For some people, Wheaton is “in the genes”
It was crunch time—spring semester, senior year. As a theatre major in the Class of 2005, Abigail (“Abby”) Russell was busy researching and writing the script for her original thesis performance, and feeling stressed. Then one night during review week, Abby looked up from her table in the library to a comforting sight: both her grandmother’s and her great-grandmother’s class flags, hanging in the atrium.
“It was like they were giving me a little boost of encouragement from the past!” Abby remembers.
Though many decades had passed since Abby’s great-grandmother, Marguerite Mayberry Temple ’12, and her grandmother, Marguerite Temple Russell ’43, studied at Wheaton, in that moment she felt their reassuring presence.
The Russells are one of hundreds of families who have made Wheaton a family tradition, sending two or more of their own to the college through the years. Some “legacy students” have a Wheaton lineage dating back to the 19th century. Others have followed in the fresher footsteps of a mother, aunt or sibling. All have a special connection to the college and to each other.