bozc Glascock '40 — Inauguration of Carl Gustaf 
Fjellman as President of Upsala College in East Orange, 
New Jersey, October 4, 1966. 

Arnold Siisont; Jones '36 — Inauguration of The Reverend 
Douglas G. Trout as President of Tusculum College in 
Greeneville, Tennessee, October 4, 1966. 
Clara MocRac Causey '40 — Inauguration of Albert Ed- 
ward Holland as President of Hobart and William Smith 
Colleges in Geneva, New York, October 8, 1966. 
Isabel Ware Hall '60 — Inauguration of Ray Lorenzo Heflfner 
as President of Brown University in Providence, R.I., 
October 15, 1966. 

Ethel Ogden Burwell '58 — Inauguration of The Very 
Reverend Malcolm Carron as President of the University 
of Detroit in Detroit, Mich., October 20, 1966. 
Allen Bagby Macneil "41 — Seventy-fifth Anniversary Con- 
vocation of California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, 
Calif., October 24-27, 1966. 

Nella Gray Barkley "55 — Inauguration of Walter Coppedge 
as President of The College of Charleston in Charleston, 
S.C, October 29, 1966. 

Florence Bagley Witt '42 — Inauguration of William Master- 
son as President of the University of Chattanooga in Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn., November 4, 1966. 

Elaine Schuster '58— Inauguration of Grady Coulter Cothen 
as President of Oklahoma Baptist University in Oklahoma 
City, Okla., November 5. 1966. 

Betty Doucctt Neill '41 — Inauguration of Elizabeth J. Mc- 
Cormack, R.S.C.J. as President of Manhattanville College 
of The Sacred Heart in Purchase, N.Y., December 9, 1966. 
Beverley Hill Furniss '35 — Inauguration of James Huey 
Edmondson as President of Judson College in Marion, Ala- 
bama, January 14, 1967. 

Karen Gill Meyer '63 — Inauguration of Arthur L. Peter- 
son as President of The American Institute For Foreign 
Trade in Phoenix, Arizona, March 2, 1967. 
Ann Colston Leonard '47 — Presentation of the first Trinity 
Award to Barbara Ward at Trinity College, Washington, 
p.C, March 6, 1967. 

Dorothy Nicholxon Tate '38 — Centennial Convocation at 
Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., April 7, 

Anne Schutte Nolt ' 1 5 — Centennial Convocation at Lebanon 

Valley College in Annville, Penna., April 8, 1967. 

Preston Hodges Hill "49 — Academic Festival at Colorado 

Woman's College in Denver, Colo., April 14, 1967. 

Mary Virginia Camp Smith '36 — Inauguration of E. Bruce 

Heilman as President of Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., 

April 15, 1967. 

Mary Ellen Dohs Acey '60 — Inauguration of Dr. Rolf 
Alfred Weil as President of Roosevelt University in Chicago, 
III., April 16,, 1967. 

Kay Prothro Yeager '61 — Inauguration of Leonard L. Hol- 
loway as President of Mary Hardin-Baylor College in 
Belton, Texas, April 25, 1967. 

Lisa Giiigon Shinberger '29 — Special Convocation honoring 
President Jesse Earl Moreland of Randolph-Macon College 
in Ashland, Va., April 29, 1967. 

Elizabeth Williams Allison '37 — Inauguration of Dr. Joseph . 

Wightman as President of Erskine College in Due West, J 
S.C, April 29, 1967. 

Betty Siiltle Briscoe '34 — Inauguration of Peter Andrew 

Herbut as President of The Jefferson Medical College of ,] 

Philadelphia, Penna., May 3, 1967. i 
Helen Ellioil Sockwell '48 — Inauguration of Frank Newton 

Philpot as President of Athens College in Athens, Alabama, j 

May 6, 1967. : 

Francisca Brackenridge '61 — Inauguration of John Alden \ 

Greenlee as President of California State College in Los ~ 

Angeles, Calif., May 8, 1967. ; 

Ginger Newman Blanchard '60 — Centennial Convocation at I 

Centenary College for Women in Hackettstown, N.J., May J 

13. 1967. ; 


Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 


President: Blair BiitUins Both "40 
First Vice-President: Ann Colston Leonard '47 
Second Vice-President: Joan DeVore Roth '41 
Secretary: Leila Van Leer Schwaab '33 
Executive Secretary: Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 
Chairman of the Alumnae Fund: Caria deCreny Levin '51 
Nominating Chairman: Nancy Pesek Rasenberger '51 
Bulb Chairman: Katherine Guerrant Fields '53 
Bequest Chairman: Elizabeth Campbell Gawthrop '39 
Alumnae Representative Chairman: Peachey Lillard Man- 
ning '50 

Regional Chairmen and Members-at-Large 
Catharine Fitzgerald Booker '47 
Jo jW el son Booze '54 
Anne McJimkin Briber '43 
Marion Bower Harrison '48 
Wistar Watts King '46 
Allen Bagby Macneil '41 
Anne Mercer '66 
Martha Jean BrooAi Miller '41 
Jane Goolrick Murrell '40 
Mary Elizabeth Doucett Neill '41 
Muriel Fossum Pesek '25 
Mary Lib Vick Thornhill "47 
Florence Bagley Wilt '42 

Member of Board of Directors: Gladys Wester Horton '30 
Alumnae Members of Board of Overseers: 
Elizabeth Prescoti Balch "28 
Emma Ricty Lemaire '30 
Ellen Lee Siiodgrass Park '37 
Nida Tomlin Watts '40 


Freshman Class of 1970 

Elizabeth Brewer 
Grace Lanier Brewer '42 

Elizabeth Edwards 
Augusta Saul Edwards '39 

Frances Gravely 
Lee Stevens Gravely '46 

Helen Camblos 
Ruth Hensley Camblos '42 

Mary Clemens 
Marjorie Stock Clemens '40 

Susan Davenport 
Susan Gihson Davenport '38 

Frances Dornette 
Frances Hester Dornette '44 

Loring Harris 
Jane Hardy Harris '43 

Connie Haskell 
Sarah Gracey Haskell '32 

Baird Hunlei 
Byrd Smith Hunter '43 

Margaret Lewis 
Margaret Robinson Lewis '40 

Mildred Littleton 
Elinor Clement Littleton '46 

Katharine Potterfield 
Ann Haiislein Potterfield '42 

Sarah Macfarlane 
Sarah Leffen Macfarlane '45 

Mary Scales 
Roselle Faulconer Scales '43 

Genevieve Minor 
Genevieve Ray Minor '47 

Sally Taylor 
Ann Adamson Passano '40 

Anne Muller-Thym 
Grace Bugg Muller-Thym '42 

Helen Watts 
Nida Tomlin Watts '40 

Wilma Packard 
Edna Schomaker Packard '41 

Michelle Perry 
Nellie Tolin Perry '40 

Wallis Wickham 
Margaret Gearing Wickham '42 

class notes 

Class notes had to be omitted in this issue due 
to the special feature on ^liss Meta Glass. The 
notes for the classes ending in "2" wliich have 
reunions this year have been sent from the Alum- 
nae Office to all members of these classes. All 
other cla.^s notes will be held for the summer issue 
of the Magazine. 

the alumnae 
fund 1966-67 

Contributions to the Alumnae Fund by May 1 total 
$166,911.64 from 1718 alumnae. 

Carla de Crcny Levin, Chairman of the Alumnae Fund, 
reminds all alumnae that the fund year is rapidly drawing 
to a close. Please send your gift before June 15. Many 
alumnae are designating their gifts to the Meta Glass En- 
dowment Fund for faculty salaries in memory of President 
Emeritus Meta Glass who died March 20. 

the golden stairs 

Alumnae who are charter members of the Golden Stairs 

Mary Herd Moore 


Eugenia Griffin Burnett 


Eugenia Btiffington Walcott 


Marian Yerkes Barlow 


Vivienne Barkalow Hornbeck 


Caroline Sliarpe Sanders 


Rhoda Allen Worden 


Mr. Donald Royce (in memory of wife, 

Laura Roberts Royce 


Gladys Woodward Hubbard 


Ellen Newell Bryan 


Camilla Alsop Hyde 


Dorothy Boyle Charles 




Margaret Guppy Dickie 


Peggy Carry Durland 


Jacquelyn Strickland Dwelle 




Esther O'Brian Robinson 


Barbara Munn Green 


Elizabeth Campbell Gawthrop 


Eleanor Claflin Williarns 


Gertrude Robertson Midlen 


Nida Tomlin Watts 


Marie Gaffney Barry 


Nancy Pingree Drake 


Evelyn Dillard Grones 

~ '45 

Ariana Jones Wittke 


Eleanor Bosworth Shannon 


Eleanor Criimrine Stewart 


Jean Old 


Meredith Slane Finch 


Alberta Pew Baker 


Cornelia Wattley 




Sally Fishburn Fulton 


Camille Williams Taylor 


Rose Montgomery Johnston 


Lynn Crosby Gammill 


Sally Dobson Danforth 


Ann Ritchey Baruch 


This new group on the stairs are the alumnae who have 
given $250 to $999 to Sweet Briar this year. Won't you 
join them and help fill the Golden Stairs to overflowing' 

the boxwood circle 

Members of the Circle for 1966-67 include: 

Alberta Hensel Pew 
Virginia Lazenby O'Hara 
Margaret Potts Williams 
Frances Murrell Rickards 
Anne Gary Panell (Honorary) 
Connie Guion (Honorary) 
Eva Horner Butterworth 
Caroline Freiburg Marcus 
Florence Woelfel Elston 
Yelena Grgitsch Prosch 
Muriel Fossum Pesek 
Katherine Blount Anderson 
Dorothy Hamilton Davis 
Cornelia Wailes Wailes 
Elise Morley Fink 

Eleanor Branch Cornell 
Elizabeth Prescott Balch 




Gladys Wester Horton 


Margaret Austin Johnson 

Mary Whipple Clark 

Mary Virginia Camp Smith 

Margaret Huxley Dick 

Rebecca Douglass Mapp 

Betty Smartt Johnson 

Sarah Belk Gambrell 

Hazel Sterrett Allen 

Louise Kirk Edwards 

Sarah Adams Bush 

Alice Eubank Burke 

Ann Samford Upchurch 


Katharine Babcock Mountcastle 

Jane Roseberry Ewald 

Jean Gillespie Walker 

Lee Cullum Clark 

Kay Prothro Yeager 


Gladys Wester Horton hopes that before the final report 
is in that the number of members will surpass last years 
grand total of fifty-one members. 

nominee for Board 
of Overseers 

The Executive Board of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Asso- 
ciation submits the name of Juliet Halliburton Burnett '35, 
to .the members of the Association as a candidate for elec- 
tion to the Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar College. 
Names of other candidates may be added to the baljot in 
accordance with the by-laws of the Alumnae Association. 

Mrs. Burnett's qualifications for membership on the Board 
of Overseers have been demonstrated through her active 
participation in alumnae affairs and her leadership in com- 
munity organizations. "JudyV" services to Sweet Briar in- 
clude serving on the Executive Board of the Alumnae Asso- 
ciation from 1958-62. Chairman of Region IV, 1958-60; 
first vice-president of the Alumnae Association, 1960-62 and 
president of the Alumnae Association and ex-officio member 
of the Board of Overseers from 1962-64. She has been a 
class agent and was the area chairman for the Development 
Program in 1954. 

Her community activities are so numerous that space per- 
mits the listing of only a few. The organizations for which 
she has served as president include the Wednesday Lecture 
Club, the Debutante Club, and the Assembly. She has also 
been chairman of the Guilford County Committee National 
Society of Colonial Dames, Heads of the Chapters, Holy 
Trinity Church Auxiliary. Some of her Junior League 
offices have been magazine chairman, vice-president, presi- 
dent, admissions and sustaining chairman and chairman of 
the Regional Nominating Committee. She is presently vice- 
president of the Greensboro Symphony Guild. 

Mr. Burnett, who is also a leader in the religious, business, 
civic and cultural life of Greensboro, is the president of the 
Bessemer Improvement Company, the Summit Shopping 
Center, and the Piedmont Corporation, which are companies 
involved in industrial and commercial real estate develop- 

Their two children are both married. Miranda, Converse 
'61, has two children whom their grandmother admits are 
very special. Timothy Brooks, their son, was a Morehead 
Scholar at Chapel Hill and a J. Spencer Love Fellow at 
Harvard Business School. 


the arts at home 

arabesques and attitudes 

Ann Mathews '69, daughter of Frances Faulkner Mathews '38, is a most accomplished student of the dance. 


they dance 


ITHIN the last fifty years a revolution has 
taken place in the field of dance. Quietly and not 
so quietly, a form of theatrical art developed by an 
aristocracy and largely suited to the tastes of a very 
small group of people, has expanded to include 
areas and audiences of great range. Nureyev has 
become a teen-age idol and, all over this country 
and Europe, Martha Graham is performing for ca- 
pacity audiences. Foundation grants are being given 
to establish schools, to assist choreographers and to 
aid research studies in areas such as history, kines- 
thetics, and dance in education. With this burst of 
energy has come confusion. What is "modern" 
dance? Is it Martha Graham or contemporary ballet, 
or is it the people working in choreography with 
the aid of computers, mathematical analysis and 
"chance" happenings? The answer is that it is all 
these things and more. It is no longer confined to 
the theater. Dancers are working in the Peace Corps, 
in Har-You, and are participating in worship serv- 
ices of various denominations. In great numbers, 
they are working on the college campus. 

Sweet Briar students have been privileged in being 
involved in the growth of dance both as spectators 
and as participants. Many dance companies have ap- 
peared on the campus, such as Martha Graham, 
Jose Limon, and Merce Cunningham. But it is not 
only in terms of visiting dance companies that dance 
has manifested itself at Sweet Briar. Under the 
direction of Betty Sue Moehlenkamp, the dance pro- 
gram of the college has expanded to include classes 
in the history of dance and in choreography, leading 
to an academic minor. Through these courses a 
student is able to go beyond simply learning a physi- 
cal skill and to work as a creative artist and per- 
former. The effects of the program and of associa- 
tions which the student is able to make with visiting 
artists, with other nearby colleges, and with various 
departments within Sweet Briar itself, are all evident 
in the excellence of the annual concert. A major 
strength of these concerts is Mrs. Moehlenkamp's 
distinctive talent as a choreographer. To be given a 
chance to dance in her works provides a challenge, 
both as a technician and as a performer, that a stu- 
dent finds invaluable as a means of growth. 

My own sense of pride in dance at Sweet Briar 
is partly one of personal experience. It is gratitude 
for a scholarship for summer study and for the op- 

portunity to meet professional dancers who en- 
couraged and broadened my knowledge of dance. 
It is also a recognition of the fact that to graduate 
from a liberal arts college and to be invited almost 
immediately into the advanced class of a professional 
studio speaks less for an individual capacity than 
for training which was in every way excellent. 

There is a deeper sense, however, to my interest 
in dance at Sweet Briar which stems from a deeply 
rooted belief that dance, with the other arts, serves 
a valuable purpose in a liberal arts college. Verbal 
or conceptual knowledge is only one form of learn- 
ing. To perform or create a dance is to discover 
new depths of awareness of one's own capacities. 

Artists and scholars have benefitted from a mutual 
exchange of ideas and talents. Dancers have found 
the resources of a college community invaluable in 
working toward a kind of total theater. A dancer 
is no longer required simply to be a performer, but 
also to be a set designer, seamstress, choreographer 
with a knowledge of music, and an effective spokes- 
man on aesthetic principles. She may refer to the 
literature department for source material for a dance 
or to the physics department for information on 
special effects with light and sound. Most often, it 
is the related art fields, such as drama and music, 
which utilize the talents of the dancer, but there are 
other collaborations which are more unusual. City 
planners are using the Laban system for recording 
movement. Dancers and psychologists are working 
together in dance psycho-therapy. In the field of 
education, dance specialists are working with the 
blind and the deaf. 

The possibilities of this exchange are unlimited 
and exciting to dancers in all parts of the country. 
They believe in a form of dance which has a personal 
relevance and significance. As the tremendous growth 
in the number of civic ballet companies shows, many 
advances are being made in community situations. 
But the majority of these people are working in 
colleges, such as Sweet Briar, where their enthusias- 
tic vision has helped to establish a training ground 
not only for future performers, but also for able 
critics and an educated audience, essential for any 
society in which the arts may flourish. Fifty years 
ago, Isadora Duncan looked toward the future and 
said. "I see America dancing." Even now, it would 
seem evident that her prophecy is being fulfilled. 


allegro con spirito 

A Student practices on the Holtcamp three manual, thirty-four rank organ, in the Memorial Chapel. 


they make music 


.USIC is much a part of living at Sweet Briar 
College. The community enjoys concerts and recitals 
by the College Choir, by members of the faculty, 
and by students. As many as a hundred students a 
year take the elementary course in the music de- 
partment. Music in History (Music 21-22), which is 
the basic history course in the Department and 
which also fulfills the distribution requirement in the 
arts. Therefore the four or five music majors in each 
class, and the fifteen or so minors, are not at all the 
limit of the influence of the Department upon the 
life at Sweet Briar. 

A survey of the Music Department would include 
a look at the curriculum of music, and at the extra- 
curricular activities of the Department. The curricu- 
lum has changed during the past decade, so that all 
courses offered beyond the basic Music 1-2 and Mu- 
sic 21-22 (there are twelve of them) are new in 
content or in organization. There has been a general 
expansion of the material studied, and a heavier en- 
rollment (as many as twenty-four, with twelve quite 
usual) in the courses on the upper levels. A number 
of the courses are one-semester, two-hour courses. 
Music history, according to Associate Professor 
John Shannon, lends itself to this division. It makes 
electives easy for non-majors, and it helps to sched- 
ule theory courses with courses in applied music, 
which may not be given for credit without a concur- 
rent course in music theory or history. 

A student who elects to major in music must have 
completed the basic courses in music history and in 
music theory and a year of applied music at the 
credit level. She chooses one of two fields of empha- 
sis. If the field is music history, she elects courses in 
history beyond the basic requirements for the ma- 
jors. If the field is theory, she takes extra hours in 
applied music and her comprehensive examination 
must include a recital. Some majors have fulfilled 
requirements for both fields, according to Professor 
G. Noble Gilpin, Chairman of the Department, and 
have taken the examination in the history of music 
as well as the theory examination and the perform- 
ance. In addition, many students give a junior recit- 
al. The majority of music majors present at least 
one recital. And occasionally a non-major student 
gives a recital. 

Applied music, which carries an extra fee, is 
usually piano, organ or voice. There are more piano 
teachers, and therefore more piano students, but one 

year there were twelve organ students, a huge load 
for Mr. Shannon. Associate Professor Iren Marik, 
who teaches only one academic course in the De- 
partment, routinely has as many as twelve piano stu- 
dents; Professor Lucile Umbreit. six to seven, and 
Mr. Gilpin a comparable number of voice students. 
Mr. Noel Magee, an Instructor, teaches piano also. 
This year there are two violin students. 

Extra-curricular music activity centers in the 
Sweet Briar Choir, a volunteer organization which 
offers no credit for membership. The choir provides 
music for the Sunday services twenty-four times a 
year, quite a commitment for a member, in addition 
to singing for various campus ceremonies, such as 
Founders Day, and giving three or four concerts a 
year. The choir numbers around sixty-five members. 

The duties of the Head of Choir are to take care 
of the music at the Sunday services, to check attend- 
ance, and to supervise the membership of the choir 
on the student level. One Head of Choir, Allie Stem- 
mons, '63, became so interested in the choir that she 
communicated this interest to her parents, Mr. and 
Mrs. John M. Stemmons of Dallas, who donated the 
robes the choir uses now. The present Head of 
Choir is Leslie Huber. 

The Choir has given joint concerts with all the 
nearby universities, and with such colleges and uni- 
versities as Colgate, Pittsburgh. Hamilton, Brown, 
Lehigh, Haverford, Davidson and Princeton. The 
concert presented jointly with Georgetown Univer- 
sity this spring, on Sunday. April 16, in Holy Trinity 
Church, Georgetown, was recorded for use by the 
Voice of America. 

During that concert, the Sweet Briar Choir pre- 
sented alone Poulet's Litanies de la Vierge Noir. a 
somewhat difficult contemporary work. Just as th*" 
choir was taking its pitch, a baby in the audience 
cried, and the choir raised the pitch a halftone. Ac- 
cording to Mr. Gilpin, just a little bit of flatting 
would have corrected the pitch, but the choir held 
the pitch perfectly until the organ had played alone 
long enough to change them. The man in charge of 
recording apologized that he would have to delete 
the work from the VOA program — on account of the 
baby, for the choir's mistake had not been apparent. 
"I thought the Poulet was beautiful," one of the 
many alumnae who were present confided to Mr. 
Gilpin after the program, "but I did think the end 
was better than the beginning." 


Dr. Noble Gilpin, professor of music, gives a voice lesson to Judy Horton '69, from Houston, Texas. 

1 he Sweet Tones, an informal, student-led singing 
group, has a repertoire of English madrigals, folk 
songs and popular songs, and is usually headed by a 
music major. This year, a group of freshmen within 
the choir have formed the Thirteenth Floor, a group 
that sings popular songs. The Sweet Tones, estab- 
lished in 1953 under the direction of Mary Ann 
Bowns Bell, '54, performs at social and official (i.e., 
meetings of the Board of Overseers and of the 
Alumnae Association) gatherings at the college, 
and, upon invitation, before groups ofT-campus. 

Off and on, there has been a good ensemble at 
Sweet Briar. The last one was active during the aca- 
demic year 1957-58. It numbered fifteen students, 
and included violins, violas, cellos, and flutes. Occa- 
sionally performers from Lynchburg would join the 
ensemble. A student is working at present on the 
organization of an ensemble for the academic year 

In addition to student music, the faculty contrib- 
ute to the music enjoyed at the College. There were, 
for example, two faculty recitals this year, by John 
Shannon and by Iren Marik. They gave perform- 
ances off-campus as well as at the College. 

Although the Music Department at Sweet Briar 
does not give the intensified training available at a 
conservatory of music, its students often go on to 
further study and to professional accomplishment. 
Of music majors in the Class of 1967, Beth Gawth- 
rop plans to attend the New England Conservatory 
of Music; Leslie Huber will go on to that conserva- 
tory or to the University of Tennesse graduate 
school; Sally Twedell, the recipient of a Woodrow 
Wilson Fellowship, will study music and musicology 

at the University of Virginia graduate school, and 
Marion MacRae will attend drama school in New 
York. Of last year's majors. Penny Winfree is at 
Feabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Nancy 
Bullard is a tutor at Parsons College in Kansas, and 
Wick Nalle is working toward the master's degree 
in education at San Jose State College in San 

Music facilities at Sweet Briar are excellent. In 
Babcock, each faculty member has a studio where 
he practices and gives lessons. There are ten prac- 
tice pianos in Babcock, two practice organs, and 
ample classroom space. The music library, outstand- 
ing for a college of Sweet Briar's size, contains some 
five thousand scores, nine hundred recordings, and 
four thousand books. Included in these this reckon- 
ing is the Onegin Collection, the gift of Peter Pen- 
zoldt. Professor of French and Comparative Litera- 
ture, whose mother was the world-renowned 
mezzo-soprano Sigrid Onegin. 

The new Memorial Chapel, too, contains excel- 
lent music facilities. The choir performs in a loft at 
the west end of the building, a space that seats up 
to seventy. The choir rehearsal room, in the Chapel 
basement, seats seventy-five and houses the choir li- 
brary. The magnificent organ is a twenty-seven stop, 
thirty-four rank, three-manual instrument. 

At no time is the work of the Music Department 
more a part of the campus than at a ceremony like 
the dedication of the Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel. 
At such a time music becomes so much a part of the 
rejoicing and the spirit of the College, that it is diffi- 
cult to remember that the music is the result of work 
and discipline and not only a free outpouring of talent. 


they design 

X IVE courses are offered at Sweet Briar College 
in the practice of art, compared with twelve courses 
in the History of Art. A student may major in art 
with only one course in the practice of art; she may 
not major in the practice of art, although she may 
minor in it. Such a black-and-white, statistical ap- 
proach to the practice of art at Sweet Briar is fac- 
tual, but it does not show the richness available to 
the student who wishes to study painting and sculp- 
ture as well as learn their history. 

"These students are getting in a year's studio, 
which is three hours' studio and an hour lecture, the 
equivalent of a year in art school, as far as informa- 
tion is concerned," said Associate Professor Loren 

Oliver, whose domain is the studio. "The informa- 
tion is distilled; the projects are smaller. But the 
students are getting something else. Through the lib- 
eral arts course they are gaining a rich background. 
Those who go on have something to work with, 
something to develop. I have seen too many talented 
young people bog down because they found the 
technical work easy but had nothing within them- 

Loren Oliver's approach to the practice of art is 
highly analytical. He has no patience with the "tal- 
ented," the merely proficient student who can 
produce work that looks technically acceptable. His 
students learn not just how a picture or a piece of 


sculpture should be executed, but why a good work 
is good. If they are successful in an attempted paint- 
ing, they know, after a class with Mr. Oliver, why 
they have been successful. If they respond to the 
excellent, they know, after a year of Art 1-2 or Art 
115, 116, what caused the response. Loren Oliver's 
students may produce the work of individuals, but 
they are never slipshod in arriving at their individual 
solutions of an artistic problem. With Loren Oliver, 
art is an intellectual exercise as well as an aesthetic 

Mr. Oliver's method of teaching is "the problem." 
In the basic Design Studio course. Art 1-2, he poses 
a series of problems to his students, starting from 
the simplest forms working with line and texture and 
continuing to complex problems dealing with the 
control of line and space in value and color. The 
principles he teaches may be applied to any branch 
of art: to the Old Masters and to commercial art; to 
representational painting and to abstract design. 

For example, when his class studies perspective, it 
examines all the types of perspective used in the 
history of painting, to analyze the effect of each type 
and the method of attaining that effect. The 
members of the class draw an example of each de- 
vice, and learn to control it and to use it for their 

"Many of the new students object to this ap- 
proach," Mr. Oliver admitted. "They think some- 
how that art should be a free expression — even 
though they would soon find, if they were allowed 

to, that they had little to express. But it isn't an 
accident that you produce a good painting. The girls 
arc learning what it takes. They learn that you must 
practice the elements of technique, so that ultimately 
they are second nature, you know how to do them 
without thinking about them. Then you use them as 
a part of your art." 

The problems in the introductory art studio all 
lead to a final project, during which the student 
chooses a work of literature, analyzes it for its kin- 
aesthetic quality, then finds devices that will repre- 
sent these qualities, devices that have been the solu- 
tions to preceding problems. She constructs with 
these devices a painting that will represent the liter- 
ary work in a visual medium. 

So stated, this sounds somewhat artificial. The 
paintings that result are quite pleasing. One on view 
in the studio this spring is from William Blake's 
"Tiger! Tiger! Burning Bright." It is done in caseine, 
by a spatter technique. The predominant colors are 
orange and yellow, but there are within the spatter 
dots of cool colors — blues and greens — for contrast, 
the contrast making the orange and yellow seem 
brighter, hotter. The shape of the tiger is open, so 
that he becomes a part of the flame. 

Another illustrates the journeys of Ulysses, and is 
the representation of a map of the Mediterranean as 
it was in ancient times, brown lines on a lighter 
brown background, with the warrior's armament su- 
perimposed upon it and a border of classical de- 
signs. Still another, from the quasi-poetry of Thom- 


as Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel, is of the Grand 
Canyon, a door-like place of stone, with the leaf 
motif evident and a closure that, as a human skull, 
represents the theme of death that runs throughout 
the novel. 

1 he students submit these paintings in lieu of a 
final examination. Along with the painting they 
present a list of the devices they have used as solu- 
tions to the problems the painting posed, with rea- 
sons for choosing these particular devices. They 
have, also, a list of the devices studied during the 
year that they chose not to employ, with reasons for 
these choices as well. 

Design studio members submit at the end of each 
semester in addition a notebook of pictures they 
have found in magazines, art folders, and so on — 
not necessarily "artistic" pictures, but often adver- 
tisements, that represent the devices they have stud- 
ied. Some of these notebooks show a taste and an 
understanding that make them a work in themselves. 

The intermediate studio. Art 115, 116 goes 
beyond the study of basic problems to the study of 
technique. "This is a particularly good course for 
the History of Art major," Mr. Oliver pointed out. 
"We begin with Egyptian technique, and use the 
original recipes of the period when we know them to 
mix our own paints. A student who tries it herself 
has a much greater feeling for the involvement of 
the artistic in his work." 

In the studio are handsome examples of wax 

paintings, as practiced by the Egyptians; of secco, 
caseine on dry plaster, as practiced during the Italian 
Renaissance; of tempera, as in medieval and early 
Renaissance times, from which oil paintings grew. 
One remarkable quality of the student work is that it 
does not seem to be exercises, but is done with care 
and with love. The work is something of a tour de 
force, but it has the appearance of spontaneous art. 

The same is true of the painting done to demon- 
strate and to study technique. Each student works 
on the same still life, but chooses for herself a tech- 
nique. The still life is a violin case, a violin, a 
half-filled glass, a picture on the wall, and a cur- 
tained window. Out of the window, in each girl's 
painting, is a landscape that is a copy of a painting 
that she likes — by Sisley, by Bonnard, by Rousseau. 
The technique of the whole must be like the tech- 
nique of this painting being copied. Therefore each 
student rearranges the still Hfe to some extent, and a 
room full of canvases standing before one model 
shows not a single repetition of style or technique. 

In the more advanced studios, the student has 
learned the devices, and has learned to control her 
technique, to such an extent, that, ideally, the de- 
vices and methods have become intuitive. It is this 
for which she, and Mr. OHver, strive. This, and a 
richness of learning and of feeling that education 
and maturity combine to produce. For technique 
alone is never enough. "Art comes from the per- 
son," Loren Oliver said positively. "No matter how 
talented you are, you must have something to say." 


for love, not money 


Comments from Students: 

^AST October the novelist Harper Lee spent 
three days at Sweet Briar. She didn't come to take 
part in a symposium or give a "reading" or stand on 
a platform and lecture. Almost every well-known 
writer one can name does that nowadays — all the 
way from Auden and Bellow to Warren and Wilbur 
— and they do it in a very business-like manner, 
with agents, canned speeches, and tight travelling 
schedules. Like politicians on the campaign trail, the 
barnstorming poets fly in, autograph a few books, 
read passionately from their works, and fly out again 
— anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 richer. 

The system works because writers need money 
and the schools want "live" culture. When a Lecture 
Committee has, say, $2,000 to spend on a "literary" 
person, the only real problem is deciding how they 
want to spend it, whether they want one Auden, two 
Fiedlers, or four Galway KinneUs. 

In the end, what is wrong with this system of 
bringing writers to the campus is how mechanical it 
is, like buying love: You get the same thing every- 
one else does, or you get what you pay for. Nothing 
fresh or new, and nothing very human. Auden at 
Sweet Briar would be no different from Auden at 
Vassar or Auden at Ohio State. Not that he could 
not be new and fresh everywhere he went, but that 
the system itself can only produce hackneyed per- 

Harper Lee made it plain before she got here that 
she wasn't coming to give a performance: no spot- 
Hghts, no drum-rolls, no purple flags flying. As she 
wrote in her letter of acceptance to President Pan- 

Please don't expect too much. So jar, I have been 
exceedingly fortunate in that my income has enabled 
me to abstain from literary festivals, writers' confer- 
ences, ladies' clubs, etc., and I'll tell you frankly 
that I'd enlist in the Job Corps rather than partici- 
pate in them. Therefore my experience is extremely 
limited. Also, I've had almost no contact with to- 
day's young people, so I expect to learn far more at 
Sweet Briar than I can possibly impart. Do you still 
want me? 

If you do, then I cannot tell you of the happiness 
it will bring me to make a small down payment on 
the great debt I owe you. In many ways yours was 
one of the great influences on my early life. Al- 
though I've never measured up to it, I have never 
forgotten it. 


"Her remarks about her own 
writing made it clear that an au- 
thor's work is never complete — and 
that often long hours result only in 

"I was impressed by Harper Lee's 
openness. If she didn't like a ques- 
tion put to her, she would let us 
know right away." 

"I think most people are inclined 
to think of an artist, literary or 
otherwise, as a sort of super-human 
being. This was the most striking 
thing about Harper Lee: she seemed 
very 'earthy.' She did not talk down 
to the creative writing students. 
Miss Lee talked to us as a group of 
young adults, as a group of poten- 
tially good writers." 

"Harper Lee's visit was the most 
stimulating occasion I've experi- 
enced during my two years at Sweet 
Briar. Her wit and warmth were 
outstanding and pervaded the at- 
mosphere of any place she went. It 
astounded me that she had a valid 
opinion or convincing argument on 
every subject mentioned." 

Harper Lee 

by William E. Smart, Jr. 

In short. Harper Lee came as a person, not a 
celebrity, and did so out of gratitude to a former 
teacher ■at the University of Alabama. To know this 
is essential for a genuine understanding of what lay 
behind the quality of Miss Lee's visit. She came to 
talk to students informally, especially to the young 
writers, but not to be lionized — just as all writers 
have a few special places they will go and be them- 
selves and not think of the visit as a contract being 

And that is how it went. For the three days she 
was here she wandered around campus, ate a couple 
of meals in the Refectories, drank coffee in the Date 
House, met a number of the faculty, and sat in on 
classes. To the creative writers she made one point 
over and over; that writing is hard work, that it 
comes easily for no one (especially a good writer), 
and that a writer writes and writes and is never 
wholly satisfied. Whoever might have thought there 
was something romantic about being a writer was 
soon disillusioned. They saw that Miss Lee was 
alert, intelligent, and witty, but that her achievement 
lay not simply in possessing those talents, but in 
putting them to hard use. To write well has little to 
do with being "arty" or Bohemian, and everything 
to do with intelligent dedication, she explained. And 
she emphasized the idea that it was extremely un- 
likely that anyone could write well who did not read 
widely — and not just the writers of his own day, but 
all the writers he could. During her own undergrad- 
uate days, she said, she had spent as little time as 
possible on her courses in order to have the most 
time for reading where her inclinations led her. That 
had been the best part of college: having a library 
full of books. They had been her real education. 

One evening she sat in the lobby of Meta Glass 
(after a dinner with the writers) and simply an- 
swered questions from several dozen girls sitting 
around on the floor. 

"What did you think of the movie version of your 

"I liked it." She smiled at the possibility that her 
answer came as a surprise: writers aren't supposed 
to like what Hollywood does to their novels. 

"What did you think of the little boy?" someone 

"I thought he was very good," she replied, turn- 
ing her head to look sharply, humorously, at her 

"Far from being encouraging to 
young writers, her description of the 
Intense pain and uncertainty of writ- 
ing is depressing for anyone who 
aspires to be more than a dillet- 

"The amount of love and labor 
that she puts into her work is amaz- 
ing. As she said, writing is skill 
which is partially talent but mostly 
work. Her views, while those of an 
artist, are realistic, disproving the 
premise that art is the product of 

"What made her further appeal- 
ing was her interest in the college 
student. 'Is there a new morality?' 
she asked. Tm here to find out 
about you.' " 

"Unlike many successful people, 
Miss Lee made no attempt to make 
us believe that a writer's life is 
'easy' or 'fun.' If anything, she let 
us know that it takes years of hard 
work and great personal sacrifice 
to achieve any recognition as a suc- 
cessful author." 


questioner. (In a plain, almost tomboyish face, she 
has very sharp eyes and looks directly at people.) 

Naturally, there was a lot of curiosity, especially 
about her relationship to Truman Capote and the 
extent to which she had collaborated in the research 
for //; Cold Blood. Yes, she had known Dick and 
Perry. No, she had done none of the writing. 

No, the characters in To Kill A Mockingbird 
were not drawn from real life — not exactly," Not if 
you mean 'Were they exact portraits of actual peo- 
ple?' " That took some explaining. 

On Integration and The South she answered with 
an intelligence and honesty to match the patience 
with which she had answered the merely curious 
questions at other times. She was generous and sym- 
pathetic in a way that only a deeply concerned na- 
tive to the area could be. 

In the end. Harper Lee's naturalness and lack of 
pretention must have come as something of a sur- 
prise to many of her questioners. But that she was 
also interested in them, that she, too, had a few 
questions up her sleeve — about what they thought, 
what they believed in, what they wanted to make of 
themselves — must have come as even more than a 
surprise: a shock, perhaps! 

The difference in ages dwindled. One could tell 
that it was not simply a matter of age, but that Miss 
Lee had always — even as an undergraduate at Ala- 
bama — been as alert and curious as she was here, 
twenty years later. And therefore, that anyone might 
become so at any moment. All it took was sloughing 
off one's masks and the thousand shapes of vanity. 
Even if only a few students saw this, it was worth it, 
and worth whatever disappointments there may have 
been that she hadn't ascended a stage and been visi- 
ble to all at once — visible but unknowable, Uke 
whatever celebrity you see anywhere, whether he's 
Robert Frost playing the lovable old poet from New 
England or Ernest Hemingway posing for the 
LOOK photographer on the plains of Africa. As her 
friends would say, we saw Nelle, not Harper, Lee — 
and that is the difference between Love and Money. 

"She is certainly not to be under- 
estimated as a person — it was tlie 
lionesty and sincerity that most im- 
pressed me — and as a person first, 
as a person who is a writer, she 
made her impression at Sweet Briar. 
As a writer, she speaks best through 
her work, not about it." 

"She has as little tact as a lady 
from the South can get away with. 
Yet she is a lady, a very warm, in- 
telligent, thought-provoking one, 
with quick black eyes and a laugh 
like Santa Claus." 

"What impressed me most about 
Harper Lee was the way she in- 
stilled in an old Yankee like me a 
real admiration for the South and 
for the Southern writer." 

"Her answers to our questions 
were quick yet thoughtful and ex- 
tremely useful and interesting to a 
beginning writer. She made me think 
twice when she said writing was 
almost a priesthood." 

"I will especially remember how 
she spoke of the South as her Coun- 
try, while at the same time not 
really separating it from the North. 
Also interesting was her idea that 
the way the South would rise again 
is through its writers and artists, 
since the heritage of the South is 
more conducive to the creative 
world than that of the North." 


quo vadis, art major? 


F you were a Sweet Briar graduate with a major 
in art, what would you be doing the year after your 
Commencement? Five years after? Ten years? The 
:hances are that you would have used your major 
field of study in some practical way, and that even if 
you were not doing so, and had never done so, you 
would feel strongly that your studies at Sweet Briar 
had given you what one graduate calls "the ability 
not just to look, but to see." 

You might well have continued your studies — 
jither in the history of art to earn a master's degree, 
in the applied arts, or in some related field like ar- 
:hitecture or interior design. You might have land- 
ed a job in which you could use your major — guid- 
ing a deluxe tour through three weeks of European 
art galleries, editing photographs and copies of 
paintings to illustrate books, working in an estab- 
iished museum or gallery, or helping to found a 
small museum or gallery. If your job had little or 
nothing to do with the history of art, you might 
bring your knowledge to it just the same. One alum- 
na teaching fourth grade in a small private school 
iinds herself "introducing art into everything from 
math to geography." 

When the Art Department at Sweet Briar sent 
inquiries earlier this year to seventy-six of the alum- 
nae who had been art majors, beginning with the 
Class of 1954 and going through last year's graduat- 
ing class, replies from two-thirds of them showed a 
wide range of activities and a homogeneity of atti- 
tude. Whether the alumna writes television shows 
for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, or enlarges the 
horizons of her household with community duties, 
she is overwhelmingly grateful for her training and 
believes that it adds continually to the meaning of 
her life. 

Let us look at some examples of this genus, the 
Art Major Alumna. Julia T. Green, '58, having de- 
cided upon graduation to work in Boston, presented 
herself at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts one 
rainy afternoon, even though she had been told that 
the famous institution had virtually no positions 
available to the inexperienced. "I was hired on the 
spot for a part-time job with the then-new Sales 
Desk," Julie said. "It was better than nothing, and I 
think they thought that if I was willing to be out in 
that weather, I could probably be depended upon." 

The part-time job became a full-time one, and 
Julie found herself managing the Museum's pho- 

tographs of its objects and helping those who need- 
ed such photographs for research. She was appoint- 
ed next the secretary to the Curator of the 
Department of Classical Art, quickly became a 
proficient typist, and learned the routine of the De- 
partment. Her "secretarial" duties included working 
with visiting scholars, helping do the research on 
new acquisitions, editing and typing all the books 
and pamphlets that the Department publishes — and 
also work in the galleries. "We have begun an enor- 
mous job of relocating and renovation in our gal- 
leries, and I have been doing a lot of this work," 
Julie said. "One must know how to handle a fragile 
object such as a paper-thin gold wreath, how to pick 
up a Greek vase, how to care for bronzes, how to 
tell the utility men where to put their hands in lifting 
a particularly heavy object — all these things take 
time and patience to learn." 

i\ fter time out for an Egyptian archaeological 
expedition, during which she resigned from the staff, 
Julie returned to the Museum to take a part-time 
job with its Television Department. "This was some- 
thing I had been interested in previously and had 
been involved in as a volunteer," Julie said. "The 
Museum produces two TV shows weekly over Bos- 
ton's educational television station, plus being active 
nationwide. My work entailed researching for the 
'Museum Open House' programs, and being an ex- 
tra hand at the taping of these programs. Most espe- 
cially I worked on the scripts and visual material for 
the 'Images' programs. This was most rewarding, 
and once I was familiar with the set-up I was able to 
write some of the programs myself. I concentrated 
on programs of a Classical nature, such as the 
Acropolis and Ovid. 

"This part-time job was fascinating, but it was not 
providing me with enough money to live on. The 
Classical Department heard of my plight, as I 
looked for something else, and asked me to return 
to the fold. I did. And again I am immersed in anti- 
quities and manuscripts and galleries." 

To participate in the archaeological dig in Egypt, 
Julie obtained six-months' leave of absence from the 
Museum, found a temporary replacement, and re- 
ceived free passage to the eastern Mediterranean 
through the National Geographic Society. In 1962 
she joined the staff of the American Research 
Center in Egypt's Expedition in Nubia. 


"Upon arriving in Egypt on the day before 
Thanksgiving, I was informed that 'we' had just 
bought a Nile river houseboat, a dahabiyah, which 
we would convert into living and working quarters 
for the expedition. It would be part of my job to 
outfit this boat with provisions for twelve persons 
plus. With limited French and no Arabic, I some- 
how managed to buy bedding, dining, and living 
equipment, everything from sheets, blankets, dishes, 
utensils, and food to medical supplies and much of 
the digging equipment. 

"Of course, I had a great deal of help from the 
Director of the Expedition and the Secretary of 
ARCE. I could not have done it alone. For instance, 
I would never have known where to find the best 
buys in towels, nor could I have haggled so success- 
fully over the price of two dozen small knives. We 
had to count our pennies, so this was all very impor- 

"The houseboat got converted and outfitted and 
the staff was gathered, and we moved upstream to 
the site of Gebel Adda, which was about three miles 
south of Abu Simbel. The expedition lasted much 
longer than had been anticipated, and I decided to 
stay with it. It was then that I resigned from the 
Museum staff, and that was why I returned to a 
part-time job rather than to my old position. 

"The Egyptian experience was, and still is, the 
most fulfilling I have ever known. The work was 
hard but more rewarding than any I have ever done 
here, even to seeing a new gallery opened, one that 
has absorbed a year or two of time and effort, or a 
program produced that was my own brainchild, or a 
catalogue published after a couple of years of 

Julia Green happened upon a career by being 
present at exactly the right moment. Many Sweet 
Briar graduates, fearing to leave so much to chance, 
proceed to graduate school to learn more about 
their field and therefore make themselves more in- 
dispensable on the market. Such a one is Ann Percy, 
'62, who has been in graduate schools since leaving 
Sweet Briar. She received the master's degree from 
Pennsylvania State University in December, 1965, 
with a thesis in Neapolitan Baroque painting, a cata- 
logue of the paintings of Bernardo Cavallino, under 
Dr. Robert Enggass. "During these years I had a 
half-time graduate assistantship," Ann said, "which 
was a mild form of paid employment. I spent two 
years in Pennsylvania and a year in Naples and 

Ann is now in London, in the midst of her second 
year of research at the Courtauld Institute. This re- 
search, which will lead to the Ph.D. degree, is again 
in Italian Baroque painting. Her thesis will be on 
Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, under Sir Anthony 
Blunt. When it is completed, and the degree hers, 
Ann would like to do museum work. 

Another graduate student is Anne Booth, '64, 
who will take her master's degree this June in Clas- 
sics, with an emphasis on classical archaeology. 
During her preparation for this degree, at Brown 

Sweet Briar students benefit by the regular visits of the 
artmobile of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

University, Anne has taken time for a dig in Italy. 
She plans to continue her studies, working towards 
the Ph.D. more specifically in art history, with an 
emphasis on Classics. She, too, wants a career in 
museum work. 

/». student who thought she would work on 
through the doctorate, and for the moment has 
changed her mind, is Anne English, '65, who will 
receive the M.A. this June from New York Univer- 
sity's Institute of Fine Arts. "I frankly think this is 
the wrong time in my life to be spending ten hours 
every day in a library," Anne said. "I think the 
great day has come for me to find a job. I must 
confess that I don't feel particularly qualified to do 
much of anything — after two years of graduate 
school I am only the more aware of how little I 

Such modesty is becoming, and certainly the feel- 
ing is general. But it belies the truth. One alumna of 
the many who have gone from advanced studies into 
a related field of employment is Ella-Prince Trim- 
mer Knox, '56, who after receiving the master's de- 
gree in the history of art from Yale University in 
1960, taught the history of art — along with English 
and ancient history — for five years at St. Catherine's 
School in Richmond. She also taught an adult class 
in nineteenth century painting, summer 1966, and 
an adult class in Renaissance and Baroque painting 
last fall. 

Not all the art majors at Sweet Briar have been so 
thoroughly concerned with the academic side of the 
discipline. Irene Pschorr McHugh, '63, after living 
in Munich, attending evening sketch classes and de- 
signing window displays on a free lance basis, has 
married Joseph McHugh, brother of Rachel 
McHugh Lilly, '63, and is painting in San Francisco. 
"Here I find an artistic cHmate that I have not expe- 
rienced before," she said. "Suddenly I am overflow- 
ing with ideas, and the old problem of self-discipline 
has vanished. The day doesn't hold enough hours. 

"My style has changed as well. When I last 
worked in Munich I was painting rather whimsical 
pictures. Now there is much more bright color and 
very intricate design in my work. It is becoming far 


more explosive, and definitely psychedelic, and 
greatly reflects the here and now. San Francisco — 
we live just north of the Golden Gate — is a city that 
has extreme beauty and a sense of freedom. It is a 
breeding ground for controversial and telling new 

Irene is working now toward an exhibition of her 
works. Her husband, an artist who studied at the 
Rhode Island School of Design, designs posters and 
recently completed his first book of drawings, the 
first printing of which is almost sold out. Called 
Flapping Your Arms Can Be Flying, the book has a 
text by a West Coast psychiatrist. 

And post-graduate study can be a matter of pleas- 
ure and of developing one's talent, rather than a 
means to a career. Frances Mallory Meyers, '64, 
whose paid employment is as receptionist, secretary 
and accountant with a manufacturing company, has 
attended three semesters of evening classes at the 
Cleveland Institute of Art. Her portrait instruction 
was by John Teyral, Nancy Sheridan and Jose Cin- 
tron. A summer water color course met in different 
parts of the city rather than in a studio, and was an 
education in the community as well as in medium 
for a new Clevelander. Frances hopes to receive an 
Evening School Certificate in landscape and figure 
painting, for which eighteen semester hours' credit 
are required — in her schedule, two evenings a week 
for six semesters. 

V^areers as museum administrators and teachers, 
careers or avocations in the applied arts — these are 
for art majors with callings in their field. What 
about the art major whose life follows the pattern of 
the majority of Sweet Briar alumnae lives: marriage, 
children, and a committment to the community? 
Does she bring her training to this pattern? One 
alumna who has done so is Betty Forsyth Harris, 
'60, of Lynchburg. Although she has done no formal 
study toward an advanced degree, she has audited 
courses in Renaissance art, American art, and 
American architecture, at Randolph-Macon Wom- 
an's College and at Washington and Lee University. 
Although she has not used her training in the history 
of art professionally, she has done so. and exten- 
sively, as a volunteer. 

"Having never been exposed to any art history in 
my education, prior to Sweet Briar," Betty said, "I 
felt it would be an important supplement to the 
Lynchburg school system to introduce some sort of 
program in this field — to awaken even the young 
student to an awareness of his surroundings and to 
help him to have a more meaningful visual experi- 
ence, whether it be in a museum, church, school, or 
at home. I found in the Junior League of Lynchburg 
some interest in doing a project of this kind. 

"Investigations were made, the project was pre- 
sented to the League last spring, and it was accept- 
ed. Since then, my committee of twelve Junior 
League volunteers has met with me to learn about 
American architecture. After much reading, looking. 
and research, we began in March with the seventh 

and ninth grades at Linkhorne Junior High School 
in Lynchburg, offering two slide-lecture discussions 
on American architecture of the nineteenth century. 
At the same time we take field trips to the old Court 
House, built in 1852, and to nineteenth century 
houses on Madison Street in Lynchburg. We fit our 
program into the regularly scheduled applied art 
class which meets one fifty-minute period every day 
for eighteen weeks. To supplement our program, we 
have gathered objects of interest from the period — 
handmade lace, jewelry, guns, and even toothpick 
cups — and we take selections to the schools for the 
students to see and handle. If the project is judged a 
success, we have plans for expansion next year. 

"Our committee has also been instrumental in the 
Lynchburg Junior League's becoming a member of 
the National Trust. I would hope that this might 
lead to another project, that of restoring and pre- 
serving buildings of historical interest in the Lynch- 
burg area." 

1 he variety in the lives of Sweet Briar alumnae 
art majors is exciting. Some, like Dianne Johnson 
DeCamp, '55, and Susan Terjen Bernard, '63, have 
studied interior design; some like Carol Cole, '65, 
have taken courses in drawing and painting. Eliza- 
beth Meyerink Lord, '59. attended a commercial art 
school in San Francisco. Judy Rohrer Davis, '61, 
spent a year studying art, archaeology, Etruscology 
and Egyptology at the University of Florence. Betsy 
Worrell Coughlin, '58, conservation-minded wife of 
a Pennsylvania state senator, counts "most thrilling" 
three years of study at the Barnes Foundation in 
Merion. Martha Isdale Beach, '54, has moved easily 
from graduate study, travel abroad and teaching 
remedial reading to her present post as production 
coordinator in her husband's Nappe Corporation 
which designs and builds equipment for water pollu- 
tion control and research. Two former majors have 
returned to Sweet Briar; Mary Jane Schroder Oliver, 
'62, as staff assistant for the department of art, and 
Byrd Stone, '56, as Director of the Nursery School. 

Betty Forsyth Harris's initiative in the volunteer 
field is not hers alone. Kay Dienst Heinsma, '62, for 
example, is one of two Girls Friday at the Augusta 
(Georgia) Museum, one of two in the state selected 
for a pilot program under the Georgia Arts Com- 
mission. The museum is housed in an 1802 building, 
now restored, that once housed Richmond Acad- 
emy, the South's oldest military school. It contains 
objects of historical and artistic interest which Kay 
and a friend study and arrange for exhibition, doing 
their share of the dusting, polishing and mending at 
the same time. Under the Arts Commission, the Au- 
gusta Museum will become a supply center of paint- 
ings, sculpture, graphics, and handcrafts for students 
in that part of the state. 

Many alumnae are doccnts in leading museums, 
guiding school children through collections and 
helping them to see rather than just to look. Ann 
Crowell Lemmon, '60, was decent at the Houston 
Museum of Fine Arts; Jana Bekins Anderson, '59, 


is decent at present at the Seattle Art Museum. 
Mary Johnson Campbell, '58, gives volunteer lec- 
tures to grades three through eight in suburban New 
Jersey schools, on "A History of America through 
its Houses" and "Seventeenth Century New Eng- 

And many, many alumnae art majors have used 
their learning in their jobs. Elizabeth Farmer Owen, 
'62, was assistant art librarian at the University of 
Louisville before marrying and moving to New 
York; now back in Louisville, she and her husband 
continue their joint interest in the arts. Barbara 
Boiling, '64, has been secretary to the curator at the 
National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institu- 
tion; Nerissa von Boiir Walker, '63, is secretary-re- 
ceptionist for Acquavella Galleries in New York. Be- 
fore becoming assistant to the dean of the Johns 
Hopkins University School of Advanced Intemation 
Studies, in Washington, Emily Stenhoiise Downs, 
'57, worked with the Smithsonian Institution, the 
National Cultural Center (Now the Kennedy Center 
for the Performing Arts), and the Institute of Con- 
temporary Art. Judy Harlwell Brooks, '62, was an 
art editor, first for Houghton Mifflin in Boston, then 
for Harcourt, Brace and World in New York. Be- 
fore the arrival of a son caused her retirement and a 
move to the suburbs, Judy took courses in drawing 
and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. 

Nancy-Lane Rogers, '63, worked for the Institute 
for Contemporary Art in Boston and for a small 
gallery in New York before joining the staff of 
Time-Life, Inc., where she works with the picture 
collection, cataloguing and writing captions for color 
transparencies used by Life Magazine and other 
publications. Suzanne Reitz Marchison, '60, is art 
librarian at Vassar College, having earned the mas- 
ter's degree in library service at Columbia after 
working in New York at the Frick Collection, the 
Prick Art Reference Library, and Professor Witt- 
kower's private library. Frances Hanahan, '64, works 
for the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owens and 
Merrill. And Anne Clark, '65, left for Italy in 
February to join the Genesco Office in Florence. 

J\ fter studying at the New York School of Interior 
Design, Ginger Borah Slaughter, '62, worked at D. 
H. Holmes, Ltd., in New Orleans and Treva Alex- 
ander, Inc., in Richmond, and Margaret Johnson 
Curtis, '62, at Martin's in Brooklyn and the Book- 
mart in Bermuda. Ann Stevens Allen, '56, needed 
no further study to land a job as interior decorator 
for Jordan Marsh in Boston, where she worked for 
two years following graduation. 

Like alumnae in other fields, some art majors find 
themselves at jobs unrelated to their field. Some- 
times further study leads them there, as in the case 
of Peggy Liebert, '57, who has the master's degree 
in Christian education from Hartford Seminary 
Foundation, with more study at the Presbyterian 
School of Christian Education in Richmond. She has 
taught elementary grades in the Richmond public 
schools and done volunteer, and this year paid, 

church work. Julia Fort, '63, is working towards the 
master's degree in library science at Vanderbilt Uni- 

As for employment, Linda Schwaah Hodges, '65, 
works with the Lenoir County (N.C.) Welfare De- 
partment; Cornelia Clarke Tucker, '64, with the 
New Jersey regional office of the Office of Economic 
Development; Milbrey Sebring Raney, '65, with the 
Admissions Office at the University of North Caro- 
lina at Chapel Hill. Pat Ashby Boesch, '58, has 
worked for Batten, Barton, Durstine and Osborn. 
Barbara McLamb Lindemann, '55, has worked in 
advertising agencies and libraries. Virginia deBuys, 
'64, works for the international liaison office of the 
FMC Corporation. Fair MacRae Gouldin, '65, 
works for the Educational Testing Service. 

Whether or not she has made a career of her 
field, or pursued her studies further, or turned her 
knowledge to the benefit of the community, the 
Sweet Briar art major is overwhelmingly grateful for 
her training. She — to make the alumna art major an 
abstraction — knows that she sees more, has devel- 
oped what one alumna terms "an extra set of anten- 
nae," because of her training, and that she appre- 
ciates more of her world because of her knowledge. 
She would doubtless sympathize, and as often as not 
agree, with Suzanne Marchison, '60, who said, 

"My art history major has been the most pro- 
found influence in every area of my life. I'm ap- 
palled so often at people who don't know how to 
see, and I realize I was initiated to the 'high cold 
peaks of art' in the Sweet Briar classroom. Art, and 
my sharpened sensitivity to it, brings me much 
pleasure and contentment. I'm always glad, too, that 
I 'studied with Eleanor Barton' — a fine password in 
the field." 

Laurie deBuys Pannell '64 and son, Alexander, look at 
some of Laurie's paintings in her "one man show." 


a writer asks, 
has Sweet Briar changed? 

by Mary Lee Settle '40 

Bare facts about Mary Lee Settle, '40 Assistant Profes- 
sor of English at Bard College, fail to portray the vibrant, 
colorful person she is. One hour with her in May and this 
editor placed her high on the list of alumnae she would 
like to know. 

From West Virginia, Miss Settle came to Sweet Briar in 
1936. Returning recently she wanted to see only what had 
been here then as the Sweet Briar of that era will be the 
locale of her new novel. The Clam Shell. Other novels 
include: The Love Eaters, The Kiss of Kin, and The Beulah 
Trilogy; O Beulah Land, Know Nothing and Fight Night 
On A Sweet Saturday. A story, Old Wives Tales, was in- 
cluded in the O Henry Awards Collection, 1957, Twice 
she was awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Founda- 

Miss Settle's accent betrays the years she spent in Eng- 
land, 1942-55. Her one son, Christopher Weatherbee, is 
a reporter on the Norfolk Virginia Pilot. 


T was the fall of the Roosevelt-Landon election 
in 1936. We arrived at Sweet Briar as freshmen with 
cabin trunks from all over the country. Some of 
them had pasted labels — from ships, from hotels in 
London and Rome. I envied their possibility. They 
stood open on the first night in rooms in Reid and 
Grammer, one side hung with dresses on their tiny 
hangers, the other with half-opened drawers pouring 
out linen, shoes, treasures over the strange ugly 
wooden furniture. 

In the cabin trunks, for safety, were almost identi- 
cal dresses. If we were lucky that year, we had black 
evening dresses. It was the year of veils, Hal Kemp, 
Astaire and Rogers, fitted black Chesterfields, and 
the word "sophistication". 

We were, under the camouflage, as tentative as 
colts. We watched each other for signs that we could 
be friends. We began to know where to walk, under 
the beautiful ripening of the trees in early fall. We 
walked in pairs, learning what wc wanted each other 
to know, our new books balanced on our stomachs, 
our skirts twelve inches from our "saddle-shoes". 
Gradually a process took place, a melding. We wore 
our hair in pins during the week. Our sweaters and 
skirts were Shetland, in the mute colors of fruit. 

Softly, into our honey heads, there was a permea- 
tion of learning which I have never forgotten. Joseph 
Dexter Bennett spilled chalk on his suit. Almost 
imperceptively, he made us read Wadsworth. I 
remember reading Ititimations oj Immortality from 
Recollections oj Early Childhood alone in a class- 
room. Outside the leaves of late fall were blowing 
across the road toward the Inn. 

I remember hiding with books. There was an at- 
mosphere of study — underground, an intrigue of 
brains and talent and passion, suspected, derided 
then, blossoming in secret. We looked at the struc- 
ture of the fall leaves under the microscopes of the 
Botany lab. We pretended to be bored, but I have 
not forgotten their skeletal skeins, their breathing 
mouths. We droned the inevitable picnic in the Bois 
de Boulogne in French, a picnic we would never 
have with une Tante and un Oncle we would never 
know. We strolled through the Dell to the frail 
wristed voice teacher in a room in the gym, who 
tried to train away our regional accents. We listened 
to the Chapel choir, with girls we were beginning to 
know looking for once, with their page boy hair, like 
Italian angels, their heads rising out of white collars 
over their black choir robes. We were opened to the 
religions of the world by Miss Benedict (Mrs. Rol- 
lins). She spoke gently and with passion, making us 
forget, as we listened to her, our demanded preoccu- 
pations. I found, in the library, only three books of 
modern poetry. I shared them with two friends. Be- 
hind it all. Miss Young protected us as well as she 
could against herding for convenience, against ad- 
ministrative blindness to our needs. 

All that was private. In the public of our rooms, 
and in the Inn, we talked about the University, 
Princeton, Yale. We chalked up invitations for 
weekends, and saw each other off on the always late 
Southern Railroad. They were the days of proms, 
bloody battlefields of "popularity", large orchestras, 
and dancing in long sweeps like Astaire and Rogers. 
In the Commons Room we smoked, played bridge. 


and danced together to breakable, thick 78 records 
on the phonograph. 

