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Table of Cc 



Artist Statement 1 

Credits 2 

Allen, Barbara (1963) 19 

Alpenfels, Anita Waters (1985) 7 A 

Banker, Maureen Kacsur (1979) 71 

Barber, Madge Wescott Daniels ( 1 920) 29 

Barnes, Elizabeth ( 1 960) 90 

Barnes, Vanessa Goodman (1988) 99 

Bingham, Eliza Turner (1933) 34 

Bond, Jenny Taylor ( 1 96 1 ) 91 

Brewer, Ellen Dozier (1918) 52 

Bridges, Linda McKinnish ( 1 975) 69 

Brown, Wilda Eskew ( 1989) 100 

Brown, Yvette ( 1 990) 75 

Bryan, Anne (1971) 23 

Bunting, Joan (1985) 73 

Buxton, Elaine ( 1 993) 101 

Carter, Carolyn Howard (1973) 68 

Cochrane, Betsy Lane (1958) 44 

Cooper, Jean Batten (1954) 63 

Currin, Margaret Person ( 1 972) 97 

Dahle, Anne Clark ( 1 954) 89 

Davis, Eleanor Layfield (1932) 54 

Davis, Gwendolyn Picklesimer (1962) 1 8 

Dawkins, Edna Frances (1937) 14 

Decker, Dorothy Home (1938) 59 

Denmark, Annie Dove (1908) 4 

Dotterer, Elizabeth James (1930) 78 

Edinger, Lois ( 1 945) 85 

Fantelli, Carol ( 1 977) 49 

Fitzgerald, Sue ( 1 952) 43 

Friday, Ida Howell (1941) 79 

Futrell, Louise (1914) ' 9 

Goff, Effie Ray Calhoun Bateman (1937) 38 

Goodmon, Barbara ( 1 994) 77 

Goodwin, Dorothy Loftin ( 1 947) 87 

Grealish, Jeanne ( 1 957) 17 

Griggs, Katherine Weede (1963) 46 

Grimmer, Mae Frances (1913) 6 

Grubbs, Carolyn Barrington ( 1 960) 45 

Harrell, Rosalind Knott (1951) 60 

Harrill, Laura Weatherspoon ( 1 927) 31 

Harris, Bernice Kelly (1913) 7 

Haselden, Eliza Lee ( 1 935) 35 

Herring, Harriet Laura (1913) 8 

High, Nancy Ricker (1962) 93 

Hogan, Judith Norman (1993) 102 

Hutchinson, Betsy Ward (1989) 50 

Jackson, Jean ( 1 975) 24 

Johnson, Mary Lynch (1917) 10 

Josey Mary Bland (1951) 15 



Kirby Ellen (1967) 66 

Knight, lone Kemp (1943) 82 

Lancaster, Jennie (1971) 47 

Lane, Bessie Evans (1911) 5 

Lanneau, Sophie Stephens (1902) 28 

Laybourne, Roxie Collie (1932) 13 

Leavel, Beth (1977) 70 

Lemmon, Sarah McCulloh (1991) 51 

Maddrey, Mabel Claire Hoggard (1928) 32 

Martin, Margaret Craig (1930) 53 

Mauney, Virginia "Ginger" (1983) 72 

McEnery, Cindy Griffith ( 1 970) 22 

McKinley, Rebecca Knott (1951) 61 

Melette, Susan Jackson (1942) 39 

Mercer, Carolyn Morton (1922) 30 

Miller, Elizabeth (1944) 83 

Mitchell, Fannie Memory Farmer ( 1 944) 84 

Moore, Catherine Elizabeth (1950) 41 

Morrison, Margaret Caudle (1935) 36 

Murray, Rebecca Jean (1 958) 64 

Nicholson, Rachel (1996) 27 

Nooe, Mary Watson (1969) 67 

Northrup, Mar jorie Joyner (1951) 42 

O'Brien, Gail Williams (1965) 65 

Parker, Margaret Weatherspoon (1938) 58 

Perry, Cleo Glover ( 1 945) 40 

Powell, Loleta Kenan ( 1 94 1 ) 80 

Rowley, Sarah Cook (1929) 33 

Reynolds, Suzanne ( 1 97 1 ) 96 

Rich, Michelle (1973) 98 

Roach, Betty Jo ( 1 967) 95 

Robinson, Carolyn Covington (1 950) 88 

Rose, Norma (1936) 57 

Rudisill, Joyce Mclntyre ( 1 942) 81 

Siddell, Hallie Simpkins (1918) 12 

Simmons, Margaret Rymer (1965) 20 

Swansea, Charleen ( 1 954) 16 

Thanhauser, Lisa Burns (1986) 26 

Trible, Phyllis Lou (1954) 62 

Vande Kieft, Ruth ( 1 946) 86 

Vann,ElizabehRoger(1917) 11 

Warwick, Mary Carol (1961) 92 

Watts, Sarah Elizabeth Vernon (1934) 56 

Webb, Betty (1967) 21 

Whitfield, Bertha "Bert" Futrelle (1936) 37 

Wilde, Irene Haire(l 905) ...3 

Williams, Ellen Barney ( 1 972) 48 

Williford, Jo Anne (1975) 25 

Winter, Renee (1991) 76 

Woods, Ruth Dial (1962) 94 

Wooton, Grace Phelps (1934) 55 




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"One is o college student normally 

for 4 years. The average tenure of a faculty 

member is only 10 years; but an alumna is an 

alumna for the rest of her life." 

-Carlyle Campbell, President of Meredith College 

1946-1963 

This mural has been created to celebrate and honor the alumnae 
of Meredith College. The idea of a mural for Park Center and the 
financial support were a gift from the Class of 1997. The aerial 
imagery of the campus, being a viewpoint that few ever see, is a visual 
metaphor for the numerous contributions and achievements of Meredith 
College students throughout its history. Historically women's efforts have 
often been undocumented, unheralded and even unnoticed; nevertheless, they 
are no less important and remarkable. I wanted to recognize and honor these 
women, not only in terms of their career accomplishments but also their volunteer 
service to organizations and family issues. 

One hundred outstanding alumnae were chosen from nominees to represent all 
graduates and to coincide with the 1 999 Centennial events celebrating the opening 
of Meredith College in 1 899. The women honored on the mural and in the biographies 
represent only a small percentage of Meredith graduates who have made significant 
contributions to our communities. We have left room on the walls for the addition of 
more alumnae in the future. 

The mural represents the feminine perspective on one symbolic level and recognition on 
another level. The subtle footprints throughout the mural represent all the students who 
have walked on the Meredith Campus for the past 100 years. They were imprinted by 
student assistants, alumnae faculty and staff members. The names of the 1 00 alumnae 
are interwoven within the campus imagery, just as every student becomes part of the 
fabric of the Meredith community, connecting past, present and future. One must make 
an effort to look beyond the surface imagery to see that this is actually a tapestry of 
"strong-willed, determined, intelligent women who had (and have) dreams, goals, and 
a fierce desire for education.'" 

The chosen honorees include some alumnae who are well known at Meredith and 
many more who have been quietly making a difference in our world behind the 
scenes and without previous recognition. The alumnae selected have been 
involved in a wide spectrum of careers, volunteer work and religious service. We 
hope that the stories of these remarkable women, and those that will be added 
in the coming years, will serve as living examples of the unlimited possibilities 
open to all present and future students, as well as serve as visual reminders of 
the contributions of students who have come before. 

Conceptually, the mural recognizes the influential and nurturing role that 
Meredith College plays in our lives by creating an educational experience 
founded on high standards of excellence within a caring environment. It . 
is this campus community depicted in the mural imagery that brings 
us all together for a short time, and ultimately unites all alumnae 
forever, through one common educational heritage. 

'"We were... We ore.. We will be...", II. Merediths Rich Legacy, by 
Jean Jackson, Meredith College Founders' Day Speech, 
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This mural is the result of the cooperative 
and interdisciplinary efforts of many people, 
including the whole Class of 1997 who 
contributed the idea of a Park Center Mural 
and the funding as their Class Gift to 
Meredith College. Students and staff from 
the disciplines of History, English, Women's 
Studies, Art History, Graphics and Studio 
Art have also contributed their talents and 
many hours of work. 



Typography Assistants 
Emilie Baker 1999 
Kari Becker 1999 
Madge Duffey 1999 
Patricia Gruenbaum 1999 
Amy Patterson 1999 
KristinePelzer 1998 
Rebecca Tinsley 1998 
Tracy Vincent 2000 

Drawing Assistants 

Ashlynn Browning 2000 
Mara Lewis 1998 
Meredith Pittman 1999 
Rebecca Renn 2000 



Researchers and Writers 

Shelley Brown 1999 
Ashlynn Browning 2000 
JuliannaBunn 1999 
Laura Burke 2000 
Emily Cash 2001 
Carrie Coffey 2001 
Ashley Cooper 2001 
Betty Crenshaw 1998 
Karol Diaz 2000 
Vivian Furini 2000 
Nana Hendricks 1999 
Katherine Jones 200 1 
Beth Kendall 1999 
Lacey Keen 200 1 
JanaeLehto 1998 
Jenny Mc Williams 2000 
Jennifer Patterson 
Patricia Rolfson 
Amanda Sullivan 1998 
Sue Ridge Todd 1959 



Editor 

Beth Kendall 1999 

Copyeditor 

Madge Duffey 1 999 

Photography 

Jane Terry 

Framing 

Century Framing 

Terence FifzSimons 

Framework: 

Printing 
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Co-organizers ant 
originators of the idee 
for the Park Center Mural 
Collyn Evans 1 997 
Carrie Snider 1 997 



Video/muitimedia Assistant 

Nina Ashley Farmer 1 999 



Mura! Artist, Organizer 3nd Coordinator 

Linda Poole FitzSimons, Class of 1 973 



Footprints on Mural 

Dianne Andrews 1995 Maureen Kacsur Banker 1979 Vanessa Barnes 1988 
Amity Brown 1993 Ashlynn Browning 2000 Laura Burke 2000 Janet Cherry 1979 
Margaret Clary 1987 Sandra Close 1986 Robin Colby 1981 Betty Crenshaw 1998 
Nina Ashley Farmer 1999 Linda FitzSimons 1973 HollyFrigon 1998 Sandra Hanner 1986 
Jean Jackson 1975 Donna Jolly 1991 Clela Johnson 1967 Sue Ennis Kearney 1964 
Beth Kendall 1999 Teresa Latham 1995 Alma Lane Lee 1988 Mara Lewis 1998 
Rose Jones Lippard 1973 Jenny McWilliams 2000 Karen Mitchell 1992 
Lisa Fitzsimmons Pearce 1990 Meredith Pittman 1999 Mary Anne Reese 1982 
Rebecca Renn 2000 Cathy B. Rodgers 1976 Regina Rowland 1991 Betsy Stewart 1996 
Amanda Sullivan 1998 Sue Todd 1959 Alyce Turner 1996 Betty Webb 1967 







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From catacombs of memory/Resounding with 

maternal lore/Alert, she hears perpetually/The 

cry other firstborn, /And holds within her ancient 

heart/The sigil of identity/That every son has 

worn/Undaunted by deaths paradigm, /She 

guards with mother zeal the track/Each little 

shoe has left on time. 

The above lines play out the theme of the 
Park Center Mural. Written by Irene Haire 
Wilde in 1938, the poet's feminine image 
evokes a world that is bound by tradition 
and history — the idea that each of us, as 
daughters, lives on in our own individuality, 
even after our time on earth is spent. No act 
is insignificant. Each life has a special mark 
on time. 

Ms. Wilde grew up in Wadesboro, NC, and 

was one of the earliest graduates of 

Meredith College. She went on to become a 

librarian in a Los Angeles high school and a 

reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle. 

She achieved numerous literary prizes and 

contributed to the New York Times, Los 

Angeles Times, many magazines, anthologies 

and journals. Her collections include Driftwood 

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Dr. Denmark's motto in her senior yearbook 
was "To reach high, but aim higher." She 
truly demonstrated this. Annie was the 
first woman to be elected the head of 
a college in South Carolina and one 
of the first female college presidents 
in the country. Her 26-year term as 
president of Anderson College 
included the Great Depression 
years, during which she saved the 
college from financial collapse. 
She had such faith in the college 
that, at the close of the 1931- 
32 session, all bills had been 
paid and there was a surplus in 
the bank amounting to slightly 
more than $5,000 to apply to 
the school's bills. As a result of 
the steady progress made 
during her administration, the 
college was able to pay off a 
long-standing debt in May 
1938, marking the beginning 
of a new era for the institution. 
People in South Carolina credit 
Denmark with saving Anderson 
College from financial ruin 
after assuming its presidency 
on New Year's Day, 1928. 

Annie truly valued the ideals of a 

liberal arts education, Christian 

principles and the arts. To that 

end she worked diligently. Under 

her prudent and skillful guidance, 

Anderson College, now a junior 

college, has been brought out of 

dark uncertainty into the light of a 

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Dr. Lane was "small and dainty" and in her contacts 

with students had a "quiet, reassuring manner." 

Not only was she an excellent doctor, but also a 

wise counselor and good friend. For 16 

years, she guarded the health of all Meredith 

students, and with the aid of the physical 

education department, administered a 

constructive health program on campus. 

When she decided to limit her practice 

and leave Raleigh, it was with regret that 

her many Meredith friends saw her 

depart. During the intervening years, 

until her health failed, she busied herself 

in her life's calling, that of healing the 

sick and making life brighter for those in 

her care. 

Elizabeth James Dotferer ( 1 930), also 

a physician, said, "Although Dr. Lane 

came to Meredith after my time as a 

student, I knew her for her compassion 

and genuine love for her fellow man. 

When I was taking the North Carolina 

Board, it was Dr. Lane who invited all of 

the women applicants to have lunch 

with her. She knew well the tension we 

were feeling, and she was doing just a 

little something to relieve that tension. I 

shall never forget that kindness. Years 

later, when she was contemplating 

retirement, my husband and I, who were 

in our prime, had an occasion to talk with 

her. At this time we felt her compassion for 

her patients who were her friends. She was 

worrying about those patients, for they had 

grown old with her and she knew so much 

about them. She worried, too, because she 

knew that many could not afford their needed 

medicines and hospital treatment. Little did she 

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Miss Grimmer graduated from Meredith in 
1913 with a certificate in music, a subject 
she taught at the College from 1916-1920, 
and in 1941, with a bachelor's degree in 
history. Appointed executive secretary of 
the Alumnae Association in 1928, she 
remained in that position until she retired 
in 1 964. Dr. Mary Lynch Johnson, in her 
HLsJo_r^pf_Meiedith_Col|ege, credits 
Miss Grimmer with the lion's share of 
praise for the accomplishments of the 
Alumnae Association during her years 
as director: The Alumnae Magazine, 
the annual seminars, organization of 
alumnae chapters, establishment of 
the Loyalty Fund, the Granddaughters' 
Club, erection of the Alumnae House 
(now called the Mae Grimmer House), 
and the extensive drive for financial 
support for alumnae. All of these and 
countless smaller benefits have come 
about largely because Mae Grimmer 
worked and pushed so hard. 

In 1 964, the Wake County Chapter of 

the Alumnae Association established 

a Mae Grimmer Scholarship, proceeds 

of which are awarded to students who 

commute to Meredith. For 54 years, Miss 

Grimmer's life and labors were centered 

at Meredith College. Generation after 

generation of college women came 

back from time to time to find her warm 

welcoming smile and her quick effort to 

make them feel at home again. Mae 

Grimmer's vision for the college has 

enabled many women to share in her legacy 

of achievement. 



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Ever since childhood, Bernice Kelly Harris thought of herself 

as a writer. Her early dreams of penning novels and plays 

were truly realized as she became one of the most gifted 

novelists in the state. Since her graduation from 

Meredith in 1 9 1 3, she published Purslane in 1 939, the 

first publication of the University of North Carolina 

Press and first recipient of the Mayflower Cup. Her 

other novels include Portujqca, Sweet _BeulahJ.and, 

Sgge_. Quarter, Ja_ney_Jeems, Hearthstones and 

Wj.laLCherry. Road. She also wrote Fplk_P[gys.pf 

_Easiern_Ngrth CgLoling and Sqythern.Sgvory, her 

autobiography, as well as numerous newspaper 

and magazine articles. 

Bernice's career was filled with awards and titles 
including winner of the Master Playwright 
Award, leader of the North Corolino Writer's 
Conference gnd first woman president of the 
• North Carolina Literary and Historical Society. 

Bernice was also g brilliant educgtor, teaching 

at the high school level for 1 1 years and then 

later at Chowan College. She organized the 

Roanoke-Chowan Writers' Organization and 

the Northampton Players, writing and directing 

theater productions that toured throughout the 

state. Bernice's literary and personal interests 

were in people. Her works reflected her deep 

appreciation and respect for all persons no 

matter what their station. Critics compared her 

works to Thomas Wolfe's and she was referred to 

as the "Grand Dame" of North Carolina literature. 

In her usual modest way, Bernice wauld probgbly 

be surprised by all the accolades. As she said, 

"Everyone has a story to tell. Look for that story 

and record it! In every experience you can find the 

beauty of the human spirit." In 1998, she was 

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Harriet Herring was a professor emerita 

of sociology and, for more than 40 

years, a member of the Institute for 

Research in Social Science. She was 

educated at Meredith, Radcliffe, and 

Bryn Mawr She held executive 

positions at three textile mills 

before joining the UNC-Chapel 

Hill faculty in 1925. 

As Personnel Director of Carolina 
Cotton and Woolen Mills in 
Spray, NC, she established the 
first comprehensive cotton mill 
employee welfare system in the 
South. Herring was the worlds 
foremost authority on the social 
life of southern mill villages. Her 
many publications included the 
books Welfare W orkjn_Mill 
Villa ges, Spjjihej^iiridystry_a_nd 
Regip_nal_DeyeJppment, and The 
Passing_of theMill Village, To her 
writings and teaching Harriet 
Laura Herring brought erudition, 
a strong analytic mind, and a 
direct style that allows us to see, 
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Affectionately called "Mother Superior" by students 
and teachers alike, 1914 Meredith graduate 
Louise Futrell is best known for founding the 
Summit School in Winston-Salem. A natural 
teacher with a unique ability to inspire, Louise 
was a pioneer in the field of education. In 
1 9 3 3, while America was in the throes of the 
Great Depression, public schools were over- 
crowded and underfunded; dissatisfaction 
was rampant. Asked to meet the demand 
for a private school, Louise moved to 
Winston-Salem and founded the Summit 
School. What began in her sisters house 
with 1 8 children and three teachers has 
flourished into a large private school with 
an excellent reputation for innovative 
teaching techniques and an unstructured 
atmosphere. 

Louise was the backbone of the school 

all her life. After 22 years as principal, 

she took a year off to study teaching 

techniques with Dr. June Orton, a specialist 

in learning disabilities. She returned to the 

school and established a special education 

program there. Summits headmaster, 

Douglas Lewis described Louises life as 

"one spent in teaching — and it was a rich 

one for the people she taught." Louise 

enriched many lives, as evidenced by her 

being named the Alumna of the Year in 1 976 

at Meredith and an honorary degree awarded 

to her by Wake Forest. 



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In the past, one of the senior superlatives listed in the yearbook 
was "Miss Meredith." If there was one person who could be 
called the "Miss Meredith" for all time, that person would be Dr. 
Mary Lynch Johnson. She began her studies at Meredith in 
1 909, when she entered the Meredith Academy as a sixth- 
grader. She graduated in 1917, began teaching in the 
English department in 1 9 1 8 and became department chair 
in 1952. She taught at Meredith until her retirement in 
1969, leaving only to earn her MA from Columbia 
University and her Ph.D. from Cornell University Her 
presence was felt on the Meredith campus in many 
ways. Her well-known love of cats, her red academic 
regalia and her strong coffee served at English Club 
meetings are all part of many Meredith memories. She 
said that it always surprised her how little water it took 
to make a cup of coffee - and desilvered spoons in the 
Joyner lounge were certainly testimony to that. 

Dr. Johnson loved words and few of her speeches or 
essays were without at least one explanation of word 
origin. She authored AH j story oLMeredLtLCollege in 
1 956 and published a second edition in 1 972, These 
histories reflect her scholarly abilities in research and 
writing but, more importantly, give us insight to her 
sense of humor. She presented Meredith, foibles and 
all, in a book that is a "good read" for anyone. After 
retirement, she served as college historian and taught 
in the Department of Continuing Education. Some of her 
off-campus activities included serving as trustee of the 
Carver School of Missions and Social Work in 
Louisville, Kentucky and of Shaw University in Raleigh. 
She was named Volunteer of the Year in 1 980 as a result 
of her 13 years of volunteer work at the Mayview 
Convalescent Center in Raleigh. 

