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Julia Child, Betty Friedan and Other Remarkable Alumnae to Be Honored at Smith Celebration

Thirty Smith College alumnae whose achievements represent the accomplishments of generations of Smith graduates will be honored at a gala convocation, which is free and open to the public, at 5 p.m. Friday, October 22, in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility, West Street.

The audience will include hundreds of parents of Smith students and Smith alumnae from all over the country along with current Smith students, faculty and staff.

The event, which will mark the beginning of Smith's 125th year and initiate a weekend-long celebration of the liberal arts as they are taught today at Smith, will feature greetings by Rochelle Braff Lazarus '68, chair of the board of trustees, talks by President Ruth Simmons and Student Government Association President Katrina Gardner, a colorful academic procession, and music by the Smith College Orchestra and Glee Club.

The honorees who will be present are:

  • Elizabeth Stoffregen May '28, financial analyst, board member of the Import-Export Bank and long-time dean of Wheaton College.
  • Laura Philips Cole '34, retired math professor, active member of the American Association of University Women, role model for generations of young African Americans.
  • Julia McWilliams Child '34, star of TV's French Chef and author of many cookbooks.
  • Anne Clarke Martindell '36, former ambassador to New Zealand and former member of the New Jersey state legislature; presently enrolled at Smith as an Ada Comstock Scholar.
  • Ann Baumgartner Carl '39, member of the World War II Women's Airforce Service Pilots program and author.
  • Betty Goldstein Friedan '42, feminist leader and author of The Feminine Mystique and The Second Stage.
  • Evelyn Boyd Granville '45, one of the first African-American women to earn a doctorate in mathematics; honored by the National Academy of Science as a "pioneer in science."
  • Hari Brissimi '48, first woman to become director at the United Nations High Commission on Refugees; active in many refugee resettlement activities.
  • Julia Chang Lin '51, retired professor, Ohio University, acted as the school's unofficial Asian studies department, teaching Chinese, Japanese and Indian literature in translation.
  • Therese Thau Heyman '51, senior curator at the Oakland Museum in California, guest curator at the National Museum of Art (Smithsonian).
  • Edith LaCroix Dabney '52, tireless fundraiser and volunteer for such arts and educational organizations as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Museum of Science; one of three sisters and eight family members who are Smith alumnae.
  • Ann Hartman M.S.S. '54, dean emeritus and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor Emeritus of the Smith College School for Social Work.
  • Marion Moore Gilbert '55, long-time volunteer in the Marriage Encounter movement.
  • Margaret Heaney Greene '58, coordinator of the Washington, D.C., Smith Club's volunteer outreach effort to public elementary schools in economically distressed neighborhoods.
  • Lynden Breed Miller '60, director and designer of public gardens in New York, including those at the New York Public Library, the conservatory and the zoo in Central Park, Bryant Park and the New York Botanical Garden.
  • Anne Angen Gershon '60, played critical role in the testing and licensing of the chicken pox vaccine in this country, director of pediatric infectious diseases at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
  • Dorcas Bowles SSW '60, social work clinician and teacher and Dean of Clark Atlanta University School for Social Work.
  • Jane Yolen Stemple '60, award-winning author of more than 200 books, mostly for children, that have been translated into some 17 languages.
  • Sumiko Fujiwara Enbutsu '60, author, translator and lecturer who has played a pivotal role in interpreting the history of old Japan; well-known in Tokyo as an environmentalist.
  • Eve Parker Hoffman '64, a long history of framing public policy and community issues (public education, environment, future community leadership), bringing the right people to the table, and working toward solutions has led her twice to be identified as one of the 100 most influential people in the state of Georgia.
  • Amy Kaiser '65, director of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, guest conductor for the Berkshire Choral Festival and Metropolitan Opera Guild.
  • Victoria Chan-Palay '65, neurobiologist, author, White House Fellow, Olympic swimmer, first woman to receive medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard University.
  • Pearl Tak-Chu Toy '69, associate professor of laboratory medicine at the University of California, San Francisco; widely published.
  • Marjorie Holland M.A. '74, former director of public affairs at the Ecological Society of America, currently director of the biological field station and center for wetland resources at the University of Mississippi.
  • Yolanda King '76, actress, author and president of Higher Ground Production Co.
  • Jane Shoaf Turner '78, editor of the monumental Grove Dictionary of Art.
  • Carolyn Scerbo Kaelin '83, director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston.
  • Thelma Golden '87, one of the art world's youngest and most outspoken curators, formerly at the Whitney Museum where she curated the Biennial and other notable exhibitions; currently an independent curator.
  • Anjana Shakya AC '91, director for women's rights and development at the International Institute for Human Rights, Environment and Development in Katmandu, Nepal.
  • Angela Lwiindi Leila Hassan '94, Smith's first Rhodes Scholar, international student from Zambia, currently a student at Oxford University, doing research in Zimbabwe.

October 11, 1999


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