Speakers

Helena Patricia Hogan, class of 1930

Helena Patricia Hogan was born in 1908 in County Clare, Ireland and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She attended Pembroke College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi with an A.B. in Psychology. She later earned her A.M. in Psychology from Brown University and worked as a clinical psychologist, performing psychological tests for governmental agencies and hospitals around the United States. She was a very active alumna, serving as President of the Pembroke College Alumnae Association and as a member of the Pembroke-Brown merger committee.

Joan Caryll Hoost, class of 1960

Joan Caryll Hoost was born in New York in 1939 and attended Sayville High School before entering Pembroke College in 1956. She graduated with a degree in American Civilization and spent several years as a teacher in New York and North Carolina before returning to live in Rhode Island, where she and her husband raised their three children. She has held leadership positions in the Junior League of Rhode Island, the Brown Alumnae Club of Kent County, and the Rhode Island chapter of the AAUW, among others. 

Doris Madeline Hopkins, class of 1928

Doris Madeline Hopkins was born in Foster, Rhode Island to a family whose ancestors were known to have come to America on the Mayflower. For much of her early life Hopkins lived on a farm with her five brothers and their parents before moving to the city and attending Classical High School. Since much of Pembroke’s rigor was emulated at Classical, Hopkins was not taken aback by the college course load as many of her peers were. After graduating from Pembroke College with a history degree in 1928, she accepted a teaching job in Warwick to stay close to her fiancé.

Ethel Mary Humphrey, class of 1929

Ethel Mary Humphrey was born in Providence, RI on November 25, 1907 to John and Isabelle (Donahue) Humphrey. She attended Classical High School and Pembroke College, graduating in 1929, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She later received an A.M. in English from Brown University. In 1933, she married George K. Anderson, a professor of English at Brown, and was president of the Ladies of the Faculty. She was also active in the First Unitarian Church of Providence, the League of Women Voters, Children’s Friend, and several other organizations.

Charlene Marion Ingraham, class of 1959

Charlene Marion Ingraham was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island and attended Pembroke College as part of the class of 1959. After graduating, Ingraham married and began teaching at a junior high in East Providence until her son was born. She left her job to raise her son, and once he was grown, she returned to teaching, and participating in several volunteer opportunities.

Elizabeth Branch Jackson, class of 1945

Elizabeth “Betty” Branch Jackson is one of Pembroke's early students of color. During her time on campus, she was the only Black student for over two years, but this did not stop her from being extremely active during her time there and in the years following. Jackson worked for the American Friends Service and received a National Urban League Fellowship to pursue an MSW at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, continuing her interest in social activism.

Ido Jamar, class of 1969

Ido Jamar, née Judith Fitzhugh, was born and raised in Washington, DC. She primarily attended public schools and graduated from Coolidge High School in 1965. She went on to attend Brown University where she became the face of the 1968 student walkout -  a civil rights protest against Brown University’s lack of commitment to students of color. She graduated with her AB in Applied Math in 1969. After graduation, Jamar taught math at the Urban Education Center in Providence, Rhode Island, for three years before returning to Brown to work on a Ph. D. in Cognitive Psychology.

Cynthia Lee Jenner, class of 1961

Cynthia Lee Jenner grew up in the Chicago area, before attending Pembroke College as part of the class of 1961. Forgoing her early ambitions of becoming an archeologist, Jenner eventually studied philosophy, though she was heavily involved in drama groups while on campus. After graduating, she attended Yale for one year and then completed her theatrical studies in England. Working as a minor actress for a number of years, Jenner served as a theater critic for over two decades. Eventually, her career shifted yet again toward teaching and dramaturgy,all while she was pursuing an M.A.

Roswell Johnson, M.D., Faculty

Dr. Roswell Johnson graduated from Ottumwa (Iowa) High School in 1930 and completed undergraduate work and medical school at the University of Iowa. He obtained his B.A. in 1935 and his M.D. in 1938. He began working at Brown University in 1963 as the director of health services and worked closely with students at Brown and Pembroke College. He is most well known for prescribing birth control pills to an engaged couple who attended Brown in 1965 and later to other students. Johnson had three children, seven grandchildren, and a greatgrandchild. He died on July 22, 2000.

