Education: The Quiet Alumna

Frugally, quietly, and keeping her own counsel, Mary Clarke lived the uneventful life of a New England spinster. In 1947 she made her will, and in 1950, at 90, she died. Last week, surprised Smith College officials had good reason to wonder what sort of woman she had been. Spinster Clarke had seen no need to bother the college at the time, but in her will she directed that some $200,000 be held and invested by a Rhode Island bank until it grew to $400,000, then given to Smith. By last week, when Smith got the belated news, the Clarke bequest...

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