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The impact of giving through wills and life income gifts can be seen and experienced all across campus. In roommates who come from opposite corners of the globe to climb a mountain on a cool autumn day. In a state of the art lab where a professor and students create renewable energy technology. In a dorm room late at night where students come together to establish a global nonprofit organization to empower women around the world.

Mount Holyoke alumnae believe that all lives are better when women are given every opportunity to live up to their full potential. Make that potential a reality by investing in the future of Mount Holyoke.

Paula O'Hara ’66

Paula O’Hara ’66

The year after graduating, Paula Furlong O’Hara ’66 gave five dollars to The Mount Holyoke Fund. The next year she gave ten.

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Diane Miller ’86

Diane Miller ’86

When Diane Miller ’86 found herself finally earning a paycheck after years of medical school, one of her first decisions was to invest — in her future, and Mount Holyoke’s.

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Ellen Archibald ’69

Ellen Archibald ’69

Mount Holyoke boosted Ellen Archibald’s self-confidence and led her to new places. Her legacy gift will help future students to follow their dreams.

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Peter and Susie Betzer

Susie Beers Betzer ’65

Susie Beers Betzer’s husband, Peter, pulled off a special holiday surprise for his favorite green griffin.

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Maria Mossaides '73

Maria Mossaides ’73

For Maria Mossaides ’73, the decision to establish a deferred charitable gift annuity wasn’t just about supplementing her income later in life.

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Zoe Hale '67

Mary Jean Ahern Hale, MD ’67

“It means everything to me to give back to Mount Holyoke. I have always felt completely and totally in debt to the College,” says Mary Jean Ahern Hale ’67.

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Linda Fritzinger '62

Linda Brandt Fritzinger ’62

Linda Brandt Fritzinger ’62 is honoring Mount Holyoke’s commitment to women through a generous bequest. Her hope is that the gift will help sustain the College’s legacy of graduating students who believe in themselves.

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Norma Barrett '04

Norma Barrett ’04

Norma Barrett ’04 is determined to help Mount Holyoke continue to open doors for women who are defying the odds.

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Cornelia Griffin Farmer '67

Cornelia Griffin Farmer ’67

As a high school student, Cornelia “Connie” Griffin Farmer ’67 first visited Mount Holyoke in March of her junior year...

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Donna Dube Hryb '67

Donna Dube Hryb ’67

Donna Dube Hryb ’67, an Army veteran and retired social worker, credits Mount Holyoke with “opening her world.”

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Judy Shepherd DeBrandt '66

Judy Shepherd DeBrandt ’66

Judy Shepherd DeBrandt ’66 recalls seeing a T-shirt imprinted with the words “Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.”

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Vong-ling Lee '19

Tsun-yu "Chinnie" Kwan ’54

To honor her mother, Tsun-yu (Chinnie) Kwan ’54 made a significant philanthropic investment in Mount Holyoke to endow the Vong-ling Lee ’19 Scholarship Fund. It will provide need-based scholarships for exceptional students...

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1965 MHC Alumnae

1965 Alumnae

In these inspiring videos, four members of the class share why—and how—they support Mount Holyoke.

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Julie Van Camp

Julie C. Van Camp ’69

Julie C. Van Camp ’69 was a junior high student in Davenport, Iowa, when she first heard of Mount Holyoke, after stumbling upon ...

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Meg Harlor

Meg Harlor ’65

In her Mount Holyoke classes, Meg Harlor ’65, then known as Mickey Herz, always knew that her voice would be heard. 

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Linda Cadigan

Linda Cadigan ’68

In July 1977, Linda Cadigan ’68 was a young mother in Hartford, Connecticut—and one month away from entering nursing school...

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Sarah Nunneley

Sarah A. Nunneley ’63

 By age 30, Sarah A. Nunneley ’63 was the first woman to complete residency and board certification in aerospace medicine. 

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Debby Hall

Debby Hall and Jane Zimmy ’74

Though they didn’t know each other as undergraduates, Debby Hall and Jane Zimmy now share a bond forged through more...

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Julie Oh Ybarra

Julie Oh Ybarra ’90

Joo-Yun “Julie” Oh Ybarra ’90 believes that it’s never too early to start planning for retirement.

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