In 1 984, the year of her death, the Mary Lynch Johnson 

Chair of English was established at Meredith College. It is 

clear that Meredith was as dear to her as she was to the 

college, one of the essays written for Meredith, the college 

magazine, she said, "I have had a long and happy life, and 

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Dr. Elizabeth Vann's motto in her graduating yearbook 

was "Her life had many a hope & aim." She was the head 

of the psychiatric department at one of the world's 

leading mental institutions, St. Elizabeth's Psychiatric 

Hospital, for 38 years. An interviewer had once 

commented to her on the immense courage it must 

have taken to enter o profession so hostile to 

women. But Dr. Vann felt that her accomplishment 

was slight compared to what her father had 

overcome in his life. As a child, her father, 

Richard Tilman Vann, a minister and former 

president of Meredith College ( 1 900- 1915), 

had experienced a farming accident in a cane 

mill which left him without both arms below his 

elbows. He overcame incredible obstacles all 

his life, never letting anything stop him. He 

was an inspiration to everyone who knew 

him, especially his daughter. 

Dr. Vann's primary goal was to help others. 
During her work at St. Elizabeth's, she shared 
the responsibility for the treatment of the 
poet Ezra Pound, who was confined to the 
hospital from 1945 to 1958. 

Her interests were not only in medicine. She 

worked to keep the natural environment 

unspoiled in the Potomac area of Washington 

DC, planting over 100 varieties of azaleas 

and trees not native to that area. 

The Vann family put extreme importance on the 

education of women. While her father was 

President of Meredith College, they converted their 

family home in downtown Raleigh into a women's 

resource center. Throughout her life, Dr. Vann continued 

the commitment to helping those in need established by 

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Hallie Siddell loved music and for much of her life 

dreamt of one day studying it. At age 26, she 

began voice lessons under the direction of a 

local teacher. In three years, she had voice 

students of her own. Feeling it necessary to 

further her study, she planned two-week 

"vacation trips" which were actually 

concentrated studies. In the mornings she 

worked with Maria Kurenko, "The Russian 

Nightingale," and in the afternoons 

under Arthur Phillips of Carnegie Hall. It 

wasn't long before the coloratura 

soprano realized her ambition when 

she received an offer from the 

Metropolitan. 

Hallie studied art at Meredith for five 
years. Under Ida Poteat's instruction, 
she was warned that she might be 
confined to painting still lifes for two 
years, but within six months she was 
granted permission to use live models. 
She later became a photographer 
and portrait painter in Raleigh. She 
painted and photographed numerous 
Carolina businessmen and women, 
brides and children, who spread her 
reputation up and down the Atlantic 
seaboard. Many of her subjects 
returned with their children and grand- 
children for portraits. Mrs. Siddell's work 
earned her one of the highest laurels in 
the photography world: The Professional 
Photographers of America's Honorary 
Master of Photography. Hallie and her 
husband collaboratively owned Siddell 
Studios, a photography studio in Raleigh, 
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Roxie Laybourne has probably heard a thousand 

times that her work is "for the birds." However, 

since Laybourne is the leading ornithologist in 

her field, this is indeed the case. Laybourne has 

spent nearly three decades studying feathers 

and has become the nations foremost feather 

identifier. She graduated from Meredith in 

1 932, but her love of nature started early in 

Farmville, North Carolina. It was there she 

began to explore the many fields and woods 

that surrounded her. Her phenomenal ability 

to identify practically any feather in the 

world has allowed her to solve murder 

mysteries, theft cases, general biological 

mysteries, and save human lives. What 

led Laybourne to study feathers is also 

what led her to save lives. 

In 1 960 a jet crash killed 62 people after 
hitting a flock of starlings; Laybourne was 
put on the case to identify the type of bird 
that had gotten caught in the engine and 
caused the tragedy. Since then she has 
helped manufacturers design engines that 
will withstand the impact of birds whose 
migration patterns cross flight patterns. 

Laybourne also helped to preserve the life 

of the whooping crane by inventing an 

instrument capable of identifying the bird's 

sex so ornithologists could put the "right" 

birds together for mating. Today, when 

Laybourne is not studying the over one half 

million bird specimens at the Smithsonian 

Institution, teaching classes on skinning, and 

tracing eagle poachers, she writes. Her papers 

and articles allow her to share the enormous 

quantity and specificity of her fascinating career. 



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A great understatement would be to say that Edna Frances 

Dawkins has been busy since graduating Meredith 

College in 1 937. After receiving her masters degree 

in personnel administration she came back to her 

alma mater for eight years to serve as the Assistant 

to Dean of Women Even after she left the campus 

to work for the foreign mission board, Edna 

helped recruit students for Meredith locally, 

nationally and internationally. She has also 

served for 35 years on the Foreign Mission 

Board after feeling a call to be a missionary in 

China as a young woman. 

From 1947-1972, Mrs. Dawkins served as 
the Associate Secretary for Personnel and 
interviewed several thousand candidates for 
the Foreign Mission service. She evaluated 
the candidates and decided who was 
appropriate for mission work. She has 
never been bothered by the reputation that 
she received in the beginning as a "hard" 
personnel secretary. She rarely hesitated 
to discourage a mission volunteer that she 
felt lacked qualifications. 

Around the office she earned the title of a 

"computer with compassion" since she knew 

practically the entire postwar generation of 

foreign missionaries. Mrs. Dawkins is also 

known as the woman who was nearly the 

single driving force behind the construction of 

the Foreign Mission Fellowship. This network 

of retired and former missionaries and 

returned journeymen allows these men and 

women to become an informal "think tank" for 

mission support back in the United States. The 

organization also, with Edna's influence, 

helped change the stereotype that resigned 

missionaries were "quitters." 

Even though she has retired from the Foreign 

Mission Board, Mrs. Dawkins has remained active 

in her local church and community. In 1982, the 

former missionary Paul Bell said, "I hope the Foreign 

Mission Board can hire 20 people to do what she 

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Many Meredith angels would never have attended Meredith if 

there had not been a Mary Bland Josey. Many can remember 

the first sight of her on College Day at high school: bright 

blue eyes sparkling with intelligence, her enthusiasm and, of 

course, that red hair. She energized the whole room and 

when she finished talking about Meredith, the audience 

was convinced there wasn't a better place on earth to go 

to college. Of course, she was in a position to know 

since she herself had come to Meredith and earned a 

Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in 1951 

with a major in mathematics and related fields in 

religion and education. 

After finishing at Meredith, Mary Bland received a 
Rotary International Fellowship to study a year at the 
University of Reading in England. In 1953 she 
accepted the position of assistant director of public 
relations at Meredith to travel and spread the word 
about her alma mater. In 1965 she assumed the 
duties of registrar of the college and in 1 966 was 
asked to develop the school's first separate 
admissions office. By 1968 she had relinquished 
the registrar's role to give her full attention to 
admissions and financial assistance, which was 
part of the admissions office. 

In addition to her many responsibilities on campus, 

Mary Bland found time to complete a masters 

degree in higher education at North Carolina State 

University, serve on and chair numerous committees 

of professional organizations and, not the least, 

serve as a mentor par excellence for the many staff 

members who worked for her. They fondly remember 

her handwriting (a challenge), her office sweater 

(complete with holes and tissues in the sleeves], her 

compassion (for students, colleagues, family and 

friends) and her total commitment to excellence in all 

she undertook. 

After 30 years at Meredith College, Mary Bland 

served the education community for nine more years as 

communications coordinator at College Foundation, Inc. 

In 1 995, she threw herself into a retirement schedule of 

study, travel and church activities that proved as vigorous as 

that of her work years. Always remembering friends and 

family, Mary Bland's thoughtfulness and genuine interest 

continuously enrich the lives of all with whom she interacts 

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On first meeting this energetic woman, one is 
struck by her vitality and passion. Charleen 
Swansea, poet, educator, and publisher, makes 
an immediate impression on all. Known through- 
out North Carolina as the founder of the Red 
Clay Reader, she has published the works of 
Alice Walker, Fred Chappell and Reynolds 
Price. She is the recipient of the 1984 Sam 
Ragan Award for Outstanding Contribution 
to Cultural Arts in North Carolina and cites 
an internship with Ezra Pound in th 1 950s as 
inspiration for her work. She met Pound at St. 
Elizabeths Hospital where she convinced his 
nurses that she was his daughter so they 
would let her into his room. She is featured in 
the documentary "Shermans March" by 
Ross McElwee, who thought that she was 
such an interesting personality that he went 
on to write and produce "Charleen," a film 
about just her. 

Born in Charlotte, Charleen was raised in a 
sheltered Baptist family in which women 
were not given opportunities to pursue 
education. However, she found her way to 
Meredith where professors took her under 
their wing. Dr Helen Price invited Charleen to 
attend a Quaker meeting and showed her a 
kind of spirituality that took root in her and 
continued for the next 30 years. Dr. Norma 
Rose, who understood her mischievousness, 
kept a picture of her "adopted daughter" at 
her bedside until her death. Dr. Julie Harris 
and Dr. Mary Lynch Johnson each gave lots of 
love and second chances to Charleen. These four 
women taught her how to study and provided 
funds for her to go on to graduate school when 
her family refused. These women saw Charleen 
graduate with a degree in Latin and Education in 
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The New Haven Register once said about Jeanne 

Grealish, "whatever she sings, wherever she sings 

it, glowing reviews follow." As a mezzo-soprano, 

Jeanne has received those "glowing reviews" 

from renowned music centers located in such 

places as Vienna, Zurich, Boston, Chicago, and 

New York. She has performed 26 operatic 

and 37 oratorio roles as well as many solo 

recitals, some of which were performed with 

the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and pianist 

Jane Snow. 

Jeanne's inspiration for her work came 
from Meredith College, from which she 
graduated in 1957 with a degree in 
music and voice. She found "personal 
security" from her years at Meredith as 
well as "guidance and influence" from 
Beatrice Donley, her teacher and mentor 
during those years. Although she went on 
to earn an A.D. at the New England 
Conservatory of Music, Jeanne attributes 
her successful career as a singer to the 
education she received at Meredith. 

While singing is Jeanne's first love, she 

has not limited her career to it. She has 

also done musicological research in 

vocal music, given lectures, and published 

accredited writings. She has taught 

classes at universities across the country, 

created a private voice studio of her 

own, and is recognized as a Nationally 

Certified Teacher of Music by the National 

Teacher's Association. Through all Jeanne's 

accomplishments, she is most proud of her 

ability to give to young people the same 

guidance and inspiration she received during 

her school years. Jeanne Grealish is an 

impressive asset to the ranks of Meredith's 

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Twenty-one years after Barbara Allen graduated from 

Meredith with a degree in Art Education, a colleague said of 

her, "Her stately grace and beauty of character present a 

model for all who come to her to learn the meaning and use 

of art. Truth and beauty come to her, illuminate her face 

and form, shine in her classroom, and spill over into the 

lives of her students and colleagues . . . Somehow she can 

take the common clay of humanity and mold it into a 

vessel both useful and beautiful." 

It is doubtful that Barbara could have imagined such high 

praise when, fresh out of college, she became Wake 

County Public Schools' first full-time art educator. It 

was a daunting task. With no defined curriculum, no 

supervisor and no permanent Facilities, she went from 

school to school teaching students in elementary 

grades, middle school and high school. Many times 

there was not even running water as she met with 

students in basement storage areas or on risers in a 

chorus room. 

What she lacked in facilities and equipment, 
. Barbara made up for in enthusiasm, knowledge of 
her subject and love for the young people whom she 
was teaching. In those early months, as Barbara 
simultaneously formulated art curricula for all three 
levels, she became increasingly captivated by her 
students' efforts to explore their own creativity. "In 
retrospect," Barbara says, "I believe that the 
absence of equipment, facilities and leadership on 
the supervisory level required such a degree of self- 
discipline and resourcefulness on my part that I 
was a better teacher for having [had] such a frugal 
experience." 

From her own "frugal experiences" have come many 
years of providing vital educational experiences to 
others, including supervising student teachers, many 
of whom were from Meredith. She also holds many 
extra-curricular accomplishments. These include co- 
authoring the current Wake County art curriculum and 
the teaching scholars program; designing and writing 
the Enloe High School magnet program; and designing 
the "Litter Critter" for Cary clean-up campaigns, 
among many others. She has received numerous 
awards and recognitions such as being named North 
Carolina Art Educator of the Year in 1991. She has 
always shown a willingness to accept tasks outside the 
classroom and has been invited to make presentations at 
both state and national art education conferences. 
Yet all of the awards, honors, and recognitions from peers 
and colleagues have come because of how she envisions 
and implements her tasks in the role of teacher. By inspiring 
young people to be the best that they can be and to explore 
their own creativity and capabilities, she truly represents the 
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From humble beginnings on a farm near 

Brevard, North Carolina, Gwendolyn P. 

Davis came to Meredith College as the 

only member of her immediate family to 

ever attend college. She graduated cum 

laude in business, and later served for 

seven years as the Chief Accountant 

at Meredith. In 1971, she was 

recruited by College Foundation, 

Inc., a private, non-profit organization 

that administers college loans in 

NC She took a cut in salary to 

begin working as a loan officer for 

the small lending institution. The 

company flourished, and 25 

years later, with nearly 200 

employees administering more 

than 400 million dollars in student 

loans, Gwen Davis became the 

President and CEO of College 

Foundation, Inc. 

"There are so many outstanding 

young people whose talents and 

skills could be of benefit to their 

communities if we could only find 

ways to provide an education that 

shows them how to put their talents ^-^ n n 

to use," Davis said. "The College \J Iplojp^lft'lFn 

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Carolina is using to bring the student 

and the educational opportunity 

together." 

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responsibilities of her job, Gwen also 

avidly supports the arts, especially 

the North Carolina Symphony, and is an 

active supporter of the North Carolina 

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Margaret Rymer Simmons is noted as one of the top pianists from 

North Carolina. She took her first degree in music from Meredith, 

where she got her start os an ensemble performer. Margaret feels 

that much of a students' work as a music major is one-on-one 

with the faculty. While the entire music faculty played a large 

role in her education, Beatrice Donley was by far the most 

influential. She says Beatrice challenged her musically and 

academically, encouraging her to pursue a career as a coach 

and accompanist before it was a realistic opportunity in 

academia. This encouragement led her to Florida State 

University, where she received her masters degree in 

music and on to the University of Illinois, where she was 

one of the first to receive a degree in accompaniment. 

Margaret Simmons' background at Meredith led her 
into a lifetime of achievement. She is known in eastern 
NC through her appearances as an accompanist and 
director of the Campbell College Girls Ensemble, 
which she organized in 1968. Margaret has 
appeared with many talented musicians including 
Boyd Mackus in 1 976 and the Klarion Trio in 1 985. 
She has played for governors' inaugurations, Senator 
Paul Simon's retirement tribute, and auditions at the 
Met, the Chicago Lyric and other opera houses as a 
member of three different chamber groups. Margaret 
has also done summer studies with John Wustman, and 
was an accompanist for Pavoratti. A most memorable 
event was when she played a concert of the music of 
the famous Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, who 
was in the audience. During intermission, Margaret 
found out that if was his birthday so as an encore she 
played Happy Birthday with flourishes. 

In Margaret's work, she enjoys adding variety. Often 

her emphasis is on jazz, pop and jazz-rock. She is very 

— proud of being able to maintain a career as a teacher 

and performer. Margaret is currently an Assistant 

Professor of Music at Southern Illinois University at 

Carbondale, having been on the faculty there since 

1 977. She teaches freshman theory and accompaniment 

to graduates and undergraduates. She is also the vocal 

coach and serves as coordinator for the voice area. 

Meredith gave Margaret the opportunity to play for many 

singers, the chorus and the ensemble. Through that she found 

a love for the vocal literature that shaped her career. Margaret 

reflects on the college as a place that gave her a confidence 

with strong academic training, performance opportunities and 

leadership experiences in student government. Her advice to 

women attending Meredith: "take advantage of every opportunity 

that comes your way." 




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To know Dr. Betty Webb of Meredith's English 
Department is to know a woman of honor, intellect, 
ability, service and excellence. 

As a student at Meredith College, Betty studied 

under the English department's "Big Three" (Dr. 

Mary Lynch Johnson, Dr. lone Knight, and Dr. 

Norma Rose). From these three wise women of 

Meredith, as well as others, Betty received 

knowledge far more encompassing than simply 

information about a specific subject. She 

relates that they taught her of honor, and the 

paucity of life without it; they taught her of 

excellence and the value of rechecking 

everything for potential errors; and they 

taught her to share the bounty of her life 

with others through service. 

Receiving her degree from Meredith and 
later obtaining her Ph.D. from UNC-Chapel 
Hill, Betty eventually returned to Meredith 
to share her intellectual gifts with others. 

While she served as its head, the English 
department's stability was strengthened 
considerably. Through Dr. Webb's efforts, 
the department's number of tenured faculty 
members grew from one to six. 

She also established and directed Meredith 

Abroad, the college's international studies 

program "Studying abroad is a dramatically 

life-changing event," she says. Among her 

best memories are the final nights of the 

Meredith Abroad trips and "hearing students 

recount the marvelous experiences they've 

had, sights they've seen [and] understanding 

they've acquired." 

Although student/teacher relationships have 

undergone a transformation in the years 

between Betty Webb's time as a student and as 

a teacher, the legacy remains. She teaches as she 

herself was taught. Giving students the opportunity 

to develop both the mind and character is her gift, 

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During her years as a Meredith College 

student, Cindy Griffith McEnery exhibited 

outstanding leadership ability. This ability 

was recognized after she graduated, 

when, at the age of 22, she was elected 

to the Meredith Board of Trustees, 

becoming one of the youngest college 

trustees in the country. In more recent 

years, Cindy has served as president 

of the Alumnae Association and 

received the Distinguished Alumnae 

Award for 1997. 

Cindy's professional career has 
taken her from positions in banking 
to her position with IBM, as Client 
Executive for all universities and 
colleges in North Carolina. In this 
position, she is responsible for the 
creation and execution of many 
marketing programs within higher 
education. Cindy was responsible 
for the Thinkpad Program at Wake 
Forest, which is IBM's international 
model of mobile computing. 

Her fellow alumnae say that 

"Cindy is an excellent example of a 

woman who handles a great deal 

with grace." Cindy combines her 

career with her husband and two 

children, who are the center of her 

life. She exemplifies the Meredith 

ideals of talent, hard work, and a 

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Anne Bryan graduated from Meredith College in 

1 97 1 and went on to take her Master of Arts 

from Duke University. She is the co-founder and 

president (since 1994) of Exploris, the 

nation's first global learning center serving 

to encourage young people how to relate 

to and understand an ever-changing and 

increasingly interconnected world. She 

describes Exploris as "a window on the 

world and a door to the 2 1 st century." 

Anne's career has been dedicated to 

helping children. Prior to her work with 

Exploris, she served on the Governor's 

Crime Commission as juvenile justice 

director and deputy director, and with 

the state education agency as director 

of dropout prevention and chief of 

elementary education. She remembers 

one of her favorite experiences in 

connection with Meredith College, 

when she spoke for the Lillian 

Wallace Parker Endowment just prior 

to President Jimmy Carter's address. 

After she was done, he leaned over 

and commended her speech; high 

praise from one of her most admired 

role models. 

Bryan balances her busy career with a 

family as well. She and her husband and 

two daughters enjoy traveling, reading, 

hiking, and sailing together. Anne Bryan 

credits her liberal arts education at 

Meredith with providing her a sense of 

empowerment and self-confidence, as 

well as enabling her to think critically and 

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Dr. Jean Jackson is a true Meredith dynamo. 
Her dedication to Meredith College began as 
a student here in 1971 and has not let up 
since. In her student years at Meredith, she 
served diligently in the positions of freshman 
class president and in her senior year as 
SGA president and a member of both 
Kappa Nu Sigma and Silver Shield. She 
recalls "seeing women do every type of 
job at Meredith from the least noticed 
to the most prominent." This reaffirmed 
her belief that women can accomplish 
anything they set out to do. Jean 
majored in English and religion and 
was greatly influenced by special 
teachers such as Dr. Norma Rose, Dr. 
lone Knight, Dr. Roger Crook, and Dr. 
Allan Burris. In 1 983, after receiving 
her Ph.D. in English at the University of 
Illinois, she returned to Meredith to 
become an influential professor in 
her own right. Her many duties at 
Meredith have included teaching 
English, directing a new program 
in professional communications, 
heading the faculty productions of 
Alice in Wonderland, giving speeches 
as a Meredith representative, and 
serving as the vice-president for 
Student Development. Jackson's endless 
energy, sense of humor and dedication 
to serving the college have earned her 
the Distinguished Alumnae Award 
as well as the iove and respect of 
thousands of students. She points out 
that giving the commencement address 
at Meredith in 1 993 was one of the best 
experiences of her life, and the advice she 
gives to women attending Meredith now is 
to "live passionately, study hard, enjoy your 
friends, and understand what is important to 
your life." 



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Since presiding over her senior class in 1975, Jo Ann 

Williford has had many exciting experiences. Her career in 

public history has allowed her to help edit an outline of 

North Carolina history that has been used as a teaching 

guide in the public schools. She was also responsible for 

the research and preparation involved in the Town of 

Cameron's nomination for the National Register. 

