In Part 1 of this interview, Joyce Wetherald begins by discussing the experiences she had as a Pembroke student that made her want to become an active alumna, especially the gratitude she felt at having had the opportunity to go to college with the Rhode Island Regional Scholarship. She discusses the experience of being at Pembroke during World War II, speaking on the minimizing effect the war had on both gender barriers and academic concerns. Wetherald also explains the function of the Brown Corporation and its committees.
In Part 2, Wetherald expands on her role in the Corporation, especially with regards to her gender. She interprets the purpose of the Corporation as a body of knowledgeable people who understand the strengths and weaknesses of the University at any given time and will work to enhance its strengths and correct its weaknesses. She also reflects on her views of the Pembroke-Brown Merger, expressing concern that all of the work women had done in a specifically women’s educational institution would be lost.
In Part 3, Wetherald reflects on her pride in the successes of women in her Class of 1947. She ends her interview by considering the ways by which social change happens, explaining that educational institutions are important places where questions can be asked and agitation can occur safely.
Barrington, Rhode Island