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Marian Hernarii-'...,Bader. I -was born in 1903 in Grand

Rapids, Michigan, and oecame'a practitioner, if never a



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master, of many diverse crafts. Starting with a rebellion

against giving "Elocution Readings" all over Grand Rapids,

I studied the violin and went on to teaching Public School

music in Kent City, Redford, and Muskegon, leaving there

to be married to Arno L. Bader, who was on his way to becoming

a Professor in the English Department of this University.

My first "job" in Ann Arbor was work at the Charging

Desk of the University Library. The "Great Depression" was

well ,mder way, and I was ecstatic to be earning 15¢ an

hour. I then became a secretary in the Graduate School,

and left that position to go with my husband, who had been

invited to teach at the Central Government University in

Nanking, China. These were some of the most happy and fascinating

and learning years in my life. When we came back,

I took over the House Directorship of the just-opened new

Rackham Building into which the Graduate School had moved.

This position I left to undertake a bigger one, raising

two boys. When the boys left home to go to colleges, I

undertook to organize an Archive of photographs of Chinese,

Japanese, and Indian art objects and paintings for the Department

of History of Art. When this was established, I

decided to follow an old interest in working with gold and

silver and after some hard work was admitted to the Silversmith's

Guild. I find this a most satisfying vocation and

avocation at which I am still learning and working.



Margaret (Fairbank) Bell Cameron. I was born December,

1916, in Winnetka, Illinois, the third of four daughters

of Nathalie (Fairbank) and Laird Bell. Was schooled in

Winnetka, had one year in Florence before entering Bryn

Mawr College, where I majored in art history, class of 1939.

Attended the School of the Art, Institute of Chicago until

World War II duties called, and thereafter I worked at the

British War Relief and the Red Cross Arts and Skills Corps

at Great Lakes Naval Training Station. After the war I

continued at art school, joined the Board of the Chicago

Orchestral Association and the Winnetka Red Cross. In 1952

I took the job of administrative assistant to the Director

of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, which

involved me in diverse and intriguing duties, and fascinating

near-eastern travel.

In 1956 I married George Glenn Cameron, then Chairman of

the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of

Michigan, and Emeritus since 1974. After a "Fullbright

Year" of living in Gottigen, Germany, and modest travel in

Europe and back to Iran, we returned to Ann Arbor and proceeded

to have Elizabeth Bell Cameron, born in 1958 and now

at Bryn Mawr, and Mary Margaret, born in 1959.

Ann Arbor activities in those years were largely domestic,

the Democratic Women's Club, the PTA, Girl Scouts,

Cookie Chairman, etc., coming in their proper time. I was

elected to the Board of Trustees of Carleton College,


Northfield, Minnesota, in 1955, the year my father retired

from the Board of which he had been Chairman (as had his

father before him, and his grandfather, too, so I'm fourth


I joined the Ann Arbor Ladies' Library Association in

1962; the Board of Greenhills School in 1968; the Board of

the University of Chicago in 1970; and the Board of Bryn

Mawr College in 1976, the same year I joined the Board of

the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Our travels have taken

us to the Dominican Republic, Italy, the Amazon and Western

South America, Greece, Paris and England, and three times to

Iran--the last time (1974) escorting my three sisters and

their spouses to Persepolis where George had been chief

epigrapher in 1939.


Eleanor S. Collins. Born March 5, 1908. Attended

Rochester, New York public schools; received B.S. degree in

Library Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts,

1931; A.B. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1941.

Held position as art reference librarian, Rochester

Public Library and Smith College 1931-1941. Curator of

Slides and Photographs Chicago Art Institute 1941-1944 and

The History of Art Department, The University of Michigan,

1946-1973. Acted as consultant in organization of slide

collection of the Honolulu Academy of Art during summer of


1962. Member of connnittee developing the Slide and Photograph

Section of the College Art Association 1968-1969.

Upon retirement in 1973 was awarded a very generous

travel grant by the University, and a Graduate Student

Scholarship Fund for the academic year 1973-1974 was established

in my name.

