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Priscilla Elizabeth Pemberton

Priscilla Elizabeth
Pemberton (standing)

January 4, 1918 - July 12, 2004

During her many years at Bank Street, Priscilla Pemberton touched the lives of countless teachers, students and leaders. She served our community in many roles.

Priscilla, a 1966 Bank Street alumna, directed the Bank Street Early Childhood Center at 42nd Street and was a faculty member in Curriculum and Early Childhood. In addition, she served the College as its Registrar and Director of Non-Matriculated Evening Students. During the tenure of Jack Niemeyer, she served as Special Assistant to the President for minority enrollment. Priscilla was a member of Presidential Search Committees in 1972 and 1978, advising on the selection of two of Bank Street's presidents. Active in early alumni efforts, Priscilla served as president of the alumni group in the 1970's and was a member of the task force which launched the Bank Street College Alumni Association as a national organization. She was also a member of the BSCAA Nominating Committee and the Educational Issues Committee. Priscilla also understood the importance of alumni contribution to Bank Street and was a consistent and enthusiastic participant in fundraising for the College Fund. In 1997, Priscilla Pemberton was among the first recipients of the award for Distinguished Service to be given by the Bank Street College Alumni Association.

Priscilla was devoted to her students of all ages, at Bank Street College, Borough of Manhattan Community College and in her role as President of the Board of the Lexington Child Care Center. She guided generations of students and after her students had gone on to their careers, she continued to be involved with their lives in many supportive ways. Her work on behalf of Bank Street and others continued until the last days of her life.