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Business Manager. . .................. BARBARA F. HOULIHAN
"I am the mother ot fair love, of tear,
and ot knowledge and of holy hope."
Four years ago a group ot young
maidens chose a Wise mother. Today
their lamps are filled with her oil and
they are ready to meet the bridegroom.
Stocked with love and knowledge, with
tear and holy hope, they go forth re-
plenished With the oil that Will keep
their lamps burning eternally.
To our Alma Mater who has tilled us
and trimmed us and fired us, We would
leave the testimony ot these pages-
a testimony ot our undying gratitude.
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Because you, our Most Reverend Bishop, looked into the future
and dreamed an unselfish dream, because you saw before you
a veritable pageant of young Women stretching out their hands
for the fruits of knowledge and Wisdom and attaining them not,
because you were restless until this hunger for the better things
was satisfied-you, Sacerdos Magnus, set yourself to a tremen-
The College of Our Lady of the Elms now stands as a glorious
testimony to its accomplishment and as an enduring monument
of your undying zeal in the cause of Christian Education.
We, the class of 1943, are numbered among those who have
been enriched by your vision and sacrifice. In mind and body
we are healthy. ln spirit We are joyful. We are grateful and
Words seem insufficient for the expression of our sentiments.
Trusting that you will realize the fulness of our happiness and
the sincerity of our gratitude, We dedicate to you the record of
our life here, and the aspirations of the life before us.
THE MOST REVEREND THOMAS MARY OTEARY, DD
Bishop of Springfield
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secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulation of life."
CORNER OF FOYER
'tis the sense
Of majesty and beauty, and
"The library wllicll tells with
Its fair llllgll purpose on its
A room hung witlr pictures is a room lumg with thoughts."
'AA cuvert for prwtectmn
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myself only but for all
that seek out the truth."
We met you and admired you. We
leave you With love and gratitude.
The burden of your counsels seemed
heavy at first. But in the taste was
sweetness and in the discernment de-
sire for satiety. In you we have seen
Wisdom, orderly and beautiful. This
harmony We have come to love. This
reflection of Divinity We honor. Pledg-
lings we are yet. But you have
guarded our first attempts at flight,
trusting that We shall one day spread
firm wings and take our course to-
wards the Seat of Eternal Wisdom.
I have not labored for A!!
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MOST REVEREND THOMAS M. OLEARY, DD.
REVEREND IOHN R. ROONEY, STB., PhD.
SISTER MARY LIGUORI, M.A.
REVEREND IEREMIAI-I P. SHEEHAN, BA., ICD.
REVEREND GEORGE A. SHEA, B.A,, S.TD., PhD
SISTER HELEN IOSEPH, BA., M.A., PhD.
SISTER MARY CORNELIUS, BA., M.A., PI'1D.
SISTER TERESA MARIE, B.A., M.A.
SISTER TERESA IOSEPI-I, BA., M.A.
SISTER MARY ANTONELLA, BA., M.A.
SISTER MARY OF THE ANGELUS, BA., M.EcI.
SISTER LAWRENCE MARIE, B.Mus.
SISTER REGINA DOLORES, BA.
SISTER HELEN CLARE, BA., M.A.
SISTER MARY CHRYSOSTOM, BA., M.A.
SISTER MARY CECELIA, B.Mus.
KATHERINE LONG, BS.
R. DALE SMITH, BS., M.S., PhD.
GEORGE ANTQNGEE, DSC.
SISTER CATHERINE CECILIA, BA.
SISTER IAMES MARY, BA.
MARY E. GARST, BA., BS.
REV. IOHN R, ROQNEY, STB. PHD
REV. IEREMIAH P. SHEEHAN, UCL
Clzuplam Profcs.sm' of Relzgzon
REV. GEQRGE A. SI-IEA, STD., PUD
Professor of Pl11'lo.Sop115'
R. DALE SMITH, PhD
GEORGE ANTCNCFF, D. SC
KATHERINE V. LONG, BS.
Dzrecwr of Physical Educatuon
MARY E. GARST, BA., BS
SISTERS CF SAINT ICSEPI-I
who have devoted their
lives to teaching We dedicate this
SYMBOL CF CATHOLIC EDUCATICN
A classic syniboIicaI presentation ot Cathohc Education by Wiliiam De
Grout. The central tigure shows Our Lord as the beacon ot the Iighthouse
guiding I-Iis children through stornietossed seas. Above are the outstretched
hands that are syiribohcal ot God the Father, and the Dove, synibolical ot
the I-Ioiy Spirit, The Iighthouse tower is a representative ot the Mother of
God CSeat ot INisdoinJ. Represented to the right Cheiowt are the reiigious
teaching orders and to the Iett a syinboiical representation of the Church
and education. The figures within the circie are syinboiicai ot creation,
SlISTlElRS OF ST. .lICCl7SlElPlHI
"You have loved Wisdom above
health and beauty, and have chosen
to have her instead of light, for her
light cannot be put out."
Because you have so chosen, dear
Sisters, our lives have been enriched.
We have lived for tour years in your
chosen garden. We have been nur'
tured by hands patient, gentle and
steadfast. We have learned from you
the lessons of eternal values which will
be the measure of our conduct and the
testimony of our gratitude. Reluctantly
We leave. Sincerely We say, 'lMay the
Lord bless thee and keep thee."
MOTHERS and lFATlHIlElRS
lt is difficult for us who have not
tasted of sacrifice, to tell you, dear
fathers and mothers, that We appre-
ciate your splendid test of love. We
cannot realize the extent of your self-
abnegation. lt is like trying to catch
a notion of the infinitude of Gods love
by measuring it to our own. Our acts
of sacrifice have loeen small. Yours
have been, comparatively, infinite. We
know what you have done. ln time
We shall realize it and the full realiza-
tion will make us "your children, rise
up and call you blessed."
Ta CUB PARENTS who have patterned their lives an a truly
Christian model We dedicate this REPRESENTATIQN CDF THE HQLY FAMTLY
IHE WISE VIRGINS
WHO HAY E EIIJIJEII
The external signs of our college lite
are apparent. But there is an intangi-
ble something that We feel most
deeply. lt is this that is peculiarly our
own. lt is this, primarily, that has
made our lite here a holy and happy
one. We, the class of nineteen hun-
dred forty-three can only say, "lt has
been 'good for us to be here' " eg
CILEXSS Ul'w1'x1 ClHlRS
Pvcsidcrlt .,.A..A .... M ILDRED A. HQURIHAN
ccfprcsidcnt ..., ...... R QSEMARY A. GLAVIN
.5 C11'tL1v'y. A ..., DQRQTHY A. HEFFERNAN
Tvcuxznu ,,A. ELIZABETH A. SHEEHAN
KATHLEEN MARGARET BARDSLEY
Spectking of English Wit-otnd who isn't these ddys-Kitty is
the senior cldss's contribution to the "Keep 'Em Smiling"
comporign. Even her most convincing grguments ore likely to
be set forth in ct clipped rcrcy mdnner Which, in itself, provokes
the ofmusement of her ciudience. Kitty is primdrily interested
in Science but it is edsy enough to divert her conversoftion into
other chgnnels, ornd it's even possible thot she might give g
dissertottion on Child Psychology upon invitcrtion. Kitty hots kept
us smiling for four yecrrs, we now beguecrth her to society, so
thcrt she mory effect it similorrlyq.
Sodcrlity, Clorssiccil Club, Vice-President 2, Athletic Club, Cflee Club, Drcimoitic
Club, Treasurer 4, Metophysiccrl Club, Sociol Action Club, Vice-President,
if 'Kg .Qt
THERESA MARY CAMPBELL
There are certain qualities ot truth that immediately betray
its presence. ln Theresa these gualities take the form ot
spontaneity and a complete lack of attectation. Her thoughts
and feelings are quickly and openly manifest, with a good deal
of common sense, This instinctive capacity for getting at the
core ot things is, characteristically, not a source of pride for
Theresa. With great good humor she laughs at her bluntness.
But we have learned, sometimes to our chagrin, that there is more
than meets the ear in Theresa's advice. Here is a girl that Will
meet lite sguarely, and lite will reciprocate, Theresa.
Sodality, Athletic Club, Science Club, Treasurer 4, Metaphysical Club, Social
Action Club, Discussion Clubg Literary Club.
LOIS CLAIRE CARLETON
We call her Bunny, you may call her Lois-it you're looking
tor excitement-and the Faculty call her Claire. She's a
clever history major, and there are moments which she spends
seriously on education, too. Bunny's brightest teature is her
Hcrowning glory"-it's red. Temperamental? Who is Bunny to
deny the time-tested theory concerning red-heads? She has a
friendly grin, however, that creeps around the corners ot her
mouth destroying any semblance ot sternness she might be try-
ing to eiiect. Bunny tinds amusement in almost any conversa-
tion, and her hearty chuckle is as much a part ot Beligion class
as is Father Sheehan.
Sodality, Spanish Club, Athletic Club, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club.
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ALICE MARIE CARROLL
Uoh-h man, listen to that bass." I-low often have we heard
this appreciative phrase of Carroll's as she rhythmically
'lbeats it out" with Frankie Carle. Music - sweet, popular or
classic-that's Carroll's forte. She has a good voice, too, and has
been a soprano mainstay of A Cappella Choir and Glee Club for
all four years. Of course, she's also deeply interested in biology,
and will probably graduate an expert geneticist, but We've heard
it rumored that even in the laboratory Dr. Smith has difficulty in
controlling her lyrical outbursts. Thats the Carroll We've learned
to love-may the World always find her singing.
Sodality, Science Club, President 4, Cflee Club, Metaphysical Club, Social
Action Club, Athletic Club, Literary Club.
MILDRED THERESA CLARKE
Blonde, blue-eyed, With o definite woy of weoring sporty
clothes-thot's Millie! With Bunny ond Elinor, she pursues
CI cctreer in the scientific field, ond is doing very Well. She hos
on omorzing repertoire of songs-ronging from the very old to
the very new-ond com Write poetry oft the drop of o hcft. A dry
scintillcrting sense of humor mcrkes her o Welcome member of
ony group ond o hoppy selection for on ossociote editor of
Elmoftcf. She finds time loetween choirmonships of dcrnces ond
such to Write to "Don"
Sodolityg Athletic Clubg Science Clubg lfletophysicol Cluhg Sociol Action Club,
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IANET MARGARET DIGGLES
Those who walk in measured stride and conquer daily the little
things that make lite a struggle are at once a steadying torce
in society and a progressive force in the march to eternity. Such
a one is lanet. Her thoughts are on the best things ot lite. She
knows that only in patience will these things be acquired, and
that only through constant effort will they be fully attained.
lt is a good lesson we have learned from you, Ianet. We know
that you will impress the world as deeply as you have im-
Sodalityg Science Clubg Debating Clubg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Clubg
MARGARET CLAIRE DONAHUE
' U 'here is a virtue in her that is hard to detine. lt is a noble thing
and has captivated the greatest minds. Dante depicts its
growth alongside sanctitying grace. It is called courtesy. Claire is
the gentle possessor ot this inward manitestation ot virtue. Where
she is there are kindness and tair play. We have valued her
companionship. Lite Where she is will loe more pleasant. We
who leave her Will be poorer.
Sodalityg Spanish Clubg Dramatic Clubg Literary Clubg Metaphysical Clubg
Social Action Club.
MARY CONSTANCE DUDLEY
South Hadley Falls
For your consideration we now present-Miss Constance Dud-
leyl Loyal, ambitious, gay and humorous, Connie possesses
a most enticing manner ot making friends-and keeping theml
For further references, see Maryl Connie's proficiency in the
languages has been recognized and rewarded, and she now
capably presides as president of "Le Cercle Francais." Dame
Fortune is bound to smile her sweetest on such a thoroughly like-
Sodality, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club, Secretary 4, French Club,
President 4, Spanish Club.
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MARY MARGARET DURKAN
Glossy, dark hair, hazel eyes, and a slow infectious smile mark
the presence ot 'Durkf' Calm, cheerful and always ready
to lend a sympathetic ear to our Woes, 'lDurk's" company is much
in demand. A bright light in English major, "Durk" also has a
healthy interest in many extra-curricular activities, ably directing
the Mission Committee and serving on dance committees as Well.
Sodality, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club, Spanish Club, Athletic Club,
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KATHLEEN ELIZABETH GERMAINE
uiet and unassuming, Kay has nevertheless found her right'
ful place among her classmates of Forty-three. Twelve-thirty
or eleven-thirty Cas class schedules may bel finds her at the "Cat"
hobnobbing with Durk, Connie and Betty. She takes her French
Major and Spanish Minor seriously, with the preference on
Spanish CSi, si, senorl. Cne of the lucky ladies with a C card,
she drives to and from Easthampton and is most generous when
it comes to accommodating a fellow Elmite.
Sodality, French Club, Spanish Club, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club.
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ROSEMARY ANNE GLAVIN
You've heard of "laughing lrish eyes?" Well, this is Where the
'phrase originated. The gay and charming 'lRosie" is keenly
interested in clothes, and is constantly amusing her friends with
descriptions of a "different" looking dress that was "perfectly
plain." At present she is very interested in a patriotic project-
"Bundles for America." She can explain the project, describe
the shop in Stockbridge, and solicit a donation in less time than
can be imagined. Serving as our vice-president for the past two
years, Rosemary has ably assisted our president in maintaining
a perfect balance in our scholastic activities.
Sodality, Class Vice-President 3-4, Social Action Club, Metaphysical Club.
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NANCY MARY GORMAN
Wherein lies the secret of such a really happy disposition?
There must surely be a secret, for it is with difficulty that
Nancy conceals a smile. Life is too short for unhappy thoughts,
and a kind word is easily given. l-lere is a lady who is a living
Witness of that charming philosophy. Nancy is perfectly at home
at Gur Lady of the Elms and she has made it more homelike for
all of us.
Sodality, Glee Clubg A Cappella Choirg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Club.
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RITA ALICE GROVER
Rita is a delightful combination of the cheerful and serious.
This is the natural outcome of her very real concern about a
great number of things. Music ranks high in this list. And to
this we ascribe the grace, balance, and precision that she calls
into play on every occasion. Delightfully she expresses herself,
and is quick to appreciate fine expression in others. Real humor
evokes from our Rita the gavest laughter, which reveals the soft-
ness of a lovely contralto voice. This is Rita as she leaves us.
The best go with herl
Sodality, Glee Club, Secretary 2, Vice-President 3, 4, A Cappella Choir,
Dramatic Club, Elmata Staff.
ELIZABETH MARY HAYES
Ulf you want me, l'll be in my office." As a matter of tact, that's
Where our editor-in-chief reigned supreme for the greater
part ot her Senior year. She is the clever girl who quotes Shakes-
peare, Biblical passages, or the latest popular expressions with
equal accuracy and nonchalance. There are moments when
Betty will be plumbing the depths ot an Ethics book--in the en-
suing moment she'll be regaling the 'ldorm" with stories ot the
antics of her dog "Tokie." We're not sure yet Whether or not
Tokie is a figment ot the I-layes imagination-she's that kind of
Sodalityg Glee Clubg Elmata, Editor-in-Chietg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action
Clubg Literary Clubg Discussion Club, President 3g A Cappella Choir.
DOROTHY ANNE HEFFERNAN
A poet sang of the lady whose sweetness, kindness and loveli-
ness won his heart forever. And he had but seen this lady
passing by. We who have lived with Dot for four years have
found that in her these gualities emanate from a profound sin-
cerity. Her mind is open. Truth is ever welcomed, and the more
fully she partakes of it, the deeper is her humility.
She is like Bobbie Burns' 'ibonnie wee thing"-a shining con-
stellation of wit, grace, love and beauty. lt has been a delight
to know her.
Sodality, Secretary 2, Vice-Prefect 3g Discussion Club 3g Metaphysical Clubg
Social Action Clubg Literary Club 4.
IACQUELINE MARY HOGAN
44Still water runs deep." This ancient adage could never be
more suitably applied to anyone than to lackie. Gentle
and considerate, lackie moves quietly among her classmates
saying little and accomplishing much. Having a definite interest
in the field oi science, lackie does marvelous work Cand receives
marvelous marks tor itll in the chemistry and biology labora-
tories. Possessing a quiet charm all her own, lackie takes in her
stride the long trek from West Springfield and back every day-
characteristic ot Iackie. We expect great things ot you, lackiel
Sodality, Science Club, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club,
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BARBARA FRANCES HOULIHAN
Our small, pretty, efficient business manager is indeed a busy
person. With her lessons which she does exceedingly well,
and her extra-curricular activities, in which she is equally suc-
cessful, Barbara has never an idle moment. Amazingly energetic
for one so small, she gives all her attention to Whatever she is
doing, be the task great or small. Quick to recognize her depend-
ability, We soon entrusted her with tasks Which put it to the
test and We were never disappointed. We all recognize and
applaud Barbara's spirit, and Forty-three has been a better class
because she was a member of it.
Sodality, Treasurer 4, Classical Club, Secretary 2, Debating Club, Elmata,
Business Manager, Social Action Club, Metaphysical Club.
