late Julia Child ’34, author of a dozen cookbooks and
host of the long-running PBS television series The French
Chef, is credited with changing the way we think about
food in America. Her book, Mastering the Art of French
Cooking, provided culinary aspirants with one of the
most accessible collections of French recipes available in
Child donated her house in Cambridge,
Mass., to Smith, which she had lived in from 1956 to 2001.
In 2002, proceeds from the sale of the property supported
construction of the Campus Center.
Child died on August 12, 2004.
An etching on a window of the Campus Center Café honors
her generosity to Smith.