Notable Alumnae/i

SOURCE: Smith College Archives

This picture was taken upon entrance into Smith College in September 1880 and it is believed it contains five of the six members of GLS's first graduating class who attended Smith's Class of1884. From left to right seated; Annie Amelia Allis Smith College, Alice M. Mills GLS 1880, Unknown. From left to right standing: Unknown, middle standing Vida D. Scudder GLS 1880 and far right, Mary L. Mason GLS 1880. The other two are presumed to be Miriam S. Witherspoon and Alice S. Rollins.

Maribel Vinson Owen-Legendary American Ice Skater - 1928

Maribel Vinson graduated from Girls' Latin School in 1928 and Radcliffe College in 1933. She went on to become the most prolific female skater in US history. Vinson won the US National Figure Skating Championships every year from 1926 through 1937, with the exception of 1934. This ties her with Michelle Kwan for the most figure skating singles titles ever won by a US woman. Vinson also won theUnited States Pairs title six times: with Thornton L. Coolidge in 1928 and 1929, and with George E. B. Hill in 1934, 1935, 1936, and 1937. At the 1932 Olympic Winter Games held in Lake Placid, New York, she was awarded the bronze medal. (Sonja Henie of Norway won the gold in 1928, 1932 and 1936). Esther Love Hogan ’30 recalled, "When figure skating was the only competitive sport open to women [Olympic Games], GLS alumna Maribel Vinson, GLS 1928, was a participant. Two young ski enthusiasts from Connecticut, looking for partners at a tea dance, found Maribel and a blonde friend willing to oblige them." Later, the men gained entrance to the competition without tickets by using the ruse they were helping the movie news crew carry equipment. The two young men were stunned when they "witnessed their dates win medals - Maribel, the bronze, and Sonja Henie of Norway, the gold."

In 1934, while still competing, Maribel Vinson became the first woman sportswriter ever to be hired at the New York Times. Following her retirement from amateur ice-skating, she earned a living as a skating coach in Boston. A master instructor, Maribel Vinson-Owen coached Tenley Albright to five U.S. titles, and then to the first Olympic gold medal for an American in Ladies figure skating in 1956. At Radcliffe, Maribel found time to participate in the Harvard Dramatic Club and made her debut in a play called "Close Up". In the 1937, she starred in an ice show called "Gay Blades," and consented to an interview with the Jabberwock for its 60th Jubilee. She said, "You may quote me as saying outside of directing and producing this show, the hardest thing I have ever done was get through Latin School on five home lessons a night. What a grind! But it’s good for you."

Vinson married Canadian skater Guy Owen and had two girls, Maribel and Laurence. In 1952, her husband died unexpectedly. Both of her daughters became competitive skaters. In 1961, 20-year old Maribel, a 1957 GLS graduate, won the US Figure Skating Pairs title and 16-year old Laurence, who attended Winchester High School, won the US Women's Singles title. Following their US Championships, Coach Maribel Vinson-Owen's two daughters were scheduled to compete in the 1961 World Ice Skating Championships in Prague. The American team boarded Sabena Flight 548 at New York City's Idlewild International Airport. On the morning of February 15, 1961, the flight was trying to land for a stopover in Brussels when it plunged into a farm in Berg, Belgium. All on board were killed, including 18 members of the American figure skating team. Vinson-Owen and both daughters were among the dead. The 1961 World Championships were canceled as a result of this tragedy. Laurence Owen, who had been Sports Illustrated's cover girl the week she died, would have been favored for gold at the 1964 Games in Innsbruck.

Maribel Vinson-Owen and her daughters were buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1976, Maribel Vinson Owen was named to the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame and was inducted again in 1994 with George E.B. Hill in the Pairs category. The Vinson-Owen School in Winchester, Massachusetts, is named in her honor.

