Alumnae Bulletin May 2010
Dignity, warmth and wisdom
Artist Ying-he Liu, President Jane McAuliffe, and President Emeritus Nancy Vickers pose with Vickers'
portrait, which now hangs next to that of Marion Edwards Park, 1898, Ph.D. 1918, in Thomas Great
Hall. Vickers said that Park is her presidential hero: "Her example inspired me, and I'm proud to be
placed beside her." Vickers said she was also pleased that Liu is the first woman to paint one of Bryn
Mawr's presidential portraits and described her as "an extraordinary woman who came to the United
States from China and made a life for herself." Liu said that she wanted to show Vickers' "dignity,
warmth, and wisdom." In the portrait, Vickers holds an antique edition of Dante's Divine Comedy, a gift
to Vickers from Mary Durfee Brown '30 in the second year of her presidency. "It is significant to me
because during my years at Bryn Mawr, the Dante course was the one I regularly taught," said Vickers.
The book is inscribed, "Abby Slade Brayton / Bryn Mawr College / October 1893." "That is Mary's
mother, who was a member of the Bryn Mawr Class of 1894," said Vickers. "This was a very moving,
touching reminder of Bryn Mawr's tradition of community." Vickers is living in Boston and serving as
the 17th president of the Dante Society of America.
Photo by Paola Nogueras '84