Alumna Bequest Protects Agnes Scott’s Buildings, “Sense of Place”

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CampusJudith Earl Thompson ’75 has left a bequest of $1,500,000 to Agnes Scott “for the benefit of the physical structures by honoring the college’s history and traditions.”  Thompson’s gift will be used for renovations of Rebekah Hall, with a very small portion going toward noise abatement for the air conditioning system in Alston Campus Center.

“Judy was a creative and gifted artist, sculptor, photographer and glassblower,” remembers Susan Skinner Thomas ’74,  Thompson’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 was 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. She returned frequently to the campus to be nurtured and renewed amidst the academic Gothic surrounds and rich ‘sense of place.’ It was within this context of supportive friends, faculty and staff that Judy belonged. Her generous gift reflects her desire for other young women to share that same experience. We shall miss her quiet presence, striking appearance and radiant smile.”

“Many alumnae will remember Judy capturing in photographs moments of friendship every year during Alumnae Weekend,” said Rob Parker, Agnes Scott’s vice president for college advancement. “I recall quiet conversations with Judy on the steps of Rebekah Hall when she shared with me what her alma mater meant to her. She loved the outdoors and the beauty and tranquility of this campus.”

“Judy was creative, thoughtful, wise and compassionate and so reflected the qualities for which Agnes Scott women are known. The college is deeply grateful for her generous bequest and will use it to help renovate and transform Rebekah Hall. Agnes Scott is and will be a better institution for having had Judy Thompson as an alumna and a benefactor.”

On visits to Agnes Scott, Thompson would capture the campus beauty with her camera. She would often share her photos with the college, and many have been used in college communications.

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 social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.