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2020 Ashley Hall Distinguished Alumnae Award Winners

Announcing the 2020 Ashley Hall Distinguished Alumnae Award Winners! Please join us in congratulating these alumnae, who will be recognized as part of Alumnae Weekend 2021. We look forward to celebrating with everyone! 

Fern Karesh Hurst '64 Community Service Award

Given to an Ashley Hall alumna who exhibits outstanding volunteer and community service, this award honors Fern Karesh Hurst ’64.  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 Art.  She is a past president of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York.

Walker Pearce Maybank Buxton ’85

Mrs. Buxton’s passion for and commitment to healthcare and education across the Charleston community are evident in the nearly twenty organizations to which she has graciously given her time and efforts.

Her work at both the Medical University of South Carolina and Roper St. Francis Hospital has spanned more than a decade and includes having served as a board member and advisor, supporting fundraising, and increasing awareness of healthcare in the Charleson community.  In addition, she has volunteered her time with patients and families on the neuro floor at MUSC and the Spinal Clinic at Roper St. Francis Hospital. Mrs. Buxton has supported higher education through Clemson University’s Humanities Advancement Board and independent schools through Ashley Hall and Porter Gaud.  Most recently, she has served as a committee member and volunteer at Charleston Promise Neighborhood supporting four Title 1 schools in Charleston, including Mary Ford and Sanders-Clyde Elementary Schools. 

After having served as a member and board member of the Junior League of Charleston (JLC), she established the Henrietta F. Gaillard Fund at the Coastal Community Foundation. This endowed fund provides a permanent source of funding for the JLC’s leadership training activities.

Mrs. Buxton has also served as a member of Women Making a Difference, and as a volunteer at Cities in Schools, The Soup Kitchen, and The Franke Home.

She presently gives of her time as a MUSC Neuro Advisory Board member and a volunteer with the Coastal Community Foundation and the Grace Church Tea Room.  She has also recently spent time in India with Her Future Coalition to observe how they work with local agencies to create empowering environments where survivors of human trafficking can thrive and to teach girls to become the architects of their own lives.  Mrs. Buxton lives the Ashley Hall Hallmarks so beautifully. She is compassionate, purposeful, and worldly.  

Crandall Close Bowles '65 Professional Achievement Award

Given to an Ashley Hall alumna who exhibits outstanding achievement in her chosen profession, this award honors Crandall Close Bowles ’65.  Mrs. Bowles is the Chief Executive Officer for Springs Industries. Springs Industries is one of South Carolina’s most important businesses and is the second largest of the Fortune 500 companies in the state, with annual sales of more than $2 billion.  Mrs. Bowles’ leadership skills propelled her from her initial position as a financial analyst at Springs Industries to CEO.

Marsha Solomon Londe ’60

After 12 years at Ashley Hall and four at Newcomb College of Tulane University, Mrs. Londe was educated to succeed. She was an early achiever, receiving the dramatic club award and, as an Ashley Hall white, the best team spirit award for cheering on school athletics. Her love for the stage was born in third grade when she was cast as the father in Hansel and Gretel

Her early career included work as a secretary and sixth and seventh grade English and writing teacher, where she honed her writing and presentation skills. She also took acting lessons, landing roles in local theater productions and earning a Best Actress award. Her acting career included training films plus voiceover work in commercials and industrial narrations. 

Her entry into the $25 billion promotional products industry was as a part-time salesperson where she quickly realized her passion for corporate marketing and branding. With her first company for 17 years, she earned national top salesperson awards and served as director of sales. During this time, she received an Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI) inaugural award for Women in the Industry; the award’s original descriptive was “for women who broke through the glass ceiling.” 

She then joined an industry top 15 company where, over the next 8 years, she served as Vice President of the Promotional Product Division and was named a PPB Magazine “Best Boss.” In 2005, Mrs. Londe joined with two colleagues to form Tango Partners, a consultancy for her industry. Experts in the Request for Proposal process, the team served as coaches and partners in growing their clients’ promotional products business. At Tango, she was nominated by a client and received the PPB “Powerful Partner” award. 

Prior to Tango, during her 25-year sales career, she received 25 Pyramid Awards, a national recognition for the creative use of logoed merchandise to drive results in marketing or branding programs. She has written numerous articles for industry magazines, taught classes at regional and national trade shows, and conducted webinars. In 2018, she was recognized by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) as a “Woman of Achievement,” an especially meaningful award as it signifies not only her accomplishments but also the importance of her work as a leader and mentor to others.

Martha Rivers Ingram '53 Excellence in the Arts Award

Given to an Ashley Hall alumna who has been recognized by her peers for outstanding work in the performing or visual arts, this award honors Mrs. Martha Rivers Ingram ’53.  Mrs. Ingram has spent much of her life devoted to the arts and is well known for her support 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 centers, such as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and Spoleto Festival, USA.

Ann Hagerty Boyce ’70

Mrs. Boyce’s architecture, inspired by her childhood in Charleston, is a streamlined classical style focusing on proportions, light, and color. After studying fine arts and art history, she discovered her passion was architecture. When she received her architecture license in 1983, women represented approximately 3 percent of professionals in the total career field nationally. 

She spent five years with Skidmore Ownings and Merrill in New York, a year with David Anthony Easton Inc, and four years as a founding partner in Boris Boranovich Architects. In 1988, Mrs. Boyce started her own firm, Ann Hagerty Architect, which is now based in Butler, Maryland. Although the office has completed commercial work, her main focus has been residential renovations and new construction.  Twenty years of high-end residential work in Manhattan include many apartment and townhouse renovations, a townhouse on east 67th Street, and a Park Avenue penthouse. Although New York and Maryland have been focuses of her work, she has completed projects, including interiors and furniture design, from Michigan to South Carolina with several favorite projects in Harbour Island, Eleuthera, Bahamas.  Her recent focus is on the design of elegant, sustainable small houses. 

Mrs. Boyce also takes great pleasure in community work. In 2010, as president of Historic Hampton Inc, the friends group for Hampton National Historic Site, she inspired the board to create an arts initiative to encourage artists of all backgrounds, ages, and interests from painting to theater, to adopt the beautiful site as their muse.

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