This interview with members of the Pembroke College class of 1967 documents the undergraduate experiences of Carol Lemlein, Susan Haas, Brenda Hubbard, Karen Wolk, Sharon Drager, and Judith Minno, at their 50th reunion.
The interviewees begin by introducing themselves, explaining what drew them to Pembroke, and sharing some of what their lives entailed after graduation including marriages, divorces, children, and professional development. They go on to remember some of their fondest memories of their time at Pembroke, highlighting the intense intellectual stimulation fostered on campus, as well as their favorite professors Frank Rothman, Peter McGraw, William Jordy, and James Hedges. The alumnae briefly consider the lack of female professors on campus but specifically recall Elizabeth Leduc, the first female full professor at Brown University.
The interviewees also situate themselves in historical context, describing the moments they learned of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and watched the Beatles visit the United States. They remember the effects of the Vietnam War on campus, particularly as it pertained to the draft and family life. This leads to a broader conversation about marriage, children, and women in the workforce in the 1960s. They go on to share their direct and indirect involvements in the Women’s Movement and the on-campus support from Dr. Roswell Johnson for contraception and safe abortions. They specifically recall one student who suffered through an illegal abortion performed poorly who then became extremely ill back at her dormitory and had to be hospitalized.
The alumnae conclude the interview by noting the current openness of LGBTQ students and the selectivity of Pembroke’s admissions compared to Brown’s.
Pembroke Hall, Brown University