Constance Worthington, class of 1968

Constance Worthington, class of 1968

Connie Worthington was born in Providence, Rhode Island to parents heavily involved in the Brown University community, her father an editor of the Alumni Magazine and writer for the Providence Journal, and her mother a probation officer who had also worked in the Admissions Office at Brown.

In this interview, Constance Worthington begins by talking about her family’s involvement in Brown University, and her eventual decision to transfer to Pembroke College. She then discusses her challenging time at Brown being a student, single mother, and a widow, and what it was like raising a son later diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Worthington discusses her involvement the Josiah Carberry Book Fund and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. She also mentions her female role models at Pembroke during both her time as a student and professional in Providence. She goes on to explain her extensive career after Brown University, first as an English teacher, then shifting into her social work in London and Providence.

In the second half of the interview, Worthington speaks about her world travels with her husband Terry, and more specifically about their emotional trip with her son, Michael, in 2014 to Vietnam, where they visited the approximate location of her first husband’s death. 

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Recorded on Jun 8, 2015

Providence, Rhode Island

Interviewed by Christy Law Blanchard