Dorothy Adlow - 1918

Dorothy Adlow, art critic and lecturer, was born on June 7, 1901, in Boston, the daughter of Russian immigrants, Nathan and Bessie (Bravman) Adlow. She attended Girls' Latin School and earned both her A.B. and A.M. degrees from Radcliffe College (1922/1923). After working briefly at the Boston Evening Transcript, she began a forty-one year career as art critic for the Christian Science Monitor.
DA lectured at museums, colleges, churches and libraries, and served as an art juror, throughout the United States. She was the first woman to lecture at the Carnegie International Exhibit Series (Pittsburgh, 1930) and appeared often on television programs produced by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She traveled widely abroad and was a member of the International Society of Critics.

At her 25th class reunion Radcliffe College made her an honorary member of the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1953 she won the American Federation of Arts Art Critic Award, and in 1957 she received the Art Citation of Merit from Boston University. DA wrote "Twentieth Century Highlights of American Painting," a catalog for a traveling United States Information Agency exhibit.

She married Nicolas Slonimsky, musicologist, composer, conductor and pianist, in 1931; a daughter, Electra (later Yourke), was born in 1933. DA died in Boston on January 11, 1964. A room at Hilles Library, Radcliffe College, is named in her honor.

Louise Bogan - 1915

Louise Bogan displayed a flair for writing while in high school; she contributed many pieces to the Jabber wock including poetry. One of her poems in the January 1915 Jab was "Voyageur":

In my heart, after silence, like wind in the night,
Like water's deep cry,
There is only a waiting, a hush for the light,
There is only a sigh.
Still thou com'st in a dream, thy breath is nor gone,
Thou are parted from me
As the silent, the tremulous wind from the dawn,
As the shore from the sea.

Bogan wrote the class poem of 1915. She went on to become one of the most accomplished poets of her time as well as poetry critic for the New Yorker magazine. She attributes her flair for style to Ms. Caroline Gerrish of GLS.
"She taught me that style was the important element, in work of any kind, and that style depended on sincerity and a sense of form, which should grow with the writer. I owe her more than I can say."

Louise Bogan was born in Livermore Falls, Maine, in 1897. She attended Boston Girls' Latin School and spent one year at Boston University. She married in 1916 and was widowed in 1920. In 1925, she married her second husband, the poet Raymond Holden, whom she divorced in 1937. Her poems were published in the New Republic, the Nation, Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Scribner's and Atlantic Monthly. For thirty-eight years, she reviewed poetry for The New Yorker.

Ethel E. Johnson - 1908

Ethel E. Johnson ’08 was the first African American to graduate Radcliffe College from GLS.
However Iola D. Yates '06 (no picture) was the first African American to graduate GLS.

Mary Antin Grabau - 1898

Mary Antin entered the ninth Girls' Latin School in 1897 but did not graduate. Born in Polotsk, Russia on June 13, 1881, she was Jewish and immigrated to the US in 1894 at thirteen years old. The family lived in a tenement house in the slums of Boston on Dover Street, near the intersection of Harrison Avenue.

Mary Antin decided she wanted to go to Girls' Latin School but wanted to discuss the matter directly with headmaster John Tetlow. So, she took the electric trolley car from Dover Street to Cedar Street where Tetlow resided, and walked up to the home unannounced. (Cedar Street is near the Marcella Playground in Roxbury off Centre Street and was in the late 1800s one of Boston's finest neighborhoods.)

"I grew an inch taller and broader between the corner of Cedar Street and Mr. Tetlow's house, such was the charm of the clean, green suburb on a cramped waif from the slums. My faded Calico dress, my rusty straw sailor hat, the color of my skin and all bespoke of the waif. But never a bit daunted was II was a solemn little person for the moment, earnestly seeking advice on a matter of great importance. That is what Mr. Tetlow saw, judged by the gravity with which he discussed my business with me, and the courtesy with which he showed me the door. He saw, too, I fancy, that I was not the least bit conscious of my shabby dress; and I am sure he did not smile at my appearance, even when my back was turned."

Although Antin left GLS to attend Practical Arts High School, her first book, From Plotzk to Boston, a collection of letters written to her uncle in Russia, was published in 1899. She was then eighteen and married just a year later to Amadeus Grabau and moved to New York. Eleven years her senior, Grabau was a professor of geology at Columbia University. In 1911, The Atlantic Monthly first published excerpts of "At School in the Promised Land" and The Houghton Mifflin Co. published the full book in 1912. On October 22, 1914, Hapgood invited Antin back to GLS to speak to students. Antin donated signed copies of her books to the GLS library. She died in New York on May 15, 1949.