Near the time of examinations in the spring of 
that year, it was hot and scented with new growth, 
green and heavy. We recited German prepositions to 
each other in a kind of last day panic. They are, 
after so long, still in my head like a song, the mean- 
ing of which has been forgotten. But they bring back 
spring and girls, some tentative and lovely, some al- 
ready frozen in their tense certainty, as resistant to 
growth and change as they would be for the rest of 
their lives, all waiting, lounged about the Arcades, 
for the Refectory to open. 

I'm sure much of it is the same. Physical places 
have their own timeless character — the smell of 
buildings and the ground, the lushness of trees, 
small lamps over desks in the rooms, where heads 
are bent over pools of light and papers. Something 
has been brought into the buildings, along the walks, 
into the fields. But in my memory it is always the 
winter of 1936, which moved into 1937 as the 
spring became unbearably sensuous and lovely over 
the country campus. 

That was thirty years ago. I have published my 
sixth book. It has been a long career and I have 
only begun it. Now I teach for part of the year at 
Bard College, in the Hudson Valley in New York 
state. Sometimes, walking there under the trees, or 
across the fields, I have a deja vii, a pang of recog- 
nition, and I know that I will write about it. I know 
why. We, of the generation of the forties, are re- 
sponsible to the generation of the sixties. We have 
borne them. They have earned the explanations of 
their parents. 

Something has changed in the closed world of col- 
lege, perhaps more so at Bard, but I believe, from 
what I hear of it, at Sweet Briar, too. I think it is 
good. I feel at home in it for the first time. It is, 
against the weight of the older generation's anti- 
intellectual bias, against the old distrust of budding 
talent, an outflow of acceptance, a questing, a de- 
mand for questioning, for intelligence, for crea- 
tive work. It is the generation of our children — 
a wonderful generation. We should take pride in 

They, too, have their mores, their fashions, their 
gestures. These have the same function as ours did 
— that of recognition of each other. Their songs are 
not the same. They are at once more innocent and 

more realistic than our own. They wear mini-skirts 
and long hair for the same reasons we wore our 
Chesterfields that winter, for a kind of mutual pro- 
tection in fashion. But unlike us, they will not be 
intimidated into keeping the reality of their lives se- 
cret, at least among themselves. I think they have 
more courage. 

It is hard to generalize about a generation. I 
know that. But a 'temper of the times' can be heard, 
felt, sensed. These times are at once, for them, more 
adult, more honest, and more dangerous. They are 
intent on making them so. Their vitality is, of 
course, creating a way of living that affects us all. 
We, of the forties, suddenly find ourselves looking 
toward their living. I have learned much from my 
students and I am grateful for it. 

Wherever there is a student concerned, about his 
or her rights, about the institution, about self- 
expression, even about self-gratification, about the 
world at large, that student is not bored. Bored stu- 
dents are draining to teach. They destroy the ebul- 
lience on which live, creative teaching depends. 
They waste the time of their college, their faculty, 
and their peers. This generation of students is not 

As a generation, we could find them secretive and 
mistrustful. I think we should face up to why this is 
so. They have seen, in their life-time, too many 
mores fail to sustain their elders. At their most 
impressionable age, as small children (who can sel- 
dom be fooled), most of them who could afford the 
necessary luxury of a private college lived in an 
over-fed, over-carpeted, flatulent world. They are 
now asking pertinent and urgent questions about it, 
about us, and about themselves. 

Let them ask. I hope we have the guts to answer 
honestly. If we do, much of the mistrust will fade 

Some of our children walk under the same trees 
at Sweet Briar, sit in the same class-rooms, sun 
themselves in the spring in the same Dell, have fash- 
ions that only take the place of ours. But they are 
not us. Any attempt on our part to recreate our own 
lives through them is doomed to unhappy failure. 

They can be hurt by our misunderstanding. They 
can be forced to secrecy by our disapproval of their 
diff'erence. On the other hand, they find our imita- 
tions of them embarrassing and unwelcome. They 
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Alumnae Magazine Summer 1967 

Editor Elizabeth Bond Wood, '34 
Associate Editor Nancy St. Clair Talley, '56 
Class Notes Editor Mary Vaughan Blackwell 

Volume 37, No. 4 

Issued four times yearly: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer 
by Sweet Briar College. Second class postage paid at Sweet 
Briar, Virginia 24595. 

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2 Four Days When Faith and Learning Met 
by Frances Kirven '68 

4 You, Everyalumna, Are Here 

The Memorial Chapel Dedication, As You 
Might Have Seen It 

8 Sweet Briar's Chaplains, Apt and Meet 

9 Briar Patches 

33 Alumni Administration Awards 

34 The Evolution of the English Bible 

from the collection of an alumna 

38 The Strength of Tradition, the Freshness of Change 
40 Bastille Day— 1967 

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Frances Kirven, '68, 
President of the Student 
Government Association for 
the coming academic year, 
is a math major who says 
she hopes her "lack of 
literary talent won't hinder 
this expression of my 
personal reaction to such a 
wonderful week end." 
A successful math student, 
already a member of Phi 
Beta Kappa, she is not 
unadept at such expression, 
but her modesty is one of 
her appealing qualities. 

'weet Briar has long needed a chapel. The base- 
ment of Manson and the lecture room of Guion did 
not lend themselves to a spiritual atmosphere. Reli- 
gion itself is a controversial and, at the same time, 
a neglected aspect of our college life. Many of us 
tend to sleep just a little too long on Sunday morn- 
ings, or to substitute "sun worship" on the arcades 
for Tuesday and Friday chapel services. Yet, because 
of this semi-concerned religious attitude at Sweet 
Briar, I was very much impressed with student at- 
titudes and responses to the week end activities of 
April 20 through 23. 

The organ concert by Fenner Douglass, Professor 
of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of 
Music, was a magnificent Thursday evening. Even 
the fact that he was playing "behind our backs" (the 
organ loft is in the west end of the Chapel; the pews 
face the Altar at the east) did not detract from our 
pleasure in his performance. The non-musicians as 
well as the musicians enjoyed the recital, and many 
of us benefited greatly from the whispered comments 
of knowledgeable organ and piano students seated 
near us. All in all, the performance was highly ap- 

The Lyman Lecture was given at 8 p.m. Friday by 
Dr. Albert C. Outler, Professor of Historical Theol- 
ogy at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern 
Methodist University. Called "The Liberal Spirit and 
the Future of Religion," the lecture opened vistas to 
the new theological trends in religion today. Inter- 
spersed with quite a few of Dr. Cutler's amusing 
asides and anecdotes were the current intellectual 
developments in religious thought, as well as a his- 
tory of the development of these ideas. Many of us 
who were currently taking "baby religion" (Religion 
105, 106, The Old Testament and The New Testa- 
ment) had been briefly exposed to many of these 
ideas and were extremely fortunate to be able to hear 
an in-depth presentation of these subjects. 

The subject of the panel discussion on Saturday 
morning, "The Meaning and Relevance of the Chris- 
tian Faith," was "right up our alley." Though perhaps 
attendance was not as high as had been anticipated, 
everyone there thoroughly enjoyed the presentation 
of the panel members. They were the Rt. Rev. Stephen 
F. Bayne, Jr., Vice President of the Executive Coun- 
cil of the Episcopal Church and Director of its Over- 
seas Department; the Rev. Franklin Clark Fry, 
President of the Central and Executive Committees 
of the World Council of Churches, and the Rev. 
John Macquarrie, Professor of Systematic Theology 

at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Each 
one expressed his beliefs about the meaning and rele- 
vance of the Christian faith today, and each was most 
charming in timing his remarks with a wrist watch, 
so as not to exceed his allotted time. Each in his 
own manner had much to tell us. We heard a 
scholarly view of religion's role today as well as a 
down-to-earth approach, and each was moving and 
thought-provoking. After each talk the floor was 
opened for discussion. Many questions had been pre- 
pared previously and were given to our three dis- 
tinguished doctors to bat around. We were all quite 
stimulated by their enthusiasm and by their conver- 
sance with the subjects of the questions. As the de- 
liberations progressed, we students, as well as many 
of the faculty and guests in the audience, were en- 
gaged by our speakers and began asking some spon- 
taneous questions. When time was called at noon, 
everyone was reluctant to see this program end. We 
we quite affected by these widely traveled and de- 
lightfully "normal" clergymen, who were so well 
grounded in scholarship and in current trends. We 
came away with a much deeper understanding of the 
significance of the Christian faith. 

The Memorial Service for Miss Meta Glass was 
held Saturday afternoon. Today's students at Sweet 
Briar never knew her, yet we were aware of the great 
respect and high admiration which she commanded at 
Sweet Briar. Those of us who were able to attend the 
service caught a glimmer of Miss Meta's personality 
and enthusiasm and felt that we now knew something 
of her contribution to the College. 

The highlight of the Chapel Dedication Week End 
was the Dedication Service itself, held on Sunday 
morning. There was tremendous student enthusiasm 
and response to everything about this dedication — 
the attractive red-tassled programs, the procession of 
visiting dignitaries, and the simple, yet effective, order 
of service. 

The Chapel was filled to overflowing. Students who 
regularly attend services there, and many who don't 
frequent this area quite so often, came for this special 
event. Chairs placed around the walls were all oc- 
cupied. As the service progressed, the whole con- 
gregation seemed to respond to the service and to 
the purpose for which it was being held. It was an 
inspirational ending to a wonderful week end. 

As I said at the beginning of this article. Sweet 
Briar has been lacking in proper religious facilities. 
Now we finally have a lovely new chapel which blends 
beautifully with the style of the other buildings and 
which seems to bind our whole community together. 
It was only fitting for us to have such a stimulating 
and enlightening week end in which to dedicate such 
a structure. 

All who attended the events reaped great benefits 
from the activities and are indeed grateful to those on 
the staff, to the administration, and to the faculty, 
especially to the Department of Religion, who helped 
plan the week end. In March we had a stimulating 
series of lectures and events when we explored con- 
temporary art and thought in America. Now, perhaps, 
our new Chapel will make us want to explore more 
fully our spiritual needs along with our quest for 
knowledge in the whole field of liberal arts. 

You, Everyalumna, Are Here 

The Memcrial Chapel Dedicarion, As You Might Have Seen It 


. t is a beautiful Sunday mornrng. The sno makes 
dappled patterns through the new lea%'es. Sweet Briar 
is incredibly green and fresh with spring. The air is 
so dear diat each bird's song sounds distinctly. You 
are eariy for Ae dedication of the new Memorial 
Chisel, this twenty-third day of ApriL and you have 
time to admire the building before the procession 

It is a massive sfmcbne, yet the ardiitecEs, Oliver 
&. Smith of Norfolk, Virginia, used their skiQ to con- 
vert the quality erf mass to an inqnsmg grace. Like 
the buildings neaiby, for wfaidli it has become the 
focal point, it is (rf soft red brick laid in Flemish 
bond, the anAitectural style a modified American 
Georgiaa diaiactenstic of the late 1 7th and the 1 8tb 
ceatioies. You stand mder the portico, near one of 
the four stone pillars that supports its pediment and 
seem now to dominate the campus, and you reflect 
iqxm lie many who have loved the College and who 
have worked and given for this new Chapel. 

Fiom the R^ectoiy arcade, from Gray arcade, 
fnoiB ibc steps to Fletdier, men and women in aca- 
demic and clerical attire appear. You glance at your 
watch. Almost 10:45, the time for the procession to 
form. It does so in a quietness that seems reverence 
— ^you realize that the space of the country, the trees, 
the birds, give tiot same aoonstica] bush in the midst 
of activity that the Wg*i vatdted arches of a large 
cathedral lend its congregation. The organ prelude, 
Louis-Nicolas Cleranriiaiilt's Suite de deuxieme ton 
played bv' John R. SBmnon. Associate Professor 
of Mtisic comes muted through the open doors. 

The procesEioo begms, to move, not with a hymn 
bat w^ a Litaiiy diat ^ves a sense of time accom- 
plished — you are reminded of the Celtic fathers 
who met St Angxftme. singing a litany, of thoosands 
of medieval monks iHio gadieied daily throng the 
years m this manner at Mont St MicheL at St. Mark's 
in FloienoB (was Fca Angpilim amoi^ tiiem?). singing 
a fitaiy. Tins pnxession today is led by the Chaplain 
of the College. Behind him are the Choir and the 
ChoicBastH; menfeni of the Church and Cbapd 
CooHBittBe, lepies a Bl ati wes of schools and adl^es, 
members rf the Lynchburg and Amherst clergy. 

The prooession ootfinnes. Yon see the Executive 
Sfwrtai y of tte Ap po m at to x Predyytery. the District 
Saperinteadent rf the Methodist Church, the Presi- 
ded of Hac Wagsaa. L mhta an Synod, the Moderator 
of die PiediytBriaB Omndi in Wkpuvsi, the Chaplain 

from nearby Father Judge Mission Seminar\". the 
Dean of the Southwest Deanery and Pastor of Holy 
Cross Parish. Next march the Bishop of Richmond, 
the Bishop of Easton. the Bishop Coadjutor of South- 
em X'irginia, and the Bishop of Southwestern Vir- 

Following a marshal, the procession continues with 
the Chairman of the Judicial Board of the College, 
the President of the Y.W.C.A., the President of the 
Student Government .Association, the President of 
Sweet Briar College 1946-50. The Dean of the Col- 
lege. The Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church. The President of the College. The 
words of the Litany ring. 

O God the Father, who has made us and all the 


Hear us. and have mercy. 
O God the Son. who hast redeemed us and all man- 

Hear us, and have mercy. 
O God the Holy Spirit, who sanctifiest us and all the 
elect people of God; 

Hear us. and have mercy. 
O holy, blessed, and adorable Trinity, Creator, Re- 
deemer, and Sanctifier; 

Hear us. and have mercy. 
Let us pray for the peace of the whole world, and 
for the welfare and unity of the Church of God; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
Let us pray for the President of the United States 
of America, the Governor of this Commonwealth, 
and all in civil authority; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
Let us pray for the Clerg}* and for all who are called 
to a ministr>' ia the house of God; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
Let us pray for one another, and for all whose hearts 
are with us, who desire to be remembered in our 
prayers, and remember us in their own; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
Let us jway for all who are afflicted in mind, body, 
or estate; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
Let us pray for all that are in danger, necessity, or 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
That we may foUow the way that leads to truth, and 
follow the truth that leads to life; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 


That we may follow the steps of our Redeemer Jesus 
Christ, who alone is the way, the truth, and the life; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
That finishing here the work of our salvation, we may 
rest hereafter in thy holy peace; 

We beseech thee to hear us, good Lord. 
Son of God: we beseech thee to hear us. 

Son of God: we beseech thee to hear us. 
O Lamb of God; that takest away the sins of the world: 

Grant us thy peace. 
O Lamb of God; that takest away the sins of the world: 

Have mercy upon us. 
O Christ, hear us. 
O Christ, hear us. 

Lord, have mercy upon us. 

Lord, have mercy upon us. 

Christ, have mercy upon us. 

Christ, have mercy upon us. 

Lord, have mercy upon us. 

Lord, have mercy upon us. 


. hey are all in now. You have slipped into a place 
at the back, and you have a fine view of the large 
room filled with light, music, worshippers, and the 
Presence of God. It is a simple room, with high pan- 
eled walls and simple box pews much like those in 
Colonial churches. The tall Georgian windows are of 
slightly tinted glass panes. The room's shape is cruci- 
form, the shallow trancepts forming arms of an an- 
cient-styled cross. At its center, the Altar is a simple 
table of Lynchburg greenstone, elevated by three ris- 
ings and dominated by a Cross. This Cross stands 
behind the Altar and rises fifteen feet above the floor. 
Of American walnut bound in hammered aluminum, 
it catches the light from all sides. It is properly the 
dominant feature of the Chapel, inescapable and im- 

Now the members of the procession have taken 
their places, and the President of the College goes 
to the Sanctuary step to welcome the congregation: 
Friends in Christ Jesus, 
In the name of Sweet Briar College 
I greet you, and I bid you welcome. 
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, 
and the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. 
You read responsively, following the Dean of the 
College, Psalm 122, which begins, "I was glad when 
they said unto me, We will go into the house of the 
Lord." You sing with the congregation the hymn, 
"Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of crea- 
tion." Now the Chaplain of the College comes to the 
Sanctuary step and says. 

Come, Holy Spirit, the free dispenser of all graces: 
Visit the hearts of thy faithful servants, and re- 
plenish them with thy sacred inspirations; Illumi- 
nate our understandings, and inflame our affec- 
tions, and sanctify all the faculties of our souls; that 
we may know, and love, and constantly do the 
things that belong to our everlasting peace; who 
with the Father and the Son reignest God, world 
without end. Amen. 
The anthem by the choir, singing in the loft at the 

west end of the building, is Brahms's "How lovely 
are Thy dwellings fair." You remember it from your 
own days at Sweet Briar. The passages by the organ, 
designed and built by the Holtkamp Organ Company 
of Cleveland and given by Mrs. J. J. Perkins in honor 
of her daughter, Mrs. Charles N. Prothro (Elizabeth 
Perkins), and her granddaughter, Mrs. Frank J. Yea- 
ger (Kathryn Prothro), both Sweet Briar alumnae, 
soar eastward through the Chapel and seem to fill it 
completely. While it fills you, too, you notice the tall 
candlesticks on the Altar, walnut bound in aluminum 
like the Cross. You notice the floor-length cloth over 
the Altar, its side panels of rose velvet and green and 
gold brocade, its frontal bearing an embroidered 
stylized version of the College seal against a panel 
of dark green velvet. You remember that these were 
designed by the Rev. Edward N. West, Canon Sacrist 
of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and a member 
of the Joint Commission on Church Architecture and 
the Allied Arts of the Episcopal Church. You notice, 
too, the large brass chandelier, its 18th century Colo- 
nial style harmonizing with the paneled walls and the 
box pews. 

The anthem ends. Mounting the Colonial-style 
pulpit is the Most Rev. John Elbridge Hines, Presiding 
Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church, who in his 
sermon asserts that faith and learning belong together. 
"In some ages past the Church has provided the only 
secure climate in which science could flourish; in 
others, misguided churchmen have thwarted science," 
he says. "In our time, we must reaffirm the rightful 
place of both inquiry and worship. This chapel illus- 
trates the harmony of faith and knowledge." 

As an Offertory Anthem the choir sings the hyimi, 
"For all the saints, who from their labors rest," and 
when the offering is presented the congregation stands 
to sing the Doxology. 

Now the President and the Chaplain are at the 
Sanctuary step, and the President makes this charge: 
Reverend Sir, in the name of Sweet Briar College, 
I charge you, and the Church and Chapel Commit- 
tee, with the responsibility of ordering the services 
and all other matters pertaining to the use of this 
Chapel. And I pray that all that is planned and 
wrought through this Chapel may be for the per- 
fecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, 
and for the edifying of the Body of Christ, till we 
all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowl- 
edge of the Son of God, unto the measure of the 
stature of the fullness of Christ; to whom be the 
glory forever. 
And the Chaplain answers, 

In the name of the Sweet Briar Memorial Chapel, 
and the Church and Chapel Committee, I acknowl- 
edge before this Congregation our responsibility 
for maintaining this Chapel, and of using it to set 
forward the unity of Christ's Church. That we may 
be enabled to see and to grasp our opportunities, 
and to discharge our duties, in this matter, I desire 
that you, and all the people here present, will pray 
for us: pray earnestly; pray often; pray now. 
You stand then, and with the rest of the congrega- 
tion say the Lord's Prayer. 

You remain standing for the hymn, "Glorious 
things of thee are spoken." During the hymn those 
taking part in the Dedication Ceremony take their 
places behind the Altar. You are struck by the spac- 
iousness of the Chapel, a quality it possesses even 
when full. 

The first lesson, Isaiah 40: 1-5, is read by the 
President of the Student Government Association. Dr. 
Martha B. Lucas, President of the College 1946-1950, 
gives a prayer, and the second lesson, Hebrews 12:1-2, 
is read by the President of the Y.W.C.A. The Chair- 
man of the Judicial Board reads a Prayer of St. Paul 
the Apostle. 

The formal pronouncement of the dedication is 
taken largely from the Book of Common Order of 
the Church of Scotland and the service of dedication 
of the Chapel of Unity at Coventry. The chaplain 
begins, saying. 

The Lord be with you; 

Answer And with thy spirit. 

Chaplain Our help is in the name of the Lord; 

Answer Who hath made heaven and earth. 

Chaplain Except the Lord build the house; 

Answer They labor in vain that build it. 

Chaplain Blessed be the name of the Lord; 

Answer From this time forth for evermore. 

Then you join with the congregation to say. 

In the Faith of Jesus Christ we hallow the Sweet 
Briar Memorial Chapel to the Service of God 
the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, and 
we dedicate it to be a Chapel of Unity: in the 
name of the Father, and of the Son and of the 
same Holy Spirit. Amen. 

The Chaplain continues. 

To the glory of God the Father, who has called us 

by his grace. 

To the glory of God the Son, who loved us and 

gave himself for us. 

To the glory of God the Holy Spirit, who illumines 

and sanctifies us. 

We dedicate this Chapel. Amen. 

To be a place of prayer for all people, 

To be a place where all people may seek God's 

will for the breaking down of every wall of par- 

To be a place of reconciliation, of healing, and of 


We dedicate this Chapel. Amen. 

Peace be to this house, and to all who worship in it. 

Peace be to those who enter, and to those who go 

out from it. 

Peace be to those who love the name of our Lord 

Jesus Christ. Amen. 
The Chaplain leads three prayers, and the Apostles' 
Creed, and the Presiding Bishop leads a prayer. 

Now you hear the Chaplain say, "Brethren, pray 
for us." And you join the congregation, who answer as 
with one joyful and reverent voice. 
The Lord prosper you. 
We bless you in the name of the Lord. 
The grace of our Lord Christ be with you all. 
The love of God be with you all. 
The fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

It is over. You watch the procession leave the 
Chapel, singing the hymn, "Ye holy angels bright." 
You wait while those in front of you file out — the 
Chapel seats three hundred and seventy-five and more 
are here today — and the organ fills the building with 
J. S. Bach's "We All Believe in One God." Then you, 
too, go out into the bright sun, and you remember 
something Bishop Hines said in his sermon, 

"And may they go out from this lovely place to 
serve in unlovely places, to bring the love and healing 
of Christ to other men and women." 

Sweet Briar's Chaplains 

Apt and Meet 

LJ weet Briar's first resident chap- 
lain since 1919, the Reverend Frank 
H. McClain, chaplain and associate 
professor of religion from 1962 
through June 1966, has spent the 
past academic year studying at Cam- 
bridge University in England, under 
a Danforth Campus Ministry Grant. 
Award winners for the grant were 
chosen on the basis of professional competence, in- 
tellectual promise, religious commitment arid dedi- 
cation to the profession of the campus ministry. The 
Reverend Mr. McClain's topic for study toward the 
doctorate is The Theology and Ethics of Frederick 
Denison Maurice. 

Although the College shared pride in Mr. McClain's 
grant, it said good-bye with particular regret because 
the former chaplain would not be able to see the 
Memorial Chapel completed and dedicated. An 
ardent worker, Mr. McClain had served four years 
on the planning committee for the Chapel, and had 
been instrumental in many of the accomplishments of 
that group. His quick mind was both scholarly and 
down-to-earth, and his personality combined dignity 
and wit much as he occasionally wore black Bermuda 
shorts with a clerical collar — a combination surpris- 
ing, and pleasant. 

Sweet Briar regretted, too, saying good-bye to Mrs. 
McClain, the former Mary Lee McGinnis, '54, whose 
warmth and charm made her much sought. She and 
the McClain's daughters, Rebecca and Mary Lee, are 
at Cambridge, where, because the Reverend Mr. 
McClain received also an Episcopal Church Founda- 
tion fellowship, they expect to remain a second year 
while he continues his studies. 

Frank McClain has the B.A. ( 1950) and the M.A. 
(1955) degrees from Cambridge University, where 
he studied after graduating with a Phi Beta Kappa key 
from Yale. In 1952, he received the S.T.B. degree 
from General Theological Seminary in New York, 
and that same year was ordained by the Right Rev- 
erend Edmund P. Dandridge, Bishop of Tennessee. 

Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Mr. McClain attended 
high school in Memphis. Following his ordination, 
he was curate of the Church of the Advent in Nashville 
and priest-in-charge of three successive churches in 
Tennessee. During World War II he served as an 
army sergeant in the Medical Corps in Luzon, Philip- 
pine Islands. 


^Jweet Briar's second resident 
chaplain since 1919, the Reverend 
Alexander M. Robertson, finds his 
pastoral duties different at the Col- 
lege from those at St. Paul's Church 
in Lynchburg, where he was eight 
^m iK^K^ ^ years rector before his collegiate ap- 
g^ -^ ^^^B pointment the beginning of past aca- 
■■-'>' ^^HHB demic year. The difference is caused 
by a homogeneous community for whom ready-made 
answers will not do, and the Reverend Mr. Robert- 
son finds the community as stimulating as the com- 
munity finds him a concerned friend. 

"You can be awfully superficial about these stu- 
dents," he says, "and accept the blase attitude, the 
sophomore's wisdom, as the reality. Yet the students 
are really looking for something. They long to have 
some one who is interested in them." 

In addition to holding services each Sunday and 
chapel twice a week, Mr. Robertson shows this inter- 
est through his availability for individual counseling 
and through his invaluable assistance to such student 
projects as Religious Emphasis Week. One such proj- 
ect this past year involved not just Sweet Briar but 
also Randolph-Macon Women's College and Lynch- 
burg College, in a series of ecumenical discussions 
at Father Judge Mission. 

A native of Pittsburgh who attended the university 
there, Mr. Robertson came to his vocation through 
his avocation. He loved music from childhood, and 
while a sales and quality control engineer with the 
Harbison Walker Refractories Company gave evening 
concerts of folk music, singing in costume with an 
accompanist. He conducted rehearsals for the Pitts- 
burgh Savoyards, and became an Episcopalian 
through a choir. He also became an accomplished 

Because of this experience he was made a chap- 
lain's assistant for administration and music when 
he entered the Navy during World War II. A year and 
a half after his discharge — spent directing music at 
Fork Union Military Academy — he entered the Vir- 
ginia Episcopal Seminary. He was ordained in 1950. 

Before going to St. Paul's in Lynchburg, he was 
rector of St. Luke's in Alexandria, a Seminary-spon- 
sored mission where he worked while a student. While 
rector of St. Luke's, whose membership had grown 
to seven hundred sixty by 1964, Mr. Robertson taught 
speech at the Seminary. 

(I5nar j-^citcheS 

from President Blair Both 

Annual Meeting June 5 

On Saturday as I drove through the Sweet 
Briar gates for at least the thirtieth time since 1962 
(when my daughter began her freshman year), I 
knew that for some of you it was the first time 
since graduation that you had driven through. To 
some the gates are different, the sign is new, but to 
all the entrance and drive remain a familiar sight 
as you approach the College. The sight has always 
been a thrill for me and as I enter the campus I 
reahze that Sweet Briar is just as lovely as I knew 
it would be and as I hope it will always be. 

I am privileged, as are 7,800 other alumnae to 
be a member of the Alumnae Association and in a 
number of different ways we try to contribute to 
the maintenance of Sweet Briar's fine tradition and 
to the development of its fascinating future. 

It is a well-known fact that it is the mark of a 
good administrator to do as little as possible and 
get everyone else to do as much as possible! How- 
ever, as President of the Alumnae Association, I 
trust I do not shirk my responsibilities and I hope 
I haven't overworked the Executive Secretary or the 
Board members — I also hope they haven't felt time 
hanging heavy on their hands. 

Sweet Briar has added to its beauty with a new 
chapel, a new science building and a new library 
wing, but it lacks the endowment strength of many 
of the other women's colleges. The annual giving 
of the Alumnae Association helps support the schol- 
arship program and faculty salaries which we hope 
will keep and attract the best professors. We are 
proud of the growth in annual giving, but we have 
\a long way to go to reach the percentage partici- 
pation which some of our counterparts can boast. 

This year the committee of the Executive 
Board which deserves special praise is that of the 
Regional Chairmen. Under the capable direction 
of Ann Colston Leonard, the First Vice President, 
our entire regional set-up has been studied, re- 
vamped, and generally overhauled. All this she has 
managed to accomplish along with the appearance 
of Ethan Allen Leonard who at six months is fast 
learning to take Sweet Briar in his stride. 
<. The dedication of the beautiful Sweet Briar 
Chapel brought a number of alumnae back to cam- 
pus — I only wish all of you could have been on 
hand to take part in that dignified and impressive 
service which the Reverend Mr. Robertson, our 

Chaplain, conducted with the utmost ease. Dr. Max- 
ine Garner, Professor of Religion, and all of her 
committee deserve praise, too, for coordinating the 
entire week-end program and for managing to en- 
tice the "top brass" of the ecclesiastical world to 
our campus. 

The alumnae have every right to be proud of 
the students in college who not only planned but 
raised the money to sponsor TEMPO, a seminar on 
contemporary thought in arts: literature, etc. Edward 
Albee, John Updike, Art Buchwald and several 
others ignited the imagination and aroused the 
thinking of the student body in a most exciting way. 

Our Travelling Faculty program is off the 
ground. Several clubs have already availed them- 
selves of the opportunity of bringing a Sweet Briar 
professor into their community. The Wilmington, 
Delaware Club raised over $900 for Committee to 
Rescue Italian Art when they invited Miss Eleanor 
Barton to lecture on "Florentine Art, Then and 
Now". Perhaps you are not aware of the fact that 
the Sweet Briar community also raised several 
thousand dollars in one evening for the flood 
damage in Florence. I have high hopes that con- 
tinuing education for Sweet Briar Alumnae will be 
carried on through Alumnae Clubs sponsoring pro- 
grams featuring our professors. 

We have continued the custom of inviting the 
Seniors to a dinner with the Executive Board dur- 
ing our February meeting. This seems to meet with 

In April, the Executive Secretary and I attended 
the third meeting of the Presidents and Executive 
Secretaries of the Alumnae Associations of eight 
women's colleges at Connecticut College. This was 
initiated by Sweet Briar in September 1965 as a 
means of sharing ideas and problems with other 
colleges and has proved most beneficial to all of us. 

And so we move ahead — the Bulb Project 
grows, the Alumnae Representatives continue to 
aid and abet the Admissions Office, the Magazine 
has gone from three to four issues, and some of us 
wonder how we have managed with the smallest 
staff of almost any women's college of our posture 
and size! 

My thanks to all of you for the work you do, 
the money you raise, and the heartfelt concern you 
have for Sweet Briar College. 


bulb project 
passes $100,000 

Do you know an alumna who is enthusiastic 
about Sweet Briar? Maybe she would like to put 
her zeal to work as a member of the Executive 
Board of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. To 
give all Sweet Briar Alumnae an opportunity in 
selecting this Board, the Nominating Committee 
invites you to submit names of prospective candi- 
dates to serve on the 1968-70 Board. 

The entire Board, which meets at the College 
three times a year, is elected biennially to act as 
the governing body of the Alumnae Association. 
It consists of the officers — President, 1st Vice Presi- 
dent (Clubs), 2nd Vice President (Reunion and Coun- 
cil), and Secretary; Chairman of Standing Commit- 
tees — Fund, Nominating, Alumnae Representative, 
Bulb, and Bequest; ten Regional Chairmen and 
several members-at-large. 

Each board member has specific responsibilities 
throughout her term of office as well as the im- 
portant task of participating in all deliberations and 
decisions concerning alumnae activities. She should 
have qualities of leadership, sound judgment tem- 
pered by an open mind, dedication to a task under- 
taken and, most important, loyalty to and interest 
in Sweet Briar College. 

The nominees will be presented in the Spring 
of 1968 on a single slate. This is YOUR chance to 
present qualified alumnae for consideration by the 
Nominating Committee. Any former Sweet Briar 
student is eligible. The committee wishes to have 
the widest range of candidates — representative of 
all age groups and geographical areas — from which 
to draw the final slate. 
Nominating Committee: 

Nancy Pesek Rasenberger '51, Chairman 

"Pat" Whitford Allen '35 

Dorothy Keller Iliff '26 

Sara Ann McNlullen Lindsey '47 

Bea Dingwell Loos '46 

Joanne Holbrook Patton '52 

Gretchen Armstrong Redmond '55 

Edith Brainerd Walter '42 

Please give this your immediate and thoughtful con- 
sideration and mail your suggestions by October 1, 
1967, to Mrs. George Walter, 4210 43rd St., N.W., 
Washington, D.C., 20016. 





Final figures on the most successful year of 
the fabulous bulb project will be published in the 
next issue of the Alumnae Magazine. To date the 
sales have reached the amazing figure of $103,377. 
Congratulations to all, especially to Katherine 
Guerrant Fields, Bulb Chairman. 

Special InteresL 
Suggested By 


official ballot 

Sweet Briar Alumnae Association 

In accordance with the constitution of the 
Alumnae Association, the Executive Board has se- 
lected for your consideration a candidate for the 
Board of Overseers of Sweet Briar College. The 
name of this candidate was published in the Spring 
1967 issue of the Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine. 
It was the privilege of members to add names to 
the proposed slate, under conditions set forth in the 
constitution, by June 27, 1967. Since no names were 
sent to the office of the Executive Secretary by 
that date, this ballot is presented. 

Please mark and- sign the ballot and return it 
to the Alumnae Office before September 30, 1967. 
Members of the Alumnae Association consist of 
any former Sweet Briar students. 


Juliet Halliburton, '35 (Mrs. Oscar Weaver Burnett) 
Greensboro, North Carolina 

Member of the Executive Board of the Sweet 
Briar Alumnae Association, 1958-64; chairman of 
Region IV, 1958-60; first vice-president, 1960-62; 
president of the Alumnae Association and ex-officio 
member of the Board of Overseers, 1962-64; former 
class fund agent; Greensboro area chairman for 
Development Program, 1954; bulb chairman for 
Greensboro Club, 1966-67. 

OfRcial Ballot 

n i vote for the candidate named for alumna 
member of the Board of Overseers. 


class notes 


Class Secretary: Rachel Lloyd Holton 
(Mrs. Hoyt S.) 2318 Densmore Dr., 
Toledo, Ohio 43606 
Fund Agent: Rachel Lloyd Holton 
(Mrs. Hoyt S.) 2318 Densmore, Dr., 
Toledo, Ohio 43606 

June 4th and 5th were two perfect unforgettable days for 
the nine members of the class of 1917 who came back for 
Reunion. To those of you who were not able to come, we 
wish you could have been with us. Ruth McUravy Logan 
came from California; Inez Skillem Reller came from Boise, 
Idaho. Polly Bissell Ridler and husband Earl, Elsie Palmer 
Parkhurst and her husband Ellsworth, arrived at Faculty 
Row just as Hoyt and I did. Elsie is just as pretty and 
peppy as ever. They were going home to grandchildren's 
graduations .. . . they have a wonderful time with their 
two sons and two daughters — and 16 grandchildren! 
Bertha was the same gracious friendly person she always 
has been. Losing Ben was a terrible blow, of course, but 
she carries on gallantly. 

We took over Faculty House #1 which made us feel 
right at home, remembering Dr. Harley's office there, and 
Miss Sparrow and Miss Gay and Miss Mattie. Dorothy 
Crammer Croyder and Jane Henderson roomed together in 
one room. Dorothy arrived expecting to be called to 
Washington as her daughter was expecting twins momen- 
tarily . . . the joys of grandmotherhood! Jane made it this 
year since she has retired from her position as headmistress 
at St. Christophers. She had just returned from a trip to 
Europe — in fact, followed the revolution into Greece! Elsie 
Palmer and her husband. Polly and Earl, Hoyt and I com- 
pleted the second floor. Downsfairs Skilly and Ruth Mcllravy 
had Carrie Sharpe Sanders and her husband to watch over 
them. Ruth was on her way up to Tarrytown to visit her old 

Skilly dubbed us the Nifty Fifties — we may not have 
been nifty but we surely enjoyed reminiscing and laughing 
over all our foolish youth. Constance Krieg surprised us all 
by' arriving Sunday night and we were delighted to have 
her with us. She said she kept busy doing social service 

By the way, our oak in the circle is a beautiful tree 
and a real joy. It was all great fun, and now, here's to 
our 55th I 


Class Secretary: Elizabeth Lowman 

Hall (Mrs. Asaph B.) Villager _Apts., 

715 Watkins Road, Horseheads,"N. Y. 


Fund Agent: Margaret McVey, 2512 

Monument Ave., Richmond, Va. 23220 

Catherine Marshall Shuler wrote after the holidays that 
they had been seeing Imogene Burch Schuneman and her 
husband in Sarasota. Florida. The Shulers spend most of 
the year down there, returning to San Francisco for the 

Dorothy Harrison visited us last September before re- 
turning to her Palm Beach home. We toured the Corning 
Class Center. Two of our friends had cocktail parties on 
successive days, so, without any effort on my part, she 
saw many of the people she'd met over the years as well 
as meeting new ones. 

On her card at Christmas, Mary Virginia Crabbs Shaw 
wrote that Iloe Bowers Joel had been widowed early in 
the year. They've been neighbors in Crawfordsville. 

We see Dorothy Wallace nearly everytime we go to 
Ellicott City, Maryland to visit our son and family. During 
our February visit she drove over from Frederick to lunch 
with us and be entertained by our three- year -old grand- 
son. Dorothy had been battling a germ but looked fine and 
was full of news. 

As for the Halls, 1966 saw us travelling 11,000 miles 

in driving to California and back with, a short visit by 
plane to Hawaii while in the West. It was a gorgeous ex- 
perience, finished off by spending our anniversary in 
Rome, N. Y. where we enjoy harness racing each year. 

This year we are planning no major tour. Probably a 
swing to New England to see friends and relatives and allow 
my husband to seek some ancestors! 

Though we are enjoying a small apartment, we have 
excellent motels very near and would be happy to shelter 
our friends, as we do our family, in one of them. 

Don't forget 1968 will be our fiftieth re-union. I'll be 
writing you. 


Class Secretary: Elizabeth Eggleston, 
Green Level, Hampden-Sydney, Va. 
Fund Agent: Caroline Sharpe Sanders 
(Mrs. Marion S.) 585 Withers Road, 
Wytheville, Va. 

It win be of interest to all members of 1919 to hear that 
Carrie's son, Richard S. Sanders was married to Carolyn 
Frazier on May 13th at Christ Church, Charlottesville. 

Carrie was the sole member of our class to return for 
Commencement, but her husband the genial and ever- 
welcome Sandy, came along for support. They stayed at 
Number 1, Faculty Row, the Infirmary of our day, and 
consorted mainly with those of 1917 who had returned for 
their 50th with whatever husbands were available. Whether 
the ghosts of Doctor Harley, Miss Mattie, Miss Gay and 
other notables of those far-off years peeped in, Carrie 
didn't say. 

The reunion picnic-Oldsters Division was held at the 
porch of Mount Saint Angelo through the courtesy of Mrs. 
Barrow, the present owner. Thoughts of the dear Walkers 
and the warm and generous at-homes that meant so much 
to us then, had grateful place in the consciousness of all 
who were present. The two Walker sisters, frail, but eagerly 
welcoming the old girls back, made the effort to come. 

Bertha, of course, presided and was the focal point of 
hospitality. Those who had known her husband, Ben, were 
grieved that he is no longer there. 

You will be amused to hear that I am taking a course 
in beginners drawing at Longwood this summer. It is one 
of those "Hurry-Ups" in which one struggles to assimilate in 
a few weeks what would fill to overflowing several months. 
At present my tongue is hanging out. I am stunned at the 
ability, staying power and inclusiveness of this over-malign- 
ed younger generation. 

None of you ever write me news, so what can I do? 
But I remain hopeful. Elizabeth 


Class Secretary: Ruth Geer Boice (Mrs. 
William B.) 2553 Glenwood Avenue, 
Toledo, Ohio 43610 
Fund Agent: Elizabeth Shoop Dixon 
(Mrs. G. Brownning) 1029 Martland 
Avenue, Suffolk, Va. 23434 

The following notes were sent in by Maynette Rozelle 

Just a year ago some of the lucky ones were meeting at 
our reunion. We had a wonderful, warm, nostalgic time 
and were sorry you all couldn't be there. 

When I reached home, I found my 93- year- old father 
very ill. He died in August and we went to South Bend 
for services. While there, I saw Mad Olnly who looked 
great after recovering from an illness. She and Elliott have 
a beautiful home, big enough to take care of visiting grand- 

Joe Ahara MacMullan and her cheirming daughter spent 
two days with us at the beginning and ending of a Carib- 
bean cruise from Port Everglades, which is in Ft. Lauderdale, 
Fla. It was fun to see Joe again. She still keeps her home 
in Chapel Hill. 

Dotty Job Robinson embarked from here on June 17th 
for her home in England. 

Penny just returned from a cruise to the South Seas. 
Now what could Penny find to do in Pago-Pago? 

Our younger daughter, Virginia, is recovering quickly 
from a serious operation. 

Do write when you can, to Ruth Geer Boice, our sec- 
retary, with news of yourselves. 



Class Secretary: Florence Westgate 
Kraffert (Mrs. Benjamin F., Jr.) 214 
W. Spruce St., Titusville, Pa. 
Fund Agent: Martie Lobingier Lusk 
(Mrs. W. W.) 1201 Shady Avenue. 
Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Due to a new system no class notes of '24 have been 
published since the 1966 Summer Magazine and I have news 
that goes back to June 1966. 

From Youngstown, Ohio, Betty WoUcott Stanier writes: 
"I have 3 children and 10 1/2 grandchildren. After my hus- 
band's death two years ago, I sold our home and moved 
into an apartment. Have emphysema so am curtailed in 
my activities." 

From Knoxville, Anita Wilson Campbell writes: "We're 
fortunate in having all our family living here. Roe is still 
actively engaged in his hobby of tennis. Our older son, 
John, is an ear, nose and throat specialist. He and Janie 
have 4 adorable children. Our other son, Bob, is an attor- 
ney. He and Ruth have 3 children. Everyone is busy in 
church and civic work and some politics." 

From Mary Claire Petty Hardwick in Los Angeles comes 
the following news: "Things are going very nicely with 
all of us, my husband and my 2 children and 7 grand- 
children. My daughter and her husband. Dr. Colen 
Campbell, Jr., have returned from a sabbatical year on the 
Riviera. We visited them and their two youngsters twice. 
Our son is in the advertising business. He has his own 
company. I still play the flute and do some teaching. This 
added to being active in church affairs and travelling 
extensively keeps me busy and happy." 

Last June '66 Gladys Woodward Hubbard wrote: "We 
have some happy news. Our 1st grandchild was born May 
18th in St. Louis. Her name is Sarah Thayer Hubbard and 
her parents are Mr. & Mrs. L. Marsden Hubbard, Jr. Our 
son, who is a teacher, will bring his family to Conn., for 
a six weeks visit with us this summer. Never having had a 
daughter I expect to have a wonderful time with this 
little girl." 

From Marian Swanell Wright, whose husband is the 
Episcopal Bishop of Nevada, comes the following: "We have 
the usual assortment of grandchildren and I am kept busy 
running a kind of ecclesiastic motel for visiting Bishops, 
priests, and deacons. Our summers are spent at a church 
camp at Glenbrook, Camp Galilee, where I am teaching a 
course in religious drama. S.B.C. makes a fair showing 
among the wives of Bishops of the Episcopal Church. At 
the last count there were 3 of us, Warwick Brown of 
Ark.; Helen Vander Horst of Tenn., and myself." (Also, 
Alice Jones Taylor of Maryland. Ed.) 

In Jan. Muriel McLeod Searby will be in Caracas visit- 
ing one of her sons and on May 1st will go to Greece 
and Italy. 

Bob and Anne Mountcastle Gamble, Shiney's daughter 
and son-in-law, and their two little girls returned from 
Spain in the Spring. They have added since then to their 
family, a baby boy, Robert Spurr Gamble. 

A newsy communication from Elsie Wood von Maur in 
Jan. says: "We have just returned from Aspen, Col. where 
we spent the holidays. About 125 from Davenport were 
there. Loads of fun 'till I developed bronchitis. My 
daughter Alice and her husband and 4 young ones were 
all there skiing. Young Richard, the 3rd, arrived Jan. 22nd, 
our second grandson but the first to carry our name, so 
big celebration. The mother is Eleanor Harned Arp's niece. 
They have two daughters. I am still busy as orchestra 
manager of one of the twelve oldest symphony orchestras 
in the country. We sell over 5000 season tickets, quite a 
record for a community of this size. Eleanor Harned Arp 
is fine and soon goes to their home in Port Royal, Fla. 
for several weeks. Dodie von Maur Crampton is as pretty 
as ever and her family grows by leaps and bounds, lots 
of grandchildren." Elsie also says she and I just missed 
each other in Fla. a while ago. Wouldn't that have been 
fun, to meet after all these years? 

Genevieve Elston Moody writes: "We have recently 
retired. My husband is now Rector Emeritus of Grace Epis- 
copal Church, Muncie, Ind. We came here as bride and 
groom 40 years ago. We have a lovely new house over- 
looking the golf course, and are looking forward to a 

happy time. We have four married daughters, and 11 

I wonder if I'm recognizable? My hair isn't very gray, 
but there seem to be other changes I won't go into. If I 
don't put on my trifocals, I don't see all the wrinkles and 
rolls. We are in Pinehurst now for the winter and if any 
24'ers are hereabouts I'd love to see them. 

To Kay Klumph McGuire goes our deepest sympathy. 
Her husband Fritz, died suddenly last September. His 
death was caused by a hornet's sting. All of us who at- 
tended our 40th reunion will always remember how much 
pleasure Fritz, there with Kay, added to the occasion. 
We thought he was fun and fine and can see how he 
deserved all the honors accorded him in eulogy in the 
Cleveland papers. 


Class Secretary: Cordelia Kirkendall 
Barricks (Mrs. Arthur A.) 1057 Walker 
Ave., Oakland, California 94610 
Fund Agent: Mary Dowds Houck (Mrs. 
Lewis D.) 23 Hodge Rd., Princeton, 
N. J. 

Romayne Schpoley Ferenbach was in San Francisco last 
Halloween, enroute to Japan. She looked so young and 
pretty. Our time together was far too brief, but we tried 
to cover a lot over cocktails and dinner at the "Fairmont 
Hotel." She loved that trip. I was saddened to have her 
tell me that Ella Polk Brough had died so suddenly in 
New York in 1966. She was only one year at Sweet Briar, 
but that was long enough to win our hearts. 

I read in the "Oakland Tribune" that Virginia Cun- 
ningham Brookes, class of 35, had gained a daughter when 
her son Lawrence Valentine Brookes married in December 
of 1966. Lawrence is a "Cal" graduate and is now in Boalt 
Hall, the University's School of the Law. 

Eleanor Miller Patterson has 7 grandchildren including 
twin girls. They were all with Eleanor and Brown for 

Ruth Mcllravy Logan, '17 went from her home in Pied- 
mont, Calif, to Sweet Briar for her 50th reunion. A card, 
showing the Refectory, reported she was so happy that 
she had made the trip. 

Talked to Elizabeth Franke Balls '13, in April, who 
lives in Berkeley, Calif. She wanted me for lunch and bridge, 
but I had to decline, because I was on the committee 
putting on our Episcopal Chancel Chapter's annual card 

I am happy to report my husband's good recovery from 
two operations last Fall. He had been in so much pain 
from arthritis but after the surgery the infection auto- 
matically cleared up so we are again in circulation and 

We have been home 10 days from a week in Penn- 
sylvania and a 26 -day cruise on the Grace Line's "Santa 
Maria" from Newark to Lima, Peru and return. Never 
have we had more fun than on that cruise. There were 
80 passengers, all stockholders, and we were one happy 
family. One of our table mates was from Cincinnati and 
she promised she would telephone Jane Becker Clippinger 
and give her and John our best. 

Arthur and I flew to Pittsburgh, Pa. on May 5th. We 
stayed overnight. The next morning we drove to Harrisburg 
to see my niece and her family. My cousins from Atlantic 
City came to see us, too. Lancaster was our next stop. There 
we saw Sue Hager Rohrer, husband Dick, and about ten 
of the friends I've known since Sweet Briar days. That was 
a gala reunion. Sue is still gorgeous. Dick is "retired" so 
now only works from 8:30 to 6. He is peppy and amazing. 
We didn't see any of the 4 children, nor 9 grandchildren. 

When I was in Pittsburgh I phoned Ruth Taylor Frank- 
lin, and received no answer, but I was fortunate in finding 
Martha Lobingier Lusk 1924 at home. We had a grand tele- 
phone chat. She told me Ruth is a great gal, always doing 
for others and was baby sitting at her daughter's home 
while she and her husband were gallivanting in England. 

From Lancaster we went to Wilkes-Barre, my natal 
locale. Enroute we stopped at Danville to see friends I 
knew from the good ol' days when I visited my grandmother. 

We stayed with my niece in Wilkes-Barre. My sister 
and husband hadn't been well so we thought it better not 
to stay with them, but they were able to join in all the 


festivities the 3 days we were there. My sister and niece 
gave a tea for me which enabled me to see many friends. 
I got a glimpse of Lindsay Coon Robinson, '49. She was 
doing a chauffeuring job for her daughter, as my niece too 
was doing, and I was just along for the ride. 

Arthur and I went over to Pocono mountains and went 
through the campus at Lafayette which is my father's 
and brother's alma mater. We stopped in Short Hills, N. J. 
and then on to Newark from where we started our ship 

June 8th we were back from our cruise and home (via 
air) the same day. 


Class Secretary: Ruth Abell Bear 
Fund Agent: Marietta Darsie 

Although it has been a long time since reunion. I must 
at least mention that there were 15 of us there and that 
we had a wonderful time. And, too, I must thank all of 
you who took time to answer the questionnaire to make 
our scrap-book a great success. Kitty Blount Anderson is 
our new president, and Marietta Darsie, our Fund agent. 
They were elected at our Class picinc, held at Mary Lee 
McGinnis McLain's. Mary Lee is Rebecca Ashcraft Warren's 
daughter and wife of the young man who was Chaplain at 
S.B.C. They are both delightful, and I am sure are sorely 
missed on campus. 

Since there has been 5 years of silence concerning our 
class, I shall plunge in with some of the information you 
all sent me last spring. 

Ellen Newell Bryan and her husband are living in 
Clemson, N. C. where he is Vice-President of the University. 
They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Wright is on 
the Board of Overseers at S.B.C. so they are frequent 
visitors there. 

Dorothea Reinburg Fuller's husband died in China at 
the end of World War 11. He was a graduate of U.S.M.A. 
class of '25. They have 3 children: Dorothea graduated 
from S.B.C. in 1953 and is living in Lynchburg with Dottie. 
She has been with the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and Bonn 
and was also a secretary with the Army in Heidelberg. 
William graduated from V.M.I, in 1958 and is now in 
Tokyo teaching English for the N.C.R. and studying at the 
Kodokan. Elizabeth graduated from Hollins in 1955 and is 
married to Richard Davis, living in Wake Forest, N.C. 
There are 3 grandchildren, and these, plus travel, are 
Dottie's chief interests. For 11 years she was with Millners 
and became bridal consultant there. She gave it up 4 
years ago and now is enjoying her free time. 

Margaret Reinhold Mitchell is a full time teacher of 
mathematics in Wilmington, Del. High School. She has an 
M.A. degree from Bryn Mawr College and has done grad- 
uate work at Columbia. 

Marietta Darsie retired from the Cleveland schools 10 
years early; taught visual-audio education in the night and 
summer school classes at Rockford College in 111. and is 
now a legal secretary in Washington, Pa. She is a Lt. 
Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, having served in 
Washington, D.C. during World War II and having been a 
member of the Reserve unit in Cleveland. 

As you all know, she is now our Fund Agent, so do 
drop her a note — with a check in it. 

Dorothy Keller Iliff and her husband William have 2 
daughters — Bamby, who is working in -<he Rehabilitation 
Department of Good Will Industries in Denver; and Suzy, 
who graduated from Denison University. 

Don't forget that in four more years another BIG re- 
union is coming up — so take your vitamins and plan to be 
there I 


Class Secretary: Betty Moore Schill- 
ing (Mrs. Arthur Y.) 1011 Childs Ave., 
Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026 
Fund Agent: Virginia Van Winkle 
Morlidge (Mrs. John B., Jr.) 318 Sum- 
mit Lane, Ft. Mitchell; Covington, Va. 

Shortly after I mailed my notes I received a nice letter 
from Kitty Leadbeater Bloomer who told me all about her 
trip to London to show her daffodils. 

Last August Art and son Bill and I went to Charleston 
to visit son Fred and his wife. We had a very gay time. 
Spent a delightful day with Betty Austin Kinloch. But oh! 
that heat. The newspapers said that it was hotter than 
Hell (Mich.) — 95 the five days we were there. 

Marion Jayne Berguido's fourth daughter Joy was mar- 
ried in September to Keith B. Davis and now lives in 
N. Y. Marion will soon be making her annual trip to 
Buffalo to visit June Berguido James '58. Fifth daughter Jill 
graduated from S.B.C. in June. 

Libby Jones Shands visited her father in St. Louis in 
Oct. She said that Julia Wilson was in Alexandria and is 
quite a gal. In the last 10 years she has learned to 
play the piano and to fly an airplane in addition to carry- 
ing on a business. She has also broken both legs. 

We all send our sympathy to Lib Joy Porter who lost 
her husband in Sept. 

Muggsie Nelms Locke is again president of the Mobile 
Historic Society which keeps her very busy. And she's 
always dashing back and forth to Selma and Montgomery 
to see daughters and grands. 

I received many nice Xmas cards from classmates but 
very little news. Bonnie Matthews Wisdom had seen El 
Branch Cornell in the fall. El looked great after an opera- 
tion and her yearly trip to Europe. Kay Meyer Mauchel 
was wintering in St. Thomas as usual. And our hard- 
working Fund Agent, Rip Van Winkle Morlidge, always 
has time for holiday greetings in the midst of getting out 
Fund letters. I do hope that you all answered her call. 

It's time to start laying the groundwork for our 40th 
reunion in '68. With the new setup for class notes I'll have 
only two more chances to remind you to begin planning — 
this summer and next spring. Please send me your ideas 
for the big celebration. 


class Secretary: Sara Callison Jamison 
(Mrs. John R.) 616 Ridgewood Dr., 
West Lafayette, Ind. 
Fund Agent: Mary Archer Bean Eppes 
(Mrs. James V.), 447 Heckwelder 
Place, Bethlehem, Pa. 18018 

It's been a long time since my news last summer. 

Jamie and I spent a half day at Sweet Briar in May. 
While on the campus we had a little visit in what was for 
us, the first look at the new alumnae quarters in the 
old Book Shop. It is most attractive. And it was nice to 
be greeted so pleasantly by everyone in the office. We 
had lunch with Gert Prior at the Boxwood Inn, after which 
she took us on a tour of the campus. We saw the new 
Science Building, the new library wing, and the new 
chapel. The chapel fits into its location so beautifully 
(between Grammer and Randolph) that it looks as if it 
had always been there. We were simply thrilled with both 
the new and the old and with the beauty of the place. 
Better start making plans now for our fortieth reunion 
next year. We have lots of lovely things "to come home to.'" 

In Lynchburg I had a long telephone conversation with 
Amelia Hollis Scott. She is still more than busy with two 
teen-agers. We discovered that both of our oldest children 
live in Summit, N. J. 

While in Southern Pines I talked to Sims Massie Rand 
who was visiting her husband's mother there. I called June 
Tillman McKenzie and Eleanor Duval Spruill, hoping that 
we might drive down to see them, but June and her hus- 
band were leaving on a trip and Eleanor was in Europe. 
Amelia Scott told me that Eleanor is recognized as one 
of the finest water-color artists in the South. 

In the June issue of the National Geographic Maga- 
zine, Nicholas Clinch has written a fascinating article . on 
his recent mountain climbing achievement. On April 3rd he 
received a medal and gave a lecture for the National Geo- 
graphic Society. We share a little in your pride, Virginia 

Mary Archer Bean Eppes is coming to Lafayette in July 
for a church meeting. We are looking forward to seeing 

her and we will try to get going on some plans for next June. 

* • • 

The following notes were sent in by Mary Archer Bean 


One of the things I have enjoyed most about being 
Fund Agent is serving on the Alumnae Council and going 
back to Sweet Briar for Council meetings. It has been such 
fun to stay with Gert Prior and room with Lisa Guigon 
Shinberger these past two Octobers. It is hard to believe 
that Lisa's lovely daughter, Mary Baird, graduated from 
SBC in June, I've known her since she was a classmate of 
my niece, Mary Archer Emery, at St. Margarets in Tappa- 
hannock, and she is one of my favorites among the younger 

Last year when my husband Jimmy came down for the 
last part of the Antique's Forum in Williamsburg, we had a 
delightful luncheon with Dr. Pannell. Jimmy has always been 
a buff of photography, but lately he has spent more time 
and money on equipment and is very keen about taking pic- 
tures of special places and special people! When we were 
asked to come and stay at Sweet Briar House so that Jimmy 
could take pictures of the new Memorial Chapel, I was so 
thrilled at the prospect several of our friends thought we 
were invited to, stay at the White House! Anyway, I'm sure 
staying at Sweet Briar House was more fun and we loved 
every minute and were entranced with the beauty of the new 
Memorial Chapel and its surroundings. 

It has been a delight to attend the Williamsburg Antiques 
Forum for several years. We are always meeting people from 
Sweet Briar. Pattie Moncure Drewry and her husband Tom 
and their son and daughter live in a quaint old house on the 
Duke of Gloucester St. Ann Harrison Shepherd and her hus- 
band, John L. Lewis, and sons live in an old house on 
Indian Springs Road that was transplanted board-by-board 
from Gloucester County! Their new neighbors are Maria 
Bemiss and Henry Hoar, who has retired from U. S. Steel 
in Pittsburgh and now has the interesting position of cura- 
tor of rare books at William and Mary. He took us to a 
magnificent display of Bibles and illuminated manuscripts 
which he had just assembled for a most dramatic presenta- 
tion. Their oldest daughter, Susie, graduated from HoUins 
and was to be married on June 10th. 

Last December Jimmy and I stayed with Katy and 
Nancy Coe in their new apartment in Englewood, N. J. when 
we attended the wedding of our nephew, Bennett Bean, who 
married an exquisite young Chinese girl, Cathy Bao. Bennett's 
parents are my brother Billy and Abigail Shepard, SBC '33. 
If you have not read "Eighth Moon" and want to know about 
the life of a young girl brought up in Communist China, this 
is the story of Cathy's sister "San San" as told to her older 
sister on tapes soon after her arrival in this country. Ben- 
nett is very interested in ceramics and teaches fine arts at 
Wagner College, Staten Island. 

Margaret Moncure Johnson writes that she and Francis 
have six grandchildren. Kay Smith Boothe has given up the 
name "Gypsy" now that she has four grandchildren. I tried 
to give up "Beanie" to no avail! We have two granddaugh- 
ters, Elizabeth Martin and Susan Bennett, ages 5 and I1/2. 
I took care of them in Cleveland for a week last fall when 
Bennett and Cynthia attended medical meetings in Florida. 
Bennett has just served two years as an army captain on the 
staff hi Walter Reed Hospital. He received special citations, 
etc. for the research he has been doing in malaria. He is now 
serving as a senior resident in internal medicine. . 

Copie wrote last year that her husband Paul had died. 
Her children are scattered in Germany, Detroit and Pasa- 

Betty Bryan Stockton writes that she sees some Sweet 
Briar friends in the summer at Roaring Gap, N. C. They have 
just built a new house at Ponte Vedra Beach where her 
daughter and family live. 

I enjoyed hearing from Kathleen Firestone Carruthers 
who lives in Monongahela, Pa. She writes, "We have lived 
here for ten years and like it very much, but my heart still 
belongs in Columbus, Ohio. Our son David lives there and 
we have four grandchildren." 

Helen Weitzmann Bailey returned the latter part of May 
to New Vernon, N. J. after four wonderful years in France. 
1 have enjoyed staying with Mary Gochnauer Dalton (her 
husband is now Dean of Library Science at Columbia Uni- 
versity) in their apartment high above Riverside Drive. It's 
filled with elegant antiques. I'll miss these meetings I've 
been attending for the past six years now that I am no long- 
er on the national board of "Church Women United" or serv- 
ing in the Division of International Affairs of the National 
Council of Churches. 

My most strenuous job is also over as I am no longer 
president of the Bethlehem Branch of the AAUW. We had 
our Division meeting here this spring and I enjoyed seeing 
Marietta Darcie from Washington, Pa. at this time. At the 
end of '67 I'll be going off our Diocesan Board of Episcopal 
Church Women, after serving as Ecumenical Relations Chair- 
man for six years. 

