A celebration of the life of Ruth Schmidt, President Emerita of Agnes Scott College, will be held on Wednesday, June 16, at 2 p.m. in the Julia Thompson Smith Chapel at Agnes Scott. Schmidt, the college’s first female president, passed away May 24 at the age of 79.
A reception will follow in the Woolford B. Baker Atrium of the Mary Brown Bullock Science Center.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorial contributions to Agnes Scott College’s Schmidt Scholars program, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, Augsburg College’s Women’s Resource Center, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (WAND) or Columbia Theological Seminary’s Christian Spirituality program.
Schmidt served as president of Agnes Scott from 1982 until 1994, ushering in many changes at the college. Among her priorities as president were international education for students and increased diversity among faculty and students. During her tenure the Julia Thompson Smith Chaplaincy was established.
Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location – offering myriad cultural and experiential learning opportunities. A diverse and growing residential community of scholars, this highly selective liberal arts and sciences college is known for its dynamic and challenging intellectual community. Encouraging students to engage the wider world through study abroad and presenting its curriculum with international context, Agnes Scott College delivers on its promise: The World. For Women.