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.
Franklin & Marshall College President Keith Spalding contemplates the student demand for coeducation as posted on the campus "Protest Tree" in 1968.
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.
Suzan Vanderzell '73, the first female applicant for admission, is seen arriving on Jan. 8, 1969, in this publicity photo.
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.
The College's new women students wait to register for classes along with their male counterparts in this fall 1969 photo.
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.