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Alumnae Weekend Award Winners

Fern Karesh Hurst '64 Community Volunteer Award

Honors an alumna who exhibits outstanding volunteer and community service. In addition to serving as an Ashley Hall trustee, Ms. Hurst has served on the Goucher College Board of Trustees, the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning Board and the University of Pennsylvania Board of Overseers for the Graduate School of Fine Arts. She is also a past president of the Jewish Woman's Foundation of New York.

2012 Award Recipient:
Jane Lucas Thornhill '43

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Crandall Close Bowles '65 Professional Achievement Award

Honors an alumna who has achieved significant accomplishments in her profession. Mrs. Bowles is the Chief Executive Officer of Springs Industries, one of South Carolina's most prominent businesses and the second-largest Fortune 500 company in the state. Mrs. Bowles' leadership skills helped propel her from her initial position at Springs Industries as a financial analyst to her current position as CEO.

2012 Award Recipient:
Caroline Ragsdale '70

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Martha Rivers Ingram '53 Excellence in the Arts Award

Honors an alumna who has been recognized by her peers for outstanding work in the performing or visual arts. Mrs. Ingram has spent much of her life devoted to the arts and is well known for her support for and contributions to the arts community. The guiding force behind the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Mrs. Ingram has also served on the boards of renowned arts organizations such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. and Spoleto Festival, USA.

2012 Award Recipient:
Nancy Ricker Rhett '60

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Dewar Gordon Holmes ‘26 Distinguished Alumna Award

Honors an alumna who has demonstrated dedicated volunteer service to Ashley Hall. Mrs. Holmes was known for her high standard of service and played a pivotal role in the organization of the Ashley Hall Foundation upon the retirement of Miss McBee. Mrs. Holmes served as secretary of Ashley Hall’s Board of Trustees for over thirty years and gave countless hours to the School in her roles as faculty member, alumna, mother and grandmother.

2012 Award Recipient:
Anne Frances Bleecker '76

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