75th Anniversary Edition April 1945
JEAN ERSKINE '36 to Lt. William Clinton Harris, Jr., USNR.
SUE LONG '42 to Donald Gemmell.
JEAN TROWBRIDGE ex '42 to Charles D. Morrow. brother of Martha '38.
MARY DONALDSON ex '41 to Captain Milton E. Smith, Jr., summer 1944.
NANCY NASH '40 to Francis R. Lindstrom, January 1, 1945. Francis is an artist, winner of first prize in the May Show, one of the largest water color shows in America. A four-year old daughter, Patricia Ann, came with the marriage.
NANCY BELLACK '41 to Edward Hollis Keator, Jr., at St. Mark's Church, Milwaukee, January 10.
MURIEL MIXER ex '41 to Lt. Burton F. Bierbach, February 10.
DAYNE GALLUP '40 to Ensign George Edward Hill, USNR, February 14.
CHARLOTTE PEIRCE '33 to Lt. Daniel Weston Zahn, Army "Medical Corps. February 20, Christ, Church Cathedral, St. Louis. AGNES was her attendant. Nliss Wack went down for the wedding.
LUCY ANN LYTTON to Sgt. Lloyd Richard Casey, in February, St. Marks Church, Evanston.
MARY BEACH '38 to Hugh Nornian Bennett, Army Specialized Training Corps, March 10,
St. Bartholomew's Church, New York City. KATHERINE was one of the attendants.
PRISCILLA WHITE '37 to James Ashton Graham
PRISCILLA EATON '42 to Ensign George Washington Murphy, USNR, April 7, Georgetown, D.C.
ELLEN RODDIS '41 to Glenn N. Lempereur, March 9
Deborah Stratton, to Louise STRATTON DUERR, December 15, 1943
David Lawrence, to Rosemary MASON HOUGHTON, '42, June 16, 1944
Candace Ann, to Marjorie Lee GRAVER '38, August 18, 1944
Mary Melisse, to Mary Lou KALTENBACK DE VORE '31, December 14, 1944
Twin boys, Robert Elliott and John Randall to Jean ELLIOTT BURR '38, December 17, 1944
Roger Currie, to Elizabeth DE MUTH SCHMUCK '39, December 18, 1944
Ellen Mary, to the Reverend and Mrs. Ralph DILLE, December 22, 1944
Conner, to Jean CONNER EVANS, '41, December 23, 1944
A daughter, to Betty MOORE WEYLAND, '38, December 30, 1944
Carol, to Georgia GREINER ALBRITTON, '42, February 2, 1945. Mal got his commission as second Lieutenant the day before and came home to meet his little daughter.
Wesley Eakin III, to Frances TERRELL WHELESS '31, February 12, 1945. Major Terrell went overseas just before Christmas in an anti-tank battalion. 10th Mountain Infantry Division
Arthur King Jr., to Sally WHITAKER PETERS ex '42. February 13, 1945
Jill Suzanne to Jennie JONES COHN '39, February 1945.
Kurt Frederick to Elizabeth JOSLIN FISCHER. March 13
Phyllis Dale Cox ex '26, December 11, 1942.
Trudie Wilson Grant '77.
Margaret Hodges Scott '00-'01, July 1944
Dorothy Goodrow Price ex '11, Fall 1944.
Carrie Brownell Averill ex '00, February 4, 1945.
Harriet Bain ex '84, March 1, 1945. Her name is in one of the earliest bulletins of the school. An artist of ability, for several years she taught painting at Kemper Hall. Throughout her long life, she was a devoted alumna of the school.
Mrs. Florence I. J. Bradley, former floor mother, November, 1944.
Harriet Ferry Appleton '93, in the death of her husband, January 10, 1945.
Caroline Averill Rose '21, Beth Averill Jackson '27, Polly Averill '25 and Emma
in the death of their mother, and also in the death of their brother, Ned.
Katharine Dryden '42, in the death of her brother, Jack, killed in action.
Dorothy Bergamini '40, in the death of her brother, Jack, at Guam, July 1944.
Elizabeth, Fowler Peterson '32, in the death of her father, November 5, 1944.
Gertrude Goodrow Judd ex '94, in the death of her sister.
Francis Bain Kimball '94 and Helen Bain McDowell '82, in the death of their sister.
Dorothy Redfield Kincaid in the death of her mother, February 1945.