Marjorie Alice Jones, class of 1954

Marjorie Alice Jones was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1933 and attended high school in Port Chester, New York before entering Pembroke College. While a student, she wrote a regular column for the Pembroke Record called "Off the Record." 

Marva E. Dates, class of 1957 and Karen E. Dates, class of 1986

Marva E. Dates was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Booker T. Washington School and was a 1953 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School. She achieved a top academic record at Douglass and her high school principal, Dr. Ralph Reckling, encouraged her to apply to Pembroke College, the women’s college in Brown University, where she was accepted in 1953. She lived on campus while she pursued her American Civilization concentration. Marva graduated with her AB in 1957 and went on to earn her Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Dorothy Myrtle Kay, class of 1945

Dorothy Myrtle Kay was born in 1921 in Warwick, Rhode Island. She graduated from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School for Girls and attended Simmons College for one year before entering Pembroke College in 1942. Dorothy owned and operated two children's clothing stores in Providence. She served as the Vice President and President of the class of 1945, and received the Brown Alumni Service Award in 2007. She passed away on February, 5, 2012, at age 89.

Sarah Kay, class of 2010

Sarah Kay was born in New York City in June 1988. She attended the United Nations International School in Manhattan, during which time Kay took part in her first poetry slam, cementing her interest in the arts. She entered Brown University in 2006 as a Chemistry major but then switched to Modern Culture and Media. During her time at Brown, Kay participated in several extracurricular activities, groups, and organizations, including the Higher Keys acapella group, Word (a poetry club), and the Production Workshop Theatre.

Samantha Kiernan, 2019

Samantha graduated from Brown University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a regional focus on China. During her time at Brown, she was a member of Brown Mock Trial, Strait Talk, and the Student Language Exchange. She studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland, and Harbin, China, and interned with the nonprofit buildOn, U.S. Department of State, and Irish Parliament.

Soyoon Kim, class of 2019

During the time of the interview, Soyoon Kim, Brown University class of 2019, served as Program Coordinator in the Global Brown Center for International Students (GBC). She hails from Korea.

Phyllis A. Kollmer, class of 1966

Phyllis A. Kollmer was born in Providence, Rhode Island while her father was in Europe during World War II. She grew up in Manhasset, New York where she attended public school until she continued the family legacy of attending Brown University. She graduated from Pembroke College in 1966 with an A.B. in classics. Kollmer went on to obtain a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and a law degree from Rutgers University.

Judith Vivienne Korey, class of 1946

Judith Vivienne Korey was born in New York and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Her father was an attorney and her mother a businesswoman. Though she did not approve of her mother working at the time, Korey later came to realize that she was a pioneer. With a family full of working individuals, it was never really questioned that Korey would attend college. After completing her courses at Classical High School, Pembroke College was one of the only viable options for a college education due to financial reasons.

Steven S. Krawiec, class of 1963

Steven S. Krawiec was born in 1941 in Oregon, but spent most of his childhood in Saratoga Springs, New York. He attended public school at Saratoga Springs High School. His father, who received a Master’s degree from Brown University, was a professor of psychology at Skidmore College, which was an all women’s college at the time. His mother was a homemaker. Steven Krawiec attended Brown as part of the Class of 1963, and was president of the Delta Phi fraternity. After his graduation from Brown, Steven went on to receive his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1963.

Louise Lamphere, Faculty

In 1975, after being denied tenure at Brown University and unsuccessfully pursuing an appeals process, Louise Lamphere sued the college in a landmark class-action case that charged Brown with sex discrimination. Following settlement, Lamphere would earn tenure at Brown before accepting another tenured position in New Mexico. Today Lamphere is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology Emerita at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Anthropological Association.

Margot Landman, class of 1978

Margot Landman was born in Denver and grew up in New York City, where she attended high school at the Dalton School. After graduating from Brown University in 1978 with an A.B. in Chinese language and history, Landman was among the first Americans invited to teach in China after diplomatic recognition (1979-81). She stayed in China for a third year to continue her Chinese language study and to work at the newly established CBS News bureau in Beijing. Upon her return to the United States, she began working in educational and arts exchange between the U.S.