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Marjorie R. Kaufman

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February 16, 2013
Ms. Kaufman is how I think of Marjorie - a wise woman. In a senior seminar I took with her, I learned a lesson of a lifetime. I had survived a serious bike accident resulting in a close head injury. Believing my brain was working better than ever, I submitted a paper to Ms. Kaufman and believed it would just so please her. With reluctance, she returned my paper to me. Not sure I remember which was redder the markings on my paper or my eyes. Ms. Kaufman explained tenderly,she could not assign it a grade. She said, give your brain time to heal but keep exercising it.

Ms. Kaufman's love of learning and teaching was infectious. Her encouraging words have been a mantra for me as I have struggled to overcome academic and professional challenges.
November 30, 2012
Miss Kaufman was my Freshmen English Composition teacher. Since I just read that she came to Mt. Holyoke in '54, I must have had her in her second year of teaching. I will never forget how much she encouraged me. I remember a conference with her where she told me I could write! No one had ever told me that before! I never forgot that message!
November 29, 2012
I still tell the following story: I was a student in Prof. Kaufman's 2nd semester Am. Lit. class. She gave a pop quiz on "Moby Dick" which over half of us failed. So, she kicked us out of class and told us, without the usual twinkle in her eye, not to return till we had finished. A dropped pin could be heard in the classroom and nobody budged. We didn't believe her. She repeated herself and told us to leave. We slunk out of class, unbelievably embarrassed. Needless to say, we never showed up again unprepared.
November 19, 2012
She was my freshman advisor and one of the most memorable professors in my four years there. I'm sorry our class will not have the pleasure of her company at our upcoming 50 th reunion. I don't remember her clothes but her smile, her eyes and her enthusiasm is in my mental memory book.
November 19, 2012
I think that most of us who had Miss Kaufman remember her in several ways,--as tough but terrific, as well as funny. I had her for Freshman composition or whatever that first course was that we had to take. I still remember her comment to this Vermonter on what was apparently turgid prose: "You have a "granite" style. Native?!!"
She will be missed.
November 17, 2012
I join the throngs who will never forget her, with the deepest of gratitude. As a fledgling freshman writer, she gave me courage to find my own voice and way with words. I felt known and validated for who I was and how I spoke in words whilst, all the while, she gently guided that process to a far more effective voice. A teaching marvel who was one of MHC's greatest gifts to all of us!
November 17, 2012
Marjorie Kaufman was my freshman advisor and English teacher.... always reassuring as an advisor and always an insightful and constructive critic as a teacher. After sitting in her class for the first few weeks and being energized by her intellect, style, and knowledge, I remember telling my folks that I was so pleased at the high level of the class and "yay! I'm in college now!"
November 17, 2012
I can still remember exactly where I was sitting in the MHC classroom as Miss Kaufman took us on a trip down the Mississippi with Huck Finn or in search of the great white whale. She continues to be an inspiration and a strong influence in all the reading and writing I have done over many years. Probably she is the reason I am teaching today. It was a privilege to have been her student.
November 15, 2012
Miss (as we called her then) Kaufman was the most inspirational and memorable college teacher I had. I was lucky enough to have her as my freshman English teacher and advisor. She taught me to read and to write and had a wonderful sense of humor. Although i had no contact with her after i left MHC inn 1961 to transfer to Barnard, she has lived on in my memory. For some reason, as i was looking at my alumnae magazine today, i was inspired to "Google" her name and find out what she was up to. Alas, I found that she had recently passed on. I welcome this opportunity to pay tribute to her and bid her a fond farewell.
November 15, 2012
Dear Marjorie: I met you when I was 13 years old when you came to live in my Mother's(Kathleen M. Lynch)house. You brought me much love, stability, and understand - you were like a big sister - thank you. We lost contact over the years, but last year when I came to South Hadley to visit my old childhood friend, Linda O'Conner Scott, we came to your lovely house, and had the best visit. You were so happy to see that I had really survived many ups-and-downs over the years. You were so proud of me, and I was so glad to see you again. We will "meet" again, and you will be able to give me the "record player from my 16 Birthday that my mother took away"! Love you forever dear, very special friend, Liz -"kiddo"

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