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Dartmouth Women Look to the Future

Members of every coeducational class gathered for a weekend of panels and speeches, receptions and meals, conversation, and photographs Nov. 9 through 11 in Hanover.

President James Wright welcomed alumnae home, saying, "You have changed for the better your college, and the world beyond our boundaries. Thank you for that." Noting that "Pioneers accomplish much, but also endure much," Wright reminded his audience that even today, "voices of welcome must not be silent."

The belief that Dartmouth is a better place for being coeducational was voiced by many others, including Carol Folt, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and holder of the Dartmouth Professorship of Biological Sciences, and Susan DeBevoise Wright, who praised Dartmouth's "gutsy, funny, smart, caring women" and their "sense of limitless possibility and passion for concerns greater than themselves."

Alumnae agreed, whether they matriculated in the 1970s or the first decade of the 21st century, that the Dartmouth experience prepares you to face, and to achieve, anything.

Trustee Pamela Joyner '79, speaking at the weekend's closing event, urged her audience to consider how to give back:  "Think about your personal destiny and what Dartmouth has meant to you. What can you do to make this continue to be an enduring place?"

The celebration, organized by Patricia Fisher '81 of the Office of Alumni Relations and a steering committee of alumnae, continues with an event in San Francisco on May 3, 2008.

By KELLY SEAMAN

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Last Updated: 5/30/08