Am continuing to live contentedly in Ann Arbor and doing

some volunteer work for the University.


Isabel Hubbard Haight. Born in Battle Creek, Michigan,

June 5, 1908, daughter of Evan Davies Hubbard and Grace

Fountain Hubbard. Battle Creek High School (1925). Attended

Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, and the University of

Michigan (A.B., 1929; M.A., 1935). Assistant Curator,

Division of Fine Arts, University of Michigan 1929-1939.

In 1936 married Dr. Cameron Haight (died 1970). Children:

Robert Cameron Haight (Physicist, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory)

and Elizabeth (Mrs. Irvine D. Flinn) (Junior Museum,

Metropolitan Museum of Art).


Helen B. Hall. I was born in Urbana, Illinois, but

have lived in Ann Arbor since the age of three, at which

time my father returned to the University of Michigan as


Registrar and Professor of Mathematics. I graduated from

the Ann Arbor High School and then attended the University,

earning B.A. and M.A. degrees as a French major, with English

and History of Art as minors. In my senior year I was elected

to Phi Beta Kappa.

My junior university year was spent in France, at the

Lycees in Tours and Versailles, on a Franco-American Exchange

Scholarship, and this experience gave me a life-long

interest in European travel. Attendance at two graduate

summer sessions at the Institute of Art and Archaeology of

the University of Paris, the first on a scholarship earned

for me a Brevet d'Art de la Sorbonne. Another summer of

study was spent at Princeton University at a special seminar

in Islamic Studies.

The University of Michigan was my only employer, from

graduation to retirement. After four years in the Recorder's

Office, I was offered a position in History of Art and I

spent sixteen years as Curator in the Institute of Fine Arts

in charge of the Photograph Study Room. When the Museum of

Art was officially established at the University in 1946, I

became Curator of the Collections and enjoyed the challenge

of museum work for twenty-four years, until my retirement

at the end of 1970. Museums and libraries, art and books,

have always been my main interests. A member of the Board

of the Ladies' Library Association since 1948, I have

especially enjoyed serving two terms as President and

several times on the Book Selection Committee. It has been


particularly gratifying to see the collection of art books

grow to such excellence at the Ann Arbor Public Library,

thanks to the continuing gene~osity and devoted work of the

Ladies' Library Association.


Kirby Thompson Hall (Mrs.). Born 1931, Chicago, Illinois;

1935-42, Moorestown (New Jersey) Friends School;

1942-49, Miss Fine's School, Princeton, New Jersey; 1949-

52, 1954-55, Radcliffe College, B.A.; married to Donald

Hall (poet, journalist, and University of Michigan English

professor, 1957-1975); 1954, son, Donald Andrew Hall III;

1959, daughter, Philippa Kirby Hall; 1968, M.S.W. from

University of Michigan; 1968-present, employed part-time

at Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of Michigan Medical

Center. 1969-present, private practice of psychoanalytically

oriented psychotherapy with adult patients.


Elizabeth Olivia Hall Hayden. Born at 1530 Hill

Street, Ann Arbor, November 12, 1895, where I am still

living. The house, built in 1848, was on farm land, and

we had three ponies, two cows, chickens and fruit trees.

I was educated in public schools. Entered the University

in 1915. Had one year at Simmons College in Boston.


At the Apostles Club dances I met Joe Hayden of the

Political Science Department.

of the Michigan Naval Militia ..

He was one of the organizers

Shortly after war was declared,

we were married on August 25, 1917. While he was

in France, our first child, Elizabeth Douglas, was born in

August, 1918. He returned to continue teaching in March,

1919, and Mary Ralston joined the family in July, 1920.

In June, 1922, my husband became an exchange professor

at the University of the Philippines. Returned to Ann

Arbor the following year. A son, Ralston, was born in

June, 1924. In 1930-31, we spent a year in Manila while

he did research. He was appointed Vice-Governor and Secretary

of Public Instruction in 1930, which gave us scope

for visiting out-of-the-way places. In 1935, we were present

at the inauguration of the Philippine Commonwealth.

