Elissa Lynne Beron Arons, class of 1966

Elissa Lynne Beron Arons, class of 1966

Elissa Beron Arons was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Atlantic City High School before coming to Pembroke in 1962. After graduating from Brown in 1966 with an AB in English Literature, she attended medical school at Yale and Harvard Universities.  She has worked as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyist in Newton, Massachusetts, since 1971.

In Part 1 of this interview, Elissa Beron Arons describes her enthusiasm for college life, having entered Pembroke after her junior year of high school. She describes the social expectations of the time and how they began to change; her experience applying to medical schools as one of few female pre-med students; her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement; the creation of the Pembroke Pandas, the first college women's ice hockey team; and Posture Pictures.

In Part 2, she discusses attitudes of Pembrokers concerning sex, birth control, and abortion; the positive aspects of dorm life; Brown men's perceptions of Pembrokers; how Pembroke prepared her for later academic challenges; experiences at Yale and Harvard medical schools; her family life and career as a psychologist.

Part 1
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Part 2
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Recorded on May 18, 1992

West Newton, Massachusetts

Interviewed by Miriam Dale Pichey