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Memories from 1960 Rose Festival Princess Barbara Bennett Peterson

I was Madison high school's Rose Festival Princess in 1960. My favorite memory was visiting the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, which inspired me to go on to become a teacher.

For thirty years (from 1967 to 1997) I was a Professor of History at the University of Hawaii. Then after retirement, I served as a Professor of History at Oregon State University from 2000 to 2003.

Seeing the children who were so eager and bright eyed in spite of their physical challenges largely due to polio or birth defects at the Shriner's Hospital -- and receiving their warm embraces of welcome for all the princesses -- I pledged to serve others through both university teaching and community philanthropy.

I simply want to say: "Thank you, Rose Festival, for launching me in a public career as a role model for young people -- and for giving me an appreciation of others' diversity, adversity, and for giving me the strength to aid people in need."

~Barbara Bennett Peterson