We see Dorothea Paddock Suber once in a while. She 
last visited us in South Bristol, Maine several summers ago. 
She still has that spark and has not lost her sense of hu- 
mor! She works in NYC as secretary and executive director 
of the Independent Citizens Research Foundation. Her dau- 
ghter Laurian married a professor at Connecticut University. 

Our eldest son Jamie has a nice bachelor apartment in 
Washington. He is working in the Department of Commerce 
in International Regional Economics where he uses his back- 
ground as a linguist to advantage. He has not taken any 
recent trips to Moscow with the Yale Russian Chorus, but 
when they have an "extra special concert" they still ask 
him to come and sing with them. 

By the time these class notes are published our 
Fund drive will have ended. It has been frustrating to write 
so many of you in recent years and still have our class so 
low on the totem pole. Did you read the back cover of the 
last Alumnae Magazine? How about the Golden Stairs? Will 
you join me as a member of this circle? We all have great 
demands on our time, talent and treasure, but don't we care 
enough to put Sweet Briar on this list? Our fortieth reunion 
comes in two years. Let's see how much we can improve 
our low average as a class. 

Miss Meta Glass always said she was a member of our 
class, as she first came to Sweet Briar when we were fresh- 
men. We all have varied nostalgic remembrances. Some of 
us recall Sunday evenings in her "parlor," when she read 
aloud to us. There are many recollections that leave an 
ache in our hearts. Did you ever hear her read Tennyson? 

At the time my own mother died in June 1965 her best 
friend sent me these lines written by Saint Bernard in the 
12th Century. They have been of solace to me and I know as 
classmates you will join me in feeling that they apply equally 
well to "Miss Meta" as we send our deepest sympathy to her 
family and friends. "And in truth what reason could there be 
in immoderate grief for her, as if her death were not pre- 
cious in the sight of the Lord. As if it were not rather a 
deliverance from death and a door leading to immortal life, 
ought we to sorrow for her whom sorrow can reach no more. 
She keeps a jubilee; she celebrates a triumph: she has been 
admitted into the joy of her Lord. The happiness we desire 
for ourselves we must not envy her whom we love." 


Class Secretary: Elizabeth McCrady 
Bardwell (Mrs. Robert C), Exeter 
Farms, Tangerine, Fla. 32777 
Fund Agent: Myra Marshall Brush 
(Mrs. Edward V., Jr.) Castle Hill, Lex- 
ington, Va. 24450 

Conveying sad news is difficult at any time. Coupled 
with the budgeting of words that this report necessitates, 
how can I express the pangs that each of us must feel, 
with our own fond memories of each one, as I announce that 
we lost Merry Curtis Loving in July of '66 and Rosalie Faulk- 
ner Loving in September of 1966 and Norvell Royer Orgain 
in January of this year? 

It was a note from Sally Reahard months ago that in- 
formed me of the death of Merry Curtis Loving. Before the 
next report we hope to have further news of Sally. 

Response to cards was gratifying. 

Jane Callison Smith writes that with a daughter age thir- 
teen she is still in the "car pool, P. T. A. set!" 

Teresa Atkinson Greenfield writes "Son John, 2nd Lt. 
Marines, is on his way to Vietnam, and son Charles will 
graduate from Vanderbilt in June. Both are in the Marines — 
otherwise we are fine." 

Charlotte Coles Friedman and husband had a trip 
around the world and Australia — "some business and some 
pleasure." They live on a farm "and I mean farm", and their 
recently married daughter and husband live just six miles 

Mary Burks Saltz writes "Nothing new" (but just look 
at the list of her rewarding activities) "Am still Chairman 
Christian Social Concerns Commission of our church, Citi- 


2en Chairman for County Council P.T.A. (grandmother in- 
terest plus all youngsters) serving on Greater St. Petersburg 
Chamber of Commerce sub-committee on Instructional Por- 
tion of School Budget, the usual Community door bells for 
United Fund, Heart Fund Drive and others. Board of Direct- 
ors of Community Service, etc". Last year the St. Pete Bar 
Association gave Mary the Liberty Bell Award. Their 
younger son is managing one of their stores, and his wife 
Karen, and his daughters Kim and Debbie "we enjoy". 
Their older son after four years in the Marines went back 
to Medical School at Duke, and is now interning in Gaines- 
ville, Florida at the University. His wife teaches — she was 
with Peace Corps in the Philippines and is Duke graduate. 
"They have Eddie III". Mary's husband received a "Hole in 
One" trophy last year I 

I am looking forward to seeing Liz Copeland Norfleet 
now that my daughter #3 will be moving there this summer 
with three tiny children and her husband who will be pro- 
fessor of law at University of Virginia. Liz writes "I will 
be going to England, probably, again to teach in an Ameri- 
can summer school (prep) as J did last summer. It is a 
great and fascinating experience. Fillmore and I both taught, 
and before that, had a month's trip on our own to Portugal, 
Spain and France. We may not do so much again this year, 
but we shall be teaching and may go a week ahead . . . 
to see some of England ... I tearh at St. Anne's School 

Helene Beard Huntington, whom I shall be seeing when 
I return from four months in San Francisco to my home in 
central Florida in May, lives just twenty miles away. She 
writes, "My 1966 Christmas cards . . . are still put away 
with those for '65 and '64. I hope I'm not forgotten." In my 
next report I shall have further news of her. She also 
wrote that in McCall's "Sweet Briar made it as having, with 
Vassar and Northwestern, "The Best Dressed Girls." 

Betty Carnes, another classmate living in Florida, writes, 
"I keep busy in an insurance office and usually get to a 
Pilot Club Convention during part of my vacation and take 
my mother to the beach during another week of vacation. 
I do as much community service work as I can through 
the Pilot Club and through teaching a sewing class for 
little girls at the Girls Club (for underprivileged girls in 
Ybor City). These girls and my college-age nephew keep 
me current on the younger generation. I enjoyed so much the 
2Sth reunion and had hoped to get to the 30th but maybe 
I'll make the 40th." 

Inspiring and almost breath-taking is just a portion of 
Josephine Abernethy Turrentine's activities and citations, 
submitted with a full page of the Ledger-Star picturing Jo 
as one "of three women revenue officers in the state of 
Virginia. She is vice president of the Women's Division, 
Norfolk Chamber of Commerce; president of the Quota 
Club of Norfolk, first vice president, Norfolk Chapter Ameri- 
can Society of Women's Accountants; immediate past 
president of the Tidewater Rose Society; Regent of the 
Great Bridge Chapter, DAR; and a past president of the 
Tidewater Business and Professional Women's Club." In ad- 
dition to her many cultural, historical and humanitarian 
interests, as well as a married son, married daughter and 
three grandchildren, Jo received the following citations 
"Elected by the citizens of Norfolk as 'The Outstanding 
Career Woman of 1962," By the National Arthritis Founda- 
tion, Inc. in 1964 "Outstanding Volunteer Work for the Na- 
tional, State and Local Work." She was also honored by the 
Women's Division, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce for out- 
standing Community Service Work with the presentation 
of a Norfolk Mace at 1963 Banquet (the only time such a 
presentation has been made to a Norfolk woman). And 
in 1964 the citizens of Norfolk elected Josephine Abernethy 
Turrentine the "Woman of Accomplishment" for that year." 
We congratulate Jo. 


Class Secretary: Jean Cole Anderson 

(Mrs. George, Jr.) 288 Washington 

Ave., Marietta, Ga. 30060 

Fund Agent: Polly Swift Calhoun (Mrs. 

Frank E.) Coltsfoot Farm, Cornwall, 


down one coast of Florida and up the other, getting home 
in time to greet Split Clark who came for a good visit 
in April. We had three weeks of visiting and sightseeing 
together. In May, on returning from a few days at the 
beach with my daughter and grandson, I was faced with 
some vicious storms, one of which toppled a huge tree 
that had been put into "tip-top shape" only in January. My 
granddaughter, David's little Jennifer, celebrated her first 
birthday in June by striking out for herself in a triumphant 
duck-waddle. The rest of the month has been an acre of 
yard work including aerial attacks on trespassing khudzu. 
There ought to be a leash law! 

Meanwhile notes and letters from Quinnie Quintard 
Bond, Martha Von Briesen, Nancy Worthington and Polly 
Swift Calhoun have provided items for the News. 

Everyone will regret to learn of Liebe Mac Rae God- 
dard's loss of her husband, Stephen, who died on May 
20th. She is staying on in their house at 28 Buckwalter 
Rd., Audubon, Pa. 19407. 

I wish there were room for a complete reprint of 
Martha's "Flight Notes from a Magic Carpet", her trip to 
Turkey, Iran, India and Nepal last December which she 
mentioned in our March class notes. 

Now Polly's letter about her and Frank's trip westward 
around the world, January to April. Meeting their son, Gor- 
don, in Hong Kong, they travelled through the southern 
countries, returning with him to his Peace Corps area in 
Nepal where they — "walked to many of his district vil- 
lages and lived in as 'ethnic' a way as we could wherever 
we went." On to northern Turkey to visit another son in 
the Peace Corps; to Frankfort, Germany where their mar- 
ried son, Ted, is teaching in an international school. All 
along their tour from Taiwan to Spain and England, they 
visited foreign students and visitors who had spent a total 
of 29 months with them in Connecticut. To quote again, 
"Because we travelled in the cheapest way, we met the 
friendliest people, eager to help us even with only sign 
language. If you want to make real friends, carry and 
knapsack and walk. We did, miles and miles, and this is 
probably why we stayed so healthy I" 

Quinnie's letter in Feb., just too late for the March 
issue, told of their visit with Stuartie Kelso and Jo Littell 
in Santa Rosa last summer when she and Eddie toured 
the West, and then a return visit by the Littells when 
they came east in July. Quinnie has been "up to my ears" 
all winter lining up the benefit auction in June for Boston's 
Educational TV channel. Besides all that effort, there were 
plans for a June wedding, that of her son, Whitford, to-^ 
Helen Anne Hagemann of Chestnut Hill, the engagement^' 
announced in January. 

Alice Barrows Francisco now lives in Thetford. Vt. and 
has stopped by with the Bonds when driving her daughter 
down to Bradford Junior College not far from them. 


Secretary: Susanne Gay Linville (Mrs. 
C. Edwin), 135 Underbill Road, Scars- 
dale, New York 10583 

Somehow June has been lost to me in the confusion 
of catching up on duties and troubles neglected since March 
when I accepted the invitation of a friend to help her drive 

Henrietta Bryan Alphin went back to reunion this 
Spring, and I heard that the reunion was a particularly 
pleasant one. 

But since I was not there I am going to confine myself 
to news outside of Sweet Briar. 

Bee Stone DeVore is now Mrs. James Moffett and living 
in California near Seal Beach. All wishes for happiness, 
Bee. She has been teaching in a school for retarded children 
and is living near her son who is a testing engineer at 
the Douglas Space-Center in Huntington Beach. 

Marjorie Ward Cross writes from Wilmington, Delaware 
that she doesn't have much news and then goes on with 
this report: Her younger son, Ward, is working in Dussel- 
dorf. West Germany, after graduating from Guilford Col- 
lege last May. George, her oldest son, has moved from 
Pennsylvania, where they could visit easily, and settled in 
Winnetka, and she and her husband are missing their 
three grandchildren. 

She and her husband spent three weeks last September 
driving through France and northern Italy, getting home 
just before the floods. They were sorry they didn't see 


Florence again before the trouble. The Wilmington Alumnae 
Club worked on a benefit for Florence and raised some 
money for CRIA. 

She is still working at Wintherthur several days a 
week, and that and Board work keep her busy. 

As for the Linvilles, we are well, busy and happy. On 
weekends our boys race their Ensign on Long Island 
Sound. So far they have won one race and I won't men- 
tion the ones they have lost, but they have fun. 


class Secretary: Elizabeth Morton For- 
syth (Mrs. Harry), 3122 Rivermont 
Ave., Lynchburg, Va. 24503 
Fund Agent: Betty Cocke Winfree 
(Mrs. Peyton B., Jr.), 3176 West Ridge 
Rd., S.W., Roanoke, Va. 24014 

D'Arcy Atwater Perry writes from Maine her son Chris- 
topher was married in June. He and Carla are living in 
Durham, N. H. where Chris is doing grad work for a 
Ph.D. in Chemistry. Second son Robin is a senior at Nor- 
wich University and a licensed pilot, "so he flies home 
for lunch now and then." 

Polly Rich Wiles and her husband went on a 10-week 
trip last summer on a British ship. British seamen's strike 
messed up Polly's plans to attend reunion, but the Wiles' 
had a great time visiting family. 

Our sympathy to Mary Virginia Camp Smith, who wrote 
that she lost her mother, very suddenly, in July 1966. It 
was through Mary Virginia that we learned the sad 
news of Marquart Powell Doty's death early in January 
this year. Her death was due to some complication follow- 
ing heart surgery; it, too, was unexpected, and a shock 
and great sorrow to all her classmates. Mary Virginia at- 
tended Alumnae Council last fall and saw Betty Cocke 
Winfree. Mary Virginia's daughter, Lindsay, graduated from 
SBC in June, president of Carson and president of Chung 
Mungs. She majored in history of art and spent last sum- 
mer in Florence, Italy and Paris. Second daughter, Char- 
lotte, was president of her sophomore class and member of 
honorary social circle. Son Lee, a 10th grader at Wood- 
berry, won his letter in track last year, and was on the 
junior football team. 

Betty Cocke Winfree is our new Fund Agent. She loves 
being a grandmother to two granddaughters: One is Macon's 
(SBC '62), the other P. "B., Jr.'s. Peyton likes his work with 
the N & W Railroad as Director of Public Relations and 
Advertising. Youngest daughter, Penny, SBC '66, is working 
toward her masters degree in music. 

Elizabeth Pinkerton Scott writes news of her three 
boys. Fred graduated from U. Va. this June, having finished 
three years with the Marine Corp. Alfred graduated from 
Va. last summer and started a 3-year stretch with the 
Marines. Strother finished his fourth year of engineering 
at Trinity. Pinkie had lunch with Miss Jessie Fraser and 
Chic Gregory when they came through Charlottesville. 
Frances (Chic) wrote me about that lunch too, and about 
her interest in the Jessie M. Fraser Fund to aid in the 
establishment of a chair in history to honor Miss Fraser. 
Chic says she hopes our class will want to help! 

Martha Williams Tim's youngest, Ann, is a freshman 
at Hood, and the oldest, Ellen, a senior at the Eliot-Pearson 
School at Tufts Univ. in Medford, Mass. Fred is in his last 
year at Carnegie Tech's Graduate School of Industrial 

Jane Shelton Bowers now has more chillun than I can 
keep up with! She and Mary Poindexter Willingham and 
husband Windy came to Sweet Briar for Parents weekend 
last fall but I missed them. Jane and Ruth Robinson 
Marshall had a wonderful time at wedding last summer 
of Chloe Frierson Fort's daughter Chloe. 

Ruth Robinson Marshall sent back her card with love, 
but no news. 

Kin Carr Baldwin writes from Norfolk that daughter 
Stuart and her husband, Andrew, who is attached to the 
British Embassy, and baby son came all the way from 
Rome to visit, so naturally Kin didn't make it to reunion. 
Son Bobby and his wife are now in Charlottesville, where 
Bobby is attending graduate school in Business Administra- 
tion. They're especially happy to be in this country after 
three years at U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo. 

Peg Huxley Dick and husband Bob had a quiet summer 

at home with daughter Carroll, who wasn't well. She's 
back in Durham now, working with the horses in a limited 
way, and really digging in to her writing course. Son Ned 
is slaving away at UNC, dnd Peg and Bob went to Pawley's 
Island for a week last October and to Chicago and Wis- 
consin in November. 

Jane Moore Johnson writes from Pittsburgh that her 
two sons are both married. Tom is working on Documentary 
Films in N. Y. and Jim is teaching at Cheshire School for 
Boys in Conn. 

Helen Findley Meigs is still active in Real Estate in 
Los Angeles. Her doctor husband is a professor at USC 
and an author of textbooks in accounting and auditing. 
Helen's married daughter and three granddaughters live 
near them. Her son is a student at USC and a businessman 
at Lake Arrowhead. She and her husband see Ad Merrill 
Luthin and her husband frequently. 

Fran Baker Owen waxed ecstatic over the wedding of 
Nancy Braswell Holderness' daughter which she attended 
in August. Fran has one daughter through college, one 
other daughter and two sons in school, and Fran is still 
studying, working toward a Master of Liberal Arts at 
Johns Hopkins. 

Am forwarding your card with requested address to 
Alumnae Office, Sally Doughtie Crile Crocker. However, 
Jean Bird's last address is Mrs. Leslie E. Antonius, 325 
Lakewood Blvd., Madison, Wise. 

Corinne Fentress Gray writes from her just completed 
"dream house" in Old Town, Maine that she is still active 
with horses, and that both daughters are U.S. Pony Club 
"A's". Eldest son works for his father in Old Town, and 
second son about to get his Master's degree and go to 
S.A. with the Peace Corps. 

Dorothea McClure Mountain and husband Bill toured 
Banff and the Canadian Rockies in July, and visited their 
married daughter and baby girl in Conn, in October. Husband 
Bill took early retirement this year so the Mountains head- 
ed for Florida where they spent most of the winter. 

Alma Martin Rotnem and husband had two months in 
Europe last year but said N.Y. looked good when they 
returned in June. 

Martha Harvey Gwinn had an 80-day trip around the 
world last summer. Her daughter Anne Fox (SBC '57) is 
living now in D.C. Marty's youngest son and bride are 
with the Army in Mannheim, Germany. 

Carrie Marshall Young Gilchrist and husband Peter 
had a six-week ts ? to New Zealand, Australia and South 
Africa, stopping in Lisbon and London on the way home. 
Both of C. M.'s boys are living at home at the moment. 
Peter, III and Marshall both work in Charlotte. 

Anne Thomson Smith and husband Withan (alias Bud) 
have three children, Withan, Jr. (alias Pete) married, with 
four children, Mike, 22, unmarried, and Laura, 15. 
Pete and Mike work for Bud who is the Cincinnati Air 
Activities Distributor for Cessna Aircraft. All the Smiths 
except Laura (who isn't eligible yet) have their pilot's 
licenses! Anne sees Liz Tomlin Jewell and Kay Barrett and 
corresponds with Ad Merrill Luthin. Anne keeps busy doing 
volunteer work. 

Liz Tomlin Jewell writes from Franklin, Tenn. that she's 
given up other activities for bridge and golf. She has two 
married sons, 1 granddaughter, 1 'son in college, and daugh- 
ter, Betsy, a freshman at Harpeth Hall in Nashville. 

Emily Bowen MuUer writes from Paoli this is her busiest 
year ever. She is plugging away at her masters in Library 
Science and is Head Librarian at the local library. In 
addition to son Chip, a sophomore at Univ. of Colorado, 
and Sue, a senior in high school, the Mullers took on an 
exchange student from Chile for ten months. Emily and 
George spent last summer manicuring the herb garden for 
the October meeting of the Herb Society. 

Peg Lloyd Bush, husband and two sons, Gregory and 
Lloyd, took a three week automobile trip last June in 
Europe. Last May they went up to Mass. to attend 
wedding of Peg Usher's daughter, Susan. 

George Ann Jackson Slocum's oldest son, in the Navy, 
presented them with first grandson last summer. Her mar- 
ried daughter lives in Dennison, Iowa, with her architect 
husband and her younger son is a senior at Princeton. 
George Ann had a free trip to Europe last summer: a friend 
won two trips to Copenhagen on S. A.S.I 

Marjorie Wing Todd's daughter Wing (SB '66) teaches 



Practice and History of Art at St. Catherine's in Richmond, 
and next daughter, Eleanor, is at Agnes Scott College. 
Marge is still busy with two sons, 16 and 11, at home. 

Letter from Aline Stump Cook says this is the first 
time since leaving Sweet Briar she hasn't been associated 
with teaching on a full-time basis. Stumpy doing household 
chores is difficult to visualize! She finds it boring but less 
exacting. Tracy, 15. daughter of Stumpy's husband, has 
come to live permanently with the Cooks, and be a 
sister to their Peggy, who is 13. 

Stumpy sees Muggy Gregory Cukor. They are both 
active in Church work and also do a bit of bridge from 
time to time. Muggy's son is a sophomore at Chapel Hill. 

I am the luckiest stay-at-home ever. Both married daugh- 
ters live nearby; Betty Forsyth Harris (S.B. '60) with her 
two little girls, and Elsie with her two little boys! Married 
son Douglas, living in Salem, Va. where he attends Roanoke 
College. Youngest daughter Nancy, taking a business course 
in D.C. and loves typing and shorthand. Harry and I have 
fun playing doubles — in separate groups — on the tennis 
court we put in the back yard. 


Class Secretary: Elizabeth Lee McPhail 
(Mrs. Fred), 1635 Hertford Road, Char- 
lotte. N.C. 28207 

Fund Agent: Barbara Jarvis; 102 East 
Dudley Ave., Westfield, N.J. 

By the time this letter is printed, our 30th reunion 
will be history and much more will have been spread by 
word of mouth up and down the halls of Meta Glass 
dorm — but here are a few notes from my winter corres- 

Margaret Bradley Forsyth wrote that daughter Margaret 
was teaching "mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed" 
children. Son Logan is an engineering freshman at U. Va. 

Peggy Cruikshank Dyer sgunded like her usual busy self: 
Director of Homemaker Service, garden club, church work, 
tennis, badminton and enjoying two nearby grandchildren. 
She and Holmes had a fine three-week Florida vacation 
in Feb. . 

With one daughter a freshman at Goucher. one a 
senior at Randolph-Macon, and the third married to a law 
school_ senior at U.N.C.. Polly Lambeth Blackwell and hus- 
band Winfield traveled to Spain last fall to "recover from 
the jolt of suddenly living alone together." 

The Education field is being enriched by two of our 
classmates. Izzy Olmstead Haynes is beginning to feel 
quite experienced after three years of teaching, and Mary 
Weston Thompson is holding down a full time High 
School job. The Thompsons have two daughters at home 
[junior and senior high age) and, by now, have welcomed 
their eldest home from a four year army hitch, this last 
year spent in Germany. 

Izzy will be at Dartmouth for son Ted's graduation. Ted 
worked last year in Denmark and Jared, a rising junior 
will travel in Russia with a student group this year. 

The Southern Conference Basketball tournament brought 
Marie Walker Gregory and husband to Charlotte for a 
few days and we had a fine time catching up on news 
between games. Marie had visited with Aggie Crawford 
Bates, Lillian Lambeth Pennington, and Dorothy Thomas 
Upton during the last year. Son John graduated from Wood- 
berry Forest this June. 

Frances Kemp Pettyjohn's daughter Susan was married 
last summer in Lynchburg; Mary Parii moved from Rocky 
Point, N.Y.. to Dunedin, Fla.; Wes Ward Francis was in 
Charlotte for an antique show but I did not have a chance 
to see her; Anne Lauman Bussey and family are living in 
Alexandria, Va. after a long stay at Carlisle Barracks. Pa.; 
Becky Douglas Mapp was at SBC graduation as a proud 
parent; and I was sorry to read of the death of Julia 
Dearmont Fisher's father last fall. 


class Secretary: Francis Bailey 
Brooke (Mrs. George M.. Jr.) 405 
Jackson Ave., Lexington, Va. 24450 
Fund Agent: Janet Macfarlan Berg- 
mann (Mrs. Charles H.) 244 Ackerman 
Ave.. Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. 07423 

Molly Talcott Dodson writes that their "Peace Corps 
Volunteer" returned from Peru in November and is pres- 
ently working in Philadelphia as assistant to the Director 
of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships. Their '65 gradu- 
ate from Sweet Briar is finishing her second year of teach- 
ing Math. Young Grif is in his third year at Episcopal 
High School. Molly is her usual busy self but takes time 
out to remind us that a year from now is 1968 and thirty 
years after! This isn't a bit too soon to start thinking 
about our Great Thirtieth Reunion and you'll be hearing 
muclu more about this later this year. In the meantime 
please let me have some suggestions for making it our 
best Reunion yet! 

Many changes are in store for Becky Kunkle Hogue and 
her family this year, as they are moving to Naples in 
midsummer where husband Fred is already managing the 
Chateau. Peter will enter the Army in August. Richard 
graduates from Stetson University this June, and John 
from the University of South Florida in December. Penny 
returns from California this summer and plans to get her 
degree in elementary education. Becky says she is "being 
constantly challenged by the intellectually superior in 
eleven of our county schools." 

Janie Weimer Shepherd's son Tony, 20. is at Chapel 
Hill and loves it. He has already found the way to Sweet 
Briar where he dated Jo Happ Willingham's daughter 
Helen. Tony is going to Scandinavia in June. His younger 
brother Jim. 17, is in High School in Charleston. Janie 
sees Jinny Faulkner Matthews and keeps busy with Church, 
bridge, some golf and "double crosstics"! 

A family reunion was in store for Rose Hyde Fales 
at the time of her daughter Alice's wedding on May 13 
to lawyer Richard B. Stewart. The Fales' daughter Willie 
Fales Eckerberg and her husband came from Sweden, leav- 
ing 6-months-old John Fales Eckerberg with his Swedish 
grandparents. Rose declares that they are very happy in 
Washington and don't miss life in the Foreign Gervice. 

During February Billy Heizer Hickenlooper and her hus- 
band Bo spent a wonderful week in the Bahamas with 
Fritz (Cordes) and Frank Hoffman. Daughter Myra and her 
husband expected their first child on May 6. Another daugh- 
ter. Liny, married two years ago, is teaching in Braton. 
while John gets his Ph.D. in the Classics. Billy's son Andy 
is a junior at Bucknell and Bizzy is in business school. 
A really exciting letter from Marge Thaden Davis in 
Chappaqua. N.Y. announces the news that she is one of the 
winners of the trip to Holland awarded to the two girls 
who sold the most bu'lbs during the 1966 season! She and 
the other winner Anne Sheffield Hale '54 from Atlanta, left 
for Amsterdam on April 22. Their activities include a visit 
to the Keukenhof Gardens, the flower parade, a trip to 
the bulb fields, the Alsmeer flower auction, the canal tour 
through Amsterdam and a day out on Mr. Van Zyverden, 
Sr.'s yacht. Those two clever girls traded their first class 
tickets for tourist so that Anne's husband can join them 
for part of the time and Marge can take along her 13- 
year-old daughter Ann. They plan to include visits to Lon- 
don and Paris. Marge and Anne Hale are scheduled to 
attend the Alumnae Council in October to tell about their 
trip. Other members of Marge's family include Suzanne, 21, 
now at Katherine Gibbs in Boston after completing two 
years at Roanoke College. Another daughter Linda is 19 
and a freshman at Wellesley College. She is a Time-Life 
National Merit Scholarship. Marge sees quite a few Sweet 
Briar girls in the Westchester Club, particularly Anne Phil- 
bin Ellis and Jane Kent Titus who is also very enthusiastic 
about the Bulb project. 

Eylese Miller Latham is currently Dean of Girls at 
Kecoughtan High School in Hampton. She was formerly 
Head of the Language Department there and hated to 
give up the teaching but is enjoying her "Deanship". She 
is also working on a Masters Degree in Guidance and 
Counseling at William and Mary College. Son Stanley grad- 
uated from the University of Virginia on June 4 and daugh- 
ter Carolyn is a junior in High School. 

It was grand to get a long letter from Carolyn Staman 
Ogilvie full of news about her family. Her oldest son Buck 
Jr. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1964 and gained 
his Masters Degree in Industrial Management at M.I.T. last 
year. He is now a Second Lt. stationed at the Computer 
Center in Hawaii. Her daughter Margaret went to Newcomb, 
then to the University of Arizona where she finished in 


1965. Now she is back in New Orleans teaching school. 
Next September son Staman enters Washington and Lee 
and I am counting on seeing Carolyn often during the 
next four years! Staman was distinguished during his high 
school senior year by being selected as one of the two 
Louisiana delegates to the William Randolph Hearst U.S. 
Senate Youth Conference in Washington for a week in 
January. Carolyn says he gained a new-found respect for 
the United States government. Buck is in the family busi- 
ness, a wholesale hardware company, and both he and 
Carolyn remain busy with church work and other com- 
munity activities. Meanwhile, Buck, Staman, Margaret and 
Carolyn "plus 2 grandmothers, 2 uncles, 2 aunts and 3 
cousins (!!!!)" are planning a month's visit to the Hawaiian 
Islands this summer for a tour guided by Buck Jr. 

Elizabeth Willcox Bowerfind writes that they were 
transferred by Howard Johnson to New York in August 
after five years in Miami. Her oldest Harold is a sopho- 
more at the University of Miami and Betty is a freshman 
at Montreat Anderson Junior College in North Carolina. 
Anne is a sophomore at Garden City High School and 
George enters Junior High in the fall. Elizabeth is looking 
for other Briarites on the Island. Her new address is 20 
Adams Street, Garden City, New York 11530. 

Jo Happ Willingham's daugther Helen at Sweet Briar 
has been accepted for the Junior Year in France. Her son 
Joe is married and lives in New York where he is working 
toward his Ph.D. in Philosophy. Another son John graduated 
last June from Carolina and will receive his commission in 
the U.S. Army next month. 

M. J. Miller Hein and husband Bill spent a month in 
the Hawaiian Islands in February and March. They plan 
to fly to North Dakota the end of May for their son John's 
graduation from Jamestown College. Daughter Judy trans- 
ferred from SBC to the University of Texas to further her 
interest in Dramatics and Janet 10 is in the sixth grade — 
"a whirlwind who is graying her Ma's hair rapidly but a 
real joy to have about"! 

A card from Nancy Old Mercer was full of news about 
daughter Anne's wedding on August 29. Smeady and Clay 
are expected, as their daughter Barbara will be a bridesmaid. 
Nancy had a grand visit with Vesta and Ed who passed 
through Dallas in April, heading to California. Nancy's 
daughter Marilyn is a Tri Delta Freshman at Ole Miss, 
Blair Jr. is a sophomore and just passed his Eagle Scout 
Rank. He and Edward, 11, are avid fishermen, so the 
family spends every possible weekend at the lake. 

Winnie Hagberg St. Peter writes that son John will 
graduate from M.I.T. this June and will go to graduate school 
there or the University of Chicago next fall. Barbara is 
completing her freshman year at the Univ. of Calif, at 
Santa Barbara and plans to transfer to Berkeley in Sep- 
tember. Husband Stan is preparing to move into his new 
dental office and Win has been filling in for the past two 
months for his nurse while she recuperated from surgery. 

Pollyanna Shotwell HoUoway down in Baton Rouge 
says she would like to see Some Briarites somewhere, 
sometime. Her daughter, 24, is a graduate of L.S.U. and is 
teaching school. Polly has a granddaughter 6 years old in 
the first grade. One son, 20, is a Pre-Medical student at 
L.S.U. and another son 15 is a sophomore in High School. 
Polly and Bob work together in Real Estate and Insurance 
and love it. 

Dolly Nicholson Tate and husband Jack are busy as 
usual. Dolly has just completed a year as President of the 
Board of Directors of the Florence Crittenden Home but 
remains on another year. Jack was campaigning for Mayor 
of Charlotte at the time of Dolly's card and the election 
was May 5. I haven't yet heard the results of that election. 
Caroline (Tate) and husband Frank Noojin live in Hunts- 
ville, Alabama, where he is a partner in a law firm. John 
III is a sophomore at UNC in Chapel Hill and has already 
made a trip or two to "The Patch." He will go to Switzer- 
land this summer on the Experiment in International Living. 

Two cards from Maud Tucker Drane were received with 
much pleasure! The highlight of the year was their 25th an- 
niversary trip to Europe last fall "including a sentimental 
and delightful return to St. Andrews". Maud says it was 
just as wonderful as she remembered, very little changed 
in 30 years with several familiar faces, including Charles 
Armour, now minister of the local kirk and in her day 
head of the student union and soccer star. Another St. 


Andrews reunion of sorts took place last summer in Cleve- 
land with Kitsy Brown Oliver, Smith '38, Gracy Luckett 
Stoddard, '39 and Kitsy's Aunt Estelle from London who was 
Mother to their group in '36-'37. Maud's oldest daughter 
Eleanor finished at Bryn Mawr and after a year as appren- 
tice teacher at Shady Hill School, Cambridge, will be 
teaching at Princeton Day School next year. Another daugh- 
ter Robbie, a sophomore at Wellesley, will go to Switzer- 
land and Yugoslavia this summer for two sessions of work 
camps sponsored by the American Friends Service Com- 
mittee. Son Hardy will enter the University of Pennsylvania 
next fall, leaving them with one lone teen-ager, Bevvie, a 
ninth-grader at Laurel School, and soon to get her driver's 
license! Maud and her family still have frequent trips to 
Virginia to take Bevvie to camp at Mont Shenandoah and 
recently they attended a Tucker reunion (300 strong) in 
Williamsburg. Her mother and father just celebrated their 
52nd wedding anniversary! 

Ves (Murray) and Eddie Haselden had a wonderful trip 
to Eddie's annual convention in Los Angeles and she also 
tells of the fun the Sweet Briar girls had in Dallas. Ves 
says, "Nancy Old Mercer looks just the same except that 
she has short hair". Susan Matthews Powell was there and 
"she was as pretty and slim as ever". Ves says the con- 
versation really flew. Their daughter Min Murray is off to 
Europe this summer and son Edward will be "externing" 
at Columbia Hospital after completing his second year at 
Chapel Hill's Medical School. Anne is in High School in 

The news with Helen Hays Crowley is that she is now 
a proud grandmother. Carol's little girl was born in Cali- 
fornia May 14 but Helen can't visit as often as she would 
like from Cleveland. In the meantime she is preparing to 
move from her house into an apartment if she can find 
one she likes. Son Jim is finishing his second year of 
law at Ann Arbor. Helen keeps busy with her job, the 
theatre, symphony, adult education, bowling, etc. 

Dot Tison Campbell writes that her son Jamie, Jr. was 
an Honor graduate from Dartmouth receiving all kinds of 
military honors. Dorrie is in her third year of nursing at 
McGill University — Polly is a sophomore at Sophie Newcomb 
in New Orleans and Edgar Tison in his first year of high 
school. Jim Sr. has recovered from serious cancer last 
summer and Dot says she is "just perking along happily 
counting her blessings." 

Josephine McCandlish Prichard's daughter Becky grad- 
uated from Wellesley in June as a "Wellesley Scholar" 
and will go to Europe for the summer — then teach at Win- 
sor School in Boston next year. Son Charles is finishing 
his first year at Princeton and has a job at the Lake 
Placid Club for the summer. Molly and Grif Dodson spent 
a weekend with them in May and they expected to see 
Anne and Blake Newton en route to Wellesley in June. She 
said their daughter's wedding last September was lovely. 

It was grand to get a card from Kay Hoyt who has 
moved back to Baltimore to become Assistant to the Head- 
mistress of the Bryn Mawr School. Kay loves it there and 
has talked to Lew Griffith Longstaff on the phone. She 
saw Macky Fuller Kellogg when she was in Boston during 
spring vacation. Now that Kay is nearer Sweet Briar, she 
hopes to get down for a weekend sometime. 

It was a delight to hear from Pauline Womack Swan 
in Saginaw, Michigan. Her oldest daughter Nancy is mar- 
ried and living in Flint, Michigan, and she and her husband 
Dave have two children, Libby 5 and David Jr. 2. Tricia, 
Pauline's second daughter is 21 and graduates this summer 
from the University of Michigan. Susie is 18 and finishing 
her freshman year at the University. George, Jr. is 11. 
Pauline and her husband built a new home 3 years ago 
by the country club golf course and they play often. Re- 
cently they finished a summer cottage on Higgins Lake 
in northern Michigan and they are busy getting it settled. 
It is part of an association with a central dining hall, so 
everyone gets a marvelous rest. Sounds ideal! Pauline 
hopes to come to a reunion, so next year should be the one. 

Shirley Haywood Alexander sent me a beautiful card in 
May of my favorite city Lucerne and said it was snowing 
there. She and Tom had a glorious European trip for a 

The biggest newsmaker in our family just now is our 
son George Ill's graduation June 11 from V.M.I, and the 
announcement just two weeks ago of his engagement to 

Jane Ross Leech whose father is Commandant at V.M.I. 
George (we call him Chip) will enter the U.S. Marine Corps 
in September and he and Jane hope to be married next 
February when he finishes Basic School at Quantico. In 
the meantime the four of us, including husband George and 
daughter Marion 19 have a European trip planned to last 
for five weeks, leaving June 16. 

Next year, gals, is our own Thirtieth Reunion. So 
mark it on next year's calendar now and let's plan a 
wonderful time! 


Class Secretary: Mildred Moon Mont- 
ague (Mrs. William L.) 6 Bartram Rd., 
Lookout Mt., Tenn. 37350 
Fund Agent: Reba Smith Gromel (Mrs. 
George H.) 225 N. 17th St., AUentown, 
Pa. 18104 

If you have any outstanding tid-bits and don't remem- 
ber to send them to me, please let the Alumnae Office 
have them as C. P. Neel did. She's in Henderson, Ky. 
where she and her younger son. Bill, have bought and 
remodeled a lovely old home. C. P. teaches remedial edu- 
cation at a Job Corps center. Her son, George, was married 
last year. She writes that Kay Hodge Soaper is "happily 
converting a part of their 200-year-old showplace into a 
modern kitchen and family room. Margaret Katterjohn Mc- 
Collum has two married daughters now with two sons, 
17 and 13 still at home. 

Sweet Briar girls are all over the country and I've been 
fortunate in seeing Jean Blount Blount who came with her 
doctor husband to the Heart Symposium in Chattanooga in 
early January. They have four children and their eldest 
daughter graduated from the College of the Pacific this 
spring and wants to go to Europe for a while. Jean had 
been to New Delhi, India as well as to the Brussels Worlds 
Fair and saw Beth Thomas Mason in Seattle. She gardens 
and has a greenhouse at their home in Denver. 

Polly Boze Glascock is great about sending clippings 
from the New York TIMES as well as keeping me up on 
Richmond news. She sent a gorgeous picture layout of the 
Richmond debs and Ann Adamson Passano's daughter, 
Sally Adamson Taylor, who is at SBC, was among those 

Barbara Smith Whitlock's son, James P. Whitlock, Jr., 
is. engaged to Miss Gorgiana Lewis of Stonington, Conn. 
He is a student at Temple University Medical School after 
graduating from Princeton. They plan a summer wedding. 
The State Printing Co. in Columbia, S. C. sent an invi- 
tation to an Autograph Party presenting OF TIME AND 
TIDE and honoring our own Georgia Herbert Hart, the 
author and Moselle Skinner, the artist on December the 
5th last. We'll have to get copies of that for our libraries! 
Nancy Haskins Elliot writes how beautifully everything 
went with Cal Tech's 75th anniversary celebration, and 
that David and she have been given a trip to Europe as a 
"thank you" for their parts in planning and executing it. 
They plan to sail on the JASON early in April and visit 
Portugal, Spain, Rome, the Greek Isles, Vienna, London 
and Edinborough before coming home. Quite a wonderful 
"thank you, ma'am", I'd say. 

Betty Frantz Roberts wrote on her Christmas card she 
and Dr. Tom "have FINALLY" begun to build that house in 
Lyn .hburg. 

Mickie Mitchell Gillis and family are wondering where 
Susan will go to college as she's not interested in SBC. 

"Tell" Sinclaire Farrar and Fred plan a 25th anniversary 
celebration by Caribbean cruising in March. Should be 
just the thing for a quarter of a century together! 

Our eldest after being drafted last May was at Fort 
Lee, Va. a few weeks before calling to say he was going 
to Korea with the 7th Infantry. He went to Fort Lewis, 
Washington, and I wrote Beth Thomas Mason he might 
call her — and bless her, she called and chatted with me as 
soon as she got my letter. Loved hearing how all her family 
is well and how she'd seen Jean Blount. 

Bill and I enjoy the Master's in Augusta each April 
and thanks to Jane Bush Long we'll be there again this 
year — despite the lack of tickets or rooms. These SB con- 
nections really are divine! 

I've been president of the Chattanooga Symphony Guild 
this past year and it has been a real challenge. Not only 

problems of all sorts with manager resigning, conductor 
not having his contract renewed, but sticking with it to the 
end. I believe it's time I went quietly into retirement. 
Our Hungarian refugee violinist was attacked and had a 
shoulder broken so I'm now in the throes of raising 
funds for his therapy and recuperation following orthopedic 

I was most impressed with a write-up of Mary Lee 
Settle in the U.Va. CAVALIER DAILY. When I commented 
to our 3rd year man son we had been school mates he 
asked. "Why aren't you smart like she is?" She seems 
to be doing a great job writing and lecturing. 

'Twas fun to see Midge Fleming Gray last fall when 
she was visiting her cousin in Chattanooga en route from 
Hastings-on-the-Hudson to Dayton, Ohio. Her husband's 
been transferred and their two sons will be at U.Va. and 
Woodberry Forest. Midge was her cute, tiny, vivacious, 
giggly self — gave me confidence in the Sweet Briar image 
twenty-six years after! 


class Secretary: Decca Gilmer Frack- 
elton (Mrs. Robert L.) 1714 Greenway 
Dr., Fredericksburg, Va. 
Fund Agent: Elizabeth Brown-Sherman 
MacRae (Mrs. Colin) 903 Vicar Lane, 
Alexandria, Va. 22302 

It's trite, but still true that "It's a small world," especi- 
ally when you look up from a cup of tea at Brompton to 
learn that the Kenmore Regent from Colorado is none 
other than Emory Hill Rex! Time was fleeting, but I did 
discover that there is to be a June bride in the Rex 
household — Aline ('65). Son Lloyd and his bride are in 
Germany. Daughter Loren is a junior at the University of 

Emory then went on to Washington to visit Craigie 
(Margaret Craighill Price] who invited Eloise English 
Davies ('42) and her Admiral husband for dinner while 
Emory was there. For those who hadn't caught up, Craigie 
bought an "itsey-bitsey farm near Sperryville" before going 
to Europe last summer. She left with Sharon ('66) and Mar- 
garet for a month in Italy, then Karl and the other two 
girls joined them for a month in Southern France and 
Switzerland. Sharon flew back before the sojourn was over. 

Ann Borough O'Conner has spent the past year moving 
to a new apartment in New York and getting their apart- 
ment at Marco Island, Florida furnished. She will now 
reap the rewards and "relax and play golf". 

Edge Cardamone O'Donnell had a pleasant, golfing summer. 
Her daughter Jean spent two weeks in Ireland last July, 
then in January had a school trip to Italy for a week 
and Edge went along as one of the chaperones. Jean will go 
to Mt. St. Vincent in Sept. and son Bob to summer stock 
in Vermont in June. 

Tish Seibels Frothingham from New Canaan sent news 
of Birmingham where she had visited with her younger 
children. She saw Franny Baldwin Whitaker who "still looks 
like Vogue — hair sprayed so beautifully"; Ruth Hemphill 
De Buys who "is a most cooing, gurgling grandmother"; 
and Lillian Fowkles Taylor still "lovely looking". Ruth has 
taken up oil painting and is selling her work. Tish reports 
"they're good, slightly impressionistic". Back home she is 
"pushing vacuum cleaners around and struggling with the 
new math of 5th graders". 

Tish also mentioned that Marie Gaffney Barry travels 
everywhere, is never at home. I last heard from Marie in 
February when she and Ted were on a skiing vacation in 
France, Switzerland and Austria. 

On George Washington's birthday Mary Scully Olney, 
traveling South with two of her five (Margie and David) 
arranged a luncheon meeting in D. C. with roommates 
Katherine Estes and me. We had extra time to chat while 
the youngsters visited the Washington Monument. 

Evie Cantey Marion's Margaret was 16 on May 1 and 
rehearsing to be Celia in "As You Like It", the spring 
production at Ashley Hall. Her Andy is a junior at EHS 
and unfortunately broke his ankle last fall just before the 
football season opened. Georgia Herbert Hart's ('40) son 
Frank is in Andy's class and daughter Becky is to be a 
June bride, honeymooning in Europe. Evie's Evelyn made 
her debut in Columbia, "fun and exciting but we're glad 
to be back to normal." 


From Beanie Whilaker Barlel in Winston-Salem learned 
that her Anna (66) has been in New Orleans this year — 
first doing graduate work and teaching Freshman French at 
Tulane. then second semester "teaching in a public school, 
a government project — teaching Spanish-Americans English 
and American ways of life". Her no. 3 child Jinny was 
elected president of the National Honor Society at Bishop 
McGuinness High School. The Bartels are about to build a 
new home. 

Gleaned a bit of news of Ann Teall Carrington from 
three Richmond friends — she's a tennis player, has two sons. 
Dick and Tim. at St. Christopher's. Dick, a senior, was a 
successful M. C. at their Senior Varieti' Show May 12. 

Lou Lembeck Reydel. another golfer, dropped me a 
line when she returned the Scrapbook. She had recently 
seen Do Huner Swiech whose daughter is a talented swim- 
mer and last summer had seen Jean Ruggles Smith in 
Chatham (Mass.). Son Chuck at Quantico had germ an meas- 
les (shades of senior year, she remembers.) She brought 
Barbara and Steve down for Chuck's graduation May 24 and 
we had a brief visit with them. 

Lillian Breedlove White's son was married June 17 
and will continue studying at Penn State. 

Dedore Qoan Devore Roth), the 1967 Reunion Chairman, 
and her husband took their three girls to Jamaica for 
Spring Vacation. She listed being a docent at the Art 
Museum as one of her winter activities. Her Barbie at 
Lindenwood was elected treasurer of the Athletic Asso- 

Those who were too busy to answer the last cards, 
remember they are good anytime — write later! 


Class Secretary: Ann Hauslein Potter- 
field (Mrs. Thomas) 4611 Virginia 
Ave., SE. Charleston, W. Va. 
Fund Agent: Ann Morrison Reams; 
Laura Graves Howell. 

"Where, oh where are the grand old Seniors 
Lost now in the wide, wide world." 

Thirty-seven grand old 42'ers found themselves again 
on Sweet Briar soil. They received the same thrill of enter- 
ing the gates and driving up the long tree-lined roadway, 
anticipating the initial glimpse of a red brick, ivy-covered 

Changed — yes — in that there are more buildings, re- 
routed roadways, parking lots — changed — no — in that the 
beauty of the place remains constant and awesome. I got 
the same overwhelming feeling — how could I have been 
so blessed to have spent four years in such lush magni- 
ficence? Looking across the fields up to the mountains, it 
was reaffirmed to me that this is the mark of the Sweet 
Briar girL God is everiwhere. and goodness and good 
people are bound to come forth from such an Alma Mater. 

No pen can reproduce the spirit of our reunion, the 
almost instant recognition of a face lost for 25 years, the 
discovery after 24 hours that we felt as though time had 
stood stUl. and we were all still sitting in the Student 
Government office, bulling as of old. Yesterday became as 
today and a sense of comradeship was natural. 

First off. we elected a new President of the class, 
Sudie Clark Hanger, with husband Bill, ex-officio. He 
really ought to be song leader for he struggled valiantly 
to inspire us in song at the Boat House (no one could re- 
member the words, Ann Hauslein Potterfield was drafted as 
class secretary. Sudie and I represent the two largest families 
in our class, boasting 15 children between us. Do you read 
some kind of ccessage in this selection? 

You never heard more chatter, or saw more snapshots, 
or compared more life-notes. Everyone looked better and 
was far more interesting — but some things remained status 
quo — Ruthie Hensley Camblos would still win the vote for 
May Queen (despite hobbling about with a broken toe). 
Eugie Burnett Affel still stood as the leader of our class. 

Two rooming foursomes had memorable and first re- 
unions — Jeanne Sawyer Stanwood, Betsy Chamberlain Bur- 
chard, Si Walke Rogers, and Laura Graves Howell, and 
the other group, Margie Trontman Harbin, Frannie Cald- 

well Harris, Phyllis Sherman Barnes, and Eddie Syaka 
Peltier. Our one physician returned — independent as ever — 
Virginia Duggins, now a neurologist outside Washington, 
and Di Greene Helfrich was back, and Kippie Coleman who 
has remained in education. Another threesome who have 
remained close over the years^Sally Schall Van Allen, Mimi 
Galloway Duncan, and Frannie Meek Temple — No reunion 
would be complete without Dougie Woods Sprunt, and of 
course, our brave and charming reunion chairman, Lucy 
Call Dabney. 

Looking particularly lovely was Dottie Malone Yates, ac- 
companied by her attractive husband, Charlie. Faithful 
Anne Morrison Reams scooted out from Lynchburg and 
Stoney Moore Rutherford, was her warm friendly self, so 
full of loyalty to SBC. Edith Brainerd Walter and Nancy 
Davis Reynolds seemed unchanged, as nice as always. 
Eloise English Davies, our lawyer, is as composed as ever, 
as are Jean Hedley Currie and Virginia Moomaw Hall — 25 
years have not ruffled their feathers. Betty Hanger (Hank) 
Lippincott drove down from Philly, while Grace Laniar 
Brewer combined reunion with college hopping with her 
daughters. Nancy Goldbarth Glaser and my dear old box- 
mate, Shirley Hauseman Nordhem roomed together again. 
Irene Mitchell Moore chattered on in her usual enthusiasm, 
and Joanne Oberkirch Willis was as quiet and soft spoken 
as alvk'ays. Need I say that Margaret Preston Newton looked 
lovely — I said we hadn't changed! I guess Daphne Withing- 
ton Adams and I looked as though we'd still enjoy a 
good game of hockey. 

Everyone who ever touched the class of 42 was re- 
membered and missed. We wanted all of you there to 
reminisce with us. You would have loved what you found — 
a magnificent campus, beautiful new buildings, a warm 
welcome, and old friends. 


Class Secretary: Marguerite Hume, 
2218 Village Dr., Louisville, Ky. 
Fund Agent: Betty Scluneisser Nelson 
(Mrs. Karl J.) Sachem Rd., Rt. 2, 
Weston, Conn. 06880 

In answer to a hasty plea, news has come from two 
who must surely be among our busiest. From New Orleans 
Lucy Kiker Jones reports: "You just caught me as I am 
leaving for New York tomorrow to put Missy (middle daugh- 
ter) on a boat ior a seven-week trip to Europe. I envy her. 
She is going to be a freshman at U. of Arizona next year. 
Patsy (now 23 — unbelievable!) is going to Tulane summer 
school and is going to Lima. Peru, July 15 for a visit. She 
will graduate in January from L.S.U.N.C. Cynthia, 10, is at 
Rockbrook Camp in Brevard, N.C. Willy and I plan to go 
to Asheville, N.C, to pick her up. We are renting a cottage 
at Ponte Vedra, Fla., for the month of August, so will not 
see all my Virginia friends." 

. . . And from Santa Barbara, Cal.. the first word in a 
long time from Mary Law Taylor: "What a long time it's 
been since we all were bustling about Sweet Briar! We have 
big family news at the moment — our daughter Gwennie will 
be married on August 12 (her 21st birthday) to Julian McKey 
Whitaker from Atlanta, who is in Emory Medical SchooL 
Our son will be a sophomore at Princeton in the fall 
(Stuart Jr.) and our youngest. Clare, is a senior in high 
school. We moved to California from Philadelphia three 
years ago and have come to love it. Maybe we'll meet again 
at some S.B.C. reunion." 

Like next year — our twenty-fifth, no less? See you there? 

Betty Potter Kinne Hillyer, home in La ^oUa, Calif, 
after six weeks in Europe on a tennis trip, says that she and 
Bill had a wonderful time thanks to the "People to People 
Sports Committee" sponsor. Their 12-year old, Elizabeth, 
went off to camp in the high Sierras for a month, leaving 
Betty Potter to care for the Irish setter, the cocker, a fish 
and some kids. Fortunately, the San Diego Humane Society 
is Betty's favorite good work, so she's in practice. 

Nancy Jameson Glass, living in Hamburg. N.Y.. 12 miles 
from Buffalo and not far from Lake Erie, reports that their 
daily life includes "quite a bit of boating, swimming, fishing, 
etc." Her older boy. Bill is going to Tri-State College in 
Indiana, while Nori will be a junior next fall in Hambturg 


As Prestiss Jones Hale puts it, her family has "reached 
the dispersing stage, with Tom, 13, starting at Exeter in 
September, Sam a senior at Choate, and Simon at Sterling. 
The twins are both working this summer. Si at a neighbor- 
ing farm and Sam at a tent theatre at home in Walling- 
ford, Conn. Prentiss herself is assistant office manager of 
the New Haven Unit of Recording for the Blind. Having 
volunteered there for several years, she found the transition 
to full time relatively easy. 



class Secretary: Mary Katherine Frye 
Hemphill (Mrs. Samuel M.). 344 - 7th 
Ave., N.E., Hickory, N.C. 28601 
Fund Agent: Martha Bolton Glesser 
(Mrs. Donald G.) 5698 Raven Rd., 
Birmingham, Ala. 

Husbands and their headlines lead off the news this 
time. In May the Charlotte Observer had a feature article 
on William M. Geer (who married our Betty Grayson). Bill 
is the history professor turned Student Aid Officer for 
UNC at Chapel Hill. His office distributes some $2 million 
to about 3000 students each year. The article quoted Bill 
on his philosophy concerning his job, the present need 
for it and his wish that the time would come when his 
position will no longer be necessary . . . that free education 
will be available to all to the highest degree they are able 
to achieve. Librarian Betty is busy moving into the sorely 
needed new Chapel Hill Public Library. 

It took a trip to Chattanooga for me to realize that 
Mary King Oemig's husband Lew had been making head- 
lines in my own hometown paper every time the National 
Lefty-Righty Golf Tournament is held at our club. He and 
his partner have won it at least once, and Sam also tells 
me Lew is among the leading amateur golfers in the nation, 
having business interests in the sport as well. He and Mary 
have two sons. West at UVA and younger son King. 

Hedy Edwards Davenport and Sarah Temple Moore 
graciously supplied me with news of some of our Chatta- 
nooga class members. Much to my regret I did not see 
Betty Carbaugh Fancher because she was ill. Hedy manages 
her flock of eight — from 4 year old John to W&L junior Joe — 
with the aplomb you would expect. I had a grand visit 
in her lovely Georgian home on Lookout Mountain, saw 
her rose garden near the swimming pool, and met some 
of the younger children — including Margaret 13, who has 
developed her mother's talent for the piano. Eldest of the 
five daughters. Cissy is in Chapel Hill this summer, will 
be presented at the Chattanooga Cotton Ball in August, 
and plans to return to Manhattanville College in White 
Plains as a Sophomore this Fall. Jeff has just acquired his 
driver's license, the other girls are in camp or going soon, 
and John's chief concern that day was bug catching. Hedy 
still has time for golf and travel with husband Joe, presi- 
dent of Volunteer Life Ins. Co. 

Sarah told me about her boy& — she will have two at 
UVA this fall, Tom and Ted. Right now Tom is traveling 
in Europe with a group of boys. Chris will be a Senior at 
Baylor there in Chattanooga, Tim and Freddy are also 
still at home. In June Sarah had seen Gloria Lupton Tenni- 
son who came fro.n Fort Worth with her son and two 
daughters to a nephew's graduation from Baylor. Her more 
recent travels have been to Africa for big game hunting. 
Sarah had played bridge that day with Hilda Hude Voigt 
whose son Reid goes to UNC — Chapel Hill this fall as a 
Freshman. Daughter Phyllis is a freshman at Girl's Pre- 
paratory School. 

Betty Avery Duff is so glamorous these days and as 
much fun as ever. She has two sons, the elder at UVA, 
and a younger daughter. Mildred Carothers Healy has a 
son making national sports news as an All-Conference 
football player and championship wrestler at Vanderbilt. If 
Chip Healy is in the Ail-American list next winter, you 
will know his proud mama. She undoubtedly would have 
much to tell us about Rob at Baylor and Jane at GPS too! 

In April Sam and I went to Europe and visited with 
Kathryn in Aberdeen. We fell in love with Scotland and 
well understand why this Junior year there has meant so 
much to Kathryn. She and another Hickory girl are travel- 
ing by car on the continent right now. In September she 
will be back at Sweet Briar for that Senior year. 

Class Secretary: Ann Marshall Whitley 
(Mrs. Jesse), 6130 Lockton Lane, 
Shawnee Mission, Kansas 
Fund Agent: Sara Ann McMuUen Lind- 
sey (Mrs. Douglas G.), 6104 Woodmont 
Rd., Alexandria, Va. 

One could not have asked for a more perfect 20th class 
reunion! A beautiful and expanded campus, perfect weather 
— cool and sunny, two dozen members of the class to 
whoop it up a little bit and a warm reception from every- 

The girls "goofed" a little in choosing a new class 
secretary — me. but outside of that and the disappointing 
fact that Oochie Mayberry Todd did not show up, every- 
thing was lovely. I understand via the grapevine that Oochie 
broke a toe (the 6th toe on her left foot) just prior to her 
departure from Australia, so we hope she makes it to the 
25th reunion, pogo stick and all. 

Nan Hart made a fine scrap book of our letters and 
photos and I enjoyed hearing the news from all of you 
which will be written up little by little in the next few 
issues of the News. Congratulations on your marvelous 
looking families. I have never seen a group of more beau- 
tiful, handsome, gorgeous children anywhere! 

Before getting into some of the more interesting statis- 
tics all of our thanks to Kay Fitzgerald and Stu McGuire 
for keeping us informed so beautifully in the many past 
issues of the News. I hope I can be so inspired and do 
as well. Also a wee note from each of you now and then 
would be- most appreciated. 

We did not take a vote on who won the "Twiggy" 
contest but decided that Jane Warner certainly looked 
SLIM. We didn't ask but will bet she isn't 102 lbs. soaking 
wet and she looks mighty pretty. In fact we (those pres- 
ent) decided that we are all more glamorous now than 
then. Kay Fitzgerald has stunning silver gray hair. Gina 
Walker looks 21 years old (so discouraging to us more 
matronly types). Gofer, Fuzzy, and Jean Old look exactly 
the same so there must be something in that Norfolk 
climate! Mary Lib Vick looks 16, which made us all feel 

Alex Marcoglou, living in the asphalt jungle of lower 
New York had not seen a tree, song bird, or a vast expanse 
of green grass for so long she was overwhelmed. Jean Old 
and I had to explain that the odd smell was fresh air. 

Aimee DesPland and Joan Littleford brought their 
husbands — brave men, and my children, going through the 
scrapbook thought it terribly fascinating that Joan's Mau- 
rice is a real secret service agent for the F.B.I. 

Inez Rosamond and Sue Van Cleve also brought their 
attractive husbands with them. Sue and Bob came down to 
transport their sophomore Chris home which brings to mind 
the interesting fact that the class of '47 has children rang- 
ing in age from infants to young people in their mid- 
twenties. Ann Colston, Mary Lib Vick, and Eleanor Bos- 
worth have babies 4,- 5,- and 9 -months old respectively. 
Two and three year olds are too numerous to mention, and 
of course the preponderance are teen-agers. 

One thing that we all seem to share in common ac- 
cording to the sheets that Nan sent out . . . listed under 
activities in common were, wife, cook, chauffeur, and 

At the reunion we seemed to talk about everything 
but children. We put cares behind us and enjoyed our class 
picnic at Lois Ballenger's, a cocktail party on Dew Ter- 
race and the Alumnae dinner in the lovely dining room 
of the new Meta Glass dormitory, the Alumnae luncheon 
in the Refectory, the nature walk and films, visits with 
the faculty and in general everything that was planned for 
us. I think that we enjoyed each other the most. I do 
hope that even more of us can congregate for the 25th. 
I know that Fuzzy and Cofer will be planning big things, 
because they were "elected" (railroaded?) to plan the 
25th reunion. 

More next time about those who returned in June and 
gleanings from the letters and forms you have sent in. 



Class Secretary: Pat Goldin Harrsch 
(Mrs. Reid R.) 434 Virginia Terrace, 
Madison, Wise. 53705 
Fund Agent: Betsy Plunkett Williams 
(Mrs. Gerald G.) 7900 North Shore Rd., 
Norfolk, Va. 23505 


Carolyn Irvine and James W. Forbes, 1966. 

Jerre Flack Ridge and Henry G. Gardiner, Jr., March, 1966. 


To Sally Davis Spencer, a son, Richard Perry, April 23, 1966. 
To Diane King Nelson, a son, Clay Harry, May 7, 1966. 

