Distinguished Alumnae Award

The Chatham Hall Distinguished Alumna Award was established in 2010 to recognize distinguished graduates representing diverse professions and interests. The Distinguished Alumna Award recognizes Chatham Hall graduates who embody the characteristics and values of Chatham Hall, such as honor, respect, and integrity.

Anyone may nominate a Chatham Hall alumna for this award. 

Current Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipients

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  • Jane Sherron DeHart '54

    Jane Sherron DeHart '54 is a lifelong scholar, celebrated historian, and one of the most influential figures in the field of women’s history today. Since graduating from Chatham Hall, she has blazed a path for women both in the classroom and out—pioneering women’s studies programs and shaping our understanding of the role women have played in the cultural and historical fabric of our nation.
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  • Claudia Emerson ’75

    A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and the 2008 Virginia Poet Laureate, Claudia Emerson ‘75 was an ardent ambassador for Chatham Hall and celebrated her love for the School through her poetry and advocacy. Her ties to Chatham Hall run deep. In addition to her time as a student, she was the academic dean and head of the English department from 1996-1998 and served on the Board of Trustees from 1998-2004. She shared her love of writing as the Writer in Residence in its inaugural year in 2003-2004 and again in 2008-2009.
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Past Distinguished Alumnae Award Recipients

  • 2019 Laura Brown Cronin ’72, Business and Finance
  • 2019 Ann Blodget Holberton ’69, Finance and Community Advocacy
  • 2018 Kathy Reynolds Chandler ’68, Hall of Fame Skier
  • 2018 Helene "Lanie" Zimmermann Hill ’46, Radiation Biologist
  • 2017 Kate Bulkley ’77, Journalist
  • 2017 Sarah Morris ’72, Archaeologist
  • 2016 Gloria Bond Clunie ’71, playwright
  • 2015 Nina Johnson Botsford ’72, community activist
    • 2014 Polly Wheeler Guth ’44, philanthropist
    • 2014 Povy LaFarge Bigbee ’51, rancher and agriculture
    • 2013 Leila McConnell Daw ’58, artist
    • 2013 Frances “Hallam” Hurt ’63, Neonatologist
    • 2012 Anne L. Bryant ’67, educator
    • 2011 Diane Heiskell Schetky ’57, Forensic Psychiatrist
    • 2010 Elinor R. Greene II ’70, minister
    • 2010 Penelope Perkins Wilson ’41, philanthropist

    Other Alumnae Awards

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    • Boyce Lineberger Award

      The Boyce Linberger Award is given to an alumna who exerts a longstanding influence on the affairs of Chatham Hall.
    • Ellie MacVeagh Award

      The Ellie MacVeagh Award is given to an alumna who best represents the School’s goals for fellow constituents.
    • Mildred Harrison Dent Award

      The Mildred Harrison Dent Award is given to an alumna who demonstrates an enthusiastic long-term commitment and devotion to the ideals of Chatham Hall.
    • Nancy Gwathmey Award

      The Nancy Gwathmey Award is given to an alumna who demonstrates superior skills in fundraising.
    An all girls boarding and day school in Southern Virginia, Chatham Hall prepares girls for college and for productive lives. Our innovative academic program offers Advanced Placement courses, global study and travel, as well as project based learning. Our athletic teams regularly compete at the State level and our exceptional riding program is nationally recognized. We foster the intellect and character of each student and, through our Honor Code, live in a community of trust. Grounded in its Episcopal heritage, the school welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.  
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