Throughout her nine years as education director at the 

State Capitol, Ms. Williford, along with assistants 

and volunteers, provided for the more than 1 00,000 

people visiting each year. She was recently appointed 

state coordinator for the National History Day, a 

program for sixth- through twelfth-grade students 

that encourages the study of history through history 

fairs. When asked what her most memorable event 

related to her career has been, she responded that 

it was when she "gave a tour of the Capitol to 

Mrs. Barbara Bush." She added, "One of the most 

memorable incidents was also when I assisted 

with the planning and execution of the dedication 

of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Capitol 

grounds. Seeing those veterans finally achieve 

some degree of closure was a very moving and 

emotional experience." 

Ms. Williford has travelled to many places, herding 

cattle in Wyoming and adventuring through the 

Australian outback. She has even sung at Carnegie 

Hall, but her ties to the community keep Ms. 

\ Williford close to home. She currently serves on 

the board of deacons at her church, teaches 

Sunday school and plays in the church orchestra. Jo 

Ann says that "being at a women's college allowed 

me to grow and develop in ways that I never would 

have in a co-educational setting. It certainly allowed 

me an opportunity to develop skills." Dr. Sarah 

Lemmon, history professor, proved to be influential in 

Ms. Williford's career. Jo Ann says that Dr. Lemmon's 

"enthusiasm for history was contagious" and that 

"the love of history that she instilled in me has never 

left, and I have wanted to share it with others through 

public history in the same way she shared it with me in 

academia." Her advice to Meredith women: "Cultivate 

and cherish the community that you have there and don't 

let it go after you graduate. My Meredith classmates are 

still my most precious friends, and time and distance have 

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Lisa Burns Thanhauser graduated in 1986 and 

has become a successful woman in all 

respects of her life. Previously an interior 

designer and regional space planner for 

Northern Telecom, she now operates a 

very successful office and interior 

design firm. She attributes much of this 

success to Meredith College. 

By attending an all-female university 

she was able to focus on how to better 

herself in a "man's world." She gives a 

lot of credit to the guidance and 

support that she received from the 

faculty They enabled her to be more 

prepared and confident in her life 

and work in general. She also 

appreciates the inspiration that 

came from Dr. Ellen Goode. She has 

not forgotten Meredith College; 

she often leads seminars in the 

interior design department. She 

even organized the very active 

Meredith Alumnae Chapter of 

Interior Designers. She also gives 

speeches and helps with classes. 

Her career is not her only priority in 

life. Being a single mother, Lisa has 

learned to balance a demanding 

career and a family. 

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and integrity of Meredith College. 

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Rachel Nicholson has always had a strong interest in 

the promotion of the arts. Her involvement in the 

community has reflected this attitude. As a student, 

Rachel worked with vocal coaches at St. Mary's 

College and NC Central University. She spent ten 

seasons with the Raleigh Oratorio Society, 

serving as soprano soloist for four seasons. 

She also sang with the North Carolina Bach 

Festival Choir as well as several church choirs. 

It was in the 1980s that her artistic focus 

switched to the visual arts. She began to 

work on a fiber process called "hand-made 

felt." Some of her early pieces ended up in a 

local gallery. Eventually, she decided on 

coming to Meredith to pursue her lifelong 

dream of completing a college degree. She 

considers the education received here to 

be of exceptional quality. The Art History 

classes taught by Blue Greenberg were a 

powerful influence in her understanding of 

the development of art. Inspired by 

Maureen Banker, Rachel chose printmaking 

for her studio concentration. 

Rachel received an unexpected honor 

when, in January of 1998, she had the 

opportunity to show her work as part of 

the Critics Choice Series at the Duke 

University Museum of Art. Another solo 

exhibition ran concurrently at Meredith 

College where her work was shown as a 

part of the Alumnae Solo Exhibition Series. 

Rachel encourages Meredith students to 

take full advantage of the facilities and 

enriching support provided by the school: 

"Meredith is a wonderful community to 

sharpen the skills needed for survival in the 

real world while one is still in a supportive, yet 

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Sophie Lanneau was born on August 19, 1 880 in Lexington, Missouri. When she was 
eight years old her father accepted a teaching position at Wake Forest University. 
Her childhood home is described as having "an atmosphere of refinement and 
Christian culture." Literature, music and the church were encouraged activities 
during her youth. It is not surprising that she took on education and missionary 
work as a career. 

Since there was no high school for her to attend in Wake Forest, she received 
her education at the Franklin Female Seminary in Virginia. After graduating, 
she taught English and Latin there. She then returned home to study at the 
newly established Baptist Female University in Raleigh, now Meredith 
College. In 1902 she was among the first graduating class at Meredith 
with a Bachelor of Arts. On the day of this first graduation, the students 
organized the Alumnae Association and Sophie was elected president. 
From 1902 to 1903 she taught public school and then returned to 
Meredith to teach Latin and French for two years. She then attended the 
Women's Missionary Union Training School in Louisville, Kentucky, and 
during the following year taught school in Puerto Rico. 

In 1 907, the Baptist Foreign Mission Board appointed her a missionary 
to China. Arriving there on November 19, 1907, Sophie designated 
that day as her Chinese birthday, which she continued to celebrate 
throughout her life with as much enthusiasm as her natural birthday. 
Once in Soochow, China, Sophie began learning Chinese and in 1911 
she opened the Wei Ling Girl's Academy. She was the founder, principal 
and teacher of this academy, which took girls from kindergarten through 
high school. The Chinese found great respect for her scholarship in the 
Chinese language. In 1928, she relinquished the post of principal in 
favor of a Chinese successor, but continued as founder and teacher. In 
1937, the war between China and Japan broke out and she was forced 
to take refuge in Shanghai, where she took on a temporary teaching 
position at the University. After being closed down for a year under 
f Lt^lL Cl- Japanese occupation, Wei Ling Academy re-opened with three other 
Baptist schools. Sophie took back her post at Wei Ling and continued to 
teach English Literature at the University of Shanghai. During her 43 
years in China she was also Deacon of a local church for 30 years. In 
1 942 the Japanese interned her and she was repatriated to the United 
States in 1 943. Sophie did return to China from 1 946 until 1 950 when 
she retired under the regulations of the Baptist Foreign Mission Board. 

In a speech honoring Sophie upon her return to Wake Forest, it was said. 
Our village is blessed indeed in the prospective return of this consecrated 
Christian woman to her childhood home. May we be able to make her life 
radiant with peace and joy is the prayer of her many friends." At the age of 
70, Sophie returned to Wake Forest and lived with her sisters until her death 
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Madge Wescotf Daniels Barber, daughter 

of John T. Daniels, the photographer 

famous for his historic photograph of 

the Wright brothers' first flight, herself 

went on to pursue many challenges. 

Graduating from Meredith College 

in l 920, she came away with the 

feeling that she could succeed 

and overcome any obstacle. 

Throughout her teaching career 

of 55 years and her employment 

with a travel agency, she 

broadened and enriched the 

lives of many students by 

traveling with them to Europe 

every summer for 25 years. 

Ms. Barber felt that a liberal 

arts education was extremely 

useful with her knowledge of 

foreign languages aiding in 

travels abroad. She said, 

"The value of travel is in the 

exchange of ideas. Nobody 

is insulated, no people have a 

corner on the facts." She 

established a scholarship at 

Meredith in memory of her 

parents, John T. and Amanda 

Wescott Daniels, in support 

and awareness of women's 

education and the Alumnae 

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Many North Carolinian baby-boomers may 
remember the Little Jack Puppet Show which 
traveled to elementary schools throughout 
the state to teach children how to properly 
care for their teeth. This popular teaching 
aid was created by Carolyn Morton 
Mercer, an educational consultant for 
the NC State Board of Health from 
1936 to 1962. Carolyn was widely 
known for her book, Caching Mouth 
Health in NojthX.Q.rpJina 
Carolyn was a pioneer for women 
in her civic life in a time when most 
women did not hold leadership 
positions. She was the first woman 
deacon of Pullen Memorial 
Baptist Church in Raleigh, as well 
as the first lay member of the NC 
Dental Society. At Meredith, 
Carolyn served as president of 
the Alumnae Association, during 
which time she worked earnestly 
to build the Alumnae House. 
After moving to Winston-Salem 
from Raleigh, Carolyn continued 
her enthusiastic dedication to 
children by teaching students 
with learning disabilities at the 
Orton Reading Center. Anne 
Kesler Shields, a well-known artist, 
fondly remembers her aunt for her 
cheerful personality and patience. 
She believes that "Carolyn Morton 
Mercer touched the lives of hundreds, 
if not thousands, of children, through 
teaching in the classroom, writing 
educational material about dental 
health, and one-on-one teaching at the 
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The Weatherspoon name should sound familiar 
to any Meredith student. Laura Weatherspoon 
literally earned a name for her family and 
herself when she secured funds for a new 
gymnasium, named in honor of her brother. 

Lauras leadership abilities and fund-rais- 
ing talent have gone beyond building a 
new gym for the college. She has made 
several lasting contributions toward 
the beauty of the campus through a 
generous donation of English ivy and 
boxwoods which were planted 
around the Alumnae House. She also 
raised money for planting nearly 
1 00 trees in the Avenue of Oaks in 
1 973. She says, "I give to Meredith 
because I have an abiding faith in 
the students who are there at the 
present time and those of the years 
to come." 

Laura has held many leadership 
positions since her graduation in 
1927. She presided over the 
Alumnae Association, the North 
Carolina State University Women's 
Club, and the Raleigh Garden Club. 
She was awarded the Outstanding 
Alumnae Philanthropy Award from 
Meredith as well. A glance at the ver- 
dant ivy of the Alumnae House, the 
majestic rows of oaks, or the gym at 
the edge of campus will immediately 
remind Meredith students of the lasting 
contributions Laura Weatherspoon has 
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"Anyone who knows Meredith knows Mabel 
Claire," a Raleigh reporter once declared 
of 1928 Meredith graduate Mabel 
Claire Hoggard Maddrey. 

Mabel Claire has perfected the art of 
organizing, managing projects, and 
raising money; she calls herself a 
"professional volunteer." Soon after 
graduating, she was president of 
the Alumnae Association and led 
her class in securing funds to build 
Jones Chapel on campus. In 
1 955, Mrs. Maddrey became 
the first woman to serve on the 
executive committee of the 
Southern Baptist Convention. 
Since 1963, Mabel Claire has 
also raised money for hundreds 
of causes while serving as a 
member and as president of 
the Raleigh Women's Club. 

Her involvement in the Women's 
Club led her into politics. She 
has applied her skills to various 
campaigns for the Democratic 
Party, including leading a group 
of female supporters for Al 
Gore's Presidential campaign of 
1988. North Carolina Governor 
Jim Hunt, who includes Mabel 
Claire as his teacher and friend, 
dubs her "the grand matriarch of 
North Carolina politics." Her 
friends say, "Politicians ask Mabel 
Claire for advice, and the smart ones 
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Evening Star: So early setting for so bright 
a starl/Meteor-like he came/And flashed 
his brilliance all along the sky/Then 
sank aflame./He left a trail of beauty 
as he went, /And all who saw his 
light/Remembered that the brightest 
stars are first/Claimed by the night. 

These delicate, beautiful lines are the 
work of Sarah Cook Rawley, a 
1929 Meredith College graduate. 
This and numerous other whimsical, 
mystical poems are contained in 
her book Impressions, which won 
a North Carolina Poetry Award. 

From her days as editor of the 
yearbook and role as class poet, 
Sarah always had a love of the 
arts. In addition to her poetry, for 
which she has won numerous 
county and state awards, Sarah 
painted and played the piano. To 
encourage more people to 
enjoy the arts as she did, Sarah 
founded the Fine Arts Council in 
High Point (now the High Point 
Arts Council). In addition, she 
established a creative writing 
award at Meredith named for her 
friend Marion Fisk Welch. 

Sarah gave much back to her alma 
mater, and Meredith showered her 
with gratitude. She was given the 
Alumnae Award in 1978, and in 
1982 she received the college's 
Founders' Award for Distinguished 
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Most women who graduate from Meredith hope to at 

least have one career after they leave this beautiful 

campus. Those who are fortunate will even find a 

career they love and that will touch many people's 

lives in a special way. But after graduating from 

Meredith in 1933, Eliza Bingham established 

four careers that made dramatic impact on 

thousands of people's lives, especially children. 

Eliza was first a teacher and then a remedial 

reading specialist. Throughout her life she 

has taught so many children to read that one 

pediatrician commented, "She has helped 

more children in the City of Greensboro 

than anyone else I know." For her teaching 

skills, she has received the Terry Sanford 

Award for Excellence and Creativity in 

Teaching and has also been designated as 

Outstanding Teacher in the United States. 

Both of these honors were awarded for 

her use of psychological testing to 

detect reading problems in children who 

needed remedial help. 

Eliza was able to perform psychological 

testing with children because she also 

became trained as a a certified clinical 

psychologist and a social worker. These 

two careers led her to study with the 

renowned psychologist Dr. Zygmunt 

Piotrowski. Eliza also used her psychology 

skills for correctional work in prisons and 

at one time was recognized as the only 

female psychologist approved to work with 

adult prisoners. 

When not involved with her career, Eliza has 

devoted time in her community as well. She 

reactivated the Greensboro Meredith Alumnae 

Chapter and organized the Eden Preservation 

Society. Her giving of a scholarship, as well as a 

Chinese water color and mural to Meredith, in 

conjunction with her outstanding careers, have 

insured that Eliza Bingham will always have a special 

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college will be educated and confident to become 
leaders in any field they so choose. Eliza Lee 
Haselden chose to become a leader in educating 
her nation and the entire world on race and human 
relations. Graduating from Meredith in 1 935 with 
a degree in music, Eliza went on to become the 
Church Women United Metropolitan Program 
Director. This program was designed to educate 
church women on urban problems in order for 
them to construct projects to answer community 
problems. 

In 1978 Eliza became director of the national 
"Urban Causeway" program, an effort to 
develop a communication network between 
church women and men aware of the crucial 
issues that cities face. Through Church 
Women United, Mrs. Haselden has not just 
attempted to unite the races, but also to unite 
the different denominations for fellowship and 
action. She has also served as chairperson of 
the Women's Human Relations Council, which 
initiated programs of study and action in the 
field of human relations and civil rights. 

Since Mrs. Haselden has been so active in the 
cause of race and human relations she has 
served on numerous boards nationally and 
internationally as a delegate and participant 
to further her causes. For all of her years of 
hard work she has received numerous honors 
and been listed among Who's Who three times 
throughout her career. It is rare that a woman 
picks one cause for which to spend her life 
fighting. Mrs. Haselden not only picked the noble 
cause of equality, but also chose to educate and 
motivate others — particularly women — to 
become involved in the hopes that one day justice 
will serve not only a select few in this country, 
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When Margaret Caudle graduated from Meredith in 1935 
with degrees in both history and sociology, she was 
unaware that she would become a vital voice in the field 
of communications. This woman became responsible for 
one of the most important international communication 
systems in the United States 

In an effort to promote cultural education, Margaret 
developed a broadcast system out of San Antonio, 
TX on the US Information Agency's Voice of 
America. In some three dozen foreign countries, 
her program describes American life and culture. 

She has dedicated her life to communications. 
She has been an active member in the national 
honorary fraternity for women in journalism 
and communication and served as president 
for the San Antonio chapter in 1963-64. 
During the same year she was also president 
of the San Antonio chapter of American 
Women in Radio and Television. She is even a 
lifetime honorary member of the San Antonio 
Association for the Blind. She was asked to 
serve on their Board of Directors after writing 
and producing a film to commemorate the 
Association's 25th Anniversary. 

In addition to serving on numerous other 
boards and as a VOA correspondent in her 
spare time, she also managed to have a full- 
time career as an advertising executive. Since 
leaving Meredith, Margaret has been listed in 
Who's Who of American Women and in 1 969 
received an award form the San Antonio 
Advertising Club for "distinguished service to 
the advertising industry of San Antonio." She 
notes that although her view of the world was 
extremely limited from Meredith's campus in 1 935, 
the professors helped guide her aspirations. Her 
hope for Meredith is that the faculty will continue to 
counsel students on the vast opportunities available 
to women. 



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Bert Futrelle Whitfield felt that Meredith College influenced 

her to be civic minded, loyal to co-workers and to greet 

everyone with kindness. This open-minded attitude led 

Bert down the road to many successes. She majored in 

elementary education with a minor in history in 1 936. 

From there she taught elementary school and special 

reading until 1949. 

After moving to Franklinton, Bert raised her family, 

taught school as a substitute teacher and involved 

herself in many aspects of her community. A most 

memorable and outstanding accomplishment for 

Bert is the Franklinton Women's Club, which she 

organized in 1 954. She is proud that this club is 

still going strong today. As a member of the 

Women's Auxiliary to American Cytometric 

Association, she served as its third, second and 

first vice president, and then as president. 

While serving as president, she was invited to 

the White House by Lady Bird Johnson for a 

luncheon in honor of women volunteers. Bert is 

also proud of her service as president of the 

Franklin County Senior Citizens Club and for 

her time as Mayor Protem on the Franklinton 

Town Board of Commissioners from 1977- 

85. The long list of accomplishments goes on 

to include her involvement with the Franklinton 

United Methodist Church, the Easter Seal 

Society and The Franklin Times, where she 

was a news correspondent for many years. 

Bert received an Appreciation Award from the 

Auxiliary to the North Carolina State 

Optometric Society in 1 980 and a Certificate 

of Appreciation from the Franklin County Arts 

Council for the years 1995-96. 

Meredith College taught Bert how to solve 

problems and cope with them on varied levels. 

She remembers her history professor, Dr. Alice 

Keith, as an inspiration. Bert feels that Meredith 

made her more confident. She says, "If it had not 

been for Meredith, I might not have accomplished 

what I have." Her advice to Meredith women: "Set 

goals to reach. Be broad-minded and consider both 

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As a child, Effie held an intense interest in her 
surroundings. Everything in nature seemed to 
hold a profound artistic quality for her. As she 
grew, her artistic sensibilities increased and 
as she reached out into the world, those 
around her responded immediately to her 
effervescent personality. Her teachers in 
Kinston, NC realized her talents and 
helped to raise the money for Effie to 
pursue her dreams at Meredith. Once 
here, the art department devised an 
individual course of study for her 
special talent. 

Effie's main love is in teaching. Early 
on she made the decision not to 
exhibit her paintings all over the 
world saying, "New York doesn't 
need another artist," but chose to 
stay close and influence students at 
the grass roots level. In 1969 she 
opened her own gallery "Eeii's Little 
\( ,<Zorner of The World." She has 
received many recognitions and 
awards including the Meredith 
Alumnae Award and the National 
Scholastic Magazine Award. But she 
is most well-known for her gallery, 
which has evolved into a rare place 
that houses a myriad of multi-media 
artists. People travel From all across 
the country to visit her place in 
Bellhaven, NC. Through her nurturing 
efforts, many talented artists have found 
their way. She says, "I see someone who 
has talent, is worthy, and I know that 
unless someone has faith in him or her they 
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Physician, researcher, cancer educator and pioneer in 

oncology rehabilitation, Dr. Susan Jackson Melette 

has dedicated her life to improving the quality of 

life for cancer patients With compassion and 

incredible empathy, Dr. Melette was a forerunner 

in the holistic approach to patient care. She has 

received numerous awards for her work in 

oncology and served vigorously on both 

state and national committees. Melette's 

true contribution lies in her unique capacity 

for touching the individual and instilling 

hope and understanding during difficult 

times. She broke through in the earlier 

days when cancer was stigmatized. She 

said, "Cancer patients very often feel 

that they have such a bad disease that 

they are in danger of being rejected. 

They have to be convinced that they 

are still lovable." Melette was known 

to make her hospital rounds late in the 

evening when she had time to sit and 

visit with her patients. Her faith during 

the demanding and often discouraging 

work buoyed her patients as well as 

others. An interest in poetry led her to 

write verses relating to this struggle. In 

her "Letter to a New Patient" she writes: 

Your battle is my own as well for you - 
and those you love/A campaign worthy 
of the best that all of us can give/With 
due humility of those who know/The 
limits of their finite power, but are not 
unaware/That each small particle of 
light we have - is harbinger and proof /Of 
greater Light awaiting us - to make 
it/Visible. 

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to us: "On the Meredith Seal is the Latin word 
for light. It is for this we seek. We, as Meredith 
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Cleo Glover Perry's resume reveals a woman who, as she 
took her diploma in 1945 with much personal and 
academic success, also took with her a promise — a 
commitment to stay closely associated with her 
alma mater. She made a clear choice to ensure 
that Meredith continues to inspire and develop 
future generations of young women. 

