Laura Carstensen, newest Cap and Gown Honorary member, is the founding director of Stanford’s Center on Longevity whose goal is redesigning a long bright future for us all. Author of over 120 studies, award winning professor, Guggenheim Fellow, and supported by the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Carstensen explains in the last century, 30 years have been added to our life expectancy. Summarizing Dr. Carstensen’s presentation, “To the degree that people reach old age mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure, the problems of individual and societal aging fall away.”
Dr. Carstensen was tapped in the old fashioned way at the Cap and Gown Spring Luncheon. As Cap and Gown Members Ellie Mansfield, ’58, ’60, Carmen Vice Sebro, ’09, and Samantha Crow Quist, ’03 wove in out of the tables wearing the traditional black graduation gown, Michelle Greer Galloway ’86, ’89 presented our history as the oldest student group at Stanford. Stopping behind her chair and welcomed by Alumnae President Kathy Chou, ’85, Dr. Carstensen became our 33rd honorary member in 10 years.
While membership in Cap and Gown is awarded only to Stanford undergraduate women through leadership, community service, and academic achievement, Honorary membership can be conferred upon women faculty, faculty wives, and women actively involved in the Stanford community making valuable contributions to our organization. Our Active members choose honorary Cap and Gown members.