Speakers

Eleanor Mary Addison, class of 1938

Eleanor Mary Addison was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1917. She grew up in Providence and graduated from Classical High School. She earned her A.B. and A.M. in Mathematics from Brown University and worked as an Administrative Assistant in Brown’s Math Department for 41 years. She was the longest continuous member of St. Matthew Church in Cranston, and passed away on October 3, 2005.

Susan Beth Adler, 1958

Susan Beth Adler grew up in Providence, Rhode Island with her two sisters. Her mother, Celia Ernstorf, was Brown University class of 1925 and her father, Walter Adler, was Brown University class of 1918. Adler attended Classical High School before receiving her A.B. in English and American Literature and her M.A.T from Brown University in 1958 and 1965 respectively. At Brown, she was heavily involved with Sock & Buskin theater.

Lorraine Estelle Adler, class of 1945

Lorraine Estelle Adler grew up in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, with her mother, father, and brother. She graduated from Woonsocket High School in June 1942, just before beginning an accelerated undergraduate program at Brown University. During her time at Brown, Adler volunteered to assist the Ally forces in a program that she later learned developed radar technology. She graduated from Brown in February 1945 with a degree in art history. After a short career as an interior designer, Adler married her husband, Sidney W. Rosen, in 1947 and had her daughter, Melanie.

Yukti Agarwal, class of 2024

Yukti Agarwal was born and brought up in the city of Mumbai, India. She graduated from the Bombay International School and then enrolled as a student in the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Program in 2019. At Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, she was a staff illustrator for The College Hill Independent, an Executive Member of the Brown | RISD Dual Degree Exhibition Committee, and has had work displayed on many on-campus and off-campus fine-arts exhibitions in and around Providence.

Romaine Ahlstrom, class of 1962

Born in New York City, Romaine Ahlstrom spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. After graduating from high school in Portland, Connecticut, she began her pursuit of an A.B. in English at Pembroke College. Upon graduating in 1962, she moved to Los Angeles and, after the birth of her son, she decided to go to library school. She spent a long career working for the Los Angeles Public Library in several different positions, including Development Manager of rare books and special collections.

Morayo Akande, class of 2016

Morayo Akande grew up in Illinois with her three siblings. Her father is a Nigerian immigrant, and her mother is American. During her first year of high school, Akande moved with her father to Indiana where he was attending law school. During her high school career, Akande was extremely active in extracurricular activities, as well as an extraordinarily successful student. She was on the cross-country team, participated in theatre, and received exemplary grades.

Alpha Kappa Alpha, class of 1976-1977

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated had its humble beginnings as the vision of nine college students on the campus of Howard University in 1908. Since then, the sorority has flourished into a globally-impactful organization of nearly 300,000 college-trained members, bound by the bonds of sisterhood and empowered by a commitment to servant-leadership that is both domestic and international in its scope.

Mary Murphy and Amanda Knox, Staff

Mary Murphy became the Nancy L. Buc ’65 Pembroke Center Archivist in August 2016. Prior to joining the Pembroke Center, Murphy served for 8 years as Administrative Librarian and Manuscripts Archivist at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Harvard University. She began her career as a library and archives reference assistant at the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. She holds graduate degrees in library science and historic preservation where her research focused on queer historic sites in the American south.

Elsie B. Anderson, class of 1947

Elsie B. Anderson was born in 1925 in Providence, Rhode Island to Frida Nisson Anderson, a cook, and Ossian Anderson, a machinist, both natives of Sweden. Her sister Doris Anderson Landau '49 also attended Pembroke College. Prior to matriculating at Pembroke, Anderson attended Aldrich High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, and the University of Rhode Island (1942-1943). At Pembroke, she studied nursing in a joint program with the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing (1943-1947), earning a bachelor's degree and professional diploma. In 1950, she married William J.

Constance Andrews, class of 1948

Constance Andrews was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. She always knew she would attend Pembroke College as it very much ran in her family. Her father graduated from Brown University in 1907 and her brother in 1941. After attending the Wheeler School in Providence, Andrews enrolled at Pembroke in the fall of 1944 and graduated in 1948 with an A.B. political science. Andrews met her husband at Brown during her sophomore year after he had returned from the war.