Liz Barbour Beggs is now responsible for missile 
guidance and control Research for Naval Air Systems Com- 
mand — a job which is not as much fun as the Sparrow- 
Sidewinder one, she says. Daughter, Barbie, 15, is a sopho- 
more at St. Agnes School where Lillie is in the 7th grade. 
Susie, Mimi, and Gusta are in different 2nd grade classes 
in public school. The Beggs had a grand summer with the 
whole family at Rehobeth Beach, Del. for one week, and 
Liz and Don took several short trips. Liz reports that 
she had a ball at Martha Mansfield Clement's husband's 
promotion party. 

Wally Qlement is now a brigadier-general and is still 
working at the Pentagon. Martha is teaching and is taking 
courses through the Northern Virginia Center of UVA. 
Martha reports that a few brave souls from the Class of '48 
trudged through a winter storm for the 1966 Sweet Briar 
Day luncheon in Washington. Vi Whitehead Morse's mother 
was full of interesting stories about her teaching in Am- 

Ann Ryland Ricks visited Meon Bower Harrison for a 
weekend last July. Meon and Ricky picnicked on the slopes 
of the Blue Ridge near President Hoover's old fishing camp. 
Ricky also visited Diane King Nelson in September. 

Westray Boyce Nicholas and family spent a month in 
Colorado last summer. The Nicholases divided their time 
between camping and staying at a working ranch where 
they rode five hours a day. 

Vickie Brock Badrow and her family spent their summer 
vacation at Presque He, Mich. Vickie's boys, Chuck and 
Bill, also spent two weeks at Y camp and flew to Mass. 
for a visit with their grandparents. In Chicago in early 
June for the Conference of Volunteer Bureaus, Vickie saw 
Ann Samford Upchurch. 

Betty White Johnson Ragland writes that Ann Samford 
Upchurch and her twin daughters flew in their private 
plane to Raleigh last Spring. The twins have even more 
energy and enthusiasm than their mother, Betty says. Betty's 
daughter, Betty U.. is at St. Mary's in Raleigh; Jody will 
enter St. Catherine's in September, 1967; Bill is in the 1st 

Pat Cansler Covington, whose two boys are almost 
bigger than she, is now teaching 5-year-olds at a church 

Martha Davis Barnes is hoping that the presence~at SBC 
of Nancy Barnes, her husband's niece, will be a drawing 
card for her to return to see all the campus changes. 
Martha's summer was filled with tennis, trips to and from 
camp in North Carolina, a glorious week in Jamaica, and 
an addition to their house. 

Last summer Twink Elliott Sockwell visited Washington, 
D.C. where she talked with Betty Kernan by telephone and 
breakfasted in Alexandria with Mary Lou Wagner Forrester 
and her family. The Sockwells also spent a few days at 
Nags Head, N.C., where they unfortunately missed seeing 
Bess White Gregory. Twink is Vice-Pres. of the PTA this 
year. Warren does a good deal of travelling in connection 
with his field of target missilry. 

Closey Faulkner Dickey and Whit had a memorable 
vacation in Kitzbuhel, Austria, in February of last year. 
The Dickeys spent their summer vacation, as usual, at 
Northeast Harbor, Maine where they participate in races 
in their Mercury (13 ft. keel sloop) and generally enjoy 
their Boston Whaler. 

Other Maine vacationers last summer included Martha 
Frye Terry and her family who spent ten days at Spruce 
Head — with a camping trip to Southeast Harbor, where 
Martha had studied piano one summer twenty years ago. 

Martha's oldest daughter, Barbara, has been accepted at 
Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, for September, 
1967. In spite of "slipped disc" difficulties, Martha continues 
her work as part-time director of Christian Education at 
her church. 

Eve Godchaux Hirsch's son, Richard, is now in high 
school. Eve is busy again with PTA activities which this 
year include vice-chairing the school's annual fund-raising 

Blair Graves Smith and family had great fun watching 
every board of their new home go up. The Smiths moved 
September 1. 

Liz Graves Perkinson also watched a new home being 
built for her family, and was very glad when it was 
finally finished and their move could take place. 

Rosemary Gugert Kennedy vacationed on the Gulf 
Coast last summer. Her daughter, Wendy, 9, began tennis 
while Teddy, 7, was on the Lawn Tennis Club's swimming 
team. Rosemary, as Alumnae Representative, arranged a tea 
and school meeting for Carol Cole's visit to New Orleans 
last Spring. 

Last June, Suzanne Hardy Beaufort and daughters, 
Zanne and Bon, visited New 'Vork where the girls partici- 
pated in a ballet study session. The trip was a great ad- 
venture for them all, combining as it did ballet work, 
playgoing and museum viewing. Suzie was busy all Fall 
with publicity for two separate performances of a Ballet 
Matinee in which Zanne and Bon both took part and in 
which Suzie herself danced. 

In July of last year, McCall Henderson Revercomb and 
George moved into a new home in McLean, Virginia. Earlier 
last year the Revercombs enjoyed -a fascinating trip to 
Moscow, Katmandu, points in India, and Beirut. 

Ginny Holmes Turner and Arch have moved to the 
Boston area where Arch continues his work in computer 
applications in medicine. Ginny is on the faculty of 
Brandeis University. 

Mayde Ludington Henningsen enjoyed a week in Ber- 
muda last June when her husband, Vic, went on the New- 
port to the Bermuda Race, and she met him there. The 
Henningsens spent Easter Vacation with their four children 
in the Virgin Islands. 

Betsy Anderson Tennant's youngest girl, Peggy, started 
college last Fall. Barbara, Betsy's older daughter, is entering 
her second year of nursing at Charlottesville. 

Dolly Antrim McKenna is in her last year in Naples, 
Italy and is looking forward reluctantly to leaving. She 
and the children love the city and also do a lot of travel- 
ling, as they make frequent trips to meet Jim when he 
comes into ports such as Athens, Malta, etc. In between 
trips, Dolly plays lots of golf and bridge and enjoys the 

Judy Blakey Brown worked last Spring for a local 
travel agency as well as studying Spanish at the vocational 
school, attending weekly folk dancing sessions, sponsoring 
an art film series and the local symphony. The Browns 
are enthusiastic skiers and hope to spend time in Colorado 
this year. 

Mary Colson Comstock has returned to New Jersey 
after twenty years in New England. The Comstocks now 
live in Cinnaminson where Mary is substitute teaching this 

Jerre Flack Gardiner remarried in March, 1966. Her 
husband, Henry is a psychiatrist. With Jerre's 3 children 
and her husband's 6, the Gardiners now have a grand total 
of 9 — 7 boys and 2 girls. 

Mary Anne Goodson Rogers spends a large share of 
hertime in chauffeuring 3 children — all in different schools. 
She also serves as Pink Lady in a local hospital, on the 
Administrative Board of her church, and as a fund raiser 
for various charities. 

Caroline Haskell Simpson and her family vacationed 
at Rehobeth Beach, Del., and then drove to Chicago last 
summer for visits with family. Caroline is teaching kinder- 
garten again this year. 

Betsy Plunkett Williams sends a brief note about the 
truly heart-warming response of our class to her Fund 
appeals — along with a reminder that the college needs 
support each and every year. 



Class Secretary: Margaret Towers Tal- 
man (Mrs. Carter E., Jr.) 2 Huntly 
Rd., Richmond, Va. 23226 
Fund Agent: Carolyn Cannady Evans 
(Mrs. Hervey Jr.) Box 1720 Laurinburg, 
N. C. 

Ho, ho, ho! Here comes Santa Claus in July. Each year 
some of you start the New Year with resolution by send- 
ing me news too late for the spring issue deadline. So here 
1 am in the hot attic scrambling through the Christmas 
decorations for these slightly cool but precious bits of news. 

Carter Van Deventer Slatery wrote that the day after 
Christmas she ironed 20 shirts and off they went to Miami 
and Ponte Vedra. She also told of a visit she'd had from 
Ellen Craft and Ken Clark; they were pretty hoarse after 
catching up with eight years. 

I was sorry to hear that Alice Trout Hagan's husband 
Hugh suffered a stroke right after Christmas, but by all 
accounts he is recovering nicely. 

Maggie Wood Tillett gave me a jolt in January: a news- 
paper picture of her in a bathing suit watching her children 
swimming in their Charlotte pool. I was afraid the Christ- 
mas push had left Maggie a little balmy in the brain, but 
the accompanying article explained that they have a plastic 
enclosure for the pool area which permits year-round swim- 
ming. A combination of solar heat which comes through the 
clear cover and heat coming off the heated water has 
proved so satisfactory that John now has the distributorship 
in his state. (If you order one from him tell him I get 
a cut.) 

Moving into March now, I'm delighted to produce a 
bride. Dot Bottom Gilkey was married on March 25th to 
John dharles Patrick Duffy, composer and musical director 
of the Stratford (Conn.) Shakespeare Festival Theater. 
Best wishes. Dot, and congratulations to the groom who 
has captured our May Queen. 

The March Wind blew Polly Plummer Mackie, Jack, 
Alex and Allison to my house for lunch en route to Winston- 
Salem for spring vacation. Between hurried mouthfuls I 
learned of her part time job at the University of Penn. 
Museum which she seems to enjoy very much. 

An April item I have on file is a clipping from the 
Baltimore paper that tells of the spring S.B. meeting being 
held at the home of June Eager Finney. You'll remember 
she wrote us about their new "meeting room" wing on 
their house. It sounds like she acquired the Maryland 
branch of the Alumnae Office. 

Now that school's out, Betty Wellford Bennett has gone 
to school. She's attending a three- week course in remedial 
reading in Asheville which should prove helpful in her 
elementary teaching post at The Collegiate School here in 
Richmond. Caroline Casey and Coleman McGehee have 
bought a building lot so her work is cut out for her for the 
next two years. 

Speaking of two years, that's how long I've held this 
job and I'm pretty discouraged about the response I've 
been getting. Where are you and what are you doing besides 
turning the bend on being 40? I'm going to h3ve to take a 
course in creative writing or start making up terrible things 
about you if you don't begin to supply me with some facts. 
Tomorrow morning, before you do your new thigh reducing 
exercise, sit down and write me a post card with ONE 
item of information about yourself. 


Class Secretary: Jean Probeck Wiant 
(Mrs. Richard A.) 17729 Fernway Road, 
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 
Fund Agent: Marilyn Ackerson Barker 
(Mrs. Henry M.) 5805 Weslover Drive, 
NW, Knoxville, Tenn. 37919 

Mary Virginia Roberts Mellow sent a newsy Xmas 
letter describing her busy, happy family life in St. Louis. 
She has 4 children ranging in age from 3 through 10. Mary 
Virginia does tole painting, having painted a lamp, water 
cooler, and lab desks. In addition she is a very busy 

Ann Belser Asher says her family is in their wonderful 
new house in Washington and they just love it. 

Margaret Lewis Furse setit a precious picture of herself. 

hubby, and four lovely children. 

Sally Bianchi Foster is better now and trouped the 
children's theatre this Fall. The chairman was Mollie 
McGurdy Taylor '52. Sally says "the infamy of it all, a 
Paint and Patcher working for an Ass!" She is also writing 
some radio scripts on vocabulary for Headstart. 

Nell Greening Keen is living in Tampa, Fla. and has 
3 children — John 6, Elinor 4, and Hampton 8 months. She 
has been renovating a "new" old home and has been very 
busy with Jr. League work. She says Fran Cone Kirkpatrick 
has been a regional director of the Jr. League in the Wil- 
mington area. Nell would love mail from old friends at SBC. 

Margaret Craig Sanders sent an Xmas card with a pic- 
ture of 4 handsome children. She said there was a regular 
SBC reunion at the Jr. League conference in Miami Beach 
last May. Kay Lang Gibson, Mary Morris Gamble Booth, 
Fran Cone Kirkpatrick, Veda Brooks Norfolk, Elaine Adams 
Harrison, plus several from other classes. They all looked 
great! She said Pete and Evie Woods Cox have visited 
and are fine, and are such fun to be with. 

Sally Lane Johnson wrote that their three daughters are 
ages 13, 11. and 8. They have a dandy summer house at 
Rehoboth Beach, Del. and thoroughly enjoy it. She is 
busy with Jr. League, Garden Club, etc. 

Bonnie Loyd Crane's husband has opened an office for 
the practice of architecture and civic design in Philadelphia. 
It is flourishing and exciting. The family vacationed in 
Wyoming and camped at Yellowstone. She is enjoying 
spending more time painting. She visited Ann Peyton 
Cooper in New York last month. Ann's baby, Jimmy (IS 
mo.) is adorable. 

Rita Murray Gee moved to Australia in March 1966. 

Frances Marr Dillard says she had a marvelous lunch 
and visit with Mary Dame Stubbs Broad last summer. 
Mary Dame's home in Hampton is lovely and looks out 
over the Chesapeake. 

Debby Freeman Cooper just returned from a marvelous 
trip to the West Indies with two other couples. They sailed 
in a chartered yacht from Grenada to Martinique and saw 
a part of the world that was, as yet, unspoiled. 

Mary Louise McCord Faulconer writes that she has 
been teaching in Amherst County since graduation except 
for time out to have three boys — Charles Jr. 14, Robert 8, 
and Brian 3. She has been principal of Monroe Elementary 
School for six years. Charles has his own rock and roll 
band and plays several instruments. Robert plays piano and 
violin. They do a lot of entertainment for local clubs and 
civic groups. 

Sydney Sue Overstreet Meredith says "nothing devas- 
tating" — only six children. Her husband is a cardiologist. 
She teaches Sunday School and is incoming president of 
(he Norfolk Jr. League. 

Garland Hunter Davies is still active with the foreign 
student program throughout the country, serving this year 
as chairman of the community section of the National 
Association for Foreign Student affairs — all very time 
consuming, but fascinating. 

Edie Brooke Robertson is in the Washington area now, 
but will be moving to California this summer. Her husband 
is now a Lt. Col. in the Marine Corps and will be stationed 
at Camp Pendleton near San Diego. Her children are now 
12, 9, and 6. 

Ann Hubert Carey and family just returned from a 
10 day trip to P. R. Vieques (near Puerto Rico) and St. 
Croix. They especially enjoyed the Underwater National 
Park and Buck Island with snorkels following an underwater 

Louise Moore had a wonderful trip this Fall with a 
friend through Yugoslavia for three weeks. Lou plans to 
go back to school next year for a degree in library science. 

Mary Rose Crisp Warren feels that life with children 
9, 8, and 6 alternates between bedlam and boredom! Her 
husband is a urologist. Her chief love is her Jr. League job 
as a "picture lady" in the public schools. She has used 
her SBC ancient history courses by talking about the 
ancient school of art. Mary Rose went to Mexico in 
October and had a wonderful trip, but had a bad car wreck 
and feels that only her safely belt saved her. "Please tell 
everyone to wear one", she implores. 

Cora Jane Morningstar Spiller lives in Alexandria, Va. 
and enjoys the Washington SBC Alumnae group. She reports 
that she has the same husband and four children. 


Dottie Barney Hoover reports that her oldest son, Hap 
15, is in his first year at Hotchkiss and just loves it. 
She is getting ready for the Jr. League Follies given in 
April. She is busy also with school and church activites. 
She and her husband bought a boat vifith tvi^o other couples 
and plans to spend the month of August at Chatham, 
Cape Cod. "The children will go to sailing school and I 
will languish on the beach". 


Class Secretary: Wingfield Ellis Park- 
er {Mrs. Richard E.) 4282 Rosewell 
Rd., NE Atlanta, Ga. 30305 
Fund Agent: Terry Faulkner Phillips 
(Mrs. Charles W.) 63 Lexington Ave., 
Buffalo, N.Y. 14222 

So where are all those cards and letters? I'm grateful 
for the letters from Seymour Laughon Reynolds and Jean 
Randolph (Randie) Bruns, both former class secretaries, who 
can fully appreciate my plight. 

In addition to her duties of Second Vice President of 
the Richmond Junior League, Seymour has been busy paint- 
ing and constructing scenery for a hospital charity ball. 
She writes that Ann Sheldon (Shelley) Taylor has just 
finished her second term as the best president Richmond's 
Children's Theater has ever had. 

Dick and Mary Emery Barnhill have a big country 
house in Cazenovia, N.Y. Dick is with the Communications 
Center at Syracuse University and they find the life much 
more leisurely than New York City. 

Rives and Mary Pease Fleminrg built a huge vving on 
their house to help accommodate the large family. Some- 
how Peaso manages to play a lot of tennis as well as 
handling the six young Flemings. 

Randie is medical public relations officer for the 
University of Richmond, serving the School of Medicine 
and the hospital. As a working mama, she's looking forward 
to spending August in the mountains with Alan and the 
two children, Bryan (10) and Mary (7). 

Terry Faulkner Phillips chases after two children, Terry 
(11) and Charles (7), two dogs, two cats, and three horses. 
The horses are kept on the Phillips farm outside Buffalo 
where the family spends many week-ends. Terry teaches 
English at the International Institute, does volunteer work 
at the Children's Hospital and takes art and music lessons. 

Sue Ostrander Hood wrote a beautiful card while 
cruising down the Rhine. She and Lloyd attended the 
Million-Dollar-Round-Table conference in Switzerland in 
June and took in London and Paris during the trip. 

I'm still with American Express sending people to 
exotic spots. Dick and I are planning a fall trip to Spain 
and Portugal where we'll spend our first anniversary. Ole! 


Class Secretary: Bruce Watts Krucke 
(Mrs. William), Hilltop Circle, Med- 
field, Mass. 02052 

Fund Agent: Jean Gillespie Walker 
(Mrs. George F.), Tazewell, Va. 24651 

At long last we are in print again! Here are the latest 
babies — some new, some not so new. Jan O'Neal Gould pro- 
duced her fifth child, first girl, last spring. Her name is 
Carolyn O'Neal Gould. Mimi Hitchcock Davis sends news 
of her third — Paul Hayle, born in 1964. To keep pace after 
skipping a year, Carole Van Tassel Donahue had twins in 
October. They are Elizabeth Tara and Matthew Thomas. 

And here are the latest moves that we know about: 
Nancy Lee Edwards and Norman Paul have moved into 
Washington, D.C., from Silver Spring, Md.; Hattie Hughes 
and Dick Sfbne have gone from Little Silver, N.J., to Glen 
EUyn, 111.; Mary Ann Krptzer is now in New Orleans — 
formerly Nevada; Sue Callaway and George Haley have left 
Dallas for Waco; Scotty Brice Griffey has gone to Oklahoma 
City from Fort Worth. Page Anderson Hungerpiller and 
family are now in Montgomery, Ala., but have kept their 
house in Savannah also. Polly Van Peenan and Joe Grimes 
who have gone to Guatemala City; and Mary Lee McGinnis 
and Frank McClain have left SBC for Cambridge, England, 
where Frank will continue his studies; Lynn Carlton and 
Mike McCaffree have finally left Norfolk and are now up 
here near us in Newport, R.I. ; Anne Collins Teachout and 

Bill are in Roanoke, Va., quite near Mag Andrews Poff; 
Dodo Booth and George Hamilton have moved out to 
Chevy Chase, Md., from Washington. 

Dodo writes that she saw Helen Smith Lewis at a prep 
school day recently and she has run into Margie Morris 
Powell several times. The latter is very busy judging flower 
shows and giving ballet lessons. Anne Sheffield Hale sent a 
long newsletter — the highlights of which were that she had 
won one of the two trips to Holland offered by the bulb 
growers by selling the most bulbs for SBC this past year. 
The trip was taken in April. Bradley met her in England 
after she toured Holland. Congratulations to Anne for 
making the class of '54 look good. Vaughan Inge and Taylor 
Morrissette are moving into a new house. They spent last 
summer by the bay near Barbara Chace and Temple Webber. 
Vaughan attended the Jr. League conference in Miami, was 
VP of the Mobile League and is now President. Dilly 
Johnson Jones saw Page at a Jr. League conference in 
Savannah. Paul Jones was nearly our first real celebrity. 
He ran for United States Congress from the 6th District in 
Georgia as a Republican. This was an unfortunate year 
for Georgia politics and it was reflected in Paul's district; 
Dilly won't be our gal in Washington, but we'll be anxious 
to hear of their future plans. Meri Hodges Major was quite 
ill in the fall but is coming around. Her children are in 
school in Williamsburg now. Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., 
recently used Meri's home, "Belle Air" as the setting for 
the filming of a new hour and a half long educational film. 
There were horses and actors everywhere. She and Walt 
are looking forward to the premier early this spring. Fran 
Reese Peale and family joined another family of five and 
rented a 40 -foot sloop in which they cruised off Con- 
necticut this past summer. Fran had lunch with Peggy 
Hobbs Covington in Darien. We had lunch in Connecticut 
recently too — with Meg Hetley Peck in their charming 
home outside New Haven. Meg is on the Red Cross Board 
and the Jr. League Board and has a volunteer job with an 
inner city neighborhood center run by New Haven's pov- 
erty program. We enjoyed seeing all the renovations Meg 
and Bill have done with their house. Jean Gillespie Walker 
has been in the midst of house remodelling for ages now — • 
it was about to get her down. Speaking of Jean reminds 
me to remind you to send a little something — or a big 
something — to the SBC Fund. 

Nancy Moody's life continues along the same course — 
a new horse added, some skiing in Aspen, and the New 
York horse show where she saw Jane Keating Taylor and 
Maggie Mohlman. Sue Basset Finnegan continues her Jr. 
League work, and writes that they had a wonderful Euro- 
pean vacation in the summer of '65. Mag Andrews and 
Bill Poff plan to take their winter vacation trip to Aruba 
and Curacao this year. They are currently Secretary and 
Chairman of the people-to-people committee for Roanoke 
and her sister city, Wonju, Korea. The Poffs saw Margaret 
Davison and Bates Block when they were in Roanoke for 
Thanksgiving. Joy Parker Eldredge is busy as usual. They 
had all kinds of company this fall with Notre Dame foot- 
ball being so popular. Joy is educational Chairman of the 
Junior League. Lisa continues to excel in school, swimming, 
and horseback riding, while the two little boys apparently 
excel in mischief! Robin Francis writes that her book. The 
Trophy, is coming out in England in paperback now. The 
last paperback she had there did very well. Ann Thomas is 
currently part owner of a ski lodge in Southwestern Pen- 
nsylvania. Ann plins to concentrate j)n apres ski herself. 
She was part owner of a beach house at Rehoboth last 
summer and also shared a sailboat which gave much 
pleasure. Jo Nelson Booze has become a mother hen and 
just loves it. She is teaching at St. Paul's school for girls — 
English Lit and Grammar to 7th graders and Religious 
studies to 5th graders. But the really rewarding and chal- 
lenging part is being the counselor, liaison, etc., for the 
12 -and 13- year- old 7th grade girls — never a day without a 
crisis and a few humorous incidents. Although she found 
herself tired at first, Jo has adjusted to the routine now 
and wrote four glowing pages of enthusiasm for her girls 
and her work. 

The class would like to send belated condolences to 
Ruthie Crawford Hazelip whose husband died in 1965. 

Jerry Driesbach Ludeke sent another long newsletter. 
They spent another summer in Oregon for John's studies. 
Now he's teaching U.S. History at Bakersfield College. 


Their boys are in a bi-lingual (Spanish/English) nursery 
school run by the college. The mothers are learning the two 
languages also. They continue to go camping whenever they 
can. Peaches Davis Roane is taking typing at Mississippi 
State. She can't tell yet whether she or the electric type- 
writer will win. Joan Chamberlain Englesman writes that 
she is a "drop in" at Drew University, but not what she's 
taking. Peaches sees Sissy Morris Long, Betty Gene Orr 
Atkinson, Anne White Connell, and Pony Bramlett Lowrance 
quite often. Joan Potter Bickel writes of several houseboat 
weekends on Cumberland Lake. They also visited Joan's 
sister in St. Louis in September and then Martha and family 
came to Joan's for Thanksgiving. Joan found it quite re- 
vealing to feed a house full of kids. She has had some MS 
symptoms again this past fall, but not as bad as last time. 
They planned a convention trip to LA in January and a 
stop in Las Vegas while there. 1 should have put BB Smith 
Stamats' bit near Nancy Moody's. BB and company now 
have six horses. BB and another Easterner put on a horse 
show and the Stamats boys did real well. Peggy Jones and 
Guy Steuart gave a huge party in the Paradise Ballroom 
of the Shoreham Hotel in Washington last September to 
honor the 50th anniversary of the Guy Steuart Motor Com- 
pany. Every imaginable delicacy and drink in never ending 
abundance wrote one of the guests in her glowing account 
of what a grand time she had. It must have been really 

As you may remember, I re-took the Red Cross Water 
Safety Instructor's course last spring— it's a lot harder at 
33 than it was at 19! Then I ran the swim program for a 
private day camp near here. I found it a bit much, what 
with all those children all day everyday, plus my own 
house and children, but I sure got a good tan! Then in 
August, just as we were packing for our vacation, our 
youngest, John, then 2 and a half had a freak fall in a 
grocery cart and received a very bad fracture of his left 
thigh. He was in Mass. General Hospital in traction for 
three weeks — we sent the older boys to my mother in 
Virginia and I went into Boston everyday all day. Then 
John was in a huge chest-to-toes body cast for six weeks 
at home. It really went very well — he didn't complain at 
all. Bill built a sort of rack with car seat hangers on the 
back so he could eat with us. go in the car and lead a 
somewhat normal existence. He began to walk ten days 
after the cast was off and now doesn't even have a 
limp unless you really look closely. We're very thankful 
that it all turned out so well. My other activities continue 
the same— Bill and I are in the extra choir for Christmas 
and Easter. (Those of you who remember my voice can 
stop snickering — when you have as little to work with as 
our choir, every little bit helps.) I am VP of the Boston 
SBC club — this seems to mean supply officer here, but I 
do enjoy our meetings because we always have about a 
dozen recent grads who work in Boston — they keep us 
young! Recreationally I bowl still (recently a 213 and a 550 
series for those of you who know the sport) and we have 
just acquired a Doberman Pinscher puppy who is the light 
of my life. 

Well, keep those cards and letters comin' in. We 
'predate ever' little bit! 


Class Secretary: Betsy Meade Hast- 
ings (Mrs. Donald M.), 373 Redland 
Road, N.W., Atlanta, Ga. 30309 


Elizabeth L. Meade to Donald M. Hastings, Jr., July 8, 1967 


To Meredith Smyth Grider, a daughter, Meredith Smyth, 

Aug. 12, 1966 
To Mary Ann Hicklin Quarngesser, a daughter, Susan 

Stuart, Oct. 3, 1966 
To Sally Garrison Skidmore, a son, Charles Garrison, Dec. 

3, 1966 
To Mary Koonz Gynn, a daughter. Shelly Diane, Dec. 26, 1966 
To Ella Prince Trimmer Knox, a daughter, Daisy Megowen, 

Jan. 12, 1967 


By Alice Guggenheimer Mackay, a daughter, Susan Ander- 
son, born May 11, '66 
By Jane Street Liles, a daughter, Mary Howerton, born 

Oct. 25, '66 

From now on, the Alumnae Magazine schedules 4 issues 
per year, and will carry '56 news ordinarily in every 
Spring and Summer issue. This year is an exception, there 
being no class news in spring. Some photographs can 
always be used, especially action pictures or family groups, 
but they must be black and white. So do send yours. 

From Westwood, Mass., the point farthest north, Alice 
Guggenheimer Mackay writes that they are thrilled with 
their two adopted children, Danny and Susan. She and 
Roger spent a week skiing in Stowe, Vt. in Feb., came 
home to repack, and flew to Mexico for a week as good 
medicine for a Boston winter. Pryde Brown McPhee and 
John are off this spring, with the four children, on a 
five-month odyssey to Europe on business. John's second 
book, The Headmaster, was published last Nov. and highly 

Out in Cleveland, Nancy Ettinger Minor and husband 
are debating whether or not to give up their lovely two 
acres for a convenient 60' lot in town. She is working with 
retarded children, and she and Ral act as advisors to the 
Jr. High youth group at church, which thinks she's just 
too square to be still learning the frug. They play bridge 
with Bobbie Bradshaw Sedgwick and Jim, who Nancy says 
"are putting the finishing touches on a most gracious old 
home in Cleveland Heights." Bobbie writes that their 
whole family spent three weeks on a camping tour of the 
Jackson Hole-Yellowstone area last summer, finding life 
in a tent can be glorious — as long as it doesn't rain. 

Sally Garrison Skidmore writes from Cincinnati of the 
happy welcome given her new son by his older brothers, 
Brad, 6, and Doug, 4. The dog and she, says Sally, are 
the only females in the family. Debby Brown Stalker 
wonders if she's written in yet of the arrival of their third 
child, Marshall Everard, in November 1965. In July they 
will move into their newly-bought early-1900's Georgian 
house. Debbie is involved in Jr. League committee work in 
Detroit, Planned Parenthood Board, Christmas Mart chair- 
manship last fall, and "struggling with needlepoint and 

Parksie Carroll MulhoUand writes from Baltimore that 
she's been enjoying Garden Club work. Her 8-year-old girl 
Randie is in third grade with Brucie Bordley Gibb's child. 
She found there's nothing like giving a tea for new SBC 
students to make a 56'er feel like an antique. Parksie says 
Marfie Trumbore Whittier, who lives a few blocks from her, 
is doing a marvelous job as director of the Episcopal 
Sunday School there. 

Mary Ann Hicklin Quarngesser, also in Baltimore, re- 
ports she's had a good response to the Fund Appeal so 
far — especially considering the appeal came for some 
• amid Christmas cards and for the rest amid Christmas bills. 

Julie Jackson's card is a marvel which I pass on 
verbatim: "1. Still 'plumbing with aplomb' and love it. 2. 
Life wrapped around a bobbie pin until all the boys adopt 
Gary Grant haircuts and J., in turn, cuts the tresses for a 
Buster Brown. 3. Life is great, if you don't weaken — Ciao!" 
A note from Macie Clay Nichols says she stays busy with 
homework in Louisville, which means managing Martha, 
4, and Robbie, 1 1/2; and extra-curricular affairs like League 
and church work, serving as docent at one of Louisville's 
historical homes, and bridge with Cissie Pfeiffer Ward, 
Barbara Collis Rodes, Eve Altsheler Jay and Meredith 
Smythe Grider. "We play bridge, talk a lot, and follow 
Julie Child religiously on 'The French Chef.' " She says 
Norma Davis Owen and Penn visited Ann Hodgin Williams 
and John last summer and they had a mini-reunion. She 
also said that for Christmas, Stuart gave Eve the keys to 
the new house she wanted. 

From Byrd Stone, a sample of quiet Virginia country 
living: "I envy your life of leisure. How I would like to 
try it! I'm taking an art class in Lynchburg, considering 
taking on a Brownie troop in Amherst, working with AAUW 
(Note: She is president), and am on 5 college committees 
(assigned) including College Council which I enjoy and Ad- 
missions which should be fun. The nursery school is boom- 
ing and I have a good bunch of students in my courses." 


Ginny Echols Orgain writes that their long search in 
Richmond has ended — they've found a wonderful house 
just across the Huguenot Bridge ("we can see the end of 
the bridge, but can't see any water"). She estimates that 
in 10 years they may be straight. Her son John Barbour 
is in first grade; Frank is almost 2. Down toward the 
coast in Franklin is Louisa Hunt Coker, where Mac is 
with the Pulp Mill at Union-Camp and she is busy with 
three children. They had a glorious trip to Boston in 
November for a TAAPI (beats me!) convention — where she 
sneaked away from the planned activities to have lunch 
with Alice Mackay. 

Our most seafaring classmate in Virginia seems to be 
Helen Turner Murphy in Warsaw, who writes: "I do a 
good deal of church work and am on the Board at St. 
Margaret's School (which is fascinating) but I really have 
become a waterman. I not only tong oysters but shuck 
them and have become an avid fisherman. I continue to 
raise raspberries but am gradually cutting down on flowers 
because so much of the pretty weather finds me sailing or 
fishing in the river or canoeing in our pond. We hope to 
add on to our house soon and have room for visitors." 

A note from Jane Street Liles in Raleigh reflects her 
happy preoccupation with her and Jack's newest, an adopted 
daughter, who really keeps her running. Frances Gilbert 
Browne says that Herb is in practice by himself in Char- 
lotte and finds it demanding but most satisfying. Their son 
Howard has become an exuberant first-grader, Gilbert 
is in kindergarten and Paul brightens up the house. Frances 
is serving this year as ticket chairman for the Charlotte 

Down to the Southernmost point! Mary Ann Edens 
Wingfield and Jeff moved to Atlanta last fall in connection 
with his position as Planning Director for the Atlanta 
Region Metropolitan Planning Commission. He is responsible 
for long-range planning for the five counties surrounding 
and including Atlanta. Completing the family are Mike 6 1/2, 
Amy 2 l/2„ and Sam Beagle ("a dumb but sweet female ■ — 
you figure the name out!") Lelia Thompson Tarratus has 
been an area chairman of Cancer Crusade, but her biggest 
job this year has been placement chairman of the Jr. 
League, responsible for placing 600 volunteers in various 
community jobs. Dede Candler Hamilton has not only 
been busy settling into a Georgian house acquired last 
fall, but has just become President-elect of the Atlanta 
Junior League (succeeding Caroline Sauls Hitz '58.) Laura 
Hailey Bowen and Charlie are planning a week's vacation 
this spring in Puerto Rico after her completion of two very 
strenuous jobs — as women's unit chairman for United 
Appeal this year and as president of the Jr. League last 
year. Both she and Weesie Mandeville Grant have been 
accused of proselyting for SBC since their fourth grade 
daughters Laurie and Lochrane, having both had Miss Meade 
as their teacher last year and Carole Dudley '65 this year, 
talk now of going nowhere else but to SBC: Weesie's 
youngest, Josephine, and Lelia's Helen are also classmates. 

Marguerite Gear Wellborn is busy with two sons, 
Marshall 6, and Charles 3, Jr. League work, and a husband 
who has just become an assistant vice-president of the 
First National Bank of Atlanta. Bette Forbes Laughlin re- 
ports that she and Ed had a week in San Francisco last 
fall, where Ed took his final boards after more than 10 
years medical study — and received his passing marks the 
same day all their children got their report cards. (We 
assume the children passed too.) They moved into a new 
house last fall. 

Ann Stevens Allen and Bob were down for an Atlanta 
Falcons football weekend in Dec, and I've visited them in 
the stunning contempory they built in Spartanburg {all 
balconies and curi-ed walls and soaring wood ceilings). Ann 
has her 6- year- old riding a pony, and is taking an Oriental 
Art course at Converse. What Byrd termed as "leisure" for 
me this year isn't exactly anymore after starting the year 
as a sabbatical from teaching, in order to finish my certifi- 
cation course, I've held a 6 months secretarial job and am 
busy with joyous preparation to being married July 8th. 
Since Don is in the nursery business in Atlanta, we'll be 
living here and I'll be learning to decipher words like 


class Secretary: Marie Chapin Pumley 
(Mrs. Allan), 6031 Corland Court, Mc- 
Lean, Va. 22101 

Fund Agent: Carolyn Westfall Monger 
(Mrs. Philip) House G, County Garden 
Apts., Pondview Rd., Rye, N.Y. 

Our class group at the tenth reunion this June was 
twenty-seven strong. I wish that all of you could have been 
with those of us who did attend. We have hardly aged 
at all. Of course, we refrained from standing too close to 
those graduating seniors! Jody Raines Daniel and Marylew 
Cooper Redd sported the deepest tans. Jody will soon be 
building a new home outside Richmond. Marylew and 
family live in Boca Raton, Florida. 

We had a large turnout from Richmond including Sophie 
Ames White, Peggy Liebert, Joy Peebles Massie, Jane Pinck- 
ney Hanahan and Mary Anne Van Dervoort Large. Carter 
Donnan McDowell and her husband have recently moved 
to Richmond, and Dagmar Halmagyi Yon and family will 
soon leave there for Quantico, Virginia. Other Richmond 
news concerns Peggy Liebert who will be teaching religion 
at St. Catherines School next year and Jane Hanahan who is 
the President of the Richmond Junior League. 

Anne Melton Kimzey, Babs Falge Openshaw, Lize Stev- 
ens Jackman and I drove to Sweet Briar from Washington 
on Sunday. We found Carolyn Westfall Monger, Mary Mc- 
Carrick Holahan, Chips Chao Pai and Virginia Marks Paget 
already on hand. Westie is now President of the Sweet 
Briar Club in Westchester County, New York. Virginia and 
Jim, a minister, had moved to St. Louis a few weeks before 
reunion. That is closer than Kansas where they were before. 
Perhaps in a few years we can lure them to the East 
Coast. Chips is very busy with her two toddlers. She 
conducted a post-picnic meeting at Miss Rogers' house. In 
that lovely setting, we elected Peggy Liebert our new class 
president. Our Fund Agent (who will hope for a good re- 
sponse from all of us during the next five years) is Carolyn 
Westfall Monger. 

It was difficult to obtain news from everyone and to 
remember it all at a later date. Those of you I missed can 
always write me before the next issue goes to press. Some 
of the happenings include a trip to Europe by Flo Barclay 
Winston, who returned shortly before reunion time. Gina 
Weed Brown has moved to Baltimore where she has con- 
tinued her interest in dancing. She recently attended try- 
outs for a group that may tour our area, and was chosen. 
She will have a large S.B.C. cheering section if she does 
come to Washington. 

K. D. Moore Bowles joined us briefly and went on to 
attend a wedding in Charlottesville. Chris Smith Lowry 
came up from North Carolina and Suzie Neblett Stephens 
from Tides Inn, Virginia. I understand that Jackie Ambler 
Cusick and RalpTi planned a trip to Tides Inn a few 
weeks after reunion. Jackie was not able to attend the 
reunion because she had just returned from the hospital 
with a new baby boy, their third. Carter Marshall Cusick. 
Lee Haskell Vest came down from Connecticut, and in an 
all too brief visit she said she is busy with two children, 
and life in Connecticut. Carolyn Scott Dillon flew down to 
Lynchburg from Rochester, New York, with her toddler, 
Scott. After a visit to Lynchburg, she spent two days on 
campus and I felt very fortunate to have two former 
roommates, Scottie and Virginia, there. A third roommate, 
Susan Ragland Lewis, could not attend because she, Jim and 
family are moving shortly from Bethesda, Maryland, to 
Grosse Pointe, Michigan, where Jim will be the new Princi- 
pal of the upper school at the Grosse Pointe University 

Margie Scott Johnson was the star of our step singing. 
Westie somehow located a few of our old tunes and 
patiently rehearsed us for our big moment. Marjie Whitson 
Aude's father drove her down and she brought pictures of 
her four darling girls and of the Aude's mammoth New 
York farm. I wish my backyard compared with theirs. 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin invited us to her home for mint 
juleps after step singing. The next morning Nancy took 
us on tour of her office and the rest of the building. We 
proceeded to tour the Science Building, the new wing on 
the library, the impressive Fine Arts building and then 
spent all of our pin money at the Bookshop. 



Class Secretary: June Berguido James 
(Mrs. Fleming III) 911 Klein Rd., Wil- 
liamsonville, N.Y. 14221 
Fund Agent: Lynn Prior Harrington 
(Mrs. Stuart F.) 202 Mountain Ave., 
Ridgewood, N.J. 07450 

BIRTHS: , - 

James Donovan, born Dec. 1, 1965 to Ina Hamilton Hart 

and Bob. 
Jennifer Mary, born April 27, 1966 to Betsy Robinson Taylor 

and Jim 
Margaret Helena, born July 4, 1966 to Jean Lindsay de Sfreel 

and Quentin 
Dick Dowling III, born July 9, 1966 to Susan Davis Briggs 

and Dick 
Scott, born in August, 1966 to Cornelia Bear Givhan and Ed 
A son bom in Sept. 1966 to Mimi Gan-ard Seawright and 

Victoria Crockett, born Oct. 14, 1966 to Eleanor St. Clair 

Thorp and Peter. 
A son, born Dec. 26, 1966 to Dana Dewey Woody and Joe. 

Ina and Bob Hart and their two sons moved into a 
"new" house in Shaker Heights last July and are now 
just blocks away from Biffy Fairfield Creighton. Ina and 
Biffy have enjoyed meeting other alumnae at the meetings 
of the Cleveland SBC Assoc. Bob Hart's profession as a 
patent lawyer requires a good bit of work outside the 
Cleveland area so he travels quite a bit. Jean and Quentin 
de Streel are enjoying country living in Redding, Conn, 
where they live in an Eng. Tudor house which boasts 5 
working fireplaces. The house is on 4 acres with lots of 
trees. Jean says they would welcome seeing any SB people 
in the vicinity and have plenty of room for visitors. In 
addition to their little daughter, now almost a year old, 
the de Streels' projects include working on the house, 
training a Gordon Setter for field trials, beagling and 
teaching Sunday school. Quentin no longer has to com- 
mute to NYC as he has been a Registered Rep. of Goodbody 
& Co. (stockbrokers) in Stamford since last summer. Jean 
hears occasionally from Sue K'Burg Kett, Sarah Benton 
Baldwin (who recently moved for the 4th time in as 
many years, this time from Calif, to Washington, D.C.) 
and Myrna Fielding Hamel. The Hamels have been busier 
than ever since Reg opened his own law office last Aug. 
in Charlotte. Myrna sent news of Dana Dewey Woody's 
little son; she said he is darling and weighed over 8 lbs. 
In Oct. Myrna went with Reg to Richmond when he 
had a case before the 4th circuit court there. She visited 
Marsha Taliaferro Will who has gone back to college and 
is majoring in biology. Marsha is very busy and happy, 
and despite all her responsibilities which include college 
courses and small children, Myrna reports that she looks 
grand and not a day older than when at SBC. The same day 
Myrna saw Patti Powell Pusey ('60) and enjoyed talking 
with her and getting to know Patti's two children. In Nov. 
the Hamels stopped by to see Julie Boothe Perry and 
family when the former were visiting in Washington, D.C. 
Julie and Charlie had a busy time during the political 
campaign in Va. and feel her father's race for senator did 
much to generate enthusiasm in the 'younger generation' to 
run for public office in the state at all levels of gov't. Charlie 
includes politics among his interests in addition to his law 
practice. "Army" is in 1st grajje, Katherine in nursery 
school and 2 1/2 -year -old Robin stays home, so Julie 
always has plenty to keep her busy at home in addition 
to her other activities. 

Susan Davis Briggs went back to work after "Dow" 
was born last July but quit after 2 mos. and is very happy 
being a housewife. Adrienne is now 3, Susan leads a 
Church study group and is pres. of the Birmingham SBC 
Alumnae Assoc. Dick is on the faculty at the Medical 
School and considering going into private practice. 

Libby Benedict Maynard and Erv have 3 children, two 
of whom are redheads. Elizabeth is in 2nd grade. Benjamin 
in kindergarten and John is 3 1/2. Erv is involved in an 
experimental ministry, Flint (Mich.) Industrial Mission. Last 
June Time had an article on industrial missions which in- 

cluded some quotes from Erv about the work he does. 
Libby has worked with a coop, nursery, the League of 
Women Voters with special emphasis on their welfare study, 
and the Democratic party. She and Erv both ran for Pre- 
cinct delegates (and probably were elected. At the time she 
wrote Libby pointed out they live in a Republican precinct 
so there was little opposition). Last summer she planned 
to begin studies in the fall at the Univ. of Mich. School 
of Social Work, at first on a part-time basis. 

In June I received a wonderful letter from Cathy Hill 
Loth from Santiago, Chile where they have now lived for 3 
years. Both daughters were born there: Jennifer Anne on 
July 3, 1964 and Christina Catharine Feb. 20, 1966. Cathy's 
activities have included riding, ballet lessons, gardening, 
charity work and she has traveled quite extensively in South 
America. She and Dick spent a week skiing in Partillo and 
another 3 weeks in the Southern Chilean Lake Country 
which compares favorably with Switzerland. Cathy wrote 
that Chile also has spectacular beaches. The Loths have 
also visited Buenos Aires, Argentina; Montevideo, Uruguay; 
Asuncion, Paraguay; Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. 
They spent a week on the Copacabana Beach in the "fan- 
tastic" city of Rio. Then this summer they traveled north, 
all the way to the U.S. stopping off for a week and renting 
a house near Montego Bay, Jamaica. They had planned to 
spend some time with Dick's family in Rushford, N.Y. and 
leave the children there while they went to NYC for a week 
and then all go to Denver to see Cathy's family. Their 
plans were disrupted by the airline strike and the sudden 
death of Cathy's stepmother, who raised her, so their visit 
home was very different than anticipated. While Cathy was 
in Western N.Y. she saw Stephanie Butan Profaci who 
was a neighbor of ours for a brief period. Stephanie moved 
to Williamsville last spring and then 2 days after Christmas 
they moved to a farmhouse and several acres in West 
Falls, N.Y. While they were in this area we managed to 
get together several times. After graduation Stephanie 
worked for awhile in NYC as a receptionist then returned 
to Madrid under a Middlebury plan and received her 
master's degree in Spanish. She came back to the U.S., 
taught Spanish in a Long Island high school and married 
I.J., who is in the garment industry. They moved from 
Staten Island to Cairo, W. Va. where they bought an old 
farmhouse on 15 acres and fixed it up. They had the plumb- 
ing and heating systems installed and did much of the 
other work, all the painting, etc. themselves. They both ride 
and have a pony for the children (Chesa is nearly 5 and 
Chris is 3). They expect to do a lot of work on their 
"new" house too. 

Another classmate I was happy to see last summer was 
Judy Graham Lewis. Judy and Jim brought their 4 little 
blond children to her mother's in Batavia for a few days 
rest and vacation last June. Judy and her mother (Mary 
Bristol Graham '26) brought the 3 little girls over for lunch 
one day, leaving the menfolk at home. Mrs. Graham and I 
couldn't get over how beautifully and happily Judy manages 
and how busy she stays. In July, Judy took Stephen and 
Beth with her to the Virgin Islands where Jim had gone 
3 weeks before. It was a nice trip but not a vacation for 
Jim as he was entirely responsible for 15 young people. An 
example of the kind of responsibilities Judy has as the wife 
of the Annapolis chaplain is that in Sept. she and Jim 
entertained 122 plebes at a picnic at one of their parishioners' 
homes. (Judy's mother told me about that. Judy tells of 
how much time she has now that only the twins are home 
in the morning since Steve in is 1st grade and Beth attends 
a nursery school from 9-12.) Later in the summer we had a 
visit from Alice Morris Caskell ('59) and Ronald on the last 
lap of their trip by car from NYC to Mexico and back, via 
Calif., the Pacific Coast and Canada. The week after their 
return they sailed for Bristol where Ronald was to resume 
teaching at the University and Alice was going to teach at 
another college. 

Other international travelers are Caroline Sauls Hitz 
and Alex who got a big send off in NYC from Lynn Prior 
Harrington, Penny Meighan Martin, Eleanor St. Clair Thorp 
and Lee Cooper Robb and Teddy before they left for a 
trip to Europe and North Africa last fall. Beedy Tatlow 
Ritchie and Jack had a cross-country trip last summer when 
they went to Calif., via Texas, for a convention. Beedy's 
brother returned from Viet Nam before Christmas and they 


had a family reunion in Scarsdale. Julia Olive Craig Brooke 
is hoping to do some traveling this spring. Last year she 
went up to NYC and while there enjoyed seeing Bob and 
Joan Lamparter Downs and Nick and Dedie Anthony Coch 
and their baby boy. Home in Jacksonville, in between 
carpools ferrying her 3 and their friends about, J.O. has 
occupied her time with Jr. League puppets, the chairman- 
ship of the school carnival and the chairmanship of the 
Heart Sunday Drive. 

Joan Nelson Bargamin. Paul and the 2 boys moved from 
Winchester to Richmond in January. Paul is still with the 
Travelers Ins. Agency but not as a claims adjustor. As a 
result of his passing the bar exam last June he has been 
promoted to a regular job in the legal dep't. The Alex 
McLeods are very happy with their recent move as they 
are now settled in Nashville at "Taybarn" (Gaelic for 
house on the creek), a 2-story red brick Georgian home on 
4 acres. Dotsie wrote that the house is about 35 years old 
and in perfect condition and there is a large creek running 
through the property. Since Dotsie's response to my plea 
for news of her activities was very interesting and literate 
I will quote parts of it: "Knowing that time would be at a 
premium once practice started, Alex and I did a fair 
amount of traveling last year while he finished his resi- 
dency and this year while he has been on a fellowship 
working with cardiac surgeons. We had a grand trip down 
through Natchez to New Orleans last March, enjoying 
gardens, old homes and the enchantment of New Orleans. 
In May we had a 2nd honeymoon at Sea Island and in 
Oct. were able to combine vacation with medical meet- 
ings in San Francisco. Now that we're so firmly rooted in 
the soil and the bank, we'll be sunning by the creek, weeding 
flower beds and mowing the lawn, and not regretting a 
minute of it . . . the Jr. League has kept me busy taking a 
series of art-slide lectures to the 6th grades in the various 
public schools. We run a 6 -week program, the main pur- 
pose of which is to expose the children to the arts and 
try to show them what to look for." Dotsie also works one 
day a week at one of the large local colored schools on a 
program of cultural enrichment for "culturally deprived" 
children. She sent along news of several other classmates 
she keeps up with. Both Gertrude Sharp Caldwell and Peggy 
Smith Warner live in Nashville and are married to doctors 
also. Both are very active with the Jr. League and other 
civic endeavors. The Caldwells are very much interested in 
antiques and haVe done extensive studying in this field. 
When Ben Caldwell isn't delivering babies he is often lec- 
turing on antiques. The Caldwells have 2 little girls and 
the Warners have 3 children. Dotsie wrote that "Nashville 
sadly misses Cornelia Bear Givhan and Ed. We saw quite a 
bit of them while Ed finished his residency here at Vander- 
bilt. Cornelia and I played tennis a lot until the advent 
of #5 Givhan when her exercises were curtailed. Her 4th 
boy, Scott, was born late last summer after they returned 
to Montgomery where Ed is now in practice. The other 4 
Givhans are adorable; each a different and very delightful 
personality." Dotsie also keeps in touch with Lois Seward 
Kumpers who stays busy and happy in Frankfurt, Germany. 
She and Axel take frequent weekend trips to different 
places on the continent. In March the McLeods were looking 
forward to a visit from Joanie Black and Keith Davidson 
and their 3 little girls on their way from Midland, Mich, 
to Florida to visit Joanie's mother. 

We saw Susan Day Dean and Tom over New Year's. 
They are living in a charming, cozy, little old house with 
very thick stone walls, fireplace, wide plank floors, etc. 
in Villa Nova, Pa. Tom is working on his doctorate from 
Union Theological Seminary while teaching religion at 
Temple Univ. Susan is taking courses toward a doctorate 
in Eng. Lit. at Bryn Mawr College. She works Saturdays in 
the children's room at the local library. Susan told me that 
several days after Mimi Garrard Seawright's son was born 
last Sept., Jimmy's sculpture was exhibited at a one man 
show in NYC and Mimi was there for that big event in 
their lives. 

Marian Martin (Mrs. Thorpe Mealing) has been added 
to the lost list and we'd be grateful if anyone knowing her 
current address (the last one we had was St. Joseph, Mo.) 
would send it to me or to the Alumnae Office. 



class Secretary: Mollie McDonald 
Brasfield (Mrs. Evans B.) 6107 Howard 
Rd., Richmond, Va. 22326 
Fund Agent: Carolyn King Ratcliffe 
(Mrs. Clyde H. Ill) 908 Ridge Top Rd., 
Richmond, Va. 23229 


To Judy Jenks Fraser, a son, Donald Porter, Dec. 1, 1966. " I 
To Judy Barnes Agnew, a daughter, Alice Lynn, Oct. 10, 1966. | 
To Martha Boyd Munson, a daughter, Frances Boyd, Oct. 

29, 1966. 
To Judy Cowen Jones, a son, Gregory Edmunds, Sept. 21, 

To Barbara Beam Denison, a daughter, Dorothy (Dolly), 

Dec. 20, 1966. 
To Carter Nichols Marsh, a daughter, Elizabeth Carter, 

Jan. 1967. 
To Dotty Westby Moeller, a daughter, Kristen Read, April 

2, 1966. 
To Lee Cullum Clark, a son, James Howard Cullum. 
To Renate Weickert Hixon, a son, Eric, March 26, 1966. 

HELP! THEY'RE LOST! Please let me know if you 
have the address of any of the following: 

Alice Butler, Mrs. Seth Mundell. 

Annie-Laurie Martin, Mrs. Patrick Carlton. 

Patricia Ann Chumley,-. Mrs. Stephen Sewell. 

Gough Harding and Richard are enjoying life and skiing in 
Montreal, Canada. They hope that those from the class of 
'60 visiting Expo '67 will get in touch with them. Carolyn is 
teaching English and Richard is with the American Con- 
sulate. They will be moving again in October but don't 
know where yet. Kathy Knox Ennis, husband Dick, daughter, 
Katherine Anne, 1 1/2, and Timothy, the Great Dane, will 
be in Santo Domingo for another year. They love the 
climate and are delighted to be so close to the U.S.A. 
for a change. 


WASHINGTON: Adrianne "A" Massie Hill, husband, | 
Mai, and the boys, young Mai and Gordon, moved to 
Seattle in January. They love the city and their new home. 
They have even found time to go skiing at Crystal Mountain 
just 2 hours from their home. 

CALIFORNIA: Judith Berkeley Harrison is living in 
Redding. Husband Bill is with U.S. Plywood and although 
they like northern California, they hope to be transferred 
back East in the not too distant future. A mother of four 
children, Lee, 6 1/2, Barbara, 5, Susan, 3 1/2, and Sharon, 
10 mos., Judy still finds time to take evening courses to 
earn her teaching credentials. 

NEW MEXICO: From Santa Fe, Peggy Cook Montgom- 
ery writes that Seth is busy practicing law and she taking 
care of the two boys. Peggy has become a real westerner 
and can even cook deer, elk, antelope, and ducks! 

COLORADO: Starr Bullis Phillips sends news from 
Colorado Springs that Ragan will be released from the 
Air Force on August 9th. Starr, Ragan, and the two boys 
will be moving to a new home in the fall. 

KANSAS: From Topeka, Shirley Hayman Sudduth 
writes that her family of three and community activities 
keep her busy. Bob and Linda are in school and Peter 
will begin kindergarten in the fall. Outside the home Shirley 
is active with the Junior League's Next-to-New Sale, will 
be secretary of her PTA this fall, and is taking Great 
Books training. ; 

MISSOURI: Betsey Belisle Moreland and family are 
now living in Kansas City. Betsey is busy with the Junior 
League's Thrift Shop. 

TEXAS: Lee Cullum Clark, husband, Jim, and son, 
Cullum, are taking a leave of absence from Dallas to be in 
Austin where Jim is serving his first term in the state legis- 
lature. Lee says her new life is exciting. She even finds 
time to lobby for liquor-by-the-drink while strolling Cullum 
in the park! She also has enjoyed visits with Maline Gilbert 

McCalla. From Dallas, Louise Phinney Caldwell writes that 
she has formed a corporation, "The Clever Needlewoman, 
Inc.", which distributes custom needlework in the Dallas 
area. The Caldwells traveled in England last summer and 
then returned to help campaign for Lee's husband Jim. 

TENNESSEE: Alice Jones Torbett is busy editing a page 
of the Johnson City Paper each week. Mary Anne Claiborne 
Johnston and family are back in Nashville after 2 years in 
Germany. In June, Mary Anne, Dick, and their boys, 
Richard, 4, and Claiborne, 2, will be moving to Boston 
where Dick has a 1-2 fellowship at Children's Hospital. 

KENTUCKY: In Louisville, Janie Haldeman Tyrrell took 
time out this winter from drying noses and distributing 
aspirin to Jane, 15 mos., and Gerry, 4, to visit her parents 
in Naples, Florida. Janie also writes that Mary Laird visited 
Heidi Wood Huddleston in Bowling Green. 

ALABAMA: Rhett Ball Thagard writes from Birmingham 
that she and Tommy stopped by SBC last spring on the 
way to Tommy's fifth law school reunion at U. Va. Then 
they came to Richmond to see Patti Powell Pusey and Ann 
Catling Honey. Rhett is the SBC alumnae representative 
for Birmingham. She also had a poem written for the 
Birmingham Junior League magazine reprinted in Charlotte, 
North Carolina's Junior League magazine which is edited by 
Becky Towill McNair. 

FLORIDA: Renate Weickert Hixon and family have 
moved to Jacksonville after 6 1/2 years in New York City. 
Libby Dew writes from Daytona that she is nursing in a 
hospital and enjoying the beach and trailer living. 

GEORGIA: From the Atlanta girls we have found that 
Judy Barnes Agnew is busy with new daughter, Lynn, but 
still finds time to visit with Tila Farrell Grady, Linda Sims 
Grady, and Nina Wilkerson Bugg. Tila is bulb chairman 
for Atlanta and will be chairman of the Junior League's 
Nearly New Shop in the fall. Barbara Bowen is constructing 
and teaching an educational television series for the sixth 
grade and enjoying learning about t.v. teaching. 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Claire Banner Stuart, husband, 
Gene, and daughter, Carol, 2, have moved to Greenville. 
Gene is sales manager of the Greenville branch of J. M. 
TuU Metals Co. The Stuarts have been on the move quite a 
bit — from Atlanta to Tampa, to Jacksonville, back to 
Atlanta, and now to Greenville! Nancy Corson Gibbs, Joe, 
and their two daughters are now living in Columbia. 

NORTH CAROLINA: Dotty Westby Moeller, Bob and 
daughter, Kristen, are back in the states. Bob is a research 
associate at Duke University. They spent last September 
through January in Paris where Bob worked on his thesis 
and Dotty studied printmaking. From Charlotte, Charlyne 
Grimes writes that she travels whenever possible. Last year 
it was a trip to Greece and this year she is taking a 2 
week Carribean cruise. 

WASHINGTON, D. C: Barbara Beam Denison and fam- 
ily moved into their first home in October. Then George 
and their two daughters welcomed Beam and their new 
daughter, Dolly, home on Christmas Eve. George is writing 
for the Readers' Digest and working on a political novel. 
Beam is doing volunteer t.v. work for the Junior League. 
Donna Kerkam Grosvenor and Gil spent 2 weeks skiing in 
Vail, Colorado, where they had a reunion with Jane Riddle 
Lancaster and husband, John. In July Donna and Gil are 
leaving for Afghanistan to do a story for the National 
Geographic and will be gone for 3 months. 

MARYLAND: Joyce Cooper Toomey writes they have 
moved into a new home in EUicott City. Joyce is teaching 
third and fourth grades in a parochial school. Husband 
Charley is finishing his second year of an orthodontic per- 
ceptorship. They saw Lee Del Greco Wood at Joyce's bro- 
ther's wedding. He married Lee's sister-in-law, a SBC girl, 
Tay Wood. 

PENNSYLVANIA: From Stafford, Lura Coleman Wamp- 
ler writes that they have moved into their first house. 
She plans to retire from teaching after this year. 

NEW JERSEY: Margot Sauer Meyer and daughter, 
Amy, are home in Short Hills while Bob is in Vietnam. 
Nancy Beekman Carringer is in line for congratulations from 
the class of '60. She received her Sweet Briar degree last 
June with her whole family in attendance, including her 
two sons and her daughter. She is now taking courses 
for her teaching certificate. 

CONNECTICUT: Judy Jenks Eraser writes that they 
have moved to Westport. Judy is area bulb chairman for 
SBC. Dottie Grant Halmstad has moved into a new home 
in Ridgefield which they helped to design. They traveled 
to Holland and Scandinavia last fall. 

MASSACHUSETTS: From Marblehead comes news that 
Betsy Buechner Morris also has moved but into a 250- year- 
old house on the water. Betsy, Monty, and the boys, Peter 
and Tommy, are looking forward to warm weather and 

VIRGINIA: In Waynesboro, Judy Cowen Jones, Mac, 
their two daughters, and their four female dogs were de- 
lighted with the male addition to their family. Judy still 
finds time in her busy schedule to play tennis. In Richmond, 
Martha Boyd Munson last June completed her seventh year 
of teaching kindergarten and also received her BS degree. 
She is now a full time "Mom" and loves it. Patti Powell. 
Pusey is busy with family and community activities. The 
Puseys have just added a Shetland Sheep dog to their 
household. Carolyn King Ratcliffe is taking tennis lessons 
along with her many other activities. Evans and I are set- 
tling back down after a cruise in the Bahamas with Suzy 
Neblett Stephens '57 and husband Bob Lee. It was a 
glorious ten days! 

