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This letter from Alice Irwin, Ursinus College Class of 1959, congratulates Eleanor Snell on the occasion of her retirement from Ursinus College and remarks on Eleanor's influence on women's athletics.

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Gaithersburg, Maryland




Eleanor Snell, Ursinus College, retirement, David A. Young, Alice Irwin Young, Donald Helfferich


Health and Physical Education | Higher Education | Sports Studies


[May 18, 1970]

[Dear Miss Snell,]

[Although I've hoped this time wouldn't have to come for those girls who will attend Ursinus in the future as P.E. majors or as women athletes, now that it has and you are retiring I know I must put aside such thoughts and wish you much good health and happiness to enjoy your retirement years.]

[I'm sure it is some consolation to me as an alumna as well as to those who are currently attending Ursinus to know you will still be coaching. However, it is only fitting that now you enjoy doing things you have passed up or have always wanted to do but have not had time for because you have devoted yourself to Ursinus and to athletics for so many years.]

[Being a "Snell's Belle" has a proud connotation for me as I feel in part a product of an amazing person. To compile outstanding records year after year, to establish the respect of one's colleagues, students, friends, acquaintances and even those who have only heard of you - to be an outstanding teacher and a good friend, a person who exhibits patience and extremely good judgment - these are only a few of your attributes! I am very grateful for my four years at Ursinus; most of my fondest memories are of my experiences in athletics - the opportunities to play in tournaments, to travel and to meet and compete with others.]

[It's always a pleasure to read about the women's varsity records in the Alumni Bulletin and I do hope they'll always be outstanding. Dr. Helfferich's statement in one of his messages that he wouldn't want to change anything about the women's athletic records is encouraging. The very beneficial influence that you have established I trust will remain for a long time.]

[My best regards to you, a very important person in my life, for a happy retirement.]

[Very sincerely,]

[Alice '59]

Letter From Alice Young to Eleanor Snell, May 18, 1970



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