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I was delighted with the article about writing a Torah in the Summer/Fall 2013 Quarterly. As a Jewish student at Goucher, Class of 1960, I was a member of the very small Jewish Students’ Association. I attended holiday services at synagogues in East Liberty and Pikesville, and for four years had Jewish “college parents.” Certainly there was no Hillel, nor Jewish studies minor. At that time, I never knew there was such a thing as writing and dedicating a Torah, though I do now. When I look at photos in the Quarterly and observe the rainbow of students, the study and off-campus opportunities available, I wish I was a Goucher girl once again. We certainly did not encourage squash cucumbers, don the kente cloth, complete a dance major, tweet, or text. So, mazel tov to Goucher! Onward and upward. The best is yet to come!
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GOUCHER QUARTERLY | WINTER 2014
Susan Willner Wallen ’60
We Asked; You Answered Horseback Flashbacks In the last issue, we asked those of you who rode or boarded horses at Goucher to send us your memories of being in the saddle. Quite a few of you responded, including the “mystery” horsewoman in the photo from the 1973 Donnybrook Fair: That is a picture of me! I was riding at Goucher from 1969-1973. It was a constant part of my college experience. I remember building the trails through the woods, jumping in the ﬁelds, lessoning with Janet McBrien, and going to an 8 a.m. calculus class in britches and then running to the stable. Riding allowed me to take a deep breath between academic rigors,
and the horses were always there, waiting to carry me away. When I was riding, I was transported. I can still remember the exhilaration and the feel of a lovely fall day on my face as I focused on every jump. —Elizabeth Shapiro Thayer ’73 I arrived as a freshman at Goucher in 1945 when the only dorm in Towson was Mary Fisher Hall. My horse, Landing Party, arrived with me and was well cared for at Mr. Dentry’s stables. Miss Eline von Borries [Class of 1915] was our instructor and mentor. We loved and respected her and her horse, Healthy and Wise. Some of us rode most every afternoon through miles of undeveloped rolling ﬁelds, jumping small fences and fallen trees. It was glorious! — Nancy Clark Reynolds ’49
For more memories, visit www.goucher.edu/quarterlyextra.
More Good Stuff
3-D POETRY: Photos of works by Jenny O’Grady ’98, who turns poems into art and hides words in the gills of a horseshoe crab.
Don't miss the online extras offered with this issue of the Quarterly. They can be found at www.goucher.edu/ quarterlyextra and include:
FIFTY YEARS OF DANCE: A collection of images that span the years of Chrystelle Trump Bond’s tenure at Goucher. JULIA GETS A FACELIFT: Images from the new Academic Center at Julia Rogers.