Beverly Anne Calderwood, class of 1952

Beverly Anne Calderwood, class of 1952

Beverly Anne Calderwood was born on December 26, 1930 in Providence, Rhode Island. A first generation college graduate, she earned her A.B. from Pembroke College after attending Gorton High School in Warwick, Rhode Island. Calderwood married Russell James Hart, her childhood sweetheart, and moved from Providence to Seekonk, Massachusetts, where she worked as a teacher for the Rehoboth School District, teaching math, art, English, and physical education. She was involved with numerous community organizations, including the League of Women Voters, and Women’s Club of Seekonk.

Beverly Anne Calderwood begins this interview by explaining her parents’ self-made careers—her father’s opening of an iron foundry and her mother’s self-education. Calderwood describes her two-year experience as a Pembroke College city girl– a female day student who attended Pembroke but did not live on campus, Pembroke’s regulations and “gracious living” practices, and organizing a dormitory for commuting students.

Initially intending on majoring in math, Calderwood recounts her mid-college switch to English literature and the following satisfaction with her bold decision. She reflects on the Pembroke-Brown merger, May Day, Ivy Day, graduation ceremonies, and the pressures and challenges of writing a graduation speech as the senior class president.

In Part 2, Calderwood discusses advising, the importance of Convocation and chapel, her involvement in volunteer and political work in Seekonk, Massachusetts, and her feelings about having attended Brown.


Part 1

Part 2
Recorded on May 16, 1988

Seekonk, Massachusetts

Interviewed by Brian Cunkleman