Citing Dr. Mary Lynch Johnson, Dr. Keith and 
others as instrumental in the development of 
her confidence and leadership abilities, Cleo 
now goes on to help instill those qualities in 
others. She has served as Alumnae 
Association President, Director of Alumnae 
Affairs, chair for numerous committees, 
and has developed a scholarship fund. 
There is a garden honoring her name just 
outside of the Gaddy-Hamrick art building 
on campus. 

In her 30-year career as a teacher, Cleo's 
commitment to supporting young people 
has continued to be a lifelong passion. 
She cites one of her most meaningful 
achievements as being the teacher of an 
International Science Fair winner. 
Clearly, her signature philosophy has 
been that every student, every task, 
every challenge is a personal one. A firm 
believer that Meredith College is a place 
that empowered her to "do more and do it 
better," Cleo's work is a lesson in giving. 

With endless energy and motivation, Cleo 
Glover Perry embodies the tradition of 
giving back to the community — a spirit of 
service and generosity that asks for no 
reward. As in her role as a wonderful teacher, 
Cleo's payback, and ours, comes from seeing 
the success of the young women who follow in 
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Catherine Moore has devoted her entire career to 
opening students to the joy of literature and 
writing. After graduating with a major in Art 
and minor in English in 1950, Catherine 
decided to pursue her minor further into 
graduate school. She received her Ph.D. in 
English from the UNC-Chapel Hill, and 
soon after began teaching at NCSU, 
where she remained for 27 years. 

Although Catherine taught all levels of 
English at NCSU, she took a special 
interest in the poor writing skills of 
the entering freshmen. She became 
the Co-director of Freshman English 
Composition and subsequently 
geared this curriculum to better 
develop the writing skills of new 
college students. She also spent 
countless hours tutoring frustrated 
students and guiding them through 
the learning process. It was for this 
dedication that Catherine received 
the Outstanding Teacher Award 
from NCSU, and the Distinguished 
Alumnae award from Meredith 
College in 1985. 

Catherine has since retired from 
teaching, but remains active in a 
small country church near Pendleton, 
where she has been elected the 
church's first woman deacon. When 
asked what she was most proud of 
from her long career in teaching she 
responded, "I am most proud of the 
hundreds of students who left an imprint 
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Marjorie Northrup graduated from Meredith in 1951 
As she tells it, Meredith College was pivotal in her 
decision to work in the Civil Rights Movement. On a 
trip to a student meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, 
with black students from St. Augustine's College, 
the two groups of students could not stop to eat 
together or go to the bathroom together. 
Marjorie thought this was absurd and vowed to 
do something to change this injustice. 
In the 1960s and 1970s she worked in 
Winston-Salem helping integrate restaurants, 
public swimming pools and parks. She directed 
dialogue groups involving 2,000 black and 
white parents to help peacefully integrate 
the public schools. Marjorie remembers this 
as an angry time. Even though her husband 
supported her work, he asked her not to go to 
jail because of the family's recent adoption 
of twins. 

For her work in peacefully desegregating 
the public schools, she was one of the six 
people in the nation to receive an award 
from the National School Volunteer 
Association. In 1972, Marjorie became a 
volunteer at the Reynolda House Museum of 
American Art in Winston-Salem, North 
Carolina, and in 1 979 was named Education 
Curator. She is currently the Assistant 
Director of Programs at the Reynolda 
House. She was named the Southeastern Art 
Museum Educator of the Year in 1986, 
which is a great honor in the profession. 
Her work as Assistant Director at the 
Reynolda House involves a great deal of 
responsibility. A main focus for her has been 
ensuring that the museum reflects the growing 
diversity of the community. She envisions the 
space as a place for everyone to enjoy — for a 
cross-section of the community and not just the 
"elite." She continuously strives to make art 
interesting to everyone in the community and to 
get a wide variety of voices involved in the 
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Sue Fitzgerald was not apprehensive about entering 
into the traditionally male-dominated Southern 
Baptist Ministry. A graduate of Meredith with a BA 
in religion, she went on to receive a Bachelor of 
Divinity degree from Andover Newton 
Theological Seminary in 1959. Sue became 
one of the first women ordained as a minister in 
the Southern Baptist denomination, receiving 
that honor from Mars Hill Baptist Church in 
l 973. Her career has certainly been a busy 
and productive one ranging from teaching 
religion in public school to coordinating the 
Center for Christian Education Ministries, a 
resource center for rural ministers. She has 
been an asset to the Baptist ministry and 
received many honors including the 
Women in Ministry Award of the Baptist 
State Convention in 1991. She was the 
first recipient of the Citations for 
Excellence in Christian Ministry from the 
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 
Wake Forest University presented Sue 
with an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 
l 992 for her excellence in her field. 

However, the ministry has not been the 
only focus of Sue's life. She also helped 
establish a school in Mars Hill, NC for 
handicapped children at a time when the 
states public schools would not accept 
them. She receives great joy knowing that 
the school has helped many handicapped 
children grow into capable adults. The 
school has become a workshop center for 
handicapped adults. 

For Sue Fitzgerald's courage, hard work, and 
commitment to the community and the 
Southern Baptist Ministry, she serves as a role 
model for all women who have a desire to 
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"Meredith developed a great deal of potential and 

encouraged me to try, to risk, to believe that I CAN. 

We are not accustomed to hearing from successful 

politicians that they are most proud of their role 

as mother to their children, but then Betsy Lane 

Cochrane is not an average politician. She is an 

outstanding person who, as a North Carolina 

Senator, works to benefit the educational 

system, the children, the environment, and 

the elderly of this state. 

After graduating from Meredith in 1958, 

Betsy became a public school teacher, 

which she found very rewarding as she 

helped children learn. Her fondest memory 

of this time was when she helped a boy 

who was having difficulty reading. He 

increased his reading grade level from 

2.5 to 4.9 through the course of just one 

year in Betsys class. 

Eventually, Betsy became interested in 

politics and, in 1 980, became the first 

woman elected from her district to the 

North Carolina General Assembly. Just 

as she had in teaching, Betsy gave her 

new career in politics her all. In 1981 she 

was named the Outstanding Freshman 

Representative and then later received 

the Outstanding Woman in Government 

award. Betsy has worked hard to pass bills 

for the benefit of the community such as 

the elder abuse law and the welfare reform 

study. Her strength and determination 

enabled her to become the first woman in a 

position of leadership in the North Carolina 

Legislature as well as to be the first woman to 

preside over a Senate Session. She was also 

named "One of the Ten Outstanding Legislators 

in the Nation" by the National Republican 

Legislator's Association. In 1997, she served her 

ninth term in office. Meredith salutes Senator 

Betsy Lane Cochrane for her commitment to the 

community and for serving as a pioneer for women in 

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By the time Carolyn Barrington Grubbs finished high school, 
she never wanted to take another history class. Yet, one 
semester of western civilization under the tutelage of 
Meredith's Dr. Lillian Parker Wallace changed her mind 
and her life. Carolyn received her B.A. in history from 
Meredith College in 1 960 and her M.A.T. from Duke 
University one year later. From there, she moved to 
Atlanta to teach high school. When she later 
became part of the Meredith faculty, she said, "I 
never dreamed I would teach college, much less 
at Meredith." 

Carolyn returned to the college as part of the 
faculty in 1963 and promptly fell in love with 
another new faculty member, Dr. Frank L. 
Grubbs, Jr. They were married in 1965 and are 
the parents of two sons. 
One of her most outstanding accomplishments 
was in developing Meredith's social studies 
program for prospective teachers. Until the 
1 960's, history had been taught as a separate 
subject in public schools. At that time curricula 
were expanded to include more subjects and 
history became one of many topics (including 
economics, geography and political structures) 
falling under the more general heading of 
social studies. The college's program was 
outstanding in training students to become 
• competent teachers, and Carolyn directed 
that program for 32 years. 
She says, "Meredith prepared me for teaching 
college in several ways: teaching me a love of 
history, providing me with models of good 
teaching, and giving me the skills with which to 
succeed. My education at an all-female institution 
empowered me to succeed in my life's work." 

Stricken with Parkinson's disease, Carolyn was 
forced to prematurely give up the career she loved. 
Struggling with the thought of being a person with 
disabilities, she chooses to focus on the many 
Meredith graduates she has trained to be social studies 
teachers. Because she was a teacher of teachers, her 
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she was stirred by President John F. Kennedy's call for 

volunteers in his newly created Peace Corps. 

Shortly after her graduation, and as one of 

Meredith's first Peace Corps volunteers, she 

found herself teaching English and math to high 

school students in India. "I gained tremendous 

insight into human nature and the fact that 

people are very much alike whatever their 

circumstances," she said. 

Katherine's success in India eventually led 

to her joining the Peace Corps staff in 

Washington, D.C, where she was 

responsible for coordinating the training 

for all Peace Corps volunteers. 

After she married William Griggs, 

Katherine left her position in the Peace 

Corps and began to apply her talents in 

her home and community. One of her 

accomplishments was as a consultant 

for the southern Regional Education 

Board. She established the first fully 

organized student internship program 

for colleges and universities in South 

Carolina. 

Twenty-five years after her service in 
the Peace Corps, Katherine went with 
her husband and three children to visit 
the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. 
There, in a small theatre, she was deeply 
moved to see that she was part of the 
film depicting President Kennedy's life. 
Footage of her teaching in India was used 
to represent President Kennedy's noted 
accomplishment of establishing the Peace 
Corps and she is the only volunteer shown in 
that film. 

Active in her community in o variety of ways, 
Katherine has been elected and then re-elected 
(in Municipal elections, every four years) for the 
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Jennie Lancaster graduated from Meredith in 
1971 with degrees in religion, sociology 
and psychology and then continued her 
studies at Duke Divinity School and NC 
State University Ms. Lancaster's wide 
area of interests have proved useful in 
her career with the North Carolina 
prison system in which she has made 
history as the first woman to work 
directly in treatment services for 
male offenders, and the first female 
command manager. Lancaster's work 
in the prisons began in 1971 at the 
Polk Youth Center, where she was 
placed as the first female summer 
intern. Since then, she has risen to 
Superintendent of the Correctional 
Center for Women, where her goal 
is to "empower female offenders 
to gain control of their lives, their 
environment, their feelings, and to 
accept responsibility for their 
behavior." Ms. Lancaster's career 
of "female firsts" has gained her 
much acclaim. Some of her awards 
and recognition include the George 
Randall Memorial Award as North 
Carolina's most outstanding young 
correctional officer, delivering a 
Meredith commencement address, 
and appearing on Oprah to discuss 
the NC prison system, which is a 
model for other states. Ms. Lancaster 
has represented Meredith well not only 
by achieving her goals in a rigid, male- 
dominated field and giving extensively 
to the community, but by returning to the 
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Ellen Barney Williams studied voice and religion at Meredith, 

taking her degrees in 1 972. Ellen expected to have a career 

as a full-time church musician until she realized her passion 

for performing. She went on to graduate school in pursuit 

of what she loved, hoping to one day teach voice at a 

college level. This hope led her to The New England 

Conservatory, where she obtained her masters degree 

in music. Ellen then became an adjunct professor here 

at Meredith for a few years before attending Florida 

State University, where she studied and received her 

doctorate in Music. 

Among her accomplishments, Ellen considers her 

greatest to be in performance. She is proud of the 

work she has done with duet partner Terry Rhodes. 

They have performed on the North Carolina and 

South Carolina Touring Artists Rosters singing for 

people who are perhaps not well-acquainted 

with 20th century American duet music. She and 

her partner have also commissioned works to be 

written for them from many composers, most of 

them based here in North Carolina. Their CD has 

been reviewed nationally as well as in Poland. 

During her travels, Ellen and Terry have performed 

in Carnegie Recital Hall, a milestone in her career. 

One special memory for Ellen is a reception 

after a recital in Italy. At the reception she spoke 

at length through a translator to an elderly man 

who wanted to tell her how much he enjoyed her 

singing. This meant a great deal to her. 

Meredith taught Ellen to be disciplined and work 
hard for what she wanted. She acquired interest in 
many things and learned to appreciate diversity. 
Jane Sullivan and Bea Donley were both influential 
figures in Ellen's college days, and they continued to 
support her in her career. Ellen believes that her 
experiences at Meredith empowered her in ways she 
didn't fully realize at the time. Looking back, those 
times mean more to her today, now that she is part of 
the Meredith College staff. She currently serves as 
coordinator of vocal studies here at the college. Her 
advice to Meredith women: "Nurture all facets of your 
being and give yourself a chance to experiment and grow 
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Carol Fantelli graduated from Meredith in 
1 977 with an art degree and went on to 
use her love of sculpting in a most 
unusual way. After reading the book 
Gorky_Park in 1982, Fantelli was 
drawn to the profession of forensic 
facial sculpting, which involves 
recreating the face of a deceased 
individual based on evidence 
from the crime site and a medical 
examiners report. Her interest 
prompted her to contact the SBI 
(State Bureau of Investigation), 
who directed her to a forensic 
reconstruction artist in Texas. 
She studied a videotape that he 
gave her until she felt confident 
enough in her skills to practice 
on eight skulls obtained from 
the state medical examiners 
office. 

Now, she works professionally 
as a forensic artist, a career 
she calls "a combination of 
science, art and intuition." One 
work of which she is especially 
proud, Sauratown Woman, was 
featured in a 1994 issue of 
National Geographic. 

After taking a writing class 
through Continued Education at 
Meredith in 1995, Fantelli had a 
novel published, entitled The face 
Finder The book is fictional but 
draws on experiences from Fantelli's 
career. Carol Fantelli describes the 
appeal of her unique career by saying, 
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In her brief career as a teacher of dance at 
Enloe High School, it has been Betsy Ward 
Hutchinson's proudest accomplishment that 
she has been able to inspire young people. 
Betsy touches their young lives and 
instills a love for the art of dance. 

Betsy felt comfortable in the academic 
setting at Meredith and gives credit 
to Merediths emphasis on educating 
strong and confident women. She 
was inspired by a number of her 
teachers, particularly the dance 
professor Sherry Shapiro. 

In a recent project with all Wake 
County dance teachers, Betsy 
collaborated on a work entitled 
A Teacher Is. This work involved 
students and teachers and was 
performed at Enloe High School, 
Meredith College and other 
venues. Another project joined 
dancers and musicians, students 
and teachers to create a work 
entitled Peace Like a River. Betsys 
students recently performed this 
work at the Durham Arts Council. 
She helped organize the Alliance 
for Dance program to celebrate 
the 1 998- 1 999 "Year of the Dance" 
at Meredith College. Betsy has 
recently taken a teaching position 
at the Cary Academy where she 
teaches students at the middle and 
high school levels. 

Betsy feels privileged to be established 
in the community as a professional 
choreographer, a teacher and an artist. 
Her timeless advice to current and future 
students: "Be what you believe you can be - 
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On October 24th, 1914, a remarkable person was 

bom, Sarah Lemmon has taken the world head on and 

is not stopping. To date, Sarah has received a 

degree in social studies, a Masters and a Ph. D. in 

history, and in 1 99 1 , at age 77, she received a 

degree from Meredith College in art history. 

She was the first to achieve a degree in art 

history at this school. History is her first 

love, that and passing on what she has 

learned to others. Dr. Lemmon was the 

head of the history department here at 

Meredith for 1 5 years. She then went on 

to head up the continuing education 

department for five years. But it is the 

love of history that has taken her around 

the world and given her some of her 

fondest memories. These memories 

include sitting alone on the steps of 

the Parthenon in a white pleated dress 

and waiting 40 years to climb the 

highest ancient temple in the forests 

of Guatemala. 

One of the most recent changes Sarah 

has made with her life is being 

involved with the Episcopal Church 

where she lives. She said that she has 

always had an interest in philosophy 

and theology, but it was not until she 

received her last degree and moved to 

Southern Pines that she got so involved 

in the church. In 1995, at age 81, the 

Rev. Dr. Sarah Lemmon was ordained an 

Episcopal Minister. 

The Rev. Dr. Sarah McCulloh Lemmon is a 

very thoughtful, kind and warm woman. She 

is the perfect example of lifelong learning. 

She has worked hard and kept her goals in 

mind to achieve all that she has wanted. She is 

constantly looking toward future experiences 

and new adventures. When asked for some words 

of advice for Meredith women she simply said, "Be 

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On a September morning in 
1913, Ellen Dozier Brewer and her 
mother boarded the "Shoo-Fly" in Wake 
Forest for the 1 8-mile journey to Raleigh, 
where she would start her college career. 
Meredith College was still in downtown Raleigh 
when she began. Not only was she around to see it 
move to its present location, but she would be 
around to watch the small college grow and expand 
for 40 years. Meredith became her home and its people 
her Family. 

Ellen Brewer, the daughter of the former Meredith president 
Dr. Charles Edward Brewer, graduated from Meredith in 
1918. Her degree was in home economics and she went on 
to complete two years of graduate study at Columbia 
University. In 1922 she came back to Meredith and became 
chairman of the department of home economics. She did further 
graduate study at the University of Wisconsin, Cornell 
University, Iowa State University and Oregon State College. She 
also studied abroad several times. Ellen held her position at 
Meredith until her retirement in 1966. The home economics 
department in Brewer Hall and the Ellen Brewer Home Management 
House hold testimonies to her hard work and dedication. The Ellen 
Brewer House was donated by Talcott Wait Brewer to Ellen 
because of her outstanding accomplishments in her field. 
Organizations outside of Meredith College were also important 
to Ellen. She served in several offices of the North Carolina 
Home Economics Association, including the presidency, and held 
membership in the American Home Economics Association. Ellen 
was also involved in the First Baptist Church of Raleigh, active in 
the WMU work, served on the board of deacons and as the \ f-^„ 
superintendent of the Beginner Department of the Sunday school 
On top of all these responsibilities, Ellen was always active in 
the Raleigh Chapter of Meredith Alumnae and in the general 
Alumnae Association. 

Ellen Dozier Brewer has been described by a friend and co- 
worker as "a person of intelligence, tenacity and utter 
unselfishness." Meredith College and the community that 
surrounds it were fortunate to know Ellen Brewer. She 
worked hard and cared a great deal about the job she did 
and the people around her. Words of her own shed light 
about her feelings toward Meredith and her life here: "I 
don't know how much credit is really deserved when 
one works in the field she likes the best in the place 
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Margaret Craig Martin 
graduated from Meredith in 
1930 with degrees in Latin 
and English. She took courses at 
Wake Forest University, Peabody 
College and Columbia University, 
where she received her master's 
degree. She says, "Meredith College 
gave me the opportunities for leadership 
and advancement that I would not have 
had." Margaret's involvement and devotion to 
Meredith have continued throughout her life. 
Living on campus when her husband became 
the business manager at Meredith College, 
Margaret fondly remembers being a housewife 
and a mother during the early years of his work. 
After her husband passed in 1956, President 
Campbell asked if she would take on a position 
teaching Latin at Meredith. This began her career 
as both a teacher and a college administrator. 
Margaret also became involved as an alumna and 
eventually took on the position of Director of 
Alumnae Affairs. During her time as director, US 
Steel awarded Meredith for the most improved 
annual giving for all the colleges in its category in 
the United States. She recalls that "everyone was 
very proud of this accomplishment." Margaret 
was also on the board of trustees and served as 
President of the Alumnae Association. She says, 
"receiving various honors from Meredith were 
proud moments for me that I did not envision as a 
student." The Margaret Martin garden that is next 
to the Alumnae House was one such honor given 
to her by Meredith in thanks for her hard work 
and dedication. 

Margaret feels that "Meredith prepared me 
well for later life." She remembers Dr. Mary 
Lynch Johnson as a wonderful teacher who 
encouraged memorization. Her advice to 
Meredith women is to work hard, but don't 
forget to have fun. She encourages students 
to keep working with the activities that 
stimulate their mind and thought 
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Eleanor Davis, a 1932 
Meredith graduate, is well- 
known regionally for her eye- 
catching, impressionistic paintings. 
Surprisingly, Eleanor did not begin 
painting until the age of 47, when her 
four children were in school. Already an 
accomplished floral arranger, Mrs. Davis 
first developed her skill in painting floral 
designs, later gaining much recognition for 
her landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. Her 
signature style reflects impressionistic strokes 
and vibrant colors. Eleanor creatively integrated 
her work with her family life, often using her own 
grandchildren and friends as subjects. 

Eleanors artistic life extended to the community. She 
served as President of the Associated Artists of 
Winston-Salem in 1962. She also organized Art 
Gallery Originals, where her paintings were featured in 
five special showings between 1963 and 1980. She 
exhibited widely throughout the Southeast with 1 5 one- 
woman shows. Two of her paintings were purchased by 
the NC Art Society for the loan collection of the NC 
Museum of Art. She has won numerous prestigious 
awards as well. One of Eleanors striking portraits hangs 
in the Art Department here at Meredith. 

