In this interview, Jean McKaye Tanner discusses life on campus during World War II. Tanner was engaged to be married while at Pembroke and she recalls her urgency to marry her fiancé, Knight Edwards, because of time constraints put upon them by the war effort. Knight Edwards, who was in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) – a program that required summer courses for male students to graduate and enlist in the military faster. In the interview, Tanner also discusses her own participation in the Women’s Auxiliary Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES).
In regard to her life on campus, Edwards explains that the strict rules of living in a dorm did not appeal to her, especially since she had a fiancé, so she chose to remain a “City Girl” – a female day student who attended Pembroke but did not live on campus. Tanner remembers professors Robert Hudson George and Charles Alexander Robinson, Director of Physical Education Bessie Huntting Rudd, Dean Margaret Shove Morriss, Assistant Dean Nancy Lewis, and Dean of Admissions Eva Mooar, as well as her time in the glee club. Tanner concludes the interview by summarizing her position as class president and reviewing the 1944 and 1945 yearbooks.