Josephine Preston Peabody - 1896

Josephine P. Peabody, or Posy as she was known, would remain a lifelong friend of Abbie F. Brown and Mabel Barrows. She was a non-graduate of the class of 1896 and went on to become an internationally recognized American poet and dramatist. On January 3, 1926, the New York Times Book Review summed, "Josephine Peabody, as a girl, had never been robust. Her course at Girls' Latin School in Boston was curtailed by ill health, and although she entered Radcliffe College she was unable to complete more than two years of work.She was a volcano pent up inside the most fragile bit of Dresden china."

After Radcliffe College, she was instructor in English Literature at Wellesley College from 1901-1903. In 1906 she married Prof. L. S. Marks from Harvard University. The Stratford-on-Avon prize went to her in 1909 for her drama The Piper, which was produced in England in 1910; and in America at the New Theatre, New York City, in 1911. The Wayfarers, A Book of Verse (1898) contains a poem first printed in the Jabberwock which was she recalled, "actually written in school, on a slip of 'practice paper', within a book, within a desk, within a dream."

In the last decade of her life, she struggled against an illness that hardened the arteries leading to her brain, and made her extremely fatigued. She was operated on twice; once in 1912 and 1915. She suffered a two week coma in January of 1922 and died in December.

Mabel W. Daniels - 1896

Mabel Wheeler Daniels was born in Swampscott on November 27, 1878 to George and Maria Wheeler Daniels. Mabel “Daisy” Daniels played the piano for the daily opening exercises and displayed the first signs of her immense musical talent. “I was brought up on French and Italian opera as well as motifs from Beethoven, Schumann, and other current symphonies excitedly hummed when someone returned from a concert at the Boston Symphony Orchestra…Having a light soprano voice considered to be of excellent quality I followed the usual procedure: childhood; standing on a table singing “Comin’ through the Rye”; adolescence; appearing in all Sunday School or day-school celebrations with the Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria” or “Hark the Robin’s Early Song!—more or less nonchalantly but with trembling knees. It was Miss Goddard, my favorite teacher, who preferred the latter. She was won’t to refer to it as the Robin Song; cherished Miss Goddard without whose patience and aid over algebraic mountains and across the arid desert of plan geometry the academic gates would have been closed!”” From her solo of "Ave Maria" on the graduation stage of 1896, she graduated magna cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1900. Daniels then studied musical composition with George Chadwick at the New England Conservatory of Music. He suggested that she apply to the Munich Conservatory under Ludwig Thuille. There she tried to enroll in Director Stavenhagen's all male class, to which no female had ever been admitted.

In front of thirty male students, she played her audition and remembers, "You could have heard a pin drop, the place was so still. . . . Just as I took my seat before the keyboard, I heard one of the men smother a laugh. That settled it! I was bound to do or die, and with a calmness quite unnatural I played the bars set before me without a mistake. Nobody laughed when I had finished."

She returned to America, and assumed the directorship of Radcliffe's glee club and the Bradford Academy music programs. From 1913 through 1918, she was head of music at Simmons College. Tufts University and Boston University awarded her honorary doctorate of music degrees in 1933 and 1939 respectively. Daniels collaborated again with her old GLS friend, setting Brown's World War I poem "Peace with a Sword" to music for orchestra. It was sung by the Handel and Hayden Society and played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Another piece "Psalm of Praise" was played by the BSO in the final concert of its 75th year in 1955.

Helen I. Tetlow - 1895

Daughter of Headmaster John Tetlow

Annie Horton Young-Second Editor The Jabberwock - 1892

Annie H. Young graduated from Smith College in 1896 and married William R. Copeland in 1899. They had one child. They moved to Hartford, Connecticut.

