During Reunion Weekend, the Chatham Hall Board of Trustees dedicated the 2018-2019 reopening of Yardley dorm in honor of Rector Suzanne Walker Buck.
Rector Buck joined Chatham Hall in 2014 and will be moving to a new school at the end of the academic year.
The gift celebrates Rector Buck’s significant contributions to improving student and faculty housing, creating updated community spaces, increased enrollment, care for residential community, and connection to the community at large. Mrs. Buck has been active in the Chatham community forging relationships to strengthen the school’s Episcopal roots with Emmanuel Episcopal Church, partnering with Hargrave Military Academy, and generally enhancing Chatham Hall and Town of Chatham community relations.
The naming of the Walker Buck Wing was made possible through the generosity of alumna Penelope “Penny” P. Wilson ’41. In honor of Rector Buck, Wilson was pleased to sponsor the renovation of Yardley by naming the residential floor "Walker Buck Wing." It includes ten dorm rooms plus a faculty apartment and community spaces. An installment in Yardley indicating the new name will be placed above the entry door to the wing.
Board of Trustees chair Sarah Longpre ’84 led the dedication ceremony and unveiling of the new recognition installment at the entry of Walker Buck Wing, and after an emotional and heartfelt response from Rector Buck, Chaplain Ned Edwards closed the ceremony in prayer. For more information on our residential community, visit here
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.