Carol Elliott Lott ex '38, in the death of her husband, killed at Metz, November 12, 1944.
Grace Dale Magoffin ex '24 and Marian Dale Roper ex '28, in the, death of their sister.
Mary Foster Manierre, in the death of her husband, January 1945.
Jean Hamilton Mason ex '20, in the death of her husband, and Rosemary Mason Houghton '42, in the
death of her father.
Helene Meckstroth Peterson ex '18, in the death of her father.
Rebecca Sturtevant Wolter '39, in the death of her husband, killed in action.
Mary Donaldson Smith ex '42, in the death of her husband, killed in action Feb. 26.
Dorothy Candee Barker '14, in the, death of her son, killed in action.
MILITARY AND DIPLOMATIC SERVICE
LORNA HADLOCK '41 who has a government job in Washington, writes of seeing Fraulein Trost and
Pris Eaton '42.
BETTY LINDSAY HAFER '32 expects to join her husband, who is with the American Embassy in Paris,
LOUISE HAHN '28 is now a Lt. (j.g) in the WAVES.
SUE CUSHING HOPPER ex '19 is living at St. John's Newfoundland, where her husband is Consul
General at the American Embassy.
BETTY HYDE ex '30 is a WAC, and last we heard was in the Motor Transport division at
ELSE JENSEN '38 left Washington by plane March 23, for a government assignment in Cairo, Egypt.
Address: Foreign Service, Clerk, 3, American Legation, Cairo, Egypt.
BARBARA JOHNSON '38 is with the State Department, in Italy. Address: AFGQ-AMPO-LAD, APO 512,
c/o Postmaster, New York.
GLORIA MACDONALD ex '43 is a WAC, with an APO address, San Francisco.
ALICE MARSHALL ex '37, is staff assistant. Red Cross Club, somewhere in England.
PEGGY RENAULT '38 says she has had several patients from Kenosha. Her letters are
tantalizingly uninformative, but she does seem to have managed a trip to Edinburgh and Glasgow,
and several to London.
FRANCES WILLIS '16 is Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State, in Washington.
Corporal MARY JACQUELINE WILLIS '39 has already been in a major engagement,
"The Battle of the Bugs". "They come in onslaughts of divisions and the New Jersey Brand you
read about are only national guardists compared to ours." And if you feeI resentful at
having to surrender your reservation to the army, let Jackie tell you about the troop
train that transported her to Wilmington. "Keep the MESSENGERS coming." says Jackie.
Alumnae Messenger, April 1945
Congratulations to the two graduates of the longest standing-Helen Bain McDowell and Amy Field
Barnes '82 . . . Martha: Burleson Wintermute '84 has several things in common with, Great-Aunt
Kemper: she's "a great-aunt, a bit hard of hearing, albeit pretty spry." But she is ahead of her,
in age, for this May will mark her 82nd birthday. She claims to have arrived at Kemper Hall before
the Sisters-a few hours earlier! . . . Belle, Capron, Glenn '84 is hoping to be here for the
Seventy-fifth Anniversary Commencement . . . "I am looking forward to being present at the,
Seventy-fifth Anniversary," writes Emma Edwards Collingwood '87. "Eight years will have passed
since my last visit to Kemper Hall, 'when I kept my Golden Jubilee, the only member of our class,
Lucia Kemper Durand '91 writes: "I was much entertained by my class picture in the Journal
(Milwaukee) and sent a copy to Frances Bartlett Ansley. She visited me for a few days last fall and
I had a small Kemper Hall luncheon for her, including Bessie Mason, who came up, for the day." Mrs.
