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#26 Linda Eastman VC ’61 Married Paul McCartney

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Linda Eastman in her 1961 yearbook photoLinda Eastman came to Vermont College in 1959 from Scarsdale High School in suburban New York. At that time, Vermont College was a junior college, offering two-year programs in subjects like secretarial science. Eight years later, in March of 1969, Eastman did what she is perhaps best known for: In the midst of the Beatlemania craze, she married Paul McCartney.

While Vermont College was not yet a part of Norwich University in 1959, the two neighboring schools had a close relationship, with VC girls regularly attending dances and other social events at Norwich. Eastman received her Associate of Arts degree in 1961, then transferred to the University of Arizona. She first met McCartney while on a photography assignment in England in 1967.

An announcement of the Eastman-McCartney wedding appeared in the Vermont College News after an administrator recognized the bride’s picture in the paper. A quotation from a VC freshman encapsulated the popular view of the marriage: “Wow, like that’s wild. It’s unreal. Paul’s my favorite Beatle.”

While attending Vermont College, Linda Eastman resided in Howland Hall (which still stands) with about 20 other young women. She was said to be a “happy spirit,” and belonged to the modern dance club and the Women’s Athletic Association. Alongside her picture in the 1961 Promethean, Vermont College’s yearbook, she quoted Ovid: “To beguile with talk the slow moving hours…”

In addition to her famous marriage, Linda Eastman was a photographer, cookbook author, and singer in Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band, Wings. She died of breast cancer in 1998. The fact that she attended Vermont College is not often cited in biographies and online sources. Some attribute her early education to other schools, while other sources have her retreating to Vermont following her mother’s death in 1962. We are proud to consider her a daughter of Norwich, who ties our university to the music that shaped a generation and a world.