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McClellan, Mary Wisotzkey (Class of 1945), June 3, 1995

Identifier: MOH102

Scope and Contents

1 interview with Mary Wisotzkey McClellan, Middlebury College Class of 1945, by Joice Pangalila.

Class 1945, came to the college from Pennsylvania. She was a Home-Economics major but changed to American Literature. She loved the college and her friends (01:13); She played team sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball) and received her 1,000 AA Point Jacket. (02:20); Social life at school were gym dances on Saturday nights. Female college was separate from the men's college. Monday night sororities joined all classes together. No cars, which was fine. Men here first two years, then left for war (04:22); The college prepared her with good writing and organizational skills, later used for Board work. Jobs were available to women because of the war. At school, she became Chief Justice of student government. Women ran the campus newspaper and the yearbook with men gone. Women were more articulate than men, but the women were not as confident in class to speak up, due to social pressures in society (10:10); After graduation, she succeeded socially and organizationally. Learned a lesson while an undergraduate: she would have preferred that she committed herself more to academics than she did (11:29); In general, she was a successful student and she received her degree which gave her confidence.


  • June 3, 1995

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Open for research without restriction.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Elizabeth (Wisotzkey) McClellan (1923-) was born to harry Albert and Elizabeth Townsend (Ivison) Wisotzkey in York, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Middlebury College in 1945. She served as Assistant Alumnae Secretary at Middlebury College from 1945 to 1946. She married Henry Bruce McClellan in 1946 and had three children: Ann Ivison, William Smith, and Robert Niles.


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