Ferelene Bailey, class of 1974

Ferelene Bailey, class of 1974

Ferelene "Nan" Bailey was born into a military family and moved around extensively throughout her childhood to countries such as France and Japan. Once settled at St. Timothy’s boarding school in Maryland, she applied to Brown University, encouraged by her mentor Jean Miller (Pembroke College class of 1949) who was at the time the headmistress of St. Timothy’s.

Ferelene "Nan" Bailey begins by discussing her childhood, the benefits of living overseas during her childhood, her experience applying to Brown University, and her expectations of her experience. She spends a significant amount of time discussing the various and bountiful activist groups she participated in, and more broadly, social turmoil during the seventies surrounding issues such as the Vietnam War and birth control. Towards the end, she shares experiences after graduation, and how she was able to take her enthusiasm for the groups she was involved in on campus and carry them into her career. Bailey ends the interview by discussing her thoughts on same-sex education and the benefits of attending Brown as a coeducational institution. 

Part 1
Recorded on Sep 15, 2015

Los Angeles, CA

Interviewed by Emily Coe-Sullivan