Marjorie Woodworth Herter, ’36, Honored as Sesquicentennial Fellow at Lake Erie College
(Painesville, Ohio) – Marjorie Woodworth Herter was chosen as a recipient of the Sesquicentennial Fellow award at Lake Erie College during recent Alumni Weekend festivities. In honor of its sesquicentennial, the College is recognizing alumni and friends whose contributions and support have enhanced its mission.
Herter has strong ties to Lake Erie College extending back to her grandmother, Lydia Sessions, who was the first principal of the Seminary, serving from 1859 to 1866. Sessions was the only female president to have any heirs as she was the only one to marry. She left the presidency when she married the Rev. William W. Woodworth, who was then pastor of the Painesville Congregational Church.
In 1936, Herter received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Lake Erie College. Her niece, Geniel Gwin Strock, graduated from the College in 1963 and her daughter, Claren Herter Hill, graduated in 1965.
Herter, whose home is in Industry, Pa., was a field director for the Beaver Castle Girl Scouts and an active volunteer in her church and community. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and once had a goal of visiting all 50 states.
Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 800 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.