My thanks to all of you who answered my cards. We 
will have news of the class of '60 in the spring and summer 
issues only so PLEASE send birth announcements and other 
newsy notes to me as they happen. 


Class Secretary: Anne Allen Symonds 
(Mrs. J. Taft) Glen Coin, Alpine, N.J. 
Fund Agent: Ann Parker Schmalz 
(Mrs. Robert N.), 110 Linden St., New 
Haven, Conn. 06511 

Twenty of us returned for our Fifth reunion and had a 
wonderful time visiting with one another and seeing with 
great approval the new Connie Quion Science Building and 
Chapel. Jocelyn Palmer Conners (who brought Tim, a very 
well behaved three-month-old son), acting Reunion Chair- 
man in place of Mary Sturgeon Biggs (who was finding 
out about the time consuming duties of motherhood in 
Calif.), announced at the Alumni Luncheon that our class 
was busy "building our families and everything". As indi- 
cated by the last column listing births this was appropriate 
and also points to the hope that perhaps more of you will 
be out of circumstances when the tenth rolls around and 
will be able to get back to SBC. All present will readily 
attest that it was well worth the effort to return. These 
people were Ginger Borah Slaughter, Anne-Bruce Boxley, 
Betsy Cate Pringle, Chris Christie Cruger, Nancy Fleshman 
Bowles, Debbie Glazier Michael, Molly Harris Jordan, Dulcie 
Heintz Germond, Ray Henley Thompson, (exhibiting her 
newly attained skill by sporting a Thompson original), 
Peggy Johnson Curtis (who had intriguing model pictures 
of her proposed home), Mary Louise Kelly Moore (whose 
son Mark and husband George we met on Sunday night), 
Puddin Newberry Coons, Barbie Ross Goode (who came with 
albums of pictures of daughter Anne to show us as well 
as to Mrs. Pannell who knows Anne as her namesake). May 
Belle Scott Rauch, Julia Shields, Adel Shinberger Jesdale, 
Bettye Thomas (who currently is a secretary, tutor, typist, 
fill-in office worker, and commuter when possible between 
Lynchburg and Rome), Jo Wheatley Overby (she came to 
the Alumni Luncheon with six-year-old daughter Brooke), 
Mary Jane Schroeder Oliver, Jocelyn and myself. 

We started Sunday night off with cocktails and picnic 
fare at the Daniels. During Reunion, we all found our way 
to Tommy's at one time or another and to our great dis- 
appointment found Mutt has joined the Merchant Marine and 
Hazel has left, New Officers elected were Jocelyn as Presi- 
dent (she did a splendid job on the scrapbook which was 
fun to read). Anne Parker Schmalz, Fund Agent, and me, 
by process of elimination (jobless and childless) as Sec- 

In doing some telephoning for S.B. before Reunion, I 
discovered that Ginny Sortor Myers lives in Closter, N.J. 
next door to me, and that we shop at the same market 
but we have yet to run into each other. Judie Hartwell 
Brooks, living in Yonkers, just across the Hudson from us. 


is busy with her eight- month- old son David and was ter- 
ribly sorry to have missed coming back. Leslie Heye Quar- 
rier had to forego a return to SBC in favor of Sid's gradu- 
ation from Wesleyan. They have just bought a house near 
Old Lyme, Conn, overlooking the Conn. River. Barbara 
Sublet! Guthery, John, and five-year-old Katie are moving 
from New Jersey to Charlotte, having been transferred 
by American Cyanamid. 

Anne-Bruce Boxley kindly sent me the scrapbook to 
which many of you responded and sent marvelous pictures. 
Betty Altgelt, now Mrs. Lloyd R. Campbell, is living in New 
York and working as a systems analyst for Computer 
Applications, Inc. as well as being mother to eight-year-old 
twin stepdaughters Linda and Lisa. Marcia Armstrong Scholl 
is living in New York and working for IBM as a technical 
writer. Patsy Cox Kendall said she was disappointed to 
have to miss Reunion but was involved in a family wed- 
ding. Leaving fifteen-month -old daughter Sheldon at home, 
she and Skip skied for ten days at Mt. Tremblant in 
Canada this winter. Patsy has been doing volunteer work 
at a Guidance Clinic for emotionally disturbed adults and 
children as well as through the Boston Junior League. Nancy 
Hudler and Gerd Keuffel had a splendid vacation this spring 
in Spain and Majorca. Nancy appeared several weeks ago 
on the Match Game, a nationally televised quiz show. 

Mimi Lusk Deithorn (Mrs. Milton E. Jr.) is about to 
celebrate her first anniversary. Being a buyer for skiwear 
and equipment in Pittsburgh has meant two European buy- 
ing trips, traveling in France, Germany, Austria, Switzer- 
land, Finland, Denmark, and Italy. She reports it's pure 
pleasure traveling on someone else's money. Milt, a ship- 
ping supervisor, is attending night school three times a 
week, making their life a bit hectic with her late hours at 
the store. Peg Pulis wrote that she is doing free lance 
advertising art work as well as studying art with the hope 
of beginning a career in medical art this fall. Adel Shin- 
berger Jesdale, Bill and Todd, three and a half, are living 
in Newton, Mass. Bill is teaching at Brown. Adel will 
have a new neighbor this fall when Mary Layne Shine 
Gregg, Bob, Clark, Andrew, and a new daughter Mary Court- 
ney move to Providence where Bob will work on a Ph.D. 
at Brown. 

Mary Steketee MacDonald and Jerry moved to the 
Schenectady area last December, courtesy of General Elec- 
tric. Mary writes they bought a ranch type house in the 
country and she has been busy planting and gardening. 
Alice Warner went to France this past April for her vaca- 
tion. She is still working for the Wilmington Trust Com- 
pany as a programmer. 

This fall new residents of C'ville will be_Anne Dunlap 
Youmans, George, George Jr., and Cleveland. George will 
be attending Graduate School at U.Va. Anne sent mar- 
velous pictures of their children and of George and herself 
(looking very shapely in a bikini) while vacationing in 
Hawaii. Also in Charlottesville are Julie Shields, Mary 
Louise Kelly Moore, Sally Scherer Hawthorne (Mrs. Henry), 
and Dulcie Heintz Germond (Mrs. Edward S.). Dulcie's hus- 
band, having been released as a captain in the Marines in 
September, 1966, is in Business School. Dulcie's two children 
are Edward S. Ill (Teddy) and Amanda Sloane, five months. 
She had to return to C'ville on Monday night in order 
to organize a birthday party for Teddy on Tuesday! 

Linda Emery, a special education teacher and training 
supervisor in Des Moines wrote of her work at the Des 
Moines Child Guidance Center and the Day Hospital where 
she has been doing an extensive amount of work under 
Federal grants. 

From California came word from Joan Morse Sather. 
She and Kent live in San Francisco where he is a market 
researcher, Joan is teaching Fashion Merchandising at 
Patricia Stevens. This includes such subjects as Retailing, 
Clothing Design, Accessories, and Costume History to girls 
seeking fashion careers. She and Kent find snow and 
water skiing both pleasurable and necessary as exercise 
what with all the wonderful restaurants in the Bay area. 
Mary Sturr Cornelius and Dr. Jim are enthusiastic owners 
of a Cal 20 and sail every spare moment on the San 
Francisco Bay. Jim is currently in his second residency 
specializing in radiology. Mary is teaching kindergarten. 
Gwen Weiner is also living in San Francisco where she 
is doing free lance interior designing (current project being 

her parent's home), and studying piano and ballet. When 
she wrote she was in the process of regaining her health 
after a bout with hepatitis which she thinks may have been 
contacted in Greece last September. 

Puddin Newberry Coons came the farthest for Reunion. 
Her husband Richard will be in his final year of medical 
school next fall at the University of Texas in Galveston 
but finds time to practice a little law, having attained his 
law degree before Medical School. Puddin has been teach- 
ing for the last three years. This past spring I went to the 
christening of Alexandra Carter, daughter of Heather Edgar 
and Bill Carter. They will be moving from Houston to 
Woodstock, Vt. this fall as Bill will be attending the Amos 
Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth in 
Hanover. Pat Perkins Wolverton, husband David, sons Alan 
and Kirk, live in Wichita Falls, Texas where David works 
for the First Wichita National Bank. Pat reported that 
Brooke Hamilton Cressall and Bill are parents of a new 
son born last April. 

Other new parents are Rosalie Smithy Mcintosh and 
Nash whose son Horace Smithy was born May 26th. Rose 
was back working two weeks later at the Horse's Mouth, 
the dress shop she and her aunt own. Buying trips bring 
her to New York about twice a year. Alice AUew Smyth 
and Ross had a daughter Alice Elliot born May 21st. James 
Jackson Biggs was born to Mary Sturgeon and Jim on May 
25th. And on June 18th William Clarence Boyd IV greeted 
parents Eve Pringle and Bill. 

In closing I think it appropriate to express thanks on 
behalf of our class to Betsy Pearson Griffin for doing a 
really terrific job as secretary, Nancy Hudler Keuffel for 
being a successful fund raiser, and to new mama Sturgeon 
for carrying out her duties as Madame President up until 
her trip to the hospital. 


Class Secretary: Jane Bradley Wheeler, 
4300 Roswell Rd., N.E., Apt. 13, 
Atlanta, Ga. 

Fund Agent: Claire Hughes Knapp, 
501 W. Adams, Fairfield, Iowa 

Engagements: - ' - 

Grace Mary Garry to Frederick Charles Wilbur of Rockland, 

Marielyce Barclay to Michael Lee VVatner 
Alice Fales to Dick Stewart of Cleveland 

Marriages : 

Susan Wienfeld to Bert Dillon, June 4, 1966 

Frances Utley to Frank Shyjka, November 19, 1966 

Joan Bartol to Christopher S. Peeples 

Joan Moore to Nicholas Biddle, Jr. 

Mary Ball Payne to John B. Morton, Jr., August 13, 1966 


To Jane Bradley Wheeler, a daughter, Mary Bradley Wheeler, 

Feb. 5, 1967 
To Pam Larson Baldwin, a -son, Monroe Glass Baldwin, III, 

Feb. 1967 
To Harriet Houston Shaffer, a son, Charles M. Shaffer, III 

Dec. 14, 1966 
To Ebbie Evans Edwards, a son, Christopher Thomas Ed- 
wards, May 22, 1966 
To Frances Johnson Lee, a son, Christopher Lee 

With the arrival of a little girl in the Wheeler house- 
hold, the news column for the class of '64 has taken a 
back seat. In the future, our class notes will appear only 
in two magazines each year — the spring and summer issues. 
The gang in N.Y.C. continues to have fun and make 
exciting headlines. Margaret Thouron and Susan Dwelle are 
taking a brief respite from city life and plan to leave in 
May for five weeks of travel in Greece and Spain. Before 
departing for Europe, Susan will spend April in Jacksonville. 
Frances Hanahan is recovering from a fractured ankle — 
the result of a skiing weekend at Sugarbush, Vt. After 
spending two years in Monrovia, Liberia, with the Peace 
Corps, Emily Ward traveled in other African countries and 
in Europe before returning to the States. She is now living 
in N.Y.C. Tappy Lynn moved to the Big City recently and 


is working for the Cooper Union Museum. Tina Patterson 
Sands is completing her BA at Hunter College after teach- 
ing at Brearey School last year, and attending school at 
night. Both Thomas and Judy Dunn Spangenberg are involved 
in advertising in N.Y.C. 

Margie Fleigh and Ginny Hamilton are sharing an 
Apt. Margie is a reverse commuter; she drives to Greenwich 
every morning to teach American History to juniors and 
seniors at Rosemary Hall. She plans to teach there again 
next year. Hedi Haug is still working at S.&H. Green 
Stamps. After their wedding July 22nd, Marielyce Barclay 
and Michael Watner plan to honeymoon in Puerto Rico 
and St. Thomas and will live in New Milford, N.J., where 
Michael will be near his job with a merchandizing and 
retailing firm. Anne Day moved to N.Y.C. in Sept. and has 
been working at Harper & Row in children's books since 
Dec. Sarah Townsend is working for the advertising firm, 
Wells, Rick, Green, Inc. Robin and Caroline Keller Gilliland's 
most recent address (as far as I know) is 116 E. 37th St. 
Carroll Tiernan is living at 428 W. 44th St., and is working 
at Holly Stores, Inc. as a personnel manager. 

When I last heard from Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer in 
May, she wrote that John and she were looking forward to 
a trip to Bermuda in the fall to get away from the academic 
life in Charlottesville. Kit Snow was graduated from George 
Washington Univ. with a M.A.T. in June, 1965, and taught 
a second grade class last year in Maryland. Susan Bronson 
Craft is teaching eleventh grade English at Penncrest High 
School while Ed is working toward his M.B.A. at Wharton 
School of Finance. They are living outside Philadelphia. 
After both graduating the same day from the U. of Md. 
Kurt and Susan Shierling Riegal moved to Los Angeles where 
he's an Assistant Professor at U.C.L.A. and she's teaching 
the third grade in a L.A. city school. Although she stays 
busy with Ted and Ben, Angle Whaley LeClercq finds time 
to teach in the public schools of Columbia, S.C. Fred is 
practicing law there. Lynn Youngs is still teaching at the 
Hockaday School in Dallas, but she plans to do a year of 
graduate study beginning in the fall. Both Oscar and Barbara 
Bums Persons are in school: she is teaching at a public 
school in Atlanta, and he will graduate from Emory Univ. 
Law School in June. Oscar has accepted a job with a 
large law firm here. Bert and Susan Wienfeld Dillon are 
living in Columbia, S.C. where he is on the faculty of the 
U. of S.C. and she is teaching high school. They met at 
Duke Univ. when he was studying for his Ph.D. and she 
for her M.A. They were married last June. 

Diane Hatch is teaching Latin at Mary Washington 
College in Fredericksburg, Va. and plans to begin work 
toward a Ph.D. at U.N.C. this summer. She will return to 
Mary Washington next fall. Carol Eckman Taylor writes 
from Grosse Pointe, Michigan that she enjoys teaching his- 
tory and economics. In addition to teaching, Doots Duer 
Leach is working toward her M.A. at the U. of Pa. Walter 
will receive his graduate degree in Architecture from the 
U. of Pa. in June. Nancy Arni is in her second year of 
Medical school at George Washington Univ. and plans to 
work as an assistant in anesthesiology in a hospital in 
Salisbury, Md. Anne Booth will receive_her M.A. in classics 
from Brown Univ. in June; she concentrated on classical 
Archaeology while there. Anne spent six busy months last 
year in Europe excavating and studying in Southern Italy, 
and studying at the summer session of the American School 
of Classical Studies in Athens. Anne's thesis is being pub- 
lished in a Belgian Classics journal! Puss Prichard writes 
that she is on a teaching fellowship (Honors Research Fel- 
lowship) at Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. for an M.S. in Math. 
After receiving her M.A. at Duke Univ. last June, Grace 
Mary Garry is working toward her Ph.D. now. She passed 
her prelims and is now studying for her dissertation, 
which will be in Shakespeare. While at Duke, Grace 
Mary met Fred Wilbur who is also a graduate student, and 
they plan to marry June 9th. 'fhey will live in Durham next 
year while Grace Mary is studying for the second year 
under a Danford fellowship. 

Pam Hellmuth Weigandt and Ralph spent last summer 
traveling in Europe and returned to Lexington in Sept. 
for his second year of law school at W.&L. Pam is still 
working as a caseworker at the Rockbridge County Welfare 
Dept. Nancy Hall Green writes that she and Holcombe will 
be returning to Atlanta after his graduation in June from 

U. Va. Law School; he will be associated with a prominent 
firm here. Also heading for Atlanta will be Harriet Houston 
Shaffer with the two Charlies — after Charlie senior finishes 
law school at Chapel Hill. When I heard from Ebbie Evans 
Edwards in Feb., she and Tom were anxiously waiting to 
hear whether he would remain at U. Va. for his internship 
or whether they would be off to Strong Memorial in 
Rochester, N.Y. After two and a half years in the army, 
Lane and Leasie Scott Porter moved from Oberammergau, 
Bavaria, to Washington, D.C. in April. Also living near 
Washington are Martin and M.C. Elmore Harrell, who have 
moved recently into a townhouse in Rockville, Md. Martin 
is project engineer for the Navy's "Man in the Sea" pro- 
gram, and he has been selected as an aquanaut to par- 
ticipate in Sea Lab III for two weeks next fall. He will 
be anchored 430 feet deep off the coast of Calif, for two 
weeks. M.C. spends a lot of time doing volunteer work at 
Junior Village, a home for dependent children run by the 
Dept. of Public Welfare. Ann Ritchie Sornson writes that 
she is the proud mother of two sons, Eric and Lee. After 
being the first couple to marry in Sweet Briar Memorial 
Chapel last Aug., John and Mary Ball Payne Morton moved 
to Wilmington, Del. where he is a chemical engineer at 
Hercules, Inc. Linde Lowdon has been Mrs. William Mullis 
since June 1965 and is living in Philadelphia, where her 
husband is in his third year of medical school at the 
Univ. of Pa. Amy Freund Green has moved with husband 
Bob and their infant scSn to Dayton, Ohio where he is 
stationed at Wright Patterson A.F.B. Lorna Macleod Smith 
(Mrs. Stpehen A.) stays busy with two children, Megan and 
Geoffery, she is also aspiring to sell real estate after 
receiving her broker's license in Dec. Skipper and Claire 
Hughes Knapp are living in Fairfield, Iowa now, but plan 
to move to Pittsburgh in October. Mindy Newlin Powell 
graduated from Pa. State Univ. in June, 1963 and married 
John Powell of Ardmore, Pa. the following May. Since 
John completed Princeton Theological Seminary last June, 
they have been living in Livingston Manor, N.Y., where he 
is the minister of the Presbyterian Church. While her hus- 
band was in Viet Nam last year, Bonnie Mount Grimsley 
lived in Warrenton, Va. — awaiting the birth of their second 
child. The last letter I received from Wendy Thomas Hicks 
was from Chicago, where John was a sales managerial 
trainee at Continental Can, and Wendy was working for an 
advertising agency. Since then, they have moved to Omaha, 
Nebraska. Marilyn Dunlap Laird traveled several months 
last year with husband Charles and spent the remainder of 
the year supervising the remodeling of an old home in 
Paris, Tenn. They finally moved in Christmas Eve. Lynn 
Williams Tompkins worked as a medical-surgical R.N. while 
husband Tom spent a year in Viet Nam. Now he is at 
home doing an Internal Medicine Residency at W. Va. 
Medical Center. They have one son, Gregory Robert. 
Susie Glasgow Brown writes that she and Allen have moved 
from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami. He is an engineer with Fla. 
Power and Light Co. Before they moved, Susie worked as 
an editorial assistant for a publishing co., in Ft. Lauderdale. 
Josephine England Redd is utilizing that ol' degree from 
S.B.C. to tutor some students in Math. She and Uhland are 
still living in Florence, Ala. Ann Horak Shafer stays busy 
with civic activities in Winchester, Ky., where Jim has 
opened his own law office. He was recently appointed 
Corporation Counsel for the city. Since their marriage last 
April, and Jamaican honeymoon, Rosamond Sample Brown 
and husband Harry have been living in Little Rock, where 
he is stationed in the Air Force. Rosamond teaches French 
part-time in two schools there. 

From the girls living out of the country, I hear that 
Nancy Lynah Stebbing received her degree from the Univ. 
of Edinburg in July and spent the rest of the summer 
traveling in Spain and France. She and Nowell spent three 
weeks in Charleston last Christmas and hope to come back 
to the U.S.A. for at least a year when he completes his 
Ph.D. It sounds like Ann Harwood Scally is leading a 
glamorous life in Lebanon spending the summers at the 
beach, taking trips to the mountains to ski, and living in 
an apartment overlooking the blue Mediterranean! She is 
taking French lessons every day and modern dance twice 
a week; she even finds time to do some modeling. Tuck 
and Ann took a trip to Saudi Arabia in Feb. and planned 
to go to Cyprus in the Spring and Greece this summer. 


They would love to have any S.B.C. visitors who are trav- 
eling in that area. Sheila Carroll CoQprider and Chuck are 
living in the Philippines, where he is stationed at Clark Air 
Base. He flies the F-102 in South East Asia. During their 
free time, they travel in the area as much as possible. 

Alice Fales has been working two years for the Senate 
Foreign Relations Committee, but she plans to quit before 
the 90th Congress adjourns because of her marriage this 
summer to Dick Stewart. After a honeymoon around-the- 
world, they plan to live in Washington. Dick is a lawyer 
aiid has been a clerk at the Supreme Court for a year. 
Also in Washington, D.C. is Ginny deBuys, who is a 
secretary with the F.M.C. Corp., a large manufacturing co. 
that makes anything from the rayon in a dress to the 
MI13's used in Viet Nam. Charlotte Turner is working 
for an Alabama congressman in D.C. She has received her 
M.A. in speech and forensics and hopes to return to 
teaching at the college level after her marriage this summer. 
Martha Benn has been working for Planning Research Corp. 
since last fall when she returned from a vacation in the 
Middle-East and Mediterranean. 

When I received a post card from Sharon Van Cleve 
last Christmas she said that she planned to return to 
Washington after her work with the Peace Corps language 
program in India. David and Jackie Nicholson Wysong's 
new address is 1409 Ruffner Rd., Alexandria, Va. Guy and 
Tria Pell Dove have moved from N.Y.C. to Washington, D.C. 

Anne Stanley has been living in Calif, since last summer 
and is working at the U.C.L.A. medical center for a 
pediatric heart specialist involved in research and open 
heart surgery on children with congenital defects. Nancy 
Gillies has taken a leave from nursing school and is work- 
ing at Children's Hospital-Pittsburgh. Nancy Banfleld has a 
job with Southern Bell Telephone Co. as a school recruiter- 
going to various high schools in the Atlanta area to give 
lecture-demonstrations to students. Aimee Gibson has re- 
turned from two years spent in the Peace Corps doing com- 
munity development work in Venezuela, and she is now 
living in Atlanta working for the Office of Economic Op- 
portunity. Aimee's job will entail making frequent trips to 

Mary Marsh is also working for O.E.O. in Atlanta. 
Mary Peeples is a decorator at one of the large department 
stores in Atlanta. 

I have lost track of several classmates and would ap- 
preciate anyone sending me the present addresses of: Kath- 
erine Carberry, Stephanie De Camp, Jean Tubby, and Susan 
Corwin Gary. 


Class Secretary: Shelley Turner Be- 
noit,, 3 Sheridan Square, N.Y., N.Y. 
Fund Agent: Juliet Baker, 6920 Wood- 
side Place, Chevy Chase, Md. 

The class of '66 — once the Playgirls of the Year — are 
now the Married Girls, Working Girls, TraveUing Girls, or 
Loafing Girls of '67. There are platoons of us in many 
major cities — 

Boston, New York, San Francisco, Washington. And a 
good many others may be located, along with recently ac- 
quired husbands, at military bases across the United States 
and around the world. Some are reasonably settled, others 
at way stations — in mind as well as body. A greatly reward- 
ing number, including many undaunted by marriage, are 
nearing the end of their first year of graduate study. Here 
are a few highlights. 

I am an old married lady, living in Greenwich Village, 
and working as a copywriter in the Promotion Department 
at American Heritage Publishing Co., on Fifth Avenue. 
Further uptown, Gracie Butler is comfortably ensconced 
in a flashy 89th St. pad, from which she sallies forth 

every day to do social work — tiring, but good pay. 
Diane Girling, who lives on the same street, is en- 
rolled at Katherine Gibbs, and will graduate at the 
beginning of the summer, fully equipped for a top notch 
job — although in her heart the stage is still IT. Also on 
89th St. is Nancy Conkle, who is working at Bonwit Teller's. 
Missy Spruance is also busy selling beautiful things; she's at 
the Bermuda Shop. Way, way uptown is Randie Cutler, who 
is a graduate student at Columbia U. She is continuing her 
study of history in a somewhat more relaxed, but no less 
dedicated, fashion. Meanwhile, downtown, Debbie Haslam Is 
keeping her eye out for good things in the Wall Street 
area where she works. So much for the Metropolitan area. 

On Long Island, Midge Lundy, who graduated from 
N.Y.C, is setting about becoming an English teacher. 

The Boston-Cambridge area claims several of our number 
both for work and graduate school. Pam Leary, who was 
taking a secretarial course while I took Radcliff's Pub- 
lishing Procedures Course last summer, is now working as 
a production assistant in a Bostofi advertising agency. Cindi 
Michele, who rooms with Pam is doing graduate study in 
sociology. Susie Moorman has been a librarian at Harvard's 
giant Widener Library. Meredith Aldrich Moodie is married 
and doing graduate work in French. 

In the nation's capital, Judy Baker is working as pro- 
fessional assistant at the Montgomery Public Library of 
Wheaton, and attending Catholic U. Library School. (Her 
old roomie, Ireys, also goes to library school at night at 
Columbia in N.Y.) Molly Trombly, was transferred to 
Washington from Hawaii by the travel agency she works for. 
Nancy Dunham will soon be finished with an onerous sec- 
retarial course, and will then be eligible for all sorts of 
exciting jobs. 

Kathy Mockett is profiting from her mathematical genius 
by working at RCA in Cherry Hill, N.J. in computer pro- 

The Riding Council rides again — this time for a living. 
Sally Dunham, Kit Baker, and Abby Patterson, can be 
found saddling up in Conn., New Jersey, and Florida, re- 

And now a roll call on some military wives. Jane 
Patton Browning forfeited her job at Tiffany's (where Ellen 
Baird is working, incidentally) and followed her husband, 
first to Newport, R.I., then to the West Coast. Keenan 
Colton Montgomery may be found, along with Chris, at 
Ft. Meade in Laurel, Md. Tolly Greer Alexander gleefully 
left Key West, Fla., where she had been teaching second 
grade, to get married and follow her husband to Germany, 
where they will live for more than a year — having so 
cleverly gotten the orders switched from Korea! 

Randie Miles Long is teaching school near Cornell U. 
where her husband is a graduate student. 

Anne Eberstadt is enjoying the green grass of Colorado, 
where sTie is attending the U. of Colorado. 

Mary Haskell, who is Vicky Chainski's strongest com- 
petitor for the "Marco Polo Award", has returned from her 
travels in India — her chief delight being the city of Gogo, 
which is just what its name implies! Vicky is plotting an- 
other global foray with her parents. 

A word from the West Coast. Kathy Sheahan is work- 
ing as librarian and tutor at the Ojai Valley School in 
California, Peggy Wood, Linda Reynolds, and Nancy Schmidt 
are all out in that great state, engaged in a variety of 
activities — bringing good taste and good judgement to those 
surfing savages. 

And in the Southland. Mary Emma Carmichael is slav- 
ing happily in an advertising agency in Atlanta, Ga. Andrea 
Pearson is doing computer programming for a bank in 
Mobile, Ala., and is reputedly still hung over from Mardi 
Gras. Rab Willis Finlay is married and living in Columbia, 
S.C, and going to graduate school. . 

And that about wraps it up folks. Has Louise DuRona 
gone underground AGAIN! 


The editors regret the omission of a by-line for the 
article "They Dance" which appeared In the Spring 
issue of this Magazine. This was written by Linda Lee 
'64 who, since her graduation from Sweet Briar, has 
earned her M.A. degree in dance from the University 
of Iowa, where she has accepted a position for 1967-68. 


An alumna as the Assistant Executive Secretary, 
Sweet Briar Alumnae Association. For details please 
write Mrs. Edward Leonard, 1st Vice-president, or 
Mrs. John Roth, 2nd, Vice-president, % Alumnae Asso- 
ciation, Sweet Briar, Virginia. 





Sweet Briar College received significant recog- 
nition for tiic work of the Alumnae Association at 
the Annual Conference of the American Alumni 
Council. Six colleges and universities were honored 
with an Alumni Administration Award, sponsored 
by the Sears Roebuck Foundation. These awards 
recognized "Those alumni programs that compre- 
hensively seek to mobilize behind education the 
full strength of organized alumni support." Recipients 
in addition to Sweet Briar were. Smith College, Col- 

gate University, The University of California at 
Los Angeles, Tulane University and the University 
of Wisconsin. 

Blair Buniitii; Both, President of the Alumnae As- 
sociation, and Elizabeth Bond Wood, Executive Sec- 
retary of the Association, received the award for Sweet 
Briar at the opening session of this conference in San 
Francisco on July 2. Case studies of the award win- 
ning alumni programs were featured sessions of this 

The Evolution 
of the EngUsh Bible 

from the collection of an alumna 


ighlight of the time of the dedication of Sweet 
Briar's Memorial Chapel was an exhibit of books 
from the collection of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, '39. 
Called "The Evolution of the English Bible," the 
exhibit was open to the public in the Charles A. Dana 
Wing of Mary Helen Cochran Library from the Dedi- 
cation week end through June 7. 

It included such rare items as a leaf from the 
Gutenberg Bible of 1454-55, the first book to be 
printed from movable type, and a first edition of Mar- 
tin Luther's German translation of the Bible. Of the 
thirty volumes Mrs. Prothro chose for this exhibit, 
perhaps the most important was the Miles Coverdale 
version, the first complete English translation of the 
Bible, printed in Marburg, Germany by Eucharius 
Cercornus and Johannes Sotes in 1535. 

Mrs. Prothro, who lives in Wichita Falls, Texas, 
began the collection of early Bibles with her husband, 
Charles N. Prothro, in 1962. They visited that year 
a rare book exhibit at Southern Methodist University, 
and immediately became so much interested that they 
commissioned the librarian of the University's School 
of Theology to buy the first book in their collection 
from the S.M.U. exhibit. The Prothro collection has 
grown to a hundred and twenty-five volumes now. 
Those on view at Sweet Briar were chosen for their 
importance in the development of the Bible and as 
examples of landmark editions of the Scriptures. Not 
all the volumes in the collection were acquired from 
such sources as a theological librarian — one in the 
exhibit was purchased from Al Capone's lawyer. 

Mrs. Prothro's generosity in allowing these Bibles 
to remain at the College for an extended period is 
only one evidence of her regard for her Alma Mater. 
She is currently serving Sweet Briar as the first chair- 
man of the Friends of the Sweet Briar College Library, 
an organization she helped to found. Her interest in 
the College has sparked that of her family — her hus- 
band is a member of the College's Board of Overseers, 
and her mother, Mrs. J. J. Perkins, recently gave the 
new Memorial Chapel's magnificent three-manual 
Holtkamp organ in honor of her daughter and of her 
granddaughter, Kay Prothro Yeager, '61. 

Mrs. Prothro's Sweet Briar exhibit was divided into 
four parts: the Bible many centuries ago, foreign 
language ancestors of the English Bible, Early English 
Bibles, and the English Bible in America. Notes for 
the exhibit, compiled by Mrs. Prothro, were published 
in a handsome program. 

Four Bibles were shown in the first part of the 

exhibit. The Biblia Hebraica, printed in Basle by 
Johann Froben in 1536, is a reprint of Sebastian Mun- 
ster's 1534-35 Hebrew-Latin Bible: the Old Testa- 
ment was written in Hebrew, and until the Dead 
Sea Scrolls were found were taken from relatively 
recent (tenth century) Hebrew manuscripts. 

The New Testament was originally in Greek, and 
the Prothro exhibit's second book. Novum Testa- 
mentum, printed in Cambridge by Thomas Buck in 
1632, is one of the earliest Testaments printed in 
Greek in England. The third book, Septaginta, printed 
in London, 1635, by Roger Daniel, is a translation of 
the Old Testament into Greek, the first edition printed 
in England. The fourth book was a manuscript, 
Sacra Biblia, written in Paris during the thirteenth 
century. A medieval Latin Vulgate, it is on fine thin 
vellum, with illuminated initials and historiated minia- 
ture initials. 

"The Renaissance, with the invention of printing 
with movable type and the return to classical study," 
writes Mrs. Prothro in her notes to the exhibit, 
"brought with it the demand for ancient Bible trans- 
lations and new translations into classical languages 
and languages of the people. These Latin, Greek, 
Hebrew, etc., translations were the sources, from 
which our English translations came." Nine books or 
parts of books in the exhibit were examples from this 
period in the development of our Bible. 

\_ he first, which is perhaps the most notable in 
Mrs. Prothro's collection, was a leaf from Johann 
Gutenberg's Biblia Latina (Mainz, 1454-55). A Vul- 
gate version, Gutenberg's book was the first edition of 
both the printed book and the printed Bible. With 
the examples of beautiful manuscripts before him, 
Gutenberg executed a highly prized book believed by 
many to be the finest example of printing known. 
There are forty-seven known complete Gutenberg 
Bibles, fourteen in this country, and sixty-five known 
Gutenberg leaves on vellum, of which Mrs. Prothro's 
(the Sir Thomas Gage-Toomey-Felix Shade Leaf of 
Genesis 46 : 1 3-48 : 7 ) is one of six in the western hem- 

In this section of the exhibit were two interesting 
polyglots, or translations into many languages side by 
side. The first, the Psalms, printed in five languages J 
and eight columns by Petrus Paulus Porrus (Genoa, ' 
1516), contains as an aside the first printed biography 
of Columbus. The second, the Biblia Polyglotta or 
Complutensian Polyglot, the first polyglot of the en- 


Title Page from No. 18, The Great Bible 

tire Bible, was edited by Cardinal Francisco Ximenes 
de Cisneros, a Spanish statesman and patron of learn- 
ing. Working at the University of Complutum, with a 
group of eminent scholars, Ximenes directed for fif- 
teen years this "monument in typography and pre- 
Reformation scholarship," making the Bible available 
from original manuscripts in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, 
Chaldee and Aramaic. 

Two men who are themselves monuments of an age 
were represented in this Foreign Language section 
of the Prothro exhibit. They were Desiderius Erasmus, 
with a second edition (containing Erasmus's correc- 
tions to the first) of his first Greek translation of the 

New Testament, and Martin Luther, with his German 
translation of the first five books of the Old Testament. 
When this first edition appeared in Wittenberg in 
1523, Luther had already translated and published 
(1522) a German translation of Erasmus's Greek 
New Testament. "The Lutheran Pentateuch, first 
among the great vernacular Protestant versions of the 
Bible," writes Mrs. Prothro, "adds to its indisputable 
religious importance, its great aesthetic importance 
with its eleven full page wood cut illustrations by 
Lucas Cranch the Elder which became a model for 
future Bible illustrations." 
Among the thirteen Bibles in the third section of 


Mrs. Prothro's exhibit, which she called Early Eng- 
lish Bibles, are the famous names — John Wycliffe, 
William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale and John Rogers. 
An Oxford scholar, John Wycliflfe translated the Vul- 
gate into English in the fourteenth century; in the ex- 
hibit at Sweet Briar was a copy — one of a hundred 
and sixty made — of the first printed edition of the 
Wycliffian New Testament (London, 1731). William 
Tyndale's version of the New Testament, a fourth 
edition (London, 1550), was translated from Eras- 
mus's Greek and Latin, from the Septuagint, from the 
Hebrew, from Luther's German version, and from the 
Vulgate, and achieved such purity of style that its 
language is the touchstone of later English versions. 
In editing the first edition (Marburg, 1535) of the 
complete Bible printed in English, Miles Coverdale 
relied upon other translations, doing only the Psalms 
independently. "All Bible versions stretching through 
the centuries before the year 1535 led to the Cover- 
dale Bible, and all English versions after 1535 have 
stemmed from this Bible," Mrs. Prothro writes. "As 
such, it is the jewel of this collection." 

In this section of Early English Bibles also were two 
editions (both London, 1540) of the Great Bible, 
the only really authorized version issued in England. 
Hans Holbein's well-known woodblock is title page 

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for both editions. There was also a first edition of the 
Geneva Bible (Geneva, 1560) which adopted di- 
visions into verses and included scholarly notes. It 
became the most popular version for private worship, 
and was the version brought by the Puritans to 
America. There was, too, a first edition of the Bishop's 
Bible (London, 1568), an official version translated 
by a group of bishops but never so popular as the 


t was in part because the Bishop's Bible and the 
Geneva Bible were both widely in use that King 
James agreed in 1604 that one translation should be 
made, a standard one for Englishmen. In the exhibit 
at Sweet Briar were two "first" editions (both a "he" 
and a "she" version, printed by Robert Barker in 
London, 1611, and 1613 but perhaps 1611, respec- 
tively, as the true first issue is presumed to be the 
"he" version but may be the "she") of the King James 
version, and a copy (London: Barker, 1612) of the 
first quarto edition that made the Bible readily avail- 
able to the home reader. "Strangely enough, the ver- 
sion was never officially authorized," writes Mrs. 
Prothro. "Fifty-four translators produced a Bible 
having the fullness of the Bishop's, the graceful vigour 
of the Genevan, the quiet grandeur of the Great, the 


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clearness of the Tyndale, the stately theological vocab- 
ulary of the Rhemes, and the harmonies of Cover- 
dale. Its cadences and rhythms are the English lan- 
guage at its richest. It has been the Bible of many 
generations of English speaking people." 

The printing of the Bible was forbidden to the 
Colonists, so that the section of the exhibit, The 
English Bible Comes to America, contained editions 
from the late eighteenth century. The first was the 
Holy Bible printed in Philadelphia by Robert Aitken, 
1782, who was authorized by Congress to issue the 
edition, the only instance of such authorization. In 
1940, there were only seventy-five known copies of 
Aitken's edition extant. The Self-Interpreting Bible 
(New York, 1 792) was edited by the Reverend John 
Brown and was a version found in many early 

American homes, whose children grew up not just 
with the Bible but also with the Reverend Mr. Brown's 
sermons — "reflections" as the ends of books and 
chapters. The final Bible in the exhibit, a two-volume 
folio edition of the King James version, is the finest 
work of one of the foremost Colonial printers, Isaiah 
Thomas (Worcester, 1791). 

Mrs. Prothro's collection, even this small selection 
from it, is an impressive one in its breadth and in its 
depth. The tradition of our Scriptural heritage be- 
comes the more awesome when it is laid out material- 
ly, so to speak, in an exhibit such as this. The College 
is grateful to Mrs. Prothro for making possible an 
experience rewarding to all able to visit it, an exper- 
ience unusual in a community as small as Sweet 

"Abraham and Isaac," a woodcut by Lucas Cranach from No. 10, Das Allte Testament Deutsch, M. Luther 


The Strength of Tradition 
The Freshness of Change 


ontemporary theologians cast their nets into the 
sea of reason and revelation, searching for relevance 
in religion, believing that the old truths are not 
enough. Youth examines the older generation's stan- 
dards and finds that they, too, are not enough, that 
a "new morality" demands an individual commitment 
within the context of the situation rather than a rule 
that must be followed blindly. On the undergraduate 
scene, do these two trends affect the academic curri- 
culum? Or are the new theology, the new morality, 
fads that a respectable Department of Religion must 

The new scholarship, the new concern with a per- 
sonal ethic, cannot be dismissed as fads. They are not 
so dismissed by the Department of Religion at Sweet 
Briar. They have, over the past ten years, changed the 
Department slowly, in two ways: 

First, by the addition of such courses as Christian 

Ethics (Religion 201). 

Contemporary Theological Trends (202), and The 

American Religious Tradition (217); 

Second, by the new ideas brought to lectures in 

standard subjects (New Testament, Old Testament, 

Hebrew Prophets, etc.) by teachers who keep up 

with the new scholarship. 

Contemporary Theological Trends, for example, 
traces the twentieth century development from neo- 
liberalism, to neo-orthodoxy, to the new theologians, 
whom some scholars judge to be neo-liberal again. 
The course begins with Karl Earth's work (1917), 
and includes such representative thinkers as Emil 
Brunner, Martin Buber, Rudolf Bultmann, Rein- 
hold Niebuhr, and William Temple. The students 
read widely in the new theology. Here, there are as 
yet no giants — a man like Emory University's Al- 
thizer, who proclaimed the death of God amid the 
guns of publicity, has no hearing among serious theo- 
logians, and such popular proponents as Bishop Pike 
have more influence in the press than in the theological 


lS an example of the second way in which the 
teaching of religion is changed by new scholarship 
and by changing times, James E. Kirby, Assistant 
Professor who came to Sweet Briar in 1963, cites the 
History of Christianity (Religion 213, 214). "We 
can draw parallels between early Church Fathers and 
the theologians today," Dr. Kirby said. "Augustine, 
who died in 430 A.D., and Thomas Aquinas were 
both radicals. Both stood in times much like ours. 

when all the old standards and values were being 
questioned by new ideas. Augustine lived through the 
sack of Rome, and it looked as if the world of the 
Church would go with Rome. He wrote "The City of 
God" to say that the Church could survive the ravages 
of time. 

"When Aristotle's ideas were being discovered, and 
were challenging scholasticism, Aquinas searched and 
provided a synthesis. He said that there were two ways 
to truth; Reason can know there is a God; only Reve- 
lation can tell us he died for our sins. 

"We need a synthesis today. Stanley Hopper at 
Drew University believes that ours is the age of 
the poet, for when all the old symbols seem archaic, 
the poet brings his own, relevant symbols. The inter- 
relationship of literature and religion is of interest 
to today's student. Religion is only one of the ways 
in which man has sought to answer his age-old ques- 
tions — this is the justification for the teaching of 
religion in the liberal arts." 


.r. Kirby described, too, the way in which new 
ethical approaches are relevant to traditional religion. 
"In Christian Ethics, we have had to struggle with 
what has been called the New Morality," he said. "By 
this we mean the situational or contextual ethic, which 
recognizes that all decisions are made within the limits 
of space and time. One does not disregard law or 
social mores; these are a part of the context. The man 
in the contextual ethic begins within the limits im- 
posed, and asks what love demands. Christ's teaching 
in the New Testament scriptures is obviously parallel 
to this ethical method." 

One other change in the Department of Religion 
at Sweet Briar College during the past ten years has 
more to do with changes in the socio-political world 
than in the theological world. This is the addition of 
Religions of Asia (Religion 219), which this fall 
becomes a two-semester course. A study of the re- 
ligions of India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Korea, and 
Indonesia, with major emphasis on Hinduism, Budd- 
hism and Islam, the course will now allow more op- 
portunity for the students to become acquainted with 
the primary sources, all older works, of the various 
non-Biblical faiths. The course is taught by Dr. Max- 
ine Garner, the head of the Department of Religion. 

Miss Garner spent the academic year 1962-1963 
studying in India under a grant from the American 
Institute of Indian Studies. The Institute has its Amer- 
ican headquarters at the University of Pennsylvania, 


and its Indian headquarters in Poona, India, a center 
of higher education. Miss Garner studied at Deccan 
College in Poona, and was able to attend lectures at 
other universities nearby and to travel considerably. 
She has pursued her studies in this country during 
subsequent summers: in 1964 and 1965 in Charlottes- 
ville, and in 1966 at Duke University, joining by invi- 
tation college teachers in the Southeastern University 
Center assisted by the Ford Foundation. 

Miss Garner's previous study abroad included two 
years under a Fulbright Scholarship and its renewal 
at the University of Aberdeen, where she was awarded 
the Ph.D. degree. Her new associate in the Depart- 
ment of Religion for the coming academic year, 
Trygve Rolf Skarsten, has also studied under a Ful- 
bright grant, at the University of Oslo. Dr. Kirby 
leaves Sweet Briar to establish a Department of Re- 
ligion at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. 

In the mid-fifties there were more majors in Sweet 
Briar's Department of Religion than there are today 
— one year a peak of sixteen majored in religion. 
Since 1958, five or six majors in the department have 
been the norm, with six graduating last June and six 
or seven in the rising senior class. Majors are required 
to take twenty-six hours in the Department, including 
Religion 105, 106, The Old Testament and The New 
Testament. Thirty-six hours are offered by the Depart- 
ment, in addition to the Senior Seminar, which is open 
to majors and to others who have at least twelve hours 
in the department. "We very much hope in the Re- 
ligion Department to give as many of our students 

as possible some knowledge of the Hebrew-Christian 
source of our culture," Miss Garner said. "A large 
proportion of the members of each graduating class 
elects at least some of the courses in the Department." 

Recent graduates majoring in Religion have gone 
into publishing, advertising, library work, social work, 
and staff work at churches where they live. Several 
have studied at Union Theological Seminary in New 
York. Jane Wheeler, '59, after receiving the master's 
degree from that institution, spent a year in Jerusalem 
and taught at Sweet Briar, and has most recently been 
director of the City Council of Churches in Mil- 
waukee. Carole Dudley, '65, is teaching Bible in the 
Westminster School, Atlanta, and Madeleine Long 
Duncan, '67, will be teaching in public schools near 
Burlington, N. C, this fall. Hallie Harlan Darby, '67, 
has received a grant to work toward the master's 
degree in religion at Wake Forest University. 

Current theological writing that Miss Garner rec- 
ommends to Sweet Briar alumnae, whether or not they 
majored in religion, includes articles and books by 
J. A. T. Robinson, Schubert M. Ogden, John Mac- 
quarrie, James M. Robinson, John B. Cobb, Jr., Hein- 
rich Ott, Gerhard Ebeling, Ernst Fuch, Henri de 
Lubac, Bernard Lonergan, Karl Rahner, Michael No- 
vak, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Daniel Jenkins, Robert 
McAfee Brown, William Stringfellow, and Daniel 

As special editions. Miss Garner cites two recent 
anthology publications. They are New Theology, 
edited by Martin E. Marty and Dean G. Peerman, 
numbers one through four issued from 1964 through 
1967 in paperback editions by the Macmillan Com- 
pany, New York; and New Directions in Theology 
Today, edited by William Hordern, seven volumes 
issued in 1966 and 1967 in paperback editions by the 
Westminster Press, Philadelphia. She recommends a 
series of paperback volumes, not anthologies, being 
issued by Scribner's called The Scribner Studies 
in Contemporary Theology, and volumes one and two 
of the Journal for Theology and Church, edited by 
Robert W. Funk and Gerhard Ebeling, the first called 
Translating Theology into the Modern Age, the sec- 
ond. The Bultmann School of Biblical Interpretation. 

Books which Miss Garner believes of particular 
interest are John Macquarrie, Principles of Christian 
Theology; Schubert Ogden, The Reality of God and 
Other Essays; John Courtney Murray, The Problem 
of God; Ved Mehta, The New Theologian, and Front- 
line Theology, edited by Dean Peerman. 


Bastille Day -1967 

July 14, 1967 became an important date in the 
history of Sweet Briar College. On this day a deci- 
sion was made in the case of Sweet Briar Institute, 
Plaintiff V. Robert Y. Button, Attorney General for 
the Commonwealth of Virginia et. al. Defendants. 

The decision handed down by the United States 
District Court for the Western District of Virginia 
resulted in victory for the College in the case begun 
by action of the Board of Directors of this institution 
almost four years ago. 

Cognizant of the fact that Sweet Briar College suf- 
fered hardships as the only college or university of 
stature in the United States which was unable to 
control its own admissions policy, the Board of Di- 
rectors authorized the bringing of an action in the 
Virginia Courts, seeking an interpretation of the ra- 
cially restrictive language of the Founder's will: and, 
alternatively, for application of the equitable doctrine 
of cy pres to permit admission of non-white students 
on the ground that changes in circumstances make the 
continuance of racial discrimination at Sweet Briar de- 
trimental to the primary purpose of the will. 

In April of 1966 the College filed an action in the 
United States District Court for the Western District 
of Virginia to enjoin Virginia state officers from en- 
forcing the racial restriction contained in the will 
on the ground that the enforcement thereof would 
violate the equal protection clause of the 14th Amend- 
ment to the Constitution of the United States and the 
provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

The Board of Directors approved an open admis- 
sions policy at Sweet Briar which was placed in effect 
under the protection of a temporary restraining order 
obtained in the pending action. 

Last December in a two to one decision the United 
States District Court for the Western District of Vir- 
ginia ordered that further prosecution of the Federal 
action be suspended until the Virginia courts con- 
sidered and acted upon the questions raised in the 
Amherst Circuit Court by the original and amended 

bills of complaint. Notice of appeal to the Supreme 
Court of the United States was duly filed. 

In a 7-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme court handed 
down a decision May 29, 1967, which in part said 
. . . "The judgement of the United States District 
Court for the Western District of Virginia is reversed. 
The case is remanded for consideration on the merits." 

On July 17, 1967 a final order was entered by 
Albert V. Bryan, Circuit Judge, Thomas J. Michie, 
District Judge and John D. Butzner, District Judge 
of the United States District Court for the Western 
District of Virginia. Signed by the three judges was 
the following: "Upon consideration of the merits of 
the cause in accordance with the directions of the 
said opinion and mandate, it is ordered that, for the 
reasons set forth in the opinion of this court filed here- 
with, the defendants and their successors in office be, 
and each of them is hereby, permanently enjoined 
and restrained from enforcing against the plaintiff 
the provision in the will of the late Indiana Fletcher 
Williams, dated April 3, 1899, admitted to probate 
in the County Court of Amherst County, Virginia 
and recorded in Will Book 23 page 493, limiting the 
education in Sweet Briar Institute of only such girls 
and young women as are of the white race. 

It is also ordered that the plaintiff recover of the 
defendants its costs in this action and that this case 
be stricken from the docket. 

And this decree is final." 

As has been said in the President's Newsletter of 
August, "Sweet Briar can now look to its future with 
confidence. It no longer is compelled to operate un- 
der the stigmatization and disadvantages which re- 
sult from the restricted admissions policy. The Col- 
lege is now in a position not only to maintain but to 
improve the high academic standing which it has 
always enjoyed. It is hoped that those alumnae and 
friends who have expressed concern at the Board's 
action will now unite with the Board in making Sweet 
Briar the leading liberal arts college in the Nation." 


Sweet Briar Alumnae Council -1967 

program in brief 


Orientation for Councillors 

October 10 


Executive Board Meeting 

Campus Tour 

Reception at Sweet Briar House 

Evening with President Anne G. Pannell 


Alumnae Association Reports 

October 11 


Dean Catherine Sims 

Chaplain Alexander Robertson 

Alumnae Association Workshops 


Reunion Chairmen 

Alumnae Representatives 

Tea With Student Guides 

Evening With Student Leaders 


Workshops continued 

October 12 

Club Presidents 

Fund Agents 


































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Alumnae Magazine 

Volume 38 No. 1 Fall 1967 Winter 1968 

Issued four times yearly: Fall. Winter. Spring and 
Summer by Sy^eet Briar College Alumnae Associa- 
tion. Second class postage paid at Sweet Briar. 
Virginia 24595. 

Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 
As.sociate Editor: Nancy St. Clair TaUcy '56 
Class Notes Editor: Mary Vaughan Black well 

Statement of Ownership. Management and Circulation 
Date of filing: September 26, 1967. Title of publica- 
tion: Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine. 
Frequency of issue: Four times a year. Location of 
known office of publication: GcoTgc W. King Print- 
ing Co., 714 East Pratt St., Baltimore, Md. 21202. 
Publisher: Sweet Briar College Alumnae Associa- 
tion, Alumnae House, Sweet Briar, Va. 24595. 
Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood, Alumnae House, 
Sweet Briar, Va. 23495. Managing Editor: Same as 
Editor. Owner: Sweet Briar College Alumnae 
Association, Sweet Briar, Va. 24595. Known Bond- 
holders: none. Total copies printed: 8,100 Total 
paid circulation: 0. Free distribution: 8,000. Office 
use. left-over, unaccounted: 100. Total: 8,100. 

Design & Photography - Ronald Seichrist. Phila.. Pa. 

As Sweet Briar begins an Institutional Self Study 
which is required every ten years by the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools, the editors of 
the Sweet Briar Alumnae Magazine have made 
their own study. Here is your Alma Mater as they 
see it in 1968. Compare this report with the College 
of your day. The faculty, which with the students 
is one of the two most important constituents of 
any college, is not studied here in depth as the 
1967 Winter issue of this magazine featured the 
Sweet Briar faculty, past and present. 



3 You Can't Get In Anymore 

or Not in the Same Old Way 

16 Sweet Briar's President Heads AAUW 

17 Who's Afraid of Twentieth Century Theatre 
by Joan Vail Thorne '5 1 

29 Let Us Give Thanks for Sweet Briar 
by five seniors 

34 They Also Serve 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley '56 

43 We Shall Not See Their Like Again 



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You Can't Get In Anymore 

or Not in the Same Old Way 


f you are an alumna of ten years standing, you 
can't get into Sweet Briar anymore. 

This is a physical, not an academic, statement. You 
can't get into Sweet Briar anymore because you. Miss 
or Mrs. Alumna, used to get into Sweet Briar a differ- 
ent way. You drove up past Manson and Randolph, 
turned up the hill, and drove around the circle in front 
of the Refectory, parking, if you were lucky — and in 
those days there were few cars on campus, and you 
usually were lucky — right in front of Gray and the 
Information Center. 

No more. Today, if you tried to get into the main 
campus that way, you would have to drive right 
through the Memorial Chapel. Today, the Informa- 
tion Center and the Post Office are where Manson 
Chapel used to be. There is a parking lot outside. 
There is another parking lot by the new Meta Glass 
Dormitory, beyond old Grammer Hall. If these are 
full, you may have to back up, go around a new 
circle (a beautiful dogwood tree preserved in its 
center) and park near what is still the Date House 
or in front of the new Book Shop, behind the new 
Dana Wing of the Library. 

A walking tour will reveal the new symmetry 
achieved by these new, and somewhat confusing, 
entrances. The Memorial Chapel is the center of the 
Residential area, with venerable Big Refectory and 
new Dew Dormitory in harmony. The Library, flank- 
ed by Fletcher and Benedict (once Academic), make 
up another group. The Daisy Williams Gymnasium, 
once isolated, is joined now by Mary Reynolds 
Babcock Fine Arts Center and Connie M. Guion 
Science Building, making the three largest buildings 
one campus group. 

Changed? To some extent, it is a new campus. 
Does this change symbolize change in the College 
itself? Where has the College come during the past 
ten years? How would you. Alumna, evaluate the 
changes that have taken place at Sweet Briar? How 
would you evaluate the position of the College 
today? How would you project its future? 

A committee at the College begins this year a 
self-study to achieve just such an evaluation. This 
committee, steered by Richard C. Rowland, Profes- 
sor of English, will accomplish the Institutional 
Self-Study Program required by the Southern 
Association of Colleges and Schools. The Program 
permits an institution to measure itself qualitatively 
before being measured by a visiting committee from 
the Association, both measurements being the 

process by which accreditation is reaffirmed. 

The Institutional Self-Study Program is a relative- 
ly new one. Undertaken now by all members of the 
Southern Association once every ten years, it was 
first accomplished by Sweet Briar College in 1958 
and 1959, with a visit from the Association early in 
1960. Sweet Briar was one of the Association mem- 
bers that participated in the Program in its early 
years, for Sweet Briar's first self-study, ten years 
ago, was a part of a new endeavor for the Associa- 
tion. Sweet Briar's second self-study, which begins 
this fall with organization and gets underway actively 
during the second semester of the current academic 
year, will go on all next year, will be completed in 
1969, and will culminate in a visit from the 
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in the 
fall of 1969. 

The scope of the Institutional Self-Study is 
comprehensive. It begins with an examination, and a 
statement, of the purpose of the College, which 
Mr. Rowland hopes to have completed this year, 
along with reports from each academic department, 
filed with the Self-Study but not actually a part of 
it. Those facets of the College that are a part of the 
Self-Study, besides the purpose of the College, are 
the organization and administration of the College, 
its educational program, its financial resources, its 
faculty, its library, its student personnel, its physical 
plant, its graduate and research programs, and its 
plans for the future. 

If you. Alumna, were to institute such a Self-Study 
Program for your own benefit, to know where your 
College stands today and where it is going, what 
would you examine? All those relevant divisions of 
the academic institution listed in the Manuals of the 
Self-Study Program, and enumerated above, no 
doubt. But, because of your own view of Sweet 
Briar, your own peculiar interest in the College and 
your own intimate knowledge of it, perhaps you 
would arrange your study somewhat differently. 
Remembering your student days, you might be first 
interested in what the students are like today, how 
they choose Sweet Briar, how Sweet Briar chooses 
them, what they do while they are at the College and 
what their plans are after graduation. Remembering 
your close association with the faculty during your 
undergraduate years, you might turn next to a study 
of the faculty, to learn who the professors are and 
whether the faculty as a group has changed. Re- 
membering that your hours at the College were 

absorbed by studies— to a lesser or greater extent, 
depending upon who you are— you might asi< next 
whether the student today is led by today's faculty 
into the same studies or into different ones. You 
would ask then about the Library, how it has 
improved and about the new Dana Wing. 

You would go on then, perhaps, to concerns that 
an alumna recognizes more than she recognized as 
a student. You would ask about the administration 
of the College, about the physical plant and its 
management, and about the financial resources of 

the College. These were things you took for granted 
when you were a student. You know now that they 
cannot betaken for granted, that a smoothly running 
organization does not happen automatically. 

Let us undertake your self-study, then. You have 
parked your car and completed your tour of the 
campus. You know that its beauty remains, that the 
mountains are there towering over it, that its peace 
is unspoiled by automobile and mini skirt. Now you 
want to learn what the College is like underneath, how 
its grow ih has affected its being. 

The Curriculum 


he quality of the curriculum, like the quality of 
the faculty, was high ten years ago and it remains 
high today. It has developed over the decade as 
Sweet Briar has grown. These developments. Dean 
Catherine S. Sims points out, are more on the order 
of making the course offerings better than of chang- 
ing them for change's sake. Sweet Briar stresses 
enriching and updating, rather than enlargement of 
the course offerings. 

Yet the changes are there. Asian Studies, a pioneer 
endeavor for which Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg 
College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College 
joined in I960, offers courses in the art, history, 
politics, language and religion of selected countries. 
Sweet Briar, specifically, added four year courses 
under the program, brought the course on Oriental 
Religions from one semester to two semesters, and 
added a course in Oriental Art. 

Changes in the Department of Mathematics have 
been substantial, designed to strengthen Sweet 
Briar's offering and to delete courses offered in the 
good high schools. Among the additions are work in 
computer science, the history of mathematics, 
numerical analysis, modern algebra, linear algebra, 
and topology. 

The discipline of physics, like that of mathematics, 
has changed during the past ten years, and the 
Department of Physics at Sweet Briar has grown to 
keep pace. Whereas the College offered thirty-five 
semester hours of'courses a decade ago, it now offers 
fifty-two semester hours. 

In the Department of Modern Languages, Sweet 
Briar has added period courses, as "The Age of 
Enlightenment" in the French Department and "The 
Age of Goethe" in German. In each of the modern 
languages the College offers today an introductory 
survey of literature for advanced students, reflecting 
the superior preparation in the foreign languages 
that today's students receive. Sweet Briar's reputa- 
tion for strength in foreign languages draws many 
applicants interested in language studies. 

In Philosophy, Sweet Briar offers fifty-one semes- 
ter hours (not all in one year) as compared with 
thirty-three hours ten years ago. In Psychology, the 
Collegehas added courses in Motivation, Personality, 
Testing, Social Psychology. Learning and Percep- 

tion. In Education, additions are the Teaching of 
Reading, and of Children's Literature; Contempo- 
rary Problems in Education; Advanced Nursery 
School and Kindergarten Practice, and Student 
Teaching of Foreign Language Conversation. This 
last program includes practice teaching of French 
in the Amherst County schools by senior language 
majors, one of the few, if not the only, such program 
on an undergraduate level in the country. 

The Class of 1967 was the first class to be gradu- 
ated under the present curriculum system, which 
went into effect in September 1963. Alumnae who 
chafed under a former system of requirements for 
the degree that seemed sometimes rigid may envy 
today's student, who has a wider latitude of choice 
in her courses from her freshman year on. The 
present curriculum follows a middle course between 
the extremes of rigid requirements and free elections. 
There is still a system of distribution requirements in 
foreign languages, the sciences and mathematics, 
history, the fine arts, classics, and literature. But the 
choice of courses to fulfill these distribution re- 
quirements is wider than formerly, and recognizes 
the advanced preparation that many entering 
students offer. There is today a requirement of a 
one-year course emphasizing present problems, 
which may be chosen from courses in Asian Civiliza- 
tion, Economics, Government, Philosophy, Religion 
or Sociology. 

As the Committee on Instruction met last spring, 
under the chairmanship of Milan Hapala, Carter 
Glass Professor of Government, to consider changes 
in the curriculum and in the distribution require- 
ments, there was lively discussion of the requirement 
system. Some Sweet Briar teachers favor a series of 
required subjects for all students, at least during 
the first two years. But faculty opinion as a whole 
seems to lean toward a reduction in the number of 
requirements. The area of agreements about the 
curriculum among the faculty is significant. The 
faculty are concerned that the curriculum be 
substantial, interesting and relevant to the world the 
students live in. As a group they believe that the 
emphasis in a liberal arts education must be upon 
good teaching rather than upon rearranging the 
matter that is taught. 


