Notable History Alumni

Sally Downey - 1965


My first full-time position after graduating from Rosemont College in 1965, was as a interpretive historian giving tours at Independence National Historical Park. I returned to the park part-time in 1976 and also began giving tours for Centipede, a private tour company. Since retiring as an obit writer, I write freelance feature articles for The Inquirer and continue to give tours for Centipede.

Sally's Experience

  • The Philadelphia Inquirer, Obituary Writer
  • Readers' Information Representative
  • Assistant to the Editor, Inquirer Magazine
  • Editorial Assistant, Inquirer Newsroom
  • Centipede Tours, costumed tour guide for Philadelphia and environs
  • Independence National Historical Park, Interpretive historian during the nation's Bicentennial

Published Writing:

  • Profiled more than 3500 area residents for The Inquirer's obituary page.
  • Authored more than 500 articles published in The Inquirer's news, business, food, real estate, magazine and features sections, including weekly, "Celebrations" column.

Judith Hetherton - 1965

Judith's Experience


Senior Assistant Bar Counsel, Office of Bar Counsel, Washington, D.C., 2001-2012 (retired): investigated and prosecuted attorneys for ethical misconduct.

“Know that your career is something you want to dedicate your life to and not something you plan to make you rich.”

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