Szeyin Lee ’15 graduated from Scripps with a dual major in computer science and cognitive science. Szeyin joined Microsoft as a software engineer after graduation and has worked in the HoloLens group, the Office division, and most recently in Xbox; she joined Facebook Oculus as a product design prototyper in August. During her time at Scripps, Szeyin was the multicultural relations chair for the Scripps Associated Students organization, a member of the Scripps Student Investment Fund, and founder of Scripps Code. She served as the inaugural chair of the Young Alum Cabinet of the Alumnae Leadership Council, whose mission is to increase young alumnae engagement.
Life Trustee Nancy Hart Glanville Jewell ’49 passed away on August 2, 2020. She will be remembered for her kindness and warmth and as a tireless advocate for the College.
Nancy joined the Scripps Board of Trustees in 1990. She served on a number of Board committees and chaired the Development Committee, first in 1996–1997, serving as a key advisor to the College during the planning phase of the “Campaign for the Scripps Woman,” and a second time in 1999–2000, and she worked tirelessly toward the successful completion of the campaign. Nancy gave generously of her time and volunteered for whatever was in the best interests of the College. She remained active as an Emerita and Life Trustee, attending Board meetings and remaining in contact with Board members and the Board Office.
Nancy’s generosity and love for Scripps was passed on to her children. Building on her substantial philanthropic support of the College, her son John established the Nancy Glanville Jewell ’49 Endowed Scholarship in honor of his mother in 2007.
Nancy passed away just shy of her 93rd birthday. Her bright smile, grace, and support of future generations of students are essential features of her enduring legacy.
Life Trustee and Emeritus Professor of History Bradford “Brad” Blaine passed away on April 14, 2020. Brad’s kindness and unwavering support of the College will be remembered by those whose lives he touched during his association with Scripps, which spanned more than 50 years.
Brad was a veritable institution at Scripps College, eventually becoming the Wilbur Kitchener Jordan Professor of European Civilization. Passionate in his own field as a medievalist, he actively supported and promoted the idea of a broad humanities-based education.
The College’s Board of Trustees benefitted profoundly from Brad’s great expertise and insights into issues facing Scripps, gleaned from his 35 years as a distinguished member of the faculty. He was a member of the Executive and Finance Committees and served as vice chair and co-chair of the Educational Policy Committee. In this latter capacity, he used his wealth of knowledge and thoughtful perspective on academic affairs to skillfully guide committee discussions to ensure that the educational program remained consistent with the College’s mission.
Brad and his wife, Mary Anne, have been extraordinarily generous supporters of Scripps. Many important undertakings of the College have received encouragement and support through their gifts. They established the Bradford and Mary Anne Blaine Faculty Lecture Series in honor of the College’s 75th anniversary. They also endowed the Bradford and Mary Anne Blaine Scholarship in Early European History and Culture, established in 2006 to assist a student with financial need who is pursuing a major or minor in aspects of early European history and culture or who shows academic interest in these areas.
Members of the Class of 1967 have put together a tribute to Professor Blaine’s legacy, available here.