In this interview, Meryl Smith remembers life as an Orthodox Jewish Pembroker. She recounts how, even before she attended Pembroke, her mother would welcome to dinner any Pembroke or Brown students who were trying to keep kosher. She fondly remembers the friendships formed around playing bridge and smoking cigarettes, and participating in Question Club, Answer Club, and acting as Class Marshal. Raskin specifically mentions interactions with Dean Rosemary Pierrel, Dean of Students Anne Dewart, Assistant Dean Gretchen Tonks, Chaplain Charlie Baldwin, Director of Physical Education Arlene Gorton, Director of Residence Sally McPherson, and Professors Henry Kucera and John Rowe Workman. She shares some general memories of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the blackout of 1965. She also explains how her linguistics education at Pembroke allowed her to become a computer programmer after graduation.
Pembroke Hall, Brown University