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The Joy of Traveling. Wellesley’s Early History. Engaging across Generations.


The first panel discussion of Reunion was "The Joy of Traveling." Joan Norris Booth and Amy Bright Unfried told great stories and gave tips for planning our travels.  For Amy's talk, click here and for her blog, click here. When Joan can take a break from traveling and travel-related activities (she's currently chair of the Northern California Chapter of the Explorers Club), she will provide us with links to some good travel websites.

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In "Wellesley’s Early History," three classmates described their research into some distinguished early alumnae:

  • Catherine (Kit) Clarke Bermon told us about Carolyn Ann Wilson, Class of 1910, a World War I reporter for The Chicago Tribune whose endowment established the annual Wilson Lecture in 1962.
  • Judith Peller Hallett described three Wellesley classicists, especially Muriel Morris Gardner, Class of 1922, renowned psychoanalyst immortalized by Lillian Hellman as “Julia." She also told us about Wellesley classics professors Barbara McCarthy (Ellen Kendall Professor of Greek) and Margaret Taylor (Helen J. Sanborn Professor of Latin). Judy provided a handout listing some of her sources and samples of what she turned up, from Elihu Yale's tombstone to a Cole Porter song.

  • Melinda Ponder provided information from her forthcoming book on Katharine Lee Bates, who was much more than a songwriter. See Melinda's KLB web page, and look for her book, to be published by Windy City Publishers, in the spring of 2017.

In "Engaging across Generations," Jima Rice and Sherry Holland described Wellesley's plans to build a world-class mentoring program for Wellesley students and alumnae and led a discussion on how the class of 1966 can be involved. This program ties in with the College to Careers Initiative described in the class meeting on Saturday morning.