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Winter 2004

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Who, What, When

Centennial spotlight

On campus

Faculty focus

Arts on view



Class notes



Helen Palk Booth
12501 Village Circle Drive #401
St. Louis, MO 63127-1732

Elinor Wilcox, who taught art in Springfield, MA, schools for more than 30 years, lives at Reeds Landing, a retirement home in Springfield. She reports that except for poor eyesight, she is quite well and enjoying life among many friends.
At 98 (and probably one of Skidmore’s oldest alumnae), I feel privileged to recount some details of life on campus in the 1920s. Skidmore was struggling for recognition in the community of older, established colleges for women, while charting its own groundbreaking course, by offering a number of classes preparing women for business and the professions in addition to its liberal arts curriculum. When I arrived on campus in 1923, Skidmore had just become a four-year baccalaureate institution—a bold advance from the original Young Women’s Industrial Club (which later became the Skidmore School of Arts), conceived and founded by Lucy Skidmore Scribner to train young women in the practical arts and skills for self-support. For the complete text of my recollection of Skidmore in the 1920s, visit “A Senior Among Seniors Looks Back” at www.skidmore.edu/alumni/alumniaffairs/index.htm.


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