Durand's daughter, Lucia, wife of Donald M. Wright, Director and Financial Secretary for all the
Church work in our colleges and universities, is herself a great churchworker . . . Emma Grant
Runnalls ex '92 reminds us that she was the third of four Grant sisters to come to Kemper Hall
together in 1889. Florence's son, Lt. Comdr. Claudius Pendill, is the husband of Gertrude Wollaeger
'16. Helen's '89 son, Edward Sparrow, was living in Paris at the outbreak of the war, and carried
on work for the children of France under the Red Cross in Vichy France. When that was taken, he was
"dctained" at Baden-Baden until a short time ago when he was returned to this country on the
Gripsholm. Virginia Grant Barnes '99 has three sons and two grandchildren. She has been spending
the winter in Mexico with Mabel Kilbourne W~'aters '99. Emma's hushand is rector of Calvary Church,
Syracuse' and she has four sons, Grant Noble, a chap. lain in the Pacific (in peace times, chaplain
of Williams College) ; Laurence, a Latin Master at Groton; Nathanael, in business; and Major John
Runnalls, who graduated from Yale in '37, and after three Years at Yale-in-China, enlisted in the
M.T.S. special branch in Washington . . . From Florence Gibbs Keenan '93: "The November MESSENGER
With its amusing letter from "Great-Aunt Kemper," and the beautiful appreciation of Adelaide
Crapsey with her portrait and some cinquains was especially good. If the dear school is still
teaching its girls to be "gentle and reverent and scholarly" along with modern training., it is
doing great service in a world too flippant, gra s ping. and superficial. The "whatsoever" things
of St. Paul are too precious to lose." . . . ,Adelia Dwelle Coe '93 writes of spending several days
with Marjorie Howarth ex '10. . . Sophia Kemper Best's '94 daughter, Mar-
garethe Best Jackson. is living in Bishop Kemper's old home at Nashotah ... Kay Francis
comes rightly by her histrionic talent, for we read in old Kodaks of her mother's abil-
ity in dramatics. One of the "Personals" in the May 1898 issue is: "Miss Katherine
Franks '94. who has been studying elocution during the winter at the Chicago Conservatory, gave a
very successful reading at Elgin, Illinois, on April 10." . . . We quote from a letter from Bessie
Norcross Mason '94 in the ALUMNAE MESSENGER, 1932: "First I must tell you that we have a brand new
grandchild - another little girl, called Cynthia. She is five, weeks old, and her grown-up sister,
who is just twenty-tbree months old, Miss Phoebe Ann Mason, looks almost ready for Kemper Hall. You
see, I could not have any daughters of my own to send to you, but I am doing well in
granddaughters, and who knows but I may have enough to say about them so that they can go to Kemper
Hall.," And she did! Phoebe is one of Kemper Hall's forty-three juniors, and Cynthia is a freshman.
Elizabeth, her namesake granddaughter, is still to come. "I am so proud and happy to think I have
lived long enough to see this come to pass., writes Bessie ... The article in the last MESSENGER
about Adelaide Crapsey brought us word from a classmate of hers, Emily St. John Crockett, ex "97. A
poet, teacher, and critic, she leads groups for appreciation of poetry and the study of technique.
"When the war is over,"' writes Edna Farr Marx ex '00, "1 hope to be able to return for a visit."'
Her son, Lt. William Marx, pilot on a B 29, is stationed in the Marianas. Irene Farr Galer ex 10
has two sons in the navy . . . Memories of her own school days were recalled to Frances Heyer
McCutchon ex '04 by the picture of the senior serenade in the last MESSENGER: "I remembered the end
of Jennie Wollaeger's ('02) serenade:
'If weddings happen in your family
At a certain rate per year,
How many years before it's your turn,
Tell us, Jennie dear?'
I can remember the noise and din that wakened us, and Lois Hamline bringing in the ice cream and
cake afterwards-and it doesn't seem so long ago, either. And now I have two little granddaughters!"
. - - Katharine Sneve `08, director of the Altar Guild of St. James-by-the-Sea, LaJolla, says her
training in the Altar Guild at Kemper Hall has fitted her for the work, which she loves . . . "I
read My MESSENGER with the greatest interest, " writes Marguerite Morton Robinson '08. Marguerite's
son, Bill, who has been doing scientific work for the navy under the auspices of the University of
California, expects to enlist in the Army Air Force, where he will associate himself with one of
theArmy Aircraft Analysis groups as a communications expert . . . Josephine Johnson Hall's '09
husband is back in this country, recovering from a knee injury incurred in Normandy in July. She
tells us that Margaret Richards Fish '04 and Juliet Richards McMahon '03 are living in Washington.
Margaret's husband is, now a General. Margaret and Josephine are on the, All Hallows Guild of the
Washington Cathedral, which has the responsibility of looking after the beautiful Cathedral garden.
