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Smith 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 Room.

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.

4/28/08   Eric Sean Weld
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