Her greatest admirer and supporter is husband Egbert, 
who loves to tell humorous stories about her work. He 
says, "Eleanor loved to paint children, and was totally 
absorbed in her work. What happened to me one day 
makes the point clear. Eleanor had left for the summer 
to paint in Florence. Before she left, she invited me to 
spend a few weeks of my own summer vacation with 
her. Most of the summer had come and gone before 
I could get away. But on the appointed day when I 
arrived, I didn't find her at the palazzo apartment 
near the Arno River, so I started looking. I quickly 
found her in a nearby park sketching a child. 
'Hello, Eleanor!' She glanced up and waved to 
me hurriedly, but continued right on rapidly 
sketching and did not look up again until she 
had finished several minutes later. Then 
she came over to give me a welcoming 
kiss! I thought, first things first." 



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When Grace Wooton 
was attending Meredith, she 
had no intentions of becoming a 
teacher after graduation. In fact, 
she wanted to become a missionary. 
However, during her senior year a few 
words of encouragement from Dr. 
Freeman planted a seed that flowered into 
an outstanding career for Grace. Dr. Freeman 
told her, "One day you will make a good 
teacher." And Grace certainly did not prove 
him wrong 

After graduating form Meredith in 1934 with a 
degree in religion, she went on to get her masters 
degree in vocational home economics at UNO 
Greensboro. She taught vocational home economics 
until 1963, when her life began to take a different 
direction. For the next seven years, she devoted herself 
to children with mental disabilities. She began teaching 
these students in Davie County with only one class. 
She expanded the program over the years and after 
retiring was honored by the Davie County Association 
for Retarded Children for her work. 

During her life, Grace has always thought that education 
has served her well. She feels that "the values one 
receives at Meredith live with one forever." She 
served as chairman of the Scholarship Fund and has 
helped send at least four girls from her home town on 
to graduate from her alma mater. When she was not 
teaching or helping others to receive an education, 
Grace helped to better her community by serving in 
numerous clubs and on boards. She worked as a 
matron at the Baptist Orphanage, the educational 
director at another and has served as a volunteer 
for the Foreign Missions. 

Grace was once asked, after her husband died, if 
she ever got lonely. She replied that it would be 
impossible with all of the special memories she 
has, especially from Meredith, which helped 
her daily to continue her extraordinary life. 
Through her special skills in teaching, 
Grace has given many wonderful 
memories to students who would 
have otherwise been denied 
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Many of the women who 
graduate from Meredith leave 
a mark on history in some way; 
Sarah Watts was such a woman. She 
left an indelible mark not only in the 
historical landscape of this school, but 
also in the state of North Carolina Mrs. 
Watts graduated from Meredith in 1 934 with 
degrees in English and history and went on to 
receive her Master's of Political Science at Duke 
University. 

She has taught history and shared her love of 
genealogy and Meredith College with many. She 
was Chair of the Meredith Board of Trustees as well 
as President of the Alumnae Association. She even 
helped to make the research for this project possible 
since it was she who funded and initiated the historical 
collections that can be found in the Harris Room of the 
Carlyle Campbell Library. Up until her death, she worked 
on filling the class boxes that are located in the Harris 
Room. Mrs. Watts gave many gifts to her alma mater, the 
most precious of which was her time. 
Throughout her life she was submerged in a love of history 
and involved in numerous clubs and activities that allowed 
her to explore the past. She was an officer for the 
Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of 
the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. 
Before her death in 1 984, Governor Jim Hunt named her 
chairman of the Randolph County Committee for 
America's 400th anniversary. 

Even with all of her historical projects, Mrs. Watts and 
her husband raised two sons while restoring a 150- 
year-old house listed in the National Register of Historic 
Places under the name "Wavern." In 1 969 she received 
a well-deserved Alumnae Award from Meredith. Mrs. 
Watts once commented, "The college's most valuable 
history can be found in the midst and hearts of all 
who have passed through her doors." And thanks 
to this remarkable woman, much of the invaluable 
recorded history of this campus can be found 
because of her boundless effort to preserve 
it. The mural committee owes Mrs. Watts our 
thanks, for we have used her class boxes 
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Say the word teacher at Meredith 
College and one of the first names to 
come to mind for many students is Dr. 
Norma Rose of the English department. 
However, her teaching duties ran a gamut of 
constituencies from Meredith students who 
respectfully called her Dr. Rose, to "little folk" in the 
First Baptist Church Sunday school who adored her 
as Miss Norma, to "mature" students who were proud 
to be known as "Dr. Rose's Disciples." She was once 
quoted as saying, "I get the strength from these little 
folks on Sunday to face my critical students at Meredith 
during the week." 

Betsy Short, who was a junior when Dr. Rose retired, wrote 
the following for Meredith, the college magazine: "In class, 
Dr. Norma Rose barely exceeds the height of the podium, 
but her strong resounding voice echoes in the halls. One 
day, she is Hamlet, the next, Lear or even Puck. While the 
dramatis personae change from day to day, Rose remains true 
to her role as a teacher....." 

Dr. Rose graduated in 1 936 from Meredith, where she earned a 
Bachelor of Arts in English. Called "Red Rose" by her peers during 
her student years, she was known as one of the ringleaders who 
climbed to the roof of the dining hall during a collegiate prank. 
She earned a master's degree from the University of North 
Carolina and a Ph.D. during World War II from Yale University. 
After a teaching career at Meredith that lasted 46 years, she 
began offering courses through the Continuing Education 
Program. She taught a variety of literature and grammar courses 
from the years 1 986- 1 996, as someone said, "beginning with 
Shakespeare and ending with Shakespeare." She taught until 
two weeks before her death, making sure, as her strength failed 
her, that her last students had materials and study guides to finish 
the course without her. 

In addition to all of her teaching, she edited the alumnae 
magazine for 25 years and a book, Chapel Tolks By Carlyle 
Campbell, which was published in 1 996. Dr. Betty Webb, in 
a tribute to Dr. Rose, had this to say: "In an age of getting 
and spending, she affirmed thinking and being. In an age of 
compromise, her spine was unbending. In an age of feeling, 
she stood firm for the therapeutic value of clear thinking. 
In an age of popularity, she cast her lot with principle. 
About Norma Rose we feel as Wordsworth did about 
her beloved Milton — our age has need of her to 
teach us, again and again, 'manners, virtue, freedom, 
power' — to say nothing of good grammar." 



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Margaret Parker has been a 
devoted and influential alumna of 
Meredith College. She graduated in 
1938 with a bachelors degree in primary 
education. Since then, she has not only 
remained involved with Meredith affairs but also 
with many other community activities. 

Margarets volunteer work has reached many people in 
many places. She is most proud of her involvement in her 
church, where she worked to establish the Mission Memory 
Fund. Through this fund people make donations in memory of 
their loved ones and the funds are used to support the work 
of missionaries around the world. Margaret also volunteers at 
Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC, where her work with 
terminally ill patients has proven to be one of the highlights of her 
community involvement. In one incident, she befriended an elderly 
minister dying of cancer whose family was having difficulty 
accepting the situation. Margaret talked with him every week. Just 
before he died, his wife and son thanked her for all she had done. 

As an alumna, Margaret has been involved with Merediths Heritage 
Society, the Forsyth County Chapter of the Alumnae Association as 
president, and as vice president of the general Alumnae Association. 
However, her greatest honor and accomplishment was having been 
elected chair of the board of trustees at Meredith College. She is 
especially proud that during her tenure "Meredith began the process of 
changing its charter to separate from the Baptist political turmoil and 
reclaim its integrity." Receiving an Alumnae Award in 1 990 and being 
named Philanthropist of the Year in 1 996 were also great honors for her. 
Margaret, her sisters and their uncle also made possible the construction 
of the Weatherspoon Physical Education Building in 1 970. 

The experiences Meredith provided Margaret inspired her to strive for 

high standards. She feels that Meredith gives women "the opportunity 

to excel academically and to develop leadership skills." The teachers ((/// // / 

that had the most impact on Margaret were Dr. Canaday, Dr. Mary V V £~-CLLr2-L* r L5^foO Of 

Lynch Johnson and Dr. Alice Keith. Dr. Canaday's teaching allowed her ' 

to enjoy math more than she thought she would. She pursued her math 

education and got a job after college as a bookkeeper. Margaret 

remembers Dr. Keith as having the ability to "make history come to 

life." Dr. Johnson worked with and encouraged Margaret 

through her English courses while being sensitive to her 

dyslexia, a disability that was not widely recognized at that 

time. Margaret feels her education at an all-female institution 

certainly made her more confident. She wants Meredith 

women to recognize the fact that "at a single-sex school, 

young women are given the opportunity to prove to 

themselves that they have abilities on their own. 

They are given the freedom to excel without the 

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Many painters wonder 
if they will be able to 
financially support themselves 
with their talent. After graduating 
Meredith in 1 938 with an art major, 
Mrs. Decker had no intentions of turning 
to her artistic talents for financial support. 
However, when her husband died of 
leukemia she supported herself and her 
three children from the money she received 
for her art. Today she is known as one of the 
most outstanding portrait painters in the nation. 
Her portraits hang in corporate buildings, houses, 
^ museums, art centers, state capital buildings, 

churches, hospitals, and libraries. She has even 

cu presented two of her portraits to former Presidents 

Q Ronald Reagan and George Bush in the Oval Office 

at the White House. 

She received national attention when commissioned by 
the Butler Institute of American Art to paint miniature 
portraits of seven U.S. presidents. In 1 993 she finished 
^, the portrait of President Bill Clinton, which was the sixth 

~~k in the Butler collection. Even though Mrs. Decker considers 

her presentations of these presidential portraits her most 
>-, outstanding accomplishment, she looks closer to her 
JZ home in Vienna, North Carolina to recall her moment of 

greatest satisfaction as an artist. She fondly remembers 
a day when students were visiting the Parkersburg Art 
_ Center and were instructed to stand in front of the 

q painting they liked the best. All of the children stood in 

front of the portrait she had done of her daughter Julie. 

Mrs. Decker also looks to her alma mater to discover 
the roots of her inspiration in becoming an artist. She 
acknowledges her teacher, Miss Ida Poteat, as an 
inspiration since she encouraged the students to do 
their "own thing" and let the women "represent 
themselves" in their works. 

In her life, Mrs. Decker has done over a thousand 
portraits and continues to keep herself busy by 
painting privately commissioned portraits. She 
usually paints late at night and thus averages 
about five to six hours of sleep. Not minding the 
lack of sleep, she has found that art provides 
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Rosalind Knott Harrell was 
born and raised in Granville 
County. She and her twin sister, 
Rebecca Knott McKinley, grew up 
dreaming of becoming missionaries. The 
two attended Meredith College and in 
1951 graduated with bachelor of art degrees 
in religion. After Meredith, they attended the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and 
Woman's Missionary Union Training School in 
Louisville, Kentucky. From there, they began their 
missionary work to Africa. 

Rosalind and her husband, Reverend Ralph Harrell, 
moved to Kenya in September, 1958, and conducted 
work in parts of East Africa for 37 years. She considers 
one of the most significant aspects of her career was 
adjusting to living in a cross-cultural context, which 
entailed learning another language and another people's 
world view. The Harrells managed the Baptist assembly of 
East Africa from 1964-1970 where Christians from all 
over Africa came for training, conferences, retreats and 
workshops. They helped start churches in the Limuru area and 
Nairobi where Rosalind taught Sunday school and helped 
with evangelistic work. She has written biblical literature for 
the women's groups of local churches while working with the 
Kenyan women in that area. Today, Rosalind says she is most 
proud of her three children and their families as well as their 
continued commitment to the Christian message. She and her 
husband live in Ceder Grove, North Carolina. 

In remembering Meredith College, Rosalind and Rebecca 
spoke of the influence of Dr. Ralph McLain. Rosalind recounts 
his teachings as giving her "a perspective on the biblical 
message that has been invaluable" as she has attempted to 
teach and share this message cross-culturally. 

Rebecca Knott McKinley and Rosalind Knott Harrell look 
back on their Meredith experience as years that reinforced 
qualities of honesty, truthfulness, tolerance and diligence. 
They understood the power of learning and, in an all- 
female environment, felt encouraged to strive toward 
leadership positions. Their words of advice, although 
written on separate continents, are similar; they advise 
us to give adequate attention to the development of 
ourselves as whole persons. Rosalind urges us to 
enjoy ourselves, make lasting friendships and 
"commit ourselves to growing spiritually lest we 
graduate with a plethora of skills, but be impotent 
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Rebecca Knott McKinley 
graduated from Meredith 
College in 1951 with a degree in 
religion along with her twin sister, 
Rosalind Knott. She and Rosalind then 
attended the Southern Baptist Theological 
Seminary and the Women's Missionary Union 
Training School in Louisville, Kentucky. Rebecca 
recently moved back to North Carolina after 
many years of teaching in Africa. As a teacher and 
administrator in a theological college in Zimbabwe, 
she is proud to have had the privilege of helping to 
train men and women who are today involved in 
Christian ministries in six countries as well as America. 
Knowing that some of the African men and women she 
has taught now surpass her in ability and academic 
achievement continues to be a source of pride. She has 
edited preschool Sunday School materials that have been 
published in numerous African languages, and has edited 
English and ChiShona editions of six discipleship-training 
booklets. The most satisfying part of her career has been 
providing hospitality to people from various nations and 
strata of society. Rebecca, like Rosalind, has three children 
who say that they found a multi-cultural environment both 
challenging and rewarding. 

In remembering Meredith College, both Rosalind and 
Rebecca spoke of the importance of their relationships with 
faculty and fellow students. The influence of Dr. Ralph McLain 
was mentioned by both of them as priceless. According to 
Rebecca, "He made learning exciting and motivated [us] to 
go beyond course requirements." Rebecca and Rosalind 
both reiterated the advantages of an all-female college - 
it gave them many leadership opportunities which they 
continued to use during their careers in missionary work. 
Rebecca encourages us to take advantage of the library, 
which contains "a wonderful world of learning." She 
reminds us "to develop mentally, spiritually, emotionally, 
socially and to establish good health practices." 

Rosalind and Rebecca are examples of how the strong 
educational foundation established at Meredith can 
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for me the life of the mind." 
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Meredith College 

The first time Phyllis Trible ever 
encountered a group of women 
with doctorates was at Meredith 
College. Through the example of 
these female professors, Phyllis 
was encouraged to pursue her own 
education in religion, the subject she 
loved most. 

After graduating from Meredith 
College magna cum laude in 1 954, 
Phyllis went on to study at Union 
Seminary and Columbia University, 
where she received her Ph.D. in 1963. 
Phyllis became a professor, herself, at 
Wake Forest University and Andover 
Newton Theological School. 

In 1978, her interest in feminist issues 
and the Bible led her to write a ground- 
breaking book entitled God_a_nd_the 
Rhetoric_oiSexua_ljty. In 1979, Phyllis 
became the first woman Baldwin 
Professor of Sacred Literature in the 
history of Union Theological Seminary. 
Her research continued on sexism in 
the Bible and she wrote another highly 
respected book entitled Texts of 
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Jean Cooper, a 1 954 Meredith 
graduate, slill holds many ties with 
the College, her strongest connection 
being the Alumnae Association, of 
which she was president from 1986- 
1 988. Serving as Regional Director of the 
association and a former member of the 
Board of Trustees, she also serves as Vice- 
President of Friends of the Library. 
Being in constant contact with so many alumnae, 
Cooper saw the need to preserve the significant 
memories of the College and acknowledge the 
many community contributions made by Meredith 
graduates. She compiled An Oral History of 
Meredith College Alumnae, which consists of 25 
hour-long cassette tapes. This also served as her thesis 
for a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (a degree she 
was the first to receive) from Wake Forest University. 
Not only was this thoroughly enjoyable for her, but it also 
encouraged her to take on many leadership positions 
down the road. In 1985, Cooper served as general 
chairperson for the Winston-Salem Area Visions 
Campaign, and in 1 99 1 she was county chair-person for 
the "Second Century Challenge: Honoring our Heritage- 
Expanding our Vision." She also compiled An Oral 
History of the Medical Center Guild, a group with whom 
she has held membership for 30 years, at Wake Forest 
University Baptist Medical Center. 
Cooper, an accomplished organist, has worked in several 
area churches. She is also the manager of Meadowbrook 
Farm, where she lives in Winston-Salem, NC This 1 64- 
acre, cattle, horse, and tree farm is just one more of her 
challenges. Cooper travels extensively, visiting South 
America and Alaska, and journeying to China and 
Indonesia on medical missions. Living in Germany for 
a year, due to her husband's involvement in the army, 
has given her a broader view of the world and 
encouraged her independence. 
Thinking back on the honor of receiving the 1 99 1 
Alumna Award, Cooper comments, "The place that 
had given me so much had prepared me for many 
fortunate opportunities." She encourages all of 
us to "take advantage of these once-in-a-life- 
time experiences," and to remember that "the 
sisterhood will be yours forever." 



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Whenever people talk 
of Rebecca Murray, they are 
always certain to mention one, 
specific word: enthusiasm. Becky 
had enthusiasm for everything she 
did, whether it was teaching, writing, 
acting, or fighting for what she believed in. 

After graduating from Meredith in 1 958, 
Becky went on to earn her masters degree 
in education from UNC-CH, and then her 
Ed.D. from Duke in 1 973. She began teaching 
at Meredith in 1 974 and remained there as a 
loved and respected professor until her death in 
1992. She served as the Chairman of the 
Education Department from 1977-1982, and 
was named President of the Friends of the Carlyle 
Campbell Library in the Spring of 1992. Becky 
was also a frequent cast member for Meredith 
Performs and played her parts with that unending 
enthusiasm characteristic of her. 

Becky has also paid Meredith a great service 
through her research and writing on the beginnings of 
the college. She has gathered extensive information 
on "The Immortal Ten," Merediths first graduating 
class. Her research about the beginning of the Carlyle 
Campbell Library led her to write a book entitled This 
Essential Pari, which documented the first 1 ,000 books 
acquired by the library. 

In addition to being very active at Meredith, Becky 
also served the greater Raleigh community through 
her participation in the Raleigh Transit Authority and 
support of the SPCA. As Chairman in 1990, she 
launched an expansion of bus routes to reach 90% of 
the city's residents, compared to the original routes 
which reached only 60%. In addition to Beckys love 
of helping people, she also loved her furry friends 
and actively supported the SPCA. One year she 
even cooked an entire Thanksgiving turkey and 
took it to the SPCA pound for the animals. 

Her students will remember her for her challenges 
that pushed them to be the best they could be; 
her colleagues will remember her dedication 
and enthusiasm for teaching; and her friends 
will remember her love for others and for life 
itself. And it is certain that everyone who 
knew Rebecca Murray will not forget her. 
It is an honor to every Meredith student 
to have her listed among the Colleges 
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"My years at Meredith College 
shaped my life's work," says Gail 
Williams O'Brien. "Through the female 
professors at Meredith, I witnessed 
strong, independent women who had 
their own careers and control over their 
own destinies." Inspired by such examples, 
Gail completed her B.A. in History at 
Meredith as a Tulane scholar, then went on to 
take her M.A. at Tulane and her Ph.D. at the 
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her 
life's work as a scholar and academic was set. 

She taught at North Carolina State University for 
over 20 years and, although she never planned to 
enter academic administration, recently became 
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Planning and 
Faculty Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social 
Science at NCSU. 

Gail has authored several works including a recent 
book entitled The Color of the Law: From Lynching to 
Legalities in the Ninet een F orties South. Eight years in the 
making, it is a work that required tedious reconstruction 
and interpretation of documents, interviews and events. 
Part of her research involved interviewing several 
African-Americans who were involved in an attempt to 
prevent a lynching in 1 946. Hearing and recording their 
words left a strong impression. She says, "Such events 
serve as sharp reminders that seemingly ordinary people 
have such extraordinary qualities that they aren't in fact 
ordinary at all. . .it would behoove us to listen, not just to 
the words of others but to the feelings that underlie them 
and give them meaning." 

She sometimes doubted that her voluminous collection 
of research would ever be a "whole piece," but with 
the help of her supportive husband and daughter, she 
persevered. In the midst of her more-than-busy 
schedule, the advice she gives to current students 
is: "Take time daily to sit quietly, to breathe deeply, 
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Ellen Kirby attributes her leadership 
abilities to her experiences at Meredith 
College. "I gained the confidence to be a 
leader and to believe women can do anything , . .," 
she says. Since her days at Meredith, she has shown 
a continuous interest in movements for social change. 

In 1969, Ellen obtained her masters degree in religious 
education from Union Theological Seminary. She taught 
elementary school in West Harlem, then joined the national 
staff of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. 
For more than two decades she managed the social justice 
programs of this board. Her work involved such issues as 
women's concerns, child advocacy, peace, human rights, racial 
and economic justice, and environmental education. 

She often shuttled between New York and Washington, DC, and in 
1 986, while serving as the head of the Social Action Department 
of the United Methodist Board, she attended briefings with Oliver 
North regarding US support of the contras in Nicaragua. Because 
she had taken "verbatim" notes on the conversations between North 
and church leaders, she was interviewed by numerous press and 
appeared on the ABC and NBC nightly news. Her notes became 
part of the congressional hearing about whether Oliver North, 
President Reagan and Vice President Bush might have been involved 
in any illegal activity in Nicaragua. 