"I am excited over the prospect of the Seventy-fifth Anniversary and simply LONG to be
there, for Founders' Day," write Millicent Taylor '10 . . . ADVANCE, the publication of the,
Diocese of Chicago, carried in its Dec. 1944 issue an article, Women! Know, Your Church, by Letitia
Fyffe Merrill '10, Educational Committee Chairman of the Diocesan Woman's Auxiliary. In the
February, 1945, issue, under the caption, Reader Praises Chicago Auxiliary, Jessica Sherman '96,
writes from Milwaukee commending it and asking for reprints. Letitia outlined a number of ways in
which parish auxiliaries could help the women to "keep their minds in the knowledge and love of
God." . . . Louise Griffln Schwellenbach, '10 has three sons in service. Captain Tom, who has
fifteen air clusters to his medals, pilots a P 47, flying between England and France; Charles is
training for a Combat Pilot; Johns, who was a year in the Solomons, is now back in the Pacific on
an Aircraft tender. A little granddaughter, Pamela, age one, is a future Kemperite . . . Dr. Irene
Putnam, p,.g. '10, has a government position on an Indian Reservation at Nixon, Nevada . . . Gladys
Anderson ReQua '12, was recently re-elected President of the, St. Frances Guild of St. Mary's Home,
Chicago . . . Irene, Rogers Beasley '12 is very active in church affairs in Memphis . . . Jean
Faricy, younger daughter of Norma Hauser Faricy '13, graduated from, Vassar in December and is now
serving as, liaison officer between the Vassar Alumnae Association and prospective students. When
she came to Kemper Hall in that capacity recently, Norma accompanied her . . . Mary Cleland Black
ex '13 has become a Life Member of the Alumnae Association . . . Eunice Spicer Lathan ex '14 is
enthusiastic about the MESSENGER and enjoys reading it even though she does not know many of the
girls mentioned . . . Christmas card from the Pendill's-1944:
"Daddy still is overseas;
Mother to the homestead cleaves;
Ginger' s off to join the Waves;
Patsy Vassar's studies braves;
Grant's a prep school 'football man';
Gretchen helps with every plan.
We join together and wish you cheer,
A Merry Christmas
A Peaceful New Year."
That tells the story, except that Lt. Comdr. Claude Pendill has been cited by Admiral Stark for his
job on D-Day . . . Annabel Wallace Bissinger's '18 two boys are almost young men,-Wally, 16 and
John, 12. Wally is a friend of Barry Breakey, whose sister is a freshman at Kemper Hall this year.
"I have wished so many times that I could some day go back to Carol Service. That is one, of the
things that I shall never forget about Kemper Hall." . . . Martha Shaw Perry ex '18 recently
inquired about the school for her daughters, but the distance was too great. She lives in Sierra
Mary Joyner '21 had lunch in Memphis with Juliet Metcalf Smithwick and Carolyn Mitchell Oursler,
her classmates. And at the Diocesan convention she, saw Mary Elizabeth Wisner Sanford '23, whose
husband is a prominent physician in Memphis . . . Caroline Averill Rose '21 writes that Bishop
Armitage's black cape comes to tea at her house every week-on the shoulders of his
great-grandson,.now the Reverend Robert Whitman . . . Harriet Blair Forsythe '22 says that Emmy
would have been at Kemper this year if we had been able to take more juniors. Ann and Peggy will be
with us in their sophomore year-1946 . . . Nancy Lou, daughter of Florence Wanless Parliament '22
is a junior at Kemper Hall ... Kathleen Cone ex '22 is an instructor in Recent History and
Journalism in the Huron, South Dakota, High School . . . Kit Seeber Douglass's '23 son is an
acolyte at Trinity Church, Houghton . . . After living for nearly two years in San Diego, Marion
Niederman O'Dwyer '24 and three-year old Henry have returned to their home in Westport, Conn. . . .
Polly Averill '25 is President of the Auxiliary Guild at the Cathedral in Phoenix, and runs the
Vacation Bible School in the summer ... Helen Brewerton Roys ex '25 has moved to Scarsdale, N. Y. .
. . From the New York Times Book Section, January 7, 1945: New York Murders, by Angelica Gibbs,
Baynard Kendrick, Edward D. Ridin, Kurt Steel, Lawrence Treat -in which little-known New York
murders are recounted. All the contributors are professionals well known in the mystery-story and
true-crime reporting fields. They write competently -and well." Angelica's '26 literary talents are
no surprise to her contemporaries at Kemper Hall.
ALL 27's HERE!