Financial Resources 


-s a student, you took the smooth running of 
the Sweet Briar community pretty much for granted. 
As an Alumna, you know more of what such 
smoothness requires. One of the things you know 
it requires is money, and you turn to questions 
about the financial resources of the College. What, 
you ask, are the total assets of the College? What 
are its total operating expenses? Of these expenses, 
how much goes toward such academic concerns as 
faculty salaries? Where does the money come from? 
The answers come from Peter V. Daniel, Treasur- 
er of the College and Assistant to the President 
since 1954. Looking back over the past decade, Mr. 
Daniel compares the financial resources, or total 
assets, of Sweet Briar College; 

• for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1967: 

• for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 1958: 
$ 6,300,000. 

These figures include the value of the plant, equip- 
ment, endowment, campaign monies, loan funds, 
an annuity fund, and current funds. 

During the decade, operating expenses of the 
College have almost doubled. For the year ending 
June 30, 1967, they were $2,41 1,000. For the fiscal 
year ending 1958, they were $1,227,000. The in- 
crease reflects the effects of inflation. It reflects, 
also, such budgetary changes as a greater percen- 
tage of expenditure for faculty salaries. For the fis- 
cal year ending last June, for example, instructional 
costs, which includes also some student self help 
and supplies, were $818,500. This figure had more 
nearly tripled than doubled since 1958, when instruc- 
tional costs were $336,700. 

Money to operate the College comes from tuition, 
from endowment, from gifts and grants, and from 
"Other Sources". Specifically, 80.49% of the total 
operating education and general income for 1966- 
1967 was from student fees. From the endowment 

came 10.34%; from gifts and grants, 6.45%; from 
other sources, 2.72%. 

Student fees this year are $3,100; for the fiscal 
year ending June 1967, they were $2,950. Ten years 
ago, the over-all fee was $2,200. The book value 
of the endowment for 1966-67 was $5,337,000; ten 
years ago, this figure was $2,100,000. Mr. Daniel 
pointed out that although the book value of the 
endowment is $5,337,000 at the last audit, the mar- 
ket value of the endowment, much of which is in 
common stocks, is $8,195,000. The income from 
endowment, which goes toward the annual operat- 
ing expenses of the College, was in the fiscal year 
just ended $195,000. Ten years ago, the income 
from the endowment for similar operating expenses 
was $95,600. 

Money to operate Sweet Briar will continue to 
come from principally student fees, from endow- 
ment mcome, and from gifts and grants. In order to 
keep student fees from mounting, the endowment 
must be increased constantly. Gifts and grants 
must grow, too. The two largest supporters of col- 
lege operations are the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges and the Sweet Briar Alumnae 
Association. In the fiscal year just ended, the 
VFICgave Sweet Briar $58,300, as compared with 
$21,000 ten years ago. The Alumnae Association 
gave the College for operating purposes this year 
$50,000, as compared with $30,600 ten years ago. 
This figure from the Alumnae Association does not 
included contributions designated for other speci- 
fied purposes. 

"These figures show relatively good growth for 
a small liberal arts college," Mr. Daniel tells you. 
"The alumnae can be proud of this fact, and so 
can all the others who support the College. But we 
have the same problems as other small private lib- 
eral arts colleges. Costs will mount, and we don't 
want to raise student fees." 

The Physical Plant 


t was changes in the physical plant of the College 
that led you to inquire about other changes. 
Changes in the physical plant are gratifying. Quan- 
titatively, the physical plant was worth $4,360,000 
in 1957. Today, it is worth $9,017,000. Qualitative- 
ly, this means more dormitory space, more refectory 
space, better laboratories, better art studios and 
music rooms, a spacious auditorium, a better library 
facility, a dignified place of worship. As you walk- 
ed around the campus, you saw 

• Meta Glass Dormitory, in use since 1962, hous- 
ing 150 students and including a refectory. Stu- 
dents still use the Big Refectory; the old re- 
fectory in Reid is a student-manned smoker- 
study hall. 

• The Mary Reynolds Babcock Fine Arts Center, 
in use since 1961. Here a fine auditorium seats 
670 and is equipped with excellent utilities for 
the dramatist. On one side of the building, 
easels and sculpture show off to good advantage 

in the light from tall windows; working in such 
studios must be a joy. On the other side, music 
rooms are provided with Steinway pianos and a 
practice organ. The music and recording library 
is here, also, 

• The Connie M. Guion Science Building, in use 
since 1965. Here there is a full floor for biol- 
ogy, for chemistry, and one shared by physics 
and psychology; faculty offices boast individ- 
ual, and private, laboratories; the Science Li- 
brary is outstanding for a women's college of 
Sweet Briar's size; a small auditorium, seating 
180, and a faculty lounge attract science stu- 
dents and other students alike. 

• The Charles Dana Wing of Mary Helen Cochran 
Library, in use for the first time this fail, with 
its four stories of stacks and its comfortable 
work space for librarians and staff. 

• Memorial Chapel, in use since 1966. The focal 
point of the "new" campus, the chapel seats 
375, has a three-manual Holtkamp organ, in- 
cludes chaplain offices, choir practice rooms, 
and a small chapel, and is as perfect in its beau- 
ty inside as it is outside. 

• The Book Shop, in use since 1961. A pleasing 
one-story structure, this building gives scope 
for long-time manager Helen McMahon's 

You saw, too, such evidences of remodelling as 
the new Post Office and Information Center, in the 
basement of Manson, and the new Alumnae House, 
with faculty apartments above, where the Book 
Shop was formerly housed. Alumnae House now 
utilizes the ground-floor space of this building, 
where the Post Office used to be. 

In taking stock of the physical plant, you are 

struck anew by the vast enterprise that is Sweet 
Briar College. The 3,000 acres are well-kept and 
utilized. A large Holstein herd at a dairy that is 
pleasant even for the non-farmer provides the com- 
munity with milk. Two lakes are the community 
water supply, with a water filtration system. There 
is a power plant for steam. There is a cutting gar- 
den, and a green house, in addition to extensive 
gardens and the magnificent trees and boxwood 
that Elijah Fletcher set out during the last century. 
There is a carpenter shop, a road surfacing and 
maintenance operation, a laundry that is the boon 
of all. There is a doctor, a psychiatrist on call, three 
nurses, and an infirmary. There are stables, tennis 
courts, playing fields. Campus security is assured by 
a group of policemen from the Pinkerton Corpor- 
ation, affectionately known to the students as Ren't- 
a-Cops, who first became associated with the Col- 
lege in 1964. The College thus is run with some- 
what the self-sufficiency of a town, buying only 
electricity and food. Yes, the refectories still bake 
the bread the students eat, and the quality of the 
fare is still guaranteed to have the freshman diet- 
ing after six weeks. 

Yes, the value of Sweet Briar's physical plant 
has more than doubled in ten years. And this value 
grows with annual improvements. Such improve- 
ments and changes this year, for example, included 
the conversion of all college housing to oil heat, 
new carpeting in the dormitories, all new equip- 
ment in the Benedict language laboratory, the con- 
version of a fall-out shelter into a psychology lab- 
oratory, the installation of air-conditioning in two 
warm-animal rooms, the re-surfacing of the en- 
trance road, and a new vending machine room in 
Reid Basement. 

Charles A. Dana Wing 


he Mary Helen Cochran Library sees this year the 
opening of the Charles Dana Wing, a four-story addi- 
tion at the back of the existing building. This 
air-conditioned structure gives office space on the 
floor where the Main Reading Room is located, great- 
er stack area adjacent to the two existing stack floors 
below, and a sub-basement fourth stack floor. The 
main library, given to the College in 1929 by Fergus 
ReidofNorfolk in memory of his mother, thus comes 
of age. 

Its collection is exceptional for an institution like 
Sweet Briar. The books in the main collection are 
selected to meet the needs of the College course, al- 
though many books on many subjects are available 
outside the information normally considered a part of 
the liberal arts tradition. Members of each academic 
department may recommend or request certain 
purchases, and the range of scholarship is wide and 
rich. Library resources include more than 122,000 
volumes. This represents an increase during ten 
years: in 1957,thenumberof volumes was 86,000. To- 
day there are additional holdings in microprint and 
microfilm. The current periodical list numbers well 
over seven hundred titles, both American and 
foreign; ten years ago this number was four hundred 
and fifty. 


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To Mr. and Mrs. Dana by Stephanie Bredin '68 

V-^n behalf of the student body I would like to thank 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Dana, who, through the 
Dana Foundation, made possible the recent wing 
addition to the Sweet Briar library. Though I am 
speaking for all the students, I know I cannot 
adequately represent everyone, for each of us as an 
individual feels a different sort of gratitude. As 
individuals we pursue different interests, which bring 
us to the library as the source of literary material on 
any number of topics. I cannot even guess the extent 
of such material. I only know from my delving into the 
realm of history that many rare, old and exciting 
works exist. And it seems that each time I go down 
to collect a book on a specific topic, I am waylaid 
and find myself sitting in the aisle poring over some 
totally irrelevant but fascinating subject. The Dana 
Wing now houses the historical and biographical 
works as well as a number of periodicals. There are 
numerous comfortable desks and study rooms, but 
the aisles are so well lit that it is possible to read up 
on side interests and not feel guilty about taking 
extraneous personal interests away to study. A 
source of inspiration, a place of contentment, I have 
spent many happy hours withdrawn, out of touch 
with reality, and a stranger even to myself in the 
library, surrounded by outdated newspapers and 
legendary books — the victim of escapism. 
I'd always taken such pleasure for granted until 

last autumn when I went to the University of Wales 
in Bangor for a year. Not only was the library there 
poor in its collection — (personally speaking, that is, 
since I spoke no Welsh, and therefore could not 
appreciate their fine collection of books in that 
language) but an even greater disappointment 
came when I discovered the stacks were closed. To 
obtain a book involved a time-consuming and 
annoying process of application, but the worst 
aspect was that it eliminated browsing at random. 

Exposure to different ideas in various fields is 
important in these years of our lives as students; our 
minds are open, ready to take in all aspects of 
knowledge; we are still formulating values and 
standards. We cannot read too much: we should 
be supple and gradually develop a philosophy of life. 

I don't know — I think every individual has to be 
able to dream, has to take inspiration from some 
source. Desire to learn is innate. It is human to derive 
pleasure from mental tussles with conflicting 
theories. There is a beautiful saying — "When 
legends die the dreams end; when the dreams end 
there is no more greatness." It's true, for what is a 
legend but a truth that has elapsed with time. Only 
writing and books remain to preserve and verify. 

Again I thank the Dana Foundation for enlarging 
our library to promote greater learning and to 
inspire our dreams. 

The Student 


-L o learn about the Sweet Briar student, you might 
look first at the student body as a whole. It is larger 
today than it was ten years ago — in 1957, there were 
523 students; in 1967, there were 729; the enrollment 
this fall is 739. Ten years ago the graduating class 
numbered 86. In June 1957, it numbered 149. 

The geographic distribution of the student body 
has remained wide. In 1956-1957, there were 220 
students from the North East, 208 from the South 
East, 33 from the South West, 49 from the Middle 
States and North West, and five from the South 
West. There were eight foreign students. Ten years 
later, the figures were North East, 246; South East, 
33 1 : South West, 42; Middle States and North West, 
69, with seventeen foreign students. 

Admission policies and requirements, except for 
the significant non-discriminatory policy, have 
remained basically the same. Ten years ago the 
requirement of sixteen academic units (English, 
language, mathematics, history and science) was 
difficult for some prospective students to meet, 
according to Nancy Godwin Baldwin, '57, Director 
of Admission. Today many prospective students 
offer from eighteen to twenty-one units as a matter 
of course. These prospective students are better 
prepared by their schools, both independent and 
public, than they were ten years ago, Mrs. Baldwin 
believes, and they receive better college counseling. 
They are also what she terms "test-oriented." Their 
College Board score medians have risen steadily and 
are now consistently 30 to 50 points higher for the 
applying group. 

This applying group has almost doubled in ten 
years. For 1958, Mrs. Baldwin reports, 570 applica- 
tions were completed for entrance to the freshman 
class. In 1959, 611 completed applications. Now 
roughly a thousand applications are completed each 
year. Applications in private colleges are down this 
year, almost ten percent as an average; at Sweet 
Briar, they have dropped roughly three percent from 

a peak in 1964-1965. 

Those who enter Sweet Briar have a higher class 
standing from high school than confreres of ten 
years ago. Whereas a survey of an entering class ten 
years ago would consider the top quarter of a high 
school class, such a survey now consider the top 
fifth of the classes. Of those who entered this 
September, 62% were in the upper fifth of their 
graduating classes. In the upper 10% were 110 
freshmen out of 270. 

Today's student seems to have a greater sense of 
purpose than her sister ten years ago. She decides 
early that she wants to go to graduate school or 
become a computer programmer; she tends to think 
less about leaving school. She is more critical of the 
education process, more aware of the world about 
her, more eager to make her own decisions. But 
there is still something about a Sweet Briar girl that 
remains the same. She is friendly, unaffected, and 
honest. The Honor System under which she lives 
permeates the atmosphere of the campus in a way 
that you, the Alumna, may not have realized that it 
did when you were a student, although it did. Now 
you no longer take such an atmosphere for granted. 
Says Mrs. Baldwin, "The present generation of 
Sweet Briar students has in common with its prede- 
cessors several noticeable qualities. I believe they 
could be summed up in an old-fashioned word, 
'character.' They still have plenty ot humor about 
them and they definitely are not without their 
idiosyncrasies — or their mini-skirts, although these 
are not plentiful about the campus. They're lively; 
they're not all alike. One thing that they certainly 
cannot be accused of is being dull. 

"I'm for them! 1 think they're great. In fact, except 
that they all seem to have been born deaf, judging 
from the volume put forth by their dance combos, 
and except that on the dance floor the group resem- 
bles a bowl of agitated worms, I have no reservations 
about them and a great deal of admiration for them." 


The Faculty 

These students are taught by men and women of 
varied background and high academic achievement. 
For 1967-1968. according to a report from the office 
of the Dean, the faculty is made up of— 

• twenty professors: 

• sixteen associate professors; 

• eleven assistant professors; 

• sixteen instructors, and 

• three departmental assistants. 

There are, in addition, twelve part-time teachers: 
three professors, five lecturers, two instructors, and 
two departmental assistants. Neither the part-time 
nor the full-lime departmental assistants have 
faculty status in the full sense. 

Of the full-time faculty, seventeen professors have 
the doctorate. Twelve associate professors have the 
doctorate or other terminal degree. Five assistant 
professors have the doctorate, and of the remaining 
six all have the Master's degree and one is a Ph. D. 
candidate on active status. Three of the six holding 
the M.A. are in fields where it is not usual to get the 
doctorate. Fourteen of the instructors have the 
master's degree. Of the two remaining, one is by- 
passing the master's and is a candidate for the 
Ph. D., and the other is nearing completion of the 
M.A. program. Of the fourteen with the master's 
degree, seven are candidates for the Ph. D. and 
should receive it within the next academic year. 

For the current academic year, all the part-time 
professors have the Ph. D. Two of the part-time 
lecturers have the Ph. D., two have the master's 
degree, and the remaining one will complete the 
M.A. this fall. Both part-time instructors have the 
master's degree; in one case, it is the terminal degree 
for his field: the other instructor is an active 
candidate for the Ph. D. The part-time faculty is of 
great value to Sweet Briar, making it possible for the 
College to enrich its offering and give specialized 
courses from which students benefit and which 
probably could not be offered if the faculty who 
give the courses required full-time work. Sweet 
Briar makes especially good use of part-time faculty 
in the Division of Social Studies, where there is a 
great advantage in having differing points of view 

Since 1963, Sweet Briar has been a member of the 
United States-India Women's College Exchange 
Program, an association (thirteen liberal arts 
women's colleges in this country and six women's 
colleges in India) which has developed a system of 
inter-institutional teacher exchange. This year. 
Sweet Briar has Mr. H. E. Shivashankaraiah of 
Maharani's College, Bangalore, as Visiting Lecturer 
in Economics. 

The variety of training among the "domestic" 
faculty is great. Omitting the institutions where the 
B.A. degree was earned, the College faculty repre- 
sent forty-six institutions in the United States and 

nine foreign institutions. The institutions in this 
country are Appalachian State Teachers College, 
Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, the Univer- 
sity of California at Los Angeles, the University of 
Chicago, the University of Cincinnati, Claremont 
Graduate Schools, Columbia University, the Uni- 
versity of Connecticut, Cornell University, Duke 
University, Harvard University, the University of 
Illinois, the University of Indiana, the University of 
Iowa, Iowa State University, Johns Hopkins Uni- 
versity, the University of Maine, the University of 
Massachusetts, the University of Michigan, the 
University of Missouri, Mt. Holyoke College, the 
University of Nebraska, New York University, the 
State University of New York, the University of 
North Carolina, Northwestern University, the 
University of Pennsylvania, the University of 
Pittsburgh, Princeton University, Purdue Univer- 
sity, Radcliffe College, the University of Richmond, 
Richmond Professional Institute, Smith College, 
Syracuse University, the University of Tennessee, 
the University of Texas, Tulane University, Union 
Theological Seminary, Vassar College, the Univer- 
sity of Virginia, Washington University, Western 
Reserve University, the University of Wisconsin, 
and Yale University. Foreign institutions are the 
University of Aberdeen, the University of Clermont- 
Ferrand, Heidelberg University, the University of 
Geneva, Mysore University, Oxford University, the 
University of Paris, and the University of Vienna. 
Many of the members of the faculty will be famili- 
ar to you, for Sweet Briar has its share of loyal 
professors whose personalities have helped shape the 
College. There are at least nineteen who have been 
at the College for ten years, and of these some have 
been on the faculty for more than twenty years. At 
the same time, the College leans upon the young 
professor who remains at the College for five years 
or less and goes on to a position of responsibility in 
a larger institution. Such a relationship is mutually 
happy: for Sweet Briar, the freshness of new ideas 
and the early work of outstanding educators: for the 
teacher, experience in an institution where the 
emphasis is upon teaching and the expected level of 
performance among students and faculty alike is 

*The 1967 winter issue of the alumnae magazine featured the Sweet 
Briar faculty / past and present. 


Ad Summan 


ou have completed your survey of the College. 
Richard Rowland's steering committee for the self- 
study and evaluation of Sweet Briar will make this 
survey in greater depth. But even in a brief glance, 
you have learned about a decade's change at Sweet 
Briar College. 

You have learned that a strong faculty is still the 
pride of the College and that keeping it so is a major 
aim of the administration; you have learned that the 
faculty is somewhat larger, and, if degrees are an 
adequate indication, somewhat stronger. You have 
learned that the curriculum has changed with changing 
knowledge, but that it has not succumbed to academic 
fads; it is a richer, but not a new curriculum. You 
have learned that the students taught by the faculty 
according to the curriculum are better-prepared, that 
there are more of them, that they face stiffer entrance 
competition, that they seem to have a greater sense 
of purpose in their studies and outside activities than 
their sisters of ten years ago. You have learned that 
the library has grown in the number of volumes and 
in the building that houses them; that the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library is one of which a small 
liberal arts college may be justly proud. You recog- 
nize among the administration many loyal faces, and 
you have met some impressive new leaders among 
them. Having begun by noting changes in the physi- 
cal plant, you have learned that the extent of growth 
here is even greater than the eye sees, and that this 
growth has enabled the College to grow more than 
physically. Finally, you have learned that the College 
has expanded its financial resources, and that, al- 

though the small private institution faces many 
problems which Sweet Briar College shares, the fiscal 
outlook of the College is an optimistic one. 

As you review your survey, you see that the word 
"growth" recurs. The word "change" does not. You 
have learned, essentially, that Sweet Briar College 
has grown during the last ten years. But it has not 
changed. You might report that it has become more 
so. The students are still healthy and exuberant; they 
still live under the Honor System that has influenced 
so many students and alumnae. The faculty are still 
devoted to teaching. The curriculum is still both 
broad and deep for each student, even though the 
"requirements" are less rigid than they were. The 
library is still crowded in the evenings; the avid 
student may still be found reading on the floor in the 
stacks on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The aims of the 
administrative departments are the same, whether or 
not the personnel has changed. The new buildings 
have reinforced the architectural pleasure of Bulfinch's 
inspirations, and, like the old ones, they have a 
certain rightness in the rolling countryside. And that 
countryside is abiding, giving to the College a unique 
sense of community and to those who live at Sweet 
Briar a prevailing beauty that, being a part of the 
spirit of the place, becomes a part of the spirits of 
those who have been there. 

You, the alumna, having learned about the growth 
at Sweet Briar, find that you are still at home here. 
You are grateful that, change being the law of all 
things, your College has changed in the direction it 
seemed to be heading when you were a student. 


Sweet Briar's 




X resident Anne Gary Pannell of Sweet Briar 
College has been elected president of the American 
Association of University Women. Her term of 
office, which began at the June National biennial 
convention in Miami, will be for four years. 

Long a member of the Virginia Division of the 
AAUW, Dr. Pannell is a former president of the 
Alabama Division. On the national level of the 
AAUW, she has sat on the Legislative Program 
Committee. She brings to her new position the 
strong academic training and achievement of which 
Sweet Briar alumnae are proud, as well as the out- 
standing background of civic and cultural con- 
tributions to the community on all levels — local, 
state, national, and the world. 

In this breadth of interest she will be at home in 
her new position with the AAUW. Founded in 1882 
to open the doors of education to women, the Amer- 
ican Association of University Women numbers 
more than 175,000 members in over 1,625 branches 
in the fifty states, the District of Columbia and 
Guam, and lists more than 975 American colleges 
and universities whose woman graduates are eligible 
for AAUW membership. The Virginia Division 
alone lists thirty-two AAUW branches. 

Internationally, the AAUW holds membership in 
the International Federation of University Women. 

An organization of associations in fifty-two coun- 
tries, the IFUW is a vital force for international 
understanding, providing contacts for university 
women of many countries and opportunities for 
united action on common goals. The AAUW has a 
representative to the United Nations, whose reports 
to members promote understanding of the aims ahd 
achievements of the UN and its agencies. The 
AAUW also implements a program to bring African 
women teachers to the United States for training. 

On a national scale, the American Association of 
Universrty Women develops a study-action program 
under four topics relating to the basic areas of 
AAUW interest: community problems, cultural 
interests, education, and world problems. It pre- 
sents the viewpoint of its members to other organi- 
zations, institutions, and government agencies 

whose concerns relate to this program, and co- 
operates with a score or more of national organi- 
zations with similar interests. It maintains a ros- 
ter of women qualified for public service and sup- 
ports qualified women for policy-making positions; 
it promotes professional opportunities for women 
in higher education. It administers an annual writing 
project for members, in which outstanding manu- 
scripts are given criticism by nationally recognized 

The Association maintains a Fellowships Pro- 
gram which, through the AAUW Educational 
Foundation, awards approximately $350,000 a year 
to some hundred gifted women scholars, about half 
of them Americans and half foreign scholars who 
wish to study in the United States. This Fellow- 
ships Program, established in 1888, is one of the 
Association's oldest and most distinctive contri- 
butions to the education of women, having pro- 
vided financial assistance to more than two thou- 
sand scholars. 

A recent, and successful, experiment allied to the 
Fellowships Program grew out of the AAUW Ed- 
ucational Foundation interest in the continuing ed- 
ucation of women and the need for more and better 
college teachers. This interest resulted in 1962 in 
the inauguration of the College Faculty Program, 
operated in eleven Southeastern states under a 
three year grant from the Rockefeller Brothers 
Fund. This experiment demonstrated that the col- 
lege woman over thirty-five is accepted by graduate 
schools and that, returning to studies after long 
absence, she can compete and keep up with younger 
students. Participants in the College Faculty Pro- 
gram (and among them was Sarah Ann McMullen 
Lindsey, '47, of Alexandria, Virginia) agreed to 
teach in institutions of higher education as a part 
of the program, and have found positions on college 
and university .staffs. The program has been extend- 
ed to other parts of the country, with AAUW Divi- 
sions raising the money. 

The AAUW program of study and action in- 
volves members of each branch in one or more 
of four areas of study. Topics have been chosen 
according to branch action and include study 
materials concerning health, the aging, consumer 
education, the arts, financing and staffing of public 
schools, the improvement of libraries, educational 
and cultural uses of the mass media, equality of 
educational opportunity, and work with foreign 
students. The four study topics chosen for the 1967- 
69 biennium are "The Growing Gap Between the 
Rich and the Poor Nations," "Testing Values in a 
Changing Society," "The Politics of Public Educa- 
tion," and "Society's Reflection in the Arts." 

A focal point for the AAUW and a meeting place 
for university women is the AAUW Educational 
Center, an eight-story building in Washington, D.C. 
Here is the office of the General Director, Dr. 
Francena L. Miller, a professional staff of more 
than twenty to provide guidance to the branches, 
and a library. At Sweet Briar College, the branch 
of the AAUW is headed by Byrd Stone, '56,Instruc- 
tor in Education and Director of the Nursery School. 

Alumna Extraordinaire 

"Who's Afraid of Twentieth Century 
Theatre" was the title of the paper given by 
Joan Vail Thome last June at the Alumnae 
College. So numerous have been the requests 
for copies that the editors of this magazine 
decided to print the complete text in order 
that all alumnae might study and enjoy it. 
Joan was the first alumna to be a member of 
the faculty for Sweet Briar's annual Alumnae 

Majoring in drama, Joan received her 
Bachelor of Arts degree from Sweet Briar in 
1951. She was awarded a Fulbright grant to 
study repertory theatre in the United Kingdom 
after she had earned her Master of Arts at 
The Catholic University of America in 1953. 

In 1954 she was Assistant to the Director 
of the Broadway production. All Summer 
Long, and then became the Director and 
Assistant to Managing Director, Arena Stage, 
Washington, D.C. Since then, this talented 
alumna has been Executive Director of 
American Theatre Wing Community Plays; the 
Stage Manager, General Electric Audio 
Products Preview; Director, Elmwood Theatre, 
Nyack, N.Y.; Director, Plays for Living, a 
Division of The Family Service Association 
of America, New York City; and now is 
Director, Riverdale Community Theatre, 
Riverdale, N.Y. 

In 1967 she wrote IVell of the World, com- 
missioned by New York State Health Depart- 
ment and produced by Plays for Living. 

In private life Joan is Mrs. John W. Thorne, 
III. Her husband is an advertising executive 
and they and their three children Vail, Tracy, 
and John W., IV live at Hastings-on-Hudson. 
The remarkably successful Sweet Briar 
alumnae meetings in Westchester County, N.Y. 
"Sunday Salons." have been the products 
of this young woman's imagination and talents. 



Afraid of 





Not in the sense of abject terror, but in the 
sense of awe and amazement, intimidation and in- 
dignation. That is, in the sense of the fear of God 
that was vested in me by what artists and apologists 
of twentieth century theatre from Ibsen to lonesco 
might aptly describe as my conditioned bourgeois 

And in the private harbor or hell, depending upon 
one's persuasion, of such beginnings, in the womb 
or the trap, depending upon one's predicament, of 
such conditioning, I feel myself threatened by this 
theatre of the twentieth century, this theatre that 
is nothing if not the theatre of change. 

It can be comforting to observe how tempered by 
time is the threat of the plays from the first quarter 
of the century for example — no one is psychically 
unsettled by Shaw anymore. It can also be comfort- 
ing to observe that a bumper crop of our contem- 
porary playwrights are under forty, and that if 
Shakespeare raged in his middle years with Hamlet, 
Macbeth. Lear, and Othello, and was apparently 
resigned in the latter days with The Tempest. The 
Winter's Tale, and Cymbeline, and Sophocles raged 
in his middle years with Oedipus Rex and was re- 
signed later with Oedipus at Collonus, so may our 
playwright rage now and be resigned later. 

But I find these small, false comforts. Could it 
be we just hide in the long skirts of say Chekhov 
and muffle our ears with the taffetas? And where 
can we hide amidst the boots and spooks of Strind- 
berg? And is it just, in the cases of Shakespeare and 
Sophocles, that a man, be he artist or no, can rage 
and roar and revel just so long, that the other side 
of this coin is comedy and contemplation, but that 
the basic metal is the same? 

And am I not left with a fear of twentieth cen- 
tury theatre, albeit akin to the fear of God? And 

does the former fear not stem from the latter fear. 
I fear the Lord, and am afraid of the theatre that 
is not afraid not to fear the Lord that I fear. 

Now, my God may not be your God. Your God 
may be spelled with a small "g" for "goodness" or 
a small "s" for "socialism" or a small "e" for 
"ethical culture" or a small "h" for "humanism" 
or a small "m" for "moral rearmament", etc., etc. 
But our gods are more like to each other than they 
are like to the "no-God", the "non-God", the "a- 
God", sometimes even the "anti-God", of much 
of twentieth century theatre. 

In other words, we are believers in a theatre of 
disbelief. We are committed in a theatre of dis- 
engagement. We are devout in a theatre of blas- 
phemy. We are complacent in a theatre of change. 
We readily concede that all is not right with the 
world, but our gods are in their heavens, and we 
should not like to see their inevitability temporized, 
their absolutes relativized, their divinities undone. 
We even allow ourselves one or two private heresies, 
but they are variances from our creeds, not denials 
of them, not denials of the meta-physical possibility 
of them. 

I may not have accurately fixed your philosophi- 
cal position, but I have more or less capsuled mine. 
I've bared the bosom of my prejudice, because I 
certainly don't pretend not to have one. Because 
I suspect, since you're here at this time in time and 
place in place, that you have one too, and that it's 
philosophical first cousin to mine. And, because 
1 believe that some prejudice, meaning for as well as 
against, is as much our birthright — birthmark, if 
you will — as breath and death. 

If this is where I stand, and where you perhaps 
stand with me, where do we stand together vis-a-vis 
twentieth century theatre? Well, twentieth century 
theatre is a thing with a thousand faces, but it can 
be safely said that all the faces of that theatre that 

are, were, or will be acknowledged as art; one and 
all look away from the status quo. And it would not 
be irresponsible or prodigal to view the more com- 
petent and compelling playwrights of the immediate 
era as prophets of the purposeless universe, oracles 
of the orderless, psalmists of nothingness. 

We, of the systems, the structures, the hierarchies, 
the orthodoxies, we are the enemy. It's the infidels 
who're crusading now, and they carry not a cross 
but a cipher as their standard. We hold the Un- 
holy Land in a Reign of Terrible Illusion, and 
they are the Eloquent if Ignoble Knights of Truth 
at Any Price. There are some of these warriors who 
dread that price of truth as fervently as Ibsen did. 
There are others who refuse to pay it because they 
see it only as the kickback of illusion, as Pirandello 
did. None of them lusts for conquest, because there 
are no spoils. But all of them refuse to let us win 
with out eyes closed. And that's the way they see 
us — with our eyes closed to the reality of the human 
condition, the only reality that's seeable, so they 
say, on this side of the grave. 

Their anthem is as modern as Camus, and I 
quote from The Myth of Sisyphus: 

"The certainty of the existence of a God who 
would give meaning to life has a far greater 
attraction than the knowledge that without him 
one could do evil without being punished. The 
choice between these alternatives would not be 
difficult. But there is no choice, and that is 
where the bitterness begins." 
And their motto is as ancient as Democritus; "No- 
thing is more real than Nothing." 

For the strongest dose of nihilism, history can 
sometimes be the handiest antidote. Even the 
frightening familiarities breed contempt. And re- 
bellion is no parvenu to the theatre. 

Disestablishmentarianism — and there is such a 
word in the new dictionary, whose meaning I'm 

arbitrarily extending to encompass any anti- es- 
tablishment attitude — disestablishmentarianism has 
always been the posture of the theatre. The most 
conventional course in playwriting teaches that 
conflict is the heart of the drama, and society has 
always afforded an easy mark to conflict with. 

At a sufficiently safe historical distance, however, 
revolution can look like evolution. Lack of imme- 
diate involvement renders our sensitivities to radi- 
cal change inert. The view is even more obscured 
in the case of Greek drama by the fact that the 
drama was then religion, that the theatre was the 
temple, and that the playwrights were the priests 
who wrote their own liturgy. Few of the reforms 
they wrought on that stronghold of the status quo, 
Greek theology, seem to us even small rebellions, 
because they were wrought from within, by the 
theologians themselves — the playwrights. Even the 
apparently pious Aeschylus put the pressure on 
Olympus, and domesticated some of the savage 
deities: to wit, The Eumenides. The 'moderate' 
Sophocles refused to cast man as "flies to wan- 
ton boys," made him in Oedipus agent, as well as 
instrument, of his fate, and inevitably tamed the 
savage "sporting" gods still further. And there are 
few Greek scholars who do not see outright agnos- 
ticism in Euripides' cavalier maneuvering of the 
gods in some plays, and his almost total indifference 
to them in others. 

If these were the writers who were winning the 
"Tonies" (the theatre's equivalent of the Oscars) 
of their time, you can just imagine what was going 
on in the Athenian Off and Off-Off Broadway lofts 
and coffee houses! And do consider the distinct 
possibility that one of the steadiest customers of 
these demi-monde establishments was that all- 
time-great disturber of the status quo, Socrates, 
who was, no doubt, as barefooted or sandled as 
the best of our beatniks! 


It requires an even subtler vision to sight unadul- 
terated rebellion in Shakespeare. Contemporary cri- 
tics may see him in the mirror of their own skep- 
ticism. Witness Martin Esslin's (The Theatre of the 
Absurd) *'. . . there is in Shakespeare a very strong 
sense of the futility and absurdity of the human condi- 
tion." And Robert Bvuslein's (The Theatre of Revolt) 
"Shakespeare's tragic heroes peer into a vast abyss." 
But my prejudice and I find in Shakespeare as many 
affirmations as we do denials of the eternal verities: 

Henry V: God Almighty! There is some soul of 
goodness in things evil. Would men 
observingly distil it out. 

Hamlet: There's a divinity that shapes our ends, 
Roughhew them how we will 
The fact is that Shakespeare's is the most complete 
canvas in all dramas, if not all literature, and em- 
braces both sides of any coin. 

Still we need be reminded that while the Eliza- 
bethan playwrights were not the masters of the 
Establishment, they were its servants. Shakespeare's 
and Richard Burbage's company was the Lord 
Chamberlain's Men, and it is unlikely that the resi- 
dent playwright would bite the hand that fed him. 
Even the supremely satirical Ben Jonson and 
Moliere spared their monarchs, James I and Louis 
XIV, their barbs, and concentrated their fire on 
the sub-establishment of the bourgeoisie. 

Not even the Royal Shakespeare Company of 
today, for all its audacity and daring in perform- 
ing Marat desade. The Homecoming, US (a pastiche 
of documentary materials on the Vietnam war), 
has seemed inclined to attack the monarch who is 
its patron, through anti-monarchial attitudes would 
not be unlikely among its emancipated artists. Ex- 
pediency operates even in the holiest sanctuaries 
of art! 

Now, in the "people's republic" of the United 
States of America, disestablishmentarianism finds 

a loud and vicious voice in Macbird. an adaptation 
of Macbeth at the expense of President Johnson. 
Admitted, Macbird may be an unusually extreme ex- 
pression of the phenomemon, but in the theatres of 
the world today antiestablishmentarianism, shall we 
say, is as prominent as playacting: The Blacks — 
anti-white. The Deputy — anti-pope. Chips with 
Everything and The Brig — anti-army, Look Back 
in Anger — anti-upper class. Oh What a Lovely War 
and Mother Courage — anti-war. Who knows, may- 
be we'll come to be known in the twenty-first 
century as the "anti"-era! We definitely are the 
emancipated era, and there is the possibility that 
we're not that much more "anti" than our ances- 
tors. We're just allowed to say so! 

With that possibility square in mind, and our 
prejudice hot in hand, let's look at the staples of 
twentieth century theatre — the plays themselves, 
from the first three-fifths of the century— //-o/m 
Ibsen to lonesco. 

There are three giants of the modern drama — 
Chekhov, who died in 1904, Ibsen who died in 
1906, and Strindberg who died in 1912 — who just 
barely crossed the threshold of the century. But 
their spirits are so contemporary, and their artis- 
tic souls such children of our inconstant era that 
attention must be paid them. Furthermore, theii 
celebrated genius, which did indeed generate the 
current dramatic energies and intuitions, lends 
ballast to a still unproven aesthetic. 

Any schema for dividing the plays for discussion 
is an expedient rather than an inevitable classifi- 
cation. The purer and finer the work of art, the 
more likely it is to burst its critical seams. But for 
our critical purposes, we must put critical seams. 

If at the alpha end of the spectrum are the plays 
of human acceptance, of universal order, of divine 
and human authority — The Plays Of Dedication — 
and at the omega end are the plays of futility, ennui, 
and chaos — The Plays Of Dissolution — and inbe- 
tween are the plays that are moving at one speed or 
another from the alpha conformity to the omega 
confusion — The Plays Of Dissent — we have the 
basics of a scale with which to measure the relevance 
of twentieth century theatre. And revelance is the 
acid and the aesthetic test. Does this drama mani- 
fest to man the real and imagined and as yet un- 
imagined predicament of his place in time? That is 
highest purpose. 

It is painfully obvious that the first unit For Plays 
Of Dedication is not a populous pigeonhole. I think 
I could count the plays of "pure" affirmation that 
I know on the fingers of one hand. And perhaps 
tl\is dearth is germane to the essence of the drama. 
Drama doesn't really deal in contentment or con- 
tainment. It has much more to do with psychic ex- 
plosion than with psychic adjustment. The affirma- 
tion in a great tragedy is inevitably indirect and 
paradoxical. Suffice it to say, it has to do with dying. 
And in classic comedy, it has to do with cursing — 
cursing the social disease it treats to the point of 
curing it. 

In any case, any romantic would allow that a 
work of art, like a thing of beauty, is its own af- 


firmation. A grotesque subject beautifully wrought 
can ultimately be more beautiful than a beautiful 
subject grossly wrought. Consider the Greek 
Medusas, the medieval gargoyles, Milton's Lucifer, 
Shakespeare's lago. Consider now some of the coar- 
ser Christmas decorations from the season past or a 
Miss America doing her first television commercial. 

Fortunately for the established measurement 
scale, there are a few clearly affirmative plays that 
provide, as it were, the exception to prove the rule. 
There are two all time greats that alone would 
warrant the separate classification. They are Thorn- 
ton Wilder's Skin of Our Teeth and Our Town, and 
I think one could safely acclaim Wilder as master 
of the form. Unfortunately, he has written too few 
plays— affirmative and otherwise. Giradoux's The 
Madwoman of Chaillot would be another of my 
nominations, John Millington Synge's Playboy of 
the Western World, and somehow, in spite of his 
revolutionary Irishness and some rather wild ec- 
centricities, Brendan Behan's The Hostage. Let me 
enter in evidence a song from The Hostage, that a 
corpse rises up from the stage to sing: 

"The bells of hell 

Go ting-a-ling-a-ling 

For you but not for me. 

Oh death where is thy sting-a-ling-a-ling? 

Or grave thy victory?" 

A play that's recently been celebrated in celluloid 
deserves the final mention in the first category of 
dedication — Robert Bolt's Man for All Seasons. No 
doubt, a large part of its popularity springs from 
modern man's starvation for the standards and 
sacrifice and integrity-at-all-costs to be found in 
its hero. Sir Thomas More. Let it be noted, how- 
ever, that the model of such nobility of charac- 
ter had to be exhumed from almost ancient history. 

Against what Robert Brustein might call this 
"theatre of communion" stands the "theatre of re- 
volt" and the plays of the great insurgent modern 
dramatists. Brustein distinguishes the kinds of re- 
volt reduced to dramatic form as (1) messianic 
revolt — when the dramatist rebels against God and 
tries to take His place, (2) social revolt— when the 
dramatist rebels against conventions, morals, and 
values of the social organism, and (3) existential 
revolt— when the dramatist rebels against the con- 
ditions of his existence. 

Messianic revolt can be equated with our middle 
of the spectrum plays of dissension that have de- 
signs for reconstruction, while social revolt can be 
seen in the plays of dissension that harrangue con- 
temporary society without necessarily implying an 
alternative course. It must be well remembered, 
however, that the drama of dissension, either in 
messianic or social form, presupposes the possibility 
of a social structure by dissenting from it and some- 
times suggesting substitutes /or it. Just as Nietzsche, 
"the most seminal philosophical influence on the 
theatre of revolt," according to Brustein, in Thus 
Spake Zarathustra, declared one God dead and 
promptly proceeded to construct another— that he 
called the Superman. 

It is relevant that the plays of dissension are, for 

the most part, our inheritance from the nineteeth 
century, and, in a sense, the infancy of the twen- 
tieth. Once God was pronounced dead by Nietzsche, 
the inadequacy of God substitutes became more 
and more transparent, and the time became more 
and more a prey to disenchantment with the manu- 
facture of God-dolls. 

Meanwhile, certain of our greatest dramatists 
indulged their gigantic messianic egos — their in- 
heritance from the Romanticism of the last of the 
eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries — and, as 
Brustein sees it, imagined themselves as Creators 
superior to God, destined to transform life into a 
vast improvement on the chaos of the first crea- 
tion. In this self-appointed authority, they molded 
superman heroes who confirm Albert Camus' in- 
sight into the aims of rebellion — "to kill God and 
to build a Church." 

Such grandiose schemes produced plays that are 
tendentious, poetical in language, and as pompous 
as demi-gods can be. Despite a certain majesty they 
are, like Strindberg's Road to Damascus. Ibsen's 
Brand, Shaw's Back to Methuselah, and O'Neill's 
The Great God Brown all too little read and less 
often produced. 

Fortunately for theatre audiences, their talented 
playwrights turned to the plays of dissension that 
protest the "chaos of the first Creation" without 
attempting another Genesis. In this form are couch- 
ed the most celebrated works of the modern stage 
by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Brecht, 
Pirandello, Synge, Lorca, O'Casey, O'Neil, Arthur 
Miller, John Osborne, Arnold Wesker, et al. 

Just as the ideal of the golden mean appalled 
the philosophical godfather of their protest, Niet- 
zsche, so middle values, middle emotions, and ex- 
pecially middle classes seem to enrage the dissenting 
playwrights. Chekhov deplored the middle class' 
preachy pretensions and their lack of resolve; 
Strindberg, their sheer cowardice; Brecht, their 
hypocrisy and greed; Pirandello, their meddling and 
scandal-mongering; O'Neil, their Philistinism. And, 
while their indictments may seem temperate com- 
pared with the 'nuclear' attacks of many of today's 
dramatists, the observer who dares to peep out from 
behind the traditional petticoats must wonder if their 
rhetorical weaponry wouldn't have been modern- 
ized and 'nuclearized" had they lived in the atomic 
age. He must wonder if such spiritual sleuths as 
these dramatists wouldn't have looked behind the 
ideal of moderation that informs today's social and 
spiritual democracies, behind the benign counten- 
ance that reflects the security of the "freedoms 
from." and find there those nightmare images of 
the dark night of the soul that fill our mental hos- 
pitals, swell our suicide lists, crowd our marriage 
counselors, and keep our bars in business. 

Of course, if Peter Weiss' picture of the Asylum 
of Charendon is at all accurate, their lunatics put 
ours to shame, and the Marquis de Sade was an 
appropriate if self-appointed Messiah. Then again, 
even in Weiss' play de Sade was adjudged insane. 
Nowadays he is assiduously studied by a distinguish- 
ed band of our sanest and most clear sighted citizens. 


This last is sheer facetiousness on my part, of 
course, but what is not is the question of how the 
great modern dramatists of yesterday would re- 
spond to today's middle class morality. It is not 
a question that can be answered, but, for a proper 
perspective on twentieth century theatre, it is one 
that must be asked. 

There are several dramatists of dissent who de- 
serve a swift but special mention. The first, is, 
appropriately enough, the oft-called "father of 
modern drama," Henrik Ibsen. As Walter Kerr 
testified in a Sunday article some months ago 
Ibsen is beginning to show his age. But it's the 
body that's wilting, not the mind or the passion. 
Against the complete freedom, if not anarchy, of 
form in contemporary drama, the "well-made" 
play in which Ibsen chose to do most of his work, 
creaks disconcertingly on its calculated hinges, 
and its scheming secondary characters seem to have 
bpen caught in slightly soiled collars and cuffs. 
But the ambivalence of his themes have a con- 
temporaneity that Albee might envy. Consider the 
ftitility of advanced opinions in Ghosts, the dispair 
of inner ennoblement in Rosmersholm, the perfect 
marriage with the core of straw in A Doll's House, 
the true necessity of illusion in The Wild Duck. This 
kind of Ibsenian dialectic is as time proof as energy, 
but the wellmade play form is patently well worn. 
Anton Chekhov, the man and his work, is one 
of my madder passions, and so I'll spare you pure 
prejudice and let him speak for himself: 

"I am not a liberal and not a conservative, not 
an evolutionist, not a monk, not indifferent to 
the world. I would like to be a free artist — and 
that is all . . . " "It is the duty of the judge to 
put the questions to the jury correctly, and it is 
for members of the jury to make up their minds, 
each according to his taste." 
"I believe in individual personahties scattered 
over all Russia — they may be intellectuals, or 
peasants ..." 
How then can one possible classify Chekhov as a 
dramatist of dissent. Well, anyone who has seen an 
adequate production of one of his four great plays 
will know that however objective the dramatist de- 
termines to be, his compassionate pen cries out with 
all its eloquence at the despondency, the desperation, 
the dispossession of Russia in a pre-revolutionary 
pressure cooker. 

Hear Chekhov again in a moment that is so hu- 
man it runs to contradiction: "All I wanted was to 
say honestly to people: 'Have a look at yourselves 
and see how bad and dreary your lives are!" The 
truth will out, and the truth is that he did battle 
with the indolence, vacuity, irresponsibility, and 
inertia of the middle and upper classes, and with 
the spreading mediocrity, vulgarity, and cruelty 
among the mass of men. The one, of course, 
threatened the other, and thus set up the conflict 
that forms the basic substance of Chekhov's plays. 
His biographer, David Magershack, puts the 
finger on the moralist in Chekhov when he main- 
tains that the author's concern with "life as it is" 
was eventually modified by the growing conviction 

that "life as it is is life as it should not be." 

There's the seed and the kernel of Chekhov's 
dissent, and the only confusion lies in the fact that 
Chekhov was a supreme artistic sneak, concealing 
his craft and mitigating his morality — with sym- 
pathy for both the dispossessors, who were the in- 
struments of inevitable change, and the dispossess- 
ed, who were the victims of their own complacency. 

In other words, Chekhov loathed the sin and lov- 
ed the sinner. On this apparent equivocation he 
built a bridge between morality and reality, rebellion 
and acceptance. 

The clarion call of dissent comes in the comedy of 
George Bernard Shaw. His is a "frankly doctrinal 
theatre" designed to replace the "romantic" tradi- 
tion of what he called "mere artists" like William 
Shakespeare. He would substitute facts, as they were 
written in the gospel according to Shaw,which was, 
in large part, the gospel of Fabian Socialism, and he 
would substitute those facts for fanciful fictions. 
The irony is, of course, that he is remembered for 
his ineffable fancy far more than for his Fabian 

There is another dimension to Shaw that draws 
him closer to today than either his fancy or his 
Fabian Socialism, and that is the wellspring of a 
deep rebellion that has indeed revolutionized our 
theatre and made words like "absurdism," "aliena- 
tion," and "cruelty" its working vocabulary. For 
the most part, Shaw wore the mask of the dedicated. 


hopeful, and cheerful ethical reformer, but in 
Heartbreak House where bombs are falling and rum 
is running, in the imaginative extravagances of 
Back to Methusaleh, and in the bodiless character 
of the Superman in Man and Superman, there is 
an awareness of the profound spiritual poverty of 
the human condition that is even suggestive of his 
countryman, Samuel Beckett. 

It is not surprising that Shaw was the playwright 
most admired by Bertold Brecht, who is himself 
thought by many contemporary theatre critics and 
artists to be the greatest playwright of the century. 
Alan Schneider, the director who has staged all the 
Broadway productions of Edward Albee's plays and 
all the professional American productions of 
Beckett and Pinter, even he, with his respect and 
loyalty to such dramatists as these, has expressed 
the opinion that Brecht is the greatest playwright 
of our time, and that Mother Courage, and not The 
Death of a Salesman, is the modern tragedy. 

Brecht's life with its uneasy truces and alliances 
is a drama all its own, but the only aspect requiring 
mention here is the fact that he was a committed 
communist. It's a temptation to soften the blow of 
his political persuasion for western audiences, but 
the fact remains that he was a loyal member of the 
communist party, more than once proven capable of 
compromising art for purely propagandistic purposes. 

However, it's interesting, if falsely reassuring, 
to hear more than one critic analyze his communism 

as, in part at least, the indirect result of an ob- 
session with the darker side of human nature and 
his own (quoting Brustein again) "morbid, sensual, 
and anarchical" self. In that light, communism be- 
comes a discipline he chose to impose, with a 
mighty effort of the will, upon his unruly psyche. 

According to Martin Esslin, who is responsible 
for a highly respected study of Brecht, communism 
dispelled for him "the nightmare of absurdity, and 
offered him a form of rational control over his 
frightening individualism . . ." The suggestion is, 
of course, that he put on his ideology as an ascetic 
his hair shirt. And the fact is that he consistently 
wore a worker's collarless shirt as if it were a 
monk's habit. 

Whereas, he might have managed to master him- 
self with ideology, his great plays are a different 
matter. They have a breadth that explodes political 
pattern. Especially in his relentless attacks on the 
inconsistencies and incongruities of Christianity he 
sounds more heretical than unbelieving. 

There are five plays that Ronald Gray, an English 
critic, finds certainly not anti-communist, but, on 
the other hand, not primarily political. And they are 
Mother Courage, The Life of Galileo. The Good 
Woman of Setzuan, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and 
Herr Puntila and His Man Matti. They are tolerant 
yet insistent on justice, comprehending rather than 
persuading. They offer tender lyricism and agony of 
mind, admiration of ordinary life and buffooning 
zest in wine, women and song, sharp compassion for 
the poor and a not unsympathetic portrayal of the 
pleasures of the rich. In short, they present the 
"human comedy." 

It's this magnitude that causes some among his 
ardent admirers to see Brecht as a kind of twentieth 
century Shakespeare. His admixture of the tragic 
and the comic, the sacred and the secular, the sublime 
and the slime is indeed Shakespearian. What is unlike 
Shakespeare is his inverse, disenchanted, or black 
romanticism, and this gives rise to a so-called excre- 
mentalism that's unmistakable, but never unimagina- 
tive. One of his most remarkable creations is the hero 
of one of his earliest and most savage plays, Baal, who 
expires at the end of the piece in the most hideous cir- 
cumstances, declaring the world "the excrement of 
God." I shall spare you further examples of this ingre- 
dient of his style, assuring you the while that though 
it's foul, "it's fair as foul and foul as fair," a far cry 
from Le Roi Jones and the writing on washroom walls. 

Brecht forms a perfect bridge between the drama 
of dissent and the drama of dissolution, because his 
revolt seeks and finds two such levels. At the top it is 
directed against the hypocrisy, avarice, and injustice 
of bourgeois society, and he prescribes radical com- 
munist surgery to cut out the social cancer. In the 
depths it rails against the disorder of the universe 
and chaos in the human soul. But in the last analysis, 
he is nor a nihilist. He pulls himself up by the hair shirt 
and proclaims in a deeply religious poem: 

"He who is defeated cannot escape from Wisdom. 
Hold on to yourself and sink. Be afraid. 
But sink. At the bottom 
The lesson awaits you." 


There we have the four elders of the modern 
drama — all dramatists of dissent, striking out 
against the existing social structure, but not question- 
ing the ontology of it: Ibsen and Chevkhov not 
suggesting any particular substitute for it; Shaw and 
Brecht, both preaching reconstruction in their 
separate brands of socialism. 

One cannot depart the drama of dissent without 
allusion to the documentary play — the so-called 
theatre of fact — that has recently taken up residence 
mainly in Germany, and been exported to America. 
The form needs no exhaustive explanation for an 
audience that has cut its teeth on TV, except that the 
so-called theatre of fact can be more or less factual: 
witness the wild controversies over Hochhuth's The 

One of the admittedly less factual and infinitely 
fanciful examples of the form is the famous and in- 
famous Marat de Sade, a vehicle that allowed its 
brilliant director, Peter Brook to mount one of the 
most masterful theatre productions I shall see in my 
lifetime. It was so masterful, in fact, that it rather 
eclipsed the social and political considerations that 
are generic to the documentary form, and at the heart 
of the author's communist intention, and turned the 
occasion into an aesthetic triumph. 

One still cannot leave this bloc of twentieth century 
theatre without at least calling two more names, Sean 
O'Casey and Arthur Miller. O'Casey was mentioned 
previously as an affirmative playwright, but he, in 
justice, is affirmative only in effect. The subject 
material of his great plays, Juno and the Paycock. and 
The Plough and the Stars are loud cries of dissent, 
since they take their fictional life right out of the 
Irish rebellion. Was it not Juno the Paycock himself 
who contributed the most irresistable watchword of 
the movement: "The whole worl's in a terr. . .ibel 
state o' chassis." 

All I shall say of Arthur Miller at this juncture is 
purely personal. When I saw the recent revival of 

The Death of A Salesman on television, I marvelled 
at the supremely theatrical portrait of a man who 
sold himself so short with self-delusion. What I 
know of Arthur Miller told me that I should indict 
society for Willie Loman's crimes against himself, 
because it had set the standards for him. That way I 
would have been drawn into the play's social dissent. 
But my response was for Willie against Willie. And 
though I've no stomach for that "well-liked" and 
little loving society of his, society as such just didn't 
enter into it — my response, that is. 

For Miller's recent After the Fall I would have to 
create a new category. Despite all his protests, I 
would call it confessional theatre. 

There is another immensely important American 
playwright whom I can't seem to fit into my theme 
at all. And while the exception gives me that 
proverbial confidence in the rule, I don't know what 
to do but take a quick detour. He's worth much 
more than that because he's Tennessee Williams, and 
because his Glass Menagerie and Streetcar Named 
Desire are going down as American classics. 

He just isn't classifiable as dedication, dissent, 
dissolution or distraction, because his profound con- 
cerns are not with the self in a society to which he's 
dedicated or from which he dissents. They are for 
the self inside the self, and how they seldom fit and 
mostly jar. I strongly suspect, over numerous critical 
objections, I've no doubt, that to Tennessee Williams, 
society is the South, and the South is a place and not 
a state. For Williams, the only state that matters is 
the psyche, and it surely is in a state of chassis. 
That's twentieth century enough without any social 
or cosmic implications. 

What dates Williams is his compassion. However 
rotten the psyche, he finds it worth saving, and 
that's an affirmation all its own. 

Well, now we've arrived at the pit of our fear, the 
nightmare theatre that would suck us all into dreams 
and overturn our very reality. Or would it, could it 
find our orthodoxies the first fibre of resistance! 
There's the threat and the cowardice of an adoles- 
cent bully in this twentieth century theatre. After all, 
it's picking its fight with what it considers the paper 
tiger of faith and works. And, after all, its watched 
the paper tiger puff itself up from one war of libera- 
tion to the next war of preservation from the Pelo- 
ponesus to Vietnam, from Plato to Norman Vincent 
Peale; and it's watched the paper tiger breathing 
the fire of the Kingdom, from the kingdom of 
philosopher-kings to the kingdom of kingdom-come. 

Still, I dare to submit that this theatre's deepest 
unspoken wish is that the tiger devour it and prove 
it hopelessly wrong and hopefully saved. The 
saddest fact for the "new" theatre is that the paper 
tiger keeps turning the other cheek while blowing 
itself up to the point of bursting. 

What we are wont to forget is that the nightmare 
has been with us as long as the tiger. That the 
theatre of dissolution didn't arrive announced, that 
it had its heralds in the illustrious names above. Not 
only Brecht and Shaw but Ibsen and Strindberg and 
Chekhov and Pirandello had one toe in the drama 
of dispersion and diffusion, in short, in the theatre 


of the separation of body from soul. 

Of course, the discovery that someone we love has 
been party to something we loath can have one of 
two results. We can reconsider the something 
loathed or drop the someone loved. For those in- 
clined to reconsideration, the following observations 
are relevant. 

The author of the Absurd philosophy is Albert 
Camus. Prompted by the unparalleled material 
destruction and spiritual disintegration of the last 
war, he saw the problem of the paper tiger this way: 
"A world that can be explained by reasoning, 
however faulty, is a familiar world. But in a 
universe that is suddenly deprived of illusions 
and of light, man feels a stranger. His is an irre- 
mediable exile, because he is deprived of 
memories of a lost homeland as much as he 
lacks the hope of a promised land to come. This 
divorce between man and his life, the actor and 
his setting, truly constitutes the feeling of 
In many respects "absurd" is an unfortunate 
epithet for a philosophy or a theatre. Its connota- 
tions run to ridiculous, while what it means is "devoid 
of destiny." Brustein calls it "existential revolt," 
which has nothing to do with the fashionable French 
philosophy as a formal system of thought, but with a 
rejection of the terms of the human condition, an 
outcry at the void of human existence. 

According to George Wellwrath in his study of 
developments in the avant-garde drama, entitled The 
Theater of Protest and Paradox. Camus advocated 
protest and defiance as the only means possible of 
"nullifying the cruelty of the cosmic power on a 
temporal level." 

It is the theatre of dissolution that took up his 
challenge. Although neither the terms nor the 
theatres are synonomous, the theatre of the absurd 
occupies by far the most spacious and prominent 
seat in the theatre of dissolution. And there is no 
more authoritative a critical voice in the English 
language for absurdism in the drama than that of 
Martin Esslin. Before meeting some of these dis- 
quieting plays in a dark alley, as it were, it would be 
fortifying to hear from Esslin about the formlessness 
of their form: 

"Most of the incomprehension with which 
plays of this type are still being received by 
critics and theatrical reviewers, most of the be- 
wilderment they have caused and to which they 
still give rise, come from the fact that they are 
part of a new, and still developing, stage con- 
vention that has not yet been generally under- 
stood and has hardly ever been defined. Inevita- 
bly, plays written in this new convention will, 
when judged by the standards and criteria of 
another, be regarded as impertinent and outrag- 
eous impostures. If a good play must have a 
cleverly constructed story, these have no story 
or plot to speak of; if a good play is judged by 
subtlety of characterization and motivation, 
these are often without recognizable characters 
and present the audience with almost mechani- 
cal puppets; if a good play has to have a fully 

explained theme, which is neatly exposed and 
finally solved, these often have neither a begin- 
ning nor an end; if a good play is to hold the 
mirror up to nature and portray the manners 
and mannerisms of the age in finely observed 
sketches, these seem often to be reflections of 
dreams and nightmares; if a good play relies on 
witty repartee and pointed dialogue, these often 
consist of incoherent babblings." 
This deliberate obfuscation gives rise to a com- 
plete relocation of the traditional elements of the 
drama. Plot, which has previously meant simply 
story or development from beginning to middle to 
end is, in the hands of the absurdists, a sequence of 
disjointed incidents, which had better be called "con- 
tinuum." It's like a friction toy that has been over- 
turned, getting nowhere while its wheels keep 
spinning ferverously and futilely. 

Character, accustomed to mean a motivated indi- 
vidual human being becomes unmotivated, not 
predestined by rather M«destined "incarnations" of 
appetites or social roles. 

Theme is no longer meaning or moral, since 
morality is a myth and everything is meaningless. 
It's at best an implication, or "intuition" or premon- 

And dialogue or language that is designed to 
reveal the cliches and obscurities in our everyday 
speech is more a medium of "implosion" rather than 

Because the dramatists of the absurd are so organ- 
ically opposed to the idea and the practice of intellec- 
tual analysis, I shall not attempt to subject them to 
that kind of scrutiny. I shall, however, cite each of 
four major so-called absurdists in developing the 
contention that they have so altered the traditional 
form of the drama that it can never be the same. 