MILDRED AGNES HOURIHAN
sN7e have chosen Millie as our class president, and not With-
out just reason, for she has Wonderful qualities of leader-
ship. She always has one hundred and one things to do, and,
ever since We were Freshmen, it has been a puzzle to us to dis-
cover where she finds the time to accomplish so much. However,
her most outstanding guality is her loyalty to her friends. Anyone
fortunate enough to call her friend will find that it is not just an
idle Word. This, We think, is high tribute, Millie.
Sodality, Class President 3, 4, Treasurer l, 2, Debating Club, Metaphysical
Club, Social Action Club, Elinata Staff.
ALICE MARY KANE
Kind, generous and blessed with a delightful personality, Alice
Very quickly and definitely found her place in the class of
'43 Dependable and unselfish, she was early marked for such
responsible positions as chairman of the lunior Prom and director
of the Social Committee of the Sodality. She charms all with her
bubbling sense of humor and is sure to make her mark in the
Sodalityg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Clubg Spanish Clubg General Chair-
man of the lunior Prom,
EILEEN WYNN KENNEDY
Eileen is tall and slender, Eileen is calm and Witty. What would
you know more ot Eileen? That the long glamour bob or a
perky feather clip become her equally? That she has a definite
tlair for Wearing clothes and, furthermore, can make her own?
That, calm and nonchalant, she takes in her easy stride lite in
general and history major in particular? That she has reaped
the harvest ot four years ot wonderful friendship with Rose, Alice,
and Rita? What would you know more?
Sodality, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club, Athletic Club.
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ANNE ELIZABETH NESBIT
With her ctir of good fellowship cmd comcrrctderie Anne hcts
proven herself ot friend to everyone. She hcrs o cctlm cmd
unperturbed good ndture which becomes ruffled only when she
feels dn injustice hos been done. She hcts CI wonderful sense of
folir ploty cmd probctbly gets this ctdmirotble virtue from the sports
in which she excels. But sports ctre not her only interest. She
is on ectrnest student, the possessor of or keen cmd logicotl mind,
cmd hots momifested this to us mcmy times in the clossroom. For
Anne, the future should be bright.
Soddlity, Debating Club, President 4, Viceepresident 3, Secretory 2, Athletic
Club, Trecxsurer 3, 4, A Cctppellcr Choir.
RITA CHRISTINE NOONAN
Charm seems to be an elusive something that cannot be de-
fined-it's like dimples, either you have them or you havent
ln Rita's case, the charm of her smile needs no definition. A
history major, Rita has volumes of information about royal
dynasties, political factions, and social reforms, stored away
under that wealth of blonde hair. She's more than a bit interested
in athletics, too, and served as president of the Athletic Club
during her Senior year. lt might be added that she's a Berkshire
girl-need more be said?
Sodality, Spanish Club, Athletic Club, President 4, Metaphysical Club, Social
ANNE ELIZABETH O'CONNELL
Deeply and sincerely Anne feels about life. She studies Well,
Works with efficiency and determination, and is always on
hand to enjoy a good time. Things of beauty often move her
to tears, and a noble deed she is prompt to appreciate. l-fer
loyalty has meant much to all her classmates and to her We
wish a corresponding loyalty from the friends of her after-college
Sodality, Dramatic Club, President 4, Classical Club, Treasurer 2, Spanish
Club, Glee Club, A Cappella Choir, Metaphysical Club, Social Action Club,
Literary Club, Discussion Club, Class Vice-President l, President 2.
GERTRUDE MARY O'CONNOR
UI'm not slow, l just don't give myself enough timel" With this
amazing statement, Gertrude is Wont to reply to long-suffer-
ing friends Cboth male and female? who Wait and Wait some
morel Tall and Willowy and possessor of the most delightful
sense of humor imaginable, Gert literally Walks in charm. A
woman of varied talents and capabilities, Gertrude can bake a
luscious pie or fruit cake as Well as capably preside over La
Corte Castellana and play the gracious hostess to a throng of
Sodality, Spanish Club, President 4, Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Club.
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KATHARINE MADELINE SHEA
Among the most versatile in the Senior class, Kaye has been
one of the greatest assets of '43 Artistic, literary, with a
beautiful voice, she has been a source of pleasure to us for the
past four years. Fortunately she likes to sing, for we enjoy listen-
ing to her. She has a knowledge of the classics, is remarkable
for her linguistic ability, and has Very decided Views which she
defends with all her eloquence and sincerity. ln spite of her
serious opinions on certain subjects, however, her Wonderful
sense of humor is usually to the fore, and it has never failed to
delight us since first we met her.
Sodality, Prefect 4, Spanish Club, Vice-President 3, Metaphysical Club, Secre-
tary 3, Glee Club, Social Action Club, Elmata Staff, Hojas de los Olmos, Busi-
ness Manager 3, Chairman of the Senior Prom.
ELIZABETH ANNE SHEEHAN
No doubt you have heard of dual personalities. We now
present Forty-three's own example of this phenomenon-
Betty Sheehan. Even her best friends never know what to expect
from this mysterious Miss. One moment she is Elizabeth Anne
Malloy, dignified, reserved, retiring. When in this mood she will
converse intelligently on almost any subject, and with a gram-
matical correctness which we all envy and admire. Then suddenly
she is just l'Liz" with her hair in pigtails, making grimaces, coin-
ing her own words and ready to talk nonsense with you for hours.
She is auite an enigma, is Miss Sheehan, and one which we have
never been able to solve. This secretly delights her and, we con-
fess, it delights us, too.
Sodality, Class Treasurer 3, 4, Spanish Club, Social Action Club, Metaphysical
MARGARET MARY SPENCE
We have found that Margaret is a capable girl With firm con-
victions on any number of subjects. I-ler spirit is generous,
and she is always a Willing helper to us less gifted members of
her class-and this despite the fact that she has a full schedule.
l-ler career will be interesting and varied, no matter what the
field, and may fortune be with her.
Sodality, Dramatic Club, Spanish Club, Vice-President 4, Discussion Club, Meta-
physical Club, Social Action Club, Literary Club, Science Club, Secretary Zi
ELIZABETH ANNE SULLIVAN
7Way back in our early days when we were struggling with
Freshman French, We dubbed Elizabeth Sullivan "La
Petite." And because the name with its implications of all that
is tiny and feminine was so apt, La Petite she has been to us ever
since. Cf course, when linked with her surname, it sounds a
little incongruousg but to us La Petite Sullivan signifies a small
and dainty person with clear blue eyes and a quick dry humor
which leaves no doubt in your mind that she comes from a long
line of Irish ancestors. lt is With great reluctance that We have
recourse to the trite platitude, "Good things come in small pack-
agesf' but seldom indeed is it that you would find a smaller
girl, and more seldom one that you would like as Well.
Sodalityg Spanish Clubg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Club.
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HELEN ANNE SULLIVAN
sN7hat shall We say of Bunny that hasn't already been said a
million times or more? We all know she has the sweetest
and most delightful personality imaginabieg We have agreed
many times that her glossy auburn hair and creamy complexion
are the envy of one and ally We've discussed with her many times
her favorite topics, to Wit: chemistry, football games, the latest
recordings and her pet war project. What shall We say of Bunny
that hasn't been said a million times or more?
Sodalityg Athletic Clubg Science Clubg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Club.
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MARGARET ELIZABETH TIERNEY
65To dream, yet to do" is the paradox ot Peggie. She is silent
on the subject ot her deeds. They need no heralding. But
there are times when Peggie lets us hear about her dreams. May-
be she is thinking ot these when she seems to us so silent. l-low
could such ideals brook interruption? "When you come to the
end ot a perfect day and sit alone with your thought," Peggie,
may you know you have attained what you have dreamed.
Sodalityg Discussion Clubg Metaphysical Club, President 3g Literary Clubg
Athletic Clubg Social Action Club.
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SYLVIA MERCEDES TORRES SABATER
UWho is Sylvia?" Who but Sylvia Mercedes Torres y Sabater
y Laborde y Rivera, ot coursel One ot Puerto Rico's
genial contributions to the class of '43, Sylvia has 'lwon her
Wings" as a most likeable girl among girls by reason ot a sunny
disposition and a Warm, generous nature. An eye tor clothes
and the ability to dance "a la Rogers" rate those invitations to
Holy Cross and Cornell. She divides her time between Week-
ends with Eileen and vacations with Kaye. "I-lasta luego," a la
iutura protesora de ingles.
Sodalityg Spanish Clubg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Club.
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EILEEN FRANCES TRANT
Salutl A toast to the most popular girl in the class. Friends
she can count by the dozens, and enemies she has none. A
contagious giggle, laughing Irish eyes and a bewitching smile
lurking at the corners of her mouth make Eileen, Eileen. Mar-
velous material tor the teaching profession, Eileen takes her Edu-
cation and English major seriously, but manages to find time to
be capable director oi Cflee Club, and in her lovely soprano
voice to render exquisite solos tor spell-bound audiences.
Sodalityg Spanish Club, Secretary 4, Glee Club, President 4, Metaphysical
Club, Social Action Club, A Cappella Choir.
EMIELIA IOSEFINA P. VALDIVIESO
Ponce, Puerto Rico
This lady of the dancing eyes has many a serious thought
beneath that sparkling exterior. Gne of them is her Social
Service Work. Any night around eight-thirty she can be heard
muttering case histories to herself. Another, is her English major
course. A Spanish Senorita, she labors diligently to acquire all
the background of English literature that she may have over-
looked in Puerto Rico. When Millin graduates, the island will
be one amusing, efficient Elrnite richer-lucky island.
Sodalityg Literary Clubg Spanish Clubg Metaphysical Clubg Social Action Clubg
ELINOR AGNES WHITE
SN? ith her gory lotugh ond sense of humor, Elinor hots endeored
herself to otll with Whom she hos come in contoct. About
the only time you will find her serious is just before exoms ond,
once they ore over, she refuses to hold post-mortems, o postime
in which most of us toke cr morbid delight, Though crt her best
on the donce floor or plgying bgsketboll, in the clotssroom Elinor
enters wholeheortedly into her every tosk. Well does she
merit the title "Best All-Around Girl."
Sodolity, Closs President l, Science Club, Vice-President 3, Athletic Club,
Metophysicol Club, Sociol Action Club.
Theresa A. Boyle
Eleanor M. Malley Bray
Ann M. Boyd Dunbar
Elizabeth Vincent Farr
Marion B. Primeau Meyers
lda E. Belanger Parent
Sister Maria Baphael
Alice M. Sullivan
l. Claire Ouimette Sullivan
N lanice Mary Sawyer
died April 28, l94l
Ianice loved lite and
lived it positively.
We who have once
known her will never
forget her. And we
know that the angels
received her at her
BARDSLEY, KATHLEEN M.
CAMPBELL, THERESA M.
CARLETON, L. CLAIRE
CARROLL, ALICE M.
CLARKE, MILDRED T.
DIGGLES, IANET M.
DONAHUE, MARGARET CLAIRE
DUDLEY, M. CONSTANCE
DURKAN, MARY M.
GERMAINE, KATHLEEN E.
GLAVIN, ROSEMARY A.
GORMAN, NANCY M.
GROVER, RITA A.
HAYES, ELIZABETH M.
HEEFERNAN, DOROTHY A
HOGAN, IACQUELINE M.
HOULIHAN, BARBARA F.
HOURIHAN, MILDRED A.
KANE, ALICE M.
KENNEDY, EILEEN W.
NESBIT, ANNE E.
NOONAN, RITA C.
O'CONNELL, ANNE E.
O'CONNOR, GERTRUDE M.
SHEA, KATHARINE M.
SHEEHAN, ELIZABETH A.
SPENCE, MARGARET A.
SULLIVAN, ELIZA ETH A.
SULLIVAN, HELEN A.
TIERNEY, MARGARET E.
TORRES, SYLVIA M. SABATER
TRANT, EILEEN F.
VALDIVIESO, EMELIA P.
WHITE, ELINOR A
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CAP and GUWN SUNDAY
Hymn to Christ the King Steffen
Veni Credtor Gregorion
Blest Credtor of the Light Biggs
Sermon The Reverend Pdui I. Murphy, SI.
Celebrdnt, The Reverend Iohn R, Rooney, PhD.
Dedcon, The Reverend Ieremidh P. Sheehgn, D.C.L.
Sub-Deorcon, The Reverend Poul Murphy, Sl.
Mdster ot Ceremonies, The Reverend George A. Shed, PhD,
O Solutoris Florence
Tdntum Ergo Gregoridn
Praise Be to Thee Rofoei
CAP AND GOWN
We are here this afternoon to share with you the joy and dignity of the
investiture of the Cap and Gown and to pray that you may always wear your
honorable robe with all the dignity of Catholic womanhood-this robe which
signifies glory, innocence, and purity.
Those ot us who have passed beyond the years of college have seen wisdom
and truth portrayed in many ways. Truth leads along a path rough and
sometimes hard. The road of error is wide, but where wisdom and truth are,
the path is narrow. Wisdom stands accurate and sincere, while error is
hypocrisy. The world does not love sincerity, but how the world needs this
sincerity todayl It seems as though all is one vast campaign-everybody
trying to fool everybody else.
Sincerity warms the heart and honors wisdom wherever she goes. Sincerity
must be the handmaid of wisdom always. But the world will not tolerate it.
St. lames has told us this in words very clear. Hypocrisy is spreading every-
where. It has brought its train of sorrow and tragedy. Time after time, our
Holy Father has lamented international distrust. lt does not matter if Christ
said "Love your enemies." Sham without shame seems to be the motto.
Truth lies prostrate. Gods wisdom is mockery, There is no place for sincerity
in a world filled with hypocrisy. Sham! Shaml Sham! My dear Seniors,
at the present day, one of the most important things in the world is the need
of sincerity, a need of Catholic loyalty, of loyalty firm and unashamed, a
sincerity that means no compromise with the world.
Who is to blame for many of our disorders in the world today? The Catholics
are to blame, God has given us the fullest share of His divine wisdom. "Let
your light so shine before men that you may glorify your Father Who is in
Heaven." If our world is so unsavory, it is because the Catholics have not
brought the light into the darkness. If our civilization groans beneath hypo-
critical selfish leaders, it is because of the Catholics. Catholics have been
compromisers in the religion that God has given them. For such insincerity,
there will be a severe reckoning before the throne of God. God does not
want liberal Catholics. He wants honest ones, loyal ones to spread the Kingdom
of PeaceeCatholics who will not gamble away the seamless robe of Christ's
lt breaks Christ's heart that Catholic women and Catholic wives do not
hold their standard nobly high. lt must break Christ's heart to witness the
immodest dress ol young Catholic women, and their ideas ol company-keeping.
lt must break Christ's heart to see mothers send their children to non-Catholic
schools because the children want to go there. lt must break Christ's heart
that to Catholic business women a career means more than the dignity of
Catholic motherhood. lt must break Christ's heart when girls refuse the call
of the cloister because they are so imbued with the attractions ot the world.
lt must break Christ's heart to see those who have been trained in Catholic
colleges bid their loyalty to anyone who will compromise their Catholic ideals.
They are not sincere to the high things they have learned in the Catholic
My dear Seniors, you are a chosen generation with the privilege ot pervad-
ing the darkness with l-lis marvellous light. Emphasze that high calling with
wisdom and glory, and that glory shown by the splendor of this academic
May Catholic womanhood always be the precious treasure ot the Catholic
Church. This, l pray, that charity may more and more abide in you- that
you may be sincere children ot God in the midst ot a perverse and wicked
world. Yes, Seniors, be gentle and sincere and Christ will always know
you as l-lis very own.
Reception After Cap and Gown Exercises
AND YOU ARE THEY
W H O H A V IE
"Carpe diem." Your time is not tar
in the distance. You have yet another
year ot hte in the atmosphere that has
been our sustenance tor tour years.
You will see then, as We do now, that
"parting is such sweet sorrow."
CLASS GIF 11944
PTCSICICHT .....,. ......... ....
. . .MARY G. SHAUGHNESSY
. ,DORRIT C. WASHINGTON
. . . , . .MARIORIE M. SMITH
. . . .MARY C. MCDONNELL
Purple cmd Wllite
Mary F. Coughlin
Though all the vari-colored neon lights along the "great white way" are
dimmed this war-time year, immense throngs of ermine-clad and uniformed
theatre-goers can still find their way to their favorite haunts where productions
of various types and merits await public approbation. One play which is
proving a delightful surprise is now being offered at the "Little Theatre." This
unusual drama entitled "luniors Today" is the first of its type to be produced.
Featuring the Crlee Club, College of Our Lady of the Elms, it may be termed
the verbal diary of outstanding monthly events in this small eastern college,
with a college lunior as narrator.
