50th Reunion, class of 1956

Margaret "Dazzle" Devoe Gidley studied art at Brown, and upon her graduation went on to study music at Yale. She is a passionate supporter of the arts and teaches, performs, and works for musical and political organizations in Rhode Island. She has taught classical piano as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Rhode Island, and has been the president of both the Rhode Island Music Teachers Association and the Rhode Island Federation of Music Clubs, and served as the vice president of the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra.

Gretchen Gross Wheelwright studied American literature at Brown. She received a master’s degree in English at the University of Minnesota and later earned a PhD at the University of California Santa Barbara. She pursued a career in education, was a teacher, high school principal, and college professor for 35 years in California before retiring and returning to her native Minnesota.

Jane Hamlett Malme studied English literature and was on the staff of the Pembroke Record at Brown. She earned a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and worked to help set up women’s rights offices in the Civil Rights Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. She was active in bringing a suit against publishing companies who refused to let women be editors, and saw changes in laws due to her work in the mid '70s. She is now an attorney and consultant on property tax policy and administration, and has been a Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the chief of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Bureau of Local Assessment.

Marjorie Jenckes Fleischmann studied American civilization at Brown. A “City Girl,” she was the president of the West House Association at Brown, and also worked at the Pembroke Library. Marjorie is now a vice president of the alumnae class of 1956 and a Pembroke Associate.

Jenifer "Jiffy" Morgan Massey studied American civilization and played field hockey at Brown. A real estate agent for over 30 years, she is now retired and lives in California with her husband and children.

Barbara Perrino Piscuskas studied sociology at Brown, and has received a Spotlight Award for her exceptional service in support of Brown.

Geneva Whitney Courtright studied English literature and was on the staff of Brun Mael at Brown. Upon her graduation, she moved to New York City with Jane Malme and worked at Life magazine. She was the president of the Corporate Resource group, an executive search firm in New York and Connecticut, and president of Brown University’s Class of 1956 Alumni Association. She died in 2009.