On August 16, 2011, Mount Saint Mary College lost one of its finest teachers, scholars and colleagues. Dr. Virginia Davidson, known to most of us as simply Ginny, devoted twenty-five years to the Mount and its students, and her keen intelligence, boundless energy, generous spirit, and dedication to excellence are sorely missed.
For many of her students, Ginny will probably be best remembered for imparting her passion for good writing, for literature, for language itself. Thanks to her, the Mount is possibly the only college in America that can boast such a large body of alumni capable of reciting Chaucer—in Middle English.
Never one to consider her job done upon leaving the classroom, Ginny’s office seemed always filled with students, where they not only received sound academic advice but also genuine concern for their well-being and happiness. She seamlessly blended the roles of teacher, mentor, taskmaster, counselor, and surrogate mother.
Dr. Virginia Davidson truly personified the Mount’s image as a close, caring community. As a college community we are grateful for all the gifts Ginny shared with us: her total lack of pretense, her infectious laughter, her sheer joy in life, her concern for social justice, and, above all, her determination to make this college the best it can be for our students.
During this holiday season, when the spirit of gratitude is so strongly felt, we find it only fitting that we do our best to show our gratitude for a woman so totally committed to Mount Saint Mary College. Those who knew Ginny best, her family, are working to establish a scholarship in her name to be awarded annually to a student who demonstrates Ginny’s own passion for writing and literature. Friends, colleagues and alumni have chosen to honor Ginny’s memory with donations ranging from $25 to $1,000 toward The Virginia Davidson Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in English.
We are hoping that you will join us and contribute to our efforts to keep Ginny’s legacy alive for future generations of deserving students.
Professor Emeritus of Communication Arts
For those of you interested in contributing in Ginny’s memory, please make your checks payable to Mount Saint Mary College, and write “Virginia Davidson Memorial Scholarship” in the memo line. Checks should be sent to the Office of College Advancement at Mount Saint Mary College, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550.
You can also choose to make an online gift to the Virginia Davidson Memorial Scholarship Fund.