Since her marriage in 1930, Aurelia Scull Behr has lived in seven different New England cities and
in London. Now she's settled in Ardmore, Pa., and hopes classmates or other alumnae passing through
Philadelphia will give her a ring (Ardmore 1662). She has two sons, ages ten and three . . . Betty
Sedgwick Shotton's husband has gone overseas, and she is back in Lake Bluff. Sweetie McConnell
Glass says Ruth Griswold Lapp hopes to get back for Alumnae Day. Her home is in LeRoy, N. Y. . . .
Mardy Hubbell Collins is a pledge to Beta Sigma Phi, a national organization for the study of
cultural things and for the broadening of one's group of friends. She wonders if there are any
other Beta Sigma Phi members among the Kemper Hall alumnae. She writes, "The girls, Monica and
Megan, keep keep me hopping. Tom broadcasts every week as Narrator for the Merchant Marine show out
of Catalina, We Deliver the, Goods. You can hear it Sunday nights over the Columbia Network. He
also played the part of Allan-a-Dale on the records of Robin Hood with Basil Rathbone, soon to be
released as an album. That's all-and best wishes to everyone back there." . . . Betty Wilkinson
Blankenburg is living in New Albany, Ind., right in the Louisville flood region. Betty, whose
husband is with du Pont, has done Red Cross and Gray Lady Work; in fact, she organized and helped
train the first group of Gray Ladies in Richland, Washington, when they were living there.
Jean Stratton '28 is manager of the Commercial Department in her father's law Office, where all in
a day she is required to fill the roles of Dorothy Dix, Mr. Anthony, and Shylock. She and Louise
Stratton Duerr are living together in St. Joe. Louise has a little daughter, Deborah, born over a
year ago. Lt. Duerr is training in Communications at Harvard.
Mary Catherine Jack Baker '30 writes that Anne is now six, and minus teeth, while Michael is a
husky boy of three . . . Margaret Simpson Pascoe '31 has been living in California since her
marriage. She spent a weekend with Ruth, Talcott Arendt '31 and her husband and little son in San
Mateo ... Lorraine, five year old daughter of Florence Keniston Lawrence '31 is learning to sew and
knit, and helps take care of baby Martha. She can even dry dishes and clean with the Electrolux.
Martha Keniston Studley's '31 husband is overseas, . . . Mary Cover Mathis '31 sends a Hello to
everyone, and hopes there can be a big reunion next year, husbands and all. Mary, Jr., is now five,
and Jacqueline three . . . Betsey Nevitt Warner '32 and her family have bought a house, in
Eltinville, Staten Island, where, with the house right on the ocean, it seems as if they were on a
perpetual vacation ... Nancy Kidd Kennedy '32 has moved about so much that small Jimmy asked "Where
will we live now?" Jimmy was a shepherd in the Sunday School pageant at Christmas . . . Bernice
Dierssen McDowell's '32 husband has left the New Yorker to do free lance writing. Keith is now four
and Abby a candidate for Kemper Hall in about 1955. Besides Keith, the Dierssens will be furnishing
other young men escorts for Kemper Hall lassies some years hence, for there, are, Bruce, age three,
son of Fernella Dierssen McCallum '33, John Stephen, three plus, son of Katherine Dierssen Shelley
'30, and Douglas and Donald, three and two, sons of Ethel . . . Dorothy Barker '33 is secretary to
the Registrar at Tulane University. "Always glad to receive, the MESSENGER," says Dorothy. "It
seems the only way we can keep, up with people these days."
Pat Davis Bethke has been living in Virginia since her Major husband was transferred back to
Washington . . . "School sounds more wonderful with the arrival of each alumnae news. Nothing could
surpass 1928 to 1934 for me though!" So writes Barbara Spencer Beekman,. Richie is five now, and
sings in the Sunday School choir, on the basis of his good intentions rather than his musical
ability. Gretchen, not yet two, is noisier than two of Richie, and is to be, sent to Kemper Hall to
be quieted down! . . . Jessie Dernehl Palmer like many others, has spent most, of the last two
years changing her address, which, with an eighteen months old baby, isn't an ideal procedure. "It
is a happy day indeed,"' she, says, "when the MESSENGER arrives. I'd like to hear more about the
Class of 1934.
