Alumnae Bulletin May 2008

Letters

Japanese prints

I have just received the Annual Report and the February 2008 Bulletin. It is a marvelously produced issue, and I send congratulations to all concerned. What a sense of achievement and a really outstanding planned program for the new century the whole issue provides. I have always felt proud of what Bryn Mawr had accomplished. Now at my advanced age how wonderful it is to see such a forward look to the world ahead just when we have all been feeling so depressed about so many things. Of course I feel a strong sense of loss as well—as do our surviving classmates—when there are three obituaries in our Class Notes section. Joy Rosenheim '40 was a very close friend as we worked together on many international peace issues. When she was working for the United Nations Relief Agency, her husband-to-be Richard Simonson put a call to her from my office in the Embassy to propose to her. Joy and Richard continued as close friends, and Peter and I will now miss both.
—Louise Morley Cochrane '40

The recent issue of the Alumnae Bulletin is beautiful! What a brilliant idea to show all of us some of the heretofore unknown Japanese woodblock prints from the College's Collections, especially those from Margery Hoffman Smith '11. They are magnificent, but I wonder why, oh why, I didn't know about them in 1959–60 when I took Dr. Soper's Oriental [sic] Art course!
—"Pie" (Marie-Louise) Pinckney Friendly '60

Peter Bachrach

I am blown away by the beauty of the Japanese wood block prints that you have included throughout this issue. They are phenomenal. What a pleasure to have this magazine, often rather stodgy in the past, I must admit, contain so much sheer beauty. I searched in vain, however, for something that would have told me more about this collection—and why and how the decision was made to feature it in this way. I read all the tiny print but only noted it is part of the College's collection. It would have been so interesting to have learned more about it.

As a devoted student of Peter Bachrach, I have wonderful memories of working with him. He honored and encouraged me at a time when "older" women returning for a doctorate was just about unheard of! I will be sending a memorial in his name to the ACLU.
—Lynne Iglitzin, Ph.D. '66 (political science)

Well do I remember Dr. Bachrach. After a freshman class in political science, I went to speak with him and told him that I was confused, for I could see both sides of the question. Said he, "good, you are becoming educated."
—Gloria Girton '57

Note from the editor: The 2006-7 Annual Report of the College hosted in the February issue was edited by Al Dorof, acting director of public affairs and director of publications, and designed by GHI Design. The illustrations used for the College's Annual Reports in recent years have been drawn from Bryn Mawr's extraordinary collections of rare books, prints, photographs, archaeological and ethnographic materials, and decorative and fine arts. Built through the generous donations of alumnae/i, faculty and friends of the College, these collections are extensively used for classes, exhibitions and research by students, faculty and scholars throughout the world. Asian prints in the Works on Paper Collection include about 250 Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th centuries, most of which were donated to Bryn Mawr by Margery Hoffman Smith '11, a resident of San Francisco for most of her life and a serious collector. Her collection came to the College through donations in the 1970s, and a bequest after her death in 1981. Among the most recently acquired are six early 19th century prints from Eleanor May Morris '41, M.A. '70, in honor of graphic artist Adrianne Onderdonk Dudden, late wife of Professor Emeritus of History Arthur P. Dudden.

For additional information about the collections, visit http://www.bryn mawr.edu/collections.

Proud of Drew Faust

When I was a graduate student in social work at Bryn Mawr, in the early 1980s, I spent a year living in Denbigh as warden for undergrads. I was very impressed with their intellectual curiosity, drive and strong personalities. I now work at the Harvard School of Public Health. When it was announced that Drew Gilpin Faust '68 was going to be the first woman president of Harvard University, my immediate reaction was to wonder if she was a Bryn Mawr alumna. I was thrilled to have my guess confirmed, and am very pleased with the changes that have already commenced since she took office.
—Meredith Warshaw, M.S.S. '83

Alumna affiliation

I enjoyed the article in the November 2007 Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, "Dangerous behavior on college campuses," in part because I would have attended had I not had a previous commitment. I was curious, however, about why the Bulletin did not follow its usual format of identifying the class of an alumna mentioned in an article. Although the article described the professional contributions made to the College by Dr. Eileen Ferrin Bazelon '65, it did not note her affiliation as a graduate.
—Barbara Gaines Fraser '65

Editor's note: Our apologies to Dr. Bazelon and to the Class of 1965 for missing this affiliation.

Hotel Vendome dance

Did you attend the Empire Junior Dance at Boston's Hotel Vendome? This dance, held on the first Saturday in May in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s (and perhaps the 1950s) benefited the New England Regional Scholarships of Bryn Mawr College. If you were there for this—or any other event—a Boston author who is researching the history of the Hotel Vendome would like to speak with you. Contact David Kruh by phone (781.942.2106) or by email (davekruh@comcast.net).