Goodbye Meredith, Hello Norcross

A Trusting Smile and Kindly Words

The 1946-1947 Microcosm bids farewell to Dean Josephine B. Meredith, who served the college as dean of women for 25 years. The Microcosm cites her "philosophy and indefatigable sense of humor, together with her wisdom about youth and its trials" as what made her well-suited to giving female students advice. In this Microcosm, Dean Helen B. Norcross is listed as the new dean of women and is said to have gained female students' confidence with her "trusting smile and kindly words," adding that these attributes made her a more effective disciplinarian than "the strictest of rules" would.