Elizabeth F. Tetlow - 1892

Oldest daughter of Head Master John Tetlow. Elizabeth Tetlow graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Radcliffe College in 1897. She later taught at Smith College.

Hannah Myrick - 1892

First Business Committee THE JABBERWOCK First MD of GLS

Hannah Myrick was the first to graduate from GLS (1892) and go on to become a doctor. She graduated from Smith College (1896) and received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University (1900). She practiced medicine in Boston for ten years as superintendent of the New England Hospital for Women and Children. Later she was physician at Schraffts Candy Co. After retiring, Myrick was a prize-winning amateur photographer and was credited with developing some of the first X-ray film used at New England Hospital for Women and Children

Mabel H. Barrows Mussey - 1892

Founder and First Editress THE JABBERWOCK

Mabel Barrows resided on Sawyer Avenue in Dorchester with her father Samuel J. and mother Isabel Chapin Barrows. Mabel Hay Barrows was one of the original founders of The Jabberwock (Class of 1892) and would continue to perform works of Virgil and Homer for the rest of her life. After graduating from Girls' Latin, she traveled to Greece with her father to study. When she returned to the US, she entered Radcliffe and composed a highly praised Homeric play. Barrows became a dramatic director and dancer and coached Latin and Greek plays at many colleges and high schools. Her husband Henry Raymond Mussey (1875-1940) was a professor of economics at Columbia and Wellesley, and served as managing editor of The Nation. Just before her graduation in May of 1892, she wrote her mother:

"Mr. Tetlow yesterday extorted a promise from us that each member of the first class would come to school every day after the exams are over until graduation day! I think it is a shame. We shall have to have prepared lessons everyday just the same. I would think the teachers would want that time to use for the exams of the other classes. I suppose we shall have to work very hard but I don’t want to have to go to school at all then. I should like to have some time to rest before going out into the “wide, wide, world”…

Mary Sibyl Collar Holbrook - 1891

Founder and First Business Committee THE JABBERWOCK

Mary Sibyl Collar was the daughter of William Coe Collar, headmaster of The Roxbury Latin School, and Hannah C. Averill Collar. Born in Dorchester on October 29, 1873, she had two older sisters, Mildred and Alice (two older brothers had died in infancy) and a younger brother Herbert.

Sibyl Collar is attributed with passing the note in Algebra class to Mabel Barrows which initiated the idea to establish a GLS school paper. She attended Smith College from 1891- 1892 with classmate Virginia Holbrook, and then transferred to Radcliffe College where she received her BA in 1895 and MA in 1921. She taught at Miss Haskell's School briefly. She was married to banker Pinckney Holbrook, Virginia Holbrook's older brother, on June 30, 1896. She had five children: William born in 1899, Carolyn born in 1901, Elizabeth born in 1906 (died 1907), Frances born in 1907 (died 1914) and John born in 1909.

Claire F. Hammond - 1891

Claire Hammond graduated from Smith College in 1896 and married Herbert William Rand in 1900. They had three children. Herbert W. Rand taught zoology at Harvard and they lived at 2 Garden Terrace in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1906, she told her Smith Alumn's "I can easily and briefly tell you of my present doings. I am looking after household affairs and taking care of my two small children Henry and Dorothy. You can imagine that I do not have too much leisure time." In 1916 she said, "I have been much interested in the Suffrage work here in Cambridge and now am secretary of our local league. In past years I have tried to rouse interest around here in the Smith Students Aid Work."

Virginia Holbrook - 1891

Founder and First Editress THE JABBERWOCK
Virginia Holbrook was one of the first three editresses of The Jabberwock and one of its co-founders. The Holbrooks lived on Crescent Avenue. Father Pinckney and mother Eliza had three other children: Pinckney, Ridgeway and Elizabeth. Virginia attended Smith College from 1891 to 1893, but graduated from Radcliffe College in 1895. She was married in 1905 to Ernest Dick and had one daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1907. They moved to Basel, Switzerland.

Abbie Farwell Brown - 1891

Founder and First Editress THE JABBERWOCK
The Jabberwock became a personification of Abbie F. Brown, and she was affectionately regarded as his "godmother".

