I made my first gift to Bryn Mawr in the fall of 1951, just after I graduated. Thanks to the College, I had a job teaching so I could contribute.
I made that gift for my Grandmother who was a big presence in my life and had not attended college herself. Granny had a way of simplifying things. As a young child, anytime I was going to an event or party, she’d ask, "Did you pay your way?" meaning “don’t just go and enjoy the party, do something positive to make it more fun.”
So when I graduated, I couldn't just hang my newly framed Bryn Mawr diploma on the wall. I had to “pay my way” by giving back to the College and working on its behalf whenever I could.
Sue Savage Speers '51 retired in 2001 from a long career as a high school teacher. She served on Bryn Mawr's board of trustees for nearly 20 years and has been a member of two campaign committees as well as chair of a third, the Centennial Campaign. She has also held leadership positions for her class and the Taylor Committee. Sue comes from a long line of Bryn Mawr women.... her mother is a member of the class of 1922, more than a few aunts and cousins are alums, and the legacy continues with her granddaughter who is a current student.