Ellen is a published author as well as the producer of a film entitled 
Women, Amen! which won the Golden Eagle Award for motion pictures. 

Yet, Ellen considers her second career as her best. "I believe that my 
transition to a second career and the founding of a new program in 
community horticulture in Brooklyn, NY is my greatest accomplishment. 
I feel this is my calling even though I have no professional training in 
horticulture ... To see the excitement and community pride that is 
generated and the response of neighborhood children to the chance 
to develop gardens in their neighborhoods (neighborhoods which 
have the fewest parks and green spaces per capita in the nation) is 
fantastic. The children love the flowers, the soil, and the worms!" 

"As Director of Brooklyn GreenBridge, the community horticulture 
program of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, I have had to utilize 
all my background in planning, administration, public policy, 
sociology, and community organizing " 

Those who know Ellen refer to her as accessible and generous 
with both her time and many talents. And of her only son, 
Matthew, Ellen says, "Raising him is probably my most 
tangible accomplishment." 

Ellens life choices are testament to the value she places 
on recognizing a need and then doing something 
about it. She is indeed a woman of compassion, 
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Mary Watson Nooe graduated from 
Meredith in 1 969. While at Meredith, and 
studying for her degree in mathematics, Mary 
was involved in the Democratic Party on campus 
and she was the managing editor of the Twig, 
Mary fondly remembers many relationships she 
made at Meredith with both students and faculty. 
Many of these friendships have lasted past graduation 
and are still supporting her today. Since graduation, 
Mary has had many outstanding accomplishments. 

In 1979, Mary started her own business called "William 
and Mary Recyclists." She began another recycling program 
called "Recycle Raleigh" for food and fuel in 1 982. She also 
started a pilot-recycling program for Boylan Heights in 1 983 in 
which she did much of the work by herself. By the time she was 
elected to the Raleigh City Council she was able to engineer 
curbside recycling. She also helped to organize the first 
Hazardous Waste Day in North Carolina in 1988. 

Issues concerning domestic violence and homelessness have also 
been a part of her public work. In 1 994, she was elected President 
of Women in the Municipal Government of North Carolina. Here the 
focus of her tenure was domestic violence. Mary helped create a 
domestic violence unit in the Raleigh Police Department. She also 
helped to engineer transitional housing, and in 1 995 she helped to 
organize "Christmas in April," a non-profit organization involved in 
repairing owner-occupied housing for the elderly, the disabled and 
the poor. Along with these issues, Mary is proud to have been part of 
the renovation of Memorial Auditorium and is still interested in more 
projects to beautify Raleigh. She currently hosts the radio program 
Cityline and the cable access show Citizenship. Both shows discuss 
city issues and encourage community involvement. She holds a deep 
interest in the possibilities of Raleigh's future and is planning to run 
for City Council again in 1 999. 

Mary's years at Meredith helped her to understand the importance 
of leadership. She feels that an all-female school enabled her to 
become a leader. She also realizes the importance of supporting 
and being supported by other women. Many influential teachers 
and mentors stand out in Mary's mind. Dr. Dorothy Preston, 
Francis Stephens, Mary Bland Josey and Bruce Heilman, past 
president of Meredith, are just a few who encouraged and 
supported her through her years at Meredith and beyond. 

Mary Watson Nooe is proud to be a Meredith alumna. She 
says that the foundations of her skills to be a leader were 
instilled in her at Meredith. The feelings of her years here 
are reflected in her statement: "Clearly, the leadership 
skills that I was encouraged to develop at Meredith 
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graduated from Meredith in 
1 973 with bachelor's degrees in 
history and religion. She continued 
her education, going on to receive a 
masters degree in history from Wake 
Forest and a master's degree in public 
administration from UNC-Chapel Hill. 
Carter is the first woman to serve as an 
Assistant Manager in Raleigh and the 
first female President of the North 
Carolina City and County Managers 
Association. An accomplishment of which 
she is particularly proud is her work to help 
produce a textbook used by NC high schools 
to teach students about local government, 
and a set of lesson plans for third-grade 
teachers in NC. These efforts were based on 
Carters belief that "in order for a democracy 
to survive, children must understand how a 
democracy works." 

Carter has given back to Meredith College 
and the community extensively. In 1 996, she 
was selected to the YWCA Academy of 
Women and in 1 997 she gave the Meredith 
graduation address, speaking on the rich 
traditions and legacy of the school. She also 
served as Vice President and a member of 
the Board of Directors of the Alumnae 
Association. 

The wish Carter has for women attending 
Meredith now is that they "cherish 
every moment and carry with them the 
wonderful legacy of which they are a 
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Linda Mckinnish Bridges 

stands out as a strong female figure 

in a male-dominated profession. In 

1 975, she graduated from Meredith with 
a BA in Religion. From there, she achieved her 
Masters in Divinity and her Ph.D. in New 
Testament and Greek from the Southern Baptist 
Theological Seminary. Linda was the first Southern 
Baptist woman to earn a Ph.D. in these concentrations. 
She has also received certification in Mandarin Chinese 
from the Taiwan Language Institute in Taiwan, where she 
spent time as a missionary. Her background and positive 
experiences at Meredith served as the foundation for her 
career accomplishments. 

Linda feels that Meredith was the culmination and genesis of 

so many good things in her life. She remembers Dr. Ralph 

McLain as a teacher who broadened her mind as well as her 

heart. His invitations to come into his study both at school and 

home with his family to read and talk about interesting places and 

ideas encouraged her love of learning. "I still try to teach with his 

energy and love for students," she says. Linda also learned to play 

the pipe organ at Meredith, which advanced her appreciation for 
music. The college provided Linda with the attitude that women's 
leadership is truly good, acceptable and worthy of emulation. The 
memories of the women's community at Meredith along with her own 
strengths and beliefs have kept Linda going through many years of 
opposition in a male-oriented environment. She was refused ordination 
J twice and opposed by many representatives of the clergy. Linda says, 
; "When they said that women cannot, I would remember that at 
- Meredith we DID." 

| Now ordained to the Gospel Ministry in Richmond, Virginia, Linda is 
' most proud of her founding a new educational community, the Baptist 
Theological Seminary at Richmond. Also, a project which links her 
experience at Meredith to her professional career was the founding 
and development of the Center for Women in Christian Leadership. She 
is proud of these two communities for their emphases on women's f\ f\ flfr 

empowerment and education. Linda considers the birth of her son Kyle <C^J V\ d_J\ lYlYZLS} 

Mckinnish to be her most outstanding accomplishment. V " 

After Lindas first year at Meredith, she and her parents considered a 

transfer because they were concerned about the costs. A community 

leader learned of their dilemma and for three years added a little 

money to their account. Because of his generosity and confidence 

in Meredith, she was able to stay. At his retirement dinner, she was 

asked to speak, and for the first time, Linda honored him publicly 

for this wonderful gift. This account still exists today for needy 

students. 

"Don't miss a thing" is the advice Linda gives to Meredith 
women. "We should explore the world of women: women in 
art, women in poetry and film, women in business, women in 
religion and women in education and politics." This is her 
encouragement to us because "there will never be another 
place where you can explore these issues in so nurturing 
an environment as Meredith College." 



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There is something electric about 
Broadway. One never leaves the theater 
without experiencing the magic. What makes 
this energy flow so freely from the cast to the 
audience so that the memory is etched in our minds? 
This question prompted an interview with one of 
Merediths own graduates who has made it big on 
Broadway. It is immediately apparent that Beth Leavel 
carries that Broadway magic within herself — she is 
charismatic, full of life and in love with the professional path 
she has chosen. 

An accomplished Broadway actress, dancer and singer, Beth 
presently resides in Bergen County, NJ, with her husband John 
Milne and two children. She was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. 
She graduated from Broughton High School and received her 
degree in sociology from Meredith College. Ms Leavel furthered 
her education with an MFA at UNC-Greensboro. 

This successful alumna made the decision to pursue a career in theater 
during her senior year at Meredith. At that time, a degree in theater 
was not offered. Beth performed in many campus plays as a junior and 
senior including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Come Blow Your Horn, 
Blithe Spirit, The Bald Soprano, and Cabaret. She credits Linda 
Bamford, a Meredith professor and Catherine Rogers, her best friend 
and fellow classmate, as the greatest influences on her aspirations. 

Every actor has her first break, and Beth's came after she read for a 
comedy audition and received such a positive response that 1 4 agents 
phoned the next day and offered to represent her. This led to the part 
of understudy to Lucy Arnez in / Do, I Do. That exposure enabled her to 
be cast in 42nd Street on Broadway, and to perform in its National 
Touring Company, which also included a run in Japan. 

Beth played Tess in the original cast of Crazy for You, and considers 
this to be her greatest professional accomplishment. In 1995 she 
played the role of Ellie in Show Boat. She has performed in 14 
regional and national commercials, and has landed parts on Ryan's 
Hope, As The World Turns, and Nickelodeons Yours Truly. 

Beth also choreographs. She has worked at UNC, Meredith and 
local dinner theaters. Most recently, she has donated her time to 
choreograph the Meredith student performance of Irene. 

Looking toward the future, Beth hopes to continue performing 
original musicals, and would love to have the opportunity to 
perform material written specifically for her. When asked 
what advice she might give to Meredith women, Beth 
emphasizes the fact that you can have it all. She 
believes that we should "follow our dreams, and not 
try to fit into anyone else's mold." In her own life, 
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Banker's experience 
as a Meredith College 
student determined for 
her that she would aspire to 
the teaching profession. 
After graduation, she took a 
position at Ravenscroft School 
in Raleigh, where she headed the 
art department. She eventually 
went on to complete an M.A. in 
printmaking. 

In 1988, Maureen taught her first 
course at Meredith. She sought to 
return to her students some of what 
she had gained here. In 1990, she 
became the Director of Galleries at 
Meredith and, in this position, brought a 
collection of Henry Moore originals to 
the Frankie G. Weems Gallery. 

In the course of Maureen's prolific career 
as an artist, she has exhibited in dozens 
of group and solo exhibitions in the 
United States, Italy and France. She has 
donated 200 etchings to the city of 
Sansepolchro, Italy. Eighteen of these 
are in a permanent installation in the 
15th century Town Hall. Additional 
works are included in collections in 
North Carolina, Massachusetts, and in 
Florence and Tavarnuzze, Italy. 

To current Meredith students, Maureen 
offers these words of advice: "Help 
each other. Women help women. 
Nurture whatever stages of life you 
are currently enjoying — whether 
privileged traditional-age student, 
young family keeper or grand- 
mother. Meredith College is a 
preciously diverse union of 
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Ginger Mauney attended Meredith 
College and graduated in 1983 with a 
Bachelor of Arts in political science and a 
minor in economics. After graduation, she 
lived in New York City organizing professional 
and amateur tennis tournaments for Capitol 
Sports. However, her life took a turn when she 
decided to go to Africa and pursue filmmaking. 
In 1 990, Ginger arrived in Africa with $2,000 and an 
instamatic camera. With help from friends she made 
during a previous trip to Africa, she got a job working on 
a documentary about birds. From there she worked with 
Jen and Des Bartlett, whose nature films include the 
National Geographic Special "Survivors of the Skeleton 
Coast." Her most outstanding accomplishment to date is a film 
in which she was the principal writer, cinematographer and 
sound recordist entitled "Baboons: Against the Odds." Ginger 
spent four years in close contact with the desert-dwelling 
baboons. She feels privileged to have been accepted by them 
and that it was "an act of extraordinary trust on the part of the 
baboons and a true gift in a world where the interests of man and 
animals are so often at odds." Working with her during this film 
was a veterinarian, Conrad Brain, whose study of the baboons 
provided the basis for that film and whom she recently married. The 
documentary was nominated for a Wildscreen (the "Green 
Oscars") award for Best Newcomer. In this, her first independent 
attempt in the business, she has reached hundreds of millions by 
airing on PBS in the United States and in over 40 other countries. 
Gingers strong background, and love of filmmaking and wildlife 
have led her info a world of accomplishments including work as a 
producer/cinematographer for Paramount Production, National 
Geographic and Partridge Films. The past two years, Ginger has 
completed another film entitled "Legends of the Bushmen" for the 
TBS series WildlLife Adventures. This film shows the lives of Africa's 
most ancient people. One of her most memorable events came 
from her time spent with the Bushmen. The last night she was on 
location she was allowed to participate in a trance dance. 
Dance is their highest form of prayer and this dance was to 
inspire healing to a sick member of the community. The next day 
she was told that she was the first outsider ever allowed within 
the fire circle. 

Ginger grew up with three sisters, a wonderful, strong mother 
and a support system of grandmothers and great aunts. She 
says, "Attending Meredith was a natural extension of the 
support I've always known was so invaluable in a family of 
women." She also says the English department gave her "a 
wonderful grounding in and appreciation of the magic of 
language and all forms of communication." Gingers 
advice to Meredith women is to avoid complacency 
and to always embrace change. She tells us that 
"only by exploring unknown and even fearful new 
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Joan Bunting always had an 
interest in travel. After taking 
her degree in biology from 
Meredith in 1985, she decided 
to broaden her horizons. She felt 
that the Peace Corps would be the 
ideal way to combine travel and 
work. She joined up and spent the next 
27 months as a public health volunteer 
in a Zairian village. Her duties included 
health education related to nutrition for 
women and babies. 

Joan found integration into another culture 
to be an intense learning experience. She 
wore the clothing of the natives, ate their 
food and learned their language. She also 
polished up on her French, which was the 
language of the educated in Zaire. The 
lack of running water, electricity and 
transportation did not dissuade Joan. At 
the end of her first 27 months, she chose to 
renew her contract with the Peace Corps. 

In 1991 Joan was again in Zaire, this time 
working on a ten-month contract with 
USAID to study measles vaccines which 
could be given before the usual age of nine 
months. 

Joans interest in learning about the basic 
life practices and philosophies of the 
African culture has served the people of 
Zaire well. For the cultural education she 
has received, she has given back a 
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of Merediths music department who 
has gone on to great accomplishments. 
Anita received her Bachelor of Arts in Music 
from Meredith in 1 9 8 5 and a Master of Arts in 
Music in 1991. Since then, she has completed 
her certification in Curriculum and Instructional 
Supervision at Campbell University. Anita is an 
award-winning singer, pianist and organist who is 
now involved with arts education. 

Anita describes her years at Meredith as invaluable. 
She feels that "without the education and training I 
received at Meredith, I do not believe my current position 
would have been a possibility in my own mind, much less 
anyone else's." Meredith gave her the confidence to strive 
toward her goals and embrace a belief in lifelong learning. 
While she is proud of her own achievements in educational 
positions, she is most proud when former students pursue the 
field of education as well. 

The teachers Anita worked with while at Meredith had 
everything to do with her current role in arts education 
administration. She was encouraged to major in music 
instead of just using her talents toward a minor in her degree. 
She approached every class with great importance. In her 
opinion, she cannot recall any professor that did not fake his or 
her task seriously. She remembers specific instructors such as 
Dr. Lynch, from whom she learned perseverance and attention 
to detail, and Dr. Vaglio who taught her that sometimes the 
best learning takes place when it's so much fun you don't even 
realize it's happening. Dr. Page also taught her how critical it 
is to be prepared to perform even those jobs you think you 
will never face, and Dr. Cochran instilled in her the power of 
debate and the ability to agree to disagree. One of Anita's 
fondest memories comes from her undergraduate years at 
Meredith when she was the president of the student chapter 
of the North Carolina Music Educators Association. She 
was encouraged to ask Mrs. Billiegene Garner to speck 
at one of the meetings. After that first meeting, Anita 
would go on to work for Mrs. Garner and eventually 
assume her role as Director of Arts Education for 
Moore County Schools. She attributes her experience 
at Meredith with helping her establish that first 
contact. Meredith College encouraged Anita to 
express herself and reach out into leadership 
roles. She feels that Meredith provided a safe 
place for her to grow. Her advice to women 
attending Meredith is to take advantage of 
every moment. "If learning is viewed as 
an opportunity, rh e importance of 
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the desire to become a physician. 
As a child, she saw herself as wanting 
to be a provider of health to individuals in 
her community. When she was deciding on 
what undergraduate institution to attend she 
said, "I was looking for a sense of community, a 
place that instilled responsibility, a place that 
would provide confidence and determination and a 
place with a strong academic background." Yvette 
Feels that she found all of these things and much more at 
Meredith. 

As a student at Meredith, Yvette was her Freshman Class 
President, she took part in the Barber Science Club, Student 
Life Committee and the Student Foundation and was on the 
varsity volleyball team. Academically, she felt she never had 
the opportunity to hide behind other students or get lost in a 
crowd in any of her classes. Her professors encouraged 
everyone's opinion to be heard and considered. This instilled in 
her the confidence to stand up and be heard in all discussions. 
Seeing others around her grow at Meredith also inspired her to 
become a more confident woman. Yvette feels her experiences at 
an all-female institution forced her to find herself and her niche in 
society. She describes the faculty at Meredith as having an 
"excellence with regard to their diligence in teaching the future 
leaders of the world." The education Yvette received from 
Meredith allowed her to stand toe to foe with individuals from 
other institutions and assert her knowledge with confidence and 
vigor. Her daily interaction with administration personnel and 
faculty encouraged her to express her opinions. Dr. Clara Bunn set 
the foundation for her scientific background and Dr. Dorothy 
Preston taught her to think more analytically. 

Today, Yvette feels blessed by all that has happened to her 
both during her time at Meredith and since. While at medical 
school, she received awards for her outstanding achievement, 
including a full scholarship for her medical school tuition 
after her first year. She is currently working in obstetrics and 
gynecology at an Indian Service Hospital in Philadelphia. 
This career fulfills her childhood dream of helping the under- 
privileged. Yvette wants Meredith students to know that 
"the experiences and education gained at Meredith open 
a world of opportunities to every woman who allows 
her mind and soul to become absorbed in this nurturing 
community. This will allow you to go anywhere in the 
world and be anything you desire." She also 
encourages Meredith women to "use the 
resources that are available from professors 
to administration to friendships; all will last 
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Renee Winter tells her 
students, "If you're really 
talented in something, you 
need to honor that talent and 
give back." Renee has embraced 
that philosophy since graduating 
from Meredith with a degree in art. 
She went on to complete a master's 
degree and now teaches Visual Art 
to high school students and Art 
Appreciation to college students. She 
takes great pride in the achievements 
of her students and goes to great 
lengths to ensure that they have the 
chance to exhibit their work. She often 
calls the news media to come and report 
on her students' exhibitions and does 
anything possible to get recognition for 
them. Their successes in art inspire self- 
confidence and often this leads to success 
in other areas. 

Renee credits Dr. Bailey with teaching her 
about the dynamics of human learning and 
interaction. She has put this knowledge to 
use in her own classroom. She wants her 
students to recognize their potential just 
as she learned to recognize her own. She 
feels that her education at Meredith has 
prepared her for "ethical leadership as an 
artist and as an art educator." 

To Meredith students, Renee gives these 
words of advice: "Women who attend 
Meredith College have the opportunity 
to emerge as strong citizens to help 
shape a world in serious need of 
well-educated women. This is a big 
opportunity — use it well ... an 
awesome responsibility — honor 
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Barbara Goodmon entered 
Meredith College at the age of 45 
through the Continuing Education 
Program. Working as a registered nurse, 
she decided she wanted to go back to school 
and get a degree. In 1 994, Barbara graduated 
from Meredith magna cum laude with a degree in 
history. She feels that attending Meredith College 
gave her the confidence to be a stronger leader in 
the community. Barbaras involvement in community 
activities began over 22 years ago. 

As an advocate for the homeless and poor, Barbara has 
served on the Salvation Army Board for 20 years, chairing 
the board for three years. She is the First and only female so 
far to serve as chair of the Raleigh Salvation Army Board. 
Ten years ago, Barbara organized the Salvation Army 
Christmas Committee, which now involves approximately 
2,000 volunteers and families and has brought Christmas to 
over 3,000 children in our area. As a member of the Wake 
County Human Services Board, she focuses her attention on 
food lines, shelters and substance abuse treatment programs 
Her concern also includes coordinating and collaborating public 
and private agencies in dealing with these issues. She helps to 
organize these agencies' efforts so that their help is efficiently 
distributed amongst the community. In the spring of 1998, she 
was involved in organizing a Wake County Community Forum 
which brought service providers together to communicate and 
collaborate. The second annual forum has been scheduled for 
March of 1999. 

Barbara Goodmon has recently been inducted into the Academy 
of Women for Human Services. She feels that her experiences at 
Meredith have opened many doors for her. Two people who 
were important teachers for Barbara were Frank and Carolyn 
Grubbs, She remembers Carolyn particularly as an influence 
during her college career. As an alumna, Barbara has served 
on the Board of Associates at Meredith for three years and is 
currently on the Board of Trustees. She continues being 
involved because of the passion she developed for Meredith 
as a student. Barbara is now in graduate school at NC State 
University working toward her Masters in Liberal Studies. 

