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Women in Walter Hall at Pacific University

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Women in Walter Hall at Pacific University

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This is a photograph taken most likely in the first few months of 1966 of four women: (left to right) Zelda Wissman, Judith Engdahl, Carolyn Brown, and Virginia Stretcher. They are in a dorm room in Walter Hall at Pacific University looking at vinyl records which include The Kingsmen's 'Louie Louie', The Beatles' 'A Hard Day's Night', and The Rolling Stones' 'Satisfaction'.

Mary Eliece (Zelda) Wissman graduated from Pacific University in 1969 with a B.A. in English. She was from Belvedere, California, and later married, changing her last name to Weeks and relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana. During the time of this photograph, she was a freshman living in Walter Hall.

Judith Ann Engdahl graduated from Pacific University in 1968 with a B.A. in Sociology. She originated from Edina, Minnesota. When she married in August, 1968, she changed her last name to Bishop and relocated to Portland, Oregon. Engdahl has since donated money back to Pacific University, During the time of this photograph, she was a sophomore living in Walter Hall.

Carolyn Marian Brown graduated from Pacific University in 1968 with a B.A. in Speech. She was from Orinda, California. She changed her last name to Moore when she married and then moved to Chico, California to become a teacher. During the time of this photograph, she was sophomore living in Walter Hall.

Virginia Ann Stretcher was a student into her senior year at Pacific University, but there were records found stating that she graduated from the university. She was a history major, originating from Bakersfield, California. There are a few other photographs of her from the same time period in the Pacific University archives. During the time of this photograph, she was a sophomore living in Walter Hall.

When looking at this photograph in comparison to others near its location in the Pacific University archives, this photo is one of many staged photos for publicity.

Walter Hall was built in 1958 and named after Judith Scott Walter, the daughter of the first graduate from Pacific University. Walter had allotted the largest single grant to Pacific University that the school had received thus far in her will and upon her death, it was put towards building a new all-female residence hall. The hall was opened up to students in September, 1958, and is still standing today. It is three-stories tall and has a basement used for laundry and storage. It has double and single-bedrooms and currently houses about 250 students.

Date

1966

Identifier

PUApic_008304.jpg

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Rights Not Evaluated

Citation

“Women in Walter Hall at Pacific University,” Pacific University Archives Exhibits, accessed September 19, 2017, http://exhibits.lib.pacificu.edu/items/show/7571.