This interview with members of the Pembroke College class of 1963 summarizes the undergraduate experiences of Martha Jean McCauley, Judith Margaret Watman, Jennifer Williams, Nancy C. Scull, Elaine Patterson Piller, Jean Amatneek, Carol Marcia Spindler, Linda Jane Brody, Judith Ann Neal, and Barbara Mae Smith, at their 50th reunion.
The interviewees begin by introducing themselves, their major, and their current professional lives. They go on to explain what attracted them to Pembroke. Reasons range from the academic rigor to the coeducational classrooms. They also discuss experiences that they found particularly beneficial such as trying out for the singing group the Chattertocks, studying abroad, and taking an architectural history course with Professor William Jordy.
The “loco parentis” rules – Latin for “in the place of a parent” that refers to the legal responsibility of Brown University to take on some of the functions and responsibilities of a parent – that were put in place for Pembrokers are mentioned along with a dialogue about the culture of women never questioning authority on campus or elsewhere. This leads to a larger conversation about the treatment and expectations of women after graduation and particularly in the workforce. The interviewees share conflicting stories about how supportive the advising faculty was in helping them pursue graduate school.
The interviewees also give their opinions of the Pembroke-Brown merger of 1971 and consider the impact this had on women at Brown University. They conclude by reflecting on the difference between Pembroke’s reputation when they graduated and Brown’s reputation today, and also explain that today Brown should accept more international financial-need blind applications.