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Emily Driscoll: Works at Williams College Museum of Art

From May 31 through July 13, WCMA is showing works by the late Emily Driscoll ’05, an exceptionally talented artist who died last fall. Here is the College’s press release on this well-deserved honor:

Continued well wishes to her family, including her father Dave Driscoll ’73 and her partner Walker Waugh ’02.  Emily’s life was short but her accomplishments and impact were disproportionately large. May she rest in peace. 

If any of you who are going to reunions, are on campus for the summer, or otherwise happen to be in Williamstown and visit the exhibit, we would be grateful to hear more about it.


Soul of an Artist

Moving obituary for Emily Driscoll ’05.

“She always had an artistic heart and eye – the soul of an artist,” said her father, David. “She was creative as a child, making mudpies for squirrels and making lapel pins for me.”

Ms. Driscoll’s love of culture led her to travel extensively. During her junior year, she spent time in Italy, choosing to live among the locals rather than in the dormitory with other students.

“She was the type of person who pushed every boundary – she would always push me to do something that was out of my comfort zone, and she wasn’t afraid to try anything or go anywhere,” said Ms. Driscoll’s sister, Jessica Moschetti. “She had been around the world and back, and when she came back she always wanted to share it with you.”

Emily sounds like just the sort of young woman a father hopes that his young daughters become. At least, that is what I hope for my daughters. Previous coverage here.


Kernel of Goodness


Touching remembrances of Emily Driscoll ’05 in the Record.

According to friends, Emily Driscoll ’05 was something of a maverick – traveling through India alone, opening an art gallery, giving all of herself to her artwork and loved ones.

A gifted artist, talented athlete, dedicated friend and community-builder, and beloved member of the Williams community, Driscoll died on Nov. 16 after being struck by a car while walking home to her Brooklyn apartment.

Those close to Driscoll remember a magnetic young woman with strong convictions, unflinching loyalty and a unique ability to connect with people. “She was good at a lot of things that she tried,” said her mother Rosanne Benedetto. “She was as good a cook as she was an artist. She enjoyed being with people. She was a very inclusive person when it came to people – she was as comfortable talking to her art professors as talking to a neighbor over coffee.”

“She would engage people beyond the basic, material exchange to find the kernel of goodness or truth in them that other people just sort of passed by,” said friend Eliza Myrie ’03.

Read the whole thing. Editor-in-chief Erin Brown ’08 reports thoroughly and writes beautifully. She does a fine job with this article, just as she has with the Record as a whole over the last year.

UPDATE: Thanks to FROSH mom for pointing to this picture of Emily. If any readers attend the candlelight this Sunday, please let us know how it goes.

Condolences to all.


Driscoll ’05, RIP

Emily Driscoll ’05, daughter of David Driscoll ’73 and close friend of Walker Waugh ’02, was struck by a car and killed last Friday morning. The funeral is tomorrow. Emily was everything that an Eph should be: an athlete on the playing field, an artist in the gallery. Is there a father who does not hope and pray that his young daughter will grow into a woman like Emily? Not at EphBlog.

The message from Emily’s parents is heart-breaking.

to our friends and on behalf of her brother david, her sisters jessie and abby,

williams gave our emily a spot to shine
an arena that paid attention to her unique gifts
a community of friends and family that seeded in the years ’70-’73 when her father brought her mother from lynn over the mohawk trail into the purple valley to hang out with marty dogget and lenny vecchio ( whose son peter joined emily and struck friendship in the class of ’05) and andy harper and skip masback and john gallagher and robbie koegel and richard muglia and so many others like lester call me mark lesniowski and tommy hyndman aka spuds who gave us his sister in trade for another band of brothers for emily, her sisters and brother. patty hydman dogget ,who after 5 fun and feisty dogget boys took a real shine to our girls and son and shared some special times together for several summers on cape cod in eastham and wellfleet and truro. as if they didn’t have enough of us the doggets came to MA. checked out the north shore of boston and short beach in nahant. (emily’s home turf) then went to governors, kept us all connected with the greater community of friends and and all things eph and all things williams. at governors’ marty encouraged the smart boy to invite emily to the prom so he could get her on his arm for a night and take a few pictures with him in his evening best.

we fly the prayer flags she brought us from nepal, she is home and we have welcomed her back into our arms so small for her presence which is far and wide among all who met and shared her many gifts. her magic is freed now for all to share at one time instead of in installments …thanks to williams for all they gave our girl. she had a good run, she met her fella, her partner in art and love … williams made her a fellow and she and walker then stuck off to create WORK>.

walker we love you and all who knew and nurtured her growth, who watched her talents and passions unfold in this small, too small space of universe. we are the small paper cup. she is the universe. “nothing’s going to change our world.”

if it did change our world we would lose her forever. we will keep her in our hearts. carry her legacy, honor her in our world forever. rest in peace.

what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

with all love and devotion
mum and dad

Feel free to leave a message in the comments at EphBlog or at this guest book. The 50+ entries there hint at the impact that Emily had in her all-too-short time with us. Why is it the very best among us — Ephs like Bob Quay ’04, Shirin Shakir ’03, Katie Craig ’08 and Nate Krissoff ’03 — why are they called away too soon?

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school, where children strove
At recess, in the ring;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

The sun sets now on a Williams community bereft of one of its most promising young members. Emily could not stop for Death, and so He stopped for she. And we are all the poorer for it on this sad Thanksgiving week.

Condolences to all.


Driscoll ’05, RIP

Sad news.

I did not know her well enough to write a proper obit, but a word should be said on ephblog that Emily Driscoll ’05 has passed away. She was apparently fatally struck by a bus yesterday – many people from the class of ’05 are in mourning. Perhaps you could put up a post with just the news inviting people who knew her to comment? I am sure that you have more experience in this than do I and will handle it appropriately, but it seems that a word should be said when the Eph community loses one so young and unexpectedly.

If anyone has more information, please pass it along.

Condolences to all.


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