He was a resident assistant, president of the student
government, sat on dozens of committees and was highly active in campus
life. She had a busy schedule of her own as head of the women’s
government, an R.A. in the brand-new Hart Hall and helping to establish Oswego
traditions like Family and Friends Weekend. And although both Robert
'67 and Linda Vanderland McCarthy '66 were studying to be teachers
and participated in many of the same activities on campus, it would take a
blizzard to bring the two of them together – the Blizzard of '66.
As the snow piled high to reach the second-story windows at Moreland Hall,
there wasn’t much for the campus community to do but buckle down and wait for a
“That’s when we really got to know each other,” said Linda. And so the
season of ice, wind and cold became the season of love.
Christmastime brought the gift of love to the couple when Bob had his heart
set on asking Linda to be his date for a friend’s holiday party. He
searched for her — and discovered that they had actually been looking for each
“It was a magical moment,” Linda said. The two haven’t been separated
Bob attended community college before being accepted into Oswego’s
elementary math education program and started dating Linda, a secondary history
education major, in his junior year. The two had served on committees and
programs together in the past and witnessed many changes during their time on
Always involved in campus affairs, Bob and Linda were instrumental in
establishing the Associated Student Body (now the Student Association) and
designing plans for the first co-ed dorms.
Bob and Linda returned to Oswego Oct. 6 to renew their wedding vows and to
share the Oswego experience with their three daughters and grandchildren.
The family reserved the Battle Island Inn Bed and Breakfast in Fulton for the
special weekend and ceremony. After taking some family photos in the
newly renovated Riggs Hall great room and among the trees behind the building,
the memories came flooding back for the McCarthys — attending concerts with
friends, enjoying the great outdoors, socializing at Buckland’s, taking
advantage of the two “hitching posts” to catch a ride into town.
“It was a great time, an awesome time to be here,” Linda said. “The
campus was so vital.”
The McCarthys have maintained that same vitality as alumni. The two
enjoy spending time with their family and traveling together. They
currently live in Pennsylvania, where Bob works with railroad insurance, and
Linda has held a number of positions including managing a clothing store,
acting as the director of the United Way, working as the Clarion County
Commissioner and in the field of career development for displaced
homemakers. But Oswego will always have a special place in their
“Those years were so formative,” said Bob. “This is where it all
—Meagan Smith '07
Robert '67 and Linda Vanderland McCarthy '66, who met at Oswego
as students, returned to campus Oct. 6 to renew their wedding vows.
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