In 1941, Joe joined General MacArthur's staff as a

civilian advisor on Philippine affairs, and we lived for two

years in Washington. Served in Brisbane; entered Leyte

with MacArthur in 1944. While in Washington to conclude

his assignment in 1945, he suffered a stroke and died in

Walter Reed Hospital.

Our daughter, Elizabeth, has lived mostly on the West

Coast; Mary, in Wyoming with her rancher-lawyer husband;

and Ralston on Long Island. They have given us twelve

grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

I have traveled rather widely, in all kinds of conveyances--

by ship, by car, by truck, by small boats, by horse-


back, dugout canoe, by plane and on foot in the mountains

of the Philippine Islands. We have bowled along broad highways

and traversed steep paths.and trails. In New Guinea,

jet boat alternated with small planes. We have met people

in all walks of life, mostly concerned with government in

one way or another. Through it all I have been happy to

know that I have a secure base at 1530 Hill Street, Ann Arbor.


Trudy (Abbie Gertrude Enders) Huntington. Both my

parents were ready to begin their last year of graduate

studies at the University of Michigan when I was born in

1926. They spent the summer at the home of my grandmother,

a doctor in Wooster, Ohio, who delivered me in time for

them to return to classes in the fall.

Most of my childhood was spent twelve miles outside of

Philadelphia in the small (pop. 4,000) college town of

Swarthmore where my father taught zoology at the college and

my mother taught in the elementary school. Although I have

only one brother, our family increased d~ring World War

II when two English children, a French girl, and two cousins

(whose father was killed doing military research) moved in

with us. I alternated between Swarthmore and Oberlin

College, enjoying the extra-curricular activities as much

as the academic. At nineteen I entered graduate school in

genetics. I co-authored one paper, "The Frequencies of


Twins, Relative to Age of Mothers, in American Populations,"

before leaving to work in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. From 1948

to 1950, I taught biology at the Amerikan Kiz Koleji in

Istanbul, Turkey. After three years of exotic work experience

and travel, I returned to graduate school. I received

a Master's Degree in Conservation of Natural Resources and

an inter-departmental Ph.D. in Social Science from Yale.

David Carew Huntington and I were married in 1951 and

had our only daughter while we were graduate students. Our

two sons were born when he was teaching History of Art at

Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

In 1966 we moved to Ann Arbor when my husband joined

the University of Michigan faculty. I have continued with

field work and writing in anthropology, co-authoring with

John Hostetler, The Hutterites in North America and Children

in Amish Society and publishing various articles primarily

on child-rearing, education, and family organization.

Many of my outside interests are related to my Quaker

beliefs. For six years I was on the Board of Trustees of

Friends School in Detroit and I have worked with peace activists

all my life. During and following the Vietnam War,

I spent about one day a week at the Federal Prison in Milan

visiting men who were sentenced for selective service or

"political" violations (and, as I found it impossible to

ignore them, also working with other prisoners).

At the present time I am engaged in a study of the relationship

of family size to religious beliefs and economic


pressures in a small, rural population which is experiencing

the pressures of urbanization. This research focuses on a

tiny, but identifiable microcosm of the problems which I

expect will continue to face the world during the next hundred

years: Can regional and world populations humanely

achieve a satisfactory equilibrium with the natural resources,

an equilibrium that will enable individuals to

live out their lives with health and dignity?


Joan Badgely Innes. I was born and brought up in Ann

Arbor, leaving it briefly during the high school years to

attend boarding school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. I then·

entered the University of Michigan and graduated in 1951,

having majored in the French language. My wise father

urged me to take an extra year to receive a Teacher's Certificate

in elementary education, so that at least I had a

marketable skill.

I taught kindergarten in Ann Arbor for two years, was

married to my husband, Perry Innes, and since then have

been busily engaged in raising four children, enjoying the

sport of tennis, and sitting in on many fine classes in the

department of Art History at the University of Michigan.

I have served on the Board of the Friends of the Library,

the Library Advisory Committee, and am now to serve

on the Board of the Friends of the Museum.



