Class Notes

Photo courtesy of Wellesley College Archives


Hands-on instruction is the Wellesley way as chemistry professor Jean Crawford works in the lab with student Dorothy Garfield ’53.


A photo portrait of Karen Dolmach Petrou '75

Karen Dolmatch Petrou ’75

Karen Dolmach Petrou ’75 is one of the world’s leading experts on bank regulation and policy. American Banker once described her as “the sharpest mind analyzing banking policy today—maybe ever.”More
A photo portrait of Andrea Chan Wang '92

Andrea Chan Wang ’92

When Andrea Chan Wang ’92 began writing the story that would become Watercress , her latest children’s picture book, she didn’t intend it to be a children’s book at all. “The truth is that I wrote it for myself,” says Andrea, from her home in Denver.More
A photo portrait of Alina Ball '03

Alina Ball ’03

As a professor and founding director of the Social Enterprise and Economic Empowerment Clinic at University of California Hastings College of Law, Alina Ball ’03 weaves social and economic justice with corporate transactional law.More

In Memoriam

A photo portrait of Marianne Harkless Diabate


Marianne Harkless Diabate of Milton, Mass., passed away suddenly in Boston on May 12 at age 63. Marianne was a dedicated educator, a visionary, and a passionate dancer. She started dancing at age 6 and performed and taught dance throughout her lifetime, including as an admired and dedicated African, Brazilian, and Caribbean dance instructor at Wellesley College from 2011–2021.More
A photo portrait of Elena Gascón-Vera


Elena Gascón-Vera, professor emerita of Spanish, passed away on Aug. 12 in Madrid after a two-year bout with lung cancer. She was 77. Rarely has a colleague made such a difference in terms of our intellectual life and our calling to educate women.More
A photo portrait of Dorothy “Dee” Dann Collins Torbert ’42


Dorothy “Dee” Dann Collins Torbert ’42 died in Dallas on June 13. From 1972 to 1975, Dee led the Wellesley College Alumnae Association as president, and beginning in 1973, she served for 12 years on the Wellesley College Board of Trustees. While a trustee, she chaired the Future of Wellesley Committee that recommended Wellesley should remain a women’s college and recommit to its mission of educating women to become leaders for tomorrow.More
Tributes to Wellesley alumnae by family and friendsMore