Memories of Marjorie Watters Longley '47

On three inch heels, with impeccable style and energy that could power the universe, Midge Longley served as a role model for me from almost my first day on campus in 1987.  She was a public relations genius, outspoken, bold, brilliant.  I admired her strength but frankly, she scared the daylights out of me.  But over the years, through many more conversations than I can count, she became one of my life's forces and a friend.  Most importantly, when she kicked off those heels, sat down at my table, and asked me penetrating questions, she exemplified kindness and  generosity.  What a woman, what a Laurentian.   ~Lisa Cania
 

Midge was one of three trustees, along with Bruce Benedict and Karen Bruett, who interviewed me for the position of Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid in January 1997, the year of her 50th reunion.  What immediately struck me about Midge was her passion for St. Lawrence, a passion that had not diminished in the five decades since her graduation.  She spoke with such pride about her own experience, exceeded only by her evident pride in the students of today. I always felt Midge's unwavering support of the efforts we made in admissions to enroll the very best students while diversifying the campus and increasing access to students from all socioeconomic backgrounds. In so many ways, Midge was larger than life and I am so grateful that her legacy is honored in the student center.   ~Terry Cowdrey
 

The memory of Midge that sticks in my mind is seeing her walk from the Best Western in her red high heeled shoes to campus.  RIP Midge.
~April Wells
 

Midge and I worked together as trustees in so many capacities.  She was an elegant woman and a fashion leader. It was always a pleasure to see her enter a board meeting dressed in her best New York style!  I truly miss her.   ~John Finley '70


I will never forget when I looked to Midge for help in finding a summer internship between my junior and senior years while serving as Thelmo President.  Midge offered to help, connecting me with John Loughlin (another former Thelmo President) in his role at The New York Times Company.  After getting the job (which eventually lead to a full-time job after graduation), I saw Midge at an event, and she gave me the biggest hug you could imagine. And she then took my hand and said "Todd, I'm so glad that my call helped you start your career.  You need to know that at some time in the future, I'm going to place that call to you, so you can help start another Laurentian's career.  I expect you to take my call, and do your duty."  Midge's approach might sound like something out of The Sopranos, but she delivered it with such grace, charm and wit.  And I am happy to say that when I did get that call from Midge, I did exactly as she expected me to do, and hired the Laurentian.  My career can all be traced back to the her generosity of spirit, and I will always be thankful to her (and St. Lawrence).  She was a special lady who will be sorely missed.   ~Todd Haskell '90


Ted was Chaplain at SLU for 30 years and I, Carol, was an adjunct in the Education Department until this fall.  But our wonderful connection with Midge Longley was her willingness to be a mentor to our daughter, Tanya, in the field of publishing.  She was not only encouraging but found contacts for her to pursue.  She was consistently asking of Tanya's place and work.  Tanya has been quite successful and is grateful to those like Midge who helped her find a way.  By the way, Tanya was not an SLU graduate but related to SLU through Canaras, the London Program, and new friends.   ~Dr. Theodore and Carol Linn
 

Midge had an uncommon ability to encourage discussion of conflicting ideas and then to lead and coax individuals with opposite points of view toward a compromise that made everyone happy and benefited St. Lawrence.  We could use the likes of Midge Longley in Washington D.C. right now-complete with her signature stiletto heels.   ~David Officer '67
 

Quite simply an inspiration.  Midge made you want to be a better person in so many ways.  I will miss her.   ~Michael W. Clark '81