In this interview, Arlene Burnice Rome discusses being a City Girl and the difficulties that posed for her. She remembers the inability to form deep relationships and the detached experience she had at Pembroke because she lived off campus. She laments passing the French proficiency test because she was eager to learn more about the language and fondly recalls librarian Dorothy Spofford who excused her from a required library course. Additionally, she reminisces about director of physical education, Bessie Rudd, and the challenging gym requirements. She broadly mentions how school life was affected by World War II. Rome also considers her feelings on the Pembroke-Brown merger. Most of the interview is spent discussing her life after graduation including her work as a social worker, teacher, and mail clerk, and the time she spent getting her master’s degree in education from Boston University.
Arlene Burnice Rome, class of 1943
Recorded on May 10, 1988
Interviewed by Audrey Leland Fogels
Topics: 1940s, City Girls, Pembroke-Brown Merger, World War II