Vivacious and witty, Brown was born on August 21, 1871 at 41 West Cedar Street on Beacon Hill to Benjamin F. and Clara Brown. She resided her entire life on West Cedar Street. The three-story brick townhouse with recessed door entry still stands today. Abbie's father was a merchant, born the son of Benjamin and Jane Farwell Brown. He married Clara Neal on October 13, 1870. It is known they employed servants. The family was listed in the Boston Blue Book. Brown's mother Clara was a writer and had published some of her own works, which was no doubt a great inspiration to Abbie. Brown was valedictorian of her class at the Bowdoin School in 1886, and that year she was accepted to GLS. President of the GLS class of 1891, after graduating she would attend Radcliffe for two years and go on to become a children's author. A very attractive girl with sparkling blue eyes and a long, blonde braid, Abbie made a very difficult decision not to marry although there was at least one proposal. Her first love was always writing.

It was a visit in 1899 to Chester Cathedral, England, which inspired her first and most highly regarded children's book, The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts. When it was published by Houghton and Mifflin in 1900 she remarked, "It is all the Jabberwock's fault that I wrote any book at all. For in four years' care of you, I acquired a taste for scribbling, which is rarely cured and which has broken out at last in this awful way." In 1902, after The Lonesomest Doll (1901), Hall and Locke hired her as editor of their Young Folks Library series. In addition, her poem "On the Trail," set to music by Mabel Daniels another GLS graduate (1896), became the Girl Scouts' anthem.

Abbie Brown succumbed to breast cancer and died on March 4, 1927 at the age of 55. She was buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

Carrie V. Lynch - 1887

GLS Alumnae Association President 1907-1908
Beautiful Carrie Lynch took part in many theatre productions through her years at Smith College. She graduated Smith in 1894 but also did graduate work at Radcliffe College and received her MA from Columbia in 1908. She lived on Norfolk Street in Dorchester.

Grace Coleman Lathrop - 1890

Grace Coleman Lathrop '90 was the only GLS Alumnae to graduate the very first class of Radcliffe College. Harvard Annex was incorporated into a degree granting institution in March 1894.
She was elected Phi Beta Kappa.
GLS Alumnae Association President 1913-1914

Helen A. Stuart - 1887

GLS Teacher French 1895-1936 GLS Alumnae Association President 1911-1912, 1918-1919

Adeline Simmons - 1887

GLS Alumnae Association President 1932-1933
Adeline Simmons graduated from Smith College in 1891 and taught English and Latin at GLS from 1908 through 1934.

Ellen Chase Griswold - 1887

GLS Teacher Latin-Greek 1894-1908 GLS Alumnae Association President 1887-1888

Ellen C. Griswold was hired to teach in 1894; only the tenth teacher appointed at GLS and only the second teacher after Mary J. Foley to graduate from GLS and return to teach. Griswold had graduated seven years prior in 1887 and from Radcliffe College in 1891. She had taught briefly in New York and New Jersey before coming back to Boston to teach Latin and Greek. Griswold had high ideals, and strength of purpose. As a member of the American Association of University Women, she was able to help prepare the girls for both college and life.
Miss Griswold was much beloved by both students and parents. In early December 1907, after more than twenty six years of affiliation with the school, Superintendent Brooks announced Miss Griswold would be transferred to Dorchester High School. This abrupt decision kicked off the greatest attack on the standards of Girls' Latin School and personal political storm of John Tetlow's career.
Sadly Miss Griswold died very unexpectedly in December 13, 1908, just a few months after she started teaching at Dorchester High School. She was only 38 years of age. Her death certificate reveals she had breast cancer.

Grace E. White - 1885

GLS Alumnae Association President 1896-1898
Grace White graduated from Smith College in 1889 and lived in Brookline. She was the Proprietor of The Sunshine Laundry in Brookline from 1894-1921.