Roberta Cannell Keniston. Born Rockford, Illinois,

March 3, 1908. Ph.B., University of Chicago 1927; AMLS,

University of Michigan 1951. On June 16, 1928, married

Hayward Keniston, Professor of the Spanish language at the

University of Chicago, later Chairman of the Department of

Romance Languages and Literatures, and Dean of the College

of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of

Michigan; children, Kenneth and Marjorie (Mrs. J. Richard


Professional career: Reference Librarian, Ann Arbor

Public Library; Head of the Undergraduate Library, the

University of Michigan; Associate Director of the Library,

Eastern Michigan University; participant in various library

organizations and committees; Council member, American

Library Association; member, American Association of University

Professors. Retired in 1973.

In retirement: Volunteer Archivist, Michigan Historical

Collections/Bentley Historical Library, the University of

Michigan; member of Wednesday Luncheon Group of Librarians,

Ladies' Library Association, a Monday Reading Club, The

Friday Breakfast Group of Librarians; travel frequently;

read constantly; attend many concerts and plays; active

grandmother of five Keniston and McIntosh children.



Etmna H. Mellencamp. Birthplace: New York City, February

22, 1918. Elementary and Secondary Schooling in California,

Pennsylvania, and New York. University degrees: A.B. (1939),

M.A. (1947), Ph.D. (1956), M.Lib.Sci. (1967).

Married in my third year as an Undergraduate when it

was not at all fashionable to do so. Worked during Second

World War in the American Red Cross and for the U. S. Army.

Post-war years: Theatrical costumer and art historian in

the University of Michigan, academic and professional theatrical

productions. Became a member of Professional Theatrical

Designers' Union in 1949 with several costume shows

on Broadway. With two young boys (born 1950 and 1954),

found it more practicable to do costumes for short professional

seasons, i.e., 4 to 8 weeks each, which I did for

about 25 years.

In this year, 1977, I am collecting material for a

monograph on the British painter, Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-

1873) which may be completed in the next 100 years. I have

published one short article on his early work thus far,

which is being re-printed in England. I_ would give a lot

to know what you of the 21st century think of Sir Edwin as

a painter.


Rosemary O'Brien. I was born and grew up in South


Bend, Indiana, where my father, a surgeon, practiced for

nearly fifty years. I was educated for the most part in

convent schools, and at St. Mary's, Notre Dame, Indiana,

from which I received a B.A. in 1948. I met my husband at

Notre Dame during the Second World War, when he was a Navy

student. After he graduated from the schools of Engineering

and Law, we were married, and now have three grown children;

Anne, who has a Mater's Degree in Social work from the

University of Michigan, and works in Princeton, New Jersey;

David, a student at Rutgers University in New Brunswick,

New Jersey; and Dennis, a student at Earlham College, Richmond,


I have lived for a number of years in Ann Arbor with

the exception of seven years' residence in Princeton, New

Jersey, while my husband worked in New York at the International

Division of the Bendix Corporation of which he

is Vice-President and Group Executive for the Far East.

In Princeton, I worked as Registrar of the Historical Society;

Field Director of the Princeton Historic District Project;

and was a founder of the Friends of the Princeton

Environment. For three years I was Chairman of the Princeton

Environmental Commission, which has responsibility for the

maintenance of public open spaces and the development of

environmental planning and legislation in Princeton.

Since returning to Ann Arbor in 1974, I have been studying

as a Master's Degree candidate in the University of

Michigan Department of Asian Studies, working primarily in


the area of Japanese studies. My husband and I are fortunate

enough to travel extensively in many parts of the

world, and spend a short time-each year in the Middle East

or in Southeast Asia.

I have served in the past on the Ann Arbor Public

Library Advisory Board, and now, in addition to membership

in the Ladies' Library Association, I act as fund raiser

for the Center for Continuing Education of Women at the

University, and as Chairman of the Pigeon River Defense



Zibbie Oneal. I was born and brought up in Omaha,

Nebraska, attended Stanford University until my Junior year,

at which point I met and married my husband, Robert Oneal.

We came to Ann Arbor in 1957 when he became an intern at

the Pniversity Medical Center and we have remained here.

