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Letters

Barnard Magazine Spring 2010 coverTimeless Friendships

On a perennial effort to tidy up my office space, I came across the Fall 2004 issue of Barnard. On the front cover I’d scrawled “see article on Barnard friends.” Curious, I looked. Sure enough, there was an article by Amy Richards ’92, “Here’s to our other Half, The Joys of Having Women Friends,” so I turned the pages. Why had it meant something special to me?

The answer was forthcoming on page 65 when I, Class of 1932, was quoted as saying, “For Barnard women, age is no barrier. Our common interests and mutual affection far outweigh any differences that may exist.” I go on to describe how joining the Barnard Club in Los Angeles in 1960 had made a difference in my life that I could never have imagined. Seven of my sister alumnae, all graduates of different classes, celebrated my 90th birthday with a luncheon in March of 2004. Joemy Wilson ’67, once a club president, made a donation to Barnard in my honor on that occasion. I was deeply touched.

The birthday luncheons have continued to this year when I turned 96. Even more important, the friendships remain very much alive. And Joemy continues her annual donation to Barnard. I know how fortunate I am to have this remarkable group of women in my life, but I feel sure that in many parts of this country there must be other Barnard women who have found that college friendships can begin long after leaving 116th Street, and can continue to enrich their days, as they have mine.

—Ethel Greenfield booth ’32

Los Angeles, Calif.

Returning reader

I am not a writer of letters to the editor, but I am breaking a lifetime habit in order to congratulate you on the change in the Barnard Magazine. I had stopped reading the magazine a number of years ago—more often than not, it felt to me irrelevant or even worse, dumbed down. I have found myself reading it with both pleasure and interest.

—Beth Friedman Shamgar ’67

Rehovot, Israel

A salute to the military

I was disappointed in your article covering the Haiti earthquake. I rarely read the magazine however this cover story caught my eye. You failed to address the major role that

the military played in the relief effort. My husband is an officer in one of several U.S. navy squadrons who were flying 24/7 over Haiti assisting helicopters and ground forces to deliver aid. The navy went through such effort with so few resources, physically and financially, to assist those people. Yet there was no mention of any such alumnae in your article. I volunteer within the naval Hospital system and I know that we sent approximately 40 percent of our hospital’s physicians to Haiti, excluding the presence of USNS Comfort and in addition to our already deployed physicians. I know of at least one Barnard alumna from my class alone who is an officer in the U.S. Navy. I have a very hard time believing that there were no officers, navy physicians, and so forth that were involved in that tremendous effort from Barnard.

—Ann Cambronne Sandretto ’06

Jacksonville, Fla.

Corrections

In the “Diana Center ribbon-Cutting” story in the Spring 2010 issue, the photo credit should have read Asiya Khaki ’09 and David Wentworth.

“Firm Foundation” in the Spring 2010 issue, incorrectly stated that the HEOP program requires a minimum score of 620 on the critical reading portion of the SAT; it should have stated that the maximum score is 620.

We regret the errors.