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Notable Alumnae

Dana Hall graduates include best-selling authors, Pulitzer Prize-winning poets, trail-blazing scientists, Olympic athletes and Emmy-award winning actresses. Our alumnae dream big and sail far. See what some of them have accomplished.

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  • Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein '86

    Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein '86 is the daughter of Princess Muna al-Hussein and King Hussein. Al Hussien is a strong supporter of women’s rights and continues making strides on behalf of women in Jordan.
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  • Denise Bacon '37

    Denise Bacon '37 bestowed Dana Hall with a great musical legacy. In the mid-1950s Bacon composed Dana’s current Alma Mater, and in 1957 she founded the Dana Hall School of Music.
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  • Margaret Wise Brown '28

    Margaret Wise Brown '28 was a best-selling American children's book author. Brown's most notable books include: Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and Big Red Barn.
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  • Margaret Boles Fitzgerald' 73

    Margaret Boles Fitzgerald '73, P04 is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. In 1992, Fitzgerald was named one of Boston's ten outstanding leaders.
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  • Nina Garcia '83

    Nina Garcia '83 is a best-selling author, journalist and style expert. She is the current Creative Director at Marie Claire magazine and a judge on Project Runway. Previously, Garcia worked at Elle Magazine for 17 years. Garcia has appeared as a fashion expert on Good Morning America and The Today Show.
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  • Dr. Susan Hamant Hou '64

    Dr. Susan Hamant Hou '64 made history in 2002 when she became the first U.S. physician to donate a kidney to an unrelated patient. Dr. Hou is also one of the co-founders of a community medical clinic located in the rain forest in eastern Bolivia.
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  • Carol Cadwgan Lavell '61

    Carol Cadwgan Lavell '61 is a world renowned dressage equestrian. As a member of the 1992 United States Olympic Equestrian Team, Lavell won a team bronze medal in dressage in Barcelona, Spain. Lavell was recognized in 1990 and 1992 as the US Olympic Committees Female Athletic of the Year.
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  • Rabbi Emily Gopen Lipof '58

    Rabbi Emily Gopen Lipof '58 has led a multifaceted life with work in education, politics and as a Rabbi. Lipof is the first woman in the United States to be named Senior Rabbi of a major congregation.
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  • Louise Heublein McCagg '55, P78

    Louise Heublein McCagg '55, P78 is a talented sculptor who donated "The Grandmothers" exhibit to Dana Hall in honor of Dana’s Centennial Celebration.
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  • Karen Middleton '84

    Karen Middleton '84 has experience as an elected official, trainer, educator, leader and small business owner.
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  • Sharon Olds '60

    Sharon Olds ‘60 is a world-renowned poet who received the Pulitzer Prize for her book of poetry Stag’s Leap in 2013. In 2012, Olds was the first female American poet to win the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.
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  • Mary (Maizie) Cameron Sanford '48

    Mary (Maizie) Cameron Sanford '48 and her family have a rich history with Hawaii's pineapple and real estate ventures. Sanford is the Director Emeritus of the Maui Land and Pineapple Company, and the retired Chairman and President of Maui Publishing Company.
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  • Lesley Jane Nonkin Seymour '74

    Lesley Jane Nonkin Seymour '74 is editor-in-chief of More Magazine, the most recent stop in her career in magazines that began at Vogue in 1982.
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  • Hillary Bailey Smith '75

    Hillary Bailey Smith '75 is an Emmy-winning actress and producer who performed in theater, film and television. From 1992-2009, Smith portrayed the character Nora Hanen Buchanan on ABC's One Life to Live.
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  • Karen Wennbergh Stives '68

    Karen Wennbergh Stives '68 is an equestrian Olympic medalist. Stives was the first woman to win an individual Olympic three-day event medal. Dana Hall's equestrian center now bears her name: The Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center.
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  • Latanya Sweeney '77

    Latanya Sweeney ‘77 is the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Trade Commission, Harvard faculty member, and a world renowned computer scientist. Sweeney was the first African American woman at MIT to receive her PhD in Computer Science.
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  • Zoe Timms '93

    Zoe Timms '93 founded the Women's Education Project, which makes higher education accessible to young women living in poverty worldwide by putting in place financial, academic and social support structures.
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  • Cynthia Irving Voigt '59

    Cynthia Irving Voigt '59 is an award-winning young adult fiction writer. For more than 20 years Voigt was a classroom teacher, which served as an inspiration for her to write stories for school-age children.
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  • Alexandra Wentworth '83

    Alexandra Wentworth '83 is an actress, comedian, writer and producer. Wentworth's most notable television roles and appearances include: In Living Color, Seinfeld, Felicity, Blue Bloods and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her film appearances include: Jerry Maguire, Office Space and It's Complicated.
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  • Honorable Marjorie Jacobs Yashar '58

    Honorable Marjorie Jacobs Yashar '58 was the first woman judge appointed to the Administrative Adjudication Court.
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  • Saliba Courtyard

    Favorite Place
  • Senior-Sophomore

    Favorite Tradition
  • South Africa Trip

    Favorite Memory

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  • Vietta

    "Dana offers many great opportunities including a trip to South Africa every other year. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be visiting South Africa, let alone with some of my closest friends. The trip enabled us to interact with real South Africans as they experienced their real lives, an opportunity I could never have had as a tourist."