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Mary HayesMary's Reunion Legacy

Mary Jervis Hayes ’67 fell in love with Agnes Scott in 1960, when she attended her cousin Edith Towers’ commencement. “My cousin was such a role model for me,” she says, “that Agnes Scott stuck in my mind. I always had the feeling I would go there.”

“Agnes Scott absolutely met my expectations,” she said. Strong professors like Miriam Drucker and George P. Hayes, “with his gravelly voice and old tweed jacket,” shaped her experience, as did the lifelong friendships she shares with her cottage-mates, most of whom attended the Class of 1967’s 50th reunion in April 2017.

Mary had long had the intention of making a legacy gift. “I’ve been reading the materials Agnes Scott sends out over the last several years,” she said, “and my 50th reunion year was the logical time to do it.” Mary made plans for Agnes Scott in her will, and documented them using the non-binding Record of Gift Intention form.

Mary’s decision to document a legacy gift to Agnes Scott is a logical extension of her 35 consecutive years of annual giving. “It’s just like my annual gift,” she said, “but there will come a time when I’m not here to do that anymore.”

A dedicated volunteer, Mary co-chaired her class’s 50th Reunion party, and as the newly-elected 1967 class president, she’ll be planning their 55th reunion, too. Laughing, she said, “I thought the 55th reunion would be less elaborate, but we enjoyed ourselves so much we might do it all again!”

“I like the innovative things happening at the college, and this is one way I can continue my support.” Mary Jervis Hayes ’67


The Reaves FamilyReaves Family Values

For Lou Hill Reaves ’54 and daughter Carol Reaves Wilson ’82, Agnes Scott is a family tradition. Milton Candler, a founding board member of Agnes Scott, started a five generation mother-to-daughter line of Scotties including Claude Candler McKinney 1898, Caroline McKinney Hill Clarke ’27, Lou Hill Reaves ’54, Carol Reaves Wilson ’82, and Elizabeth C. Wilson ’09! In addition, Lou’s Aunt Louise McKinney served as professor of English for forty-six years, from 1891 to 1937.

Between the two of them, Lou and Carol have served the college for nearly 50 years. Carol served on the Parents Council from 2004 to 2009, and on the Alumnae Board from 2010 to 2016. Lou served several terms on the Board of Trustees and received the Outstanding Alumnae Award for Service to the College. Both have been class officers. And both joined the Frances Winship Walters Society.

Carol made Agnes Scott a beneficiary of her IRA, and Lou’s gifts to Agnes Scott include several charitable gift annuities. “My charitable gift annuities allow me to give back to the college, and are also a great investment for me,” said Lou. Through her charitable gift annuities, Lou receives an annual income guaranteed by the full assets of the college. Agnes Scott will be the beneficiary of the remainder.

Lou credits her sense of gratitude to her mom, Caroline McKinney Clarke ’27. “She is the source of gratitude in my life. Despite all her challenges, nothing ever knocked the gratitude out of her.”

“My mom has been a role model for me all my life,” said Carol. “She taught me how to save, manage and give from a very young age. My first allowance was a dime for me and a dime for the church. Giving was always part of our lifestyle. It’s really our family legacy.”

“Agnes Scott has meant so much to my family that I can never be thankful enough. Our relationship to Agnes Scott has been a gift.” Lou Hill Reaves ’54


Courtenay MillerNever Too Young

Courtenay Miller Dufour ’04 likes to be ready for anything. “I’m a planner!” she says cheerfully. “You just never know what might happen,” she says, “so you might as well be prepared.”

Armed with her Agnes Scott education and a law degree, Courtenay has a successful real estate career in New Orleans, a home and property, and shares a handsome Pekingese “four-legged child” with husband Brian. Now she has taken this preparedness one step further, and become one of the only 44 percent of American adults who have made a will.

One thing Courtenay made sure of in her will was to structure a legacy gift to Agnes Scott. As a passionate class fund chair, Courtenay has led the Class of 2004 to win the Mollie Merrick trophy for young alumnae participation eight times, and encourages her classmates to become members of the Fideles Society by making a gift every single year.

“Agnes Scott is truly a worthy place to support, and getting more so by the minute,” she says. “Every time I meet current students, they’re such global thinkers and achievers. They’re always asking ‘What can I do to impact the world?’ Amazing.”

“I’m one of Agnes Scott’s biggest cheerleaders. If I support Agnes Scott in life, why wouldn’t I make plans to keep doing it?” Courtenay Miller Dufour '04




Audrey GrantAudrey's Story

Growing up in the small town of Denmark, South Carolina, Dr. Audrey Grant ’77 had big dreams.

“I wanted to be a doctor and knew it would take hard work and money beyond my family’s finances,” said this emergency medicine physician from Chantilly, Virginia.

Thanks to scholarships, Audrey arrived at Agnes Scott in the fall of 1973 as a “little bit nerdy, slightly frightened” first-year “ready for something new.”

“From day one, I knew this was the perfect college for inspiration and learning — and not just in the classroom. An Agnes Scott education goes beyond the books.”

Today, Audrey feels the college has a crucial mission. “The world needs more voices of reason, and Agnes Scott has an important role to play in educating leaders on a global scale,” said Audrey.

“I want to make sure smart young women will always have their opportunity to learn and grow at Agnes Scott and become the leaders we need.”

Dr. Audrey Grant ’77 has included Agnes Scott in her will. Her charitable bequest is “a way to give back what Agnes Scott has given me. I want other young women to have their chance to be inspired.”




Judy ThompsonThompson Remembered on Rebekah Porch

Judith Earl Thompson ’75, who died in 2013, left a bequest of $1,500,000 to Agnes Scott “for the benefit of physical structures by honoring the college’s history and traditions.” Judy’s gift is helping renovate Rebekah Scott Hall, and the college will name the beautiful Rebekah porch in her memory.

“Judy was a creative and gifted artist, sculptor, photographer and glassblower,” remembers the late Susan Skinner Thomas ’74, Judy’s friend and executor. “Her kind, humble and gentle spirit did not prevent her from being fiercely loyal to her friends and chosen causes. She was passionate about Agnes Scott, and it has here that she felt secure and at peace.”

“Judy’s education and experience at the college inspired, empowered and emboldened her to become a unique and remarkable individual,” said Susan. “Her generous gift reflects her desire for other young women to share that same experience.”

Many alumnae will remember Judy, with her quiet presence, striking appearance and radiant smile, capturing in photography moments of friendship every year during Alumnae Weekend. The college is deeply grateful for her generous bequest.