Let's fall in behind the line of ticket buyers. This is one play that can't be
missed! After an undetermined wait we purchase tickets and make our way
into the theatre. The house lights dim! The orchestra leader raises his bfatonl
As the stirring notes of the National Anthem fill the spacious hall, the great
curtains part-the show is onl
lt is September l7th, opening day at the college. The Glee Club forms a
musical background for the lunior who is to be narrator. She stands silently
while it swings into the rousing "School Days," then she begins:
This is the record of our Iunior year. lust thinkl Our college career with
all its joys and sorrows is almost over. lt hardly seems possible that but
three years back we were verdant Freshmen-or could you ever call '44
naive? As one of our first duties each Iunior, taking pity on the new Frosh,
chose one to be her Freshman sister and shielded her from Senior taunts and
jibes during hazing week. Then, too, the Iunior Class, true to its unchanging
nature, decided to continue along another year with the same class officers.
fHere the orchestra leader calls for a roll on the drumsl "Ladies and gentle-
men, salute Mary 'Shaun,' Dorrit Washington, Mary McDonnell, Marge Smith,
The fate of our beloved lunior Class rests with theml"
With this, she steps back for a moment while the Glee Club introduces
October events with the familiar "Harvest Moon," then: "Now that the Septem-
ber glow had somewhat receded from Iunior faces, we settled down to studying
with a vengeance that astonished many. There was a lot to be accomplished
on the education front by us, the students of America, this year, and a good
beginning predicts a successful ending, The highlight of our second month
in school was the annual Halloween party and, while witches roamed and
goblins shrieked, study was forgottenl Fun reigned supreme!"
The narrator has hardly finished speaking when the orchestra begins the
beautiful "Falling Leaves," the song chosen to represent November. This
being finished, the narrator interrupts our reverie saying: "November, with
falling leaves and crisp days, was filled with action for all the lunior Elmites,
whether it was the 'Little Sister' tea, a very sophisticated affair which we gave
for our Freshman sisters at the Hotel Sheraton, or those ever-lurking quarterly
'exams' or November's climaxvthe Elmata dance-which found the entire
student body, luniors definitely included, attending en masse. Our days were
crammed full of activity, the way college days should bel"
Before the leader can raise his b6ton, the narrator steps to the edge of the
stage: "Ladies and gentlemen, you all know this song-let's join the Glee
Club as it sings 'White Christmas' " CNeedless to say, we don't have to be
coaxed, and when at last the tumult dies down, the narrator begins againb
"Thank youl Well, the weather man gave us plenty of snow this December,
and his contribution only added to the holiday spirit that prevailed within
our spacious halls. The traditional Christmas party was a revelation in itself.
The Glee Club and Dramatic Club united their talents to present the story of
the Nativity. We witnessed the Annunciation CMary was portrayed by Rita
Rodden, Gabriel by Dorothy Savoitl, the Visitation CMary McDonnell was feae
tured as Elizabethl, the Nativity Cwith Marjorie Smith as loseph and Dorothy
Mulry as the Angell, the Shepherds, and the Coming of the Magi. The Cilee
Club outdid itself, and we, the lunior Class, honor our soloist, Helen Prender-
gast, for her beautiful rendition of 'O Holy Night' Special tribute was given
that evening to Mother lohn Berchmans, who celebrated her 50th Anniversary
as a Sister of Saint Iosephf'
The Cwlee Club chooses "Winter Wonderland" to herald Ianuary's jottings.
"After returning from the shortest Christmas vacation on record, college life
returned to normal again. First of all, there was the SenioreAlumnae basket-
ball game, followed by an informal 'Vic' dance. On Ianuary 22 two luniors,
Mary Shaughnessy and Mary Coughlin, journeyed to Worcester to meet, in
verbal combat, two Holy Cross stalwarts, We lost the debate, but Mary
Shaughnessy easily earned the title of the evenings most outstanding speaker.
Of course since we are in college to fit ourselves for later life, mid-year exams
are a necessary evil and luniors, wearing a 'chin-up' expression, emerged
from the debris of exams with a tired but triumphant expressionl'
February! The orchestra swings into a medley of the gay, yet haunting,
Strauss waltzes, to announce-waitl Heres the narrator, eyes dancing, excite-
ment in her voice as she says: Ulunior Proml l'm sure there must have been
magic in these words, for they cast a spell over the whole college. We luniors
chose Coletta McCabe as our general chairman, and then put on a drive for
tickets to the tune of laynie Crean's 'lunior Prom is coming, comingl' Relying
on the adage that co-operation is the secret of success, we rallied behind the
various sub-chairmen. The resultl How can mere words express perfection?
Thanks to Midge Sausvilles skillful artistry, the gym was transformed into
the New York evening skyline you know so well-silver stars glistened against
a black and silver ceiling-vari-colored lights caught the skyline drawn in
silver along the darkened walls-the orchestra CKen Beeves, by the wayl was
mounted on a platform, with a silver background-'neath the balcony was a
huge mural of Brooklyn Bridget At intermission, couples strolled under a
garland-strewn arbor into what closely resembled your favorite roof-garden.
Palms, grass, flowers, bright evening dresses, the Army rubbing elbows with
Navy men and civilians, waitresses rushing to and fro-what beautiful con-
fusion! This could go on and onelet it suffice to say that the whole college
turned out to spell 'success' in glittering letters to our lunior Prom."
The narrator waits until the Glee Club finishes the Lenten Hymn, "Stabat
Mater," before beginning again: "The state of world affairs is one to be con-
demned, not vaunted-therefore, Our Lady of Elms devoted these days to a
continuous prayer for a just peace with victory."
One can easily tell the outstanding event of the next month, for the Glee
Club chooses as the song for April-"The Easter Parade."
Helen Prendergast, forty-four's soloist, now steps to the edge of the stage
to sing Victor Herbert's beautiful "Maytime." As she finishes, the narrator
speaks again: "As the second last school month rolled around, it brought with
it a series of great events: Mary's Day, the Cral Expression Contest, the Annual
Debate, and, last but not least, final exams. lt must be noted that there was
no rationing of lunior talent in any of the afore-mentioned events."
Can it be lune already? Must be, for when the Glee Club finishes "Moon
and the Stars," the narrator speaks for the last time: "Tune, warm days, bright
dresses, Baccalaureate Sunday, and Commencement Day. There was a tear
or two in the eyes of every lunior as she watched the members of the Senior
Class stand to receive their diplomas. Yes, there were tears, tears of pride,
as we watched the Senior Class of Fortysthree step forth from the protecting
walls of Our Lady of the Elms to teach her principles to a waretorn world.
Suddenly a queer sensation took possese L
sion of the lunior Class. For three years we '
had witnessed Commencement exercises,
but now things were different-never again
would we watch, we would be watched, We
were now the Senior Class at OLE. We
hated to relinquish memories of past events,
but each lunior, l'm sure, looked forward
eagerly to what the future would hold for
As the narrator leaves the stage, the Cflee
Club closes the program with the college
"Alma Mater." Applause fills the theatre
and, when the tumult has died away, the
people file slowly out of their seats. The
show is over, until next yearl
Mary F. Coughlin
l 82 l
AUTH, MARIE C.
BONNELL, PATRICIA E.
COUGHLIN, MARY E.
CREAN, IAYNE F.
DONAHUE, MARGARET M.
DOOLY, MARY A.
DOOLING, MARY A.
FEHILY, MARY R.
FITZPATRICK, CLAIRE A.
FOLEY, GRACE F.
GOBEILLE, DORIS C.
HARTY, MARY G.
HULLER, ELIZABETH M.
LACH, ESTHER M.
MALCOLM, MIRIAM A.
MEYERS, MARY K.
MULRY, DOROTHY R.
MCCABE, COLETTA A.
MCCARTHY, MARY E.
MCDONNELL, MARY C.
MCGRATH, MARGUERITE M.
MCKENNA, MARIE C.
OGOZALEK, CECELIA M.
O'LEARY, WINIERED M.
PRENDERGAST, HELEN P.
REDDINGTON, LUCILLE M.
RODDEN, RITA A.
ROWLEY, ANNE E.
SAUSVILLE, MARGARET M.
SAVOIT, DOROTHY E.
SHAUGHNESSY, MARY G.
SMITH, MARIORIE M.
WASHINGTON, DORRIT C.
WILLIAMS, IEAN R.
607 Belmont Ave., Springfield
53 Bonnerville Ave., Chicopee
I6 Shaffner St., Worcester
l57 Brown Ave., Holyoke
239 State St., Northampton
36 Worcester St., Grafton
37 Frederick St., North Adams
326 South St., Pittsfield
56 Massasoit Ave., Springfield
I24 Center St., Holyoke
163 Beech St., Holyoke
2 Pine St., Chicopee Falls
l5I Oak St., Indian Orchard
6 Green St., Shelburne Falls
3 Dix St., Worcester
School St., Lenox
3 Marlborough St., Springfield
l96 Nonotuck Ave., Chicopee
14 Holyoke St., Easthampton
I4 Haynes St., Worcester
72 Main St., Chicopee Falls
39 North Summer St., Holyoke
159 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield
I2 Pond St., Pittsfield
ll West School St., Westfield
62 Hall St., North Adams
ll8 Dewey St., Bennington
215 King St., Springfield
44 Summer St., Milford
45 Plantation St., Worcester
86 Armory St., Springfield
57 Grant St., Utica
EUR THE KING
Corry on, Sophomores, in the tradi-
tion. You ore still buoyont ond hope-
ful, cmd your courage is full of forth.
We, your sister closs, wont to tell you
thot your memories of Our Lordy of the
Elms will be deor ones.
CLASS UF 1945
CLASS UlFlFlIlC MRS
Prcsidcnt .,...... ,...... M ARY M. MAHQNEY
ViCCfPrcsidcm ..... ,,.,, E UGENIA F. SCANLCN
Tvwasurcr ,..... ...,... ll fl!-XRY D. MURPHY
Secretary.. ..... DORQTHY A. FLYNN
Class Flower Amemccm Beauty
Class Colfvrs Red cmd Wllite
Class H:stor1'a1 Dorothy A, Flynn
The breeze blew warm, the day was fair,
When last we basked in summer's air.
For on the sixteenth we arrived,
Regretful of pleasures to be deprived,
Yet eager, still, to see old friends,
For that's how vacation always ends.
"Have you seen Helen?" "Kay's grown so fat!"
"Gosh, Martha's got the sweetest hat!"
"Where did Anne go?" "What did Rose do?"
"Don't tell me you've a new trench-coat, tool"
"I wonder if Eris is going to come back . . ."
"Oh, l'll never find the time to unpack!"
So on it goes, far into the night,
And we laugh at the Freshmen's sorry plight,
For we are Sophomores, as for the rest -
Why they all know our class is bestl
lust a year ago-but that's gone by . . .
The year that's here-we'll give it a tryl
And you may be sure we'll come out on top,
'Cause we're the Sophs, and Sophomores can't be stopped!
And so we frolicked through the weeks,
It's little of knowledge a Soph first seeksl
Until, what was needed to sober youth's air
Came along, in the form of three days of prayer.
Three beautiful daysl-Forget them?-No, never!
With Fathers discussions, so gentle, so cleverl
We all wore bright halos, were proud of their gleam,
And vowed that a Sophomore's should ne'er tarnished seem
Then carrie the morrow, the wond'rous tomorrow
The Senior awaits with both joy and with sorrow,
When, head held so high, but with heart pressing down,
She first proudly wears her cap and her gown,
And our eyes become misty, quite suddenly, with gloom
For our turn would comefand that all too soon ...,
But gayer events were soon to be seen,
Along with the coming of Halloween.
The Sophs gave a party, the best in the books,
Complete with its cornstalks, and pumpkins-and spooksl
An old-time revival, the crowd had to roar,
For Ruth was the leader-now need I say more?
Along about then we succumbed to romance,
And drifted our way through the Elmata dance.
The Seniors presidedeSophs turned out in form
ln glam'rous attire, and took all by storm,
And men from the air-base, and men from the Cross
Began to appreciate what made up a Sophl
So humming "White Christmas" and "Serenade in Blue,"
We planned in the future some dates with them, too.
But dreams were soon shattered by grim practicality.
And we were all jolted to face stark reality,
We started to study, to slave and to cram.
Good grief! lt was time for those dreaded examsl
Logic and history, math and francais!
Tous etaient difficiles-oui, ouifmais tres, tres?
Biology, Latin, English and German
And Spanish-and, oh goshl-we'll just never learn 'eml
But exams grew passe in the joy of vacation,
And Thanksgiving saw us obsessed with elation,
lust cramming ourselves with the turkey and stuffings
And football games, dances, and those silly nothings ...,
And after vacation we came back to college,
Resolving that this term we'd glean so-o-o much knowledgel
But strong resolutions grew weaker and so
We allotted our time to that great USG.
Writing letters by bushels to ease lonely hearts,
We talked with them, danced with them, all did our part.
The Sodality helped with a "Victory Punch."
We bought stamps and war bonds falong with our lunchll
Though some weren't guite certain what were fighting for,
We all had the same thought, to help win the war.
A Slit i ,, X
And while on the campus the soft snowflakes piled,
We chanted our carols to honor the Child.
"Adestes Fidelisu and "Venid Pastores"
Were sung by the Glee Club, in beautiful chorus.
Our hearts filled with Christmas, the sweetest of all,
Our minds turned toward Christ and His birth in a stall
Hlesu Bambino," our hearts prayed that night,
"O Iesu Bambino, come! Make the world rightl
"O, Infinite Child, where in rags Thou dost lie. . . .
Bring peace, O just God! Still misery's cry!"
The New Year arrived and we all took up arms
To show off the Sophs' brains as well as their charms.
We really were students at least for awhile,
We barely had time to just manage a smile,
Except for those sessions we held in the "caf"
And the fun after lights-gosh, a Soph needs a laughl
And so we were students, not only in name,
'Til the school woke us up with a basketball game:
The Senior-Alumnae-what more does one need
To imagine the Seniors away in the lead?
Thus, the tournament started, and needless to say
The Sophs won in every game coming their wayl
Anne Malloy was our captain, she built up the team
To the peak of perfection, the height of our dreams.
Along about then we indulged in debates,
And to be on the team was an act of the fates.
For the first was in Worcester, at Holy Cross College,
We envied our classmates, possessed of such knowledge
That they could discuss the world's post-war relations,
And leave us despairing of such fine vacations!
But we carried on, just possessed with one thought,
Of exams that were coming, and that next week brought
The proof of our fears, our penance through life,
But somehow we passed through the dark stage of strife
Though all was not sunshine, for carne the unveiling:
On cards which reported just where we were failing.
And many a Soph had a just but terse letter,
Advising for next term the Sophs do much betterl
"Oh come to the Prom" was the next campus cry,
And Sophs aren't the ones to let proms just go byl
So glorious in satin or lame or lace,
Or faille or velvet, we set a gay pace.
Under spell of the music and gay crystal ball,
And flowers and favors and "tuxes" and all,
And uniforms Ceven if only non-comll
We lauded the luniors for giving that Prom.
Coletta McCabe was the Hchargee d'affaires,"
She handled it right, with precision and care.
That class set a new high, a challenge unfurled,
For the Sophs to surpass in the gay, social world.
The famed losef Meier was then featured in town,
Our Choir A Cappella was to share his renown,
For we were invited-the chorals to sing,
While he, as the Christus, Gods message did bring.
"Did I not teach men their brethren to love?
Come, and together seek Heaven above!
Lay down your arms, cease this death and this lossl
Lift up thine hearts and come, follow My crossl"
This message of hope we felt, watching the play,
And our hearts turned with joy to that glorious day
The cannons would silence, the guns cease to roar,
And loved ones would bid us farewell-nevermorel
lust about ready for some relaxation,
We had it-in form of an Easter vacation.
And decked in new suits with our flounces and frills,
We reveled in green grass and bright daffodils,
And crocus and violets and all springs presages, . .
We felt as all students have, down through the ages
Some term it "spring fever," and call it what may
It just means you're dreaming, pensively lack-a-dayl
"Mary's Day" saw us en masse at her shrine,
Imploring for aid with her Son, God Divine.
ln solemn procession we garnished her bowers
With our hearts and our prayers, as well as our flowers.
The "Public Assembly in Oral Expression"
lllumined the stars of dramatic profession.
Genius blazed forth, we were carried away
By Shakespeare and Chaucer and Edna Millay.
Once again they were here, those orgies of night,
For final exams found us in sorry plight.
"Oh, why didn't l study?" we cried through our tears,
But marks came and Sophs saw how foolish their fears.
Upholding tradition, doing high average work,
We promptly resolved next year's pleasures we'd shirk,
And we'd set a standard, the highest as yet,
Forty-five-'s going to make itgon that you can betl
The Senior Play featured the class that we love,
Our dear Senior sisters-for they've plenty of
The unity, good-will, and everything best
That we'll strive to follow, along with the rest.
Commencement Day dawned, so glorious and bright,
To equal the thrill of that wonderful sight,
The Seniors-our Seniors-so solemn and sad,
And we knew they were thinking of happiness had.
A long look at the grotto-there's a tear in that eye,
Then into the chapel to whisper, "Goodbye,"
A last walk through the dorm, now deserted and bare,
But still reminiscent of friendships formed there.
