Eleanor Roosevelt, a friend of the college for many years, died in New York City after a long illness.  Both with her husband—a Vassar trustee, active and honorary, from 1923 until his death in 1945—and by herself, Mrs. Roosevelt attended and frequently took part in campus events, and she often invited students and faculty to her home in Hyde Park. 
At her death, President Kennedy said, “The United States, the United Nations, the world, has lost one of its great citizens.  Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt is dead, and a cherished friend of all mankind is gone.”  Sarah Gibson Blanding wrote, “Vassar College is deeply indebted to this great woman who gave so generously of herself to generations of students. She will be missed but, like her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, she has achieved immortality.”