Nina M. Scott: Remembering Madeleine Albright

  • Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 26, 2016. AP FILE PHOTO/J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

With the mid-term elections coming down on us, and positions getting ever more polarized, I found some solace in the words of the late Madeleine Albright, my ‘59 classmate at Wellesley College. In 2014 she wrote for our reunion book: “I am planning to continue to run my strategy firm, until no one wants my advice. I am planning to continue to teach, until I feel I am not telling my students the truth. I am planning to exercise until I can no longer pump iron. I plan to keep on believing that democracy is the best form of government and that compromise is not appeasement, until we have gotten ourselves and the world on the right track. I am planning to keep saying that we have to live up to our values, until I am persuaded that those who believe that starving and torturing their own people is their right; and I will always be: ... Grateful American, Czech immigrant, mother and a grandmother, former SecState, passionate Democrat, author, professor, businesswoman, pin collector and occasional drummer.” I surely wish she were still alive.

Nina M. Scott