As an outstanding leader in our community, Barbara 
Goodmon's efforts never tire. Her humanitarian work has 
spanned two decades and reached many people in our 
area. Barbara feels the confidence she gained at 
Meredith could not have come from a co-ed school. 
Her advice to Meredith women: "Take advantage 
of every academic and social opportunity that 
Meredith has to offer. You never know where 
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Elizabeth Dotterer graduated 

from Meredith College in 1930. 

She then attended the University of 

Pennsylvania where she received her 

M.D. in 1 939. In 1 949, Elizabeth came 

back to Meredith to deliver a speech at 

the annual meeting of the Meredith College 

Alumnae Association. She opened her 

speech by reminiscing about her days at 

Meredith. Chemistry classes with Dr. Mary 

Yarbrough, and physics with Dean Boomhour 

were where she felt she started her medical career. 

She said, "These teachers disciplined me and 

inspired me to continue to prepare for my ultimate 

goal — the practice of medicine." 

It was in Pennsylvania that she met her husband, who 

was also a doctor. They moved back to Sanford, NC, 

where they both opened private medical practices. 

Elizabeth was one of the first women doctors in this 

area. Both were known throughout their community for 

the kindness and humanity they showed toward their 

patients, friends and neighbors. As an active member 

of the Meredith Alumnae, Elizabeth was the first alumna 

to act as President of the Board of Trustees. As an extra 

honor, she learned that she was the first female to serve 

in this position at any North Carolina Baptist College. 

Elizabeth also served on the Executive Committee as a 

member and Vice President, and she was elected 

President of the Alumnae Association. 

Elizabeth James Dotterer was proud to be a doctor 

and proud to be part of Merediths growth. When she 

retired as a trustee, she mentioned many steps 

Meredith had taken forward while she was there. 

New buildings, renovations, teachers' salary 

increases and raised graduation requirements 

were just a few accomplishments in which 

Elizabeth took part. She continued to encourage 

others to make Meredith even better. With the 

spirit and drive of alumnae like Elizabeth 

Dotterer, Meredith has continued to grow and 

remain an outstanding college for women. 



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Ida Howell Friday has spent 

her life helping others- Her passion 

of learning came from her mother, who 

taught high school in Lumberton, North 

Carolina, for 34 years. As a Meredith student, 

Ida achieved a B.A. in Home Economics in 1 94 1 . 

Professor Ellen Brewer was Ida's most influential 

teacher at Meredith. She also considered her a friend. 

Ms. Brewer would take an enormous amount of time to 

work with the students individually, sharing her knowledge. 

Concerned with all of her students, she worked to stimulate 

them to do their very best. 

After graduating from Meredith, Ida went on to the University 

of Chapel Hill where she achieved her Masters of Public Health 

in 1948. From 1948 to 1 952 she worked for Carolina Power and 

Light as a Home Economist and at the University of Chapel Hill as 

an Instructor and Workshop Director in the School of Public Health. 

Since then, Ida has been a part of countless memberships dealing 

with a wide variety of issues concerning our area and state. To list a 

few, her memberships have included being the President of the Chapel 

Hill Preservation Society and a member of the Executive Committee 

for the Children's Home Society of North Carolina. Ida has also served 

as a member of several Boards including the Community Church in 

Chapel Hill, the League of Women Voters, the NC Museum of Art, 

Central University and the Hospital Auxiliary of UNC-Chapel Hill. For 

30 years, Ida served as hostess of the Presidents home at UNC-CH, 

where her husband, Bill Friday, was Chancellor and later President of the 

UNC system. Presently, Ida is still on active member of her community as 

she is taking part in six organizations dealing with issues on women, the 

arts, health and public television. For the past 25 years, Ida has been 

honored a dozen times for her actions as a community and university 

leader. She and her husband have had college buildings and centers 

named after them at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte and UNC- 

Wilmington. Ida went back to school at UNC-Wilmington, achieving 

her LID in 1992. 

Her husband has written "being at Meredith gave Ida a marvelous 

exposure to public affairs and public service, being in the capital 

city and participating in college government activities." Meredith 

encouraged Ida to be self-confident through a systematic way 

of study and preparation, an assurance that proved beneficial 

in her career and public activities. Her association with 

Meredith College and remembrances of Ellen Brewer have 

helped to sustain her throughout life, allowing her to be a 

participating and vital part of her community. Perhaps 

her words of advice to Meredith women would be 

the same that she received from Ellen Brewer a 

half-century ago: "Qualify yourself to serve 

your fellow man and do so with a joyful 

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Keats' verse "A 

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joy forever" might well 

serve as a theme for Loleta 

Kenan Powells horticultural 

career. As an English major 

dutifully tromping the well-worn 

paths to and from class, Loleta's 

mind contemplated the flowery 

words of Shakespeare but also fixed 

intensely on the stunning landscape 

along the way The small explosions of 

wisteria, redbud and periwinkle that 

glimmer as a backdrop for most busy 

students proved an inspiration to the 

young Powell. 

What began as a passion for gardening 

turned into a serious study of day lilies, 

irises and other perennials. She started 

her own nursery business and developed 

innovative cross-breeds for national seed 

catalogues. She is the recipient of numerous 

state and national awards for her hybrid 

varieties, one of which, the "Meredith Hues," 

is a fond tribute to the place Ms. Powell cites 

as her inspiration. In her remembrances she 

writes: 

"There was a gorgeous bed of pansies 
which one faculty member kept by the 
freshman dormitory. Another kept pinks, 
and yet another sweetheart roses. As I 
think about it now, I realize that it was at 
Meredith that I came to know and love all 
these flowers." 

In the Spring, as we travel between 

Johnson Hall and class, in the rush to 

keep academic pace, take note of the 

irises blooming extravagantly in the 

circle. Crafted with care and tended 

lovingly, they are Loleta's reminder to 

us to look with an intense eye, 

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Joyce Mclntyre Rudisill 

graduated from Meredith 

College in 1 942 with a degree in 

mathematics. Her original aim after 

college was to become a teacher. 

Instead, Joyce decided to enter the family 

business. Since then, she claims her greatest 

accomplishment has been her involvement in 

establishing three businesses. These businesses 

include an electrical equipment distribution 

company in Charlotte and a ceramic tile plant in 

Lexington, which she and her father operated 

together for 30 years. Out of her three businesses, 

Joyce has sold two and still manages the third. In 

1990, she was nominated for a Distinguished 

Woman of North Carolina Award. 

Remembering her years at Meredith, Joyce says, "My 

experiences and relationships at Meredith as a student 

enabled me to believe that I could accomplish and 

achieve goals set by others and myself." At Meredith, 

Joyce also managed the BeeHive, which she feels 

launched her into a field of sales and distribution. She 

named a long list of influential teachers she encountered 

while at Meredith including Dr. Julia Hamlet Harris, Dr. 

Mary Yarborough and Dr. Canada/ Meredith allowed 

Joyce to become more confident through "encouragement 

and wonderful role models." 

In 1980, Joyce was nominated for a Meredith Alumna 

Award. She has served as a member of Merediths Board of 

Associates, its secretary and two terms as regional Vice 

President of the Association. From 1 976-78 Joyce served 

as the President of the Alumnae Association. During this 

time she visited over 90 percent of the alumnae chapters 

not only in North Carolina, but also in nine other states. 

Reflecting on this position she said, "It was a most 

enjoyable honor which gave me the opportunity to know 

and enjoy knowing more Meredith alumnae and students." 

Outside Joyces involvement with Meredith and her 

businesses, she took on the position of president of the 

church council in St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Charlotte 

for two years. She was the first woman to serve as 

president at a Lutheran Church in this state. Her 

encouragement to Meredith women is to realize 

that "your education will enable you to pursue your 

dreams and achieve your goals. The relationships 

and friends you make at Meredith will stay with 

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Students who remember 

Dr. lone Knight as their English 

teacher at Meredith College 

might be surprised to know of her 

many other talents and versatility. She 

graduated in 1943 from Meredith, 

where she earned a Bachelor of Arts cum 

laude with a double major in English and 

mathematics. She participated in many 

activities and clubs and was voted "Most 

Athletic" in the senior class. In fact, she was 

president of the Athletic Board her senior year. 

After graduation, she taught mathematics in 

Henderson, NC, then went to the University of 

Pennsylvania to earn her masters degree. During the 

1950's she packed many experiences into one 

decade. She was chair of the English department at 

Shorter College in Georgia and then Assistant Dean 

of Women at Meredith College. She earned her Ph.D. 

at the University of North Carolina and came to teach 

English at Meredith. Her doctoral thesis on Wimbleton's 

Sermon was published by the Duquesne Press, a much 

deserved acknowledgement of her scholarship. 

In a tribute to Dr. Knight, Dr. Betty Webb said, "We all 
knew that the invitation to excellence that she constantly 
extended to us was, in fact, an act of love." The tribute 
was on the occasion of her being the first recipient of 
the Mary Lynch Johnson Chair in English. And Dr. Webb 
rendered a vivid verbal picture of Dr. Knight: "Tall, with 
bright blue eyes that never blinked, she galloped across 
the campus. If you were helping her with an errand, you 
galloped too." 

Before her retirement in 1 993, Dr. Knight earned the 

Outstanding Teacher Award at Meredith in 1 979 and 

the Distinguished Alumna Award in 1 982. She also 

was the Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Meredith in 

1984. After her "retirement" she continued to teach 

in the Meredith Continuing Education program as 

well as serve on alumnae committees. A loyal 

daughter of Meredith, her teaching career was 

marked by her concern for her students and for 

setting and upholding a high standard of 

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Elizabeth Miller graduated 

from Meredith College in 1 944. Her 

experiences at Meredith strengthened her 

spiritual foundations, taught her how to be a 

strong leader and developed her socially. Dr. 

Mary Lynch Johnson was one of the most influential 

and stimulating professors Elizabeth had during her 

college years. She felt that "Dr. Johnson not only taught 

English, she gave of herself" Living on campus during World 

War II meant there were often blackouts and students were 

expected to sit in the hallways until it was over. But Elizabeth and 

her roommate would find their way to Dr. Johnson's room and talk 

with her in the darkness. She said, "We talked about faith and what it 

meant and it stimulated our thinking and our growth as nothing else 

could have." A course that was invaluable toward Elizabeth's education 

was Race Relations taught by Dr. Ellen Winston. As a native of the North 

going to school in the South, Elizabeth admitted that she was naive 

enough to think all racial problems existed only in the South. This course 

opened her eyes to the realities of racism as they were all over the country 

and made a strong impact on what she would do in her career. 

After graduating from Meredith, Elizabeth went to Yale Divinity School and 
received her Masters in Divinity. She majored in Social Ethics and minored in 
Christian Education. Her life consisted of helping the poor, political refugees, 
minorities and later, persons with AIDS. Always focusing on racial and cultural 
relations, Elizabeth took on many roles in her career. As Executive Director oF 
the Division of Christian Social Concern of the American Baptist Churches in the 
1 960's, she felt "fortunate to be deeply involved in the struggles related to civil 
rights, the environmental movement, the women's movement, Vietnam and to all 
of the great issues that the country was facing during those years." It was during 
that time when Elizabeth was also working toward opening up the American 
Baptist Churches to more opportunities for women. However, she wrote that 
"fighting for the rights of women was in some ways more difficult than civil rights 
until a black member of the staff of the Home Mission Society said, 'I understand 
what they are saying.'" He in turn interpreted to the rest of the board, from the 
black experience, what they as women were trying to say. That was a turning 
point for Elizabeth because the Division of Christian Social Concern finally voted 
that discrimination against women was an issue with which they needed to deal. 
This led to the organization of a triumvirate which brought women together to 
work for opportunity within the denomination. In the 1 970's Elizabeth became 
Director of Issues Development for National Ministries, which put her in 
charge of developing the policy of National Ministries and basically of the 
American Baptist Churches on a variety of public issues. During that time they 
developed policies based on issues such as human rights, racial justice and 
immigration. Elizabeth's work has always been about what she believes is 
right and fair and she has not been afraid to stand up and be heard. 

She once wrote about Meredith: "Being part of an all-female institution 
was good for me. The opportunities for leadership that women had in 
that type of institution would have been much more difficult in a co- 
ed school. Meredith gave me role models that enabled me to move 
with security and I learned that opportunities for leadership must 
be open to women, that the world is the loser if they do not have 
those opportunities. It was not only what I learned in books, it 
was what I learned in life at Meredith, the people I met there 
and what I learned of myself ond what I could be. I 
learned that I had a responsibility that was more than 
a responsibility to me alone — and that was a 
responsibility to God, a responsibility to society, 
and a responsibility to make my life count. I am 
grateful to Meredith for giving me that." 



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Holding a passion for the 

past and an energetic, 

determined personality, Fannie 

Memory Mitchell has created a 

full professional life that has taken 

interesting turns. As lawyer, history 

instructor, welfare worker and state 

archivist, her fascination with history has 

been the focus of her work. But she has not 

allowed herself to be typecast as a 

"research person." 

After earning her degree in history in 1 944, 

Mitchell went on to study law at Cornell and 

came back to UNC to complete her studies. 

She worked as a judge in domestic court and 

earned her masters degree. She joined the State 

Archives and History staff and worked there for 

26 years. Becoming the head of the publications 

section, Mitchell was responsible for preserving 

documents to be included in the official history of 

the state's gubernatorial accomplishments. 

She sees her own history as an exercise in "not 
looking back — no regrets." With an unapologetic 
confidence and energy, she impresses all around 
her as a strong character - one who embraces 
varied roles with innovative style. Many remember 
seeing her bicycling to and from work in down- 
town Raleigh. And later, after the birth of twins 
at the age of 41, (an experience "nothing had 
prepared her for") strolling them along the same 
route. Mitchell's approach to life has always 
been to move forward, in whatever role under- 
taken, and follow the leads that are most 
interesting and challenging. 

In an Alumnae Day address, Mitchell credited 

her liberal arts education with helping her 

to develop a spectrum of interests and 

abilities. She quoted John Lyly who 

advised in 1 579, "Always have more 

strings to your bow than one." 

Reminiscing, she says, "I've had 

strong, big strings and I've had little, 

minor strings. All have given me 

pleasure ... fun and satisfaction 

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Growing up on the campus 

of an orphanage where her 

parents worked, Dr. Lois Edinger 

knew from the age of six that she 

wanted to teach. When her first-grade 

teacher asked her to help instruct the other 

students in her rural school, Lois had found her 

calling. When she arrived at Meredith at age 

1 6, she was a determined but very shy girl. She 

attributes her success to Dr. Mary Lynch Johnson 

and other faculty who supported her and challenged 

her to believe in herself. The seed of transformation 

grew as Dr. Edinger went on to become an international 

educator and leader. 

After teaching in the public schools and receiving her 

masters degree and Ph.D., Lois served as NEA President 

under the Johnson Administration and was a prominent 

leader in the critical issues of the time. She was instrumental 

in national policy reforms affecting desegregation and 

treatment of poor children. She traveled extensively and 

published numerous articles in her quest to always improve 

the status quo. 

Her approach was innovative. Dr. Edinger challenged the 
pervasive notions of sex stereotyping in children, the unfair 
double-standards of women's academic settings and the 
negative images of women in the media. Above all, her clear- 
headed vision for change reflects a compassion for those 
who, like herself, faced crossroads in the development of 
their goals with education, child-rearing and careers. She 
championed the golden opportunity of education as a 
means of transformation for all, but particularly for those 
facing obstacles. 

In one of her numerous convocational speeches, Lois 

boldly answered critics of all-female institutions. She 

firmly believed that women's colleges must not merely 

pattern men's schools, but lead the way to encompassing 

all of a woman's potential in the myriad of roles she 

plays as student, mother and career person. She calls 

all women to be crusaders of change: "We must 

have the imagination and seek the resources to 

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Dr. Ruth Vande Kieft 
attended Meredith during 
World War II when her father 
came to Raleigh as a service 
pastor. As a student, Ruth was 
very active in campus activities. 
The teachers that were the most 
influential in Ruth's education were 
Lillian Parker Wallace, Mary Lynch 
Johnson, Julia Harris, Harold McCurdy, 
Ellen Winston, Beatrice Donnelly and 
Carly le Campbell. Ruth wrote of how they 
awakened her intellectual life, taught her in 
their respective disciplines and nurtured 
her values. After Meredith, Ruth attended 
the University of Michigan where she 
received her MA. in 1947 and she then 
received her Ph.D. in 1 957. However, it was at 
Meredith that Ruth learned to "love the south" 
with all of its rich complexity. She reflects on 
her years at Meredith as a turning point in her 
decision to study Southern Literature, a subject 
in which she became an expert. Ruth's life 
turned into the classic story of a small town 
girl who strikes off to New York City to "make 
it big." 

As professor emerita for 30 years at Queens 
College in New York, Ruth became renowned in 
her field. She was known for her lectures on 
African-American Literature and the work of 
novelists such as Flannery O'Connor, William 
Faulkner and Eudora Welty Her book Eudora 
Welty was the first full-length study of the 
southern writer. Her accomplishments 
brought new focus and validation to a genre 
of writers - particularly female - that had 
long been overlooked. Ruth's experiences at 
Meredith were "wonderful on the whole." 
She felt she received a good education 
and formed enduring friendships. She 
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Dorothy Goodwin took 

a degree in music from 

Meredith College in 1947. 

And while music remains one 

of her passions, she is also 

enthusiastically dedicated to 

church, civic organizations, and 

to the core of her spirit — her own 

home. Named "Model Farm Family" 

of North Carolina in 1 973, her role 

in family life has broadened the 

notion of "homemaker" to include an 

active, committed life in church and 

community. 

She became the first woman 
Moderator of the Raleigh Baptist 
Association and served on the 
General Board of the NC State 
Convention, a position few women 
have traditionally occupied. Dorothys 
infectious enthusiasm and generous 
spirit are characteristic of this woman 
whose legacy began with a solid 

devotion to the challenges of family 

life. 

In Dorothys words of advice to 

Meredith students she says, "The 

spiritual journey is just as important 

as your scholastic and social 

endeavors. Take advantage of the 

opportunity to hear speakers 

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"...learn all you can-all 
your life." 

Carolyn Robinsons presence 
at Meredith has been invaluable 
for the college as well as for the 
Raleigh community. After graduating 
from Meredith in 1950, Carolyn 
worked as a secretary for the Tabernacle 
Baptist Church in Raleigh. Her career at 
Meredith began in 1958 when she became 
the secretary in the Development Office. C. 
Since then, Carolyn has held many important c° 
positions within the college including the 
Director of Publications, Director of Alumnae — 
Affairs, and Editor of Meredith, the college v< - 
magazine. After her retirement from Meredith in 
1 992, Carolyn still remained active in the college rv 
and was appointed College Historian in 1993. Q 
She has just finished writing and publishing a book J2, 
entitled The Vision R evisited: A History of Meredith <^L 
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she is also a talented playwright. She has written pa 

three plays: A Bright Flame Burning for the O 

Tabernacle Baptist Church; And Here Begins the °~ 

Day for the Women's Missionary Union; and ^ 

Parable of the Morning Star performed at Jones oo 

Auditorium for Meredith College. O 

Carolyn's church and community services have 

also been outstanding. For her dedication to her 

church and faith, she was elected the first woman 

deacon at Raleigh's historic Tabernacle Baptist 

Church. And her community service led her to 

spend a summer in Sarajevo as Raleigh's 

Community Ambassador to the former 

Yugoslavia. She used her experience to 

inform Raleigh leaders and organizations 

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Anne Dahle can serve 

as an example for us all on 

how to give so that others 

will benefit. Her life has gained 

fulfillment from helping others find 

their dreams and achieve their goals. 

After earning a degree in math from 

Meredith in 1 954, Anne set to the task 

of teaching, something she continued to 

do in one way or another even after she 

left the profession. The next step in Anne's 

career proved her to be a pioneer for 

women in the computer programming field. 

Anne became the first woman programmer at 

North Carolina State University in the 1 960's. 

In 1972, she made a substantial contribution 
to Meredith — she established the Re-entry, or 
23+, Program for non-traditional age students. 
This program has helped and will continue to 
help many women over the age of 23 to earn a 
college degree. In honor of her hard work and 
success with this program, the Alumnae Re-entry 
Club established the Anne Dahle Scholarship 
Fund for rising re-entry seniors. 

In addition to her service to Meredith students, 

Anne also has served her community through 

involvement with associations such as the 

North Carolina Adult Education Association 

and the Life Enrichment Center of Wake 

County. Recognizing her services to Meredith 

College and the surrounding community as an 

educator, counselor, and innovator, Anne 

received the YWCA Education Award in 

1996. Anne will always be honored at 

Meredith as an exemplary person who 

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Teaching Christian theology 

and helping to open doors for 

women in vocational Christian 

ministry are only a few of Dr. 

