Retirement Napkin, Perkins Music Department, 1944

Red white and blue napkin with an excerpt from "The Lantern" titled "Retirements"

Red white and blue napkin with "Mabel Starbird/ Naomi Gring/ June 12, 1944/ Perkins Music Faculty Party" printed in red. Underneath is an excerpt from "The Lantern" titled "Retirements".

November 12, 2013

Retirements: Mabel Starbird and Naomi Gring, Music Faculty Party, June 12, 1944.

A unique piece of ephemera documents staff life at Perkins in the 1940s. The napkin in the image below was custom printed to celebrate the retirement of two longtime Perkins Music Department staff members in 1944. Full text from The Lantern, a quarterly Perkins publication printed June 15, 1944, related to this pair of retirements is as follows:


Two members of the Music Department are affected this year by the Perkins Retirement Plan. Miss Mabel A. Starbird, who was eligible for retirement a year ago, and continued to carry on her work during the present year, has completed thirty-three years of service to Perkins. She will be remembered because of fine work that she has done with the Girls' Glee Club. Miss Naomi K. Gring is retiring after thirty-seven years as teacher of piano in the Girls' Lower School. She is to return to her home in Maryland and has agreed to assist in the Maryland School for the Blind for the duration.