1941

Ruth Weimer Tillar shares memories of being a WT student from 1938 to 1941: Being a boarding student was a wonderful and memorable experience for me. Every day was exciting—having the opportunity to live in Miss Mitchell’s home that we fondly called “the house.” Special plans were arranged for each afternoon following classes. There were trips planned by the teachers who also lived at “the house.” The teachers were Miss Felix, Miss Bortman, and Miss Smart. We attended special events in Pittsburgh including visits to art shows, flower shops, museums, programs at Pitt and [Carnegie] Tech. Another highlight was ice skating at Duquesne Gardens. We were in fashion shows for fundraising events and participated in sports on the hockey field and in the WT gymnasium. We had dinner with Miss Mitchell each evening with celebrations for birthdays and other special events. We especially enjoyed hearing Miss Mitchell speak about Scotland. There was a two-hour study hall followed by refreshments before we went to our rooms for lights out. Marion Thompson Kerwin ’42 and I were roommates for three years and have continued to see each other. At WT we made friendships that lasted a lifetime. There were visits to each other’s homes in other cities many times, keeping up with each other while in college. We were bridesmaids in each other’s weddings and attended WT reunions throughout the years. WT and Shady Side Academy had a theater production together each year and several social events. In recent years while serving on the Alumni Board at the College of William and Mary, I met another board member who is a graduate of Shady Side Academy. When we see each other he sings the WT alma mater to me, which he learned with the Shady Side Academy Glee Club.