Sarah Ida Shaw - 1885

Founder Delta Delta Delta Sorority
Sarah Ida Shaw was born in Missouri on September 7, 1867, and moved to Boston at the age of six. Shaw was valedictorian of her GLS class of 1885. She planned to attend Wellesley College but her mother's illness and her father's business travel made her decide to attend Boston University. She commuted by horse-drawn carriage each day from her home in Roxbury and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1889. All three of the women's sororities on campus invited her to join, but as a junior, she decided to start a sorority that would "think more of a girl's inner self and character". As a result, Delta Delta Delta Sorority was founded. From its alpha chapter at BU, it grew to 131 chapters nationwide. After her graduation, Shaw taught classical languages and German at Lynn High School until her marriage in 1896. She continued her involvement with Tri Delta through 1900, serving as Grand President from 1889 to 1893. She died suddenly in 1924 from a stroke. Sarah Ida Shaw Martin was elected to The Fraternity Hall of Fame in 1976

Mary Josephine Foley - 1883

First GLS Graduate to Return to GLS to Teach

Mary J. Foley was one of the first girls from GLS to attend the Harvard Annex (Radcliffe College) and graduated in 1888. During 1888 she briefly taught in Boston and in Hartford, Connecticut. From September of 1887 to September of 1888, enrollment at GLS went from 143 to173, an increase of 30 girls which entitled the school to an additional teacher. On September 11, 1888, she was appointed to the Girls' Latin School as a temporary teacher by the Boston School Committee. That temporary position turned into forty years of teaching Latin. It seems cruel that during the 50th Anniversary of the school in 1928, Miss Mary J. Foley would pass away. She also served as historian from 1900 until the time of her death in 1928. The GLS Alumnae Association established the Mary Josephine Foley Student Aid Fund to assist members of the school temporarily in need of financial assistance.

Sarah Lowther - 1883

Sarah Lowther was the very first girl accepted to Wellesley College from the Girls' Latin School. She was born in Milford, Massachusetts on April 20, 1863 and died on December 16, 1954. She received her BA from Wellesley in 1888. Later she resided on Beacon Street in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Sarah Elizabeth Briggs - 1883

Elizabeth Briggs, along with Mary J. Foley, was one of first girls accepted to Harvard Annex (Radcliffe College) from GLS. She was born in Illinois in 1863 and was the daughter of John and Sarah Shattuck Briggs. Briggs graduated Phi Beta Kappa (A.B.), was a graduate student there from 1887-1888, 1889-1890 and received her MA from Cornell University in 1891. She became a teacher of history/government at Dr. Sachs' School for Girls in New York from 1891-1911, The Horace Mann School and from 1911 to1929 Teacher's College of Columbia University. Briggs founded The Radcliffe Club of New York, and served as president and historian of Radcliffe College Alumnae Association. She was a trustee of Radcliffe College from 1904 until 1913.

Elizabeth Spaulding Mason - 1882

Member of the Second Graduating Class in 1882
Elizabeth Mason was the younger sister of Mary Mason GLS 1880. After graduating from Smith in 1886, she taught Latin at a private school in Hingham in 1888, studied at MIT from 1889-90, taught Latin and Science in Yonkers New York from 1890-91, returned to study at MIT from 1891-93, was a private assistant to Ellen H. Richards at MIT until 1896 and then became a professor of chemistry at Smith College until 1931. Her position at Smith no doubt was part of the reason her sister Mary Mason returned to Northampton to teach. Elizabeth died in September 1935.

Abigail C. Howes - 1882

Member of the Second Graduating Class in 1882
Teacher at GLS from 1894-1912
GLS Alumnae Association President 1898-1899

Abbie C. Howes was one of the beloved members of only the second class to graduate from GLS (there were no graduates in 1881), and was also the only the second student who returned to teach (English). She graduated from Smith College in 1896 and studied at Oxford University for two years from 1891-1893. She started teaching English at GLS in 1894, and remained there for eighteen years. Abbie moved to from Roxbury to 42 Pleasant Street in Hyde Park and later to 120 Goffe Street in Quincy. She lived there with her mother in a home which overlooked the Adams House and was formerly part of the estate. Abbie spent her summers in New Hampshire and maintained her friendship with Fannie Goodwin. She left GLS in 1912, and taught at Hyde Park High until her retirement in 1917. She moved to St. Theresa's Avenue in West Roxbury after she retired. She served as president of the GLS Alumnae Association from 1898 to 1899. Her reunion update sent to Smith College in 1901 follows:
March 1901

This tells you I am still teaching at the Latin School. The best school, the dearest girls, the pleasantest work heart COULD DESIRE; but the written work! I am becoming a mere correcting machine. With composition paper for brain and red ink for blood.

