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Setting Her Sights on Everest:
Marjorie M. Cross '65 Reaches Ultimate Goal: "To Inspire"

Ever since George Mallory quipped, "because it is there," every climber who has set his or her sights on Mount Everest has been asked: Why? Just prior to her March 29 departure for Nepal, Marjorie M. Cross í65 explained her reasons for attempting to scale the worldís highest peak: "What I want is to not live a predictable life. My mom used to buy American cheese with every slice wrapped, and that to me epitomized the kind of life that I donít want to have." For Cross, Everest wasnít about risk taking, nor did the alumna go there in pursuit of glory. Diagnosed with diabetes eighteen months before the expedition and a five-year survivor of breast cancer, the fifty-eight-year-old had a loftier goal than tagging Everestís summit: "If I can inspire and motivate older women, that would be success. Iím not asking them to climb Mount Everest, but to think about doing something outside their comfort zone. Being past forty, fifty, or sixty is no reason to give things up. In fact, itís a good reason to take up new interests and challenges."
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