Lillian Dorothy Beals, class of 1918

Lillian Dorothy Beals, class of 1918

Lillian Dorothy Beals received her A.B. from Brown University in 1918. After college she worked in the estimating department of a jewelry manufacturer in Providence. She attended Johnson & Wales Secretarial School run by Miss Johnson and Miss Wales on Olney Street in Providence where she took shorthand and typewriting. Beals later married and raised two children.

In this dual interview, classmates Rose Presel and Lillian Dorothy Beals speak extensively about their classes at Pembroke, and the different professors they had. They discuss social life at the college especially the four dances held each year and the Pembroke traditions of Sophomore Masque, May Day, and Ivy Day. In part one, they describe the dynamic between Pembroke and Brown; that as underclassmen they were not allowed to walk across the Brown campus at any time. They discuss professor-student relationships, classes in the foreign language departments, their feelings towards Dean Lida Shaw King, World War I and the close collaboration between Pembroke College and Hope High School.  

In part two, they speak about dating, marriage, fraternity dances, and the occupational expectations of female graduates. Beals tells the story of her fiancé who was killed in WWI and Presel reflects on the contrast between off-campus and dormitory living. They discuss the particularities of attending college during World War I including picking oakum, which was used as bandages in France, and knitting scarves and helmets during class for the Red Cross.

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