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Shear inspiration - Alumni Profiles
December 2010 Issue
Marty McGee Bennett (BSA ’78) remembers gazing into the eyes of a llama for the first time in the early 1980s. After receiving rejections from every veterinary school she applied to, she was surprised to find that moment the precipice of her life’s true calling. “It was like I had fallen in love with someone,” McGee Bennett says. “I was smitten.” Llamas were a novelty in the U.S. back then, and interested buyers were put on a four-to-five-year waiting list. But McGee Bennett decided the animals were worth the wait. She had just spent five years in the U.S. Army, a career decision she made after she did not get into veterinary school, and was living in western New York. It was there she became interested in spinning and weaving and she bought a number of exotic sheep, which she sheared for their wool. An article about llamas in Smithsonian Magazine inspired her to explore new sources of fiber. “Llamas were …
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