Dedication & Memorial Trees


Since opening its doors in 1889, Agnes Scott College has changed the lives of generations of young women. Fellow students, staff members, and faculty all contribute to the richness of each young woman’s college experience. In particular, alumnae are able to recall their favorite professors long after crossing the stage at graduation.

The Ginkgo you see before you was planted in memory of Dana Professor of Music Emeritus Ronald L. Byrnside, who taught at Agnes Scott from 1975 to 2000. Byrnside was the author of such publications as Music in Eighteenth-Century Georgia and Music: Sound and Sense, but it is his teaching for which he is remembered. Donations from alumnae of London Fog, a vocal jazz ensemble directed by Byrnside, made this planting possible.

Planting memorial and honorary trees has been a long tradition throughout the world. The Arbor Day Foundation states that planting a tree in memory of someone “can inspire energy, faith, devotion, and courage and carry forward the name of those memorialized in a living, vital way that grows grander with the years.” Tree plantings are one way that Agnes Scott College celebrates the service of its many exceptional faculty and staff.

Enjoy London Fog’s recording of the song “Embraceable You,” performed at Byrnside’s memorial service, as you reflect on all those who have made your walk through life remarkable.