Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stephens: A Look Back - 1964

The 1964 Stephensophia begins with a series of photographs of clocks, books, religious symbols and other random objects backdropping angst-y quotes like “confused in a world of regulated confusion roused by the jolting alarm cajoled by the movement of the second hand.”

This goes on for about 20 pages.

Of course, this would have been the school year that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, which some argue essentially ended the innocence America had previously known.

Stephens this year received a grant from the Ford Foundation to fund a lecture series brining several big names to campus including well-known author John Updike, cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead and historian Henry Steele Commager.

The Stephensophia includes excerpts of all of the guest lecturers’ writings and talks.

Among the popular clubs this year is Prince of Wales, which hosts a Christmas party and open houses—events still held today.

There’s also an organized modeling squad this year.

Again this year, there are quite a few great images representing Stephens:

Among notable Susies this year:

Alicia Wilson, who represents Appreciation of the Beautiful, went on to be Alicia Mulliken, who owns a popular inn in Door County, Wisc.

Diana Richards made news when she purchased property in North Carolina and turned it into a conservation area to preserve its natural beauty. This year, she represents Cheerfulness.

Sandra Leibson is the Ideal of Forcefulness. She’s now Sandra Rubovits, a social worker.

This year’s Best Dressed Girl (for sure!) is Jane Winton, who went on to be Jane Winton Thalman, a real estate agent in California.

Judy Bosmyer, editor of this year’s Stephensophia, is now Judy Quattlebaum, a retired English teacher.

And Jill Butler, who represents Health, worked in advertising, created a home furnishings design agency, lived in Paris for a while before creating the Jill Butler Collection. She has three fully illustrated books and two other books and is a monthly columnist for the New Haven Register papers. Whew!

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