Anonymous, class of 1920

This anonymous narrator was a Providence native with several  relatives who had graduated from Brown University, the earliest one in 1904. Her sister was a member of the class of 1910. While at Brown, the narrator participated in many student activities and liked to write. She taught English and Latin at Classical High School and wrote for "Nightlight," the Rhode Island Hospital newsletter. 

Marguerite Appleton, class of 1914

Marguerite Appleton was the daughter of a Brown University chemistry professor.  After attending Hope High School, she followed her two older sisters to Pembroke College where she received her A.B in 1914.  After beginning a career in teaching, she went back to Pembroke to receive a Master’s degree.  Later she finished her doctorate in history at Pembroke with a dissertation on “Rhode Island’s First Court of Admiralty Southworth.”  Appleton taught history at Wellesley College, (MA) Lindenwood College, (MO); and Grove City College (PA).   She authored “A Portrai

Black Alumnae at their 25th reunion, class of 1968

Marcia D. Lloyd, Bernicestine McLeod, and Sandra L. Richards, Pembroke College class of 1968, entered campus in 1964, within weeks of the Civil Rights Act becoming law and within months of Martin Luther King Jr. earning the Nobel Peace Prize. The alumnae graduated under Brown University President Ray Heffner and Pembroke College Dean Rosemary Pierrel. Shortly before their graduation, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 demanded equal housing opportunities for all Americans.

Black Alumnae at their 50th Reunion, class of 1968

Marcia D. Lloyd, Bernicestine McLeod, Sandra L. Richards, and Sharon P. Wilkinson, Pembroke College class of 1968, entered campus in 1964, within weeks of the Civil Rights Act becoming law and within months of Martin Luther King Jr. earning the Nobel Peace Prize. The alumnae graduated under Brown University President Ray Heffner and Pembroke College Dean Rosemary Pierrel. Shortly before their graduation, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and the Civil Rights Act of 1968 demanded equal housing opportunities for all Americans.

Bernadette Aulestia, class of 1994

Bernadette Aulestia is a Senior Executive, Board Director and strategist recognized for fast-tracking through one of the world’s most innovative, premium media brands by identifying opportunities, driving revenue growth, and leading HBO’s digital transformation worldwide.

Ferelene Bailey, class of 1974

Ferelene "Nan" Bailey was born into a military family and moved around extensively throughout her childhood to countries such as France and Japan. Once settled at St. Timothy’s boarding school in Maryland, she applied to Brown University, encouraged by her mentor Jean Miller (Pembroke College class of 1949) who was at the time the headmistress of St. Timothy’s.

Ruth Ellen Bains, class of 1943

Ruth Ellen Bains was born in Providence, Rhode Island.  At 15, she graduated from Pawtucket High School and entered Pembroke College, where she studied English and became heavily involved in Sock and Buskin and the Pembroke Dramatic Society. She was elected to the Rhode Island chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and was on the Dean's list.

Hope Ballinger, class of 1944

Hope Ballinger was born on April 21, 1923 in Providence, Rhode Island. After completing her senior year at Mount Pleasant High School in Providence, she earned an A.B. in Nursing in 1944 from Pembroke College. She then graduated from the Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing, where she later worked for twenty years as a nurse specializing in oncology care. As a Presbyterian, she was a member of the Woodbury Union Church in Warwick, Rhode Island. She married Edmund Brown Jr. with whom she had two sons and two grandsons.

Stavroula James Balomenos, class of 1953

Stavroula “Starr” James Balomenos was the youngest of three born to Greek immigrant parents in Portland, Maine in 1931. She attended Portland High School and went on to graduate from Pembroke College in 1953. She had a long career in primary, secondary, special, and ESL education, working in Montreal and Massachusetts. Balomenos married, had two daughters, and has two grandchildren. She passed away on July 27, 2014.

Mary Bernadette Banigan, class of 1931

Mary Bernadette Banigan was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island in 1910. Banigan attended Classical High School before graduating with an A.B. in English from Brown University in 1931. After college, she worked for forty-five years as a teacher and curriculum researcher at Oliver Hazard Perry Middle School, and Rhode Island Association of the Blind.  She returned to Classical High School to teach, retiring in 1979.