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Crystal snow twinkling at night on campus amidst
in the spring…the laughter of the Ursulines during their evening
Good Humor man—getting permission to “leave campus” to cross the street
get ice cream…baby sitting for faculty…”this is the life”…Mother
and her cats…a young woman’s yearning for life to begin and not
it already had.
From birth, CNR was a part of my life, welcoming me in a letter sent to mom from the “Ursuline School” in New Rochelle. My sister Mary ’33 sent it and I still have it.
Mom was first president of the Ursuline
Guild. My brothers John and Joe
were on call for proms, plays, “T” dances, etc. When it was my turn,
there was art, the wonderful Thompsons, work for Mrs. Ostertag and the
library. I’ve always wanted to return, but….it’s not a possibility.
Eileen Kelleher, OSU
Rainy weather seemed to follow our class for so many events—but we called ourselves the “super class”—with even rain for graduation, and Cardinal Spellman kidding us that our class song ended with “But we graduate on the lawn”! We didn’t.
We met and benefited from three characteristics of CNR: friendliness, love of learning, and sense of family. Mother Thomas Aquinas, our dean, insisted on the first, saying with her inimitable grin, “don’t pass anyone without a smile or a ‘hi’.” College was small enough, about 800, so that we could get to know so many through this simple gesture. It has been a good habit for me in so many circumstances to break the ice with a smile and a hi.
We were fortunate to learn from a great faculty—many of the legends of CNR history. We knew Ursulines Grace, Marie Louise, Berenice, Dorothea, Gerald and Justin. Then there were Sheedy, Ostertag, Vallerie, Becerra, Toole, Turner, Rogick, the Thompsons, Scully, Brennan, McBride, Farrell, Eagan, McManus, Kacmarynski, and Fathers White, Moody, and Darby—all helped us to enjoy the love of and the exhilaration of learning.
CNR gave us a sense of family, which has lasted through alumnae years and many reunion celebrations. The Class of ’42 shared in this love of CNR and the sense of family by joining the faculty. Our Ursulines Alice Gallin, June Baumann, and Charlotte Mietzelfeld were joined by Pauline Koisch, Ruth Byrne, Jeanne French and myself to teach at CNR. I enjoyed seven years on the faculty, and appreciated the true academic freedom taken for granted at CNR.
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