After having two children, I went back to school at

the University of Michigan to complete a B.A. in English.

At about the same time I began to write_ children's books,

two of which have been published, and to try my hand at

free-lance article writing. I now spend the greatest part

of my time in this endeavor.

I've been associated with a variety of organizations

in the community in various capacities. At present, I am

a trustee of Greenhills School; a member of the University


Musical Society Advisory Committee; and, perhaps most delightedly,

a member of the Ladies' Library Association.


Dorothy H. Peckham. On July 5, 1908, my twin brother

and I were born to Mr. and Mrs. John Koth in Battle Creek,

Michigan. I lived there until graduating from high school

with the exception of four years spent in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

After graduating from Western State Teacher's College

(now Western State University) in Kalamazoo, I taught social

studies in Lowell, Michigan Junior High School. Howard

Peckham of Lowell, Michigan and I were married in July,

1936, shortly after his appointment as Curator of Manuscripts

at the W. L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan.

We moved to Indianapolis in 1945 when Howard became Director

of the Indiana State Historical Bureau. In 1953, we returned

to Ann Arbor upon his appointment as Director of the Clements


Our son, Stephen, graduated from the University of

Michigan and is now with the Kentucky State Educational

T. V. Center in Lexington. Angela, our daughter, graduated

from Hanover College in Indiana and received her Master's

from the University of Utah. She is married to Thomas

Hewett, who teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

They have presented us with two grandchildren.


Over the years I have pursued several hobbies. In doing

research on early cookery, I began collecting early American

cookbooks, so have acquired a very fine collection dating

from 1796 until the early 1900's. My other hobby has been

collecting representative patterns of early glassware made

in Indiana, and I now own a sizable collection of this


The month of April, 1977, marks a new milestone in our

lives when Howard retires from the Clements Library and we

move to a new home in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Carol Plumer.

birthplace in 1901.


Irvington-on-Hudson, New York was my

Later I lived in New Jersy; went to

Wellesley College and then to Columbia; was a missionary

school teacher in India for five years.

I was married in Shanghai and we lived in China for

some years; two children were born there. Then for many

years I have lived in Ann Arbor where my husband taught Far

Eastern Art at the University until his death, with a year's

leave in Japan where he was in charge of the preservation of

art objects under the Occupation after the war.

My interests have been Oriental Art, the Ladies' Library

Association, Wellesley College, St. Clare's Church, and

numerous volunteer activities. Mine has been an extraordinarily

interesting and happy life amidst dear and good friends.



Mary Theodora Pryor. Born New York City. Attended

grade school in New York and L_os Angeles; Girls' High School,

Brooklyn, New York; Bachelor of Journalism 1929 from University

of Missouri.

Editor, Madison Eagle, Madison, New Jersey; reporter,

Honolulu Advertiser; reporter and Women's editor, Shanghai

Evening Post and Mercury; Far Eastern correspondent of New

York Sun; reporter, Paris Edition of the Chicago Tribune;

free lance features to various papers in the United States;

numerous detective stories sold to magazines under nom de


Married May 13, 1931 to Millard H. Pryor, a manufacturer.

Twin sons born April 23, 1933 - Millard H. Pryor, Jr., president

of Lydall, Inc., a conglomerate based in Hartford,

Connecticut; and Frederic L. Pryor, Professor of Economics

at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Three


Have lived in Ann Arbor since 1958. Volunteer work at

University Hospital; member of the Board of Spaulding for

Children, a private adoption agency for hard-to-place children;

League of Women Voters; member of Council of Friends

of the University of Michigan Museum of Art; newly elected

member of the Board of the Ann Arbor Symphony; member of

Friends of the Library; and best of all, member of the Ladies'

Library Association. Latest enthusiam is taking courses in

silver jewelry making, Spanish and writing at the Institute


of San Miguel de Allenda in Mexico during the winter months.

Reading, traveling, writing, and doing cross-word puzzles

and double acrostics occupy the rest of my time.