We aren't just quite certain what Sophomores should do
But strangely we feel rather let-down and blue.
For though well we know we'll be back here next year,
ln many a Soph's eye there glistens a tear:
For friends that we're leaving, for sisters so true,
For classes and dances and each ,
For long hikes to Dutchland, for
"dogs" at the "caf,"
For "cokes" at the drug-store and
every glad laugh,
And-Ol So many othersl Yesl Well
miss them all,
But they'll be here, waiting for us,
in the fall.
Though absent and far, to their
memory we'll cling,
'Til once more united, "Alma Mater" '
Dorothy A. Flynn
l 90 l
BLANCHET, IEANNE M.
BROWN, FRANCES M.
BUGBEE, MARIORIE A.
BYRNE, MAUREEN I.
CHAPDELAINE, RITA M.
CHOOUETTE, RITA M.
CLANCY, ANN T.
DONAHUE, ROSEMARY F.
DONOHUE, BETTY ANN
DOWER. CATHERINE ANNE
DUGGAN, ANNMARIE L.
DUPREE, AILEEN E.
DURNIN, CATHERINE E.
EISENMANN, IOAN E.
FITZGERALD, MARY R.
FLYNN, DOROTHY A.
GONYNOR, RUTH P.
GRANFIELD, MARY B.
GREANEY, FRANCES M.
HARCOURT, ANN P.
HOFFMAN, MARGARET M.
IACONI, FLORENCE M.
KEATING, IOAN G.
KELLEY, CATHERINE S,
LA BRANCHE, YVETTE Q.
MAHONEY, MARY M.
MALLOY, ANNE T.
MARTIN, MARY M.
MCDONNELL, ELIZABETH F.
MCDONNELL, SHEILA R.
MULLIGAN, HELEN P.
MURPHY, MARY D.
NUGENT, IMELDA G.
O'BOYLE, LUCILLE M.
O'BRIEN, DOROTHY M.
O'BRIEN, ELIZABETH A.
O'LEARY, MARY M.
PRENDERGAST, ALICE G.
QUINLAN, MARY MARTHA
QUIRK, ELIZABETH A.
RITCHOTT, PAULA 1.
RYAN, LILIAN A.
SCANLON, EUGENIA F.
SHEEHAN, MARY A.
TIO, ERIS D.
WHITE, MARGUERITE T.
80 Hamilton St., Southbridge
141 Pendleton Ave., Springfield
39 Granfield St., Chicopee
71 Woodlawn St., Springfield
53 Lemuel Ave., Chicopee
299 Sergeant St., Holyoke
175 lohnson St., Springfield
32 Curtis Terrace, Pittsfield
31 Freeland St., Worcester
10 Camden St., South Hadley
42 St. lames Ave., Holyoke
Peterborough, N. H.
102 Notch Road, North Adams
81 Ventura St., Springfield
135 Davenport St., Chicopee
55 George St., West Springfield
20 Willow St., Whitinsville
35 Weller Ave., Pittsfield
ll Wawecus Rd., Worcester
288 East Main St., North Adams
98 South Church St., Pittsfield
21 Berkeley St., Worcester
323 Nottingham St., Springfield
70 Canterbury St., Worcester
27 Leclair Terrace, Chicopee
18 Hancock St., Worcester
22 Abbott St., Greenfield
14 Caroline St., Worcester
198 Nonotuck Ave., Chicopee
237 Locust St., Holyoke
31 Oak St., Uxbridge
44 Granfield St., Chicopee
318 Walnut St., Holyoke
26 Richmond Ave., Pittsfield
327 Carew St, Springfield
ll Kalmar St., Worcester
3 Fairfield Ave., Holyoke
159 Elizabeth St., Pittsfield
201 Bradford St., Pittsfield
278 Grattan St., Chicopee Falls
45 Stearns Terrace, Chicopee
18 Lincoln St., Webster
92 Barnard Ave., Watertown
100 lackson Extension, Methuen
Central Aguirre, Puerto Rico
20 Seymour St., Worcester
IIN THY CCUMIEIUINIESS
S IE T O TU T
Crusaders, you are being trained for
a holy cause. Four years of maneu-
vering looks long and hard. It is a
challenge to you. The sweetness of
having conquered will be reward suf-
CLASS OIF 119416
Presiclent ....,.. ..............,....... A VIS E. ODONNELL
ViccfPrc.siclcnt ...,. ...QA M ARGARET M. SWQRDS
Treasurer ...., ,.... M . VIRGINIA MURPHY
Secretary ..... .... M ARY IANE FLOOD
Class Flower Gardenia
Class Colors Maroon and Silver
Class Historian M. Virginia Murphy
Sl1lLlI-llOlUlETTlE 11N GREEN
September 14, 1942
Goodness, but my room looks emptyl The closet with vacant shelves cmd
hooks, my dressing table as neat as a pin, all the snapshots gone from my
mirror, my Sleepy Doll, Mary Ellen, safely packed away-what a lonesome
picture! The expressman came for my trunk today, and at three minutes past
four 1 saw him lift my shiny black pride into the truck and slowly drive away.
1've finally finished sewing on my name tapes, and now all is in readiness,
awaiting my departure.
September 15, 1942
Tomorrow is going to be one of the biggest days in my life. In less than
twenty-four hours 1'l1 be at school, starting college days. Nothing remains to
be done, and the state of apprehension, 1 fear, is causing this prospective
Freshman to be just a wee bit nervous. Mom really overdid the dinner tonight.
We had a delicious thick steak smothered in mushrooms, mashed potatoes,
vegetables, and, for dessert-ohl luscious graham cracker piel 1'm afraid that
was the last genuine piece of steak that l'l1 be able to enjoy until after the
September 16, 1942
"1 came, 1 saw-" and time alone will tell whether "1 conquered." ln place
of the last 1 can substitute, for the moment, "1 registered." The Freshmen
arrived in the afternoon of a glorious Indian summer day 'mid a flurry of
taxis tgas is rationed, you knowl, suitcases, rubber boots, and mothers. Our
class numbers forty. and, 1 might add, is one of the prettiest groups to put in
an appearance at OLE. in many a year. Tonight the Seniors invited Cor
should 1 say Hpersuadedul us to introduce ourselves to them and the rest
of the college by means of nonsensical and embarrassing questions. Ah,
welll the day of reckoning shall come when we are Seniors.
September 17, 1942
The college calendar said, and l quote, "Classes begin." Need 1 say more?
September 26, 1942
The upperclassmen had told us Freshmen of the traditional "Elms Night,"
but it far surpassed our greatest expectation. For the first-year students it
was the culmination of initiation week, that epoch of air raids, umbrellas, and
black cotton stockings which will be inscribed for future generations in the
annals of the College of Our Lady of the Elms, After our class had exhibited
its many and varied talents, we were served a buffet lunch in O'Leary Hall
and formally received as "Elms girls," having endured a week of "the wearin'
of the green."
October 19, 1942
This is my first week-end. Everybody is in seventh heaven, and the Fresh-
men, faintly humming the familiar strains of "Home, Sweet 1-lome,' are waiting
October 14-17, 1942
ln October of every year, the Spiritual Retreat is held. This year Father
Paul Power conducted it, and it was judged to be a success by everyone. It
was the first retreat that 1 had ever made, and it left a lasting impression on
me. It gave me a far clearer comprehension of my religion than 1 had ever
expected and left me with a renewed feeling of faith and hope.
October 25, 1942
Down the aisle they slowly came, proudly wearing the academic cap and
gown for the first time, Sounds like a line in a story, doesn't it? But that is
the only description 1 can justly use for those Seniors, the same girls of whom
we stood in awe that first week. The sermon delivered so eloquently by Father
Murphy was the perfect advice for a young woman entering the world today.
1 felt so proud of our Seniors when they marched back up the aisle again, eyes
shining and heart high.
October 31, 1942
Those Sophomoresl On the official record they are the largest class in the
school, but in my estimation they are also the craziest, wittiest, happiest, and
cleverest class as well. That minstrel show will never be egualed unless, of
course, by the class of '46 The cider and doughnuts, accompanied by real
Elms vocalizing, brought a hilarious evening to a reluctant close. Thanks,
Sophs, for a grand tirnel
November 14, 1942
The "Elmatal" The Freshmen turned out in grand style for the first dance
of the year. 1 wore my new dress, and I really felt quite elated about the
whole affair. The gym was cleverly decked out in banners, and the harvest
theme predominated. The music was perfect and a marvelous time was
had by all.
December 8, 1942
We waited long and practiced diligently for this night, and not in vain.
On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception every year the Freshmen are
received into the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin, and tonight was our night.
lt was cold and an icy wind was blowing, but no one seemed to mind. This
time it was the class of '46 who proudly led the procession into the chapel
and took their places in the front seats. Father Murphy made a return visit
and addressed us as beautifully as he had the Seniors less than two months
before. Father Sheehan placed the medal around the neck of each new
member and presented the diplomas. Benediction brought the ceremony to
an end. A reception followed which was highlighted by a presentation of
"The White Cliffs of Dover." Who else save a Freshman could do it so won-
December l8, l942
Classes were concluded today for the year and l, in a rejuvenated mood,
am making great preparations for the homeward journey for the Christmas
holidays, Even though packing must be quickly done, dear Diary, l must
spare a few minutes to tell you about the Christmas play. l will be honest
with you and admit that l didn't see it, but could only listen, l was one of
the lesser members of the Ctlee Club, a soprano in the last row on the right.
We sat upstairs in the balcony, and thus were deprived of viewing the
pageant. l missed a beautiful sight, l know, but l felt most important in my
minor capacity, Reverend Mother john Berchmans was honored by the
Alumnae and by the students with a vocal and spiritual tribute, in recogni-
tion of her fiftieth year in religious life.
December l9, l942
The station with impatient potential travelers was overcrowded. Everyone
rushed frantically about at the last minute, vainly searching for ticket, bag,
or friend. My train was one of the few rare ones on time, and laden with
suitcases, hats, and numerous nondescript articles, l managed to clamber
aboard. Here l am at home, two hours later, ready for a festive holiday season,
january 3, l943
lt was great to see everybody again, although it was with many regrets
and backward glances that l left home, Another year has just begun to
unroll, and "mid-years" are just around the corner. Ch-emorbid thoughtl
january 16, 1943
I guess I neglected to tell you of one of the important activities of the ever-
busy Freshmen. With the basketball season in full swing, it cannot be said
that the Freshmen are lagging behind. We, of the bench-warming category,
cheer lustily for our more athletic sisters, a capable sextet ably captained by
Dorothy Kelly. Thus far, we have progressed favorably, winning our first
game over the Seniors. Tonight, however, the two Freshmen teams played
a preliminary contest which preceded the annual Senior-Alumnae game, won,
naturally, by our Seniors. A sport dance followed, a delightful diversion for
the hard-working students. Needless to say, we enjoyed ourselves to the
utmost, quite typical of the "Frosh."
Ianuary 25-29, l943
Mid-year exams! This period was characterized by the following: study,
the like of which is virtually unheard of, sleepless nights, blue books, and
nervous Elms girls. This week-end was well earned by all concerned.
February 5, l943
Oh, night of nights! Oh, joy unequaled! The evening was perfect for the
dance of the year, the Iunior Prom. Outside, it was a veritable winter won-
derland. The snow wore ci crusty layer of stardust, and a silvery sliver of
moon was set in the jet black heavens. Inside, I hardly could believe such
a transformation could ever take place in the gym. The soft lights, lovely
setting, and sweet music just carried me away. The beautiful bevy of Elms
girls was there, in taffetas, silks, laces, and nets, with gardenias, camellias,
and orchids displayed on every shoulder. Of course, "he" escorted me, and
the evening just sped by on wings. Before I realized it, it was one o'clock,
and I was saying "good-night" to "him" in front of O'Leary I-Iall. Oh, dear
Diary, such a supreme night!
April 24, 1943
l'm very much ashamed of myself, for I promised faithfully that I would
write daily in my little book of personal history. You've been reposing on
my desk, untouched for almost three months now, and today I must make up
for lost time. "Tempus fugit" is oh, so true. It seems as if the Prom were just
yesterday. Since I last wrote, we've had our patriotic program for February,
The Passion Play, and ever so many little incidental events that make college
so much fun. Classes began again yesterday, after a wonderful Easter vaca-
tion, so I can tarry no longer.
May 8, 1943
Marys Day. This ceremony was the sweetest, loveliest, and most beautiful
that we Freshmen have yet seen. It seems that I've been saying that about
everything, but just let me tell you about it, dear Diary, and I know you'll
agree. Each of the girls was daintily attired in a long, flowing gown, and
the procession moved slowly to the grotto. The blossoming apple trees formed
a fragile pink and white arch for us. The hymns and garlands added just
the right touch to the scene, At last we reached our destination and Mary
was formally crowned Queen of the May. Everything bespoke the gentle
and loving ways of our Blessed Mother today, and I know that our humble
tribute must have pleased her.
Iune 6, 1943
Today is Baccalaureate Sunday. This afternoon, for the last time before
graduation, the Seniors donned their caps and gowns and took their respec-
tive places in the Chapel. The sermon was most fitting for the occasion and
excellently delivered. The last seven days have been busy ones for the
Seniors, the spotlight of activities having been focused on them. Everything
has been in a happy state of confusion. Commencement week has been just
a lovely jumble of gifts, diplomas, dancing, new gowns, final get-togethers,
and maybe a few tears,
lune 7, 1943
The glorious sun streamed in through the stained glass windows of the
Veritas Auditorium, casting a rosy glow on the whole scene. A bright new
day had dawned, and upon the stage in the place of honor sat the proud,
happy Seniors. The graduation exercises lent the right atmosphere to the
day itselfeso simple and true, yet solemn and dignified, The Glee Clubs
selections gave words and music to the thoughts in every heart of the depart-
ing class, After the degrees had been conferred, the class of '43, the new
Alumnae of OLE., made their way slowly back up the aisle, with tears
of joy and sadness in every eye. Those four years had gone by so swiftly,
they said, as they took their fond farewell. "Gone but not forgotten" really
expresses the sentiment of all of us.
lune 8, l943
Home again! Unless my memory fails me,
just yesterday l was saying, "l'll be so-o-o
glad to settle down to peace and quiet
again." Well, dear Diary, I must admit that
that state is a little too strenuous for this
prospective Soph. No bells, no classes, no
gab-fests in the caf, no trips down to the
centereeverything seems so strange. As l
read back over the history of our class, l felt
a little lonesome. We did have a wonderful
year, didn't we? It won't be long until
September, so until then, dear Diary, Hadiosf'
M. Virginia Murphy, j
BARDSLEY, H. PATRICIA
BOLAND, LOIS I.
BREAULT, EVELINE R.
BROPHY, PATRICIA E.
BRUNTON, MARITA D.
CALLAHAN, DOROTHY M.
DALEY, ANN M.
DIETRICH, MARGARET A.
DILLON, M. ESTHER
DONOHUE, MARY A.
DOWLING, PATRICIA M.
FANNING, MARY LOUISE
FITZGIBBONS, HELEN T.
FLOOD, MARY IANE
GEDDES, CLAIRE M.
GIBSON, MARY G.
HAFEY, THERESA M.
IOHNSON, MARIORIE IANE
KELLY, DOROTHY M.
KENNEDY, RUTH W.
LACHAT, LEONA M.
MCALPINE, A. IOSEPHINE
MURPHY, M. VIRGINIA
MURRAY, ALICE T.
O'DONNELL, AVIS E.
PAOUETTE, CLAIRE A.
QUINN, CATHERINE M.
REINHARD, E. IANE
SENECAL, MARIE N.
STANTON, M. ANNETTE
STONE, BERTHA T.
STREET, MARIANNE T.
SULLIVAN, ELIZABETH A.
SWORDS, MARGARET M.
SYNER, CLAIRE A.
25 Oak St., Uxbridge
6 Elmwood Ave., North Adams
l Broadway, Chicopee Falls
59 Carson Ave., Dalton
42 Ranney St., Springfield
16 Shaffner St., Worcester
35 Woodside Ter., Springfield
643 Lakeway Drive, Pittsfield
7 Waldo St., Holyoke
16 California Ct., Clinton
128 Pleasant St., Holyoke
230 Montgomery St., Chicopee Falls
40 Columbus Ave., Holyoke
752 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow
Mendon Road, Ashton, R. I.
