The navy announced that Ensign Rosalie Thorn '40 had won the Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal. With a score of 211 out of 240, the WAVE, on duty in the bureau of aeronautics, became the first woman entitled to wear the expert pistol shot's blue and green ribon on her uniform.

Married briefly—1945-1950—to Henry Dickson McKenna, she returned to Vassar to work on a master's degree in art history, and her thesis, a history of Main Building, remains the most thorough study of James Renwick Jr.'s magesterial building. As Rollie McKenna, she became an internationally famed protrait photographer, counting Dylan Thomas, Truman Capote, T. S. Eliot, Ted Hughes, Sylva Plath and many other literary figures among her subjects.