Marcine Percy Westerman

Lima, Ohio


Ohio Wesleyan University, B.A.; Phi Beta Kappa

Northwestern University, M.A.

Professional Experiences:

Psychologist in University of Michigan Clinics

Social Group Work agency executive

Girl Scouts of U.S.A.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program

Admissions Counselor University of Michigan

Admissions Counselor Eastern Michigan University

Community Affiliations:

League of Women Voters Board

Planned Parenthood Board

International Neighbors English Conversation Leader

Museum of Art, University of Michigan, Program Committee,

Membership Committee

Ann Arbor Library Advisory Committee

Ann Arbor Design Review Board


Volunteer Action Center coordinator, counselor

Elder of Session, First Presbyterian Church

Mortar Board Alumnae advi_sor to Collegiate Chapters

at University of Michigan; at Eastern Michigan



Alice Sunderland Wethey. Born Ann Arbor, Michigan,

June 12, 1910, daughter of Professor Edson R. Sunderland

at the University of Michigan Law School and Hannah Dell

Read Sunderland from Shenandoah, Iowa. Ann Arbor Public

Schools; College de la Guilde, Paris, 1924; diploma with

high honor Ann Arbor High School, 1927.

University of Michigan undergraduate honors: Alpha

Lambda Delta, freshman honorary sorority; Wyvern, junior

honor society for campus activities; Phi Beta Kappa 1930;

Phi Kappa Phi 1931; member of Kappa Delta, social sorority;

A.B. University of Michigan, with majors in history and

French, 1931; University of Munich, 1931-32; Sorbonne, Paris,

1932-33; M.A. in history, University of Michigan, 1934;

further graduate education at Columbia and Harvard; M.A. in

history of art, Harvard, 1944; Ph.D., 1946. Assistant professor

of the history of art, 1946-47, University of Texas.

1948, married Harold E. Wethey, professor of the history of

art, University of Michigan. One son, David Sunderland,

born 1950.


Articles on the early medieval church of St.-Benigne

of Dijon, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians,

1957 and 1958; bibliography of Edson R. Sunderland, Michigan

Law Review, Vol. 58, 1959, pp. 41-54; "Herrera Barnuevo and

his Chapel in the Descalzas Reales" (with H. E. Wethey),

Art Bulletin, Vol. 48, 1966, pp. 15-25, 29 illus.; several

signed essays on 16th-century heraldry and one on 16th-century

clocks in H. E. Wethey, Titian, Vol. III, 1975.

Member of the Ladies' Library Board since 1951; secretary,

1954-58; chairman of the book committee 1960-63; president,

1965-66; treasurer since 1973.


Ann Donald Wunsch. Was born in Detroit, Michigan, on

December 12, 1922, the first child of Dr. and Mrs. Douglas

Donald. I attended the Liggett School from kindergarten

until graduation in 1939, after which I attended Vassar

College, graduating in 1943.

Since the country was at war, my first job consisted of

the editing of training films for the armed forces, following

which I worked for the Detroit News.

In 1947 I was married to Ellis Andrews Wunsch, then

a graduate student at the University of Michigan. In 1948

our first son was born, and the same year we left for France

where my husband finished the work for his doctoral degree

on a Fullbright Fellowship. From this period, I date my


interest in the History of Art, but it was not until 1960

that I was able to return for graduate study. The years

between were spent on our farm· on Old Mission Peninsula,

where our three younger children were born.

In 1959 we returned to Ann Arbor. I began graduate

work with the History of Art Department, served for four

years as a Teaching Fellow, finished my Master's Degree

and started upon the doctoral. This course of study was

interrupted by five years of teaching in the Art Department

of Eastern Michigan University. In 1974, I returned to

work on the degree, but with a change in direction. For

the past several years I have been working informally on a

study of iconographic problems in Mesoamerican art. As a

consequence, upon my return to the University of Michigan,

I have divided my studies between the departments of Anthropology

and History of Art, and am at the moment working on

my dissertation--Iconographic Problems of the Formative

Period in Mesoamerica.

Three of our children have graduated from college. Our

youngest will start in 1977.