Excerpt from Annual Reports, President and Treasurer, 1916-18
These two years have brought many losses to the College. On February 12, 1917, Pauline Adeline Durant, the widow of the founder of the College, died at her home in Wellesley. Mrs. Durant gave the heartiest co-operation to Mr. Durant's plan for founding the College, and throughout his life assisted him in every way. After his death in October, 1881, she accepted the care of the College as a sacred trust from her husband, and gave to it thought, time, and money. Mrs. Durant had been an invalid confined to her home for more than three years before her death, but until these later years no meeting of the Board of Trustees nor any college function was complete without her presence. N o more just appreciation of Mrs. Durant's life and work would be possible than that furnished by the following Resolutions adopted by the Trustees and by the faculty.
In the death of Pauline Adeline Durant on February 12, 1917, Wellesley College loses not only its associate founder but a devoted friend and bene factor.
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