Samuel Beckett, who is, in my personal opinion 
the purest artist of absurdism, should be considered 
in the light of his handling of what was once plot, 
and is in his plays "continuum." The evidence is in 
the very title of his magnum opus. Waiting for 
Godot. Reliable critics agree that, despite all the 
metaphysical speculation, the play is not about 
Godot, but about the waiting for Godot. And the 
waiting never changes in quality, only in quantity. 
And the quality is of eternal ennui, unreal events, 
illusionary, ineffectual change. 
Hear Beckett himself in Godot: 

". . . one day we were born, one day we'll die, 
the same day, the same second . . . They give 
birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an 
instant, then it's night once more." 
"Astride of a grave and a difficult birth. Down 
in the hole, lingeringly, the grave-digger puts on 
the forceps." 
George Wellwrath in his study of avant-garde of 
drama entitled The Theatre of Protest and Paradox 
suggests that Beckett makes Schopenhauer look like 
a gay optimist and Nietzsche like a devout believer. 
And, it's testament to either the perversity or the 
immortality in man that makes some men see in 
Beckett a myth of grace and salvation, a confirma- 
tion of faith. 


The absurdist use of categorical characters is per- 
haps best explored in the plays of a second genius of 
Absurdism, Jean Genet. The title of one of his best 
known plays is a case in point. The Blacks, an 
unindividualized, tribal incarnation of the instinc- 
tual response of the persecuted, revenge. But it is in 
his other well known piece. The Balcony, that his 
manipulation of character is most clearly manifested. 
Four of the principal characters are known by the 
names of social positions: the Bishop, the Judge, the 
General, the Chief of Police. And this playing up of 
the playing of roles is organic to Genet. For his 
theatre is a theatre of illusion, a hall of mirrors. He 
deals in, and he deals out metamorphosis. The 
brothel of The Balcony is a pleasure dome where the 
nobodies of society come to change themselves into 
the somebodies of society who then prove to be 
nobodies themselves. 

And so, if the archetypal roles of society are pure 
illusion, then society is illusion as well. With the 
result that Genet keeps clouting society over its 
non-existent head! 

I've chosen Harold Pinter as exemplar of the ab- 
surdist convolution of theme into meaningless 
meaning or meaningful meaninglessness. Knowing 
that my audience must consist of a considerable 
number of avid readers of the drama section of the 
Sunday Times, my only responsibility may be to 
remind them of the articles that appeared around 
the Royal Shakespeare Company's presentation of 
Pinter's play. The Homecoming. On January 15, 
1967 there was Walter Kerr's Sunday article, entitled 
"A Pox on Shocks." On January 27th, there was an 
article entitled "The Pinter Puzzle" by the drama 
critic of Newsweek. On February 5th, there was 
"What's Pinter Up To?" — some educated, some 
annoyed, and some enthusiastic guesses, plus letters 
to the editor ad nauseam. I don't know what the 
drama section will do for copy when the Pinter 
Pickle has run its course. Though I was fortunate to 
see this brilliantly produced and performed play 
before the frenzy set in, I shall not be so supremely 
stupid as to venture an analysis of its non-meaning. 

What interests me far beyond immediate analysis 
is the irony that a theatre convention and a theatre 
philosophy, and indeed a play, that disowns or at 
least ignores intellect should raise such a storm of 
intellectual orgies. Is Pinter being victimized or are 
we being duped? 

And what should interest you is that the play is 
about more than a husband's putting his wife up for 
prostitution to his father and two brothers. Some 
would say that's quite enough for anything to be 
about. But the interpretative problem is that it is not 
an "anything" play, it's an "everything" play. The 
characters are not flesh and blood people, but again 
incarnations of desire, possibility, dimension. If we 
are shocked, we are shocked because of what we 
expect of them, not because of what they are. And 
that is — The New York Times tells me — the warriors 
in a mortal combat, not only of the sexes, but 
between members of the same sex in their relations 
to the opposite sex, for instance, man to woman, son 
to mother, husband to wife, father to mother, etc.. 

etc., and perhaps even between sex and sexlessness. 

Obviously, there is no meaning here in the sense 
of theme, no thoughts to take home with you, no 
aphorisms to work into a sampler for the front hall. 
But there are perplexities, innuendos, exasperations, 
intimations, in such abundance that I've not yet run 
through my supply since I saw the play on January 

Eugene lonesco is the linguistic's expert of the 
theatre of the absurd, and a perfect example of the 
use of language against itself. He has labeled perhaps 
his most famous play The Bald Soprano as a 
"tradegy of language." It is a tragedy in his mind, 
despite its comedic effect, because the two married 
couples who are the characters (I use the word reluc- 
tantly, because these characters are also iwpersonifi- 
cations of the petty bourgeoisie) are drowning their 
identities in cliches, hypocrisies, and extravagances 
of language. To lonesco, language is the surface of 
the soul. Therefore, the lack of soul is the unseating 
of language and the source of lonesco's nonsense 
speech. The two couples can no longer talk because 
they can no longer think. The can no longer think 
because they can no longer be. And, see how we've 
come full circle back to existential revolt, the 
philosophical basis of the theatre of dissolution! 

There are two important playwrights who balance 
on the edge of the absurd. One is Edward Albee. His 
one-acter. The American Dream, definitely falls on 
the other side, as it squarely attacks false values and 
sentiments that are as typically American as 
progress, optimism, togetherness, and physical fit- 
ness, in a distinctly absurdist idiom. The characters 
are monoliths — Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, etc., 
and the language is euphemistic baby-talk strongly 
reminiscent of lonesco. On the other hand, Albee's 
later Zoo Story, in its intimations and explorations 
of violence is like Pinter. 

Apparently he had been somewhat if savagely 
domesticated by the time of Who's Afraid of Virginia 
Woolf? Still, the characters are without last names, 
only George and Martha (Washington, maybe?). 
And the play's director, Alan Schneider, has said 
that its subject reaches far beyond domestic strife to 
the "inner decay of our society, the loss of moral 
values, and the false values with which we seek to 
buttress our decaying selves." That's an absurdist 
emphasis surely. 

Tiny Alice, it's generally agreed, is simply a cere- 
bral parlor trick, exasperating to some, and especially 
appealing, it seemed, to students and teachers of 
theology. The most recent Albee play A Delicate 
Balance is again in the domestic scene, but the 


natives are less restless and the issues more mature - 
or perhaps just less incendiary. There is a nameless 
terror that the neighbors in the play carry with them 
like a plague, and it serves to set up that indestructi- 
ble absurdist gulf between human beings: if I 
remember correctly from an early preview, there is a 
line in A Delicate Balance that reads, "the only skin 
I can put my arms around is my own." 

At this juncture Edward Albee seems to me as 
much interested in being as non-being, and, of 
course, in the inevitable clash between the two. And 
this fact lifts him out of the deepest sloughs of 
Absurdism's despond, and permits of the possibility 
of his charting a more expansive course. Harold 
Clurman said this of him in a recent Sunday Times 
drama section article after the opening of A Delicate 

"Albee is 38. I shall be able to offer you a more 
considered judgment when he is 58! At 38 Ibsen 
had not yet written 'A Doll's House,' 'Ghosts,' 
'An Enemy of the People,' 'The Wild Duck' and 
most of his other plays — all written after he 
was 50. At 38 Shaw had not yet written 'Man 
and Superman,' 'Pygmalion,' 'Heartbreak 
House,' 'Saint Joan' — all written after he was 
45. The point is that Albee is a talented young 
playwright in the process of growth." 

The other dramatist who has one foot in the 
theatre of the absurd is the Swiss Friedrich 
Duerrenmatt of The Visit and The Physicists fame. 
His is a disillusioned intellectual fantasy that treats 
contemporary problems in tragicomedies that have 
clear absurdist overtones. 

Somewhere between the dramas of dissolution 
and dissent, but quite outside the theatre of the 
absurd, is England's angry young man, now fast 
approaching middle age and possible mediocrity. 
But he must be credited with the not inconsiderable 
feat of cracking the convention of upper-middle-class 
drawing room comedy and its rarefied language that 
had ruled the English stage since sometime along 
about "The Way of the World." Perhaps exhausted 
by this ordeal, he is now resorting to nudity in A 
Patriot for Me and constipation in Luther. I'm 
certain we can bear both if the dramas warrant — 
Luther didn't. 

There is a fourth and final unit of measurement 
on our scale of twentieth century theatre, and that is 
the drama of distraction. It needs and bears no 
analysis, but it will be with us for as long as the 
commercial theatre is. It's The Odd Couple and Any 
Wednesday and The Cactus Flower and The Impossi- 
ble Years and Never Too Late and Don't Drink the 
Water and Barefoot in the Park, and / Know You 
Can't Hear me When the Water's Running and on 
and on season after season. It's not precisely my cup 

of tea, but I take a drop now and again. And I defend 
to the death the right of those who like to drink 
deep — just as I permit the purists to despise it. 
What, however, has never seemed to me quite sane is 
why certain exalted artists who march for this free- 
dom and that freedom and the other freedom are 
loath to allow the freedom of taste. 

Well, we've more or less made the soundings and 
the pseudo-measurements. Now we've arrived at the 
moment of truth. Is the much ado about nothing- 
ness worth something? 

There're not many among us who have either 
inclination or desire to disturb the classic sleep of 
the dear departed giants. Chekhov and Shaw and 
Strindberg and Pirandello, even Brecht, would be 
neither shaken nor secured on their aesthetic 
pedestals by the sum total of our assessments. 
They're immured in marble, and personally, I'm 
resigned and I rejoice. It's that drama of dissolution 
that their dissent spawned. It's the skepticism they 
let in, the certainties they let out. It's the philosophi- 
cal dust they swept under the rug, the masks they 
dropped, the mirrors they cracked. What do we do 
about those? How do we put a house in order if 
order's a proven illusion? And what's a proven 
illusion? In other words, what must the "faithful" do 
when dissent becomes disbelief? 

Well, I can't remember when apostasy was ever 
on a list of the seven deadly sins. Perhaps the first 
step is to acknowledge even apostasy's special graces. 
To theatre craftsmen the world over there is 
charisma in the new theatre's emancipation of the 
physical stage itself. Through the preceding century 
it had been slave to the box set and the invisible 
fourth wall. Thanks in large measure to the influ- 
ence of Antonine Artaud -a name not to remain 
unmentioned — the stage has come to be a microcosm 
of the macrocosm, everywhere and nowhere. Re- 
stored to the stage is the ritual out of which it was 
born, the option to offer either surfaces or essences. 
Restored also, this time by Bertold Brecht, is the 
actor's option to be larger than life, to expand him- 
self in the role and act as an aesthetic microscope 
lens through which the audience may inspect life. 
Here again is the return to ritual, the actor's birth- 

The drama of the mid-twentielh century may have 
reduced the eternal equations, but it has vastly 
enlarged the physical form in which to present them. 
Now the stage may act as an x-ray, a camera, or a 
telescope. Now it may look inside a human life, 
around an environment, or out into the universe. 

The more ineffable graces of the drama of disper- 
sion are best articulated by its own apologists: Martin 

"Concerned as it is with the ultimate realities of 
the human condition, the relatively few funda- 
mental problems of life and death, isolation and 
communication, the Theatre of the Absurd, 
however grotesque, frivolous, and irreverent it 
may appear, represents a return to the original, 
religious function of the theatre — the confron- 
tation of man with the spheres of myth and 
religious reality." 


Here is further Esslin apology that I suspect as the 
residue of Age of Enlightenment positivism: 

"But by facing up to anxiety and despair and 
the absence of divinely revealed alternatives, 
anxiety and despair can be overcome. The sense 
of loss at the disintegration of facile solutions 
and the disappearance of cherished illusions 
retains its sting only while the mind still clings 
to the illusions concerned. Once they are given 
up, we have to readjust ourselves to the new 
situation and face reality itself. And because the 
illusions we suffered from made it more difficult 
for us to deal with reality, their loss will ulti- 
mately be felt as exhilarating." 
I seriously doubt if in the drama of pure dissolu- 
tion there is either the intention or the existence or 
the promise of such "exhilaration." And 1 strongly 
suspect that it's a critic's committment to proportion 
and order that works on Mr. Esslin here, and that 
he's showing his prejudice now. But I've long ago 
admitted that I'm still in my fit of "cherished 
illusions," so how could I possibly know? 

How could any human know? Haven't the honor- 
able religions of the East been striving for centuries 
to effect a release, to achieve the ultimate freedom 
from all of human experience, and is there an honest 
Hindu Swami or Buddhist Zen alive who would 
pretend to have run the whole course and arrived at 
their nirvanas? Indeed not. The very postulates of 
their faiths put this total liberation beyond the 
grave, which is exactly where the Greco-Judeo- 
Christian tradition of the West puts it. At this point 
in history, death is the only release from life. Appar- 
ently the deep freeze is running a close second, but 
then that surcease is at best temporary, and can last 
only as long as the electric current in the refrigera- 
tion coils. 

That there is an implicit death wish in the drama 
philosophically fathered by Nietzsche should come 
as no surprise to the cultural children of Freud. But 
then there are death wishes wherever there is suffer- 
ing. And the only empirical reality is that the 
existential rebels, with or without death wishes, are 
writing plays and philosophy and not committing 

There has never been a world without faith, a 
human community without communion, faith in 
tree toads maybe, or cats' eyes, communion in 
Moses, Zeus, Christ, or Karl Marx. And if there has 
never been a world without illusion so-called, how 
can one be certain that it would be so "exhilarating" 
without it. 

That atrocities have long been committed in the 
name of faith is historical fact. The routing of 
one faith has always given rise to another is also 
historical fact. Do these facts point anymore clearly 

to the corruptibility of faith than to the corruptibility 
of human nature? Is breathing bad because the lungs 
can be corrupted by cancer? And the final question 
— is there any guarantee that the man without faith 
is less corruptible than the man with faith? 

The Absurdists say he is. And the Absurdists say 
they are men without faith, without illusion. And I 
say that, in one of the most cruel ironies imaginable, 
the Absurdists themselves have been "corrupted" by 
that which they profoundly oppose. They too have 
faith — faith in the freedom from faith. Without any 
palpable evidence, any projections, polls, or statis- 
tics, they believe, believe, that this would be a better 
world without faith. They've turned relativism into 
an absolute. 

And their myth has its mystique; the mystique is 
mystification: Mumbo-jumbo abounds in the new 
drama, as it abounds nowhere else except in religi- 
ous ritual. Incantation and litany are almost as evi- 
dent in the mystique of non-faith as they are in the 
liturgy of established religion. 

Is the message here that those who ponder the 
imponderable and settle upon profound faith and 
those who ponder the imponderable and settle for 
profound disbelief are more akin to each other than 
to those who never ponder the imponderable at all? 
This is not to say that they are not at war, but 
that they are enemies fit for each other. 

Prepare then for battle, ye legions of the Lord of 
I believe. The foe is formidable. His battle hymn 
according to Brustein: 

"The function of the artist is not to console, not 

to adopt a 'responsible' pose, not to support 

'optimism' or 'pessimism' — but to reveal, 

relentlessly, the truth that lies in the heart of 

man and in the heart of the universe. Some of 

the greatest works of art, in fact, have achieved 

greatness by exposing things which might tempt 

us to shoot ourselves, while elevating us with 

the prospect of human courage and nobility in 

the face of a terrible reality." 

Says even a high priest of the orthodoxy of 

orthodoxies, Fulton Sheen, "God is never on the 

side of the psychic status quo. He comes as the 

Great Disturber." Prepare then for battle, ye legions 

of the Lord of I believe. Cease to want what is 

expected, and ye may find God in Golem. 

And while the battle rages, let it be devoutly wished 
that we all may say when it is ended — with Sabina 
in Skin of our Teeth: "God help me, Mrs. Antrobus, 
but I enjoyed the war." 


Let Us Give 
Thanks for Sweet Briar 

by Six Seniors 

The Academic Life 

bv Patty Skarda '68 

Seniors— what a mighty ring that word had four 
years ago! The Golden Stairs, the Ring Game, the 
academic robe, the class ring all these things were 
little more than dreams four years ago! How much 
we all looked forward to being Seniors! 

The year dawned in all its Senior-splendor and we 
revelled in the novelty of Senior traditions. But the 
vantage point of our illusory zenith soon altered our 
perspective and we awakened from our soporific 
prestige. With the challenge of our futures before us 
we reflect on the past few years with mixed emotions. 
Whether the dominant emotion is one of happiness 
or sadness, each Senior certainly feels overwhelmed 
with gratitude for all that Sweet Briar has given 
her. With a great feeling of indebtedness then we 
Seniors approach the altar of God to thank Him 
individually and collectively for Sweet Briar College: 
Its Assets and Its Gifts. 

Our primary purpose at Sweet Briar is without 
question to get an education. Everything is focused 
on intellectual pursuits with an individual responsi- 
bility which prepares us to take our places in a 
democratic society. And yet what freedom we have 
in our intellectual life at Sweet Briar! Personal 
responsibility for class attendance, curriculum 
committee for academic adjustments, small classes, 
and abundant opportunities for conferences with the 
faculty and administration! Chautauquas provide 
informal occasions to chat with professors and. 
deans and how many colleges can claim as friendly 
an atmosphere as that found at faculty coffees and 

Truly the faculty and administration at Sweet 
Briar are one of her finest assets. And every student 
enjoys this intellectual advantage because the finest 
professors are not reserved for advanced courses. It 
is a rare freshman who is not being taught by at least 
one professor who is the head of his department! 

The size of Sweet Briar College certainly works to 
the students' advantage in assuring them of an 
enduring friendship with a member of the faculty 
and administration. What a wonderful feeling it is 
to be greeted by the College President on a cold 
morning in late January or to be invited to the 
Dean's home for doughnuts and hot cider on a 


lonely Thanksgiving Day! I'll never forget the 
professor who thought it such a shame to have class 
on Good Friday that she analyzed Donne's "Riding 
Westward" instead of lecturing. Neither will I forget 
the many times a professor tried not to notice I was 
yawning in class or the times he called on me when I 
was not prepared. What greater pleasure can there 
be than discussing your paper with a professor who 
is just as excited about it as you are or than making 
your own parallel between courses or than bringing 
a movie or recommended book or article to bear on 
the course material. And at Sweet Briar the profes- 
sors are unique in wanting to enjoy all your progress 
along with you because they want to learn too. If 
you've ever studied at a large state university even 
for a summer session, you can appreciate even more 
the personal interest everyone at Sweet Briar takes 
in us as students and as real people, too. 

Sweet Briar's academic standards are high, we ail 
know, and for the challenge of meeting them, we are 
thankful. Freshman Honors, Dean's List, and 
Junior Honors encourage us to work to the best of 
our ability. And the whole class celebrates the 
announcement of Phi Beta Kappa elections! 

During the three years we Seniors have been at 
Sweet Briar, we have witnessed numerous improve- 
ments in the curriculum and additions and changes 
in the college's faculty. Nothing ever remains the 
same from one year to the next because Sweet Briar 
is so concerned with progress in every field of 
intellectual endeavor. For such unceasing progress 
we are grateful. 

Tangible evidence of Sweet Briar's growth has 
appeared in abundance in the years we have been 
here. Remember when the site of this very chapel 
was that of the road to the main gate, and remember 
the year we had to use the road to walk down to 
Babcock from Meta Glass before the walk between 
Dew and the Daisy Williams Gymnasium was 
finished. Can you imagine having freshman chemistry 
lab on the third floor of Benedict and language lab 
on first floor Gray in what is now Mrs. Kitchen's 
storeroom? Or ask yourself how we got along 
without the Connie Guion Science Building or the 
Dana Wing on the library or Sweet Briar Memorial 
Chapel. For the generosity of our benefactors we 
give a special thanks for their providing of the 
excellent facilities we have here at Sweet Briar. 

Finally as Thanksgiving Day draws near, let us 
not forget to thank God for the grand total of our 
intellectual stimulation and development gained at 
Sweet Briar College. 

Freedom Here 

by Melinda Brown '68 

One of the most important aspects of life at Sweet 
Briar is the climate of intellectual and academic 
freedom that is encouraged here. Occasionally, we 
may doubt that we have this freedom — we may 
challenge the premise by wearing mod clothes or by 
sneering at the freshman reading list; we may write 

editorials or pass out pamphlets. But the fact that 
we are allowed to do these things — that we have the 
freedom to question intelligently and to criticise 
sincerely — is a freedom that people in other 
countries are willing to die for. 

It's true that the times, as Bob Dylan said, are 
a'changing: and at Sweet Briar we have been extended 
another important freedom. A freedom that can be 
exercised safely only by adults. This is the freedom 
of choice. We are free to choose whether to study or 
whether to fritter our time away (for a while at 
least); we are free to choose whether to extend our 
hands in friendship to new students or to retreat 
into an ivory tower; free to choose a genuine pursuit 
of knowledge; free to drink or not to; free to choose 
our own goals. Our honor system guides us, our 
professors inspire us, friends and advisors counsel 
us — but the choice is ours, when we accept our 
responsibility as adults. Because of this, we have the 
privilege of open stack, self-scheduling of exams, 
and many other responsiblities. 

There's a great song, done by the Monkees, that 
I'd like to quote for you because it expresses in part 
how we feel about Sweet Briar: 

Well, I saw her face / Now I'm a believer 
There's not a trace or / Doubt in my mind 
I'm in love, yes, I'm a believer / I couldn't 
leave her if I tried. 
We're "believers" in the sense that we believe in 
Sweet Briar. We believe in what the college stands 
for, and we believe in what we as students can con- 
tribute to the college. And, more importantly, we 
believe in our abilities to accept the great freedom 
given to us at Sweet Briar. So . . . we're in love, yes, 
we're believers. 


Our Traditions 

bv Connie Williams '68 

Why should we be thankful for traditions at Sweet 
Briar? What would it be like without them — no 
Founder's Day, no step-singing, no Junior Banquet, 
to name a few. 

In the first place traditions make the abstract 
seem more real. Founder's Day, for instance, is the 
concrete acknowledgement of our gratitude to the 
founders of Sweet Briar as is Lantern Bearing the 
underclassmen's way of saying farewell to the 
Seniors. I remember the surprise I felt as a freshman 
at my first step-singing when I heard the other 
classes sing to my class — it put the whole year in the 
right perspective— or, as a junior, receiving the 
Sweet Briar ring the realization that I was a part of 
the school. 

Traditions also serve to bring the whole community 
closer together. The warm friendly atmosphere of 
the community Christmas Party, the Christmas 
Bazaar, and Amherst County Day all bring out the 
best in everyone they broaden our perspective by 
reminding us that life is found in people not in 
tests or papers. 

Many traditions at Sweet Briar bring about unity 
within the four classes — such as the Freshman and 
Senior Shows, May Day, Intramural sports and the 
Christmas Bazaar. 

Finally, we remember traditions such as hemming 
Senior Robes, Painting the Hitching Post, Mrs. 
Pannell's Christmas Parties, the Sweet Tones 
serenading us the morning of Christmas vacation; 
Asses Skits: Bum Chum Inns; Banner Hanging; the 
Faculty Show; Sundae Nights; Chautauqua; Big 
Sister; The Happening; the Chung Mung Band; and 
last but not least, Mr. Daniel's fire talk. 

One finds herself looking forward to these 
traditions which mark our years at Sweet Briar. The 
feeling of participating in them is hard to express 
it is something of ttie excitement which the student 
feels when she sees the professors process into a 
convocation— a feeling of Thanksgiving— a realiza- 

tion and a gladness that she is part of the tradition 
in carrying on the continuity of the college. 
Let us pray: 

Dear Lord, 

We thank you for such a place as Sweet Briar. 
We thank you for blessing this college and enabling 
those ideals about which its founders dreamed to 
have been achieved. 

Watch over our school now, oh Lord; bless and 
guide her daughters. Let their hearts be warm 
with the flames of their early ideals, their faith 
unshaken, and their principles immovable. 

Grant all of these things, through Jesus Christ, 
our Lord, 


Our Community Efforts 

by Pam Burwell '68 

Community efforts may be defined as advantages 
and events sponsored or made possible by certain 
segments of the community for the amusement, 
education, or service of or for any member of the 
community. By organizing interested people into 
specific groups, the efforts of the community bring 
the benefit of a unity of purpose toward a particular 
goal. At Sweet Briar we are thankful for the 
opportunity to expand our awareness of the world, 
to enrich our own lives by using our various talents 
and most of all, by being of service to others 
through the various volunteer groups on our campus 
which sponsor or lead particular community efforts. 
Because of our size and the leadership of knowledge- 
able adults to guide us, participations in our 
community organizations are open to those who are 
interested and qualify. For example, the Sweet Briar 
Choir and the Sweet Tones are open to students who 
are musically qualified. Or if a student prefers to 
begin her own group the atmosphere at Sweet Briar 
is congenial. 

The Babcock stage is a wonderland of a mechanic- 
al and creative nature for those who wish to elect 
the theatre, the dance, or instrumental recital as 


their effort for the good of Sweet Briar and the 
outlying community which serves us. 

A student may also decide to give service to 
others. If this is the case, then opportunities foj" 
her volunteer effort are always available. The 
Y.W.C.A. conducts a tutorial program among its 
other civic functions, while the Campus Chest helps 
to support the foreign student fund and the agencies 
that exist for our benefit or the benefit of those 
connected with Sweet Briar. The Community Christ- 
mas Party and Amherst County Day give us a 
chance to show our appreciation to the people in our 
community for their service to us, and to acknow- 
ledge that we are a part of this community. 

Another outlet for community efforts is a news- 
paper, like the Sweet Briar News, which embodies 
the advantages of the community to realize for the 
individual opportunities for amusement, education 
and service. 

These are a few examples of various organizations 
which exist for the benefit of the community— in- 
cluding students, faculty, staff, and in differing 
degrees those outside our gates. The students, 
though, are in the privileged position, the center 
force of many of these community services and 
efforts. Lord Baden-Powell once said, "Look wide 
and when you think you are looking wide, look 
wider still." Here at Sweet Briar we are thankful 
for the privilege to look wider through the oppor- 
tunities for service to the community. 

Our Friends Behind the Scenes 

by Louisa Cahan '68 

In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran said that "when 
you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, 
and to one another, and to God . . . Work is love 
made visible." 

There is a group of people on our campus who 
express love and create community in their work, in 
a way that we as students are unable to experience. 
They are the people whose daily occupation is 
service to the college. Their service is in cooking 
and serving food and washing dishes, doing laundry, 
mopping floors, delivering mail, answering tele- 
phones, locking doors, and more tasks than we 
could name. They glorify God, as Brother Lawrence 
did, in "the noise and clutter" of the kitchen. 

We are grateful for the services they perform for 
us, for they free us to do the work we are to do. But 
more than that, we are grateful for them as persons. 
We are glad to have the opportunity to know them, 
and, in knowing them, to know that Jesus was right 
when he said that "he who is least among you all is 
the one who is great." 

Sweet Briar is a community because of such 
people, people whose "work is love made visible." 
Community is created in the sharing of life and 
work. The miracle of community is that the variety 
of the life and work that we share binds us closer 
together. We are grateful for the diversity of people 
who make up our Sweet Briar community. 





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Our Natural Environment 

by El ma Louise Savage '68 

I was recently reading Virginia Wooif's essay 
"How Should One Read A Book." If we could 
imagine ourselves set down in the middle of our 
library at the beginning of our freshman year with- 
out benefit of reading lists or specific assignments, 
in which direction would we turn? Would we be like 
the proverbial ass who starved as he looked from 
haybail to haybail, not able to make up his mind? 
"There may well seem to be nothing," Mrs. Woolf 
says, "but a conglomeration and muddle of con- 
fusion. Poems and novels, histories and memoirs, 
dictionaries and bluebooks; books written in all 
languages by men and women of all tempers, races, 
and ages jostle each other on the shelf. And outside 
the donkey brays, the women gossip at the pump, 
the colts gallop across the fields. Where are we to 
begin? How are we to bring order into this multi- 
tudinous chaos and so get the deepest and widest 
pleasure from what we read?" 

I am not going to speak further on books — my 
subject here is the natural environment of our 
campus. But I think it is especially important that 
when Mrs. Woolf considered a conglomeration of 
books she saw as well the "outside" of colts and 
donkeys and fields making demands upon her 
attention. We, of course, do not see donkeys or 
women gossiping when our attention wanders from 
book shelves, but we do look out on fields: green, 
plowed red, or beaten grey in winter; a quiet proces- 
sion of cows going over the far hilltop down to the 
dairy. Or we might look up to the highest windows 
in the library; glance quickly at the sky in its 
turbulence of cloud and light and think: it will be a 

pretty day, or it is going to snow. I remember once, 
coming out of lab in Guion, discovering that the hall 
was on fire with the glow of sunset: all pink and 
black across the sky past the monument. Or this fall: 
watching a riot of gold leaves in the blue world 
outside the seminar room. Or, it seemed especially 
appropriate last winter when Miss Bennett turned 
from the window before beginning a lecture on 
embryology to say, "What a beautiful day" — a new 
world outside sparkled white and blue with fresh 
snow — that life could begin again and again within 
us and about us — as if somehow the oldest of 
miracles could never be old. 

One could talk on and on about our campus — but 
beyond talk — it is something we feel. I think we 
know how fortunate we are to have Mr. Edwards 
whose films reveal the distinction between artists 
and poets from scientists is perhaps an arbitrary 
one. Each time I have seen his film on the Sweet 
Briar Campus I come away with a sense of wonder: 
where have I been? 

We cannot practically, like Thoreau, retreat to 
some idyllic woods. "I left the woods," he says at 
the conclusion of Walden, "for as good a reason as 
I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had 
several lives to live and could not spare any more 
time for that one. It is remarkable how easily and 
insensibly we fall into a particular route . . ." The 
purpose of our education here is not that we should 
beat a worn path to any particular book shelf but 
rather that we should find some sense of order that 
we can "get the deepest and widest pleasure from 
what we read" in the world of books, of men, and of 
the "outside." We are so fortunate when nature is 
quickly being dissipated by what our culture con- 
dones as progress that our lives should be so rich in 
the world of the outside as well as in people and 


They Also Serve . . . 


hen you, the Alumna conducting a study of 
growth and change at the College over the past ten 
years, come to consider the administration of the 
College, you find yourself on home ground. The 
administrative organization has changed little, and 
much of the personnel is the same. Of the changes, 
you note that 

• Ten years ago, there was no chaplain at the 
College. Today, the Reverend Alexander 
M. Robertson serves as Sweet Briar's 
second chaplain in the decade. 

• The Office of Buildings and Grounds now 
has a Director of Grounds, Harold M. 
Swisher, Jr., in addition to a Director of 
Buildings, Lloyd R. Hoilman. Mr. Hoilman 
shouldered the whole load ten years ago. 

• A duplicating office and mailing room 
serves the combined staff, so that individual 
offices no longer have to have mimeograph 
and other equipment and personnel to man 

• The new Office of Natural Resources is 
directed by the former farm manager, 
Joseph A. Gilchrist, Jr. 

There are some changes in Sweet Briar's leaders. 
Dean Catherine Strateman Sims and her associate, 
Fritzie E. Gareis, are perhaps the first you meet. 
Nancy Godwin Baldwin, '57, Director of Admission, 
might be next. Paul B. Hood, Director of Develop- 
ment; Jan Osinga, Farm Manager; Betty Willis 
Whitehead, M.D., are others. You may remember 
Carolyn C. Bates, wife of the late Arthur S. Bates, 

who is now Vocational Guidance Director. Except 
for these, and for the addition of secretaries in many 
offices, the faces are reassuringly familiar — Presi- 
dent Anne Gary Pannell; Dean of Students Dorothy 
Jester; Alumnae Executive Secretary Elizabeth Bond 
Wood; Book Shop Manager Helen H. McMahon, 
Public Relations Director Martha von Briesen, 
Recorder Jeanette Boone, Assistant to the President 
and Treasurer Peter V. Daniel and his right hand 
"man" Mabel Chipley. 

Although the organization of the administrative 
offices of the College have changed little, there 
is, with College growth, a greater decentralization of 
authority. This leads to more responsibility for the 
offices under the President and the Dean, and to a 
more efficient operation of day-to-day College 

What makes a college run? What makes it possible 
to achieve academic excellence, beauty of surround- 
ings, efficient business management, orderly records, 
and all the other attributes of a functioning institu- 
tion of higher learning? 

At Sweet Briar, the answer to these questions is 
people — people who care about the College and 
work for its goals, whether in key administrative 
posts or in the cutting gardens. A loyal group, their 
combined years of service to Sweet Briar totals a 
rather staggering number of years. For a member of 
the administration to have been at Sweet Briar for 
twenty years is not unusual; for a staff member or 
employee to have served anywhere from twenty-five 
to forty-five years is noteworthy but not amazing. 


But Do Not Stand and Wait 

by Nancy St. Clair Talley '56 

The President 

President of the College, Anne Gary Panne!!, 
celebrated her seventeenth anniversary in that 
position on July 1, 1967. Prior to her appointment as 
president, and as professor of history (she stil! 
teaches History 215, The Origins of the United 
States), on July I, 1950, Mrs. Pannell was dean of 
Goucher College for a year, and teacher of history at 
the University of Alabama for ten years, rising from 
instructor to associate professor. She received the 
A.B. degree from Barnard College in 1931, with a Phi 
Beta Kappa key, the Gerard Gold Medal in 
American History, and a Barnard International 
Fellowship. She pursued graduate studies at St. 
Hugh'sCollege, Oxford, earning the D. Phil. (Oxon.) 
in 1935. Her background and her talents have enabled 
her to combine a career as administrator and teacher 
with great insight and imagination, a president who 
knows what it's like to be on the faculty. She 
remembers her student days, too, and retains from 
them a sympathy for students. A wife and mother 
(her husband, Henry Clifton Pannell, was superin- 
tendent of schools in Montgomery, Alabama, before 
his untimely death; one of her sons is a lawyer, the 
other working toward the Ph.D. degree) as well as a 
scholar, she has a deep understanding for the goals 
of education for women, and of the place of women 
in the world of affairs and in the world of ideas. 

She has received honorary degrees from the 


Anne Gary Pannell 

Catherine S. Sims 

University of Alabama (LL.D., 1952); the Women's 
College of the University of North Carolina (LL.D., 
1960); Western Reserve University (Litt.D., 1963) 
and the University of Chattanooga (Doctor of 
Humane Letters, 1963). Last year the French 
government named her Commandeur de I'Ordre des 
Palmes Academiques. But she does not live in an 
ivied old tower of academe, secluded from the 
world, nor is this her aim for graduates of Sweet 
Briar. She is convinced that women have a calling 
to serve the community. Often her own service finds 
her up before dawn to board a bus or plane for a 
tour that will keep her awake until the wee 
hours — an associate claims Mrs. Pannell survives 
because she can sleep anywhere, any time, within 
seconds, when nothing demands her attention. She is 
currently a Senator-at-large of the United Chapters 
of Phi Beta Kappa, a member of the Commission on 
Students and Faculty forthe Association of American 
Colleges, a member of the Advisory Council for the 
Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission (it 
selects Marshall scholars), a member of the Board 
of Visitors of the Woman's College of Duke 
University, a trustee of the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges and of Chatham Hall School, 
and a director of the Church Society for College 
Work. She begins this year a term as president of the 
American Association of University Women. 

Her commitments have taken her to conferences 
in France, Norway and Germany as a member of 
small groups meeting with similar European groups, 
and to Asia and later and more specifically, India. In 
India she was one of four educational administrators 
who in 1963 arranged for the establishment of the 
U.S.- India Women's College Faculty Exchange 
Program. She has found, at the same time, leisure 
to serve as chairman of the Amherst County Health 
and Welfare Council. She has leisure, too, for 
voracious reading: countless books in the Mary 
Helen Cochran Library bear her name on the 
check-out card. 

Mrs. Pannell had been president of Sweet Briar 
for fifteen years when her friend from Barnard days. 
Dr. Catherine Strateman Sims, joined her at the 
College to become dean, succeeding Dean Mary J. 
Pearl, who had been at the College for thirty-seven 
years and Dean of the College for fifteen years. Dean 
Sims brings to her position the same strong academic 
background, the same commitment to service, the 
same breadth of interests that Mrs. Pannell brings 
to hers. The Dean began her teaching career in 1937 
at the Woman's College of the University of North 
Carolina, and from 1939 until she came to Sweet 
Briar in August, 1965, she taught history and political 
science at Agnes Scott College. At Barnard, she was 
elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated with 
honors in history in 1934. She spent a year at the 
Institute of Historical Research at the University of 
London, and by 1937 had earned the M.A. and the 
Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. 

Mrs. Sims' years at Agnes Scott were not spent in 
academic seclusion. Twice she was named Woman 
of the Year in nearby Atlanta, for Education in 
1946 and for Civic Service in 1958. In 1960 she took 
a three-year leave of absence from Agnes Scott to 


become vice-president and dean of the American 
College for Girls in Istanbul. To her duties in the 
world community, the local community, and the 
College, Dean Sims brings a warmth of personality 
and an integrity that her associates— and the 
students— sense immediately. The light touch and 
the unassuming manner with which she approaches 
a difficult job, fraught with hard work and often 
long hours, do not conceal the earnestness of purpose 
with which she approaches that job. Dean Sims is 
married to Roff Sims, a retired Atlanta banker, a 
man of charm and an expert tennis player. 

Thirteen years Assistant to the President and 
Treasurer, Peter V. Daniel still has the manner of 
the University of Virginia student he once was. 
Recent visitors to the College know his enthusiasm 
for the additions to Sweet Briar's plant that have 
taken shape during his years at the College. Alumnae 
who happen to have been undergraduates during the 
water shortage of the fifties remember his red-faced 
statement of the new limited-bathing regulation— it 
was somewhat like having your beau tell you you 
could take only three showers a week! 

A degree in economics from the University of 
Virginia, following service with the Army Air Force 
during World War II, led Mr. Daniel to a career in 
business, first with the Chase National Bank in 
New York and then with the State Planters Bank in 
Richmond, which he left to come to Sweet Briar in 
1955. Both he and his wife, who have two sons, are 
active in community affairs. He is a vestryman of 
Ascension Episcopal Church in Amherst, a director 
of the Advisory Board of the Fidelity National Bank 
in Lynchburg, and a trustee of Virginia Episcopal 
School and of St. Paul's College. He is on the 
executive committee of the Eastern Association of 
College and University Business Officers. 

Mr. Daniel, who delights to quote figures, reminds 
one that when he joined the staff in 1955 the total 
resources of the College were $3,600,000 and they 
are now over $14,000,000. 

As chief financial officer of the College his 
responsibilities include the non-academic and 
business operation of the College — having direct 
responsibility for control of the annual budget which 
is now $2,700,000. 

He has had a major role in the planning and 
financing the new road system and the five major 
buildings built since he came to Sweet Briar. An idea 
of the scope of his duties may be given by the 
imposing list of committees on which he serves — Fees, 
Book Shop, Junior Year in France, Master Plan, 
Public Relations, Lectures, Concerts, Boxwood Inn, 
Housing, Campus Development, and Vacations and 
Sick Benefits. 

Four members of the administration are alumnae 
of the College. They are Jeanette Boone '27, Record- 
er, Nancy Godwin Baldwin '57, Director of Admis- 
sion, Martha von Briesen '31, Director of Public 
Relations, and Elizabeth Bond Wood '34, Executive 
Secretary of the Alumnae Association. Miss Boone, 
an honor graduate, joined the staff as assistant in 
the Registrar's Office thirty-six years ago. Three 
years later, in 1934, she became Acting Registrar, 
and, from 1935 to 1947, Assistant Registrar. In 1947 

Peter V. Duid 

Jeanette Boone 


Kim Waters, Anne-Bnice Boxley, 
and Nancy Godwin Baldwin 

Martha ran Briesen 

when the Registrar's Office was replaced by the 
Office of Admission and the Office of the Recorder, 
Miss Boone was named Recorder. She has been 
president, twice, of the Virginia Association of 
Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, and 
secretary-treasurer of the Southern Association of 
College and University Registrars. Miss Boone's 
quietness and confidence, even following mid-year 
examinations, have stood her in good stead as she 
watched the number of students more than double 
and her office convert to computers. 

Mrs. Baldwin joined the college staff as Assistant 
to the Director of Admission in 1958, following a 
year of drama study at Bowling Green State Univer- 
sity in Ohio. There, as graduate assistant, she taught 
classes in speech and play directing, and supervised 
the Speech Instructional Center. At Sweet Briar, she 
became Assistant Director of Admission, in 1962, and 
was Acting Director of Admission during 1963-1964. 
She was appointed Director of Admission in 1966. 

Mrs. Baldwin met her husband, Thomas L. 
Baldwin, when both worked with the Lynchburg 
Little Theatre. Her interest in the theatre stems from 
student days, when she majored in drama, wrote 
"Lord Jeffrey's County," a pageant produced for 
Amherst County's bicentennial celebration, and 
acted in many productions of Paint and Patches. 
During the summers she worked with theatres in 
Richmond and in Huron, Ohio. Mrs. Baldwin's 
background as an alumna is valuable in her work as 
Director of Admission. So, too, are her limitless 
energy and her cheerful manner when there seems to 
be too much to do. In nine years in the Admission 
Office, she has seen space needs grow and the office 
move to spacious quarters on the second floor of 
Fletcher, where prospective students may be properly 
welcomed either in a long drawing room or on a 
sunny balcony. She has also seen the number of 
applicants swell to more than nine hundred qualified 
prospective — or hopeful — students from whom must 
be chosen a freshman class of a "mere" two hundred 
and fifty. 

Assisting Mrs. Baldwin in the Admission Office 
are two other alumnae, Anne Bruce Boxley '62, and 
Kim Waters '67. Both on the campus and in travels 
throughout the country, they are well-qualified to 
interpret Sweet Briar to the sort of student that the 
College seeks. 

As an alumna, Martha von Briesen, too, has a fine 
advantage in her work as Director of Public 
Relations. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, with the 
A.M. degree from Radcliffe College (1933), Miss 
von Briesen has been telling the public about the 
College since assuming her present position in 1942. 
During twenty-five years she has provided the press 
with copy that scarcely ever is blue-penciled, so fine a 
reputation does she have with the editors whom she 
supplies. She has also written and supervised the 
publication of a myriad institution publications 
which often win awards at the annual meeting of the 
American College Public Relations Association, for 
which organization she has served on the Board of 
Directors. Her strawberry-blonde hair and tweedy 
good looks hover in the background of all campus 
functions, for she is either snapping a Leica or 


Elizabeth Bond Wood 

H. Tyler Cemmell 

weilding a Graflex when she is not officiating. Her 
files, which she generously opens for other campus 
offices to use, are rich in pictures of Sweet Briar and 
those who have been associated with it through the 

Elizabeth Bond Wood, who graduated with 
honors, begins this fall her thirteenth year as Execu- 
tive Secretary of the Alumnae Association. Prior to 
that she was a Lynchburg housewife, two of whose 
children (the third is a boy) are alumnae of the 
College — Lisa Wood Franklin, '63, and Katie Wood 
Clarke, '65. But she was a housewife with a difference, 
one of the first to return to classes and to hold a job 
(most successfully, as a broker with Scott, Horner 
and Mason). She and her husband, Ernest M . Wood, 
Jr., moved to Garden Cottage in 1955. Since then, 
"Jackie" has piloted the Alumnae Association to an 
enviable record of achievement in fund raising, in 
communication, and in the winning of awards 
through the American Alumni Council. An Alabam- 
ian, Mrs. Wood brings a Southerner's light touch to 
her duties, concealing, from all but those who work 
closely with her, a tenacity of purpose, a quick mind 
and quicker imagination, and enormous endurance, 
but concealing from none her joie de vivre. 

A newer member of the administrative staff is 
Paul B. Hood, Director of Development at the 
College since December, 1963. In the same position 
at Chatham Hall for three years prior to his appoint- 
ment, he supervised a successful $1,300,000 capital 
fund campaign there. Before that, he was an associate 
with a family insurance agency in Washington, 
Pennsylvania. He was graduated from Pennsylvania 
State University in 1956. Overseeing Sweet Briar's 
continuing program of fund-raising, including 
cooperation with alumnae in the annual Alumnae 
Fund, promotion of the Parents Fund, and direction 
of Campus Development activities, Paul Hood has 
in only four years seen the campus changed by the 
Memorial Chapel, the Connie Guion Science Build- 
ing, a new road system, and the Charles A. Dana 
wing of the library. 

It is this last addition that gives so much pleasure 
to Miss H. Tyler Gemmell, who for twenty years as 
Librarian at the College has dreamed of such an 
accomplishment. A graduate of Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College, with the B.S. and M.S. degrees 
from the Columbia University Library School, Miss 
Gemmell held positions in the libraries of Randolph- 
Macon, Vassar College, and New Jersey College for 
Women, before heading the library staff at Sweet 
Briar. She was Fulbright Lecturer at University 
College in Mandalay, Burma, during 1955-1956, and 
returned to Asia ten years later, as visiting American 
Lecturer on the U.S.- India Women's College 
Exchange Program during 1966-1967. For the first 
five months of this latest tour she taught in a post- 
graduate Library Science Program at Isabella 
Thoburn College in Luchow, India. For the latter 
half of her term of service she acted as library 
consultant to other women's colleges in Bangalore, 
Delhi, Hyderbad, and Madras. She has returned 
to enjoy the spacious stacks and offices that the 
Dana wing of Mary Helen Cochran Library affords. 

Still another alumna in an administrative position 


is Helen McMahon '23, who shares Miss GemmeH's 
passion for books. "Helen Mac" spends this passion 
at the College Book Shop, where many a student has 
laid the foundations for a permanent library of her 
own. The Book Shop's new building, to which it 
moved in 1961, is evidence of the success of twenty- 
nine years' dedication on Miss McMahon's part. 
Something of her ability at organizing and at 
hospitality show forth in the new Book Shop, and 
it is a popular campus meeting place. Part of this, and 
of the Book Shop's success is due to Miss 
McMahon's assistant, Gertrude Prior, '29. 

Perhaps the member of the administration most in 
touch with the students, their everyday habits and 
customs, is Dorothy Jester, Dean of Students at the 
College since 1955. She and her staff are responsible 
for all non-academic aspects of student life, a large 
order that includes room assignments, social plans, 
self-help, overnight absences, and counseling on 
every level — one alumna remembers that Miss Jester 
advised whether or not to wear a hat at a job 
interview. Miss Jester has been associated with Sweet 
Briar except for one year, since 1947. A graduate of 
Agnes Scott College, she was secretary, then assistant, 
to the Dean of Students at Randolph-Macon 
Woman's College before coming to Sweet Briar as 
Assistant in the Office of the Dean in 1947. She was 
named Acting Director of Admission for 1953-1954. 
Although she left Sweet Briar at the end of that year 
to become Assistant Dean of Women at the College 
of William and Mary, Sweet Briar persuaded her to 
return as its first Dean of Students in 1955. Miss 
Jester's prematurely gray hair, perpetually girlish 
figure, and ever-present smile have been a part of the 
lives of many generations of Sweet Briar students. 
She occupies an office now on the first floor of Dew 
dormitory, coping with social changes that have 
brought mini skirts, maxi hair, and endless conver- 
sation about the "New Morality." 

For ten years Administrative Assistant and 
Executive Secretary to President Pannell, Hilda G. 
Hite came to Sweet Briar from the Educational 
Testing Service in Princeton, where she was head of 
the Correspondence Section of Test Administration. 
Mrs. Hite, a student of music and of German, had 
formerly been a teaching fellow in German at the 
Columbia University of Rochester, and research 
assistant in German history for a member of the 
Institute for Advance Study at Princeton. A graduate 
of the University of Rochester and the Eastman 
School of Music, with a music major and a minor in 
German literature, Mrs. Hite spent three years, 
1936-1939, studying musicology, German literature 
and art history at the University of Munich and the 
Munich Academy of Music. It was not until last 
summer that she returned to Europe, primarily for 
the wedding of her daughter Aprille Hite, Sweet 
Briar '64, a London systems programmer, to David 
Gardener, a law student at the University of London. 
As Mrs. Pannell's administrative assistant, Mrs. 
Hite would seem to need three heads as liaison 
between the President and the faculty, staff, and, in 
some instances, the Board. As director of the Presi- 
dent's Office she is involved in virtually every facet 
of the College as it concerns the President. 

Dorothy Jester 

Hilda G. Hite 


Fritzie E. Carets 

Betty W illis Whitehead 

Assistants or associates in three other offices are 
involved in the work of the administration in the 
same way. Miss Fritzie E. Gareis is Associate Dean; 
Mrs. Elizabeth Hume Carr is Assistant Dean of 
Students, and Miss Mabel Chipley is Assistant 
Treasurer. A graduate of Philips Secretarial College, 
Miss Chipley came to Sweet Briar in 1937 as 
Assistant to the Treasurer. She has held her present 
position for twenty years. Compared with her 
service, Mrs. Carr and Miss Gareis are newcomers. 
A graduate of Mary Baldwin College, Mrs. Carr was 
Assistant to the Dean of Students there from 1960 to 

1963, when she assumed her duties at Sweet Briar. 
She had taught math and Latin in high school in 
Boyce and Berryville, Virginia, and in the upper 
school at the Powhatan Country Day School in 
Boyce, before going to Mary Baldwin. She was no 
stranger to Sweet Briar — her daughter, Suzanne 
Carr Brown, was a member of the Class of 1961. 

Miss Gareis began her duties at Sweet Briar a year 
ago. She was Dean of Students during 1965-1966 at 
Clarion State College in Pennsylvania, and for three 
years before that was Dean of Students at the 
American College for Girls in Istanbul, Turkey. She 
holds the B.S. degree from Boston University and 
M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. 
During World War II she was an officer in the 
SPARS, and she is a lieutenant commander in the 

Mrs. Carolyn Collier Bates, Director of Vocation- 
al Guidance, aids and counsels students in their 
plans for summer work and for part-time college 
employment. She maintains records of employment 
following graduation, and counsels seniors looking 
for jobs. The wife of the late Dr. Arthur S. Bates, 
beloved Professor of French at the College, Mrs. 
Bates has seen something of an employment revolu- 
tion among alumnae at Sweet Briar, for during the 
last few years a higher percentage of graduates work 
or go on to further study so that now the percentage 
approaches a hundred. Mrs. Bates herself, a cum 
laude graduate of Mississippi State College for 
Women who holds the M.A. from the University of 
Illinois, has been instructor in English at Shenandoah 
College, the University of Wyoming, Randolph- 
Macon Woman's College, and Sweet Briar. At Sweet 
Briar, too, she has been a part-time interviewer in 
the Office of Admission. 

Betty Willis Whitehead, M.D., College Physician 
and Professor of Health Education since July 1, 

1964, combined a career in medicine with marriage 
and a family for more than twenty years. A graduate 
of Agnes Scott College (1937), she received her 
M.D. at the University of Virginia in I94I. That 
same year she married Dr. Philip Cary Whitehead, 
but continued with internships at the Gallinger 
Municipal Hospital in Washington and Bellvue 
Hospital in New York, where she was also assistant 
resident. She was resident in pediatrics at the 
University of Virginia Hospital, and chief resident 
in the Children's Medical Service at Beilevue. She 
was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics 
in 1951. She and her husband lived in Norfolk, 
Charlottesville, and Chatham, had five children, 
and, from 1952 to 1962, maintained the Whitehead- 


Ruth Kinder 

Harold M. Swisher, Jr. 

Joseph A. Gilchrist, Jr. 

Willis Clinic in Chatham. In 1962 the Whiteheads 
moved to Alaska, to become the only doctors in the 
small community of Seldovia. After her husband's 
fatal accident in 1963, Dr. Whitehead carried on the 
work alone until the beginning of the academic 
year, when she became school physician for Chatham 
Hall. At Sweet Briar, Dr. Whitehead's modest 
manner and rare sympathy have earned her the 
love and respect of her patients. 

These administrative officers, their assistants, and 
their secretaries, make up a working group of over 
fifty. But it requires more to operate an institution 
that is also a community. Miss Ruth M. Kinder, 
Director of Refectories for five years, has a staff of 
sixty, in addition to student waitresses. Lloyd 
Hoilman, Director of Buildings, for twenty years, has 
a staff of eighty-seven. Harold M. Swisher, Jr., 
Director of Grounds since 1965, has a crew of 
eleven. Miss Virginia Kitchen, Director of the Halls 
of Residence since 1965, has a staff of forty. Mr. Jan 
Osinga manages the farm and runs the dairy with five 

Lloyd Hoilman's department is responsible for 
buildings, utilities, the laundry; for purchasing, 
delivering freight and express, and delivering the 
laundry; for pay rolls. It serves also as a clearing 
house for telephone service and bills, and makes 
housing available for faculty and staff. Serving with 
Mr. Hoilman, who holds the B.S. and M.S. degrees 
in Architectural Engineering from V.P.I., are nine 
groundsmen, two gardeners, a caretaker for the 
playing fields, sixteen janitors and maids, four 
electricians and plumbers, four filter plant operators, 
four firemen, one truck driver, five carpenters, and 
twenty-six laundry employees. Mr. Hoilman's assist- 
ant, Carroll Henson, who has specific charge of 
freight and express and supervises the janitors, has 
been with the College for thirty-three years. His 
wife runs the laundry. Others have served impressive 
terms: E.H. Shanks, a carpenter, forty-six years; 
Homer Banton, chief plumber, forty years, and P.M. 
Cochran, chief engineer, thirty-four years. 

Harold M. Swisher, Jr., holds the B.S. degree in 
ornamental horticulture from V.P.I., and has the 
rare privilege of putting his knowledge to work on 
a plant such as Sweet Briar's. His department, a 
division of the old Department of Buildings and 
Grounds, maintains the grounds, walks, and roads, 
takes charge of the trucking, the security, the remov- 
al of leaves in fall and snow in winter. Mr. Swisher 
is purchasing agent for the College. 

A leading figure of long-standing on the physical 
plant of the College is Joseph A. Gilchrist, Jr. Form- 
erly manager of the farm, he is now Manager of the 
Office of Natural Development, seeing to it that the 
remarkable resources that are Sweet Briar's are 
maintained, conserved, and put to good use. It is 
this, of course, that is the concern of the whole 
administrative organization of the College. Whether 
those resources be the land, the academic potential, 
the student health and welfare, or any one of Sweet 
Briar's many "resources," these men and women 
dedicate themselves to their development with a 
loyalty that is a large component of the Spirit of 
Sweet Briar. 


We Shall Not See 
Their Like Again 

X unds in memory of three beloved professors 
emeriti at Sweet Briar College have been started 
following their deaths. Dr. Arthur S. Bates, pro- 
fessor emeritus of French and a member of the Col- 
lege faculty from 1948 to 1965, died May 26, 1967, 
in Lynchburg General Hospital. Miss Jessie Mel- 
ville Fraser, professor emeritus of history and a 
member of the faculty from 1926 to 1953, died 
September 3, 1967, at the University of Virginia 
Hospital in Charlottesville. Miss Virginia Randall 
McLaws, Director of Art emeritus and faculty 
member from 1908 to 1938, died August II in Sa- 
vannah, Georgia. 

The Arthur S. Bates Fund was initiated by his 
colleagues and friends at Sweet Briar. 

The Jessie Melville Fraser Fund, founded by a 
group of former students of Miss Fraser, will oper- 
ate as an endowed fund for the support of faculty 
salaries in history. Its goal is $350,000. The Vir- 
ginia McLaws Art Purchase Fund is intended for 
the purchase of a painting for the College collection. 

A member of the faculty at Sweet Briar for seven- 
teen years, until illness forced his early retire- 
ment. Dr. Bates was fifty-eight. He was born in 
Cortland, N.Y., was graduated from Hamilton 
College, and earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees 
from Cornell. He studied, too, in France and in 
Mexico, beginning his teaching career in Cortland 
and continuing it at Cornell and at the University 
of Wyoming before coming to Sweet Briar. 

Dr. Bates's doctoral dissertation, a linguistic 
study of an unpublished manuscript by a fifteenth 
century French poet found in the Cornell library, 
was published, in amplified form, by the University 
of Michigan Press in 1958. For his achievement in 
cultural relations between this country and France, 
the French government last year conferred upon Dr. 
Bates the rank and decoration of Chevalier de V 
Ordre des Palmes Academiques. The order was 
established by Napoleon I to recognize literary and 
other cultural endeavors. 

Dr. Bates was a communications officer with 
the OSS for three years during World War II. He 
remained active in the Army Reserve and retired 
with the rank of lieutenant colonel. An excellent 
shot, he was a member of the National Rifle Club 
and a former president of the Lynchburg Rifle and 
Pistol Club. He was among the establishers of Izaak 
Walton Park in Amherst. At another of his hobbies, 
photography, he excelled also, turning in recent years 
to close photographic studies of birds and insects. 

He was as enthusiastic about his academic disci- 
pline as he was about his hobbies. The study of 
Proust engaged him, and he enjoyed conversing on 
the subject with those who had read the work. He 
was chairman of the Romance Languages Depart- 
ment for several years. He served on the Junior Year 
in France Committee, on the admission, scholar- 
ship and executive committees, and was a member 
of College Council. 

His steel gray hair, impeccable dress and manners, 
and military bearing hid, but barely, a dry class- 
room wit and a warmth of understanding for his 
students. His wife, Mrs. Carolyn Collier Bates, 
remains at Sweet Briar as head of the Office of 
Vocational Guidance, and his daughter, Victoria, 
is a student at Amherst County High School. 



iss Fraser, who would have been eighty this 
fall, came to Sweet Briar in 1926 as associate pro- 
fessor of history and assistant to the dean. She 
held the latter position for four years; the former, 
for twenty-seven years, by which time she was pro- 
fessor of history and chairman of the Department 
of History. She spent her last years in Charlottes- 
ville, her research and writing centering chiefly 
upon Arthur Lee, whose letters and journals she 
was editing. 

Born in Walterboro, South Carolina, Miss Fraser 
was graduated from the Columbia College in South 
Carolina. After teaching in South Carolina, North 
Carolina and Virginia high schools, she took the 
master's degree in English at the University of 
South Carolina. Just before coming to Sweet Briar 
she earned a second master's degree at Columbia 
University in New York. American history became 
her specialty, and she continued studying, both 
at Columbia and at the University of Virginia, as 
her teaching duties permitted. 

For almost twenty-five years Miss Fraser was 
chairman of the Faculty Committee on the Book 
Shop. During that time her vision and hard work 
were in great measure responsible for the Book 
Shop Building with faculty apartments upstairs, 
constructed in the 1920's and today housing the 
Alumnae Association. She saw, too, the establish- 
ment of Book Shop scholarships and of a student 
loan fund. Miss Fraser was adviser for the Briar 
Patch, and was chairman of the program for the 
fiftieth anniversary of Charter Day in 1951. 

Miss Fraser combined the qualities of a Southern 
lady and a scholar to such an extent that she could 
wear a hat to deliver her lectures without detract- 
ing from their academic impact. She loved learning, 
and through her example taught her students, many 
of whom kept in touch with her to her death, the 
integrity of scholarship. Her keen insight into hu- 
man nature, her common sense, her lively wit, com- 
bined to make her a much-sought counselor. 


iss McLaws was one of the first faculty 
members of the College, and taught courses in the 
history of art and in painting and drawing at 
Sweet Briar for thirty years. During the early years 
of the College, she was the Orientation Committee, 
welcoming each student. She served on many cam- 
pus committees, and was an honorary member of 
the Class of 1912. 

Born in Savannah, Miss McLaws studied art at 
the Charcoal Club in Baltimore, and at the School 
of Fine and Applied Art in New York. She spent a 
summer in Paris as a pupil of Henri Caro-Delvaille, 
and many summers in art schools in this country. 

Her teaching career began in Savannah before the 
turn of the century, and early in the century she 
taught drawing at the Randolph-Harrison School in 
Baltimore and design at the New York School of 
Fine and Applied Arts, where she was also assis- 
tant to the director. Besides at the College and in 
local shows, her paintings were exhibited at the 

Delgado Museum, New Orleans, and in exhibits 
sponsored by the Washington, Georgia and South- 
ern Art Association. She was a member of the 
Georgia and Southern Art Associations, and of the 
American Federation of Arts. She left paintings in 
the Sweet Briar collection. 

Miss McLaws spent her last years in Savannah 
with a cousin. Miss Mary E. King, and went to 
Saluda, North Carolina, in the summers. Prior to 
that, she lived with her brother-in-law and sister, 
the late Gen. and Mrs. E. P. King, in the Philippine 
Islands and Washington, and later in Atlanta, Sa- 
vannah and Sea Island. At the time of her death, 
as the result of a fall, she was in her late nineties. 


The Sweet Briar College 
Alumnae Award 

On the recommendation of the Executive Board 
of the Alumnae Association, President Pannell has 

The Sweet Briar College Alumnae Award 
in Honor of the Class of 1910 

The Award is to be given to graduate alumnae 
who have been out of college for at least 15 years 
in recognition of outstanding service to the College 
in a volunteer capacity. Not more than three awards 
may be made in any year. The award will be pre- 
sented by the President of the College, preferably, 
though not necessarily, at Commencement. The first 
award will be made at Commencement 1968. 

