WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Alice Freeman Palmer 1855-1902 Pioneering Wellesley College President FINAL RESTING PLACE: Houghton Chapel at Wellesley College. MAKING HISTORY: Became Wellesley College's youngest president at age 27 in 1882. Joined faculty in 1879 as professor of history, becoming protégé of college founder Henry Durant. She was preceded by Ada Howard and became a distinguished educator and leader of an independent, nationally known college. IVY LEAGUE LOVE AFFAIR: Resigned presidency to marry George Herbert Palmer, professor of philosophy at Harvard. Together, they helped lay the foundation for Radcliffe College. OTHER TITLES: Member of Massachusetts State Board of Education, first dean of the newly founded University of Chicago. IN HER OWN WORDS: Gave speeches nationwide advocating higher edu- cation for women. From her address "Why Go to College?": "I have seen girls change so much in college that I have wondered if their friends at home would know them—the voice, the carriage, the unconscious manner, all telling a story of new tastes and habits and loves and interests, that had wrought out in very truth a new creature." 94 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 VIP, RIP (In Wellesley) IN HER HONOR: Wellesley College's Freeman Hall after her maiden name, World War II liberty ship SS Alice F. Palmer. EARLY LIFE: Raised on a farm in New York, among the first female graduates of the University of Michigan. Broke off with her first love because he didn't approve of her going to college. P H O T O C O U R T E S Y W E L L E S L E Y C O L L E G E A R C H I V E S

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