Speakers

Northrop/Forman Family, 1954, 1981, 2013

Diane Lake Northrop '54, P '81, GP '13, '16 grew up in southwestern Connecticut and graduated from a New Haven high school. She attended Pembroke College and graduated in 1954 with an A.B. in actuarial mathematics. After graduation she obtained a master’s degree and taught math for thirty years. She was active on the Women’s Alumnae Association Board and the Pembroke Advisory Council.

Katherine Virginia Faulkner, class of 1936

Katherine Virginia Faulkner was born in Hendrickson, North Carolina as the youngest of nine children. Convinced by her brother, she entered Pembroke College in the early 1930s. While at Pembroke she dedicated herself to promoting peace. Following graduation Faulkner moved to Brooklyn with her husband and volunteered with the Junior League, and the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. After her husband’s early death she worked at Sarah Lawrence, Pace University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and finally Pepsi Co.

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Faculty

Anne Fausto-Sterling is the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology and Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University, and founder and former director of the Science & Technology Studies Program at Brown University. The author of three books that are referenced widely in feminist and scientific inquiry and over 60 scholarly articles, she is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has received grants and fellowships in both the sciences and the humanities.

Charlotte Ferguson, class of 1924

Charlotte Ferguson attended the girls’ Latin School in Boston before enrolling in Pembroke College, where she graduated in 1924 as class president. She had one daughter, Deborah Rodes, who attended Pembroke and graduated in 1953. Ferguson was active in many organizations in New England and worked for the Girl Scouts Organization as part of the National Council. She died on June 11, 1985.

Johanna Fernández - First Interview, class of 1993

Johanna Fernández is a native New Yorker. She received a PhD in History from Columbia University and an AB in Literature and American Civilization from Brown University. While at Brown, she led the April 1992 student occupation of University Hall in hopes of pressuring Brown to move more rapidly towards the admission of students regardless of their ability to pay to attend. During the takeover, 253 students, including Fernández, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for not vacating University Hall.

Johanna Fernández - Second Interview, class of 1993

Johanna Fernández is a native New Yorker. She received a PhD in History from Columbia University and an AB in Literature and American Civilization from Brown University. While at Brown, she led the April 1992 student occupation of University Hall in hopes of pressuring Brown to move more rapidly towards the admission of students regardless of their ability to pay to attend. During the takeover, 253 students, including Fernández, were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct for not vacating University Hall.

Harva Zelda Fisher, class of 1936

Harva Zelda Fisher, known by "Zelda," was born in Providence to Harry and Ida (Zurier) Fisher.  Fisher's father was a Russian émigré with a grammar school education who became a real estate developer in Providence; her mother was an emigrant but schooled in the Providence schools. After studying Economics at Brown, Fisher received her Master's in Library Science From URI in 1966.  She was the coordinator of library services at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Massachusetts, until her retirement in 1978.

Caroline Flanders, class of 1926

Caroline Flanders was raised on a farm in the Meshanticut Park section of western Cranston, Rhode Island. She graduated from Pembroke College in 1926 and then received a degree in Social Work from Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After college she lived in New York City working for the Charity Organization Community Service Society. Shortly after the Depression she was the Chief of the Bureau of Information and Inquiry under Mayor La Guardia in New York City. She moved back to Rhode Island a few years after she retired.

Mitchell Foster, staff

Mitchell graduated with a Masters in Public Administration and a Gender Studies Certificate from California State University, Chico and earned their bachelor's in Business Administration from University of St. La Salle in the Philippines. They started their career in student affairs as a Graduate Assistant for Residence Life at Chico State and transitioned to full-time position as a Coordinator for Residence Education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where they worked for two years.

Sarah Fox, class of 1989

Dr. Sarah Fox is a gynecologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Surgery Department at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. She also runs the Pelvic Pain program at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative. Fox received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MD from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Allegheny University in Pittsburgh, and her fellowship in Urogynecology at St. George’s Hospital in London.

