Speakers

Elizabeth Susan Weatherhead, class of 1942

Elizabeth Susan Weatherhead grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, and had two brothers, two half-brothers, and a foster brother. At Pembroke College, she was involved with the Sock and Buskin theater club. After graduation, she worked in an office concerned with war work. Also in her career, Weatherhead was a member of John Chaffee’s staff when he was the governor of Rhode Island, and worked in the real estate business. In 1969, she came back to Brown to work in the library.

Elizabeth Weed, Staff

Elizabeth Weed was born in Morris Plains, New Jersey, to Marguerite and Edgar Weed in 1940. She received her BA in French Literature at Drew University in 1962, and then went to Brown for her A.M. (1966) and her PhD. (1973), both in French Studies. Weed was an assistant professor at Wheaton College from 1973 to 1977, and then returned to Brown as the director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. While at Brown University, she cofounded and directed the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women, as well as the differences journal.

Judith Weiss, class of 1944

Judith Weiss was born on November 10, 1923 and grew up in Rhode Island. She graduated from Hope High School in January 1940 and then from Pembroke College in October 1943 on the accelerated program with her A.B. in English. After graduation, Weiss worked for a newspaper for servicewomen during World War II and then enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps. She went on to receive an A.M. in political science from Brown University on the G.I. Bill.

Polly Adams Welts, class of 1951

Polly Adams Welts graduated from Pembroke College in 1951 with an A.B. in American Civilization. She was editor of the school newspaper, The Pembroke Record and, after graduating, of the Pembroke Alumna. Welts received an M.A. in American History from the University of Washington in 1953,  and a Ph.D. in education from Boston University in 1978. At the time of this interview, Welts was a visiting associate professor of history at the University of Southern Maine.

Maggie M. Wenig, class of 1978 - First Interview

Maggie M. Wenig was born on February 7, 1957 in New York City. She attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University in 1978 with an A.B. in religious studies. She was ordained in 1984 and is a Rabbi and Instructor at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Wenig has been a long-time activist for feminist and LGBT issues in the Jewish community. 

Maggie M. Wenig, class of 1978 - Second Interview

Maggie M. Wenig was born on February 7, 1957 in New York City. She attended Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University in 1978 with an A.B. in religious studies. She was ordained in 1984 and is a Rabbi and Instructor at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. Wenig has been a long-time activist for feminist and LGBT issues in the Jewish community. 

Elizabeth B. West, class of 1973

Elizabeth B. West grew up in Hebron, Maine, before moving with her family to Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from The Wheeler School in 1969 and went on to study English at Brown University. During her time at Brown, West participated in the Film Club and wrote film reviews for the Brown Daily Herald. She graduated from Brown in 1973 and went on to earn a Master’s in Communications from Syracuse University.

Joyce Wetherald, class of 1947

Joyce Wetherald was born in 1926 and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1943 she received the Rhode Island Regional Scholarship to Pembroke College, where she studied English. Her father was an importer of jewelry, and his business had been impacted dramatically by the stock market crash of 1929. Her gratitude for the opportunity to go to college made her anxious to give back to Brown University. During her time at Brown she was class president, and after her graduation she worked on the Rhode Island Regional Scholarship Committee.

Enid Wilson, class of 1943

Enid Wilson was born in Brookline, Massachusetts to Edwin Bidwell Wilson and Ethel (Sentner) Wilson. After earning her A.B. in English from Pembroke College in 1943, she completed a masters in Library Science at Simmons College. Wilson worked as a library cataloguer for nearly 50 years, first at the at the Univeristy of Rhode Island, and later at Boston University. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women and the Wellesley Historical Society. She served on the Pembroke Center Associates Council from 2002 until her death in April 2014.

Ingrid Ellen Winther, class of 1964

Ingrid Ellen Winther was born in 1943 in Bloomington, Indiana. Her father was a professor of history at Indiana University, and her mother worked as an administrative assistant in the Kinsey Institute for Sex Research. In 1960 she attended Pembroke College, and graduated cum laude in 1964 with honors in her American Civics major. Upon graduation, she earned a full scholarship to the University of Rochester, where she earned an M.A. in education. She moved on to earn a Ph.D.

Marjorie Phillips Wood, class of 1911

Marjorie Phillips Wood grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts and attended the Women's College from 1907 until 1911, where she studied History and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from Brown she became a librarian, and worked in the foreign language department of the Widener Library at Harvard for more than twenty years. She retired in 1940, and in 1944, married Leroy F. Burroughs, '12. At the time of her death in 1992, Marjorie Burroughs was living in Providence and 103 years old. 

Constance Worthington, class of 1968

Connie Worthington was born in Providence, Rhode Island to parents heavily involved in the Brown University community, her father an editor of the Alumni Magazine and writer for the Providence Journal, and her mother a probation officer who had also worked in the Admissions Office at Brown.

Yema Yang, class of 2019

Yema Yang was born in New York, New York, on February 19, 1997, to parents who emigrated to the United States from Myanmar. She grew up in California’s Bay Area with her older brother where they attended public schools. Yang entered Brown University in 2015 and during her tenure she participated in Project LETS, served as a Peer Mental Health Advocate, and assisted in establishing a Disability Justice Cultural Center on campus. She graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a degree in Critical Mental Health Studies.

Elizabeth Lee Young, class of 1924

Elizabeth “Betty” Lee Young was born on November 1, 1902 to Herrick Young, Brown University class of 1887, and Suzy Howell. After attending Classical High School in Providence, Young went on to Pembroke College at Brown University, from which she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1924 with a major in English and a minor in Biology. She was class President her senior year and later became active in the Alumnae Association, helping to establish the Alumnae Fund. Young was also the mother of two Brown alumni, Betsy Jeffers ’54 and John Jeffers ’56. 

Donna Zaccaro, Class of 1983

Donna Zaccaro was born in 1962 to Geraldine Ferraro and John Zaccaro. She is the eldest of three children. She grew up in New York City and attended Marymount School of New York, Convent of the Sacred Heart, and the Spence School. She went on to earn her AB in Comparative Literature with a minor in Art History from Brown University in 1983. In 1984, Zaccaro’s mother was nominated as Presidential-hopeful, Walter Mondale’s Vice President. Ferraro was the first woman, and first Italian-American, Vice Presidential nominee on a major party ticket.