Thank You, Alice

A photo portrait of Alice Hummer outside Green Hall at Wellesley

Photo by Lisa Abitbol

If you know Alice Hummer, you’ll have an idea of how difficult it was to convince her that there should be a photograph of her in this, her last issue as editor of Wellesley magazine after 24 years at the College. And you do know Alice—from her witty and thoughtful editor’s letter in every issue; from the stories in the magazine that she carefully selects to make sure that as many alums as possible see themselves and their interests in its pages; maybe personally from your role as a volunteer or employee at the College; and quite possibly from hitching a ride on her golf cart during one of the 23 reunions she worked. Alice likes to say that she’s a “behind the scenes” kind of person. But my fellow senior associate editor, Catherine O’Neill Grace, and I must insist on pulling Alice out from behind the scenes, just this once, to take a bow. Thank you, Alice, for everything you’ve done. The magazine and Wellesley are better for it.


Margaret K Feltz (Feltz) ’95
Thank you, Alice, for your work with Wellesley magazine. I have always enjoyed reading your columns and appreciate all your work on behalf of Wellesley women everywhere.
Alison Greer (Greer) ’87
Alice Hummer is one of a kind. Smart, thoughtful, a beautiful writer, and a golf cart pilot extraordinaire. Wellesley was lucky to have her talents for so long and I was so lucky to have her as a colleague.
Francie Latour
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." I will never, ever forget the silence and isolation I experienced during my time as the only Black woman staffer at Wellesley Magazine and on the Alumnae Association staff. My children, who were young then, also remember it. To this day, I plan my trips to Metro West to avoid driving past campus -- because when I do, I remember how deeply it mattered to me to contribute to the Wellesley community while I was there, and how scarred and alone I felt when I left. In this post-George Floyd era, when so many historically white institutions are beginning to confront the harm and marginalization experienced by Black people, I hope the College has the courage to allow the uncomfortable truth of this reflection to live alongside the accolades and fond farewells of others.

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