Nancy Averill Pearse's '35 husband is at Tarawa doing cryptography for the army. Wendy is two, and
David about six months old. She writes, "I think it is wonderful that you keep up, the MESSENGER as
you do - know it is, greatly appreciated these days 1, for one, thank you very much." . . . Deborah
Childs Brown '35 does Grey-Lady work in an army general hospital, where they have men from all
theaters of war. And she takes piano lessons for recreation. "One thing I can do with small fry
around," says she . . . Mary Newcomb '37 is teaching first grade in Ann Arbor . . . Bojan Hamlin
Jennings '37, instructor in chemistry at Wheaton College, is seeking a solution for the ortho
effect in physical organic chemistry. "In her littered cubbyhole on the third floor of the Science
Building, Mrs. Jennings, surrounded by flasks of crystals and by test tubes and bubbling fluids, is
nearing the end cf a svnthesis which may afford the answer to her problem."-(College publication).
Charlotte Cleary Hutchens and small Holly are living in Milwaukee. Her husband, on leave recently
from the South Pacific, enjoyed making the acquaintance of his two-and-a-half year old daughter. .
. . Gretchen Dittmer is studying voice and ballet in Chicago . . . Charles Packer, to whom Virginia
Whittemore is engaged, is a young man she met at one of the Kemper Hall functions, He's in the Army
Air Force, stationed at Bolling Field . . . Mary Elizabeth Thomas, daughter of Winnie Webster
Thomas, was, a year old in December, and is getting impatient to come to Kemper Hall. Bobby Kidd,
son of Mary Lou Poindexter Kidd, will be eligible for Kemperite's calling list in about 1960! "I
would love to hear from any of the, girls," writes his mother . . . Jane Schach is ticket agent for
eight commercial airlines at the Chicago Municipal Airport-helps to keep them flying for Victory.
CLASS OF '40
Gertrude Allen Waring's husband has gone overseas and she is back in Kenosha . . . Likewise, Kate
Winkler Abbott is back in Milwaukee, waiting for Scott's return . . ., Marjorie Brand is doing
graduate work in the School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Detroit. She has a fellowship,
through the Children's Center, so she works part time and goes to school part time . . . Genesse
Garb Levin brought Nan in one morning to look over her future school. Nan is a charming young lady
with curls and a bewitching smile. She, will be two next November Jo Ovitz is working in the
laboratory of a Chicago Hospital . . . Patty Smiley Nelson has spent her time between Texas and
California, due to the uncertain plans of military authorities ... Barbara Rossberg has a position
at the Crofton Studios, Chicago . . . Bette Stubbs Jackson is living with her parents in Denver
while her husband is overseas. She promises to visit Kemper when she comes to Chicago in the spring
... Bianca Heald Thorpe is studying music at the American Conservatory, Chicago . . . Elizabeth
Smith expects to go into Occupational Therapy after her graduation from Carleton in June ... Pat
Martin is doing Scout work in Fort Worth, having graduated from Antioch College last June. . . .
Lois Conforti Kelly is in Walla Walla, Washington, her husband being in the medical corps at the
McCaw General Hospital.
CLASS OF '41
Sue Barret Cunningham, whose, husband is assistant engineer on adestroyer escort, has a position
with the Racine County Welfare Department . . . Beth Berry, in her senior year at Rockford, is
still headed toward medicine as her final goal. She is majoring in Science Divisional, the
college's first all-science major. She has resumed her music, and will play the Grieg Sonata in E
minor at her recital in the spring. She writes, "I meet people all over who know Kemper and its
good work-and I'm afraid that my Rockford colleagues have given up, arguing with me on the
respective merits of high schools!" . . . Sally Bokum Grant, in Chicago recently, introduced her
Ensign husband to the Mother via telephone. She wants to know about Bucky, Carol Reed, Dixie and
Barbara Brand . . . Well, Sally, Barbara and her husband were expecting to spend Christmas in
Detroit. And Bucky was here for Bethlehem, looking gay and carefree in spite of her maternal
responsibilities ... Jean Connor Evans writes, "I take up my pen between a laundry of
'four-cournered trousers' and a two-o'clock bottle-only hope the babe holds out 'til then. We. did
have quite a Christmas holiday with, the arrival of our bouncing boy, Connor. I am sorry he can't
be recruited for a future Kemper Roll Call, but possibly we, can get him down there on Sunday
afternoons! Who knows!" . . . Jody Crowe says she is, coming for Founders' Day . . . From Mary
Ferguson Schlueter: "Before, we know it, Nancy Booth, McLane, and I will be foolish mothers
watching our daughters just about breaking their necks high-jumping on Field Day or tripping the
light fantastic at a dance recital. Gay and Penny should be in about the class of 1961. Too bad
Connie had a boy. She won't be able to join the clan." . . . Louise Haessler attended Katherine
Gibbs in Chicago for awhile, and is now Father Day's secretary. She says she has two K. H.
