In this interview, Eleanor Rosalie McElroy, class of 1937, begins by describing her family and educational background, emphasizing the liberal-minded nature of her single mother that encouraged her to attend Pembroke College and study American history. She also briefly describes a teaching fellowship that she received after graduation, in the midst of the Great Depression, and the nature of dating on campus. She generally recalls deans Margaret Shove Morriss and Eva Mooar, and physical education director Bessie Rudd. Mc Elroy also mentions taking classes with professors James Hedges, Leonard Carmichael, George Downing, and Will Taylor. She includes a brief recollection of the hurricane of 1938 and thoroughly describes her 40-year role as merchandise buyer for Gladding's Department Stores. McElroy also articulates her positive feelings toward the Pembroke-Brown merger.
Providence, Rhode Island