The Wormser Reading Room (formerly the President’s Room) was dedicated in 2009 to Eugenia Hall Wormser, Colby Class of 1960, by her husband, Michael Wormser, Colby Class of 1959. Mrs. Wormser majored in English literature. Her passion for literature was stimulated and encouraged by Professor Eileen Curran, who taught Victorian literature. Mrs. Wormser furthered her interest in the Victorians, particularly George Eliot and Anthony Trollope, during the three years she and her husband lived in England in the mid-1960s. Mrs. Wormser went on to earn an M.L.S. in library science at Carnegie Mellon University. She worked in the Washington D.C. public library system and as librarian of the Audubon Society of the Mid-Atlantic States. Mrs. Wormser read voraciously all her life and spent her last 23 years in Maine. She died in 2007.
The Wormser Reading Room, besides being a popular study space, hosts the weekly Noontime Faculty Forum Colloquium Series and other public events. In addition to promoting traveling exhibitions, the walls of the Wormser Reading Room feature images from the Colbiana Collection (college archives) in Special Collections. On permanent display are two portraits, of Mary Low Carver and Jacqueline Nunez, executed by artist and Special Collections staff member Maggie Libby. The room was renovated in 2014 and 2016.
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