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Looking at the Stars: Two Quaker Women Astronomers

Each summer when I was a little girl, my grand-mother’s cousin, Marjorie Williams, and her father would visit our family. Marjorie Williams was a professor of astronomy at Smith College in Massachusetts. She was charming, friendly, and much liked by all the family. We always looked forward to her visits. At my birth I was given her name; ever after we were Little Marjorie and Big Marjorie. I was an only child, and Big Marjorie was but one of my adoring relatives. I remember especially the gifts Big Marjorie gave me: a world map puzzle, geography sticker books, lovely storybooks🔒

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Marjorie Pickett Xavier is a Friend who grew up in Indiana and graduated from Earlham College. She lives in Hayward, California, and works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in San Francisco.


Posted in: April 2001, Features

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