Vassar alum Anne MacKay passes away

05 Apr 2013 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Anne MacKay, passed away on April 26, 2012 at the age of 84. In 1970 she sent a letter to her college's alumnae magazine about being gay at Vassar, but the editors rejected it. That inspired her to continue documenting the experiences of lesbians at Vassar, and in 1993 her first book, Wolf Girls at Vassar: Lesbian and Gay Experiences 1930-1990, was published. Anne helped found the Lesbian and Gay Alumnae of Vassar College. When asked what advice she would like to pass on, she said, "What I know is that I think the most important word is 'let's.' Let's do it. Let's try. Let's go. And things don't happen because people don't imagine them. And if you can imagine something, you can get everybody to help you do it."

A Vassar alum wrote in her obituary in Lesbian Connection: "Fare thee well, Anne, I love you. As one of the many Vassar Wolfgirls whom you inspired and encouraged to come forth and create a vital lesbian and gay community at Vassar, I miss your gentle, warm and deeply intelligent guidance."

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