Marjorie Whitcomb Sallie, class of 1927

Marjorie Whitcomb Sallie, class of 1927

Marjorie Whitcomb Sallie, a native of Foxboro, Massachusetts, earned her AB in 1927 and became the first woman to be accepted into the Brown University Medical School. The Great Depression prevented her attending, however, and Marjorie entered the teaching field, receiving her MA from Smith College in 1938. She worked as a teacher and headmistress in Massachusetts, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Washington, and Michigan. She received many awards for her community service, and after retiring, continued to volunteer in public schools in Detroit.

Marjorie Sallie recounts her experience as a student commuting from Foxboro, Massachusetts.  She describes  about her rigorous co-ed science courses,  her desire to become a doctor, and the guidance of Dean Morriss.In Part 2, she speaks about religion as a driving force in her life and about her love of reading. She describes the volunteer activities she pursued after a long career as a teacher and administrator at public and private schools around the country.

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Recorded on Jun 11, 1986

Birmingham, MI

Interviewed by A. JoAnn Roth