26 Linden St., Holyoke
l50 Fairview Ave., Chicopee
Asheville, North Carolina
16 Gates St., Worcester
ll0 Bell St., Chicopee
56 Park Place, Winsted, Conn.
1456 Dwight St., Holyoke
48 Howard St., Pittsfield
38 Davenport St., Chicopee
52 Craiwell Ave., West Springfield
460 Britton St., Fairview
372 Page Boulevard, East Springfield
130 Rimmon Ave., Chicopee
252 Mill St., Shrewsbury
79 North St., Ware
ll4 Livingston Ave., Pittsfield
20l Second St., Pittsfield
104 Allyn St., Holyoke
42 Granville St., Springfield
15 Dunmoreland St., Springfield
ERCOM TI-IE RISING
0 E T II E S lU N
EVEN TO ITS
Our days were filled with actiong every kind
ot action, And we enjoyed this full lite. While
it was yet day we Worked, knowing that,
The night shall be filled with music A ff'
And the cares that intest the day f X
Shall told up their tents like the Arabs 1 fl
And silently steal aWay." Ig N
O TU R Q TU IE IE N
SODAIJIIY OE IIIE
EIJESSED VIRGIN MARY
Prefect, KATHARINE SHEA Secretary, LILIAN RYAN
Vice-Pretect, DOROTHY MULRY Treasurer, BARBARA HOULIHAN
EUCHARISTIC COMMITTEE LITERARY COMMITTEE
Dorothy Heffernan, chairman Mary Dooley, chairman
Mary McCarthy Helen Prenclergast
Doris Gobeille Mary Harty
M. Martha Quinlan Elizabeth Ann Donahue
MISSION COMMITTEE SOCIAL COMMITTEE
Mary Durkan, chairman Alice Kane, chairman
Mary Coughlin Dorothy Savoit
Grace Foley lean Williains
Ioan Eisenmann Helen Mulligan
I IU3 l
lRlECClElPTlIUN CHF lFlRlElSlI-lIMlEN
At the College of Our Lady of the Elms it is a tradition that every girl be
enrolled in the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Every girl, then, is a
handmaid of the Virgin. The force and dignity of such a position can hardly
be defined. The extent of our love and loyalty to Mary and her Son will be
the real badge of our membership.
With the inauguration of each scholastic year our moderator, Father
Sheehan, impresses upon us the serious religious nature of our Society. The
feast of the Immaculate Conception is set apart each year for the official recep-
tion of the Freshmen into the Sodality. This year, on the anniversary of our
entrance into the second World War, our newest members were gathered in the
Chapel to publicly seek admission into the Sodality. This year, when women
are flocking into the industry that men have abandoned to take up arms, Father
Paul Murphy, our guest speaker, challenged us, in the face of everything, to
maintain a moral beauty, peculiarly feminine. This is our duty as sodalists,
this is our privilege as handmaids of Mary.
The meetings of the Sodality this year have been increasingly interesting.
Katharine Shea, our capable prefect, has managed to keep Father Hurley,
director of the Propagation of the Faith in this diocese, very busy. Twice he
entertained us with moving pictures. l should say not only entertained, but
instructed. The slide pictures of Bernadette of Lourdes were complete and
beautiful. And the moving picture short of Father Damien of Molakai actually
moved some to tears. "The Good Scout" was a lively cartoon and thoroughly
relaxing. At another meeting a short sketch of the life of Mother Seton was
portrayed, Betty Ann Donahue taking the lead. These are but a few of the
activities that grow out of a functioning Sodality, and with Katharine Shea
we have done all for the honor of Mary and the glory of her Son.
The Chapel is the center of our campus and devotion to the Blessed Sacra-
ment the mainspring of our spiritual life. The Eucharistic Committee, through
the bulletin board, keeps constantly before our eyes the necessity of a deep
personal love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist and at the same time seeks
to socialize our prayers and spiritual activity. Fifteen-minute watches, fre-
quent visits, continuous rosaries, Holy Hours during Lent, and especially daily
assistance at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass constitute the organized praying
which our Committee head, Dorothy Heffernan, has so well maintained during
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
I 105 l
That rather trite proverb "big trees from little acorns grow" can justly be
applied to the Literary Club. Started only a few years ago by the sodality as
one of the avenues of Catholic Action the club bids fair to become as powerful
a force on the campus as its originator.
With a lunior at its head, the club took up immediately where it left off last
year. For the convenience of students with heavy schedules meetings are
held on Friday evenings each month in the lounge at O'Leary Hall. Here
seated in solid comfort on the overstuffed chairs and sofas, the members
review and discuss current books, Here is crystallized Catholic opinion, the
opinions of Catholic youth. With the assistance of their adviser, Miss Mary
Garst, college librarian, keen young minds analyze motives, ideals, and
opinions of modern writers and are learning to weigh them in the balance.
These girls have already learned that the "best seller" is not necessarily the
best book. Popular approval will never be able to convince them a book is
good-thanks to the discrimination and discretion they have learned at these
sessions. A book must prove its worth to them.
Thus, started as a means of healthy relaxation as well as an aid to sodality
progress, the group has become a vital force in Catholic Action. Students
belonging to this club acquit themselves creditably at any public literary
THE NATIVITY PLAY
SCENE leeAT NAZARETH. The Annunciation
Mary . . . Rita Rodden
Gabriel . . Dorothy Savoit
SCENE ll-IN IUDEA. The Visitation
Elizabeth . . Mary McDonnell
Silent Night .,.... Gruber
O Little Town ot Bethlehem . . Redner
Hodie Christus Natus Est . . Kreckel
When Christ Was Born . . . Iohns
SCENE lllfAT BETHLEHEM. The Nativity
loseph . . Marjorie Smith
Angel . . . Dorothy Mulry
The Holy Mother Sings . . . Traditional
Soloist, Alice Carroll
La Vierge a La Creche .... Perilhou
Glory to God ...... Davis
SCENE lVeON THE HILLS OF BETHLEHEM. The Shepherds
lean Coogan, Marjorie lane lohnson, Mary Agnes Sheehan
Shepherds in the Fields Abiding Ancient Hymn
Shepherds, Awakel . . . . Davis
Venid Pastores .... Spanish Folk Song
OUT OE THE ORIENT. The Magi
Annette Stanton, Mary Ealvey,
O Holy Nightl . . Adams
Soloist, Helen Prendergast
lesu Bambino . . . Yon
Solist, Eileen Trant ,
Adeste Eidelis Traditional I
Jng Leader . . Eileen Trant
Jeech Choir Leader Catherine Quinn
:companist . Catherine Dower '
.y -1' " 1
Sodalists at Our Lady of the Elms are well-schooled in the art of Catholic
Action, and since patriotism has a very definite niche in Catholic Action, the
Social Committee decided to make Catholic Action speak louder than words.
But what to do? "We can't very well go out and drive Red Cross ambu-
lances," said lean, fretfully. "l've knitted until l knit one, purl two in my
sleep," contributed Winnie. "Can't join the Waves or Waacs and expect
to get an AB. in languages," said Mae thoughtfully. "Look," said Alice, com-
mittee chairman, "what Uncle Sam needs right now is money and more of
it. And the best way to get it? Right. War stamps and bonds. Let's organize
a stamp sale for the school. We'll need the backing of the whole school,
though, do you suppose they'll help?"
Would we helpl lsn't brother Don out there on Guadalcanal pitting his
glorious American strength against those laps? But he needs more than that
strength, however American and glorious-he needs guns, ammunition for
those guns and fuel for that plane in which he raises such havoc with lap air-
fields and munition centers. How about Cousin loe? Hes just been com-
missioned in that new Ski Squadron of the Army. What can he do in frosty
Northern outposts against well-equipped Nazis, unless he has the very latest
and best equipment. And remember Pete Halliday?-Of course you dol Ann
took him to the Elmata dance last year. l-ie's in the Marines and expects to be
shipped out any day. He's a grand fellow, and I for one am going to make
certain he has every last thing he needs to go into action!
Chairman Alice Kane and committee members lean Williams, Winnie
O'Leary, Mae Lawlor and Helen Mulligan decided to take over the regular
November business meeting and conduct their stamp sale twhich was to be
called a Victory Punchj in the gym.
Class presidents held meetings and two representatives from each class were
elected to design and erect booths at which their classmates would purchase
stamps and bonds. Competition ran at fever pitch, for Seniors and Sophomores
banded together, determined to buy more bonds and stamps and erect more
artistic booths than the luniors and Freshmen. The latter in turn were con-
vinced they could save more out of their allowances for stamps and bonds
than any Senior or Shophomore.
Closets, trunks and storage rooms were ransacked with the gratifying result
of four red, white and blue booths each outdoing the other in design and work-
manship. Each class booth had on hand some type of bell which was rung
long and clamorously whenever a sale of one dollar or more was made.
The Sodality treasury furnished the delicious fruit punch served by the
committee members and each class treasury four cakes-a tasty luncheon
for busy young war-workers during the "pause that refreshes."
The Sodality officers and the Social Committee feel that the Victory Punch
was more than successful in three ways: CH it was true Catholic Action in
action, C23 it made possible those guns for brother Don, cousin loe and friend
Pete, and C31 it fostered a wonderful and edifying cooperation between all
classes for a worthy cause.
The world at war presented a new problem to the Mission Committee,
although the Southern missions were still on our mailing list. Mary Durkan
found that the need of nourishment was not so great in civilian life as in our
armed forces. The nourishment that is good reading was their need. Ours
was the duty to supply. The entire Sodality was enthusiastic and gave whole-
hearted support to the movement. As a result some good literature was spread
among our soldiers.
Packing Christmas Boxes
Retreat Maman' ..A.,.......,,.,,....., Reverend Paul Power, SI.
Dart' . . .,.,....,........,.......,...A........ Qctober l4-I7
RETREAT THOUGHTS FROM SAINT IGNATIUS
"Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding,
and my will, all I have and possess: You have given it to nie, to You, Lord, I
return it, all is Yours, dispose of it entirely according to Your will. Give me
Your love and grace, because that is enough tor me,"
Man was created to praise, reverence, and serve God, Our Lord, and there'
by to save his soul. All things else on the face of the earth were created tor
mans sake, and to help him follow out the end for which he was created,
On these spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius we reflected with Father
Powers direction We were told that love is a sharing, we were told that
to share in the lite ot Christ was to share in an inestimable manner in the love
ot ClII'll"il. We have tasted the joy ot this intimacy in the Sacred Banquet. We
know that only at the same Table will we ever be satisfied, ln nearness to
Christ we will thrive.
SOCClIAlL ACTION CLUB
President .... . . .Kathleen M. Bardsley
VicefPi'csidcnt. . . ,.... lanet M. Diggles
Secretary .... . . .Constance M. Dudley
The Social Action Club was instituted to acguaint Seniors with the problems
of various professions and to aid them in securing a position. Our men are
at the tront. Our women must carry on. lt is no longer a question of securing
a position. Rather it is a matter ot choosing a suitable one. Our Social Action
Club assists us in this serious consideration by presenting speakers from the
various fields of activity.
S lE N ll O R S T 0
Ask any Senior and she will tell you that it is her firm conviction after three
years of college that one should be true to tradition. Now this class of Seniors
are a singularly tender-hearted group of individuals and it was only this
pursuit of tradition which made them initiate the poor, lonely, bewildered and
Another thing that a Senior acquires after her laborious pursuit of knowledge
is an acute sense of practicality. Naturally the previous year of air alerts,
Red Cross work and warden duties on campus had made them thoroughly
aware of existing conditions on the home front. However, they realized that
the Freshmen were not so well informed. Consequently, they decided to be
practical about initiation week and, while putting their Freshmen class through
its paces, make them more aware of existing conditions. It was this inspiring
thought, and only this, I assure you, that resulted in such an unusual initiation
Freshmen learned how women in England get along because they had
to sacrifice all make-up for a week. Such clean, wholesome, scrubbed, long
faces! We also know what a strain silk stockings are on the budget of the
average Elmite, so we made them wear cotton ones. After a week of this
we heard no further caustic comments about "rayons." Thus, we bolstered
the morale on the home front.
But the most patriotic thing we did was to initiate our Frosh into the
peculiarities of an air alert. So that their knowledge might be perfected,
each Freshman was required to be equipped with an umbrella at all times
and at a given signal from a Senior raise the umbrella and squat face down.
We are sure an air-raid shelter will present no difficulties to our Frosh after
that week. Being well-informed Seniors, we anticipated rationing and pre-
pared the Frosh for that too. Freshmen abstained from certain sweets and
provided Seniors with food for a week. We have since heard that the Fresh-
men appreciated the government rationing system more than ours! We can't
From this day forward, the Frosh will be forever impressed with how odious
a Nazi system is. For after a week of goose-stepping they would, I believe,
have made excellent commando equipment for special use against the
Germans. Really l think that if the government heard about the Seniors'
initiation week for the Freshmen, it would present the Senior class with a
special "E" for excellence in preparing college students for war sacrifices. Of
course, our extreme modesty prevents us from letting FDR. know about it.
All suspicions of the Freshmen that the Seniors were a fifth column unto
themselves were dispelled on Saturday, September 26, when they were guests
of honor at a party given by us at O'Leary Hall. Guests included Father
Rooney, our vice-president, Father Shea, Father Sheehan, Marion Kennedy,
president of the Alumnae Association. The Senior class president welcomed
the Freshmen and assuaged their fears about the future of Freshmen under
the rule of Seniors. The Freshmen representative, Patricia Bardsley, informed
us that despite everything, they enjoyed it immensely.
Those Freshmen certainly bore up under it. Stealing our thunder, their
revue which parodied initiation week stole the show. We finally called it a
draw. At the conclusion of the evening Seniors and Freshmen were hob-
nobbing while the general attitude was one of extreme good fellowship. Thus
another of the Elms' girls outstanding characteristics were developed during
that evening-good sportsmanship and good fellowship. Keep it up, Freshmen.
President ,.... . . .Betty Ann Donahue
VicefP1'esident . . . . . .Mary B. Grantield
Secretary .... ..... L ucille M. O'Boyle
Treasiwer. . . . . .Rosemary F. Donahue
The Classical Club is dedicated to the knowledge and appreciation ot the
Latin language. Always an active organization, this past year the Club sur-
passed its own brilliant record.
A novel and unusual meeting was the one at which the so-called football
game was held. The president of the Club drew an accurate gridiron on the
blackboard and then two teams were chosen. Next, words were given to the
members ot the two teams. Every time a player knew the meaning of her
particular word, her team advanced tive yards which was marked oft on the
gridiron. It by any chance she tailed, the "ball" went to the side. lt was an
enjoyable game and evoked many laughs from the onlookers. Even more
important, however, was the fact that it taught as it entertained.
After this rather amusing meeting, things took a more serious turn. Pupils
gave talks on the lives of various men who contributed much to the Latin
language. ln most instances, students look upon the men of ancient Rome as
being so antiquated as to be boring. However, under the clever treatment
of the Classical Club members, they found that these men were, after all,
human beings with ambitions, pleasures and that even as we experience
them today. These skeptical students were also amazed to discover that these
Romans who lived in the far distant past even had amusing incidents in their
On other occasions the members gave appreciations of the works of the
masters. The Odes of Horace were favorite subjects in this work. ln this way
the daily lessons took on a new meaning.
At other times famous Latin quotations were given and their source and
background explained. Next, the idea behind the quotation would be expanded
into a lengthy discussion.
For some obscure reason which we have never been able to uncover the
Latin language has always come in for an unusual amount of abuse from
the students. Because it is a dead language, youthful students cannot seem
to resist making puns and rhymes about dead languages being "killing,"
However, here in our college, we have come to know and appreciate the
wealth of culture and knowledge which is to be found in the study of Latin.
To the members of the Classical Club "the grandeur that was Rome" is no
longer a meaningless phrase.
Ball Game in Latin
M, JL. BC. DEBATING
Prcsidcnt ..,................,....... ..,.,.A,. A nne E. Nesbil
V1ccfPrus1'dcm, . . .... Dorrit C. Washington
Sccrctary .,.. . . .Mary M. Mahoney
. . .Mary F. Couahlin
Trcczszmv. . . .
Holy Cross versus Qur Lady of the Elms
luniors versus Soplmornores
Annual Prize Debate May ll
Ml. ill.. IIB. llDllCllB,f'XlllllNCG SUfClIllC'lllY
labor has its own rewards. Elms College debaters have at last received
theirs. Through the tireless and unceasing efforts of its adviser and president
our splendid group was given a chance to prove its worth in debates with
other Catholic colleges in this section. This innovation was immediately suc-
cessful. True to tradition, Mary Coughlin and Mary Shaughnessy proved our
faith in them. They met, on public platform, seasoned debaters from Holy
Cross College. Although the twostosone decision was awarded in favor of the
Cross, note here, our own "Shaun" was unanimously voted the best speaker
of the evening.
The M. l. B. Debating Society has in recent years become one of the most
outstanding clubs on the campus, More and more students are beginning to
realize its potentialities, and each year the club increases in size. An excellent
evidence of its popularity is the eagerness with which the annual debate is
Meeting twice monthly, girls in the club not only debate upon important
topics but conduct forums, informal discussions and round table sessions on
timely topics, admirably supplementing work in their regular courses, and
also taking the opportunity to exchange any vital and interesting information
they may have gained.
We at the Elms are justly proud of our debating society. ln its members
we see Catholic college alumnae going forth into the world equipped not only
with a background of Catholic principles but also with the ability to uphold
and defend these principles at public forums, discussion groups, literary clubs
and other intellectual organizations.