Nominations are invited from any member of the 
Sweet Briar community: alumna, faculty, admin- 
istration staff. Director or Overseer, student. They 
should be sent to the Committee on the Alumnae 
Award, c/o the Alumnae Association, Sweet Briar 

President Pannell has appointed the persons 
listed below to serve on the Committee for the 
current year. They await your nominations with 
deep interest. 

Mrs. Richard H. Balch 

Miss Laura T. Buckham 

Mrs. Oscar W. Burnett 

Mrs. Remy Lemaire, Chairman 

Mrs. H. Donald Schwaab 

Dean Catherine S. Sims, ex-officio 

Mrs. Elizabeth Bond Wood, ex-officio 

The College is planning a short course in 
Ornithology and Ecology, June 17-22, 1968. As 
now envisioned the course will include lecture, 
laboratory, field trip, and motion picture sessions, 
as well as some afternoon free time for swimming 
or other recreation. The instructor and course 
leader will be Ernest P. Edwards, Professor in the 
Biology Department, and specialist in ornithology, 
field biology and ecology. The course will not be 
given for credit, but will be presented on a reason- 
ably sophisticated level. Sweet Briar alumnae will 
be given first choice, as enrollment will be limited 
to 12 students. Rooms and meals will be provided 
on campus at a moderate cost. Full details will be 
in the spring issue of the Alumnae Magazine, but 
we would like those of you who are interested to 
write to the Alumnae Office prior to that time. 

Kary Helen Co3hran Library 
S»eet briar, Va. 24395 


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Alumnae Magazine 

Spring 1968 

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Alumnae Magazine Spring 1968 

Editor: Elizabeth Bond Wood '34 
Associate Editor: Nancy St. Clair Talley '56 
Class Notes Editor: Mary Vaiighan Blackwell 

Volume 38, No. 2 

Issued four times tjearhj: Fall, Winter, Spring and 
Summer bij Sweet Briar College. Second class 
postage paid at Sweet Briar, Virginia 24595. 



The First Step 

by Margaret Clapp 


The Sweet Briar Facts Are . . . 


The Plain Fact Is . . . 

A special report by Editorial Projects for Education 


Briar Patches 


Class Notes 


Ethel Ramage 1896 - 1967 

by Byrd Stone '56 

The First Step 

and Where It Might Lead 


by Margaret Clapp 

'o you know the poem, The First Step, by C. 
P. Cavafy? He is a modem Greek poet. 

One could comment on this poem from many 
views. I would point out only two things here. First, 
the poem is a witness to the importance of process. 
The youth worked two years to achieve one poem. 
This is his great glory; he worked and he worked 
purposefully. To write his poem he did what had 
to come first: he became a citizen of the city of 
ideas. Truly this is not little — this first step. 

It is easier to maintain 
momentum than to get 
started — easier for the baby 
to become steady on his 
feet than to get on them in 
the first place; for the child 
to expand his vocabulary 
than to utter his first words; 
for the young swimmer to 
learn a variety of dives than 
to plunge ofl^ the high 
board for the first time; for 
the upperclassman to move 
easily through her courses 
than for the freshman 
facing the unknown; for 
the poet to write a second 
idyll after having become 
acquainted with the City 
of Ideas and the techniques 
of his work. First steps de- 
serve special honor, be- 
cause each start in a new 
type of worthwhile self -use 
is not easy; success in it is 
truly great glory So I 
would honor all those 
among you who have made 
a start in developing habits 
this year — developing pro- 
cesses in self - use through 
which you are finding satis- 
factions, or at least finding some greater ease in hv- 
ing with yourself combined with some awareness 
of new powers emerging. 

What your habits and processes should be I can- 
not say. Once years ago I found myself praising as 
all-important steady, unrelenting, day by day effort, 
and afterward I felt a fraud. I have never talked 
that way again. I was preaching what I did not 
practice. I work hard, by choice, much of the time. 
But the pattern for me is to work in great gulps 

By C. P. Cavafy 

The young poet Eumenes 

complained one day to Theocritus: 

"I have been writing for two years now 

and I have done only one idyll. 

It is my only finished work. 

Alas, it is steep, I see it, 

the stairway of Poetry is so steep; 

and from the first step where now I stand, 

poor me, I shall never ascend." 

"These words," Theocritus said, 

"are unbecoming and blasphemous. 

And if you are on the first step, 

you ought to be proud and pleased. 

Coming as far as this is not little; 

what you have achieved is great glory. 

For even this first step 

is far distant from the common herd. 

To set your foot upon this step 

you must rightfully be a citizen 

of the city of ideas. 

And in that city it is hard 

and rare to be naturalized. 

In her market place you find Lawmakers 

whom no adventurer can dupe. 

Coming as far as this is not little; 

what you have achieved is great glory." 

and then to do absolutely nothing, and I do pro- 
duce more when confronted by deadlines. My sug- 
gestion to you is that you use these college years 
partly to try out various ways of doing, then reflect 
in order to discover the patterns which produce 
most for you. Make those patterns habitual, so long 
as your ways do not infringe on others' rights, with- 
out worrying whether you are conforming to some- 
one else's chosen way of doing. But whatever you 
do, get yourself some abiding habits. Without them 
— if you act only on your 
friend's initiative and prods, 
or your teachers', or your 
parents', or if you laze along 
trusting to your wits — you 
might as well retire on 
graduation day. What one 
says one wishes for one's 
hfe does not matter much. 
What one will do depends 
on what one makes habit- 
ual. Do you know William 
James' remark? "Could the 
young but realize how soon 
they will become mere 
walking bundles of habits, 
they would give more heed 
to their conduct while in 
the plastic state. We are 
spinning our own fates, 
good or evil, and never to 
be undone." I predict that 
the later Honors will be- 
long to those of you who 
are evolving habits of do- 
ing, of learning, of creat- 
ing, of sharing which can 
be as building blocks to a 
lasting edifice. The other 
point in Cavafy 's poem 
which I would emphasize 
is that neither young nor 
old poet is content to stop with the first step. Both 
assume that there should be more steps. Else they 
would not have conversed. 


id now, what of you? Whither? What next 
after college? How? Where? Any practical glance 
at this huge question of Whither shows that you do 
not and cannot know what lies ahead. Most of you 
cannot say exactly what you would like, except 

in large generalizations. A few of you with a 
special talent or a long-held special goal can define 
rather clearly, and to the envy of the rest of us, the 
steps you hope to take. For the majority of us the 
goals are always rather amorphous, as most college 
seniors will dourly agree. This holds for young men 
and women alike, but the degree of difficulty in pin- 
pointing what next is, I think, greater in this par- 
ticular century for women than for men. 

I hope you do not waste time weeping because 
of this, or, as Walt Whitman puts it ( I quote from 
inaccurate memory), lie awake at night whining 
about your condition. It doesn't help. Nor does the 
recent substitute of LSD. Nor is your condition so 
very bad. Consider your predecessors among Amer- 
ican women a century or more ago who had none 
of these difficulties of choosing among vast num- 
bers of alternatives, because they had few alterna- 
tives. What do you prefer: freedom and its pains — 
those moments of feeling as a stranger and afraid 
because so much is left up to you to decide — or re- 
stricted freedom, that is, few options? 

The zestful, special fact for young college-edu- 
cated Americans, regardless of sex or color it seems 
to me (though we all know that the way is harder 
for women and Negroes as yet) despite war abroad 
and dissensions at home, is that educated youth 
here can foresee a chance to use much of their lives 
in ways they freely choose, and they can choose 
from a legion of opportunities. Not for you, in this 
period, the jobless plight of the educated Ameri- 
can of the early 1930's, or of countless educated 
people today in less developed countries who find 
no market for their skills because their countries 
cannot yet find use for a large white-collar or man- 
agerial or professional class. There is greater free- 
dom in America than in most places today. There is 
greater freedom for you women in this century 
than ever before in recorded history anywhere, for 
what is freedom except the existence of many 
choices and the option to select among them? 


T T oil 

omen have a more complicated task in ex- 
ercising their freedom, as you know. Almost all 
yoimg people look forward to marriage and parent- 
hood, but rarely does this present to men a conflict 
of interest with a defined career outside the home. 
Most young women, not knowing when or where 
the home demands will rest on them, have to plan 
very flexibly. So they ought to sort out early where 
their values center, ought to start thinking early 
of the long future ahead of them and of the variety 
of possibilities in store for them, ought to teach 
themselves, if their elders have failed to teach 
them, that exercising freedom — that is, making a 
choice — always involves giving up this in order to 
have that. The "all this and heaven too" approach 
to life had better be left to the escape novels, and 
the sooner one comes to terms with that, the better. 
I confess to feeling pity for numbers of young 
women I have known whose goals at age twenty or 

twenty-two are still uninformed by realism — who 
say, in efi^ect: I wish to join the Foreign Service 
and rise to a policy-making level in two or three 
years — I'm willing to work hard. The facts are that 
I want a career and I also want to have three chil- 
dren while I am still young. My fiance thinks a 
mother ought to be home with her children in their 
early years. I agree with him," she concludes and 
asks: "Don't you?" Now, the latter — caring for the 
children — is laudable, but Heaven help the Foreign 
Service or the business or profession whose policy 
these young women make on a short-order basis. 

One other illustration of unrealism should be 
enough. Consider a really splendid young woman 
on a faculty, lively, sound, interested in her subject 
and her students, married, giving admirable back- 
ing to her husband and creating a loving, alive 
home for her children. One day she arrives at the 
President's Office. She is deeply troubled. What's 
the matter with her? She has been an instructor a 
long time and now she is being offered a lecture- 
ship, while a man in her department, her same age, 
is being made a full professor unusually early. She 
is glad for him; he deserves it; there is no jealousy 
in her. But where has she failed? 

Obviously she has not failed. She is being su- 
perbly successful in achieving a happy, worthwhile 
life for herself and others. The only possible failure 
on her part was failure years ago to recognize that 
seven hours a week of reading nursery rhymes is 
not the same as seven hours of reading learned 
journals, and that being home by 3 p. m. to greet 
the children on return from school is not the same 
as being in the fibrary doing research. She was not 
in a position at this stage to be adding to her 
scholarly capital. She was still a potential scholar, 
while her male colleague, fully as effective in the 
daily work, had become a recognized scholar. 
When, belatedly, she examined the law of conse- 
quences and faced the fact that different efforts 
have different outcomes, she relaxed. After, all, she 
was having the life she wished, and it was a good 
one. Yet she need never have had the distress of 
that self-doubt if she had come to terms with the 
facts of life back in her college days. 


'eniors sometimes become over-anxious lest they 
make a mistake in selecting their first job. It is not 
easy to know in advance what is the right job to 
take, especially when for the first time one is mov- 
ing out of a clearly structured situation. Now, what 
if a senior does pick the wrong work for her? It is 
not so terrible to make a mistake; it may even be a 
benefit if one learns more about oneself and the 
world from it. Of course it is good to be interested 
and happy on one's first position. But if one is not, 
one can always try another route. I have faith in 
the old saying: One door closes; another opens. 
However, the picture which that presents to me is 
of those modern automatic doors, the sort that do 
open easily, but not for the person who stands still, 

bewailing his trapped fate, only for the person who 
is in process, on the move and reaching outward. 

If you should try something and find it is not for 
you, move on. But do not move until you can go 
without breaking a contract. This is ever so impor- 
tant for women. Let me make the point by a story. 
I, as an employer, once had a young woman tell me 
she was leaving within two weeks. She recognized 
that it would not be possible to replace her, that 
the students in her classes would suffer markedly, 
and she sincerely regretted this. Her problem? A 
young man whose company was suddenly moving 
him to another city at a delicate time in their per- 
sonal relationship. She felt she had to stay in full 
sight. I could sympathize with her. As an employer 
[ also heard myself say: "This will make me think 
twice before appointing another woman." Later I 
remembered a man who had left at the wrong time 
and in the wrong way a few years before. In that 
case it had never crossed my mind to say "This 
will make me think twice before appointing another 
man," In short, tliere is in many of us, still, a ves- 
tigial doubt about the reliability of woman on the 
job. If not for your sake, then for the women who 
come after you, honor seriously any job commit- 
ments you make. 


turn now to some general considerations. 
People's roles do change in the five, six, seven dec- 
ades which most of them have after graduating 
from college. If you think now that you will not 
wish to marry or that you will wish a combinatioii 
of marriage and work outside the home, pick your- 
self a career as your Ithaca — your large goal — and 
if you change your mind en route and give up that 
goal, you will be the richer for the striving. Only, 
please, if you take advanced professional training, 
do feel obligated to repay society for its gift to you 
before you turn aside. 

If you think that in due course you will wish to 
make marriage your main career, don't fail to think 
carefully about that vocation and how to prepare 
for it. Ask yourself if you are building the charac- 
ter, the integrity, the interests, and compassion that 
will make you an asset as a wife and the kind of 
mother that you think a child should have. Such 
thoughts may be worth more of your attention than 
spending much time trying to decide whether to 
look for your first job in Washington or New Or- 

The short-term job has value for you, I hasten to 
add. Work-experience, even though you have no 
desire for a long-term career outside the home, is 
useful to you and society. Indeed, if your circum- 
stances make it right for you not to marry until you 
have held a job for at least a year, you are lucky 
for at least two reasons. You will feel less apart 
later on when employed men and women are talk- 
ing of their work. You also will have known the 
demands of a job, and you will feel less insecure for 
your knowledge that you could have held your own 

in a continiring job had you so chosen. This has 
nothing to do with whether you are rich or poor. 
It has to do with self-knowledge and self confi- 

Later on, as all the magazines tell us these days, 
in your 30's or 40's when your husband is increas- 
ingly preoccupied with his work as he rises in it 
and your growing children need mother less and 
less — perhaps I should say they need less and less 
mother — there can be a void in your life. The 
woman who held a job in her youth now has the 
advantage. She has more confidence and feels she 
has more know-how in going outside to find good 
uses of herself, whether in paid or voluntary em- 
ployment, because of her early work experience. 
Not for her the painful plight of the middle-aged 
woman who knows it is not good to bolster herself 
by holding her near-adult family too close, but who 
never stood alone, never had a job, and is quite 
uncertain now about how to get moving to open 
a door. 

There are successive careers for most educated 
women, not that one can predict what they will be 
for any individual, or what assortment of options 
will exist in the coming decades. The current gen- 
eral pattern seems to be: a job for two or three 
years after college, marriage in the 20's, a small 
family — small out of responsible regard to the risk 
for the world of over-population — then the job 
given up or reduced to part-time when the first 
child is coming, home-making the primary career 
in the 30's, a return to major outside activities in 
the 40's, with expectation of vigorous, active years 
extending through the 50's, 60's, 70's. 


have enormous admiration for many married 
young women I know in their 20's and 30's who are 
not trying to be and do everything at once, who are 
carrying well the demands of their decade in life, 
and who, at the same time, with a small comer of 
the mind, are forseeing and preparing for the 
changes in the demands which will be made of 
them as the years pass. For one woman I know, it 
is painting; for another, writing one morning a 
week, to keep alive the dexterity until there is more 
time. For another woman it is an hour a day, five 
days a week, of serious, sequential reading in her 
field which is government. She does this when the 
infant is napping, the other children are in school 
and her husband is in his office. For that one morn- 
ing hour, she turns off the telephone, lets the door- 
bell ring, and is preparing herself slowly, without 
strain, to have some expertness of her own to offer 
in the future. There are many women like these, 
their lives filled with satisfaction now, while they 
make some effort to see that life always will be full 
insofar as they can control what lies ahead. 

These are women who are making choices, are 
using their freedom. Making a choice is not saying: 
/ leant. You give. That is merely infantile squalling. 
Making choices is saying: This matters so much to 

Miss Margaret Clapp, former President of 

Wellesley College and member of Board 

of Overseers of Sweet Briar with Katharine 

Fisher and Anne Sniffen following her 

speech at the Freshman Honors Convocation. 

me that I am prepared to i^ive up that other good; 
and : This matters so much to me that I am willing 
freely to accept the slavery of its discipline, to do 
whatever it demands in order that I may he a citi- 
zen of its city. Whether this involves the totaUty of 
one's hfe, or two years of it, or 40 of the 168 hours 
in a week determines the number of other choices 
one can make. But in each case the significance 
hes in accepting and fulfilling the demands which 
the choice imposes, and that inckides accepting 
with grace the bitter with the sweet. 

I am not sure whether process or purpose de- 
\elops fiist in this business of making choices. I am 
inclined to think that most of us start with process 
in childhood and that the two interact increasingly 
as we grow up. Process is the making of habits, it 
is the ways of doing and exploring; it is the evolv- 
ing of the methodologies by which one becomes 
expert. Then, I think, process becomes confirmed or 
revised as it leads one towards and then links with 
some purpose larger than self-gratification and 
which the self agrees to serve temporarily or per- 
manently. The purpose — to achieve \\'hich is the 
only reason for loving freedom — may be Eumenes's, 
to write poetry; it may be a mother's or a teacher's, 
a scholar's or a doctor's or a businesswoman's or a 
social worker's here or abroad. Whatever it is, it is 
supremely one's own decision made not in momen- 
tary resolve but gradually, out of the whole fabric 
of your habits, patterns, abilities, yearnings in and 
after college. It will transcend you, somewhere 
along the line, or freedom will have been wasted 
on you. 


close with three illustrations. All happen to 
make "My country, my people " the central purpose. 
I suppose this is because of the period in which we 
are living. I do not stress country intentionally; it 
is simply that the examples which occurred to me 
as I thought of this evejiing all happen to do so. 
One is the familiar John F. Kennedy call: "Not what 
can my country do for me, but what can I do for 
my country." (The King James Bible translates this 
as not to be ministered unto but to minister. ) . The 
ne.xt is from a freshman composition on a theme 
used round the world: My Impressions of My Col- 
lege. It was written by a Hindu girl in a little col- 
lege in South India — such a poor college; I've never 
seen anything like it in the U. S., Europe, or the Far 

East. But from her view: "The elegant build- 
ings . . . the stately palm trees and the various other 
greens with their gay flowers and the sprouting 
fountain — O! everything is so lovely! The little 
chapel in its solemn beauty, reminds us of our duty 
of thanking Him for such blessings." 

Later she writes of the Library — "There are lots 
of hooks here and for people who love to revel in 
books, it is really a semi-paradise." Her conclusion: 
"Our College means much to this big city ... It 
sends out every year brilliant students, artists, 
speakers, writers, efficient leaders, sportsmen and 
what not, to lend an eager hand in the service of 
our country and to work for its progress." I like to 
think that many American students, like Ananda- 
valli, see their education as something whose pur- 
pose is far larger than their individual benefit. 

The last illustration is a Madame Chiang story: 
Once First Lady of Mainland China, now First 
Lady on Taiwan, all who know her agree she is 
powerful, and charming, regardless of their other 
judgments of her or the issues in Asia. Visiting 
Wellesley College one time, where I used to work, 
she chatted with students in a dormitory living 
room, saying with much amusement, "Pay no at- 
tention to what your President preaches. Have 
fun!" At that moment an oriental student entered 
the room. I had no idea from which country she 
came. Madame Chiang stiffened to erectness, her 
face became stern, she said: "You are Korean. I 
say to these others: Play. I say to you: Work. Learn. 
Then go home. You are needed." Well, I say this 
to you fellow Americans: You are needed. So look 
well to the processes and purposes you adopt. 

The doors for women are open as never before in 
business, scholarship and professions; in private and 
public employment, both at home and abroad. More 
doors will open as more women go through those 
which are now ajar and help society to catch new vi- 
sions as they bring to bear, side by side with men, 
their disciplined processes and their insights to the 
ever emerging new needs and opportunities. Ours is 
no static planet. Many of the issues of the 60's will not 
be the issues of the 80's; there will be new ones and 
new phases of old ones. They will not be solved 
by crying, "I want. You give." If solved at all, it 
will be because enough able people freely choose 
for themselves the drudgery and joy of becoming 
expert in some specific field and also the challenge 
of becoming citizens of the city of ideas. 


i' Vc 


Sweet Briar Facts Are . . . 


hat are these facts? How does Sweet Briar 
College fit into education's financial picture? 

o o o 

Three pages hence, your Editors present a pic- 
ture of a potential crisis in higher education that 
will, the\- hope, answer this first question and cause 
alumnae to ask the second. The crisis is one of fi- 
nancing, and the information about it is compiled 
under the direction of Editorial Projects for Edu- 
cation, a non-profit organization — of which Eliza- 
beth Bond Wood of Sweet Briar is a member — as- 
sociated with the American Alumni Council. This 
report was prepared from information received 
from more than five hundred colleges and universi- 
ties across the country. It is a report in depth, but 
it is also comprehensive, All of us concerned with 
higher education will find it timely. 

But in its breadth it omits, of necessity, some in- 
formation, some viewpoints, more specific for the 
small liberal arts institution. For this information 
and for some of these viewpoints your editors 
turned to members of the Administration at Sweet 
Briar. Where do the President, the Treasurer, the 
Dean, the Director of Development, believe that 
Sweet Briar stands in relation to what Time maga- 
zine (June 23, 1967) called in a persuasive cover 
story, "The precarious future of the private col- 
lege." How do the facts you will read in the Special 
Report that follows apply to the situation at Sweet 
Briar? If the situation is indeed one of crisis, can 
Sweet Briar College survive it? 

On the Sweet Briar campus, the immediacy of a 
national educational financial crisis is not sufficient- 
ly novel for alarm. Like all educational institutions. 
Sweet Briar needs money. But members of the ad- 
ministration believe that financial need has been 
the history of the American institution of higher 
learning. "I've never known a time when any insti- 
tution — and this includes Harvard — had enough 
money, " says Dean Catherine S. Sims. 

"Colleges from the beginning ha\'e always had 
problems, " says Treasurer and Assistant to the 
President Peter V. Daniel. 

"William and Mary begged money from England 
during and after the Revolution," says President 
Anne Gary Pannell. "The struggle for the dollar is 
hard today. The prophets of doom are always with 
us. There are fewer private colleges. The trend is 
the city college, the community college. This doesn't 
mean that those who can afford to have it haven't 
the right to something better. ' 

The attempt to provide this "something better" 
at the private level has, irrefutably, failed in some 
recent cases. Sweet Briar has seen the University 
of Houston, the University of BufiFalo, the Univer- 
sity of Pittsburgh, and Temple University- change 
from privatel)' to publicly supported institutions. 
But the last decade has been a time of tremendous 
growth for Sweet Briar, as it has for education 
across the nation. And financial need does not de- 
stroy the balance of tlie College \ie\\'point. "The 
need for more funds shows that the institution's 

aspirations exceed its resources," Mrs. Sims points 
out, "that it desires to improve its performance." 

"No coiuitry has done what we are doing," says 
Mrs. Pannell. "Within our system, there is greater 
freedom, greater diversity, than there has been in 
the educational system of any country heretofore. 

"There are indeed problems. There are no simple 
answers. Education is not a can of pulped tomatoes 
where only improved machinery has to be invented 
and built. Education is a long, slow, costly process." 

agreement when Mrs. Pannell says, "There have 
been some \cry lean years." 


n the following Educational Projects tor Educa- 
tion (EPE) Report, you will read that the past 
decade has been a period of growth in the coun- 
tr\'s educational institutions. Sweet Briar's growth 
matches the national performance. Here are some 
figures for comparison: 

• Since 1960, five new buildings ha\e joined the 
campus and a new wing has been added to the 
Library. Book \alue at $2,458,000 in 1957, Sweet 
Briar's physical plant has grown to $7,593,000 today. 

• The median faculty salary has doubled and the 
base salary — the lowest paid — has tripled since 

» Both the capital expansion and the increase in 
teaching budget have been made possible partly 
tlirougli generous gifts from individuals, corpora- 
tions, and foundations. In 1967 the alumnae alone 
gave $224,382, in 1957 they had given $137,877. 

• The book value of Sweet Briar's endowment 
lias more than doubled during the past decade. For 
1956-57, this figure was $2,100,000; for 1966-67, it 
was $5,337,000, with, at the last audit, a market 
\aUie of $8,195,000. Sweet Briar needs $125,000 of 
endowment per student to assure a first rate educa- 
tional system. 


-"Es Special Report emphasizes the special 
nature of education's financial problems. Unlike in- 
dustr\', education's two primary services — teaching 
and research — neither show profit nor pay for them- 
selves. Moreover, the amount of money a student 
pays for his education is not expected to meet the 
expense of that education. For 1966-67, 80.49% of 
Sweet Briar's total operating education and general 
income was from student fees. Over the past dec- 
ade the lowest per cent of Sweet Briar's operating 
and general income supplied by student fees was 
78'i, in 1958; the highest, 83.82, in 1964. Yet we 
must not lose sight of the fact that a bookkeeper's 
credit-debit tnaluation is not the purpose of the 
educational institution. "We have a recognizable 
product: the well-educated student," Mrs. Pannell 
points out. 

In spite of the fact that the educated student does 
not grace a balance sheet as a profit dollar. Sweet 
Briar has never operated on a deficit budget. This 
is a matter of some pride to Treasurer Daniel, who 
points to the planned accumulated deficit of some 
(even some reputable) institutions. Yet he nods in 


low if the worth of Sweet Briar's plant and en- 
doxsnient has increased, and if the College does 
not operate on a deficit budget, may we say that the 
problem that faces higher education in the United 
States today does not face Sweet Briar? Not at all. 
What the EPE Report terms "harsh facts" of higher 
education's financing are harsh facts at Sweet Briar 
also. For example, total operating expenses have 
almost doubled in the past ten years. For 1957-58, 
tlic figure was $1,226,645; for 1966-67, a whopping 
$2,410,989, with at least $2,800,000 projected for 
the fiscal year that ends in June. The greater ex- 
pense of running Sweet Briar may be accounted for 
partlv' by the following facts: 

. Student enrollment, 523 in 1957-58, reached 727 
this past autumn. 

• \\'ith the growth of the College and the growth 
of knowledge and methods have come increasingly 
expensive built-in costs: the need for costly library 
acciuisitions. the switch to computers and the teach- 
ing of computer programming, the hiring of Pinker- 
ton men as campus security officers. New facilities 
require new funds for upkeep, and a larger reserve 
to co\er planned depreciation of plant, improve- 
ment, and repairs. 

• The growth in facult\- salaries, of which Sweet 
Briar can be justly proud, accounts for a large part 
of the increase in operational costs. But President 
Pannell and Treasurer Daniel both state that the 
salaries must become greater, that good faculty is 
still in short supply, and, as Mr. Daniel puts it suc- 
cinctly, "Salaries are where the pinch is." Not only 
has the cost of running Sweet Briar increased 
markedly, but the cost per student at Sweet Briar 
has risen steadily. Thus in 1957-58, the cost of an 
individual student's education was $3,052. For the 
fiscal year that ended last June, the cost was $3,896, 
or frighteningly close to four thousand dollars. With 
the tuition at $3,100, this means that each student 
costs the College almost $800. 

\\'ith so much money at stake. Sweet Briar is as 
anxious as other institutions that the funds be put 
to the greatest and most efficient use possible. Al- 
though within its present limits such use at Sweet 
Briar is efficient, Mr. Daniel terms an unused plant 
during the summer months "a luxury we cannot af- 
ford." He c^uestions, too, a teaching ratio of ten 
students to one faculty member, when a ratio as 
high as twenty to one has been recommended by 
some authorities, although not specifically for Sweet 
Briar. This summer, the College will offer a short 
course in Ornithology and Ecology, and the an- 
nual riding clinic will again be held. It will once 
more make the campus a\ailable to a group of 
some 250 Presbyterian high school students from 
Lexington Parish, Montgomery and Appomattox 
Presbyterys \\'ho use the Meta Glass kitchen and 
dormitories on that side of the campus as well as 

the gym, the lake, Benedict, and the chapel. But 
these three programs constitute only three weeks 
of use. Mr. Daniel envisions expanding summer use 
of the campus, perhaps with a Language Institute 
run by the College. He hopes for a possible expan- 
sion of the student body: with little expansion of 
now more-than-adequate facilities, and little expan- 
sion of the faculty, the faculty-student ratio might 
become twelve-sixteen to one. This would be one 
of the greatest economies that would quickly 
achieve higher salaries for a smaller faculty. But in 
none of the moves toward increased efficiency does 
he, or any other member of the administration, wish 
to impair the quality of the educational oppor- 
tunities a\ailable at Sweet Briar. Such quality is 
undeniably expensive. 


ust as certain as the rise of educational costs 
across the nation is the rise in operational costs at 
Sweet Briar. Inflation will account for a three per 
cent rise each year if the national economy con- 
tinues in its present course. Faculty salaries and 
the built-in costs like those described above will 
rise. Where will Sweet Briar find the money? 

Since more than eighty per cent of the opera- 
tional costs were met during the past fiscal year by 
student fees, we might well ask what will happen 
if student fees are raised. One easily foreseeable 
result is that more of the qualified applicants would 
probably apply for scholarship assistance. Current- 
ly, the usable income from endowed scholarships is 
about $53,000 a year, and the College counts on 
$16,000 to $1S,006 in gifts, the greater part of these 
gifts from Proctor and Gamble, General Motors, 
and the alumnae clubs. The College awards about 
a hundred scholarships a year, in amounts from 
$500 to $2,650. Much of the scholarship aid. there- 
fore, comes from the College's current income. For 
1967-68, fourteen per cent of the student body re- 
ceived scholarship funds, which amounted to $145,- 
000. Half of this sum came from the College's cur- 
rent income and half from endowment income 
and gifts. In 1956-57, close to the same per cent of 
the student body received aid, to the amount of 
$54,000, of which im rather than 50^ came from 
current income. There are various student loan 
plans available, and many students, with or with- 
out scholarships, help earn their college funds. But 
many qualified students today cannot afford to 
come to Sweet Briar. There would no doubt be 
more of these if student fees had to be raised sub- 
stantially. "For the Class of '72, seventy-six applied 
for aid," says Dean Sims. "If we could offer larger 
scholarships we could interest some very able stu- 
dents who are not able to come to Sweet Briar 
now, but what per cent more is something you 
can't tell. 

"We know that Sweet Briar needs resources to 
provide for a much more varied student body, 
one which is intellectually capable of doing, and 
prepared to do, work at college at the level of 

which that work is offered," she continues. "We 
need a group varied in cultural and socio-economic 
background as the interaction of students upon one 
another is a important part of the process of educa- 
tion. Rising tuition will limit the variety of the stu- 
dent body unless more scholarship funds are avail- 

Where else besides student fees might funds to 
meet rising operational costs at Sweet Briar be 
found? "A lot of people say that the federal govern- 
ment is the only source of support for education," 
says Peter Daniel glumly — but he acknowledges 
that the federal government has given no sign of 
meeting operational costs at public, much less pri- 
vate, institutions. In New York, Pennsylvania and 
Maryland the state legislature has appropriated 
funds for private as well as public institutions, but 
Virginia does not appear inclined to follow the lead 
of these states. 

Today six per cent of Sweet Briar's operational 
costs are met by gifts and grants. Even to keep the 
percent the same the amount of gifts must increase 
as operational costs increase. A great group of 
donors is the alumnae of Sweet Briar — but impres- 
sive as is their record for giving, the alumnae last 
year were only 10% better than the national norm 
in supporting the College. According to the EPE 
Report, "one out of every four alumni and alumnae 
contributes to higher education." For 1966-1967, 
35.6% of Sweet Briar's alumnae contributed to the 
Alumnae Fund. 

Another great group of donors is the business 
community of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who 
are solicited annually by the president of the twelve 
institutions that form the Virginia Foundation for 
Independent Colleges. Through the last fiscal year, 
Sweet Briar had received $623,288 from the VFIC 
since its inception in 1953. The undesignated funds 
from the VFIC are used for faculty salaries — $58,- 
301 for 1966-67 — and are a part of the current in- 
come rather than of the permanent wealth of the 
College. It is to large national corporations and 
foundations, and to generous individual friends of 
the College, that Sweet Briar must look for increas- 
ing its wealth if it is not to rely upon increasing 
student fees. "Our only way to get much more 
money is to increase fees or endowment," says Presi- 
dent Pannell. "It's as simple as that." 


'o what will happen if funds to augment the 
wealth of Sweet Briar are not found? And what 
would be the ideal fiscal arrangement — short of 
unlimited funds, a Utopia scarcely to be considered 
— for Sweet Briar? Before we turn to these ques- 
tions we must make relevant for ourselves a point 
discussed in the EPE Report about the competition 
between the public and the private institution for 
support. Does this competition exist for Sweet 
Briar? — a college that seeks no state funds? Ap- 
parently so. For public institutions increasingly 
seek private funds, which are then diverted from 

pri\'ate institutions. Now there are probably more 
pri\'ate funds available for philanthropic giving to 
higher education than has reached higher educa- 
tion thus far. The EPE Report cites corporation giv- 
ing (where 5% of net income is allowed for tax 
purposes by the Federal government, but 1.1^ 
actually contributed to charitable causes and only 
.5% to education) and individual giving both as 
partially untapped sources of potential donations. 
But when public institutions are not supported en- 
tirely by public funds, but must appeal to private 
sources for funds, then the public is being deluded 
The public has recognized the need for the institu 
tion; part of its wealth is being used to meet tht, 
need. If not enough of its wealth is being used to 
meet the need — if, for e.xample, the state legislature 
appropriates only a part of the sum deemed neces- 
sary for a given educational project, as has hap- 
pened in Virginia in recent years — than the public 
is not supporting adequately that for which it as- 
sumed responsibility. "It is a fact that where pri- 
vate higher education is strongest, per capital tax 
expenditures for public institutions are lowest," 
Lea Booth, Executive Secretary of the Virginia 
Foundation for Independent Colleges, has said. "If 
the people of Virginia, through their elected repre- 
sentatives, fail to accept their full responsibility 
for maintaining a strong system of public higher 
education supported by an appropriate tax program 
and enlightened legislative action, but instead rely 
upon voluntary financing, both the private and 
public institutions will find it difficult to perform 
the larger task expected of them." 


, o return to the first of our two conclusive ques- 
tions. What will happen if funds to augment the 
wealth of Sweet Briar are not found? The large and 
beautiful campus, the bricks and mortar are there. 
The initiative and generosity of those who care 
about the College have tripled the book value of 
the plant in the last decade. But the two most im- 
portant components of an institution of higher 
learning are the teachers and the taught. Upon 
them hang the very being of the College. "Although 
the salaries of many of our long-term faculty mem- 
bers are not what they would be on the current 
market, loyalty keeps some of them here, loyalty as 
well as satisfaction in their work," Dean Sims says. 
"For the new members of the faculty, if funds are 
not available to compete with other institutions for 
good teachers we must be prepared to employ in- 
experienced teachers and those whose professional 
training has not been completed. We would use ad- 
ditional funds, if they were available, for improv- 
ing salaries of good teachers already here and for 

filling openings with fully qualified appointees." 

And for the students, as Dean Sims has stated, 
a rise in fees may mean that some of those qualified 
must seek admission elsewhere. This would hurt 
Sweet Briar as much as the hiring of unqualified 
teachers. It is plain that the two unfortunate cir- 
cumstances would augment each other. An excellent 
institution attracts excellent students because it has 
an excellent faculty. It attracts an excellent faculty 
because it draws excellent students. The reverse of 
these two statements is equally true. 


hat, on the other hand, would be the ideal 
foreseeable financial future for Sweet Briar Col- 
lege? In a nutshell, according to Treasurer Daniel, 
it would be to increase the endowment so that from 
it would come 25% to 30% (rather than the current 
11%) of the education and general income dollar. 
For scholarships, according to Dean Sims, it would 
be to award $200,000 each year, with not more than 
$50,000 coming from the College's general un- 
endowed funds. Paul B. Hood, Director of Develop- 
ment, looks forward to an endowment large enough 
to meet Peter V. Daniel's requirements and then 
some. "A lot has been said about survival," says 
the Director of Development. "I don't think we're 
concerned just with survival. We're concerned with 
taking Sweet Briar beyond survival, to make it the 
academic jewel of the nation. 

"We would like to have the means to raise the 
whole level of faculty salaries," Mr. Hood goes on, 
"and at the same time to create centers of excel- 
lence in key departments of the College through 
Distinguished Professorships. Such a professor 
would inspire students and colleagues alike. In- 
structors and assistant professors would want to 
come to Sweet Briar to work with such a professor. 
We would hope to have eleven such distinguished 
teachers. This may sound ambitious. But if we don't 
set our sights high we will fall behind. 

"We must get more of the graduates and non- 
graduates of the College fired and enthusiastic 
enough about the real need of their College in 
order to continue to do a first-rate job. What we 
hope to accomplish will take a greater effort than 
has been put forth before." 

"Not every private college will survive," President 
Pannell points out. "But the good private college 
that provides excellent -education and training will 
receive adequate support. 

"Sweet Briar's survival depends upon the will 
power, the generosity, the truly sacrificial giving, 
of parents, alumnae and friends of the College." 

A Special Report 


Plain Fact Is . . 

. . . our colleges and 
universities "are facing 
what might easily 
become a crisis'' 

OUR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, Over the last 20 years, have 
experienced an expansion that is without precedent — in build- 
ings and in budgets, in students and in professors, in reputation 
and in rewards — in power and pride and in deserved prestige. As 
we try to tell our countrymen that we are faced with imminent 
bankruptcy, we confront the painful fact that in the eyes of the 
American people — and I think also in the eyes of disinterested 
observers abroad — we are a triumphant success. The observers 
seem to believe — and I believe myself — that the American cam- 
pus ranks with the American corporation among the handful of 
first-class contributions which our civilization has made to the 
annals of human institutions. We come before the country to 
plead financial emergency at a time when our public standing 
has never been higher. It is at the least an unhappy accident of 

— McGeorge Bundy 

President, The Ford Foundation 




A Special Report 

f^L a sad announcement: With more well-qualified 
r — ^ applicants for its freshman class than ever be- 
A ^^L-fore, the university must tighten its entrance 
requirements. Qualified though the kids are, the univer- 
sity must turn many of them away. 

► A private college in New England raises its tuition 
fee for the seventh time since World War If. In doing 
so, it admits ruefully: "Many of the best high-school 
graduates can't afford to come here, any more." 

► A state college network in the West, long regarded 
as one of the nation's finest, cannot offer its students 
the usual range of instruction this year. Despite inten- 
sive recruiting, more than 1,000 openings on the faculty 
were unfilled at the start of the academic year. 

► A church-related college in the South, whose de- 
nomination's leaders believe in strict separation of church 
and state, severs its church ties in order to seek money 
from the government. The college must have such money, 
say its administrators — or it will die. 

Outwardly, America's colleges and universities ap- 
pear more affluent than at any time in the past. In the 
aggregate they have more money, more students, more 
buildings, better-paid faculties, than ever before in their 

Yet many are on the edge of deep trouble. 

"The plain fact," in the words of the president of 
Columbia University, "is that we are facing what might 
easily become a crisis in the financing of American higher 
education, and the sooner we know about it, the better 
off we will be." 

THE TROUBLE is uot limited to a few institutions. 
Nor does it affect only one or two types of 
institution. Large universities, small colleges; 
state-supported and privately supported: the 
problem faces them all. 

Before preparing this report, the editors asked more 
than 500 college and university presidents to tell us — 
off the record, if they preferred — just how they viewed 
the future of their institutions. With rare exceptions, the 
presidents agreed on this assessment: That the money is 
not now in sight to meet the rising costs of higher educa- 
tion . . . to serve the growing numbers of bright, qualified 
students . . . and to pay for the myriad activities that Amer- 
icans now demand of their colleges and universities. 
Important programs and necessary new buildings are 


LL OF US are hard-put to see where we are going 
to get the funds to meet the educational demands 
of the coming decade. 

— A university president 

being deferred for lack of money, the presidents said. 
Many admitted to budget-tightening measures reminis- 
cent of those taken in days of the Great Depression. 

Is this new? Haven't the colleges and universities al- 
ways needed money? Is there something different about 
the situation today? 

The answer is "Yes" — to all three questions. 

The president of a large state university gave us this 
view of the over-all situation, at both the publicly and 
the privately supported institutions of higher education: 

"A good many institutions of higher learning are 
operating at a deficit," he said. "First, the private col- 
leges and universities: they are eating into their endow- 
ments in order to meet their expenses. Second, the public 
institutions. It is not legal to spend beyond our means, 
but here we have another kind of deficit: a deficit in 
quality, which will be extremely difficult to remedy even 
when adequate funding becomes available." 

Other presidents' comments were equally revealing: 

► From a university in the Ivy League: "Independent 
national universities face an uncertain future which 
threatens to blunt their thrust, curb their leadership, and 
jeopardize their independence. Every one that I know 
about is facing a deficit in its operating budget, this 
year or next. And all of us are hard-put to see where we 
are going to get the funds to meet the educational de- 
mands of the coming decade." 

► From a municipal college in the Midwest: "The best 
word to describe our situation is 'desperate.' We are 
operating at a deficit of about 20 per cent of our total 

► From a private liberal arts college in Missouri: "Only 
by increasing our tuition charges are we keeping our 
heads above water. Expenditures are galloping to such 
a degree that I don't know how we will make out in the 

► From a church-related university on the West Coast: 
"We face very serious problems. Even though our tuition 
is below-average, we have already priced ourselves out of 
part of our market. We have gone deeply into debt for 
dormitories. Our church support is declining. At times, 
the outlook is grim." 

► From a state university in the Big Ten: "The bud- 
get for our operations must be considered tight. It is 
less than we need to meet the demands upon the univer- 
sity for teaching, research, and public service." 

► From a smaH liberal arts college in Ohio: "We are 

on a hand-to-mouth, 'kitchen' economy. Our ten-year 
projections indicate that we can maintain our quality 
only by doubling in size." 

► From a small college in the Northeast: "For the 
first time in its 1 50-year history, our college has a planned 
deficit. We are holding our heads above water at the 
moment — but, in terms of quality education, this can- 
not long continue without additional means of support." 

► From a state college in California: "We are not 
permitted to operate at a deficit. The funding of our bud- 
get at a level considerably below that proposed by the 
trustees has made it diflficult for us to recruit staff mem- 
bers and has forced us to defer very-much-needed im- 
provements in our existing activities." 

► From a women's college in the South: "For the 
coming year, our budget is the tightest we have had in 
my fifteen years as president." 

What's gone wrong? 
Talk of the sort quoted above may 
seem strange, as one looks at the un- 
paralleled growth of America's colleges 
and universities during the past decade: 

► Hardly a campus in the land does not have a brand- 
new building or one under construction. Colleges and 
universities are spending more than $2 billion a year for jk 
capital expansion. 

► Faculty salaries have nearly doubled in the past 
decade. (But in some regions they are still woefully low.) 

► Private, voluntary support to colleges and univer- 
sities has more than tripled since 1958. Higher educa- 
tion's share of the philanthropic dollar has risen from 
1 1 per cent to 17 per cent. 

► State tax funds appropriated for higher education 
have increased 44 per cent in just two years, to a 1967-68 
total of nearly $4.4 billion. This is 214 per cent more than !■ 
the sum appropriated eight years ago. 

► Endowment funds have more than doubled over 
the past decade. They're now estimated to be about $12 ' 
billion, at market value. 

► Federal funds going to institutions of higher educa- 
tion have more than doubled in four years. 

► More than 300 new colleges and universities have 
been founded since 1945. 

► All in all, the total expenditure this year for U.S. 
higher education is some $18 billion — more than three 
times as much as in 1955. 

Moreover, America's colleges and universities have 
absorbed the tidal wave of students that was supposed to 
have swamped them by now. They have managed to ful- 
fill their teaching and research functions and to under- 
take a variety of new public-service programs — despite 
the ominous predictions of faculty shortages heard ten 
or fifteen years ago. Says one foundation oflicial: 

"The system is bigger, stronger, and more productive 
than it has ever been, than any system of higher educa- 
tion in the world." 

Why, then, the growing concern? 

Re-examine the progress of the past ten years, and 
this fact becomes apparent: The progress was great — 
but it did not deal with the basic flaws in higher educa- 
tion's financial situation. Rather, it made the whole en- 
terprise bigger, more sophisticated, and more expensive. 

Voluntary contributions grew — but the complexity and 
costliness of the nation's colleges and universities grew 

Endowment funds grew — but the need for the income 
from them grew faster. 

State appropriations grew — but the need grew faster. 

Faculty salaries were rising. New courses were needed, 
due to the unprecedented "knowledge explosion." More 
costly apparatus was required, as scientific progress grew 
more complex. Enrollments burgeoned — and students 
stayed on for more advanced (and more expensive) train- 
ing at higher levels. 

And, for most of the nation's 2,300 colleges and uni- 
versities, an old problem remained — and was intensified, 
as the costs of education rose: gifts, endowment, and 
government funds continued to go, disproportionately, 
to a relative handful of institutions. Some 36 per cent of 
all voluntary contributions, for example, went to just 55 
major universities. Some 90 per cent of all endowment 
funds were owned by fewer than 5 per cent of the insti- 
tutions. In 1966, the most recent year reported, some 70 
per cent of the federal government's funds for higher 
education went to 100 institutions. 

McGeorge Bundy, the president of the Ford Founda- 
tion, puts it this way: 

"Great gains have been made; the academic profession 
has reached a wholly new level of economic strength, 
and the instruments of excellence — the libraries and 

Drawings by Peter Hooven 



ACH NEW ATTEMPT at a massive solution has left 
the trustees and presidents just where they started. 

— A foundation president 

laboratories — are stronger than ever. But the university 
that pauses to look back will quickly fall behind in the 
endless race to the future." 

Mr. Bundy says further: 

"The greatest general problem of higher education is 
money .... The multiplying needs of the nation's col- 
leges and universities force a recognition that each new 
attempt at a massive solution has left the trustees and 
presidents just where they started: in very great need." 

THE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS of higher education 
are unlike those, say, of industry. Colleges and 
universities do not operate like General Mo- 
tors. On the contrary, they sell their two pri- 
mary services — teaching and research — at a loss. 

It is safe to say (although details may differ from 
institution to institution) that the American college or 
university student pays only a fraction of the cost of his 

This cost varies with the level of education and with 
the educational practices of the institution he attends. 
Undergraduate education, for instance, costs less than 
graduate education — which in turn may cost less than 
medical education. And the cost of educating a student 
in the sciences is greater than in the humanities. What- 
ever the variations, however, the student's tuition and 
fees pay only a portion of the bill. 

"As private enterprises," says one president, "we don't 
seem to be doing so well. We lose money every time we 
take in another student." 

Of course, neither he nor his colleagues on other 
campuses would have it otherwise. Nor, it seems clear, 
would most of the American people. 

But just as student instruction is provided at a sub- 
stantial reduction from the actual cost, so is the research 
that the nation's universities perform on a vast scale for 
the federal government. On this particular below-cost 
service, as contrasted with that involving the provision 
of education to their students, many colleges and univer- 
sities are considerably less than enthusiastic. 

In brief: The federal government rarely pays the full 
cost of the research it sponsors. Most of the money goes 
for direct costs (compensation for faculty time, equip- 
ment, computer use, etc.) Some of it goes for indirect 
costs (such "overhead" costs of the institution as payroll 
departments, libraries, etc.). Government policy stipu- 
lates that the institutions receiving federal research grants 

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.nust share in the cost of the research by contributing, in 
some fashion, a percentage of the total amount of the 

University presidents have insisted for many years 
that the government should pay the full cost of the re- 
search it sponsors. Under the present system of cost- 
sharing, they point out, it actually costs their institutions 
money to conduct federally sponsored research. This has 
been one of the most controversial issues in the partner- 
ship between higher education and the federal govern- 
ment, and it continues to be so. 

In commercial terms, then, colleges and universities 
sell their products at a loss. If they are to avoid going 
bankrupt, they must make up — from other sources — the 
difference between the income they receive for their ser- 
vices and the money they spend to provide them. 

With costs spiraling upward, that task becomes ever 
more formidable. 

HERE ARE SOME of the harsh facts: Operating ex- 
penditures for higher education more than 
tripled during the past decade — from about $4 
billion in 1956 to S12.7 billion last year. By 
1970, if government projections are correct, colleges and 
universities will be spending over $18 billion for their 
current operations, plus another S2 billion or $3 billion 
for capital expansion. 

Why SLch steep increases in expenditures? There are 
several reasons: 

► Student enrollment is now close to 7 million — 
twice what it was in 1960. 

► The rapid accumulation of new knowledge and a 
resulting trend toward specialization have led to a broad- 
ening of the curricula, a sharp increase in graduate study, 
a need for sophisticated new equipment, and increased 
library acquisitions. All are very costly. 

► An unprecedented growth in faculty salaries — long 
overdue — has raised instructional costs at most institu- 
tions. (Faculty salaries account for roughly half of the 
educational expenses of the average institution of higher 

► About 20 per cent of the financial "growth" during 
the past decade is accounted for by inflation. 

Not only has the over-all cost of higher education in- 
creased markedly, but the cost per student has risen 
steadily, despite increases in enrollment which might, in 
any other "industry," be expected to lower the unit cost. 

Colleges and universities apparently have not im- 
proved their productivity at the same pace as the econ- 
omy generally. A recent study of the financial trends in 
three private universities illustrates this. Between 1905 
and 1966, the educational cost per student at the three 
universities, viewed compositely, increased 20-fold, 
against an economy-wide increase of three- to four-fold. 
In each of the three periods of peace, direct costs per 
student increased about 8 per cent, against a 2 per cent 
annual increase in the economy-wide index. 

Some observers conclude from this that higher educa- 
tion must be made more efficient — that ways must be 
found to educate more students with fewer faculty and 
staff members. Some institutions have moved in this 
direction by adopting a year-round calendar of opera- 
tions, permitting them to make maximum use of the 
faculty and physical plant. Instructional devices, pro- 
grammed learning, closed-circuit television, and other 
technological systems are being employed to increase 
productivity and to gain economies through larger 

The problem, however, is to increase efficiency with- 
out jeopardizing the special character of higher educa- 
tion. Scholars are quick to point out that management 
techniques and business practices cannot be applied 
easily to colleges and universities. They observe, for 
example, that on strict cost-accounting principles, a col- 
lege could not justify its library. A physics professor, 
complaining about large classes, remarks: "When you 
get a hundred kids in a classroom, that's not education; 
that's show business." 

The college and university presidents whom we sur- 
veyed in the preparation of this report generally believe 
their institutions are making every dollar work. There is 
room for improvement, they acknowledge. But few feel 
the financial problems of higher education can be signifi- 
cantly reduced through more efficient management. 

ONE THING seems fairly certain: The costs of 
I higher education will continue to rise. To 
* meet their projected expenses, colleges and 
universities will need to increase their annual 
operating income by more than $4 billion during the 
four-year period between 1966 and 1970. They must find 
another $8 billion or $10 billion for capital outlays. 
Consider what this might mean for a typical private 

university. A recent report presented this hypothetical 
case, based on actual projections of university expendi- 
tures and income: 

The institution's budget is now in balance. Its educa- 
tional and general expenditures total S24.5 million a 

Assume that the university's expenditures per student 
will continue to grow at the rate of the past ten years — 
7.5 per cent annually. Assume, too, that the university's 
enrollment will continue to grow at its rate of the past 
ten years — 3.4 per cent annually. Ten years hence, the 
institution's educational and general expenses would total 
$70.7 million. 

At best, continues the analysis, tuition payments in 
the next ten years will grow at a rate of 6 per cent a year; 
at worst, at a rate of 4 per cent — compared with 9 per 
cent over the past ten years. Endowment income will 
grow at a rate of 3.5 to 5 per cent, compared with 7.7 per 
cent over the past decade. Gifts and grants will grow at 
a rate of 4.5 to 6 per cent, compared with 6.5 per cent 
over the past decade. 

"If the income from private sources grew at the higher 
rates projected," says the analysis, "it would increase 
from $24.5 million to $50.9 million — leaving a deficit of 
$19.8 million, ten years hence. If its income from private 
sources grew at the lower rates projected, it would have 
increased to only $43 million — leaving a shortage of 
$27.8 million, ten years hence." 

In publicly supported colleges and universities, the 
outlook is no brighter, although the gloom is of a differ- 
ent variety. Says the report of a study by two professors 
at the University of Wisconsin: 

"Public institutions of higher education in the United 
States are now operating at a quality deficit of more than 
a billion dollars a year. In addition, despite heavy con- 
struction schedules, they have accumulated a major capi- 
tal lag." 

The deficit cited by the Wisconsin professors is a com- 
putation of the cost of bringing the public institutions' 
expenditures per student to a level comparable with that 
at the private institutions. With the enrollment growth 
expected by 1975, the professors calculate, the "quality 
deficit" in public higher education will reach $2.5 billion. 

The problem is caused, in large part, by the tremendous 
enrollment increases in public colleges and universities. 
The institutions' resources, says the Wisconsin study, 
"may not prove equal to the task." 

Moreover, there are indications that public institutions 
may be nearing the limit of expansion, unless they receive 
a massive infusion of new funds. One of every seven pub- 
lic universities rejected qualified applicants from their 
own states last fall; two of every seven rejected qualified 
applicants from other states. One of every ten raised ad- 
missions standards for in-state students; one in six raised 
standards for out-of-state students. 

WILL THE FUNDS be found to meet the pro- 
jected cost increases of higher education? 
Colleges and universities have tradi- 
tionally received their operating income 
from three sources: /row the students, in the form of tui- 
tion and fees; from the state, in the form of legislative 
appropriations; and from individuals, foundations, and 
corporations, in the form of gifts. (Money from the federal 
government for operating expenses is still more of a hope 
than a reality.) 

Can these traditional sources of funds continue to 
meet the need? The question is much on the minds of the 
nation's college and university presidents. 

► Tuition and fees: They have been rising — and are 
likely to rise more. A number of private "prestige" in- 
stitutions have passed the $2,000 mark. Public institutions 
are under mounting pressure to raise tuition and fees, 
and their student charges have been rising at a faster rate 
than those in private institutions. 

The problem of student charges is one of the most 
controversial issues in higher education today. Some feel 
that the student, as the direct beneficiary of an education, 
should pay most or all of its real costs. Others disagree 
emphatically: since society as a whole is the ultimate 
beneficiary, they argue, every student should have the 
right to an education, whether he can afford it or not. 

The leaders of publicly supported colleges and univer- 
sities are almost unanimous on this point: that higher 
tuitions and fees will erode the premise of equal oppor- 



_1.uition: We are reaching a point of diminishing 
returns. — A college president 

It's like buying a second home. — A parent 

lunity on which public higher education is based. They 
>vould like to see the present trend reversed — toward free, 
Dr at least lower-cost, higher education. 

Leaders of private institutions find the rising tuitions 
equally disturbing. Heavily dependent upon the income 
:hey receive from students, many such institutions find 
:hat raising their tuition is inescapable, as costs rise, 
scores of presidents surveyed for this report, however, 
>aid that mounting tuition costs are "pricing us out of 
;he market." Said one: "As our tuition rises beyond the 
■each of a larger and larger segment of the college-age 
copulation, we find it more and more difficult to attract 
3ur quota of students. We are reaching a point of dimin- 
shing returns." 

Parents and students also are worried. Said one father 
Aho has been financing a college education for three 
daughters: "It's like buying a second home." 

Stanford Professor Roger A. Freeman says it isn't 
really that bad. In his book. Crisis in College Finance?, 
le points out that when tuition increases have been ad- 
justed to the shrinking value of the dollar or are related 
;o rising levels of income, the cost to the student actually 
ieclined between 1941 and 1961. But this is small consola- 
:ion to a man with an annual salary of $15,000 and three 
daughters in college. 

Colleges and universities will be under increasing pres- 
sure to raise their rates still higher, but if they do, they 
kvill run the risk of pricing themselves beyond the means 
3f more and more students. Indeed, the evidence is strong 
that resistance to high tuition is growing, even in rela- 
tively well-to-do families. The College Scholarship Ser- 
k'ice, an arm of the College Entrance Examination Board, 
reported recently that some middle- and upper-income 
parents have been "substituting relatively low-cost insti- 
tutions" because of the rising prices at some of the na- 
tion's colleges and universities. 

The presidents of such institutions have nightmares 
Dver such trends. One of them, the head of a private 
:ollege in Minnesota, told us: 

"We are so dependent upon tuition for approximately 
50 per cent of our operating expenses that if 40 fewer 
students come in September than we expect, we could 
have a budgetary deficit this year of $50,000 or more." 

► State appropriations: The 50 states have appropri- 
ated nearly $4.4 billion for their colleges and universities 
this year— a figure that includes neither the $l-$2 billion 
spent by public institutions for capital expansion, nor 
the appropriations of local governments, which account 

for about 10 per cent of all public appropriations for the 
operating expenses of higher education. 

The record set by the states is remarkable — one that 
many observers would have declared impossible, as re- 
cently as eight years ago. In those eight years, the states 
have increased their appropriations for higher education 
by an incredible 214 per cent. 

Can the states sustain this growth in their support of 
higher education? Will they be willing to do so? 

The more pessimistic observers believe that the states 
can't and won't, without a drastic overhaul in the tax 
structures on which state financing is based. The most 
productive tax sources, such observers say, have been 
pre-empted by the federal government. They also believe 
that more and more state funds will be used, in the fu- 
ture, to meet increasing demands for other services. 

Optimists, on the other hand, are convinced the states 
are far from reaching the upper limits of their ability to 
raise revenue. Tax reforms, they say, will enable states 
to increase their annual budgets sufficiently to meet higher 
education's needs. 

The debate is theoretical. As a staff report to the Ad- 
visory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations con- 
cluded: "The appraisal of a state's fiscal capacity is a 
political decision [that] it alone can make. It is not a 
researchable prob'em." 

Ultimately, in short, the decision rests with the tax- 

► Voluntary private gifts: Gifts are vital to higher 

In private colleges and universities, they are part of the 
lifeblood. Such institutions commonly budget a deficit, 
and then pray that it will be met by private gifts. 

In public institutions, private gifts supplement state 
appropriations. They provide what is often called "a 
margin for excellence." Many public institutions use such 
funds to raise faculty salaries above the levels paid for by 
the state, and are thus able to compete for top scholars. 
A number of institutions depend upon private gifts for 
student facilities that the state does not provide. 

Will private giving grow fast enough to meet the grow- 
ing need? As with state appropriations, opinions vary. 

John J. Schwartz, executive director of the American 
Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, feels there is a 
great untapped reservoir. At present, for example, only 
one out of every four alumni and alumnae contributes to 
higher education. And, while American business corpora- 
tions gave an estimated $300 million to education 




in 1965-66, this was only about 0.37 per cent of their net 
income before taxes. On the average, companies contrib- 
ute only about 1.10 per cent of net income before taxes 
to all causes — well below the 5 per cent allowed by the 
Federal government. Certainly there is room for expan- 

(Colleges and universities are working overtime to tap 
this reservoir. Mr. Schwartz's association alone lists 117 
colleges and universities that are now campaigning to 
raise a combined total of S4 billion.) 

But others are not so certain that expansion in private 
giving will indeed take place. The 46th annual survey by 
the John Price Jones Company, a firm of fund-raising 
counselors, sampled 50 colleges and universities and found 
a decline in voluntary giving of 8.7 per cent in 12 months. 
The Council for Financial Aid to Education and the 
American Alumni Council calculate that voluntary sup- 
port for higher education in 1965-66 declined by some 
1.2 per cent in the same period. 

Refining these figures gives them more meaning. The 
major private universities, for example, received about 
36 per cent of the SI. 2 billion given to higher education 
■ — a decrease from the previous year. Private liberal arts 
colleges also fell behind: coeducational colleges dropped 
10 per cent, men's colleges dropped 16.2 per cent, and 
women's colleges dropped 12.6 percent. State institutions, 
on the other hand, increased their private support by 
23.8 percent. 

The record of some cohesive groups of colleges and 
universities is also revealing. Voluntary support of eight 
Ivy League institutions declined 27.8 per cent, for a total 
loss of S61 million. The Seven College Conference, a 
group of women's colleges, reported a drop of 41 per cent. 
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest dropped about 


to be running to the same side of the boat. 

— A college president 

5.5 per cent. The Council of Southern Universities de- 
clined 6.2 per cent. Fifty-five major private universities 
received 7.7 per cent less from gifts. 

Four groups gained. The state universities and colleges 
received 20.5 per cent more in private gifts in 1965-66 
than in the previous year. Fourteen technological insti- 
tutions gained