Susan Einhorn Whyman - Class of 1955

Inducted: 2005

 

Dr. Susan Einhorn Whyman is living proof that it is never too late to continue learning, or to change careers. Dr. Whyman graduated from Mount Holyoke College, in 1959, magna cum laude, with a BA in History, and was named Phi Beta Kappa. She then received a Masters degree from Rutgers University in library science. After a career in library work, Dr. Einhorn decided she was due for a change. She entered Princeton University and began full-time graduate work at the age of 50. Delaying her advanced studies, she says, "gave me the dedication and appreciation of the academic environment I might not have had earlier". At her grad school orientation, face a sea of young faces. The lone other middle-aged person turned out to be the Dean! Dr. Whyman graduated from Princeton in 1993, with and MA and Ph.D. In history.

Dr. Whyman has delivered conference papers at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, and Princeton Universities. She is currently a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. She has taught at both Princeton and Rutgers Universities.

"I couldn't have anticipated entering a whole new stimulating world of academic life", says Dr. Whyman. She didn't want a nine to five job, but questioned whether she would be taken seriously as an independent scholar. Her "wonderfully active intellectual life" includes several fellowships, teaching, researching, mentoring students, presenting at conferences, writing, and publishing. She has authored eight publications and written a book, Sociability and Power in Late Stuart England:The Cultural World of The Verneys' 1660-1720 (Oxford University Press 1999), which was nominated for the Longman History Today prize for the best history book of 2000. Comments of the book included, "makes history com alive for the general reader, students and teachers".

Dr. Whyman has been active in several community organizations. She was a Founder, Director, and Board member of the Volunteer Center of Monmouth County. She served on the boards of Brookdale Community College, Monmouth Reform Templye, and MCOSS Health Services.

Dr. Whyman is most proud of her family: her husband Frank, who retired after 40 years as a specialist on the New York Stock Exchange; her daughter Jennifer Whyman, a dynamic English teacher in the New York City School System; her son Bill, President of a Washington D.C. Independent research firm, The Precurson Group; her son-in law David; her daughter-in-law Paula; and her grandchildren Benjamin, Evan, David, and Eric. She is also happy about establishing charities in Monmouth County, including the Volunteer Center of Monmouth County, of establishing education scholarships in honor of her father, Benjamin Einhorn, "who never went to college, but was a truly educated man", and of overcoming a physical disability and returning to a healthy life and a new academic career. She associates her life choices with a favorite quotation by Robert Frost, " Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."