Class of ’70

Sara Wetherell Blake

Sally Blake portrait

for sally:

I see you, a child
In a garden sheltered for buds and playtime,
Listening as if beguiled
By a fancy beyond your years and the flowering maytime.
The print is faded: soon there will be
No trace of that pose enthralling,
Nor visible echo of my voice distantly calling
“Wait! Wait for me!”

Then I turn the page
To a girl who stands like a questioning iris
By the waterside, at an age
That asks every mirror to tell what the heart’s desire is.
The answer she finds in that oracle stream
Only time could affirm or disprove,
Yet I wish I was there to venture a warning, “Love
Is not what you dream.”

Next, you appear
As if garlands of wild felicity crowned you –
Courted, caressed, you wear
Like immortelles the lovers and friends around you.
“They will not last you, rain or shine,
They are but straws and shadows,”
I cry: “Give not to those charming desperadoes
What was made to be mine.”

One picture is missing –
The last. It would show me a tree stripped bare
By intemperate gales, her amazing
Noonday of blossom spoilt which promised so fair.
Yet, scanning those scenes at your heyday taken,
I tremble, as one who must view
In the crystal a doom he could never deflect – yes, I too
Am fruitlessly shaken.

I close the book;
But the past slides out of its leaves to haunt me
And it seems, wherever I look,
Phantoms of irreclaimable happiness taunt me.
Then I see her, petalled in new-blown hours,
Beside me – “All you love most there
Has blossomed again,” she murmurs, “all that you missed there
Has grown to be yours.”

– Cecil Day-Lewis (27 April 1904 - 22 May 1972)
The Album, ca. 1943

The Evening Bulletin logo 1969

Tuesday, August 12, 1969

Phila. Youth, Sister Die in Canada Crash

Geoffrey Kingsley Blake, 18, of 7 E. Willow Grove Ave., Chestnut Hill, died yesterday in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, of injuries suffered Sunday in a car accident near St. John.

His sister, Sara Wetherell Blake, 16, was killed instantly in the crash. The youth died in St. John General Hospital.

The accident occurred at 2.15 p.m. Sunday on Rothesay Ave., just north of St. John, in heavy fog and rain.

The Blakes had been visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Azel Blake, of Rothesay, a suburb of St. John. Geoffrey Blake was driving a car in which his sister was the only passenger.

Young Blake was graduated from Chestnut Hill Academy, where he had been captain of the soccer team, and was to enter Yale University in September. He won the gold medal, the highest award given a senior, for being the “most representative senior” at the Academy.

Miss Blake would have entered her senior year at Springside School, Chestnut Hill in September.

Besides their paternal grandparents, they are also survived by their parents, Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. W. Blake, and their maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Kingsley.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. tomorrow at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rothesay. Memorial services will be held at a future date at St. Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church, Chestnut Hill.

Sara Wetherell Blake Award

This award is given in memory of Sara Wetherell Blake, Class of 1970. It is given by vote of the senior class to a member of the senior class for service, simplicity and sincerity, three of Sally's many outstanding qualities.