UNSHGNQUR O lL A
SC EN lE ULU
President .... ., ..,...A Alice M. Carrcli
ViccfPrcs1dcnt. . . .Theresa M. Campbell
Secretary. . . .Marguerite M. McGrath
Treasurer. . . . .Eugenia F Scanlon
Everyone is cognizant ot the tact that science is lcecorning more and rziore
important to our modern civilization. "Better things for better living through
sciencefl has becorne a well-known phrase. lt is fitting. then that our Science
Club should increase its rnernhershipl and groin' ztzcre arid iiore active
each succeeding year. There was sonie delay. this year. due to the fact that
the science students, having such long lab periods. could find no free tirr.e
for club meetings. However, orice this diiticulty was straightened out things
went along at a rapid pace.
Our Science Association has al'.f.'a','s prided itself in being up tc the riinute.
We were not surprised, therefore, to find that were to encg' :caries Crie
ot the rnost interesting of these was that one depiciirzg the life cf Louis Pasteur.
This was treated in a scientific rather than a biographical ziiazizier, lt told cf
his early ideas, his theories. errperirrierits failures and final triurriph. Sczrie
of his experiments were explained and shown in detail cn the screen. Our
youthful scientists took comfort in the thought that even such a great personage
as Pasteur had his ditticulties to overccrne and disappicintrnents to encounter.
They did not feel quite so disheartened and discouraged when their own
experiments did not give exact results immediately.
Another movie of vital interest to us was the one which told the story of
Florence Nightingale. The condition of the world at present naturally made
us appreciate the war nurse more now than at any other time. With relatives
and friends on the fighting line we felt a deep gratitude to the "Lady with
the Lamp" for all she accomplished in bettering the nursing conditions in
Of course we were not fortunate enough to enjoy movies at every gathering
of the Club. However, in the event of a movie-less meeting, the talks given
by the students always proved so enjoyable and interesting that we did not
miss the slides to any great extent, The subject matter of those talks was
varied. Sometimes new discoveries or inventions would be explained. On
other occasions the members would tell about the highlights in the lives of
men, famous in the scientific field.
The science paper, the Triad, deals with Biology, Physics and Chemistry.
Besides articles telling what is happening in labs all over the world, there are
also articles telling of the interesting and sometimes amusing events which are
taking place in our own laboratories.
All in all, we think we can say that during the past year the Science Club
has accomplished much. It has taught as well as entertained. It has taught,
above all, that in science one needs patience and endurance, that one cannot
give up because of a few failures. We hope that our budding scientists will
follow the advice given, will be spurred on to greater endeavors and will some
day do some scientific deed which will benefit mankind.
LA CCURTIE CCASTIEILILANA
A NTUIESTRA SENURA
DIE LGS OLMCOS
President ...........................A...,.4 Gertrude CICOHDOF
ViccfPv'csidcnt. . .A.. Margaret A. Spence
Secretary .... r...... E ileen F. Tremt
Tv'easzm'r .r.. Winifred Olecfry
LA CURTIE CASTELLANA
Spanish is definitely in-and in to stay. Fully realizing this, the officers and
members of La Corte Castellana stressed the study of Spanish culture as well
as the study of "El idioma espanol." With this end in view, the Christmas
meeting was devoted to the discussion of the various ways "La Navidad" is
celebrated by our Spanish-American neighbors to the south and the equally
lovely Christmas customs of the mother country, Spain.
The initiation of our new members was heralded by many a shout of glee
and laughter as unsuspecting potential Latin-Americans painstakingly and
with much difficulty recited an "eminent Castilian Poets' lyrical verses
Cwhich were soon unmasked for what they really were: catchy English
phoneticsl, haltingly warbled unfamiliar Spanish canciones, and enthusiastic-
ally vied with each other in "Un Concurso de Crtografiaf'
"The Song is the Thing"-even more so among our lilting, lyrical amigos
of Hispanoamerica-and so each business meeting found the members add-
ing to their increasing repertoire of Spanish melodies, some of which are in
reality American songs castilianized, such as: 'lLa Navidad Blanca," "Ameri-
ca," and "Para Mi y Chiguitaf'
Our Puerto Rican representatives and Spanish majors see to it that the
correct Hispanic atmosphere prevails at the Spanish tables in the dining hall
and, 'Recuerdan Uds., Senoritas, la pez esta en el mar y el pescado es lo que
esta en la mesa."
Our president, Gertrude O'Connor, has urged us all to subscribe to "El Eco"
and to correspond with our fellow students of the Latin Americas to obtain
practise and facility in writing "la bella lenguaf' The spoken word is stressed
in the presentation of famous Spanish dramas such as "La Broma." Sylvia
Torres has proved herself a very capable instructor of the lovely Spanish
rumbas, congas and tangos, while Millin Valdiviesos collection of Castilian
recordings always draws an interested and enthusiastic crowd.
We, of La Corte Castellana, admire the Spanish people and in admiring
them, are anxious to know, not only their lovely language, but also their beau-
tiful culture so richly steeped in our own Catholic tradition.
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President ...,. .... C onstance M. Dudley
VicefPresidenr . . . ......... Mary Meyers
Secretary. . . .... Mary B. Granfield
Treasiwer. , . . .Aileen E. Dupree
Convinced that he who speaks two languages is worth two people We, of
Our Lady of the Elms, put great emphasis on oral fluency in our study of
modern languages. But the Work in class We judge inadequate without the
necessary complement of free and informal conversation tactfully directed.
It is just this opportunity that Le Cercle Francais creates. Each student realizes
that French to be practical must meet every emergency and at the Cercle
meetings she sees how one acquires the facility to make another language
function easily and beautifully.
Prom the moment that the Presiding Officer opens the meeting with the
solemn "Au nom du Pere et du Fils et du Saint Esprit" French becomes the
medium of expression and every attentive young lady is striving to think and
speak to the best of her ability. The young students admire the fluency of the
President as she calls for the minutes, asks for suggestions, reminds members
of specific duties, or gives ideas for the better developmnt of the Cercle.
lt is satisfying to note the wide range of vocabulary exhibited as girls
especially talented contribute to the interest of the meeting. How encouraging
to hear lengthy reports on current topics given in a clear and logical French.
One paper of particular interest was devoted to a discussion of personality.
A timely subject, to be sure, and made enjoyable and easily intelligible even
to the newly-admitted members.
The recitation of poems of particular appeal lends a note of culture, for
French verse has a beauty quite its own.
Perhaps the most entertaining part of the program is the learning of French
folk songs. That they have a peculiar charm, none can deny, and it is so
gratifying to see the musically inclined members teach the Words and music
in a way that does credit to their earnestness and preparation. Singing has
a universal appeal, and the ability to do so correctly in another language is
a source of great satisfaction to the students.
Surely Le Cercle Francais is doing its part to keep ever before our eyes the
beauty of that tongue which is conceded to be the second of every educated
person. lt is preparing young Women to meet present emergencies Where a
knowledge of French is a valuable asset. For he who speaks French Well is
at home with almost every European.
As Le Cercle Francais addresses the All Holy Trinity to bless its session, so
it seeks its benediction at the close. But it does not forget her in whose honor
the College is dedicated. 'Notre Dame des Ormes, priez pour nous" is the
aspiration that reaches the eternal throne before the "Au nom du Pere et du
Fils et du Saint Esprit," formally terminates the monthly meeting.
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Every year the first party given to the Seniors is the Halloween party. The
Sophomores are the hostesses, and the Sophomore class of Eorty-five were
indeed the ideal hostesses.
Everything was set for an evening of rollicking fun-beginning with the
"down-souf" minstrel to the harvest field where tables full of delicious refresh-
ments were set up. Cider, apples, doughnuts, potato chips, candyeand all
in the candlelight-made the real harvest-moon atmosphere, and we made
the gym ring with appropriate songs. It was a grand party from our sister
class. The favors-lovely silver bracelets-we wear constantly as a souvenir
of the first party of the year in our honor-from the best sister class of the
November and a grave, thoroughly war-conscious Senior class faced
squarely the problem of Yearbook versus war prices and curtailments. Step
number one towards the attainment of our goal was the ever popular, ever
enjoyable Elmata Dance, which the Class of '43 was determined to make more
popular and more enjoyable than ever before.
With an eye towards having the best organized dance possible, Forty-three
elected Nancy Gorman, general chairman. Economy and the brisk autumn
weather made rustic decorations most appropriate, so committee chairman,
Kaye Shea, led several raiding parties into meadows and fields, collecting
enough cornstalks and pumpkins to decorate quaint picket fences, fashion Mr.
and Mrs. Ebenezer Sneeze ttwo charming scarecrowsj and make a suitable
setting for a mellow harvest moon.
Mildred Clarke and committee presided over the pumpkin-decorated refresh-
ment table which was laden with such luscious edibles as make a harvest
dance the pleasant event it always is.
Orchids to Claire Donahue and her committee who efficiently distributed
tickets and garnered such satisfactory returns, and to Eileen Kennedy, publicity
chairman who brilliantly and constantly kept our dance before the public eye
with attractive posters and interesting newspaper clippings.
Take a bow, Peg Tierney, for your selection of Al Strohman and orchestra.
The maestro was really at his best as the ecstatic and beaming faces of the
hundred and fifty dancing couples present testified.
An evening profitable for Elmata and worthwhile in entertainment ended
with orchestra and Elmites rendering Our Lady of the Elms' traditional "Moon
and the Stars," and orchestra, Elmites and guests Cuniformed and otherwisei
singing proudly and triumphantly our national anthem.
T lE A ll N
To some, the month of May means a final release from the icy grip of winter,
to others, it means the unfolding of a clean, new earth. To the daughters of
Our Lady of the Elms, it is a month of honor-to Mary, and to each of our
On the second Saturday in May, the eve of Mothers' Day, the college is a
festival of scented blossoms, gay colors, happy hostesses, and delighted guests.
It is the day when Elms' mothers reign supreme, when classmates' mothers
meet, when mothers visit the chapel, admire the shrine, inspect the dormitory
and college buildings, and renew friendships among the faculty.
A light and pleasant entertainment in our beautiful auditorium is the order
of the afternoons program. At this point in the festivities each mother may
be found exchanging confidences with the lady at her side, for whether or not
they have been formally introduced, each has something in common-a
daughter, or even two, at the Elms.
Tea and dainty cakes are served in the flower-strewn gymnasium imme-
diately following the entertainment. It is at this time that each mother receives
a single rose, and a small gift as a remembrance of her day at the tea.
lt may be that there are elsewhere more formal, more costly receptions to
honor the mothers of the world, but certainly there can be none where love
and pride are more manifest. They are a supremely joyous group, these
mothers gathered at Our Lady of the Elms.
We have learned from living under the shelter of Marys mantle what the
title of mother means, we have learned that there is no greater title for woman-
kind, and we have learned a deeper, more understanding love for each of our
mothers in consecrating that love to Maryethe Mother of Men.
President ...... . . ,Anne E. O'Connell
VicefPresident .... ...... D orothy E. Savoit
Secretary ...... .... B etty Ann Donahue
'Treasurer .4.. .... K athleen M. Bardsley
"LITTLE THEATRE" REPERTOIRE
Medico, lr. Hawes
Oh, Say, Can You Sing? Kozlenko
Eight Eitties Adapted
The Tin Soldier Musical
The Lighthouse-keepers Daughter
The Dutchess Bounces ln
Katy Did lt Kerr
Air-Raid Shelter Original
Rehearsal at Eight Coyne
ln an Old Dutch Garden Edwards
The l-louse ot Seton Mary C. Dooley, '44
Queen ot Victory Original
The house lights are dimmed-the stage lights go up-the curtain parts-
and behold-a glittering Roman court dazzles the eye. Fragrant incense sends
wisps of blue smoke curling around the wreathed head of a pagan god. A
White-robed Vestal Virgin guards the burning tribute lest the "fitful flame"
expire. This is the first-act setting for the Dramatic Clubs presentation of a
Passion Play. As the plot unfolds, the Roman magistrates and their ladies
enact before the audience the plans and schemes devised for the trial and
death of the Divine King.
Another first-night productionl The curtain parts, and a modern college
room filled with chattering girls is presented. There's a club meeting in session
ea telephone is ringing wildly in the background, and in the foreground,
theres a general discussion about some poor college lad. Who gets the man
is the problem, and the dramatic players settle the plot to the complete
satisfaction of the audience.
These scenes serve merely to show how necessary a part of the college life
is the Dramatic Club. lt is the World of make-believe, where We may give
free play to our imagination and produce amusing or dramatic results.
Setting up the Scenery
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'lAn active liturgical lite is the ideal working model ot the New Christianity
. . . in the Mass there is the union ot minds and hearts. But added to this
sublime picture is the sound ot a thousand voices exultantly attirming their
corporate homage. Song is the noblest expression ot common prayer." Here
Father Gerald Ellard gives us the raison d'etre ot our A Cappella Choir.
During the Forty Hours Devotion and on the least ot the Immaculate Concepe
tion the choir and student body sang antiphonally the Gregorian Mass, l'Cum
lubilof' The choir sang the praises ot the Blessed Sacrament with the sublime
hymns "O Sacrum Conviviumu and "Panis Angelicusf' Saint loseph who is
the patron saint ot our faculty was especially commemorated in the song "Te
This year the A Cappella Choir was asked to sing at the performances of
the Black Hills Passion Play at the Technical High School in Springfield. "Ave
Verum" and "Adoremus Te Christe" were two ot the most beautitul selections.
The choir is dedicated to the glory ot God and to the furtherance ot the move-
ment tor better church music. "Devotional music purities the mind. lt trans-
ports us into a region ot supernatural beauty and immaterialityf'
. . . . . .Eileen F. Trcrnt
Helen P. Prenolergost
. . .Dorothy A. Flynn
. . . .Ritoi A. Grover
. . . . . .Eileen F. Tront
.Catherine A. Dower
. . . . . . . .Eileen F. Tront
I-lelen P. Prendergorst
Alice M. Carroll
Rito A. Grover
Koithorrine M. Sheo
Dorothy R. Mulry
Softly, sweetly, a halt-hundred womens voices are walted through marble
halls. The warm, clear notes ot "Silent Night" lall like bubbles ol crystal
on the heads ot the hushed audience beneath the holly-testooned balcony.
lt is the annual Christmas concert ot the College Glee Club which presents
its first formal concert of each season in this setting. The concert was conducted
by Eileen Trant, our popular and etticient leader.
The scene changes. lt is Iune, and the same sweet voices are swelling to
till the vastness of Veritas Auditorium. It is Commencement week, and the
days and nights are filled with the music ol young voices, There are hymns
to Mary, dearest Mother, our Lady ot the Elms, there are tributes to graduated
classes, there are songs which bequeath the memory of the graduating class
to their underclass sisters, and finally there are melodious serenades to the
Through all the years it has been the Glee Club that has trained us to raise
our voices and hearts to our God, and to salute the Heavenly Court with
the sweetest ol all human gifts-a song,
Prcsiclcnt ......, ........ R iia C. Noonan
ViccfPresiclcnt .... .... L ucille M. Reddington
Secretary ..... . . .Catherine E. Durnin
'I'1'casm'cT. . . .... Anne E. Neslail
Senior-Alumnae Game Ianuary 24
"Mens sana in corpore sumo"
The few weeks immediately following our return to school were sunny and
bright. Seizing the excellent opportunity this unusual weather afforded, the
members of the Athletic Association could be seen on the tennis court from
morn 'til night. Following the theory "Practice makes perfect" they tirelessly
showed off their new back-hand drive or swift serve acquired during the
But tennis wasn't the only sport to take our minds off our studies. Swimming
in a pool once a week may not be so thrilling as a daily dip in the breakers,
but it proved a godsend to those girls who, having spent the summer at the
seashore, missed the delight of their frequent swims.
Ping-pong also offered a great deal of diversion. As soon as the weather
grew too cold for outdoor sports, the noise of the ping-pong ball could be
heard at almost any time in the gym. This game also offered an unlooked
for amount of exercise for it involved not only the game itself but also a great
deal of running up and down the stairs. As soon as a ball was broken, the
unfortunate individual guilty of the act had to rush upstairs to procure an-
other. Since most of the players were unusually vigorous this happened
all too frequently.
The most important part of the athletic club was the annual basketball
tournament. Early in the fall the various classes began to practice diligently
for the coming combat. The games all proved exciting and when the last
contest was finished everyone admitted that the best team had won. The
spectators cheered not only the athletic ability of the winners but also the
sportsmanship of those who had played and lost.
All in all, we think it can be said that the Athletic Association has accom-
plished a great deal during the past year. lt has not only given enjoyment
and diversion but also has made our bodies strong and healthy.
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Associate Literary Editors. .
.Elizabeth M. Hayes
Margaret E. Tierney
Barbara F. Houlihan
. ,Katharine M. Shea
Mildred T. Clarke
Rita A. Grover
Mildred A. l-lourihan
ln the marble lobby of our Administration Building there is over the fireplace
a plaque on which are carved these words from the Book of Ecclesiasticus, "I
am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope."
These are the words of Wisdom, and this has been the theme of our book. It
seemd to us the one theme that would convey all that we wanted to express.
