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Week of 29 January 1999

Vol. II, No. 21

BU Yesterday

Mary Borden, who died 30 years ago, was a prolific writer of novels about the rich and exalted as they danced through illicit love affairs in exotic locales. She had tasted adventure herself: her second husband, Sir Edward Spears, was a British general, MP, and diplomat, and she served with him in Damascus and Beirut during World War II. She was the organizer and director of field hospitals for the French in both World Wars and was decorated for her service and bravery. Lady Spears was among the first notables to donate their personal papers to BU's libraries. She is shown above in 1964 at the old Chenery Library with Howard Gotlieb (left), now director of Special Collections, and then-director of libraries Gustave A. Harrer. BU Photo Services