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Charlotte Dean Smith Hill shared a memory after she read in Class Notes that Jane McCullough Smallwood was still dancing. “No one who knew her at Mary Washington would have been surprised,” Charlotte wrote. “I met her my first day in September 1944 at Virginia Hall, where we received our assignments for rooms off campus in Cornell Hall, a dorm converted from an apartment house. Janie was so lively and enthusiastic for dancing and music that day and all the four years that we were friends.”
Charlotte herself was spending time at home, keeping in touch with family and friends by phone or Zooming to meetings. She was glad she was able to travel with daughter Sara to England and Wales last fall, before COVID-19 struck.
Charlotte enjoys phone conversations with her former roommate, Marie Adams Griffith of Silver Spring, Maryland.
We were sad to learn that Lois Saunier Hornsby of Williamsburg, Virginia, passed away Aug. 26, 2020. She was a beloved alumna and an active member of the Mary Washington community.
She was president of her senior class and was the May Queen in 1948.
After graduation, she was very active in the Peninsula alumni chapter and helped plan several reunions. Lois served on the Mary Washington Foundation Board from 1985 to 2009, was the national chair for the Annual Fund in 1989, and received the Mary Washington Alumni Service award in 1998. She also served on the Alumni Board from 2000 to 2005 and was a longtime member of the UMW President’s Council and Heritage Society.
In addition to her decades-long commitment to Mary Washington, Lois advocated for education in the Williamsburg area. In recognition of her tenacious leadership in helping to desegregate public schools, she was honored in 2010 by the naming of the Lois S. Hornsby Middle School in Williamsburg.

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