A memorial fellowship fund in Archival Science / Book Concentration to honor the memory of Rebecca Samay Rosenthal, Smith College '07.

On October 23, 2012, the world was forever changed. Rebecca Samay Rosenthal, Smith College class of 2007, passed away at her home in Newton, MA. She was 27.

Becca was a prolific writer, ardent reader, and lover of books. While a student at Smith, Becca worked in the Mortimer Rare Book Room and in the Archives, focusing on the work of Sylvia Plath. At the time of her death, she was in the MLS program at Simmons College in Boston, focusing on Archival Science. Becca's life was a daily inspiration filled with curiosity and the seemingly endless search for 'more.'

This memorial fellowship fund has been created by her closest Smith friends and her wonderful parents, Bob Rosenthal and Linda Samay. This fellowship will be used in perpetuity to provide internships and travel funds for current Smithies enrolled in library special collections concentrations. We want Becca's passion for, and achievements in, archival science and special collections to live on forever, in generations of Smith students to come.

We are raising $150,000 to secure this fellowship. We need your help to honor Becca's memory.

We are using two forms of fundraising: this website (Razoo) as well as soliciting donations directly through the Smith College Giving page (smith.edu/giving).

Contributions to the fund by check or credit card or automatic deduction can be arranged as a one time gift or on an installment basis, either through this website (Razoo) or through the Smith College Giving page.

To read more about Becca, and to learn more about other ways of giving, please visit:


(If $150,000 (minimum for an endowed fund) in gifts is not received into this fund by June 30, 2016, the fund becomes fully expendable).


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