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For the week of May 17 through May 23, 2000

Elaine McClain graduates from Smith

American Studies major


If you remember the Southern Gentleman Restaurant in Bellevue, you probably remember the owners, Elaine and Jerry McClain.

Elaine McClain ran a restaurant and ran for office while a Wood River Valley resident.

She’s doing something different these days.

On May 14, Elaine McClain was one of 667 seniors who graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Mass. during the 122nd commencement exercises at the prestigious four-year liberal arts college.

A student in Smith’s Ada Comstock Scholars Program for students beyond the traditional age, McClain majored in American Studies at Smith.

Her undergraduate activities included senator in the Student Government Association and liaison between the Senate and Ada Comstock cabinet.

McClain plans to teach in the Southwest and, next May, attend the college graduation of daughter Jolene McClain.

Elaine McClain ran for political office during her stay in Blaine County 10 years ago.

Campaigning as a Democrat in 1990, she won the May primary run-off, then lost 11,117 to 8,471 to incumbent Republican Ralph Peters of Jerome in the November election for District 25 House Seat B.

 

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