Why We Give to Mary Baldwin University
Katherine Early "Kay" Dougherty '65 attended Mary Baldwin College (now Mary Baldwin University) during a turbulent time in United States history, from the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. to increasing U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Through all the dissonance, Mary Baldwin was her anchor, her safe haven. It has been 50 years since Kay graduated from the little college on the hill, but her pride and gratitude have not diminished. "After 50 years, I believe Mary Baldwin is the place that prepared us more than anything else for what we would go on to face in our lives," she said. Honoring the role Mary Baldwin played in shaping her into the woman she is today, she made a bequest that will support an academic scholarship for young women studying mathematics.
Mary Baldwin has family ties for Kay. Her mother attended in the 1930s and her twin sister joined her in donning the class colors of lavender and white in 1961. Kay majored in mathematics - an uncommon field for a woman at the time - but she felt empowered to take risks and follow her passion. When she and her husband updated their will, it felt natural to support other young women who challenge traditional expectations. "A bequest says so much about your faith in the institution. Dollars don't just pay for things - they represent a deep confidence in the mission," she said. "I believe in Mary Baldwin, and I am investing in future students who will pursue their dreams."