The Wellesley Effect - San Francisco Mini-Reunion by Rosemary Mans

Three '71img_1480 Alums Gather to Hear Paula Johnson

President Johnson’s Northern California debut on Saturday, March 18, was the perfect occasion for a mini-reunion of San Francisco Bay Area residents Cindy Zollinger, Beth Cary, and Rosemary Mans. Gathering for lunch at the W Hotel (cleverly selected by host Cindy in the center of the picture), they shared stories of their journey from Wellesley to the West Coast.  For Cindy, this included co-founding Cornerstone Research, a firm that provides economic and financial consulting to attorneys involved in complex commercial litigation and regulatory proceedings. As demanding as it is to manage a growing enterprise over decades, she says raising her son, now 29, has been the most challenging and important work of her life. She remains actively engaged in both endeavors.


Pictured l to r: Rosemary Mans, Cindy Zollinger, Beth Cary

Photo by Cindy Zollinger


Beth (pictured at the right) arrived at Wellesley from Japan, where she was born and raised, the daughter of an American professor teaching in Kyoto. With her deep knowledge of the Japanese language and the country’s culture, she worked at Stanford’s Center for East Asian Studies, then at the Japan Society of Northern California, and finally became an independent interpreter and translator, working in the fields of business, government, academia, and the arts.  When she needs a break, she translates prose and poetry for publication. She too has an adult son to whom she is devoted.

Though Rosemary’s roots were in New Jersey, she headed to San Francisco after graduation. Stashing away her psych major, she found employment in banking for 28 years, integrating social responsibility into policies and programs. Retiring early (aka laid off in a take-over), she then spent 15 years writing fiction, producing a series of unpublished novellas: a time-travel love story set against the back drop of climate change.  As a volunteer with the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, she also indulged a passion for treasure hunting. She salvages illustrations, endpapers, and forlorn covers from donated books too distressed to be sold. From these, she creates greeting cards, bookmarks, and frame-worthy art for the Friends’ bookstores to help raise money for the library.

Following lunch, the threesome headed to the Terra Gallery for an inspiring afternoon with Paula Johnson, Diana Chapman Walsh, and notable local alums. All in all, a rousing celebration of the Wellesley Effect!