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Mary Washington taught History at what was then Howard College while I was a student. Possessed only of an MA, she epitomized the best of the “junior lecturer” tradition. She was widely read and traveled and displayed a love of learning on the one hand and an iron will that balanced that love on the other. Students found her immensely accessible while immensely knowledgeable—a powerful combination. Perhaps most significantly of all, she wedded her equanimity to the most pleasant of personalities. To contact her was to feel bathed in grace. To see her anywhere on campus was to see her smile.



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