Elaine Barbara Frank, class of 1939

Elaine Frank grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Hope High School. She graduated from LaSalle Junior College and transferred to Pembroke where she received her A.B. in English Literature in 1939. She was an assistant professor in English at Brown from 1944 – 1945 and later obtained a master’s degree in education from Boston University. She began working as a speech therapist at Meeting Street School while doing the same at Henry Barnard Laboratory School, and working as an assistant professor at Rhode Island College.

Marlene Gerber Fried, class of 1972

Marlene Gerber Fried is currently a professor of philosophy and faculty director of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College, a program for education and activism about reproductive health, rights and justice.

Fried earned her PhD from Brown University in 1972. Her scholarship and teaching are focused primarily on abortion rights and access, reproductive and sexual rights and health, and legal theory.

Susan Friedman, class of 1970

Susan Friedman grew up in Tennessee and attended the Lausanne School in Memphis. She attended Northwestern University for one year before transferring to Brown University in 1967. During her time at Brown, Friedman was a member of the Cammarian Club and led the fight for the open curriculum. She graduated in 1970 with an AB in Economics. She went on to the London School of Economics and then Harvard University where she earned her master’s in business administration.

Theresa Elizabeth Gagnon, class of 1939 - First Interview

Theresa Elizabeth Gagnon was born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, to a French father and an Italian mother. She graduated from Pembroke College in 1939, and returned to Brown to pursue a Master’s in 1958, which she earned in 1962. Between her degrees, Gagnon spent many years teaching elementary school in Germany, while her husband was stationed there with the army. After her return to the United States, she devoted the rest of her career to teaching at Primrose Hill School in Barrington, Rhode Island. 

Theresa Elizabeth Gagnon, class of 1939 - Second Interview

Theresa Elizabeth Gagnon was born on October 16, 1919 and graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1935 at the age of fifteen. She immediately enrolled at Pembroke College and graduated in 1939 with her A.B. in French and Italian. She taught at Woonsocket High School and then at the American Dependents’ School in Germany. When she returned to the United States she earned her A.M. in education from Brown University in 1962 and continued teaching until she retired. 

Justice Gaines, class of 2016

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I grew up in Franklin Township, New Jersey in a racially and economically diverse community.

Mary Gannon, class of 2017

Mary Gannon works as the Wildlife Outreach Coordinator for the Rhode Island Division of Fish and Wildlife (RI DFW). Mary earned her B.S. in Wildlife & Conservation Biology from the University of Rhode Island in 2015, followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown in 2017. She is very happy to use both of her degrees every single day, communicating about local wildlife conservation with Rhode Islanders of all ages through interactive programs, publications, and social media. Mary was born and raised in Rhode Island, and is so grateful to have found meaningful work at home.

Martha Gardner, class of 1988

Martha Gardner graduated from Brown University in 1988 with an A.B. in women's studies. She completed her Ph.D. in U.S. History at Brandeis University in 2002 with a dissertation entitled "Midwife, Doctor, or Doctress? The New England Female Medical College and Women's Place in the Nineteenth Century Medical Profession," and teaches history and social sciences at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. 

Susan Elizabeth Geary, class of 1967

Susan Elizabeth Geary grew up in Scituate, Rhode Island. She graduated from Pembroke College in 1967 with an A.B. American literature. Academically focused, Geary made Pembroke's Dean List numerous times and proceeded to receive her A.M. (1974) and Ph.D. (1976) in American civilization from Brown University.

Elizabeth Anne Gibbons, class of 1952

Elizabeth Anne Gibbons was born on March 19, 1931 in Brownwood, Texas, a fourth-generation rancher's daughter. After completing  her senior year of high school in Colorado Springs, she earned her A.B. in Latin from Pembroke College and her Mater's degree in elementary education from Radcliffe. She married John D. Rauh in 1954 and lived in Cincinnati for thirty years, where she served on the Board of Trustees of the Playhouse-in-the-Park and was involved with the Contemporary Arts Center. After divorcing, Gibbons returned to Texas, became an active rancher, and married Jack Perryman.