A Woman of Cheerfulness and Composure

Considered the “Babe Ruth of College Counseling,” Forbes made an impact on countless students who flourished in their college choice through her guidance and wisdom as Kingswood Oxford’s Director of College Counseling from 1975 until her retirement in 1985.

In an article written about her retirement, Forbes was described by Larry H. Roberts, KO’s Dean of Students, as a “bohemian-Victorian”. He said of Forbes, “She's proper, always meticulous, thoughtful and balanced, with a sense of decorum and grace. But there’s nothing stuffy or intellectually arrogant about her. She’s curious about everything.”

Raised in New York City, Forbes attended Barnard College, earning a B.A. with honors in English. She pursued a master's degree at Columbia University in an innovative program designed for prospective teachers. Following her education, Forbes taught at the Foxcroft School, an all-girls school in horse country Virginia where she embraced horseback riding and camping. Forbes also worked at the Madeira School in Virginia, the Locust Valley Friends Academy in New York, and Avon Old Farms in Connecticut. She served as the head of the English Department from 1965 to 1973 at Oxford School before her tenure as Director of College Counseling at KO. For her impeccable and dedicated service, the New England Association of College Admissions Counselors named her Connecticut outstanding independent school counselor in 1981-1982. In 1985 she was awarded the Harry R. Carroll Award for distinguished service to the profession.

With the steady diet of books and culture instilled by her father, Forbes held a lifelong love of art and literature, traveling extensively throughout the world. Upon her retirement, Forbes gave back to the community by giving tours and lectures at the Mark Twain House in Hartford and the Hillstead Museum in Farmington.
 
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