Trudy L. Wood '73

Location: New York
Major(s) and Minor(s): History
Thesis title and/or topic/description: "Americans in the Spanish Civil War"

What have you done since graduation?

I considered going to law school after graduation, but could not afford to make a three year commitment. I enrolled in a corporate law course at the Institute for Paralegal Studies in Philadelphia after I graduated from Scripps. Unlike most paralegal graduates, I was not placed in a law firm, but rather in the law department of a bank, The First National Bank of Boston. After I started working there, I began studying at Boston University (at night) for my MBA, which I completed in 1978. While at the Bank, I moved from the law office to the International Division, where I worked in Credit Administration for the Latin America Department. In 1979, I was transferred to the Bank's branch in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I worked for 6 years as a corporate lending officer and during my final year there as a retail branch manager.

In 1986, I returned to the US, to work in Bank of Boston's international office in NYC. I left Bank of Boston in 1989 and began working at Chemical Bank in its international cash management department. When Chemical Bank merged with Manufacturers Hannover Trust in 1991, my position was one of many thousands which was eliminated. At that point I decided to leave banking and went to work for a couple of foundations and non-profit groups. First I worked for the Tinker Foundation (whose grants focus on Iberia and Latin America) as a Program Officer for economic policy and governance. Then I did some consulting work for Women's World Banking (micro-lending) and finally I worked for the Helena Rubinstein Foundation as a Program Officer. I retired in 2000.

Today, I do volunteer work, principally tutoring struggling readers at an elementary school in Manhattan, and making weekly visits to an elderly shut-in woman. I also take classes, visit family and friends in New York and across the country, enjoy the cultural life of New York City and spend much time in the outdoors, walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, in the US and abroad

How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?

I chose to major in history because I knew I would have to go to graduate school and felt that a broad academic background would be most flexible, and even more importantly, because I really enjoy studying and learning history.

I have always enjoyed studying history because I have always been curious to know what happened in the past in order to understand what is happening now. I continue to read history avidly in the form of non-fiction books as well as historical novels.

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