to Celebrate Storied Alumna
Anne Martindell AC’02,
who turned 93 this year and is the only Smith graduate
to have simultaneously received undergraduate and honorary
degrees, will be honored during a reception on Wednesday,
April 30, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Campus Center Carroll
Following the reception, Martindell will sign copies of
her new memoir, Never Too Late, due for publication
on May 15.
The reception is open to the public.
Martindell’s interesting life story includes entering
Smith as a first-year student, class of 1936, then dropping
out a year later at the behest of her father, who didn’t
approve of educated women. A long and varied career in politics
followed, in which she served as a New Jersey state senator,
the director of the office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance,
and as United States ambassador to New Zealand and Western
Samoa. Martindell also raised four children.
In 1999, at age 84, Martindell re-entered Smith as an Ada
Comstock Scholar and completed her degree in American studies.
The reception will celebrate the life and work of a Smith
graduate who exemplifies the title of her memoir.