Throughout 2013, in order to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Class of 1923, there will be alumnae profiles of women who graduated in that year. These profiles are drawn from interviews conducted with the women on the occasion of their 60th class reunion and originally published in the Emmanuel Quarterly in the fall of 1983.
A graduate of Beachmont Elementary (in Revere, Massachusetts) and Notre Dame Academy Ms. Mary Brodbine was a 1923 graduate of Emmanuel College who became a teacher at Chelsea High School and Rindge School teaching a wide variety of subjects that ranged from languages to “Americanization.” While at the Ridge School in Cambridge she also served as the assistant librarian and coordinator and director of night school citizens’ activities. Ms. Brodbine’s also served as the assistant manager of the Brodbine Travel Service and Theatrical Enterprises, eventually aiding in the operation of eight (8) movie theaters. This alumna interests outside of education and the managerial fields included: attending dog shows, gardening and furniture reupholstering. However, her greatest interest was baseball, a love that can be traced back to her uncle, Timothy J. Keefe, a New York Giants pitcher who once received the record for 19 straight wins.