Robin Wright, the Michigan Kappa, and a Heartfelt Essay

Yesterday, I read an essay, My Last Conversation with My Father, which a friend recommended. Written by Robin Wright, it appeared in the June 17, 2017 New Yorker (see 

The name rang a bell and after reading it, I knew she was the Robin Wright who joined Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Michigan. I remember hearing about her in the 1980s when I was on the Alumnae Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan’s Pi Beta Phi chapter. I heard about her because her mother, Phyllis Blanchard Wright, was a Pi Phi alumna, an initiate of the University of Oklahoma chapter. Robin’s name was mentioned many times at alumnae club and chapter events. Why I know and remember these things is beyond me.

Robin Wright, a contributing writer, has been associated with the magazine since 1988. Her bio on the website reads:

Her first piece on Iran won the National Magazine Award for best reporting. A former correspondent for the Washington Post, CBS News, the Los Angeles Timesand the Sunday Times of London, she has reported from more than a hundred and forty countries. She is currently a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has also been a fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as at Yale, Duke, Dartmouth, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In 1969, Kappa’s Indianapolis Alumnae Association conferred a State Day Award on her. The following year, she received a graduate study grant from the North Woodward Alumnae Association in honor of Dorothy Pierson Barton. It helped her fund her graduate studies, also at the University of Michigan. According to The Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma:

Robin was associate editor of the University of Michigan Daily and wrote for the Ann Arbor News. During a summer session at Harvard she also wrote for the Harvard Summer Crimson. In her chapter she served as pledge class president, member of the recommendations committee, and second vice-president. She has received both chapter and province awards for her activities and has participated actively in local, state and national political campaigns as a committed member of the Young Democrats.

Robin Wright from a 1969 Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

In 1980, she received Kappa’s Alumnae Achievement Award. The Summer 2003 Key contained an article about her.

The article which appeared in the Summer 2003 Key of Kappa Kappa Gamma.


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