|Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Stewart (Mary Therese) with MSMC President|
Sister Rebecca Doan, CSJ, at the dedication of the new statue May 27, 1963.
Let's go back 50 years or so to the early 1960s.
|Freshman Rosalind Stewart, front|
row center, in the 1960 yearbook.
The next mention we have of Rosalind in the archives is this sad note from the front page of the college newspaper on March 13, 1962:
|Notice of Rosalind's death|
in the Mount newspaper.
The View staff joins with the student body in offering its sympathy to the family of Rosalind Stewart, former Mount student ('63) who was killed in a plane crash on March 1. … At the time of the plane crash she was completing her training as a stewardess, and would have been assigned to a regular flight.
Although Rosalind was at the Mount only a short time, there is an enduring memorial to her just a few steps east of the Circle at Chalon. On May 27, 1963 – Mary's Day – a new statue of St. Thérèse of Lisieux was dedicated to her memory, donated by the Stewart family to replace the statue that had been destroyed in the Bel Air fire in November 1961, just a few months before Rosalind died.
And strangely, the plane crash endures in another kind of memorial. Not long ago an episode of the popular TV series "Mad Men" focused on the crash in "Flight 1." It explores the reaction at the Sterling Cooper agency to this national tragedy.
One look at the shrine of St. Thérèse is all you need, and you're there – a young life cut short, a national disaster, a grieving family. Next time you're near the Circle, visit St. Thérèse, take a look at the inscription and remember Rosalind.
In memory of Rosalind Stewart, Class of 1963, who, like St. Thérèse, loved the beauty of God's creation as revealed in flowers, trees and sky.
|Crash scene of Flight 1, March 1, 1962. Rosalind Stewart '63 was one of four |
flight attendants who were killed in the disaster in Jamaica Bay, N.Y.