Classmates recall Bishop’s Lodge boarding school

March 3, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Mary Ellen Smith and Juliet Roseberry hadn’t seen each other since their days as classmates nearly 70 years ago at the Brownmoor School. It was an all-girls boarding and day school that operated in the 1930s and ’40s at what is now called the Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa in Tesuque.

On Wednesday morning, Roseberry, 83, of Fredricksburg, Texas, and Smith, 82, a Kansas native who now lives in Santa Fe, gathered at the resort, reunited by mutual friends.

When Smith realized friends of hers knew Roseberry, she said, “I almost had a vapor fit. She was my ideal.”

The Thorpe family owned Bishop’s Lodge for 80 years, from 1918 to 1998, operating it as a resort during the summer months. The Brownmoor School was founded in 1931 by co-directors Justine Ames Browne and Mary Atwell Moore, who leased four guest buildings during the academic year for classrooms, dormitories and living space.

“(The school) appeals to those parents who desire for their girls a development of their abilities under sympathetic guidance, and the maintenance of high standards of work and conduct,” reads a promotional brochure for the school printed in the late ’30s or early ’40s.

Roseberry came to study at Brownmoor because her father, an “oil man,” had a second Login to read more

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