Rose Presel, class of 1918

Rose Presel began Pembroke at age 16 after attending Hope High School in Providence, RI. She received a A.B. from Pembroke College in 1918, an A.M. in 1935 and later a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Presel wrote one of the 1918 Songs of the Women's College in Brown University (attached below) and was a well-known musician throughout New England, New York, and Massachusetts and played duo-piano concerts with her sister; she was the longest member and past president of the Chopin Club. After Brown, she became the head of the Foreign Language Department at Hope High School where she taught for twenty years. She held numerous positions and memberships in academic associations across the nation. Notably, she was past president of the New England Modern Language Association and a consultant for the Rhode Island Board of Education. She passed away on June 1st, 1998.



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