Alumnae Lives

A color photo portrait shows a smiling Sally Engle Merry ’66.
Winter 2021
Sally Engle Merry ’66, formerly the Marion Butler McLean Professor in the History of Ideas and professor of anthropology, passed away on Sept. 8, 2020.More
A black-and-white photo portrait shows a smiling Alice Birmingham Robinson ’46,.
Winter 2021
Alice Birmingham Robinson ’46, a much-beloved member of the Department of History for some 46 years, died peacefully at the age of 95 on July 8, 2020, in Leeds, Mass.More
Photos show Kanika Vaish ’17 and Sabina Unni ’19, co-founders of the theatre group Fresh Lime Soda.
Winter 2021
On a recent opening night, Kanika Vaish ’17 and Sabina Unni ’19 adjusted their laptops’ camera angles and logged on to a video conferencing platform. They are the co-founders of Fresh Lime Soda, an online theatre ensemble of South Asian performers.More
A photo portrait of Liany Arroyo '98
Winter 2021
As the director of the Department of Health and Human Services in Hartford, Conn., Liany Aroyo ’98 has a job that looks a little different now than it did before COVID-19. Every morning, she pores over the latest COVID-19 numbers and provides public-health recommendations to city leaders.More
A photo portrait of Diana Abouali '93
Winter 2021
In1990, after Diana Abouali ’93, now director of the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, finished her first year at Wellesley, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Her financial situation changed overnight. The College financial aid office told her that whatever help she needed, she would receive.More
A photo shows Kelly Miller McCune holding a large bottle of her product at the Runcible Cidery in Oregon.
Winter 2021
For years, Kelly Miller McCune ’80 and her family vacationed in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge, an area full of orchards, vineyards, and waterfalls. A few years later, they were back as orchard owners themselves, founding Runcible Cider in 2017.More
Fall folliage
Winter 2021
Walktober challenged Wellesley students, alums, faculty, and staff to walk or exercise every day for 42 days, starting on Sept. 21, 2020. In the end, a total of 2,591 participants took 764,024,473 combined steps in 29 countries on five continents, exceeding all expectations.More
A color photo shows a fluffy cat seated on a pile of magazines and papers.
Winter 2021
In recent months, my 1930s dining room table has become very 2020. This round, mahogany behemoth (and its hefty sideboard) was purchased by my grandparents following a house fire that destroyed most of their furniture…More
A still from The Golden Girls, with Sophia, Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy gathered around a piano
Winter 2021
The Golden Girls and other old favorites transport me back to a time before COVID, but also before the internet and the myriad technological advances that have enriched but also complicated our lives.More
An illustration shows masked young students and a their teacher in a socially distanced classroom setting.
Winter 2021
Wellesley has a long tradition of sending its graduates into the classroom. How, we wondered, are these professionals meeting the demands of the pandemic? This winter, we sought out seven Wellesley early childhood and elementary school educators to find out.More