(Left to Right) STATISTICS: Whitfield Cobb (not pictured: R. Lowell Wine). CHEMISTRY: Ann Bolles, Beatrice E. Gushee, Roberta Stewart,
Ralph G. Steinhardt. PHYSICS: Dorothy D. Montgomery, Barry J. Bingham.
Yates Nobles A.B. Philosophical Thought
Hollins drew me in because of its Hollins Abroad program in Paris and its grand tour of eastern and western Europe during the summer. That full year of discovery changed the course of my thinking and opened a new life to me. I spent a year plus after Hollins back in Paris working, and returned to France often. I am active with Alliance Francaise de Charlottesville.
I had not anticipated the benefits on campus at Hollins, from the mélange of “Yankees,” westerners, and southerners thrown together with outstanding faculty. They gave me political awakening in poly sci, the thrill of literary analysis in English classes and then… Dr. Gordh’s Eastern religions before playing hard-ball with Barbara Zeldin in dialectical materialism and her thesis supervision, juxtaposed with existentialism from Tom Hanna. Remember all the amazing lecturers from afar in the Green Drawing Room? Or the discussions of various religions led by Alvord Beardslee?
After Hollins and another year plus in Paris, I worked in NYC first at Harper & Row coordinating the College Textbook editors, then at the American Field Service, placing and counseling international students. Then work with the Colorado Migrant Council, and after marrying, life on the Navajo Reservation teaching Headstart with my firstborn son in tow. Next in DC I took the AMI degree from the Montessori Institute. That and later an MA in Education saw me through 20 years of propagating Montessori schools in Cville and Lexington, and the delight of mothering my three children, mostly as a single mother. Since then I have worked in therapeutic foster care, and now as a Realtor and a volunteer. The high points now – my 3 grandchildren, writing, travel, and surviving cancer.
Thank you, Hollins, for fostering generations of women, for showing us how to “Levavi oculos” - to become fearless in a male-dominated world, to find our unique paths, to open the way for other women, and to value our ability to make a positive difference. Do our daughters know how far women have come? Oh well, they are lifting their eyes too – my daughter Wyndham, Hollins ‘2000, and surely your daughters, and our sons too, are moving this tradition forward.
Barbara ('Babs') Norris Woodward A.B. History
After graduating from Hollins, I moved to Atlanta where I eventually earned a MAT and taught history at The Lovett School for 5 years. I married in 1967 and we had a son in 1970. I left teaching and did bookkeeping for my husband at home while raising our son. I had always loved gardening and landscape design and took local courses as well as correspondence courses( no internet back then) and eventually started my own freelance business in design.
In 1984 my husband retired and we moved to Annapolis, MD to a property where I had grown up. My sister who also lives on the property and is an avid gardener began a business doing residential landscape maintenance, design and installation. As we grow older we have scaled back considerably but still have one employee who maintains about 40 properties. I continue to do design work and probably will as long as anyone asks. My son is married and lives nearby and I have two grandchildren whom I adore.
In the late 80’s I took up flyfishing with an old Hollins buddy, Pam Bent, who lives in Colorado and we have fished together ever since all over the West. I fish locally also and volunteer with a program for breast cancer survivors , Casting for Recovery, and also Wounded Warrior projects. I stay active hiking, tending my own too large garden, and yoga. (In photo with Babs: "Rhett")
Mary Meagher Chamberlayne
Nineteen sixty-three was one of the most important years in my life because that was the year I went on Hollins Abroad. I lived with a French family, Madam Coutant and her son and his wife and children, in an apartment in the Wagram area of Paris. In the summer we all piled on a bus and various trains and traveled all over Europe: Denmark, Scandinavia, the USSR (now the Commonwealth of Independent States), Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia (as it then was), Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria. Then we were able to tour whatever else we wanted to see.
