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Alumnae Achievement Awards

The Alumnae Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who personifies the value of a liberal arts education and who has brought honor to herself and to the College through her outstanding accomplishments.

Nominations

E-mail or write to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni, by March 1, with the name of your nominee, her class year, and the reasons she is worthy of this distinction.

Recent Recipients

2012

On Saturday, September 15, we celebrated the accomplishments of Lynn Hume Stuart '60 and Lois Combs Weinberg '65 at the annual Alumnae Achievement Awards.

Read the 2012 Remarks

For four decades, Lynn Hume Stuart '60 has contributed her time and talents in service to R-MWC, Randolph College, and the Lynchburg community. She has served as a leader in the Alumnae and Alumni Association and as a docent at the Maier Museum of Art. As a College trustee for 10 years, she focused on buildings and grounds projects and coordinated the development of the College's Facilities Master Plan. A history major with a knack for thorough research and conscientious organization, Lynn owned and operated a tour and travel company for 11 years with another Lynchburg alumna. Lynn is a tireless and thoughtful volunteer who, through her passion for community outreach, art, architecture, and travel, has touched many with her gifts as a facilitator and leader.

Lois Combs Weinberg '65 is devoted to community action. She has spent 30 years tutoring children with learning differences and advocating for the parents and students. Beginning with an after school program, she recognized a broader need, garnered financial and legislative support, and founded a full-time school for dyslexics which operated for 19 years and served six counties in eastern Kentucky. Currently, she is director of a non-profit institute that helps school teachers and administrators identify and remediate struggling learners with dyslexic characteristics.

2011

The College honored Dot Orgill Kirsh '55 and Rie Meriwether Godsey '77 as the 2011 Alumnae Achievement Award recipients on Saturday, September 17th.

Read the 2011 remarks

For decades Dot Orgill Kirsh '55 has volunteered, supported, and recruited others so that the fine arts and culture flourish in Memphis. She has been a docent animal presenter at the Memphis Zoo for over 10 years, working on zoo camps and education sessions for underprivileged youth, accompanying student groups, and teaching others as she cares for zoo animals. She uses her persuasive talents to bring professional dance companies to Memphis to enliven the theatre scene. Dorothy has made a difference in her community by using her liberal arts education and philanthropy as her lens on the world.

An economics major first intent on a career in banking, Rie Meriwether Godsey '77 applied her love of serving others and followed her entrepreneurial intuition to found Meriwether Godsey, a residential school dining service and catering company in 1985. Her philosophy on food service--think of every meal like a catered event--has differentiated her company significantly from others in the industry so that it now services 30 locations employing over 500 people in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, and Pennsylvannia with creative, wholesome menus, often influenced by locally-grown and seasonal foods.

2010

Alumnae from several decades, faculty, and over 70 students attended the awards presentation held on Saturday, September 11, 2010 to honor Suzanne Savedge Wescoat '64 and Kathy Brown '76

Read the 2010 introductions and remarks

2009

Randolph College recognized two outstanding alumnae on Saturday, September 19, 2009, with the Alumnae Achievement Awards. Read the 2009 remarks

Mary Martin Davis Bowen '57, a community leader in education, local and national politics, and in nature conservation and preservation in her home state of Georgia, outlined in her entertaining acceptance remarks, "It's okay to say okay."

Meg Green Maguire '65 was recognized for her leadership in preservation and conservation of the natural and built environments. Her reflections, titled "Community in Place", she encouraged the Randolph students and faculty to engage in their community, wherever that may be--on campus, in their neighborhood or in the larger region, paying attention to the small details.

 

 

2008

In a presentation held on September 20 in Smith Hall Theatre, Renie Ferguson Steves '58, an international culinary consultant, and Laura Geisel Sullivan '74, a pathologist and hematologist, were each awarded the 2008 Alumnae Achievement Award. Introductions were given by President John Klein, followed by gracious remarks by both of the recipients. Read the 2008 remarks

2007

On Saturday, September 15, 2007, President Klein recognized the 2007 Alumnae Achievement Award recipients: Dorothy Johnson Lee '48, Faye Crawford Cooper '74, and Stephanie
Pope '75.
 Read the 2007 introductions and remarks

2006

The Awards were presented Saturday, September 16, 2006. Alumnae recognized were: Betsy Kerr Hay '65 and Marcia Y. Riggs '80, and Virginia Muller Shapard '57 . Read the 2006 introductions and remarks

 

 

2005

Alumnae, students, faculty, and community members convened to witness the 2005 Alumnae Achievement Awards ceremony in Smith Hall Theatre September 17. Honored were Susan Kelly Blue-Zeig ’66 , Kathy Morland Hammitt ’74 , and Virginia “Ginger” Hill Worden ’69.