Barkley Boutell Henning ’73 Named Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumna 2021

Barkley Boutell Henning ’73 is a shining example of a Foxcroft Woman. Her compassion, motivation, work ethic, and wonderful sense of humor have made her an invaluable member of the Foxcroft community.
For many years Barkley has served on Foxcroft's Alumnae Council, and she continues to attend meetings and support decisions as one of four women in the School’s history honored with the distinction of Alumnae Council Emerita. Her support also extends to having served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee and Chair of the Celebration Committee for Foxcroft’s Centennial Weekend. She undertook moving mountains, (or more literally a few dozen trees) to make Centennial Weekend the rousing success we all dearly remember. To quote her nominator Liz Hanbidge ’00, “Barkley showed extreme grace under pressure and a cheerful attitude that serves as an example to us all.”
In addition to her many roles here at Foxcroft, in her personal life Barkley is dedicated to her family and many rescue animals. Barkley volunteers as a transporter of abandoned dogs from high kill shelters to various rescues and homes all over the country for organizations like “Furbaby Transport” and “I-81 Transport Group”. These organizations are most active in states with a high number of kill shelters, or puppy mills. Barkley has logged as many as 40,000 miles in one year!
Barkley volunteers to drive as many transports as she can—she once had 18 rescues lined up in a single weekend! In 2020, even as she adapted to life after brain surgery, and in the midst of COVID-19, she still logged over 7,000 miles! I can say with utmost certainty that Barkley Boutell Henning serves as a wonderful example to the Foxcroft community and is the embodiment of an understanding heart.
I hope you will join me in applauding this incredible alumna, mother, animal advocate, and friend!
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An all-girls boarding and day school in Northern Virginia, Foxcroft prepares young women in grades 9-12 for success in college and in life. Our outstanding academic program offers challenging courses, including Advanced Placement classes and an innovative STEM program. Our premiere equestrian program is nationally recognized, and our athletic teams have won conference and state championships. Experience the best in girls' boarding schools: visit Foxcroft.