Elizabeth (Mahat) Guest

Interviewed by Elizabeth (Polly) Longsworth
July 24, 2000


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Elizabeth (Mahat) Guest, wife of J. Alfred Guest, class of 1933 (and Alumni Secretary 1946-1971), was a longtime prominent figure in alumni affairs for Amherst and Mount Holyoke Colleges. For over fifty years, she entertained and was a friend to thousands of Amherst undergraduates and alumni. In 1999, she was awarded the College's Alumni Council Distinguished Service award and she continued to be a presence at Amherst events until her death in 2007.

Elizabeth (Polly) Longsworth, a prolific Emily Dickinson scholar and the first Chair of the Board of Governors of the Emily Dickinson Museum, was a resident of Amherst from 1961 to 1977 with her husband Charles R. Longsworth, class of 1951 and Life Trustee. In 2008 she received the College's Medal for Eminent Service for her continued involvement with the College and its cultural arts.

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