I especially remember going through “Check Point Charlie” in Berlin and seeing the Wall all across the divide, coming through the “Iron Curtain” on the train at night when the communist inspectors made our girls take all the brush rollers out of their hair so they could verify that they were who they said they were. I was in Paris, of course, the morning on November 23rd when Mme Coutant burst into my room saying (in French, of course) “Mary, Mary, somebody has killed your president! Somebody has SHOT him!” After I recovered from the shock, I went out to find a newspaper. The people in all the news kiosks were weeping and people on the street who recognized me as an American would say how sorry they were. Jack Kennedy was a real hero to the French, as he was to all of Europe then. I also went to England and Scotland with friends over the Easter break and went to Spain over Christmas break. So now when almost any place in the news is mentioned, I can say “I’ve been there!” I’ll never forget what it looked like, smelled like, and how the people were.
Joan Mischo A.B. Dramatic Art
Married a week after our graduation and spent next 10 years as a damn good secretary before getting a big break when the public affairs VP of a major dairy cooperative insisted on hiring me based on my politics degree, over the objections of the HR person because my shorthand wasn't up to par!
Spent next several years writing testimony for Congress and secretly accompanying Board Chair and President on company jet to DC when they testified (thankfully they were able to answer any questions!). I had to call in sick and use sick days each time ("what would the other women in the office think if they knew what you were doing?").
Spent 20 years lobbying for farmer-owned cooperatives in KY, DC and MN before changing careers. From asking for votes, began asking for charitable gifts one had to die for us to receive (planned gift officer) for public television, colleges and senior housing. I divorced in 1982 when I moved to St Paul, MN to work for Farm Credit System.
Have two children, Lyman Andrew, married to Cori and father of my two darling granddaughters, Annie Rose (7) and Hattie Elizabeth (4) in Portland, OR and Jennifer Moore Michelsen, living and working in Oslo, Norway helping resettle refugees there.
Retired in 2013. Happily volunteering driving cancer patients, Guthrie Theatre ushering blind patrons, serving on a charitable foundation board and enjoying AAUW, Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, and several book clubs. Still play some bridge, which I learned to play while living in Sandusky!
Joan Morgan Bring A.B. French
Hollins! The word brings back many good memories. Friends; Martha Pollock Sloan, Sandy Smith, Michelle Evans Chosney, Parlin Hargrave Meyer, Sally Craig, Ricky Rockenback, Carolyn Kephart Sandler, to name just a few. Classes; Politics with Mr. Wheeler, History with Mr. Ramsey, Art Appreciation with Mlle. Prinet French classes, more History, but why oh why didnʼt I take Economics? Riding for PE, a great way to lighten up a day.
The icing on the cake was Hollins Abroad. What a wonderful way to gain a real appreciation of European history and culture and to gain a new perspective on our own. I learned a lot about myself that year as well. I thought I was shy and did not have much confidence in myself. That year gave me the confidence to teach, to move 5,000 miles away to Hawaii, to marry, to try the business world, to adopt two children, and finally to return to teaching.
That, too, was a wonderful experience. I taught at Assets School, a school for gifted, gifted dyslexic, remedial dyslexic and ADHD students. I learned so much more about teaching there from other faculty members and from the students themselves. I also credit Hollins with giving me the courage to face difficulties in this life. When our son was diagnosed with mental illness, we were able to accept the challenge. My cousin, Lucia Livingston, suggested Hollins to me, her daughters. Marny also went to Hollins as did my daughter, Heather. I am so glad Lucia did!
My intro to Hollins was the first day of my freshman year. There was an older gentleman in a white linen suit and Panama hat who was carrying an elegant walking stick, and he was standing right in the center of Front Quad! I had arrived in the South! Hollins provided an excellent education and the foundation for lasting friendships. Despite being offered a job with WSLS in Roanoke following graduation, I knew I had to get back to New York City and all that it offered. I worked in IBM Corporate Communications, which included the IBM Gallery of Science and Art. At the same time, I returned to my music and began doing cabaret shows. When I retired in 1993, a friend called and asked if I would like to work for Dance Magazine since dance had always been a passion of mine. I worked there until 1998 and now divide my time between New York City and Key Biscayne, Florida. And then there is the opportunity to travel...life is good.