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Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher Collection

Identifier: MC-014

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information regarding Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher's family life. It also contains correspondence with Wheaton individuals from 1940 to 1989, scrapbooks, photograph albums, articles and pictures within Wheaton publications regarding or written by Beryl, photographs of Beryl during and after her Wheaton College career, clothing worn by Beryl at her wedding to William Fenstemacher, her contributions to the Wheaton Annual Fund, correspondence written to Wheaton staff, and her recommendations for greater class participation for Wheaton alumnae.


  • 1922-1999
  • 1960 - 1990


Access Restrictions

Contact the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections for information about access to this collection.


Copyright is retained by the authors, or their descendants, of items in these papers as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Beryl Proctor was born on June 17, 1905. She graduated from Wheaton College in the class of 1926. In 1933 she received her M.A. from Columbia University, specializing in Dean's work and personnel administration. She was married on August 8, 1936 to William Fenstemacher in Ayer, Massachusetts. Later, in May 1987, Beryl donated her wedding gown, veil, and shoes to Wheaton College.

She was very involved in Wheaton College and the Class of 1926; she served as president of her class, secretary of her class, chairman of classes, corresponding secretary and president of the Alumnae Association, chairman of the Alumnae fund, and various other positions. She held various teaching positions throughout her professional career, specializing in English. She spent many years teaching English to Hispanic immigrants in her community.

Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher and William Fenstemacher had one child, William Proctor Fenstemacher, who was born on March 20, 1940. William Proctor married and had two children. Beryl was very close with her family and visited her son and grandchildren often.

Beryl was very active in her church and her community, particularly in Leisure Village, where she resided from 1971 to 1999. She regularly participated in Tai Chi, aerobics, nature club, camera club, and line-dancing until her last few weeks. Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher died on January 1, 1999.

The Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher '26 Endowment Fund was established in her memory to enhance the quality of faculty and student life at Wheaton.


8.7 Cubic Feet (1.5 archival boxes, approximately 10 photographs, 14 scrapbooks, 1 clothing box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher W'26.

Separated Materials

Papers and photographs regarding Wheaton Class of 1926 seperated and stored in class files, Wheaton publications placed with other college publications, Wheaton objects and clothing seperated into appropriate locations.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jordan Pike, W'12

Encoded using Archivist Toolkit by: Jordan Pike, W'12

Encoding Edited by: Megan Wheaton-Book, Assistant Archivist, 2014

Inventory of the Beryl Proctor Fenstemacher Papers
Jordan Pike, W'12
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Repository Details

Part of the Marion B. Gebbie Archives and Special Collections Repository

Wheaton College
26 East Main Street
Norton Massachusetts 02766