It was a rush 70 years in the making.
Bertie McConnell was a wide-eyed freshman at Washburn University in 1941. She enjoyed her studies that first semester, worked hard and often accompanied her best friend to events held by the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, a group of women, she said, “who were just so sweet.”
She wanted desperately to join that group. But money was tight, and the $40 dues were just too high. And then, with America becoming involved in World War II, McConnell’s life changed dramatically. She left Washburn, went to work in an ammunitions factory and eventually started a family with Lawrence resident Don McConnell, her now-late husband.
But on her 90th birthday, she finally got the chance to fulfill at least one more dream: She was officially inducted as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.