In honor of members of the Pine Manor community who passed away
Professor Michele Mastrolia Talbot
Michele Mastrolia Talbot of Chestnut Hill, MA, died peacefully on February 7th, 2013, surrounded by her family. Michele was born in Boston and grew up on Beacon Hill. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Newton College; a Master’s Degree in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; a Certificate of Advanced Study from the National Science Foundation’s Marine Studies Institute Joint Program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute; and a Certificate in Public Health from Harvard University.
Her greatest passion was teaching: she taught as a professor for 41 years at Pine Manor College, where she designed and directed the B.A. program in Biology and Pre-Medical Studies. She developed new courses in areas including the biology of HIV and AIDS, ethical issues in science and technology, human infectious disease, epidemiology, pathophysiology, marine biology, and forensic science. Michele was made an Honorary Member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, and she received the Ruth Allinger Gibson Award for Teaching Excellence in 1988 and 2001, as well as the Kellogg Award for Distinguished Service. She also helped develop and direct the Articulation Program within the Connell School of Nursing at Boston College. Loving mother of Lindsay and Theodore Talbot. Beloved wife of Ray Huard and the late Samuel Talbot, II. Daughter of the late Emilio and the late Helen Mastrolia. Sister of Dennis Mastrolia.
The Pine Manor community lost a beloved teacher, friend and colleague when Pam Palmer died on December 1, 2011. Pam joined Pine Manor in 2004 as Academic Coordinator for the English Language Institute and, most recently, was Director of the Enhanced Foundational Program. Her love for the College and her passion for teaching were well known to all. At a campus gathering in her memory on December 7, several of her students recalled how Pam’s caring about them was powerfully contagious, empowering them to believe in themselves and their capacity to succeed. Again and again, students for whom English is not their first language eloquently explained how Pam’s belief in their ability to master the skills of English made it possible for them to express themselves, tell their stories, and pursue their dreams.
From 1975-1985 Pam taught at The Pike School in Andover, MA, where she was the Upper School Drama teacher. There, too, she was a beloved teacher, colleague and larger-than-life figure of the school. Her students included James Spader and George Miserlis, now well-known and award-winning actors and TV stars. In 2009 Pam was honored by the Alumni Council of The Pike School for her Outstanding Service to the School and Council.
Between teaching careers, Pam tapped her entrepreneurial skills. She owned and operated her own store, “Boutique Unique,” on Newbury Street in Boston, and that venture was followed by “The Silver Woman” in Newton Center. Her love and flair for theatre, however, were always an important part of her life. In fact, Pam did the choreography for four musicals at Massachusetts Bay Community College that were directed by Steve Donovan, PMC’s current Director of International Student Services. The College and its students, past and present, are most fortunate to have benefitted from the exceptional talent and passion that Pam brought to everything she did. She is survived by her son, three grandchildren, many close friends she considered family, and her three cherished dogs.
Professor Emeritus Rodman Robinson Henry
Art History Professor Emeritus Rodman Robinson Henry, age 86, passed away on September 22, 2011, in Pittsfield, MA, after a short illness. Dr. Henry was beloved by both former students and colleagues and was an influential educator at Pine Manor College for more than forty years. He instilled an appreciation of the fine arts and architecture in hundreds of PMC students. He had a deep and abiding love for the art and architecture of Italy and, in the late 1970’s, led a number of summer tours there for PMC students and alumnae.
Devoted to the College, Professor Henry took a leadership role on campus. He served on multiple committees ranging from curriculum to development and chaired the group that oversaw the 1965 move of the College from its original campus in Wellesley to its current home in Chestnut Hill. He took great delight in the new campus and authored a number of monographs about the history and architecture of the Dane Estate property.
Remembering Professor Henry, Serena Strazzulla Kokjer Greening ’59, Chair of the PMC Board of Trustees, said, “He was a beloved professor and his classes were a favorite with the entire student community. His knowledge was monumental and he gladly imparted it to his students.”
Nancy Feick Kendall ’49, PMC Trustee Emerita, commented, “Rod played such an important role in the life of many students at Pine Manor. It was a privilege to work with him during those many years I was on the Board of Trustees.”
Professor Henry was born in Pittsfield on May 26, 1925, and graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army in September of that year, serving in Italy, and received the Bronze Star, for bravery for defending his unit under fire as a member of the 88th Mountain Division, as well as the Purple Heart. After the war, he received his B.S in 1950 from American International College in Springfield, MA, and earned his A.M. in Art History from Boston University in 1952. He then worked at Harvard University’s Fogg Museum of Art, before returning to Boston University to earn his Ph.D. in Art History in 1959. While working toward his doctoral degree, Dr. Henry began teaching at Pine Manor College. He remained at the college until his retirement in 1995, at age 70. He also served as an adjunct professor at Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute, and Boston University. Dr. Henry received many honors and awards in his lifetime, including the Clara Torrey Clement/Rodman R. Henry Professional Chair in Art History, which was established at Pine Manor College in 1987.
A long-time resident of Wellesley, MA, Dr. Henry returned to Pittsfield in 2005, where he pursued his passions of art and music. He is survived by a sister, Fay J. Henry, of Pittsfield.
Professor Emeritus Burnham Carter, Jr.
Professor Emeritus of English Burnham Carter, Jr., passed away at the age of 87 on August 29, 2011, in Old Lyme, CT. Professor Carter first joined Pine Manor College as Academic Dean in 1971. He taught English courses at the College as well and, in May 1987, was installed as the first recipient of the Endowed Josephine Abercrombie ’44 Chair in Writing, an honor that reflected his years of effort to focus PMC’s English Program on writing, to bring word-processing to writing classes, and to develop cross-disciplinary writing courses. His love for teaching and writing enriched the learning experience of countless PMC students. He retired from Pine Manor in 1996.
Professor Carter was born on January 21, 1924, in Watertown, CT. His earliest school years were spent at the German School in Havana, Cuba, where his father worked with the American Embassy. The family later moved to New York City, and he graduated from the Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY, before attending Princeton University. Following his graduation from Princeton in 1943, he immediately enlisted in the Navy, where he served as an aviator with the rank of lieutenant (j.g.). In 1948, he received his M.A. from Colgate and, in 1955, his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Prior to coming to Pine Manor, he taught for ten years at Purdue University and then served as Academic Dean at Briarcliff College in New York.
During his years at Pine Manor, Dr. Carter and his wife of 55 years, Sue, lived in Dedham, MA. Following her death in 1999, he returned to Old Lyme, where the family had spent summers. In 2001, he published “The Storyteller,” a life of his father, and in 2007, “Legacies,” a set of sonnets about his family, was published. He is survived by a sister, three children, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.