We wanted to tell Our Lady of the Elms that we recognized her as the cus-
todian of Wisdom and its offspring. We wanted to tell her that because of her
guidance we more deeply fear God, we love Him more completely, we hope,
in greater humility. Because the College of Our Lady of the Elms has meant
these things to us, we, the staff, have considered the editing of the "Elmata"
not a burden, but a labor of love. It has been a new field of experience to all
of us and we would offer it to our foster mother-our college--as a child would
offer to its mother a very straggly bunch of daisies-a very humble gift but
one full of love and gratitude. We know that it will be accepted in like manner.
We also extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have made this venture pos-
sible, and there are many involved. We wish to thank our entire class and
all the student body for the fine spirit of co-operation displayed when we were
planning our pictorial material. There is a story behind every undertaking
and a reality behind every dream. A great deal of business had to be
negotiated before we could consider the possibility of the existence of our
yearbook. Following tradition we inaugurated the campaign with the Elmata
dance in November. lt was a grand success under the able direction of Nancy
Gorman and her committees. It also afforded us the opportunity of being
hostesses to our American boys in the armed service. Their presence made
us realize their sacrifices. This realization has always an uplifting effect. We
are forced to admit the extreme good fortune that is ours in enjoying the
leisure to study in a world at war.
A little later on in the season we, traditionally again, set out to make plans
for the Senior-Alumnae basketball game and dance. lt happened that the
Seniors were victorious-sixteen to twelve. But it was the spirit of good fun
that prevailed more than the spirit of competition because it was a night of
reunion and memories. At the dance that followed there was a capacity crowd.
The whole gymnasium was used, and again Uncle Sam dictated the fashions.
With these successes as hearty encouragement our yearbook was begun.
What happened subsequently is told in the pages of our book. We leave it as
a written record of all that has been dear to us at the College of Our Lady
of the Elms.
LET YUUR LIGHT
We reach the parting ot the ways. Our foster mother bids us
godspeed. We are to set out on our own high rornanceethe
adventure of living the Christ life that she has taught us.
Farewell! it ever fondest prayer 1
For other's Weal avail'd on high,
Mine will not all be lost in air, 5 l X Ag X
But watt thy name beyond the sky." X
Monday, May 31, 3 P.M.
Tuesday, lune l
Wednesday, Iune 2, 3 PM.
Class Day Officers
Prophet of the Prophet
Chairman of Music
Chairman of Refreshments
Chairman of Tickets
Chairman of Decorations
Chairman of Favors
Chairman of Publicity
Chairman of Programs and Invitations
Saturday, Iune 5, 380 P.M.
Sunday, lune 6, 3:30 P.M.
Baccalaureate Address and Benediction
Monday, Iune 7, IO A.M.
Mont Marie Day
Gertrude M. O'Connor
Anne E. Nesbit
Eileen F. Trant
Anne E. O'Connell
Claire L. Carleton
Rita C. Noonan
Katharine M. Shea
Rita A. Grover
Katharine M. Shea
Dorothy A. Heffernan
Helen A. Sullivan
Theresa M. Campbell
Margaret E. Tierney
Gertrude M. O'Connor
Eileen W. Kennedy
Kathleen M. Bardsley
Conferring of Graduation Honors by His Excellency Most Reverend
Thomas Mary O'Leary, DD., Bishop of Springfield
PLANTTNG Ulf-V Tll-lIlE
Cf our swift passage through this scenery
Of life and death more durable than we,
What landmark so congenial as a tree
Repeating its green legend every spring,
And with a yearly ring
Recording the fair seasons as they flee,
Type of our brief but still renewed mortality?"
We, the Senior Class of l943, are about to depart from the realms of our
beloved Alma Mater. ln our wake we have chosen to leave a treeea tree
which will serve as a landmark of the swift four years we have spent on this
college campus. The roots of this tree will take a firm hold in the soil of
God's earth and from its trunk will spread many graceful branches. ln years
to come, the future generations of this college will gaze upon our tall and
stately elm and see its leafy boughs stretched, like arms, toward heaven in
a form of natural prayer.
Like our tree, we too have taken root in God's soil, only ours is the soil
of Catholic Education. Our four years here together have been but the trunk
of our tree. Graduation will find us branching out in all directions, yet always
carrying with us the Catholic ideals that Our Lady of the Elms has instilled
into us. As individual boughs we will strive to bring grace and beauty and
distinction upon our class. Throughout our lives here on earth, our arms, like
the branches of our tree, will be stretched towards heaven in prayer and
Then, when the life of each of us is o'er, we trust that you, faculty, under-
graduates and all who have left the college before us, will find that we, the
Senior Class of Forty-three, have formed another tree, a tree of perpetual
adoration before God's heavenly throne for all eternity.
FUND MlEMCOlRlIlES UF
September 1942 had come and the Class of Forty-three once again found
itself on the campus of Our Lady of the Elms. This year was different from
all other years. This year we were Seniors, although it took a few weeks for
us to accustom ourselves to this dignity.
Our first major task of the year was to make the Freshmen feel at home and
to chase away that lonesome feeling which we had so often experienced in
ln our first class meeting of the year, by a unanimous ballot we returned
our last year officers to their respective positions. Mildred I-lourihan again
became our efficient president, with Rosemary Glavin as vice-president and
Dorothy Heffernan and Elizabeth Sheehan as secretary and treasurer.
We immediately began to make plans for the Freshman party and initiation.
Elinor White with the aid of her cohorts drew up very original and clever rules
for the Freshmen. ln the course of the next few days, passers-by may have
wondered if the campus had become a field for growing mushrooms. ln
reality it was only the Freshmen sitting under their umbrellas. lt seemed that
during the week of September twentieth, the Elms was troubled by a great
number of air-raids, but the Freshmen accepted it in the manner in which it
was given and displayed a true Elms spirit which made us more than glad to
welcome them as our new recruits. Their formal initiation took place on Satur-
day night, September twenty-sixth. With a military atmosphere in the air,
it was only natural that our initiation should follow out this theme, and so
the new recruits were initiated in true army style. Dr. Eileen Trant with the
able assistance of Kaye Shea and Rita Grover put the new recruits through
a stiff examination, and each and everyone was passed successfully and
classified l-A at the Elms.
Following our Columbus holiday we came back for our annual Retreat.
After a summer holiday and with the thought of a long, difficult winter, we
all welcomed this splendid opportunity to set our course under God's direction
and protection through the capable hands of our retreat master, Father Paul
October 26th was fast approaching, Did we ever think we would see that
day when we the Class of Forty-three would don the official robes of Seniors?
Yes, Cap and Gown Sunday had come and with it all the joy and excitement
we had anticipated.
With retreat and Cap and Gown Sunday in the background we turned our
attention to lighter thoughts. lt was time for the Elmata Dance. Committees
were elected and Nancy Gorman was our General Chairman. ln a gym
decorated in a true college atmosphere, with uniforms much in prominence,
the dance was indeed a social and financial success.
Following closely upon this social function was the Victory Punch. Realizing
we could take no actual part in our war effort, the Sodality had a war stamp
and bond drive. The results showed that we were more than anxious to
end this war.
The time from Thanksgiving to Christmas was taken up by studies and two
major events of the Sodality. The Freshmen were formally received into the
Sodality, December eighth, and on the nineteenth of December, the annual
Christmas party was held. The concert was wonderful and the Glee Club
directed by Eileen Trant showed signs of strenuous preparation. Margaret
Dietrich as our jolly St. Nick deserves special mention. The crowning event
of the entire evening was that we were able to honor our Reverend Mother
lohn Berchmans for the many years of faithful, unselfish loyalty that she has
given to our college and to our Sisters.
Upon our arrival back at the Elms after the Christmas recess, plans were
put into operation for the Alumnae-Senior basketball game and dance. The
Seniors playing excellent basketball won the game amidst the loud and hearty
cheers of the fellow-students. A "Vic" dance followed the game which was
attended by the student body and their escorts.
A dark and threatening cloud was coming into view, yes, it was very evident
that mid-terms exams were taking place at Our Lady of the Elms-lights
burned long after ten, dark circles and sober faces gave real evidence of the
ordeal that the students were suffering at this time. But as all dark clouds
have a silver lining, so did this one. lt was the thought of the lunior Prom
which became a reality on February Sth. The usual excitement preceded the
dance, last minute decorations to be arranged, worry over the escort, the
gown, and last but not least in importance, the weather. After what seemed
to be days of waiting the night finally arrived. The gym was transformed
into a beautiful New York roof garden There was no evident shortage of
men as the school turned out en masse for the most formal event of the year.
The annual debate and oratorical contests were the outstanding events
in April. The girls displayed a true Demosthenian ability and Anne Nesbit,
our claim to oratorical genius, upheld the honors of the Senior Class,
On May eighth we had a tea and entertainment for our mothers. How glad
we were to be able to show them in a small way how much we appreciated
all the sacrifices they had made for us.
Now Commencement Week-we had dreamed of it since we were Freshmen.
The first day was given over to Mary, Mother of Fair Love and Understanding.
The procession to the Grotto, the crowning of the Blessed Virgin, were all done
with great dignity. Then Class Day, how we did enjoy thatl The Prom with
its usual gaity brought an end to our social part of Commencement Week.
Baccalaureate Sunday we marched down the chapel aisle for the last time
as Seniors. Tears were in the eyes of many of us. Tears became realities as
we sang our Alma Mater song on Monday after the presentation of diplomas
by our most Reverend Bishop, and with this our four happy years here at the
Elms were brought to a close and can be now but history for us.
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We, the Senior Class, having grown old with wisdom and bent and gnarled
through four long years of intensive study, mindful that the span of our
existence grows ever shorter, and desirous of conferring our combined goods
on the deserving and less fortunate, do hereby ordain the following to be
our last will and testament:
ARTICLE I. To our President, the Most Reverend Thomas M. O'Leary, and
Vice-President, Reverend lohn R. Rooney, we extend our heartfelt
thanks for making it possible that we attend the College of Our
Lady of the Elms.
ARTICLE II, On the faculty we bestow our sincere appreciation for the
tremendous task, which they have so well performed, of educating us.
ARTICLE III, We thank our kindly Dean, Sr. Mary Liguori, for her unend-
ing patience in dealing with all of us, but especially with our tardier
members, and we thank her for her ever comforting prayers to the
I-Ioly Ghost at exam time.
ARTICLE IV. To Doctors Smith and Antonoff we give our thanks for their
heroic efforts to impart scientific knowledge to our scientific members.
ARTICLE I. Millie Hourihan, our presiding genius, leaves her ability to
debate, with or without opponent, to a stalwart trio who are to divide
the aforementioned ability equally. The trio is comprised of Mary
Coughlin, Mary McDonnell, and Dorrit Washington.
ARTICLE Il. Rosemary Glavin, our glamorous Vice-President, leaves her
prodigious composure to that poor little frightened Iunior, Mary Fehily.
ARTICLE III. Dottie I-Ieffernan bestows her ever-sunny temperament on
Mary Dooley. I-Ier genius she unselfishly bestows upon the same
Mary Dooley to be shared with Mary Dooling.
ARTICLE IV. Kitty Bardsley leaves her lengthy lacquered fingernails and
astounding vocabulary to "Willie" Williams.
ARTICLE V. Theresa Campbell and Bunny Carlton leave their ready
laughter and appreciation of humor to any who are lacking in these
ARTICLE VI. Margaret Spence, one of many shining lights which bright-
ened our class, bestows her shining light and ability to crochet upon
ARTICLE VII. Anne O'Connell of the Worcester "O'Connells" leaves her
attachment to the above city to her fellow city-ites of the college.
ARTICLE VIII, Barbara Houlihan leaves her 97's and even her 99's in
Philosophy to the up and coming philosopher, Iayne Crean.
ARTICLE IX. Peg Tierney and Mary Durkan leave their daydreams to all
who care to dream. Durk leaves also a ham sandwich of home-made
bread and one ride in her "B" card car.
ARTICLE X. Eileen Kennedy leaves her knowledge of historical dates to
Mary Coughlin who may be interested in acquiring same.
ARTICLE XI. Ianet Diggles and Nancy Gorman leave to any aspiring
mathematicians their solution to problem 4, page l26.
ARTICLE XII. Rita Grover leaves to the college an all-encompassing
knowledge of that fine old language, Latin, and not to be outdone in
generosity, her singing voice is bequeathed to that wouldebe singer
who most likes to sing but is least able,
ARTICLE XIII. Alice Kane and Claire Donohue leave their friendship as
a model to the underclassmen and in particular to Cecilia Ogozalek
and Esther Lach.
ARTICLE XIV. Kathleen Germaine leaves an assorted mass of "je-'s" and
"vous's" to French major Dottie Savoit. Connie Dudley adds to the
mass her "parler" and "bien" and also bestows them on the over-
whelmed Miss Savoit.
ARTICLE XV. Bunny Sullivan leaves her daily healthful strawberry milk-
shake with strawberry ice cream, a rare item these days, to diet-
conscious Mary McDonnell. She also leaves a pair of slightly used
rubbers for rainy days, size six, for the first to find them.
ARTICLE XVI. Our class tease, nightingale and general factotum, Kaye
Shea, hastens to bestow her varied talents upon the fortunate Iaynie
Crean. May she profit by her gifts.
ARTICLE XVII. In her generosity, Elinor VVhite bequeathes her entire
"Will" to the Iunior Class.
ARTICLE XVIII. Gertrude C'Connor leaves her keen sense of the humorous
and wide comprehension of Spanish to Winnie O'Leary, partner in
fun with Iayne Crean.
ARTICLE XIX. Alice Carroll leaves her carefree, blithe spirit to the worried
ARTICLE XX. Iackie I-Iogan freely bestows her knowledge of chemical
formulae, mathematical matter, and biological phenomena to the
awe-stricken Marguerite McGrath.
ARTICLE XXI, Our Puerto Rican senoritas, la Senorita Torres and la
Senorita Valdivieso, leave to the college their all-encompassing ex-
tensive collection of slang as spoken.
ARTICLE XXII. Eileen Trant, our most likeable humorist, wishes to make
a gift of her nine-day wonder diet and her story-telling ability
to the woe-begone Mary McDonnell.
ARTICLE XXIII. Ann Nesbit and Rita Noonan leave their predilection for
sports to the athletic Iunior Class.
ARTICLE XXIV. Betty Hayes graciously bequeathes her erudition to Mary
ARTICLE XXV. Millie Clarke, expert expounder of exponents, skilled
scientific scholar, and lark-like lyricist, leaves these gifts to her lunior
admirer, Dorrit Washington.
ARTICLE XXVI, Cur last and least donor, Betty Sullivan, begueathes her
stature, or lack of it, to the sturdy quartet of Marie Auth, Miriam Mal-
colm, Claire Fitzpatrick and Betty Huller.
This is, to the best of our knowledge, a complete deposition of our earthly
possessions and if any article should remain above and over, we deed that
it be given to any worthy Elmite.
This we ascribe to as our legal deposition of goods on the third day of lune,
in the year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and forty-three.
Class of Forty-three
Elizabeth A. Sheehan
Iune 7, l946.
Train trips are so boring that I thought I'd break the monotony of this one
by dashing off a few lines to you. You were the proud possessor of an
ensign's commission the last time I heard from you and in company with
Mildred I-Iourihan and Theresa Campbell on your way for parts unknown.
Realizing how you must long for news of home, I have decided to take up
the old quill and carry you back, mentally, across the sea and let you, for a
few seconds, get a bird's-eye view of the Class of Forty-three.
What could be more appropriate at this time than to tell you that your
inseparable chum, Kitty Bardsley, is now the proud wife of that certain Navy
lieutenant whom she met on her trip to Florida during Easter vacation in our
Senior year of college. Kitty had for matron of honor Mrs. Vincent Watterson.
At the wedding Dotty told me that Ianet Diggles had obtained a position with
the war department in Washington and working in the same department with
her is Betty Sullivan, another one of our mathematical geniuses, Peg Tierney
has deserted the mathematical field for a career as an interior decorator, She
is now decorating the home of Claire Donahue who has since become the
wife of Army Lieutenant Robert I-Ienry.
I just happened to glance at the New York "Times," Anne, and I caught the
name of Elizabeth Hayes, I knew that it couldn't be anyone else but our own
"I-lazy" who is now a renowned journalistic critic. Imagine my surprise when
I found her column devoted to a criticism of one of the leading educators of
the country, Margaret Spence. While I had the paper my attention was drawn
to the sports section edited by Anne Nesbit, whose column recounted the
astounding achievements of Rita Noonan, now a physical instructor at Posse
You don't have to worry about the clothes being rationed in your position
as an officer, Anne, but I have been looking at the latest fashion designs and
as always the most beautiful are created by Eileen Kennedy who is the co-
worker of Schiaperelli. I don't imagine Eileen sees much of Rita Grover these
days. Rita has been on a concert tour for war relief and is quite famous as a
pianist. It is quite noticeable how many of our girls are traveling this year
and among them are Betty Sheehan, who is modelling hands for the Revlon
Company, Mildred Clarke who is a Powers model, and Bunny Sullivan who
travels from one state to another as a horticulturist. Gertrude O'Connor is
also seeing a bit of the world as she is directing the USO. activities in the
The science majors from Our Lady of the Elms are achieving great deeds
and they are to be congratulated. Among them are Alice Carroll who is in
the experimental department of the Good Housekeeping Institute, Iackie Hogan
who is in the science department of the Springfield Armory, and Elinor White
who is in the Springfield Ordnance where a certain "Will" is also working.