Elizabeth Barnes' accomplishments. 

After leaving Meredith, she earned her 

M.Div at Southeastern Seminary and 

her Ph.D. at Duke. Yet, she says about 

going to the other schools, "I drew out of 

the rich benefits of having studied with 

kindly, dedicated and academically 

demanding professors in my undergraduate 

program at Meredith. . ." 

"My years at Meredith fostered confidence, 

skill, education, attitude and vision concerning 

the abilities of women. I grow increasingly sure 

that having women professors as my models . . . 

helped me to dare to become a woman professor 

of theology, to have the confidence to enter the 

predominantly male world in which I have studied, 

taught, and written books." 

Elizabeth is also credited with a pivotal role in 

the establishment of the Baptist Theological 

Seminary at Richmond where she now teaches. 

At a very tense meeting of the Southern Baptist 

Alliance held in Greenville, SC in March of 1 989, 

she addressed the conference on the need for 

starting a new Baptist seminary, especially as a 

place for women to prepare for the ministry. At 

the conclusion of her speech, she received a 

standing ovation. This seemed to turn the fide 

of opinion and the subsequent vote was 

overwhelmingly in favor of establishing the 

seminary. Five years later, Elizabeth was 

elected to a full professorship of ethics and 

theology at Baptist Theological Seminary 

at Richmond. 

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Mary Carol Warwick graduated from 

Meredith College with a degree in piano 

performance in 1 96 1 . Her love of music took 

her from Meredith to Florida State University 

where she received her Masters and Doctorate in 

Composition and Theory. She says that she has been 

playing the piano ever since she could touch the keys and 

considers it second nature. Currently working at Houston 

Community College, Mary continues to add to her long and 

distinguished resume of original compositions. 

Always experimenting with new styles and mediums outside of 
her main genre, Mary's talent has allowed her to write for many 
different areas of music. Along with teaching, she has written 
compositions for musical theater, opera and instrumental pieces. 
This list not only varies greatly in the musical sense but deals with a 
wide variety of issues from a world-traveling opera singer in search 
of love and wisdom to a blind boy who chooses his friends for how 
he relates to them. One song Mary wrote is entitled "Still We Dance." 
This piece, which premiered in 1 995, is an open-ended song cycle set 
to poems written by people who are HIV positive. Mary wanted to 
give people with AIDS a voice, one that was their own. So that she 
does not stagnate in her work, Mary incorporates different musical 
ideas such as rap or jazz to create new and exciting music that will 
work to reach an audience. She feels that if people are stirred in some 
way, music is memorable. Recently, Mary was chosen through a nation- 
wide search to work with Stuart Ostrow, who has produced such 
Broadway shows as Pippin, 1776 and M. Butterfly. Ostrow said, "She 
has the ability to probe new musical ideas for the theater, which is 
sorely needed. Her sense of storytelling, combined with the poetry of 
her lyrics, and the force of her melodies, raise the level of standard 
musical fare to thrilling, thought-provoking drama." Mary was also 
praised in a review of the play Grand National which is an original 
adaptation of Enid Bagnold's National Velvet: "Her eye for truth 
makes her talent brilliant and her knowledge genius. She is adept and 
appreciative of music, which gives her an understanding of it that 
leads to the motivation embodied in an educator able to present 
knowledge as a gift." Mary's most recent commissions include a 
bilingual version of Cinderella from the Houston Grand Opera 
with librettist Kate Pogue. 

Mary Warwick has commanded the respect of her peers as an 

intelligent writer who is also a joy to work with. Working as 

the composer-in-residence at Houston Community College 

and a director of the school's experimental theater, she has 

also taught at the Humphrey school, an institution offering 

year-round classes in singing, dancing and acting for 

children and adults. When Mary needs a break from 

music, she works at her second love, as a trained 

bird specialist in wildlife rehabilitation We are 

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In 1962, Nancy Ricker High 

graduated From Meredith College 

with a degree in home economics and a 

minor in sociology. She then completed 

graduate work at UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC- 

Greensboro. Her master's degree was achieved 

in adult education from NCSU. Since Nancy has 

finished school, she has worked hard to achieve a 

long list of accomplishments. 

Nancy worked as a dietitian's assistant at Dorothea Dix 

hospital before becoming a social worker and eventually 

a supervisor for the Forsyth County Welfare Department. 

She later became a home economics extension agent and 

then Director of Food Promotions for the NC and VA Peanut 

Growers Association. In this position, she was able to travel 

the country and was named to the National Peanut Advisory 

Committee by the Secretary of Agriculture. Making a change, 

Nancy obtained a job as a sales representative for Hennis 

Freight Line. She was the first woman in the South employed in 

this area and was determined to make the most of it. In 1976, 

Nancy became Director of Consumer Affairs of the Southern 

Furniture Manufacturers Association, and in 1982, President of 

the National Home Fashions League. Working in the furniture 

industry for 20 years, Nancy is proud to be an executive in an 

industry usually dominated by men. Being a role model for women 

has been an ongoing objective in her career. She hopes her success 

in the industry has made a difference in how future women will be 

treated in this business. One of her favorite memories took place 

at a surprise ceremony held in her honor. She was named recipient 

of the American Furniture Manufacturers Association's President's 

Award. After receiving praises from a room full of male executives 

about how her efforts had made their work and success easier, she 

said, "Well, I am glad to see that you fellows can do something by 

yourselves." This brought down the house. Currently, she is the 

Director of Marketing and Communications for the American 

Furniture Manufacturers Association. 

Meredith's impact on Nancy was profound. Within its walls she 

realized her love of learning. She also credits Meredith with 

helping her to develop her leadership skills and understand 

the need to give back. Nancy remembers Dr. Norma Rose, 

with whom she struggled for two years. She states that the 

writing skills learned under her tutelage have been "the 

cornerstone to my success in many fields including editing, 

publishing, marketing, public relations and promotion." To 

Nancy, Meredith has been "the wind beneath my 

wings." Within this time, Nancy has also started two 

businesses, A Sharper Image and Magellan Travel, 

in Winston-Salem. Her words to current and future 

Meredith students: "Know that the assurance 

and confidence gained from the college will 

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Prior to becoming an 
assistant professor in the 
Department of Educational 
Leadership at Fayetteville State 
University Dr. Ruth D. Woods worked 
as a teacher, school media specialist, 
Director of the Robeson County, NC Indian 
Education Act, and was the First woman to 
be appointed assistant superintendent of the 
Robeson County School System. A Native 
American, Ruth spent many years as a strong 
advocate for other American Indians seeking 
higher education. "Indians can make it without 
total cultural assimilation and compete on an equal 
basis," Dr. Woods says. 

With more than 25 years of experience in human 

and civil rights activities, she has received many 

recognitions for her leadership and was the first 

woman to be elected to an at-large appointment to 

the UNC Board of Governors by the North Carolina 

General Assembly. 

Of her experiences, Ruth says, "I never dreamt that I 
would stand before 5,000 delegates at a National 
Education Association Convention and be honored as 
the recipient of a national award, serve by presidential 
appointment to the International Women's Year 
Continuing Committee, serve on the governing board of 
the University system, which denied me admission to 
state supported institutions when I graduated from high 
school, or be recognized as a Distinguished Woman of 
North Carolina. I attribute these honors and recognitions 
to those people whom I have met along the way, who 
shared their path with me and who challenged me 
because they saw in me what I did not see in myself." 
She says, "I have worked with both men and women 
and I believe that my success was grounded in the 
Meredith experience. My education there provided 
me with a nurturing environment in which to grow 
academically, spiritually, morally, and socially." 

Married to Noah Woods in 1973, Ruth is the 
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Betty Jo Roach 

exemplifies the many 

unsung heroes among 

Meredith alumnae. When 

she left Meredith College, 

she was a shy, inexperienced, 

quiet school teacher with lots 

of hopes and dreams. Many of 

those dreams became reality as 

she taught at Briarcliff Elementary 

in Cary NC. 

As a first-grade school teacher, she 
took special interest in each of her 
students. During the summer she 
wrote to each of them, expressing 
individual traits that were special 
about them and encouraging them to 
write her back so they could practice 
their letter writing skills. Some former 
students kept in touch for many years 
even through long distances. When her 
first class of students graduated from 
high school she searched the local 
papers for their names and sent each 
one a card with a personal note. This 
became a summer tradition and, at the 
time of her death, newspaper clippings, 
photographs, and graduation cards 
were by her bedside. 

"Life doesn't revolve around things, it 

revolves around people — the ones 

you love and enjoy being with," Betty 

wrote in one of her journals. "You can 

have all the things in the world but if 

you have them all by yourself, it's no 

good," she said. 

A woman of faith who sought to 
bless the lives of those around 
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Suzanne Reynolds grew 

up in Lexington, NC and 

graduated from Meredith 

College, summa cum laude, in 

1971 with a degree in English. 

She continued her education, 

going on to receive a master's 

degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and 

an honors law degree from Wake 

Forest University. 

Reynolds' mentor at Meredith was Mary 
Lynch Johnson, former chairperson of the 
English department and professor for 50 

years. A picture of Johnson now hangs 

behind Suzanne Reynolds' desk. 

The successful law career that Reynolds 
balances with church and family duties 
began with her realization that the analysis 
involved in law was much like the poetry 
analysis she so loved. She went on to earn a 
full professorship at Wake Forest in 1989. 
She specializes in representing family and 
women's issues and is active in women's 
attorney associations for Forsyth County 
and the NC Civil Liberties Union. Notable 
career highlights include rewriting a multi- 
volume treatise on NC family law, giving the 
1 986 Meredith Founder's Day address, and 
being selected as the 1 992 Emily Prudden 
lecturer for Pfeiffer College. 

Reynolds says, "Lawyers have the tools in 

society to do things not many people can 

do. Those tools should be in the hands of 

the most responsible people, and if I do 

anything in teaching, if I ever impress 

upon students the responsibility of 

being a lawyer, I feel that I've done 

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Margaret Person Currin 
graduated from Meredith in 
1 972 with a major in religion. 
She furthered her education at 
Campbell University School of 
Law, where she was a member of the 
first graduating class, and at 
Georgetown University Law Center. 
Her impressive career duties have 
included being an attorney, an assistant 
professor and assistant dean at the 
Campbell School of Law, and in 1988 
being appointed US Attorney. Prior to 
that appointment as US Attorney, this job 
belonged to her husband, Samuel T. 
Currin, who went on to serve as an NC 
Superior Court Judge. She commented 
after being sworn in that she would devote 
her energies to eliminating "drugs, white- 
collar crime, child pornography, obscenity, 
and political corruption." 

She balances her teaching and political 

careers with motherhood, active church 

membership, and an unfailing loyalty to 

Meredith College. Margaret Person Currin 

has made outstanding achievements in an 

often male-dominated field, exemplified 

by her position as the first female US 

Attorney in North Carolina. Margaret 

represents the results of hard work 

and dedication to community as 

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Michelle Rich graduated from 
Meredith College in 1 973 with a 
degree in American Civilization. As 
a student at Meredith, she felt that she 
received an excellent education. She 
says, "My years at Meredith gave me the 
self-confidence to believe that there are 
no limits in how one can excel in life with 
proper planning, preparation and execution." 
For Michelle, all of the experiences that went 
with obtaining her liberal arts degree from 
Meredith gave her the basis she needed to 
accomplish anything in life. She remembers 
Norma Rose and Frank Grubbs as the teachers 
most influential during her years at Meredith. 

In the recent years, Michelle has proven that she can 
accomplish anything. She is president and owner of 
M. Rich Company, a commercial real estate firm. Her 
staff has grown over the last ten years, and she has 
built a loyal client base that continues to grow as 
well. She has worked hard and in return earned the 
respect of her colleagues in the real estate industry 
This attitude of "always getting back from that which 
you give" is a lesson that was taught to her at 
Meredith. Michelle has given her time to Meredith 
since her graduation and in the process has also met 
many clients whom she has felt privileged to serve. 
As a mentor to several Meredith students, Michelle 
has enjoyed that time and has even employed 
Meredith graduates in her business. She has also 
given her time to Meredith as president of the 
College Alumnae Association, 1 997-98, which she 
considers her most outstanding community service. 

As a successful businesswoman and continued 
friend of the college, Michelle is certain that she 
gained self-confidence at Meredith. She feels 
that attending an all-female institution gave her 
the ability to be comfortable with any group 
of people in any situation. This confidence 
has contributed to her success in the male- 
dominated field that she has chosen as a 
career. In 1998, Michelle was named one 
of the top businesswomen in the Triangle. 
Her advice to Meredith women: "Make 
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Vanessa Goodman Barnes 

graduated from Meredith College 

with a degree in political science and 

journalism in 1988. While at Meredith, 

Vanessa was involved with student activities 

including serving as class president her freshman 

and senior years and editing the Meredith Herald 

her sophomore, junior and senior years. In 1985, 

Vanessa received the Carlyle Campbell Award. Since 

graduating from Meredith, she has remained involved 

with the college as an alumna and employee. As a staff 

member of Meredith, Vanessa has served as Assistant and 

Associate Director of Admissions. Now she is the Associate 

Director of the 23+ program. 

One of the most valuable tools Vanessa received from 

Meredith is the ability to write well and communicate verbally. 

Dr. Betty Webb and Dr. Clyde Frazier played major roles in her 

career development and were great sources for support and 

encouragement to her. Vanessa credits Meredith with providing 

her numerous opportunities for leadership while recognizing the 

importance of community service. She also learned how to serve as 

a member of a team and how to appreciate different cultures and 

backgrounds. Because of these positive experiences at Meredith she 

has sought to lead more students of color to the college. She has 

chartered the African-American Alumnae Chapter in an effort to 

reconnect many alumnae to the school. Meredith faculty and staff are 

also more active with the issues of diversity on campus because of 

the Diversity Task Force, which she chairs. Vanessa is happy to have 

a part in helping high school and adult students select appropriate 

college choices. She says, "Various notes and thankful hugs let me 

know that the service I have provided is worth the effort it takes to 

make a students dream a reality." 

As a hospice volunteer, Vanessa extends her helping attitude into 

the community. Her mother's struggle with cancer prompted her to 

pursue this task and she has learned that through this service you 

will receive more than you could ever hope to give. One patient 

Vanessa worked with continued to have a positive attitude even 

though she had terminal cancer. This patients optimism and 

appreciation for the time they spent together has inspired her 

to continue her work as a volunteer. 

Vanessa feels that Meredith College gave her a greater 

self-confidence and the ability to be more assertive. She 

feels that at an all-female institution you realize that you 

are truly in control of your destiny and you can go as far 

as you are willing to dream. Vanessa's words to 

Meredith women are, "Get involved in as many 

activities as your schedule will allow. You can't 

make a difference if you are not involved. 

College is a time to grow and learn. Seize the 

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In 1 952, Wilda Brown received a B.A. 

in Music Education and Piano from Berea 

College in Kentucky. After graduation she 

worked as a private piano teacher, a public school 

music educator in Illinois and North Carolina and as a 

church choral director for many years. However, she wanted 

to continue her education, and at age 52 she was one of the 

first women to be accepted into the Master's of Music program 

at Meredith College. 

Working for her master's taught her the value of risking oneself for 

a desired goal and having the patience to achieve it. Dr. David Lynch, 

Mr. James Clyburn and Dr. James Fogle were very influential and 

encouraging teachers during her education. She is thankful they had 

confidence in her as a student who not only had five children but also a 

full teaching load of private students. Completing her degree, Wilda wrote 

a thesis paper and performed a master's recital. The recital was a personal 

achievement for her since she had not performed from memory in 30 years. 

After she received her degree in 1 989, she was invited to join the adjunct 

faculty at Meredith. As a teacher she says, "My association with the quality 

staff, faculty and students at Meredith College has been a constant source of 

satisfaction and inspiration. Meredith colleagues have served as professional 

role models for me." 

Wilda remains active outside of her involvement with Meredith. She continues to 
maintain a private studio and has been adjudicator for various piano competitions 
both locally and statewide, worked as an accompanist for choral groups and 
professional soloists, and performed with other professional pianists. One summer 
she was asked by Dr. Fogle to help host the Music Teachers National Association's 
Regional Music competitions at Meredith. During this three-day event, she worked 
directly with Regional Director Dr. Paul Stewart from UNC-G. She reaped many 
rewards from her involvement with this event, including getting better acquainted 
with many local and state professional musicians and being asked to be on the 
NCMTA board. Wilda is very proud of the two positions she has held on the 
NCMTA board, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Raleigh Music Club 

and having been elected president of the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association 

from 1992-1994. 

The experience and confidence Wilda gained from her involvement with 

Meredith College and other community activities has carried over to other 

areas of her life. This is particularly true in dealing with the problems facing 

her son David and other NC citizens with developmental disabilities. In part 

because of her personal persistence, but also because of her increased 

credentials as an adjunct professor at Meredith, she was able to have her 

voice heard at O'Berry Center, where she was appointed to the Human 

Rights Committee. She became active in the Mental Retardation 

Association and was appointed to a State Advisory group that works 

directly with the Department of Human Resources. Achieving her 

master's in music at Meredith and all the experiences that came 

with it opened many doors for Wilda, including taking on more 

professional positions and passing on knowledge to her own 

students. She feels that Meredith provides students with the 

opportunities to explore and develop their own potential. 

Her advice to Meredith students is to not be afraid to 

take risks. "Take advantage of being part of the 

Meredith community to grow personally and 

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Elaine Buxton earned a degree in business 

administration from the University of North 

Carolina in 1983 and, in 1993 took her 

Masters in Business Administration from Meredith 

College. Attending Meredith opened many doors for 

Elaine both in her career and community involvement. 

Living in Frankfurt, Germany, from 1984-1986, Elaine 
was the Operations Manager at Wedgwood China 
Marketing, Ltd. There she managed distribution, training, 
buying and administration for the company. In 1 987, Elaine 
returned to North Carolina and joined Confero, Inc. in Cary. 
She is now the Executive Vice President of this marketing firm. 
The company was named "Small Business of the Year" in 1 990 
by the Cary Chamber of Commerce, "Best Business" in 1 994 by 
the Triangle Directory of Women-owned Businesses and has been 
featured in magazines, newspapers and news broadcasts. Elaine is 
very proud to have been a part of this company from the beginning. 
Extending her knowledge of the professional work world back to 
Meredith students, Elaine has been involved with Merediths business 
mentoring program, which places students with professional women 
who meet with the students and involve them in professional activities. 
Elaine has not only been a mentor, but from 1993-94 took on the 
task of chairing the program, a position she found both challenging 
and rewarding. 

As an evening student at Meredith, Elaine was concerned that a few of 

the student services were unavailable to her. This concern led to her 

involvement and the organization of the Broyhill Leadership Advisory 

Committee. From there, Elaine was recommended for Merediths Board 

of Associates, which she was on from 1 993-97. Elaine has been on 

Meredith's Board of Trustees since January 1998. She is also 

involved in the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Steering 

Committee for Year 2000, Re-Accreditation Study, and the Southern 

Association of Colleges and Schools. One of her most memorable 

accomplishments was being on the Board of Directors of Life 

Experiences, Inc. She is also on the Cary Chamber of Commerce 

Board of Directors. 

Achieving her masters degree was a stepping stone to new 

opportunities for Elaine. She feels that her years at Meredith 

elevated the meaning of her work. She remembers Becky 

Oatsvall as "without a doubt the best teacher I've personally 

encountered as a student. She taught me a lot while treating 

me like a valuable colleague." Elaine also remembers Rose 

Lippard and James Crew as supportive and inspirational 

teachers. Her advice to Meredith women is to "take 

advantage of every single opportunity of what's 

offered at Meredith. Every facet of Meredith is set 

up to be student-friendly so find an interest and 

pursue it on campus." 




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At the age of 50, Judith 
Norman Hogan graduated 
from Meredith with a degree in 
music. Prior to her time at the 
college, she received her teaching 
degree at North Carolina Central 
University. But her lifelong love of 
music was so strong that she took the 
risk of taking a loan on her house to 
pursue her goals at Meredith. Being a 
full-time teacher at Immaculata in 
Durham, N.C., a student, and a single 
parent to an autistic son has been an 
incredible challenge for Ms. Hogan. But 
her faith in God and belief that life has a 
"purpose and a pattern" were the forces 
that inspired and drove her. Judith worked 
at Immaculata for 1 3 years teaching music. 
She always volunteered to help with every 
student music production and loved to see 
the children getting into character. She felt 
like she was able to pass on her passion for 
music to them. A piano and voice teacher, 
she influenced many young students. 

Many of her students went on to the North 

Carolina School of the Arts. One of them, 

Micah Sam, plays in a local band and is 

minoring in music at UNC-Chapel Hill. He 

is just one example of the many lives she 

has touched. Judith is a woman strong in 

faith and a commitment to giving to 

others. She is remembered fondly by 

the staff, students and parents at 

Immaculata. She now lives in Union, 

South Carolina, where she can be 

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