Ruth Bedford ’32 Receives Anne Kane McGuire Distinguished Service Award

Benefactor becomes first posthumous recipient of Board of Trustees' highest honor

The Board of Trustees recently bestowed its highest honor — the Anne Kane McGuire ’52 Distinguished Service Award — on Ruth Thomas Bedford, a member of the Class of 1932 whose love for her alma mater led to a historic gift to the girls boarding and day school.

Bedford becomes the 29th recipient of the award and the first to be honored posthumously.
The presentation took place Friday, April 17, at a community-wide assembly of students, faculty, trustees, and alumnae visiting for Reunion Weekend. Board Chair Reggie Groves made the presentation, along with Head of School Catherine S. McGehee.
The Anne Kane McGuire Award, named in honor of the late Board of Trustees chairwoman, was given to Bedford, Groves said, “for being a shining example of strength, independence, and service to Foxcroft students and women around the world, and for inspiring us all to be true to ourselves, to follow our passions, and to make a difference in the world.” Bedford, who died last May just short of her 100th birthday, left the School $40 million in her will.

The McGuire Resolution for Bedford, which Groves read to the appreciative assembly, cited Bedford’s spunky personality, love of sports and devotion to service — all of which match fundamental characteristics of Foxcroft.

“By chance, Ruth Thomas Bedford was born the year that Foxcroft School was founded. By design, she embraced and reflected the characteristics and values of the School from which she graduated in 1932. And by choice, she forever changed her alma mater with an act of love and generosity unmatched in the history of girls’ schools,” reads the resolution, which can be read in its entirety here

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.