In Memoriam: Marjorie Watters Longley '47

To: The St. Lawrence Community

From: William L. Fox, President

Date: November 19, 2013

Subject: In Memory: Marjorie Watters Longley '47

A Laurentian legend, a role model for generations of women students and graduates, and a mentor to hundreds of alumni over six decades Marjorie Watters Longley ’47 died Sunday, November 17.  Her service to St. Lawrence included 27 years on the Board of Trustees before being named Trustee Emerita in 1996.

Midge Longley’s career in business exemplified her sparkling intelligence, her unassailable integrity, and her limitless energy. She was, simply, a force of nature. She worked for many years for The New York Times, ultimately as corporate director of public affairs.  She then took the role of director of public affairs for New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. before forming her own marketing and public relations consulting firm, Gramercy International.  Numerous civic organizations benefited from Midge’s commitments to the arts, global education, multiculturalism, literacy, and education.

As an alumna, Midge was an Alumni Executive Council member,  reunion planning volunteer, a telethon worker, career conference panelist, class reporter, class agent, career advisor, member of the President’s Circle Membership Committee and a member of the Campaign Steering Committee. She was the recipient of an Alumni Citation in 1968. She was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 for her collegiate athleticism. Among her proudest lifetime achievements was her completion of the New York City Marathon in her fifties.

Midge’s loyalty and devotion to St. Lawrence included the establishment of two scholarships and support of the construction of the Sullivan Student Center. In recognition of her generosity, we named in her honor the Marjorie Watters Longley '47 Student Leadership Suite, spaces located on the third floor of the Student Center for The Hill News, the Gridiron, and the Thelomathesian Society.

With profound sadness, I extend the sympathies of the Laurentian community to Midge’s niece, Jennifer, who has cared for Midge so lovingly these last years. The family will develop plans for celebrating Midge’s life and we will share those plans as we have details.  Until then, I hope you will take a moment to share your own memories on our Website of this extraordinary alumna.

Read memories of Midge Longley.