When I glanced out of the window a while ago, I saw a farm which reminded
me of Mary Durkan who is very busy tilling the soil on her Agawam farm.
The last time I saw Mary she told me that the girls who were interested in
education were all very successful. Her friend, Connie Dudley, is teaching
in South I-Iadley I-Iigh, Kaye Shea is teaching her beloved Spanish in Technical
High School, and Rosemary Glavin is still interested in the School of Philosophy,
Kathleen Germaine finished a course in mechanical engineering and is now
an inspector in the largest defense plant of Massachusetts. As you know,
Anne, Kathleen became interested in this field when she first obtained her
Lovers of poetry are kept supplied with the beautiful and magnificent poems
of Claire Carleton. lust recently Barbara Houlihan engaged Claire to read
a few of her most famous pieces at the leading Womens Clubs of Chicopee.
Barbara is still interested in directing charity organizations and she is helped
considerably by Emelia Valdivieso, the great social worker from Puerto Rico.
l met Emilia when she was up in this district and she informed me that Silvia
was doing quite well in popularizing the American songs and dances in that
"South American Way." There are only two of our friends whom l haven't
mentioned, Anne, and they are Nancy Gorman who is now Mrs. William
Mahan and Alice Kane who is now Mrs. Robert Lee.
Anne, dear, l think that I have given you considerable news for the present.
As the members of our class progress in their respective fields, l shall keep
you informed. Let me hear from you accasionally.
l'm not very good at poetry.
I doubt if l shall ever see
This poem being read by anyone
Except the Class of Forty-three.
To make the stanzas rime l can'tg
The words don't mean a thing
Only to tell you that Eileen Trant
ls still using her voice to sing.
Her name is known near and far
As she's Americas new opera star.
l really have nothing more to say
Except don't miss her if she's up your way.
Anne E. O'Connell
What the world needed most this spring of l94l3 was a good heart-lifting
laugh, and the Seniors set about this business of provoking roars of merri-
ment in their little world by producing the comedy "Always Tell the Truth"
Alice Kane in the role of Christine Ashley determined to tell the truth for
one week, thereby winning five thousand dollars, overturns, not only the
apple-cart, but also the lives of all her smug, self-satisfied neighbors in the
ultra-smart summer resort where she and her mother acted as caretakers for
an eccentric millionaire relative.
Rosemary Glavin made history for the Dramatic Department of the college
by her inimitable impersonation of Lizzie, the housekeeper, with a proprietary
interest in her establishment, and a thirty-years' tradition to back up her every
Kathleen Bardsley, as Laura - the mother of Christine - made us firmly
resolve that never in our lives would we attempt to win a prize, writing slogans
for radio programs. Kathleen was excellent in a role that called for all-evening
strenuous "rattle-brain" acting.
Mildred Clarke, as Doris, intensely loyal to her sister Christine, played the
part of a fiften-year-old lovable tom-boy with all the clever skill of a profes-
sional, and Katharine Shea was a perfect foil to Mildred, as Eileen Parmalee,
fifteen also, but gawky awkward fifteen, not at all easy to portray, particularly
when the actress is so charming and graceful as our K.
Margaret Tierney, as Helen Sherwood the social leader of her town, looked
and acted the part to perfection. lt was as fine a piece of character acting
as we have seen during our years at O. L. E. Claire Carlton was a charming
"Lady Raffles" in the character of Amy Townley, and no one suspected that
she was the cause of all the clever thievery carried on right under the
aristocratic noses of the "Smart Set" in Lakeport.
Alice Carroll, in the difficult role of Anna, amnesia victim, carried on with
all the finesse of a "Random Harvester." Where are these talent scouts who
tour the country seeking new stars?
Rita Noonan and Anne O'Connell were well-cast in the roles of Mary Owens,
the domineering dowager who found no girl quite good enough for her Roger,
and Mable Pennypacker who played policeman in the hunt for the missing
True to her calling, Mildred Hourihan was there with notebook and pencil
as Cecily Sayres, author, and according to herself, a good one. Mildred
brought a big laugh from the audience on every other line of her dialogue,
and her handling of tricky situations showed skill and fine stage presence.
Eileen Kennedy was excellent in the part of Madame Parmalee, dramatic
teacher of sorts and determined that the world should know it at all times.
Orchids went to Eileen Trant as Mrs. Frisbee, the doughty old lady of
seventy, carrying her cane, not because she needed it, but because she wanted
to. lt helped her to get her point across-she knew what she wanted, went
after and usually got it. The laughter grew from giggles to roars before she
finally sent the two "young things" on their honeymoon.
The highest praise must be accorded to Elizabeth Hayes, stage director,
Barbara Houlihan, property manager, and Rita Grover, for all stage craft
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MESSAGE Ur tliic MUST IREVEIRENID
EUIUNIDEIR and PRESIDENT
to THE CLASS of
My dear Graduates:
We are here this morning particularly to honor you. Our hearts and our
hopes and our prayers are with you this morning. This day is the crowning
day of your school life, of your college life, the day on which you receive your
splendid reward of merit. Throughout the years to come your diploma will
testify that you have shown yourselves to be young women of sterling char-
acter and advanced scholarship. I want to congratulate you in my own name
and in the name of all here present for the honor bestowed upon you today,
and to wish you success in your work.
My dear young women, you are about to leave your Alma Mater and to
go out into the world and face your career. We have known you during your
years at college and we can honestly say, and we do say, in the name of the
Sisters of St. Ioseph, go forth, my dear graduates, to the world, and to the
work that is before you without fear and without hesitation. The training you
have received here from your Alma Mater will enable you to perform any
domestic or social duty which you may be called upon to do. Your whole
training has fitted you to fulfill the work of woman designed by God, in that
sphere destined by God for woman. And so I say, go forth to the world with
confidence in God and with confidence in yourselves. Remember the world is
just about what each one tries to make it. You have the power to do and to
make your lives happy and successful in the world. Always endeavor to be
in the future what you have been in the past, and particularly during your
college life, and if you do this you will bring consolation to your good parents,
and honor to your Alma Mater. You will give glory to God and you will be
an asset in society.
This is the wish that I offer you this morning, and as an earnest of it I will
ask you to kneel now that I may give you my blessing.
A N N COD S
ln December of this our Senior year, our Most Reverend Mother lohn
Berchmans celebrated her golden jubilee in the service of her Lord. That
service has been, for many years, among us, students at the College of Our
Lady of the Elms. The zeal and devotion of Reverend Mother have permeated
the lives of all of us. To her we are deeply indebted, to her we are deeply
grateful. The expression of our gratitude was incorporated in the public mani-
festation of that gratitude on the occasion of the l942 Commencement Exercises.
Here Reverend Mother was awarded the Via Veritatis medal for her outstand-
ing activity in the cause of Christian Education. We who have known her can
testify to the wisdom of that choice and here in our yearbook wish to make
a lasting record of her distinguished service.
Citation read by Reverend Dr. lohn R. Rooney, vice-president, at the
Commencement Exercises, Iune, l942.
The Via Veritatis Medal is awarded by the Trustees and Faculty of the
Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Gur Lady of the Elms, to a Catholic
laywoman who in their estimation has made significant contribution to the
spread of Catholic truth.
This year it has been deemed fitting to make an exception and to bestow the
Via Veritatis Medal on one whose life has been devoted to the formation of
the ideal Catholic laywoman.
Be it known:
That the Via Veritatis Medal is conferred on the Reverend Mother
Iohn Berchmans in testimony:
Of her half-century of consecrated service as a Sister of St. losephg
Of her efforts in advancing Catholic Principles in the schools of
the Diocese of Springfield,
Of her self-sacrificing devotion in the pioneer work of building
up the College of Our Lady of the Elms,
Of her noble example in guiding others to acquire the qualities
of true womanhood-consideration for others, loyalty to duty, fidelity
The faculty of the Liberal Arts and Sciences of the College of Our Lady
of the Elms respectfully request your Excellency to award the Via Veritatis
Medal for l942 to the Reverend Superior of the Congregation of the Sisters
of St. loseph of the diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, the Reverend
Mother Iohn Berchmans.
From the address given by the Mirst Reverend Tliomas M. O'Lear5', D.D., Bishop
of Sprmgyield, at the Commencement Exercises May 25, 1942.
To me, it is a source of delight, satisfaction, and pleasure to bestow on Rev-
erend Mother lohn Berchmans the highest award, honor, and gift that this
college can present, the Via Veritatis Medal.
It is not my intention to enlarge upon the citation as read by Reverend Doctor
Rooney, but l feel urged to say that it has been a pleasure to bestow on
Mother lohn Berchmans the Via Veritatis Medal for her sterling merit, both
as a religious and as an educator.
As the beauty of the king's daughter is within, I shall not tread upon this
sacred ground, but all that l can say is that Almighty God has blessed Mother
lohn Berchmans with the primary characteristics of a religious, so essential
for one engaged in the work of directing souls. All her life she has worked
intensely at the duties assigned to her, and, beginning when even a mere
girl, she used the tact and the fortitude required by her holy state-a kind
and gentle woman, with the lady always in the background. Her religious
bearing, linked with self-control, has had a telling effect upon all with whom
she came in contact.
And l think I am making no exaggeration when l say that the example of
her noble lite has helped to stablize religion in the diocese. In a half century
she has been engaged in bringing truth to the Catholic Woman, and we know
how well she has succeeded. One can easily measure that success by the
products of this college, Many of our past graduates look back with reverence
on her example for she moulded and formed their character and their prin-
ciples. What Mother lohn Berchmans tried to develop in them she lived her-
self. Even on the parents she has exerted an influence and, no doubt, that
same influence is now revealed in the Sisters of St, Ioseph. Mother lohn
Berchmans since the very beginning of the college has been filled with the
spirit of Our Lady of the Elms, which is indeed the spirit of lesus Christ.
lt is only fitting to say that if Springfield has a college for women, of which
it may be justly proud, this is due in a very large measure to the interest and
the keensightedness of our esteemed Mother lohn Berchmans.
President, Marion R. Kennedy
Vice-President, Mrs, Stewart Hope
Secretary, Dorothy OBrien
Treasurer, Mrs. Leo Brown
The Alumnae Association of the College ot Our Lady of the Elms, formed
to turther the Well-being of its Alma Mater and her graduates, has taced the
challenge ot a world at war and geared its program accordingly.
Yet even as in peace, this purpose is being accomplished by adherence
to Catholic principles as embodied in the lite and purpose ot the College and
by mutual example and united Catholic Action.
ln actual years, our College is comparatively young, but in its culture, in
its doctrines, it is as old as Christianity itselt. With pride we can and do point
to those of our Alumnae whose way in the world has been marked by
successes not only in material things but in spiritual values as well. That
this can be so is due to the fact that the College of Our Lady of the Elms is
fulfilling the function of a Catholic college. Plainly, this function is not merely
to teach the formulae of the Catholic religion, but to impart in numberless
ways which defy formularization the Catholic attitude toward life as a whole.
lt is true that our graduates are familiar with the Catholic attitude toward
philosophy, science and the arts, but even more we boast of Alumnae who
are consumed with the realization that Catholicism is not only a creed but
In a very practical Way this Catholic culture in all its beauty and service-
ability has been sent to the aid of our country at War.
ln the WAACS, the WAVES and the SPABS, our Alumnae have made avail-
able their Catholic heritage. ln the Womens Defense Corps and the Nurses'
Aids our members daily demonstrate their charity to "these, the least of My
brethren." ln civil life, too, the professions are peopled with our graduates
Whose labors together with those in domestic life are helping to preserve and
maintain the Christian concept-our Catholic Culture.
The shining jewels in this crown of tribute to both God and country are
those of our Alumnae Who having heard the Divine Call have found for them-
selves their places in religion.
ln Alumnae life itself we are proud indeed of our five large Chapters, and
Welcome the addition of our particular pride, the newly-formed Boston Chapter.
Deep in the heart of the Berkshires is our Berkshire County Chapter, oldest
in years and equally faithful. Eloguent tribute to their loyalty is the ever-
increasing numbers of students who come to us each year from this region.
Enviable indeed is the place in community life which the Springfield Chapter
holds. Their cultural and social contributions to the life of their home city
are praiseworthy. Their servicemen's dances particularly have been only
an instance of their generous contribution toward their military neighbors.
Like Springfield, the Northampton Chapter has been much engaged in
war-time activity. l-ler members are presently serving in almost every war-
time capacity. The Holyoke Chapter, too, with its program of hospital aid
has not been unmindful of the needs of others, and her charities have been
Worcester County Chapter, covering a Wide area, has pursued an enviable
program embracing the talents and abilities of her members. Particularly
outstanding have been her activities in the Parent Alumnae.
Yes, we are proud of our Alumnae. We are proud of their share in the works
of a World at War as well as peace. May their united efforts, their Catholic
Action assist in the restoration of "Peace on earth, to men of good Will."
PEACE and WAR
His Holiness POPE PIUS XII
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Twenty centuries ago God walked upon the earth. But the world knew
Him not, And God wept. Hlerusalem, lerusalem, thou that killest the prophets
and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would l have gathered
together thy children as the hen doth gather her children under her wings,
and thou wouldst not." But one knew Christ, and he said, l'Thou art Christ,
the Son of the Living God," Peter it was who made that profession of faith,
and Peter was rewarded. God Himself looked on the fisherman and said,
"Thou art Peter and upon this rock l will build my Church, and the gates of
hell shall not prevail against it." Henceforth, Peter represented God on earth,
Today the voice of another Peter cries to us from across the waters. lt is the
voice of Pacelli, the dove of peace. And he weeps, too. How often would
he, like his Master, have united in universal charity his children of every
race. But they would not.
Yet there are in the world some who with Peter hail Christ as the Son of
the Living God, and Pius Xll I-lis vicar. To them the Pope turns and with
Christ says, i'These things l have spoken to you, that in Me you may have
peace. ln the world you shall have distress, But have confidence. I have
overcome the world."
With their gloriously reigning Pontiff, these, his children kneel, and in the
throes of strife and world revolution send up to God this prayer for peace.
O God, from Whom are holy desires, right counsels, and just works,
give to Thy servants that peace which the world cannot give, that our
hearts may be disposed to obey Thy commandments and the fear of
enemies being removed, our times, by Thy protection, may be peace-
ful. Through Iesus Christ Thy Son our Lord Who with Thee in the
unity of the l-loly Ghost livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
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42 Naomi Street
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Francis C. Tylunas
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WILLIAM DOID 81 SON
W. L. GRIFIflN
14 Schuyler Strcct
Nicholas Zoo, Inc.
Fruit and Produce
Lyman St. Springicld, Mass.
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T' 1273 MAIN STREET
ff Springfield, Mass.
"E1ierytlm1g From a Pm to a Safe"
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L. W. CALLAHAN
48 Westticird Circle Springfield, Mass.
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433 Springfield Strcct Springfield, Mltss.
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Real Estate and Insurance
60 Springfield Street, Chicopuc, Mass.
ARTHUR WILLIAM T.
THE GRISE FUNERAL
Hafey Funeral Service
Scrvmtq Sprmgjield and Vtcmtty
FRANCIS I. HAFEY, FLYNVRAL DIRtiri'mR
Haggerty Funeral Home
333 SPRINGFIELD STREET
Hastings Stationery Store
2 Center Street
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.IEXVELERS AND OPTICIANS
187 Hlgll StI'CCI l'ltJlyUliL', lVl.lSS.
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Raymond J. Lc1F1eur
GREETING CARDS PICTURE FRAMING
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HARDWARE PAINT WALL PAPER
GLASS ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES
246 EXCHANGE STREET
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COMPETENT OPTOMETRIC SERVICE
DR. FRANK W. LARRQW
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SPRINGFIELD SPRINGFIELD ----- MASS.
The Roger Smith
Russell Funeral Home
933 STATE STREET
Russ-set Potato Chip Company
Schermerhorn Fish Co., Inc.
Largest Seofood Deolers in
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SPRINGFIELD CI-IICOPEE FALLS
WALTER M. S1-IEA
Chicopee FGIIS - - Mass.
T. F. SHEEHAN
136 St.1tc Strcct Springficld, M2159
54 Suffulk Strcct Hwlywkc, Mass.
Solinis Market, Inc.
1111 West Strcct
Springfield Castings Co., Inc.
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STEWARTS - WEEKS
1341 MAIN STREET
Next to Union Ttrust
BELMONT AVENUE SPRINGFIELD
D. C. Sweeney 85 Son
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Springfield f f M.iss.
Taft Oil Company
Gasoline, Motor Oils, Tires
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NEWI'C3RT, RHODE ISLAND
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