Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Photo Gallery

The Early Years

Female Students Before 1969

While Franklin & Marshall College became officially coeducational in 1969, student wives and other women had attended classes as non-degree, day students at various times since the 1940s. In this 1967 photo below, Anne Presley, wife of Mark Presley '68, is pictured with Professor of Geology John Moss.

  • images-offices-communications-annepresley-jpg

President Keith Spalding

Franklin & Marshall College President Keith Spalding contemplates the student demand for coeducation as posted on the campus "Protest Tree" in 1968.

  • images-offices-communications-protest-tree-jpg

Petition for Coeducation

Gene Hall '69 submits a student petition calling for coeducation to Robert Sarnoff, chairman of the Franklin & Marshall College Board of Trustees, as President Spalding looks on.

  • images-offices-communications-coed-petition-jpg

First Female Applicant

Suzan Vanderzell '73, the first female applicant for admission, is seen arriving on Jan. 8, 1969, in this publicity photo.

  • images-offices-communications-first-female-applicant-jpg

First Female Students

Annette Rineer (left) and Linda Geist are considered the first females admitted to the College after the formal adoption of coeducation. Rineer was admitted as a transfer student, while Geist is considered the initial female first-year student admitted.

  • images-offices-communications-first-women-jpg

Fall 1969 Registration

The College's new women students wait to register for classes along with their male counterparts in this fall 1969 photo.

  • images-offices-communications-coed-registration-jpg

Welcome Girls

When the first female students arrived on campus in the fall of 1969, photographers, official and otherwise, attempted to capture the spirit of the new look at Franklin & Marshall College.

  • images-offices-communications-welcome-girls-jpg