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Mercy College Professor Recalls Kennedy Assassination

Mercy College Professor, Dr. Ann Grow, remembers Friday, November 22, 1963 like it was yesterday. The afternoon President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Mercy College Professor, Dr. Ann Grow, remembers Friday, November 22, 1963 like it was yesterday. The afternoon President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Video Credit: Mercy College

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – Mercy College Professor Ann Grow joined millions of Americans Friday in remembering the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

Grow said she was was teaching a logic class in Main Hall on the Dobbs Ferry campus when the news came that the president had been shot. Mercy College was a growing but still small women’s college in its third year as a four-year school.

Grow recalls that someone from the administration came over the loudspeaker and said that the President had been shot in Dallas. She remembers a strange quiet came over the classroom.

“The idea that someone would shoot the President as he sat next to his beautiful wife in her beautiful pink suit still bothers me to this day," Grow said.

Grow recalls that students, faculty and staff gathered in the student lounge to watch the news coverage anchored by Walter Cronkite. Grow, who said she is still emotional when talking about that day, noted that it was one of the saddest days of her 50 years at Mercy College.

While Grow said most of the students at the College then were too young to remember Kennedy’s campaign, many of the faculty members supported Kennedy when he ran for office.

To learn more about Grow’s experience that day click here to watch a video.

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