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For the dogs - and the birds

The Old School page about faculty pets that was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of the UNCG Magazine brought to mind the pets who roamed the hallways and classrooms of the Rosenthal and Coleman Buildings during the early 1960s when I was first a graduate student and then a faculty member of the extraordinary Physical Education Department of Woman's College.

The faculty pets that I remember include Ellen Griffin's toy poodle; Margaret Greene's toy poodle, Cheri; Marjorie Leonard's black miniature poodle, Missy; Jo Duncan's dachshund; Gail Hennis's black cocker spaniel, Charcoal ( fondly called “Charc” ); and Celeste Ulrich's collie, Rory (although Rory did not romp through the buildings). One would never know which of the pets would appear at a classroom door!

Sorry that there are no pictures — just fond memories. Thanks for a delightful article.

Margaret Kingston Franco '61 MS

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In 1960 I and other student government leaders were having supper with Dean Taylor at her house (behind the old Home Ec building) when apparently she was not pleased with the way I was directing things, and she got the leash and suggested that I take the dog for a walk. When we came in from the cold, the meeting was over, and I handed over the leash and went home, disconsolate that I had been so easily displaced, and I was a senior. I am glad to know the dog's name and that Suki had a “good side.” Now if only someone can tell me what I did that night to get on Dean Taylor's bad side.

Emily Herring Wilson '61

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Pigeons often visited Katharine Brown Fraser's room in Cone Residence Hall. Pigeons often visited Katharine Brown Fraser's room in Cone Residence Hall.

I am Katharine Brown Fraser. A 1977 graduate of UNCG in health education. My sophomore year I was in Cone dormitory … way up.

I was delighted with the article about campus pets and wanted to share the enclosed photo dated 1975. In my dorm room we had tiny little windows with screens. Half the time the screens just fell off, so when they were open I had several pigeons that loved to visit me and sit on my top closet shelf. They were regulars due to the amount of food I provided.

I don't get to Greensboro much anymore but I wear my UNCG class ring all the time. I loved my experience there and treasure being identified as a graduate. I was in Europe once on a busy street in Belgium and a woman approached me to say she saw my ring and knew I was from UNCG. She was too.


Katharine Brown Fraser '77

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Thirty years apart
Catherine Mason Carpenter was pictured as one of three sets of unrelated students with the same name. Catherine Mason Carpenter was pictured as one of three sets of unrelated students with the same name.

(My mom) Catherine Mason Carpenter started college in 1937 when she was only 16. She had graduated from Gastonia High School in the spring of 1937 and turned 17 on Oct. 30, 1937. She finished three years at The Woman's College of the University of North Carolina, majoring in nutrition in the School of Home Economics. Her senior year she dropped out of school, got married and started a family. I would like to say that even though my mom did not get her degree, she was welcomed as an alumnus of the school she loved. She always remembered it and the friends she made and kept up with all her life.

Karen Beck Ringer, left, pictured in 1967. Karen Beck Ringer, left, pictured in 1967.

Thirty years later in 1967, I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The university's name had changed in 1963, the year I began my four years. I had graduated from Frank L. Ashley High School in Gastonia, formerly known as Gastonia High School, in the spring of 1963 at age 17 and turned 18 in September while I was a freshman at the university.

As far as noticing a difference, we had nothing to go by. We very seldom noticed any boys on campus. Being in Interior Design in the Home Economics Department for the first two years pretty much excluded men, and then being in the Business School for my junior and senior years I don't remember seeing many.

Anyway, It was a wonderful experience. We were pretty much sheltered from what was going on outside our own experience. We did know of the civil rights struggle, the Vietnam War, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Beatles, but we were too busy in our own lives to keep up much with outside things. Besides, back then we did not have televisions in our rooms, only one downstairs in the basement! And we certainly did not have computers or a smart phone!

Karen Elizabeth Beck Ringer '67

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