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51% #1646: An Archivist Talks About A Former Nun And College President

Former Manhattanville College President Elizabeth McCormack
Courtesy of Manhattanville College
Former Manhattanville College President Elizabeth McCormack

On this week’s 51%, hear about the life of a former college president. She changed many things about Manhattanville, a liberal arts college in the suburbs of New York City.

In late 2020, a former president of  Manhattanville College in Westchester County, New York died. The college’s archivist — Lauren Ziarko — dove into a trove of material about the unorthodox former college president’s life and legacy.

An infant born with a damaged heart has helped break barriers in pediatric cardiac care for patients around the world. And her mother, with roots in a hamlet east of Albany, designed more suitable hospital attire for babies, now used across the country. 51% Dave Lucas reports. 

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio

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