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October 2012

Happy returns

The Quad gave Maureen Turner Vandiver '61 a sense of place. And now she, like many others, has given back to keep that sense alive for others.

The newly refurbished Quad buildings will hold memories for generations of students to come.

The newly refurbished Quad buildings will hold memories for generations of students to come.

“It was a special place,” she said. “Everyone was so welcoming.”

Many of her lasting memories stem from people. After her freshman year in Cotten, she returned to the Quad her junior year to live with Mary Lib Manning Slate and serve as assistant house president in Bailey.

Maureen and Mary Lib still keep in touch. “We're still best friends,” she said.

Their house mother, Lucy Terrell White, provided invaluable help.

“She was not only a friend, but a mentor,” Maureen said. “She was someone to talk to, and she was a good listener.”

The three women would meet many evenings after lights out to solve whatever problems had arisen that day. Lucy T always had snacks.

“She was there for us. We just loved her.”

The young women in the building would sometimes play pranks — such as the time they completely filled Maureen and Mary Lib's with newspapers over a holiday break.

“(Lucy T) laughed and just went on,” Maureen remembers.

When Maureen and Mary Lib heard about an opportunity to name some of the community spaces in the Quad after people, they knew they wanted to honor their house mother. They, along with their husbands, named the Bailey parlor the “Lucy T Parlor.”

Other people have named spaces in the Quad after people who made an impact on their lives there. Brothers Ty '84, John '88 and Will Buckner '93, along with their parents, named the Bailey vestibule after beloved housekeeper Rose Murphy. Parks Freeze named the Cotten vestibule in honor of his grandmother, Anne Fulton Carter '21, who counseled students in South Spencer (1936-39), Cotten (1939-53) and Mendenhall (1953-65). Emily Herring Wilson '61 and Elinor Brandt Winn '61 named the Hinshaw vestibule in honor of their house mother, Nancy W. Melvin.

While several community spaces in the Quad bear the names of those who made a difference in students' lives through the years, more opportunities to name rooms, vestibules and other spaces are still available. Those levels range from $10,000 to $150,000. But all contributions, no matter the amount, are welcome.

Alumni have been asked to help raise $1 million for the Quad to renew it as a place with plenty of common areas to meet, gather and learn. Student fees help cover the costs of renovating the residence hall rooms, but not the community spaces. As of September, almost $600,000 had been raised.

To see more quotes from alumni about their Quad memories or to learn more about how to make a contribution, visit You can also contact Miriam Bradley at (336) 944-2778 or email

And don't forget — you're invited to a Quad re-dedication celebration Saturday, Nov. 3, at 12:30 p.m. inside the Quad gateway entrance at Shaw Residence Hall. Self-guided tours will be available in Shaw, Gray and Hinshaw after the celebration.





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