Oct. 7, 2005
By Mary Alice Casey
Martha Green Vigor had an excellent adventure Friday.
The 1935 Ohio University graduate returned to the Athens campus for the first time since she graduated, fulfilling a wish she expressed through the Second Wind Dreams program. Vigor, 92, lives in the Laurel Lake retirement community in Hudson, Ohio.
Similar to Make a Wish, the Second Wind Dreams program grants the wishes of nursing home residents. Laurel Lake staff members fulfill many of their residents' wishes without assistance from the national organization, and that was the case with Vigor's wish.
"I had such a good time here," Vigor said while leafing through yearbooks at Konneker Alumni Center. "I played hard and I worked hard. … I went to all the football games, all the university things and sorority things."
Among those greeting the former education major at Konneker were Tom Davis, interim dean of the College of Education, and Tom Doston, senior associate dean for graduate affairs and student services. "You got me well-educated," she told the two.
Vigor reminisced about the Junior Prom ("You just dance and danced and danced, and then you sat," she said) as well as performances by Sammy Kaye, BSCE '33, who went on to fame as a band leader during the swing era of the 1930s and '40s. "He had a little two-bit orchestra," she said. "He used to play any time of the day."
Accompanying Vigor were two other Ohio University alumni: music therapist Stephanie Lichtman, who earned a bachelor's degree in music in 2002, and driver Ann Wright, who attended the university in the 1970s. The group had lunch at Konneker, took at driving tour of campus and made stops at her college sorority, Pi Beta Phi, and McCracken Hall, which houses the College of Education. They also drove by 216 E. State St., where Vigor lived with her grandmother while attending college.
Mary Alice Casey is editor of Ohio Today alumni magazine.