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The belles of Saint Mary's. volume (None) 1937-current, May 27, 1960, Image 1

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Belles OF ST. MARY’S Vol, XXIII, No. 14 RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA May 27, 1960 Graduation Is Here ! Rev. James McDowell Dick, D.D. On Saturday, May 28, the j-ophomore Class Day exercises will take place and immediately follow ing will be varied alumnae func tions including The Rt. Reverend Richard Henry Baker, D. D. Bish- tip of North Carolina as the fea- ured speaker. In the afternoon the ‘-eniors will hold their Class Day exercises and at 8:30 the St. IMary's Dlee Club will present a concert. On Sunday the Bacculaureate ■-ermon will be given by the Rev- ^end .James IMcDowell Dick, D. t''Jio is rector of The Church n 1 Oood Shepherd, in Raleigh nd has just celebrated his 25th nniversary with that church. Dr. ichard G. Stone, President of St. , nry’s, will give a tea in his home p^ft afternoon for Parents and 'laduating Classes. Another of traditions of St. Mary’s will i revail as each class mounts the ^Ps of Smedes Hall and presents its songs. The girls attired in white dresses are arranged in such a manner that the Seniors sing their farewell and the .Juniors rise to take their jilaces. The graduation exercises will be held in the auditorium and the graduation speaker is Dr. Cecil Abernethy who is Dean of the Fac ulty of Birmingham Southern Col lege. Dr. Abernethy is an old friend of St. ^Mary’s in that he was chairman of the Visiting Commit tee of the Southern Association of College and Secondary Schools and spent several days here in the fall. IMany of the students conferred with' him at that time and St. Mary’s considers it an honor to have him as the commencement s])eaker. After the graduation ex ercise the marshals will gather and the chief marshal will drop a hand kerchief signifying the end of school year 1959-60. Dr. Abernethy Graduation Speaker Counselors Chosen For ’60'’61 ■ehn girls have been Tlie-^^ counselors for 1960-61. Tii appointments were made m-p Edith Alston, of Student Government, Ihll n VTight, Chairman of will The following people .Ja„ as senior counselors: iMnv Eawson, Trudy McGinty, liom-^ Atkinson, Ini Lii Rid.en- Dip ’ ‘'^‘'ctha Pat Bell, Susan Poe, ^^>anton, Edith Alston, i-v Erittain, Anna Cay Hen- ^Eargaret Midyette, Pip. , Ehnore, Betty Lynch, Clevc sy p*^ Eorrest Williamson, Pat- Lippcls, .\rcher Lee eonu?p ’’ JE'cky Petrca, .Jill Hol- comk ’ retrca, .im nui- Eov ®'*cffield Wilson, Dede •Tnliif*’ Earter McAlister, Trudy ®on, Suzanne Bowles, IMary Marshall, yiary yJoore, Brandy McKinley, Hannah Wright, Ann Osterman, Linda Ramsey, .Jo Ann Rochow. yJolly Cooper, Helen Reid, -A.nn Tyler, Amelia Yancey, Betsy Dunn, and Muff Nabers. Serving as counselors for the day students will be Stuart Austin and .Jean yicKimmon. It is an honor for these juniors to have been chosen as counselors. They will assume their duties a few‘days before the beginning of school in Sei)tembcr. Two of their responsibilities will be the keeping of order on the halls and also being around twenty-four hours a d.ay in order to be ‘available at all times to someone with a ju-oblem or need. Congratulations are in order for the new hall counselors. Dr. Cecil Abernethy was born in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 8, 1908. He is the son of William Hines Abernethy, of Per ry County, Alabama, and of Ann Pierce Rast Abernethy of Loundes County, Alabama. The youngest of five sons. Dr. Abernethy receiv ed his education in the Birming ham Public Schools and his A. B. degree from Birmingham-Southern College, in 1930. He attended the University of North Carolina in 1930-31 and received his M. A. in English in 1935. From 1930 until 1935, Dr. Abernethy taught Eng lish and speech at the West End High School, Birmingham. From 1935 until 1937, he was a teaching fellow at Vanderbilt in the Eng lish Department, and received his Ph. D., in 1940. His doctoral dis sertation, “A Critical Edition of Sidney Lanier’s Tiger Lilies” was incorporated into the fifth volume, “Tiger Lilies and the Civil War Prose,” of The Centennial Edition of the Complete Works of Sidney Lanier published by the .Johns Hopkins University Press. He re turned in 1939 to his alma mater as an instructor in English after having taught for a year and a half in the Engineering College at the University of Alabama. During his twenty years of ser vice at the college. Dr. Abernethy, m addition to teaching, directed tlie college theatre for twelve years. As a result of a research grant made available to the • college by t h c Carnegie Corporation, Dr. Abernethy began his research in the Restoration period and more specifically in the Diary of Samuel Pepys. A work that began as a study of the Restoration theatre devdoped into a ten-year interest in the full social life of the period. In IMay, 1953, his article “Mr Pejiys Goes to the Coronation” ap peared in the Saturday Review. In November, 1957 his book, Mr. Pepys of Seething Lane, was pub lished by McGraw-Hill, In September, 1958, upon the resignation of Dean Henry T. Shanks, Dr. Abernethy was ap pointed to the deanship by Presi dent Stanford. Dean Abernethv is a meiiAer of Phi Beta Kappa, 0‘mi- crom Delta Kappa, and Sigma Al- plia Epsilon social fraternity. He IS a member of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Birming ham. “ Dr. Abernethy married .Janice Johns of Birmingham in August 1940. They are the parents of a daughter, Ann Tarver Abernethy, who was born in 1944.

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