Randolph '56 Receives Anne K. McGuire Award

Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees Saturday bestowed its highest honor -- the Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award — on Pickett Davis Randolph '56, a former member of the Board of Trustees and outstanding volunteer whose patented "Go Foxes!" greeting reflects her love of the School. A Bethesda, MD, resident and graduate of Wheaton College and the Naval War College, Randolph becomes the 28th recipient of the award.

The surprise presentation took place Saturday (April 14) at the Senior Class Luncheon, an event held annually during Reunion Weekend, at Foxcroft's Athletic/Student Center. Randolph was clearly stunned at the announcement of the honor by Board Chair Stuart D. Thayer and when her brother and his family walked in, but she was not rendered speechless. "Go Foxes!" she said as she took the podium.
The award, which was named in honor of the late Anne Kane McGuire '52, who led the Board of Trustees through some challenging years, was given to Randolph, Thayer said, "for a lifetime of dedicated service." A Baltimore native, Randolph served on Foxcroft's Board for 18 years and has been chair of her Class's Reunion every five years since graduation. She was a Major Gifts Volunteer for the School's Gateways to Excellence Campaign and is now co-chair of the Memory Committee for Foxcroft's upcoming Centennial celebration.

She returns to campus often, to be a career day participant, as a speaker at the Senior dinner or lunch, to work with community members on the the Myers Briggs Personal Type Inventory, and for many special events. 

Beyond Foxcroft, numerous organizations have benefitted from Pickett's "understanding heart," which has led her to work with the District of Columbia Rape Crisis Center, the District of Columbia Women’s Jail, the Humane Society, and at the National Gallery of Art as a docent. After graduation from Wheaton, Randolph went to work for the CIA and, in 1982, she was awarded an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College — one of just eight women and two civilians among of her class of 360.

"Pickett has more than responded to the challenge of her greatest mentor, Miss Charlotte. Living and breathing 'To whom much is given, much is expected,' " Thayer read from the citation awarded to Randolph.

Indeed, when Randolph took the microphone, she, too, quoted Miss Charlotte -- albeit after her usual "Go Foxes!" cheer — "Miss Charlotte told me, 'You can do whatever you want, Pickett. You can be whatever you want. But in order to get your best, you must give your best.' That advice has guided me through life."

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