Speakers

Kathy Le, class of 1997

Kathy Le was born in April of 1975 amidst the fall of Saigon in Vietnam. In 1980 she and her pregnant mother fled Vietnam, joining the hundreds of thousands of desperate boat people who fled the country in the years after the war. After a brief stay in a refugee camp in Singapore where her brother was born, Kathy and her family emigrated to the US where she grew up in Southern California. She came to Brown in 1993, where in her junior year she became a research assistant for the Vietnam War Critical Oral History Project at the Watson Institute for International Studies.

Elizabeth Hortense Leduc, class of 1948

Elizabeth Hortense Leduc was born in Rockland, Maine and grew up primarily in northern Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1943 with a B.S. in biology. She went on to receive an M.S. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Brown Univeristy in 1948, both in biology. She maintained a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellowship at Brown until 1949 and then taught anatomy at Harvard Medical School until 1953 when she returned to Brown. In 1964 she became a tenured Professor of Biology and served as Dean of Biological Sciences from 1973-1977.

Philip Leis, Faculty

Philip Leis received his B.A. from Antioch College in 1954 and his PhD. From Northwestern University in 1962. He joined the department of anthropology at Brown University in 1962 and became director of the department in 1967. His research interests focused on the history of anthropological theory, cultural change, associations, and identity. He conducted his research primarily in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe. Leis is now Professor Emeritus of anthropology since retiring in 2012.

Margery Chittenden Leonard, class of 1929

Margery Chittenden Leonard was born in Agawam, Massachusetts, in 1907. Her father was a town official and her mother was a homemaker. She first attended Springfield Junior College and then Pembroke College at Brown University, where she earned an A.B. in history in 1929. She went on to attend law school at Boston University, where she describes being the only woman in a class of over 100 men. Despite intense gender barriers, Leonard graduated with a J.D. from Boston University.

Resa Lewiss, class of 1992

Resa Lewiss is a practicing emergency physician, who grew up in Westerly, RI. She is author and/or editor for an iBook of critical ultrasound, a textbook, peer reviewed publications and chapters related to point-of-care ultrasound, medical education, global health, simulation, policy and gender equity.  She is the first woman to become a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, where she is the Director of Point of Care Ultrasound.

Charlotte Lowney, class of 1957

Charlotte Lowney was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. She attended Bryant College, training as a secretary, and worked as a secretary at Pembroke College before returning to school fulltime. She received her A.B. in American civilization from Pembroke in 1957, and her A.M. in American history from Brown University in 1962. Lowney held many administrative positions at Pembroke and Brown throughout her life, including Acting Dean of Pembroke College. She retired in 1990, and passed away in December of 2008 at age 78. 

Edna Ruth MacDonald, class of 1919

Edna Ruth MacDonald grew up in Providence and attended high school in East Providence. As the oldest child in her family, she had freedom in choosing her college. Her family always expected that she would pursue a higher degree after high school, and she attended Pembroke College at Brown University as part of the Class of 1919. After graduating with an A.B. from Brown, she was a counselor at Hope High School. 

Mary Manley, class of 1933

Mary Manley grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, one of five children. She began studying at Pembroke College in 1929 and graduated with an A.B in history in 1933. After graduation, she attended secretarial school and worked for the Young Women's Christian Association, the Progress Governmental Research Bureau, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, where she worked until she had her first child. Manley married at the age of 25 and had four children.

Rita Duarte Marinho, class of 1979

Rita Duarte Marinho was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1942. Raised primarily by women in the shadow of World War II, Marinho was taught the power and value of a good education. Shortly after beginning an undergraduate degree, Marinho married her first husband, Robert Moniz, and had three sons. Marinho and Moniz later divorced. She married her second husband, Kenneth Duarte, and the two remained together until his death in approximately 2017.

Carol Ann Markovitz, class of 1962

Carol Ann Markovitz graduated from Pembroke College in 1962 with an A.B. in International Relations. She then moved to Canada to work as in international economist with the Bank of Montreal. After marrying and having two children, she went to law school and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where she worked as the Director of Community Development for the Legal Aid Society, providing attorneys and free legal services for disadvantaged people in the community. 

