Alumnae Lives

An illustration depicts an oak leaf and the date 2021
Fall 2021
This year’s recipients of Wellesley’s highest honor are Adelaide Hines Sanford, M.A. ’50, Robin Chase ’80, and Farhana Khera ’91.More
A photo portrait of Alina Ball '03
Fall 2021
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
A photo portrait of Andrea Chan Wang '92
Fall 2021
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 Karen Dolmach Petrou '75
Fall 2021
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 Dorothy “Dee” Dann Collins Torbert ’42
Fall 2021
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
A photo portrait of Marianne Harkless Diabate
Fall 2021
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
The cover of Downeast is a photograph showing a Maine cove with a lighthouse in the distance.
Fall 2021
Downeast Maine contains some of the most geographically isolated communities in the country. It’s here in Washington County that Gigi Georges ’88 spent more than four years following a group of high-school girls as they navigated coming of age.More
The cover of The Actual Star depicts a bright star in the center of a whirling cloud of light.
Fall 2021
It’s no wonder that in her new sci-fi novel, The Actual Star , Monica Byrne ’03 refers to our current time period as “The Age of Emergency.” Every day has a new crisis.More
A black-and-white photo of Los Angeles in the 19th century
Fall 2021
Depending on how you look at it, the Wellesley College Club of Los Angeles was either 24 years late or one year early.More
Photos show Pamela Meiselman Boulet ’87, Denny Rainie Donovan ’79, Anne Davis Kennedy ’66, and Michelle Tinsley Leonard ’77.
Fall 2021
The WCAA celebrated significant service with its annual Sed Ministrare Volunteer Awards. We congratulate the 2021 recipients.More