Fannie C. Goodwin - 1882

Member of the Second Graduating Class in 1882
Graduate of Smith College in 1886 and received her MA from Radcliffe in 1896. She did become a housekeeper and resided at 40 Commonwealth Avenue. This letter was part of the reunion updates in the Smith College records:
Hotel Ashburton Ashburton Place, Boston November 18, 1886

Dear Girls-There isn't a single interesting thing to tell you about myself. How I wish I could startle you and delight you with an interesting tale of my intended marriage to Vanderbilt or Mrs. A T Stuart. But, alas! I am still rejoicing in single blessedness, without a hope for the future. Neither have I a brilliant position as a star teacher. I am merely loafing at home, absolutely and literally, doing nothing. If any of you hear of a fine position requiring neither brains nor labor, and offering high pay, please recommend me. You all know my talents. Your most unworthy classmate Fannie C Goodwin

Alice S. Rollins - 1880

One of The Six Members Of The First Graduating Class 1880
Lived in West Roxbury with father James W. who was a lawyer and mother Sophia M. Rollins. She had a sister Mary four years older, James Jr two years older and Edward five years younger. Rollins did not attend Smith, but was accepted to Smith. Entered Radcliffe in 1892 at 31 yrs. Studied for three years and received certificate in June 1893. Rollins was the only member of the class to marry; Mrs. Edwin T. Brewster.

Charlotte W. Rogers - 1880

One of The Six Members Of The First Graduating Class 1880
Rogers lived at 38 Melville Avenue in Dorchester with her mother Maria. Rogers attended Smith for one year and remained an active GLS alumnae. Also attended Radcliffe.

Miriam S. Witherspoon - 1880

One of The Six Members Of The First Graduating Class 1880
Born in 1860 in Boston to Thomas B. and Susan H. (Wadlin) Witherspoon, Miriam S. Witherspoon lived at 30 Eden Street in Charlestown. Her father was a ship chandler. Witherspoon attended Smith in 1880-1881- and 1882-1883. In 1881-1882 she attended Radcliffe. She taught in Malden, MA between 1885-1886, Everett between 1886-1892; became an assistant at the Associated Charities in Boston, 1892-1894; and served as the Executive Secretary of the Associated Charities in Worcester from 1894 to 1929. Witherspoon died in Worcester, Mass. on March 12, 1949 at 89 years of age.

Alice Mountfort Mills - 1880

First GLS Alumnae Association President
One of The Six Members Of The First Graduating Class 1880
Alice M. Mills was born on June 13, 1862 and lived on Temple Street with her father Isaac, who was a dealer in cooperage stock, and mother Harriett. She attended Smith from 1880 to 1883. She taught music and was a settlement home worker after leaving Smith. She was also the first president of the GLS Alumnae Association organized in the late 1880s and was a speaker at the GLS 50th Anniversary celebration in 1928.

Mary Lynn Mason - 1880

One of The Six Members Of The First Graduating Class 1880
Mary Lyman Mason grew up on 164 West Chester Park in the South End of Boston. Her father Lyman Mason was a lawyer and her mother was also named Mary. She had two sisters, Katherine or Katie who was four years older and Elizabeth who was two years younger (Elizabeth graduated GLS class of 1882). Mary was the valedictorian of the class of 1880, scored highest on the Smith entrance exam and graduated Smith College in 1884 (only the sixth class to graduate from Smith). Mary was a tutor in Boston from 1884 to 1886, taught at Miss Sewall's School for Girls in Indianapolis in 1886.

