Diane Fowler Hatch, professor emerita of classics

Diane Fowler Hatch, professor emerita of classics, died Oct. 13, 2018. She was 76. Born April 23, 1942, in Savannah, Georgia, she was a graduate of Sweet Briar College and held a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she began teaching Latin and classics at Mary Washington in 1966. She resigned in 1968 to pursue a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill but was recruited back to the Fredericksburg campus in 1972. Dr. Hatch completed her dissertation in 1974. With a Mary Washington colleague, Elizabeth A. Clark, Dr. Hatch co-edited The Golden Bough, The Oaken Cross: The Virgilian Cento of Faltonia Betitia Proba. Dr. Hatch was a founding member of what is now the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion. She retired in 2000. … [Read more...]

William Conrad Pinschmidt Jr.

William Conrad Pinschmidt Jr., professor emeritus of biological sciences, died Oct. 7, 2018, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg. He was 91. Born Oct. 30, 1926, he grew up in Ohio and served in the Navy during World War II. He used the GI Bill to attend Mount Union College in Ohio, and earned a master’s degree from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from Duke University. Dr. Pinschmidt taught at Mary Washington for 33 years, retiring in 1987. He and his first wife, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Biological Sciences Mary W. Pinschmidt, were well-respected by students and colleagues. Dr. Mary Pinschmidt passed away in 1998. Besides teaching on campus, Dr. Pinschmidt spent many summers teaching marine biology in Deltaville, Virginia, on the Chesapeake Bay. He was a world traveler, a co-founder of Fredericksburg’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, a singer in many local groups, and a prolific performer in dinner theater productions. Wife Ogaenia … [Read more...]


CONDOLENCES Elizabeth Simms Hayes ’50, who lost her husband Marceline “Marcy” Weatherly Morris ’50 and Elmer “Juney” Morris Jr. ’50, who lost their granddaughter Mildred Foley Crouch ’52, who lost her sister Christine Harper Hovis ’55, who lost her husband Meredith Puller Townes ’57, who lost her husband Helen Grantz Fortner ’57, who lost her brother Barbara Craft Grantz ’57, who lost her husband Gloria Winslow Borden ’59, who lost her sister Lynne Williams Neave ’61, who lost her husband Ellen Gotwalt Willing ’61, who lost her husband Kathy Clark Wray ’62, who lost her husband Helen-Thomas Ritchey Donnelly ’64, who lost her husband Madeline Sue Rouzie Townsend ’65, who lost her husband Elizabeth Morgan Golladay ’68, who lost her husband Mary King Ives ’74, who lost her sister Terrie Martin Dort ’77, who lost her husband Anna Geisler Hogan ’82, who lost her father Betsy Rohaly Smoot ’82, who lost her father Anne Baber … [Read more...]


IN MEMORIAM Dorothy Martin Krewatch ’39 Janet Patterson Lefferts ’39 Sylvia Garfinkel Carmel ’40 Elizabeth Hall Lundy ’40 Sally Phillis Blanchet ’42 Marion Marjorie Burgess Parce ’42 Elizabeth Taylor Wetsel ’42 Evelyn Rowlett DuPriest ’43 Bessie Paxson Etheridge ’43 Agnes Constantine Specia ’43 Hazel E. Jeffries ’44 Elizabeth Helvestine Reinhardt Schmidt ’44 Virginia Hazelwood Snellings ’44 Alva Jenks McLemore Allen ’45 Ann White Leonard ’45 June Reamy Maxwell ’46 Marjorie Preissen Morgan ’46 Marjorie Hatch Ritter ’46 Marion Brooks Robinson ’46 Diana M. Tansill ’46 Judith Davis Clardy ’47 Katherine Knight Collins ’47 Marian Butler Conrad ’47 Helen Robertson Creekmore ’47 Aileen Robbins Heflin ’47 Anne Lawson Hoover ’47 Celene E. Idema ’47 Nancy Odin McIntyre ’47 Willie Lee Nichols Rose ’47 Mary Lee Payne Nangeroni ’48 Catherine Newton McGahey ’49 Anne Byrd Pitcher ’49 Katherine Mayo … [Read more...]

From Your Alumni Board President

Greetings, Mary Washington is still the thriving academic and social community that we enjoyed as students. What can we do as alumni to ensure that this success continues? President Troy Paino met with university faculty and staff at the beginning of the semester, reminding them of the power of a liberal arts education to address our society’s issues and challenging them to examine their role in that effort. We alums have a role to play as well: Promoting our university and encouraging top students to apply; connecting with other alums at reunions and regional network events; hiring students as interns or employees; providing scholarships and endowments for students and faculty; nominating outstanding alumni for our annual awards; and supporting the Fund for Mary Washington to advance the Alumni Association’s efforts to provide benefits and events for all 40,000 of us. Please get involved in some way. We want to ensure that all alumni have a voice in the future of our alma … [Read more...]

Alumni Awards

Winners of the 2018 Alumni Awards were announced during Reunion Weekend, June 1-3. Ann Simpson Brackett ’69 earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award. After a career as an adjunct professor of statistics and research methodology at Northeastern University, and as an evaluator of national, state, and local educational programs and services for WestEd, Brackett retired in 2009. She then co-founded Women and Girls Thriving in Brookline, a collective impact program in Massachusetts that assists nearly 90 women and girls living in poverty. Gayle Weinberger Petro ’79 received the Frances Liebenow Armstrong ’36 Service Award for her enthusiastic work on behalf of alumni and current students. She has served on the Alumni Board for 10 years, is a member of the Heritage Society, and is the representative for the Jeannine Mary Pfeifle ’79 Memorial Scholarship. Petro has served on two reunion committees and has designated part of her estate to UMW for scholarship funds. Erik Johnston ’03 was … [Read more...]

Alumni Events

Alumni in Leesburg                       *** On the Road in Britain                       *** 1908 Society at Commencement     … [Read more...]

Scenes From Reunion Weekend

Alumni gathered on campus for Reunion Weekend, June 1 to 3, 2018. … [Read more...]

Homecoming Highlights

UMW Homecoming was Saturday, Oct. 20. The weekend included men’s and women’s soccer, a concert on Ball Circle, an alumni happy hour, brunch with faculty faves, women’s and men’s rugby, and tailgating while cheering for Eagles athletes.   … [Read more...]

Coveted Science Grant Goes to 2013 Grad

Robert Higgins ’13 was chosen from hundreds of applicants for one of only six 2018 NatureNet Science fellowships. The Nature Conservancy program selects promising early-career scientists for two-year fellowships focusing on challenges associated with climate change. Higgins, who received a doctorate in chemistry from Colorado State University, will research rare earth ions at the University of Pennsylvania with Associate Professor of Chemistry Eric Schelter. Rare earth elements are used for technologies such as data storage and wind turbines, but current techniques of purification and separation are environmentally damaging. Higgins will investigate new methods to separate rare earths from waste materials and minerals in an environmentally friendly, single-step process using their intrinsic magnetic properties. At Mary Washington, Higgins received an Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 and James D. Rodgers Student Research Fellowship in chemistry. He worked with Associate Professor of … [Read more...]