prospects among the nine-year olds in her Sunday School Class . . . Lois Rath, man Fonda hopes to
have her degree from Hunter College by summer. In addition, she is studying voice, and doing all
the marketing, cooking, and housework incident to married life! She wishes there were a Kemper Hall
alumnae group in New York. Lois's sister, Robyn, is a junior at Kemper this year. . . . Pat Winter
Tilney, is doing Red Cross work, selling bonds, and working part-time in a newspaper office. "I'm
afraid Miss Chandler's domestic science has been sadly lost in the shuffle. The only things I
remember are the reciines for, cream sauce and Parker House rolls." Poor Major Tilney! ... Dania
Merrill received her B. A. degree from the University of Chicago, March 23.
CLASS OF '42
Betty John has been doing Nurse Aide work at the Petoskey Hospital but hopes to enter St. Luke's
Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago . . . Rosemary Mason Houghton and David have returned to
Moclips, Washington, after a visit with her mother in Milwaukee . . . Mary Margaret Topping had one
of' her madrigals performed at a college (Connecticut) music club meeting. Last year one of her
Christmas carols was sung ... Mary Claire Van Hagen Aller expects to be back in Barrington in May .
. . Janet Walton is in Tucson, Arizona, recovering from a serious illness. She'd love to hear from
friends and classmates.
CLASS OF '43
As treasurer of a speech and dramatics fraternity at the University of Arizona, Gertrude Kraft
relies on her Kemper training for money-raising methods, and in her writing, for Kemper-learned
synonyms ... Marise Berquist and Mary Lou Mitchell often sit down at Purdue- and talk about Kemper
... Sally Carey and Peggy Thomas are on the vestry at St. Francis House, Madison . . . Marion
Colman is at the University of Minnesota . . . Marion Gardner is Alpha Chi Omega, not Chi Omega, as
reported in the last MESSENGER. She and Marcia spent Christmas at Kemper Hall . . . From Barbara
Hefty: "Most of the Kemperites who are at Wisconsin belong to Delta Gamma, so we see a lot of each
other. We. all usually sleep up at the house week-ends, and you can find us at almost any hour of
the night, huddled in the corner of someone's room laughing about the good-old Kemper days. The,
other girls can't understand why wel never run out of' laughs, but we have, stories all our own
which no one but a Kemperite could possibly appreciate." Barbara has been doing Nurse Aide work . .
. Kathie Russell thinks Hollins is a great deal like Kemper in atmosphere, with its many
CLASS OF '44
Marjorie Harris's father has taken a parish in Houston, Texas, but she is continuing her training
at St. Luke's, Racine, and goes swimming every week at DeKoven Foundation ... Millicent Maxwell and
Betty Fraker spent a day in Providence with Mrs. Ruby. "She is as sweet and nice as ever and is at
a lovely school, but we all decided that it doesn't, hold a candle to Kemper," says Millicent . . .
Mary Moore and her room-mate live in a grand threeroom suite at Vassar, but even at that, Mary
misses Denny and their crazy octagonal win. dow on the senior annex . . . Sue Peirsol is in the
school of architecture and design at Ann Arbor, with classes from eight to five. She says Doug is
crazy about Vanderbilt ... Shirley Tarbox ex '46 at Kent Day School, Denver finds, in her memories
of the lake a never-ending source of inspiration for English themes . . . Georgann Hendrick ex '51,
now living in Estes Park, Colorado, sends her alumnae dues, and says, "I miss all the Sisters and
girls and floormothers lots. I guess you don't realize what you have got until you don't have it
News from the Philippines
Alumnae Messenger, April 1945
With the re-taking of Manila has come word of the safety of our Sisters and other friends in the
Philippines. The last word from the Sisters as we, go to press is a cable dated March 18: "All
three, together in camp and hope, to come home, soon. Getting clothes from Red Cross. Easter
Greetings to all. Love. (signed) Sister Columba."