On June 5, 1887, Mary together with her older sister Katie, younger sister Elizabeth and Carrie Day (GLS Class of 1883), left on a three month vacation to Europe, an account of which is contained in her diary. Upon her return, she taught at a private school in Boston from 1888 to 1889. She received her MA in Greek and philosophy from Cornell in 1892, and taught Latin at Columbus High School in Columbus, Ohio from 1892 to 1917. She returned to Northampton, lived at 53 Crescent Street and taught at the Cohen & Burnham School from 1917 to 1931. She died at Northampton hospital June 24, 1934. Her sister Katie died in August 1935 and Elizabeth in September 1935.

Vida Dutton Scudder - 1880

One of The Six Members Of The First Graduating Class 1880
Vida Scudder was born in India in 1861. Her father, David Coit Scudder, a Congregational missionary, drowned while she was an infant. She and her mother Harriet returned to Aubundale, Massachusetts where she lived with her mother's family growing up in a well-educated, upper class background.

She spent two years at Girls' Latin School from 1878-1880. Her autobiography, "On Journey" contains a chapter on her experiences at Girls' Latin School. Scudder was extremely bright, but not quick to warm to some of her South End working- class fellow students. She later said of them, "Many had come through the public school system, they were unsophisticated, they had no contact with the society buds with whom my former school life had been cast."

Scudder graduated the Smith College Class of 1884 (only the sixth class to graduate from Smith). She was not challenged by Smith College although she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, she was however one of the first American woman to be accepted at Oxford University. While at Oxford, she was greatly influenced by the socialist teachings of John Ruskin. Ironically, after this, she became a strong advocate of the poor and under privileged. Scudder taught at Wellesley College from 1887 to 1927. She was a leading expert on Franciscan history and authored sixteen books. She remained deeply rooted in Anglicanism and socialism her entire life.

Vida died just a month short of her 93 birthday on October 9, 1954 at her home of 44 years on 45 Leighton Road in Wellesley. The informant was Florence Converse, her companion of many years. Her death was ruled by natural causes. She wrote in The Wellesley Magazine, "My last word shall be one of reassurance. I have had a happy life; but I am finding my ninth decade the happiest yet."
She was instrumental in helping many GLS graduates go on to Wellesley and Smith Colleges.

Frances F. Tetlow - 1903

Frances Tetlow, the youngest daughter of headmaster John Tetlow, was born June 17, 1886 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1908. She went on to teach at the Winsor School from 1909 through 1916. On the 100th Anniversary of the school, Tetlow was among the guests of honor at the Harvard Club on February 4, 1978. She sent a small envelope with a note written in ink fountain pen, “To the Girls’ Latin School Reunion, in memory of its first headmaster, John Tetlow and in earnest of a brave and vital future for the school.”

Ethel Caution-Davis - 1908

Ethel Caution-Davis is believed to be one of the first three black women to graduate GLS. Ethel Caution's parents both died before she started high school, and a white foster parent, Mrs. Davis took her in and enrolled her in GLS in 1904. She hyphenated her name as Caution-Davis until Mrs. Davis died. While at GLS, she took a part time job and saved $175.00 in tuition so she could attend Wellesley College. Alumnae Lorraine O'Grady GLS '51 and Wellesley College '55, whose parents immigrated to Boston from Jamaica, recalls hearing Caution-Davis speak at Wellesley, "While at GLS, she [Caution-Davis] had taken a part-time job as a waitress/server in the all-male executive dining room of Filene's. As she waited on the tables, she heard a conversation about the best women's colleges, the ones those men were sending their daughters to. She heard Wellesley mentioned prominently and decided then and there that was the college she would attend. Then she did something truly remarkable. To get enough money for tuition, she prepared an "elocution" program, a series of memorized poems and speeches that she would deliver as an event at black churches around town, which people would pay to hear. She saved up enough money to go to Wellesley her first year."

She graduated from Wellesley College in 1912; only the fourth black woman to graduate from Wellesley. In fact, five of the first thirty black women to graduate from Wellesley College were graduates of GLS; Adelaide E. Sears '13, Katherine Robinson '18, Henrice Echols '28, and A. Winifred Phillips '30.

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