The Distinguished Alumna Award is given by the Alumnae Association Council to honor an alumna who embodies the core values of the School: respect, integrity, kindness, and service; and has honed a passion that she discovered while at Foxcroft and is sharing it with the world.
Whether this means an alumna is nominated for her expertise and accomplishment in her profession, or her contribution of positive, long-lasting change within her community, nominees are leading and inspiring others outside of the Foxcroft community.
Possible benchmarks for nominees include any of the following: demonstrating dedication through length of service; making an outstanding contribution to her chosen field or area of interest; receiving local or national recognition of achievement; and serving as a role model to others.
Alix “Axie” Clark Diana ’60, a compassionate woman who has spent her life in the service of helping others, was named the 2017 recipient of Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumnae Award Thursday (April 20) at the Senior Dinner at Covert. As Axie was unable to attend the event, she will receive her award next fall.
“A lengthy nomination was submitted for Axie, but one line clearly resonated with me,” said Alumnae Council President Amanda Hartmann Healy ’98 in announcing the award. “ ‘Axie has spent her life in the service of helping others, continually proving herself as an agent of change to any organization or community she aligns with.’ I believe the ability to be a successful agent of change should be held in the highest regard.”
*Editor's Note: Barbara Hartley Lord '41 passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, April 30, 2016. Though deeply saddened by the news, we are grateful that Mrs. Lord took joy in receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award and thankful that we were able to honor her lifetime of compassion and commitment. Our deepest sympathy is with her family at this time.
Honoring a devoted community leader, who was guided by her undersanding heart.
Barbara Hartley Lord '41, whose compassion, commitment and contributions to community changed the lives of some people and inspired charity in others, was named the 2016 recipient of Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumna Award Saturday (April 16) at a special luncheon in Engelhard Gymnasium.
NSA and State Department Pioneer “Sukie” Kuser is honored
Suzanne “Sukie” Kuser '49, a pioneer and power in the U.S. intelligence community during a distinguished 33-year career, was named the 2015 recipient of Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumnae Award Saturday (April 18) at the Senior Luncheon in Engelhard Gymnasium during Alumnae Weekend.
Dr. Suzanne (Suzy) Townsend Purrington '56, a professor emeritus of Chemistry at North Carolina State University loved and respected as much for her teaching expertise as for her research acumen, was named the 2011 recipient of Foxcroft School’s Distinguished Alumnae Award at Saturday (April 16) at a special luncheon in Engelhard Gymnasium.
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