The New Yorker (March 3, 1945) carried an article by Robert Shaplen on The Freeing of Bilibid. We
quote: "One, American Miss Nellie McKim, an Episcopal missionary, was born in Osaka and speaks
fluent Japanese. She had acted as interpreter for the internees and it was through her that, in
Baguio, they had enjoyed concessions that they would otherwise have not had. 'It was
the old story,' Miss McKim said. 'If you could speak to the guards in their own Ianguage, you got
extra food and less regimentation.' One of the obvious questions that came up, during our
discussion of life at Baguio was about segregation of the sexes.
Miss McKim said that the Japanese had issued an order that no male and female
prisoners were to be left alone together at any time, not even married couples. 'Here
again,' Miss McKim said, with a smile, 'it was a great help, to be able to reason with
the guards, in their own language."" (Classmates of Nellie '07 and Bessie '02, will remember their
reputation as Japanese linquists. The Kodak for 1905 has this item:
"In Tokyo, at a recent examination of foreigners in the Japanese language, Miss Bessie
McKim passed with the highest standing on record.")
Mr. Bergamini, widely known church architect, and father of Dorothy '40, lost at Bilibid prison
the, plans and blue prints for the Central China College at Wuchang, on which he had been working
for two years.
In the Kemper Hall chapel, on February 11, a Mass of thanksgiving was offered for the liberation of
the internees and prisoners of war in the Philippines.
Alumnae Messenger, April 1945
Early in February Miss Arnott left to take up her duties as rural worker in the Diocese of Central
New York. Walking the Vermont trail has nothing on her present hikes, for, unable to get a car, she
goes on foot to most of her stahons. Miss Clarissa, Sheppard, a Newfoundland friend, came to mother
the seniors after Miss Arnott relinquished her temporary job.
From Stuart Hall in Virginia, Miss Balluff writes: "It is grand to hear that you are bursting at
the seams- Although I have not been at Kemper Hall for ten years, I remember with affection every
detail of our life there-Alice Johnson prepares our students for college in the same enthusiastic
manner which endeared her to her English classes of Kemper Hall."
From Mrs. Meredith-Jones (Miss Humphrys) : "I sat down one evening a week before Christmas to send
you a line, and a snap which our Daddy took of us one Sunday. Then I thought, 'I'll just read the
ALUMNAE MESSENGER first,' which I did, from start to finish, and with great interest and admiration
for its amusing form, particularly the Classified Advertising section. Certainly no one who has
ever been at Kemper, in whatever capacity, can think of it without a warm glow of affection and the
desire to pop in again one day and renew old friendships--and incidentally show off the children."
Enclosed was a charming picture of little Ann and her mother. Besides a 90-hour week of domestic
duties, Mrs. Meredith-Jones, is Education Chairman of a women's organization.
Mrs. Willibrand (Miss Stimpert) says her husband has written two papers on Werfel, which will be
published in the spring.
Father Wolcott writes that Cocky was confirmed in March. If any alumna wanders into the Siuslaw
National Forest next summer, she may recognize, in the firewatcher at one of the stations our
respected Father, for that is how he plans to spend his vacation. "Anne is a wonderful cook,"
writes Father, "but we all miss Sister Mary Wilhelmina and the Kemper Hall kitchen experts."
Miss Tesar, in far-away Istanbul, sends greetings to all who knew her, and especially to the Class
of 1944. The MESSENGER, reaching her some months after it was mailed, answered many of her
"wonderings" but did not tell if Joey Smith had been excused from freshman English, or what French
she and Sally Carey are doing at Wisconsin. "Nancy Luce must have been a lovely Founders' Day
Queen. And I should like to add my congratulations to Marcia Taff for her new scholarship at Bryn
Mawr. I should also like to have been there when Mary Moore was awarded the Saint Mary Cross to
congratulate her." The Kenosha Little Theatre bulletin says Miss Tesar recently appeared in "The
Man Who Came to Dinner," adding "For turkey-no doubt!"
Mary Grasser, whose recollections of Kemper Hall date back fifty-four years, recalls the days of
alcoves, and of Happy Hall with. its picture which read on one side "Happy Hall" and on the, other
"Kiss and Be Friends." If the little children were all friends, the "Happy Hall" side was out; if
they had quarreled, the "Kiss and Be Friends" side was out, and so remained until all were friends
PHI BETA KAPPA- FACULTY
Mary Carey '42, is one of the two senior students at Beloit College elected to Phi Beta Kappa this
spring. Mary, who will get her degree in June, having completed her college work in three years, is
President of the Independent Students Association, a member of the Senior Bench, and a member of
the church and college choirs.