Gano Evans, Mary Jo Parrish, Retired Lt. Col. Fred Thomas “Tom” Whitman, and Corrine Nelson Woodard.

Gano Evans, who chaired what was the Mary Washington College Department of Business Administration in the 1990s, died Aug. 18, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born in Denver, Dr. Evans earned a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in management and marketing from the University of Washington. He taught undergraduate and graduate students at Mary Washington and many other institutions over his 45-year career. A talented jazz musician, Dr. Evans played saxophone and clarinet. Known in Fredericksburg as “Dr. Daddy-O,” he played and sang with the Fredericksburg Big Band and served as its master of ceremonies. He also was “widely recognizable around town in his flashy red convertible,” according to Dr. William B. Crawley’s University of Mary Washington: A Centennial History. Wife Beverly, two sisters, five children, eight grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter survive … [Read more...]

In Memoriam and Condolences

IN MEMORIAM Mary Strange Jones ’35 Virginia Dickenson Morgan ’39 Virginia Lewis Dalton ’40 Aileen Louise Farmer Bennett ’41 Grace Christian Pannill Kelley Chapman ’41 Mildred Donaldson Rolander ’41 A. Isabel Gordon Swift ’42 Jewel Spencer Martin ’43 Barbara Smith Miles ’43 Marjorie Anderson Wagstaff ’43 Merle Updike Davis ’44 Anne Benner Gee ’44 Elizabeth Cumby Murray ’44 Elinor McClellan Cox DeCamp ’45 Marie LaBonte Presco ’45 Carolyn Ford Duncan ’46 Ada Newton Green ’46 Sue Hickerson Jett ’46 Elaine Winston Martin ’46 Lois Anderson ’47 Carolyn Jones August ’47 Kenneth R. Pullen ’47 Helen Lowe Eliason ’48 Gwendolyn Simmons Meredith ’48 Virginia Elizabeth Roberson ’48 Betty Meade Thornton ’48 Sarah Elizabeth Phelps Beard ’49 Dorothi Matheney Blake ’49 Patsy Jones Chewning ’49 Anne Byrd Pilcher ’49 Cornelia Avery Stone ’49 Patricia Head Ferguson ’50 Nancy Herring Stuart ’50 Alford R. Taylor ’50 Margaret Shropshire … [Read more...]

2018 Volunteer Leadership Summit

More than 80 alumni, parents, and student volunteer leaders representing 12 UMW boards, councils, and organizations attended a two-day leadership summit on campus in January. The summit focused on leadership development, networking, and best practices.  … [Read more...]

Italy on the Road

Alumni and friends traveled through Italy as part of the Mary Washington Alumni on the Road program. Marjorie Och, professor of art and art history, accompanied the group and offered lectures and insights. … [Read more...]

December Graduates Reception

The Alumni Association hosted a reception for students completing their coursework in December. Pictured from left are Professor of Economics Steve Greenlaw, Jennifer Price, Pablo Castillo Vasquez ’18, and Felipe Oyarzun Moltedo. … [Read more...]

Charlottesville Network

The Charlottesville Network enjoyed an interactive presentation, The Science of Positive Psychology, with Miriam Liss and Holly Hollomon Schiffrin ’94, professors of psychological science. … [Read more...]

Homecoming 2017

Jessica Reingold ’15 and Gibran Parvez ’14 show their UMW colors at Homecoming 2017 in October.                 More than 500 alumni joined UMW students to celebrate Homecoming 2017. … [Read more...]

Business Recognizes Its Best

The College of Business honored 11 alumni at its first-ever annual Business Alumni Awards event held last October in conjunction with Homecoming 2017. The college inducted three members into the Business Hall of Fame, named three Distinguished Business Alumni, and recognized five people with the Young Business Alumni Award. Hall of Fame inductees: Dave Carey ’96, president and founder of ROI Training Sue Meisinger ’74, former CEO of the Society of Human Resource Management Dan Wolfe ’84, media executive Distinguished Business Alumni Award recipients: Lou Marmo ’94, CEO of Liqui-Box Robert Strassheim ’96, vice president of business operations for Dickinson + Associates Sarah Gildersleeve Strassheim ’01 vice president of finance and operations, Americas region, for Merkle Young Business Alumni Award recipients: Andrew Blate ’04, president of Beautiful Home Services Bryan Campbell ’06, vice president of strategy and operations for ABS Technology Dan Clendenin ’07, … [Read more...]

Remembering Venus R. Jones

The following is an excerpt by Simpson Library Cataloging and Processing Assistant Sarah Appleby ’06. She wrote the original for The Spinning Wheel, the blog of UMW Special Collections and University Archives, to commemorate Black History Month. In 1968, Venus R. Jones became Mary Washington’s first African-American graduate. This year, on the 50th anniversary of her commencement, we have the opportunity to recognize an ambitious student who helped break down barriers at the University of Mary Washington. Venus Jones did not originally set her sights on attending Mary Washington College. Growing up in Petersburg, Virginia, she planned from an early age to attend the University of Virginia and become a doctor. However, when the time came for her to apply, U.Va. informed her that it would not accept a woman into its pre-med program. Instead, administrators directed her toward Mary Washington, which at the time was consolidated with U.Va as its liberal arts school for women. … [Read more...]

Books by alumni: Reign of the Fallen Sarah Glenn Peters Marsh ’10, M.Ed. ’11 Penguin Razorbill, January 2018 As a master necromancer in the kingdom of Karthia, teenage Odessa retrieves the souls of dead nobles from a dangerous shadow world. But a disturbing conspiracy reveals itself, and Odessa must untangle the plot that threatens the kingdom. The young adult novel is enlivened with an LGBT romance.       Lock & Load: Armed Fiction Edited by Deirdra McAfee and BettyJoyce Nash ’73 University of New Mexico Press, September 2017 Annie Proulx, Bonnie Jo Campbell, John Edgar Wideman, Noley Reid ’95, and other talented authors explore the American fascination with guns in these varied short stories. This thought-provoking collection moves beyond the polarized rhetoric surrounding firearms to spark genuine discussion. Editor BettyJoyce Nash will sign copies of the book during Reunion Weekend, June 1-3.       Book by … [Read more...]