Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project

Interview with Eleanor Samworth

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Interview with Eleanor Samworth


April 22, 2015

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Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project


Eleanor Samworth came to Skidmore in 1964.  During her tenure she experienced the move to the new campus, growth in student enrollments, inception of coeducation in 1970, expansion of Liberal Studies, and computer use as central to many disciplines.  As chair of the Chemistry/Physics Department she oversaw the inception of Physics as a separate major and an agreement with Dartmouth for an engineering program.  In this interview she also discusses her involvement with the Skidmore Chapter of AAUP, especially a study of salary disparities between men and women faculty.  She remarks on how President Palamountain’s tenure was marked by construction and, during the Vietnam war era, tensions between faculty and administration.  Under the Porter presidency she saw an increase in money raised for student scholarships as well as a growth in student minority recruitment and funds for faculty support and endowed chairs.  Since her retirement in 1994 she has volunteered for a number of local organizations.


English (en)


Dym, Jordana; Stern, Rebecca, '16


Retiree Oral History Project


Eileen McAdam


Oral History

Date Created

January 5, 2016

Date Copyrighted

January 5, 2015

Date Submitted

January 17, 2016

Date Issued

January 17, 2016

Date Modified

January 17, 2016

Date Valid

January 17, 2016

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Eileen McAdam, Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley


Eleanor Samworth


Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866

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Audio recording

Record Creation Date

December 13, 2018


Dym, Jordana; Stern, Rebecca, '16, “Interview with Eleanor Samworth ,” Skidmore Saratoga Memory Project, accessed July 23, 2024,

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