Save the date!

If your class year ends in 0 or 5, mark your calendar for Reunion Weekend, Friday, May 29, through Sunday, May 31, 2015. Members of classes 1964 and earlier, the 1908 Society, are also invited. Look for details online at … [Read more...]

Books by UMW Alumni

A Kind of Dream: Stories Kelly Cherry ’61 In these interlinked stories, five generations of an artistic family explore the ups and downs of life – fame, death, self-destruction, love, parenthood, and the excitement of making good art. Cherry, a former poet laureate of Virginia, has previously published 21 books, nine chapbooks, and two translations of classical drama. – University of Wisconsin Press, Terrace Books, May 2014   Seasons of Sharing: A Kasen Renku Collaboration Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda ’69 with Joyce Brinkman and others Former Virginia poet laureate Kreiter-Foronda and former Indiana poet laureate Joyce Brinkman have produced this poetry collection in partnership with Kae Morii of Japan, Gabriele Glang of Germany, Flor Aguilera Garcia of Mexico, and Catherine Aubelle of France. The poems explore events of global significance such as the Arab Spring, climate change, and urban violence. – Leapfrog Press, September 2014   The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing … [Read more...]


Phyllis Quimby Anderson ’44, who lost her daughter Harriet Scott “Scotty” Brockenbrough ’49, who lost her sister Betty Davies Morie ’56, who lost her husband Elizabeth “Bettie” Beckham Gentry ’58, who lost her husband Anne Maureen Conner Hall ’58, who lost her husband Terry Eagles Dow ’60, who lost her husband Sylvia Garland Wickwire ’61, who lost her husband Mary Chambers Hodnett Minozzi ’62, who lost her husband Marilyn Jorgensen ’64, who lost her husband Ruth Hill Simmons ’64, who lost her husband Jackie Williams Towler ’64, who lost her husband Mary Grace Wright Day ’66, who lost her husband Roberta James East ’66, who lost her mother Kathleen Crawford Hoffman ’66, who lost her mother Meg Livingston Asensio ’68, who lost her mother Sandra Sayre ’70, who lost her daughter Frances D. McDonald ’71, who lost her mother Daniel Hudson ’82, who lost his wife Joni Dodd Libglid ’85, who lost her son Karen Berkheimer Morton ’95, who … [Read more...]

In Memoriam

Anne Katherine Donnelly McAllister ’36 Agnes Purks Glasco ’38 Pauline “Polly” Jamison Cooper ’40 Isabelle Gregory Vickers ’40 Lucy Kent Crockett Dennison ’41 Helen Horwitz Jerome ’41 Mary Brosius Nihart ’41 Marion Burroughs Trusch ’41 May Joe Craig ’43 Josephine “Jo” Baron DeShazo ’44 Virginia Armstrong Longerbeam ’44 Hazel Strong Morris ’44 Ruth McDaniel Potts ’44 Martha Scott Rogers ’44 Carolyn Compton ’45 Ruth Hurley Nicholson ’45 Hilda Chrisman Pendleton ’45 Marguerite Dameron Albert ’46 Mattie N. Gibson ’46 Jeanne Veazey McDonald ’46 Virginia Hare Skord ’46 Julia “Cutie” Bridges Wcislo ’46 Dorothy Lescure Berryman ’47 Martha Peterson Peters ’47 Geraldine Harvey Richardson ’47 Elizabeth “Betty” Bennett Ferguson ’48 Mary-Sue Dunaway Jones ’48 Gloria Lee Stringer Meyer ’48 Peggy Tuck Middleton ’48 Thomas Purkins ’48 Edith “Edie” Massie Warner ’48 Lucretia “Lucy” Vance Gilmer ’49 Cecil … [Read more...]

Bravo, Chef!

Fans of the Bravo reality cooking competition Top Chef got to witness the culinary chops of George Pagonis ’05. The show’s 12th season, filmed in Boston, began Oct. 15. Pagonis is executive chef and partner at Washington, D.C.’s Kapnos, the first Greek restaurant of celebrity chef Mike Isabella. Pagonis came to the restaurant in 2013 after having served as chef de cuisine at Isabella’s Graffiato, also in Washington. He has also worked in fine-dining restaurants in New York. After earning a degree in business administration at Mary Washington, Pagonis got a degree from the Culinary Institute of America. His first restaurant experience was at his father’s diner, The Four Seasons, in Alexandria, Virginia. … [Read more...]

Poet of Visual Arts

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts have named Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda ’69 the winner of the second annual Art in Literature: Mary Lynn Kotz Award. The award recognizes an outstanding book on the theme of visual artists or art. Kreiter-Foronda won for a book of poetry, The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, published in 2013. She was one of five finalists. Kreiter-Foronda studied English at Mary Washington and received its 2007 distinguished alumnus award. She was Virginia poet laureate from 2006-2008 and holds two master’s degrees and a doctorate from George Mason University. She received the award and spoke about her work and the art that inspired her at a ceremony in Richmond on Oct. 7, in conjunction with the Library of Virginia’s weeklong Virginia Literary Festival.   … [Read more...]

Marshall Center Names CEO

Patricia “Pat” Magee Daly ’73 has been named president and chief executive officer of the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Daly, who studied English and has been an attorney and business owner, aims to expand the center’s education and community outreach programs. She had been the Marshall Center’s executive director since 2011. Daly holds a law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and a master of laws degree in securities regulation from Georgetown University Law School. She has been a law firm partner and president of a finance company, and has held executive positions in businesses and nonprofits. … [Read more...]

Animator Gets Emmy Nod

Alexander Cardia ’07 received a news and documentary Emmy nomination for his animation and design work on the PBS production Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle. Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, Superheroes is “the first documentary to examine the dawn of the comic book genre and its powerful legacy,” according to PBS. Cardia, who studied English, conceived all visual elements for the three-part series, including 2-D and 3-D animations, titling, and backgrounds. The news and documentary Emmys were awarded Sept. 30. … [Read more...]

Give It Your Best Shot

The snow started overnight Sunday, Jan. 7, 1996, and didn’t let up for two full days. By the time the Blizzard of ’96 ended, the East Coast was shut down from North Carolina to Maine, and the Mary Washington campus lay beneath 21 inches of snow. The mammoth storm meant canceled classes – and a perfect occasion to slide down the hill behind Brent House. With sleds in short supply, one student turned a silver platter into an upscale ride. Can you help us identify the innovative sledder in this Barry Fitzgerald photo from Jan. 8, 1996? Leave a comment with your thoughts. Or send an email with “Get the Picture” in the subject line to You Got It! Thanks to Helen Tracy Totura ’43, we know one of the three “cheerful pie-making girls” featured in the last Get the Picture challenge in the spring 2014 UMW Magazine. Helen identified Alice Burton Chappell ’43, her suitemate in her second year, as the baker kneeling in the foreground. Alice, a home economics major, passed … [Read more...]

Kudos, UMW!

UMW has again raked in national accolades for its undergraduate and graduate programs. U.S. News & World Report listed UMW among the top five public universities in the South. Washington Monthly magazine included UMW as one of only two Virginia schools in its top 25 colleges, based on contributions to the public good. And Forbes, Money Magazine, and The Princeton Review all rate UMW among the best universities in their college guidebooks. … [Read more...]