Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been a part of O’Laughlin’s life since she arrived on campus as a first-year student in 1962. She was director of admissions of William Smith College from 1974 to 1992, and then of Hobart and William Smith Colleges until 2005. During her 31 years at the helm, she admitted nearly two-thirds of the living William Smith alumnae. In 2005, O’Laughlin took on a new role – that of assistant vice president of Institutional Advancement for the William Smith College Centennial Fund, a position that is allowing her to reconnect with the women she first met when they applied.
O’Laughlin was instrumental in establishing “Frank’s Books” in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on campus – an extensive collection of nearly 11,000 scholarly books from the library of Professor Emeritus Frank O’Laughlin, to whom she was married for 35 years. Mara has also established the Frank and Mara ’66 O’Laughlin Scholarship, which targets middle income students of high promise in their first year.
Mara O’Laughlin ’66
Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Centennial Fund
William Smith College
615 South Main Street
Geneva, N.Y., 14450
Phone: (315) 781-3743