Claire Waterhouse Gargalli '64
Equibank - then highest ranking female banking executive in the U.S.
An economics major at Middlebury, Claire Waterhouse Gargalli joined Fidelity Bank of Philadelphia immediately after graduation. At that time Fidelity was the fifth largest bank in the state, and Ms. Gargalli rose through the ranks to become head of their corporate banking department. She was later named executive vice president of Fidelity and president of Fidelity's International Bank. In 1984, Ms. Gargalli was appointed president of Pittsburgh's Equibank, earning her the highest position in American banking ever held by a woman. As president of Equibank she was responsible for all of the bank's day-to-day operations. She was instrumental in executing the bank's plan to raise $100 million in one year. Under her direction, Equibank consolidated its branch operations in 55 Pittsburgh-area communities and expanded to the Philadelphia market.
Charles Moffett '67
Museum curator, author of books and guides
Mr. Moffett joined New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1972, after earning an M.A. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. Over the next decade, he moved from graduate assistant to curator of European paintings, and had great success in 1978 and 1983 with shows on Monet and Manet. Manet 1832-1883 established his international reputation and earned him a variety of honors including the Prix Bernier of the Institut de France. Mr. Moffett was named curator-in-charge of paintings and coordinating curator of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 1983, the same year he taught as a distinguished Johnson Visiting professor of Art History at Middlebury. He also wrote the book, Impressionist and Post Impressionist Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, published in 1985. Mr. Moffett has served as an advisor to private collectors, Sotheby's, and the IRS and has been honored by Esquire Magazine for his fine work and many achievements. Mr. Moffett is currently executive vice president and co-chairman of Modern Art at Sotheby's.
William Montgomery '45
Doctor, author, professor
A native Vermonter, Montgomery was born in Proctor, received his M.D. degree from the University of Vermont Medical School and did his internship at the Mary Fletcher Hospital in Burlington. He is the author of more than one hundred articles, chapters and books related to the upper respiratory system. Montgomery has served as a professor in otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and as director of the Head and Neck Tumor Clinic and director of the Rhinolaryngology Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Georgia Maxine Atkins Smith '50 (MA French School)
When Maxine Smith received her masters degree in 1950 from the French School it represented a victory both for her and for the State of Tennessee. She attained her academic goal; Tennessee, by paying her way to Vermont, had maintained its segregated higher education system. Along with her degree from Spellman College, Ms. Smith returned to Memphis to teach, but her attention soon turned to organizing sit-ins, boycotts and other protests. As full-time executive secretary of the Board of Education she became one of the generals in the civil rights movement. She escorted the initial first graders into desegregated Memphis schools; she drove James Meredith to register at "Ole Miss" as that segregated system fell, she organized Black Mondays which saw 67,000 black children boycott schools in support of more black teachers and redistricting and she led the way to court ordered bussing.