Class Notes

Photo by Richard Howard


A student bounds up the stairs to Green Hall during a Wintersession snowstorm.


A head-and-shoulders portrait of Anna Kaku Nakada ’59.

Anna Kaku Nakada ’59

How is flower arranging similar to martial arts? Ask Anna Kaku Nakada ’59, who began studying both disciplines in 1990 and now teaches ikebana and holds a black belt in aikido. The common requirements are practice, patience, and above all, humility…More
A photo shows Dorothy Jones-Davis ’98 speaking in front of a large map of the United States with the words "Nation of Makers" emblazoned across it.

Dorothy Jones-Davis ’98

The maker movement includes everyone who enjoys tinkering and building, whether that means crafting a toy boat out of tinfoil or constructing a solar panel. Nation of Makers was created to support the movement, with Dorothy Jones-Davis ’98 as its founding executive director…More
A head-and-shoulders portrait of Alyssa Moten ’08.

Alyssa Moten ’08

Like many young entrepreneurs who run their own businesses, Alyssa Moten ’08 thrives on the unpredictability of her days. But Alyssa’s business isn’t a startup in Silicon Valley—it’s McDonald’s, the 62-year-old burger chain, and she operates three restaurants in…More

In Memoriam

A photo of Professor Beverly Layman as a young man.


Beverly J. Layman, professor emeritus of English, died on Sept. 13, 2017, a week shy of his 98th birthday. At the time of his death, Bev had been living with his beloved wife, Marnye, in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., close to the home that they shared for the 30 years following his retirement from Wellesley in 1984.More
A photo of Betty Freyhof Johnson '44 wearing academic robes.


Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 died peacefully at her home in Cincinnati on Sept. 18, 2017, at the age of 95. Betty holds a unique place in the history of Wellesley College—the first woman and first alumna to serve as chair of the Board of Trustees.More
Remembrances of alumnae by friends and family members and the In Memoriam list of alumnae who have died in the past quarter.More