Alumnae Lives

The cover of The People's Painter is a stylized illustration of Ben Shahn at work on a painting of a dove.
Spring 2022
The People’s Painter , a picture book for young readers by Cynthia Yenkin Levinson ’67, tells the story of artist Ben Shahn and how he grew into his purpose of depicting injustice and activism.More
The cover of The Plum Trees is an illustration depicting a flowering plum tree against a red and grey background.
Spring 2022
The Plum Trees by Victoria Shorr ’71, a beautiful and painful novel, is a tribute to those who survived and those who died in the death camps of the Holocaust. It is nothing like current events, yet it feels particular powerful at this moment in history.More
A photo portrait of Barbara Ruhlman '54
Spring 2022
Barbara Peterson Ruhlman ’54 passed away on Jan. 2. Her visionary gift to Wellesley, the Barbara Ruhlman Fund for Interdisciplinary Studies, acknowledged and supported the increasing interest of students and faculty in collaborating across disciplines. Since 1997, the fund has sponsored the Ruhlman Conference, an annual spring event that celebrates student scholarly and creative achievement.More
Black-and-white photo portraits of professors Lilian Armstrong and Peter Fergusson
Spring 2022
With sadness, the Art Department announces the deaths of our beloved colleagues Lilian Armstrong ’58, Mildred Lane Kemper Professor of Art emerita, and Peter J. Fergusson, Theodora L. and Stanley H. Feldberg Professor of Art emeritus. For more than 40 years, their gift for making others feel welcome made them the collegial center of the Art Department. But for generations of Wellesley students, they will be especially remembered as dedicated and inspiring teachers.More
A photo portrait of Madeleine Korbel Albright wearing a pin that depicts the Earth
Spring 2022
“Everything I am now is due to Wellesley.” So said Madeleine Korbel Albright ’59, who died of cancer on March 23 at the age of 84. She is remembered for her career as a diplomat and her service as the U.S. ambassador to the UN and as the country’s first female secretary of state. She will also be remembered for her role as an educator and a fierce advocate for women.More
A headshot photo of Alice Sun '15
Spring 2022
Like many people, Alice Sun ’15 got on TikTok as a pandemic thing. After moving back into her parents’ home in March 2020, she found herself making meals for her family. “I’m cooking so much—I might as well share it,” Alice recalls thinking.More
A headshot photo of Sheron Fraser-Burgess '87.
Spring 2022
As a professor in the philosophy of education, Sheron Fraser-Burgess ’87 has spent the past 17 years as a “teacher of teachers,” training teachers, administrators, and doctoral candidates about the philosophical foundations of education.More
A photo shows Susan Reno Myers '74 embracing a giraffe.
Spring 2022
Susan Reno Myers ’74 brings unique energy to everything she does, whether it’s international finance, high school football coaching, or saving endangered giraffes.More
Wellesley’s taxidermy passenger pigeon will be on display in the Science Complex.
Spring 2022
When I arrived at Wellesley in 1995, I was pre-med, which my friends find hard to believe now. My interest had more to do with my enthusiasm for the early years of the NBC drama E.R. —which I watched with many other Freemanites in our head of house’s apartment every Thursday—than with any aptitude for medicine.More
Colorful illustration of a hand holding a piece of RNA, a petri dish, and a planet with an asteroid ring
Spring 2022
As the College celebrates the opening of its new Science Complex, Wellesley magazine asked 15 alums in STEM fields about the pressing questions they hope to answer.More