Apgar, newly graduated from Mount Holyoke College, wrote to tell Voorhees, director of the MHC Appointment Bureau, that she
would not be working as a camp counselor during the summer, but had found a job with a Harvard physician's family, "because
of the opportunity to be among scientific people." The medical family, the Drinkers, would be Apgar's lifelong friends.
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1929-07-26 (July 26, 1929)
Voorhees, Helen M.
Mount Holyoke College
Original Repository: Mount Holyoke College. Archives and Special Collections. Trustees Biographical Files: Apgar, Virginia [RG 3.2]
Box 1, Folder 1: 1923-1969.
Reproduced with permission of Peter A. Apgar.
My dear Miss Voorhees,
I meant, before I left in June, to tell you of a change in my summer plans, which I believe is not recorded with the Appointment
Bureau. There was such a rush at the last minute, that I neglected to do this.
After Easter vacation, Miss Turner told me of a summer position, open in the family of Dr. Cecil K Drinker, of the Harvard
School of Public Health - that of being sort of a companion to the two children, ages 12 and 7, at their farm in Hudson, Mass.
The remuneration for the summer was to be $300. Because of the opportunity to be among scientific people, (Mrs. D. is also
an M.D.), and because of the excellent pay, I thought it worth while to undertake to cancel my camp contract- with Camp Highfields.
Miss Marshall, with whom I communicated, was very lovely about it, agreed with me entirely, and cancelled the contract. I
went to Boston, and interviewed the Drinkers, which resulted in my obtaining the position. So I am here in Hudson being a
"governess" instead of teaching tennis in Maine.
May I thank you again for offering me the position in Maine. The interview I had with Miss Marshall was very satisfactory,
and she has asked me to come some summer in a medical capacity.
I hope you will have a pleasant summer,- not too busy,- but I can hardly imagine your being idle.