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Miriam Wight Cheesman MacKenna ’40

Miriam, a librarian who enlisted in the Naval Women’s Reserve during World War II, serving as a communications officer, died Dec. 31, 2019.

Writes son Gordon Cheesman ’75: “At Swarthmore, Mimi reportedly received at least one prize for having the best student book collection — probably due to her early efforts to collect editions illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, Howard Pyle, and Arthur Rackham. Fitting for a future librarian.” A music lover, Mimi managed the chorus while at Swarthmore, and she sang in choruses, chorales, and church choirs well into her 80s.

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