Karona Monica Mason, class of 1982

Dr. Karona Mason grew up in Washington, D.C. She was born to a mother who worked for the federal government and a father who was the Director of Printing and Reproduction for Howard University. Neither attended college. She entered Brown University in 1978 as a biology concentrator and later graduated in 1982 with her A.B. She went on to earn an MA in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University and a DPM from Temple College of Podiatric Medicine. She has served as a board member to the National Podiatric Medical Association and worked in Texas and Chicago.

Sara Matthiesen, class of 2015

Sara Matthiesen is an Assistant Professor at George Washington University where her scholarship focuses on modern U.S. history, with an emphasis on gender, race, sexuality, and reproduction after 1945. Her current book, Reproduction Reconceived (University of California Press), examines battles over the right to family making since the 1970s.

Sarah Gertrude Mazick, class of 1928

Sarah Gertrude Mazick was born on January 20, 1908 to Rebecca Resnick and Max Mazick, both Russian immigrants. She was raised in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Classical High School. Her father died when she was 15, and Mazick entered Brown with a three-year scholarship, taking extra courses so that she could graduate. She earned her M.D. from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1932, and returned to Providence to practice as a psychiatrist. She married Dr. Elihu Saklad, with whom she had two sons, Mark and James, and a daughter, Brina. She died in 2009 at age 101.

Grace Amelia McAuslan, class of 1928

Grace Amelia McAuslan grew up in Providence, Rhode Island. She chose to attend Pembroke College for financial reasons and commuted to school everyday. While at Pembroke, McAuslan participated in the orchestra and dramatic societies, and majored in sociology. After graduating from Pembroke in 1928, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) and eventually became the secretary of the First Unitarian Church. McAuslan considered herself the scrapbook-master for the class of 1928.

Eleanor Rosalie McElroy, class of 1937

Eleanor Rosalie McElroy was born in Providence, Rhode Island on July 8, 1916. She attended Classical High School and enrolled at Pembroke College at the age of 16 where she subsequently graduated with an A.B. in history in 1937. Throughout her life she took graduate courses at Providence College, Brown University, and Johnson and Wales University. McElroy was a retail buyer for Gladding’s Department Store, Cherry and Webb Stores, and the William H. Block Department Store in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Beatrice McGeoch, class of 1997

Beatrice McGeoch graduated from Brown in 1997 with an AB in Comparative Literature focusing on translation. After being raised by research scientists and trained as a translator and writer, she grew up in the semi-feral culture and environment of Providence, RI, and she has lived and worked in Rhode Island ever since. She currently works as the Director of Adult Education and Literacy Services at the Community College of Rhode Island. Most commonly recognized for her work in education, she wishes more people knew about her art & illustration work.

Peggy J. McKearney, class of 1975

Peggy J. McKearney was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She grew up mostly in Connecticut, and then in Massachusetts. Her father was a school teacher, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom before becoming a secretary and then going back to school to earn a Master’s degree in library science. Attending high school in Massachusetts, McKearney fell in love with the Boston Bruins and decided to attend Brown University because she could play ice hockey on the first college women’s ice hockey team in the country.

Karen E. McLaurin, class of 1973 - First Interview

Karen E. McLaurin was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, moved to Rockland, Massachusetts, and attended the public school system until the eighth grade when she entered Notre Dame Academy. As a young woman, McLaurin embraced volunteerism, participating in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Congress of Racial Equality CORE,, and the Black Panther Party of Boston. She is a member of the last class to enter Pembroke College, the women’s college in Brown University, entering in 1970 and graduating three years later in 1973 with her AB in sociology.

Karen E. McLaurin, class of 1973 - Second Interview

Karen E. McLaurin was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, moved to Rockland, Massachusetts, and attended the public school system until the eighth grade when she entered Notre Dame Academy. As a young woman, McLaurin embraced volunteerism, participating in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Congress of Racial Equality CORE,, and the Black Panther Party of Boston. She is a member of the last class to enter Pembroke College, the women’s college in Brown University, entering in 1970 and graduating three years later in 1973 with her AB in sociology.

Jessica U. Meir, class of 1999

Jessica U. Meir was born and raised in Caribou, Maine. After graduating from Caribou High School, Meir earned an AB in Biology from Brown University in 1999 and a Master of Science degree in Space Studies from International Space University in 2000. From 2000 to 2003, Meir worked for Lockheed Martin’s Human Research Facility (NASA Johnson Space Center) supporting human physiology research on the space shuttle and International Space Station.