Anne Hollingsworth McLain ’40

Ann Hollingsworth ’40 met the man who would one day become a revered professor of chemistry, the 22nd president of Washington College—and her husband of 40 years—when she was just a first-year math student. Joseph McLain ’37 was Senior Class President at the time. The two attended the freshman formal dance where they ended up in the receiving line with President and Mrs. Meade. “It was just one of those exciting and totally unexpected experiences,” she says.

It also foreshadowed her future role as First Lady. While Ann McLain has watched the campus grow and evolve over the past 72 years, she notes with pride what hasn’t changed. “Washington College still has the same welcoming atmosphere. Professors are still so gracious and create a personal experience for the students.” 

McLain lives in Chestertown and returns to campus at every opportunity. “Washington College has been a major part of my life,” she reflects. “I can’t imagine it any other way.” 

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