Yes I truly was blessed to have a friend like that at a time I was skinny and isolated both by my writing habit and by being skinny and shy. (Hard to believe now that I was ever skinny.) Sarah had that rare gift of being able to look someone in the eye and figuring them out right away, but no in a threatening way but an embracing way. You can kind of see that in the Life magazine picture, how her eyes are penetrating but friendly. You can see how her face has a tendency to smile.
And that truly is a miracle for someone when they are young and trying to figure things out which I now is why she was loved by students and young faculty in particular.