Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) May 09, 2013
The Bryn Mawr School held a reception on Wednesday to celebrate the dedication of the Carey Quadrangle, formerly known as the Academic Quadrangle, on The Bryn Mawr School campus. The quadrangle is named in honor of the Carey Family and the W. P. Carey Foundation, recognizing their outstanding multi-generational leadership as well as their recent $1.5 million gift to Bryn Mawr’s endowment.
“The W. P. Carey Foundation is proud to partner with The Bryn Mawr School once again to honor the legacy of Carey leadership and to help strengthen the future of a truly outstanding girls’ school in Baltimore,” said Francis J. Carey, Esq., Chairman of the W. P. Carey Foundation, in a statement.
M. Carey Thomas, one of the five founders of Bryn Mawr, was a pioneer in the area of women’s education. Her revolutionary view that girls deserved the same educational opportunities as boys shaped the vision and mission of Bryn Mawr, the first school of its kind in Baltimore to offer college-preparatory courses to girls.
The Bryn Mawr School was originally founded to serve as a feeder school for Bryn Mawr College; both institutions opened their doors in September of 1885. Thomas was named a dean at Bryn Mawr College, making her the first woman in America to serve in such a position. She was also a professor of literature. She went on to become the second president of Bryn Mawr College, as well as serving as the first female trustee of Cornell University and the first president of the National College Women’s Equal Suffrage League. Throughout her life, Thomas was relentless in her pursuit of advancing the role of women in the world, educationally, socially, economically and politically. This vision certainly extended to her own family—since its founding, four generations of Carey women have attended Bryn Mawr.
“The Carey Family influence on Bryn Mawr has been truly exceptional,” said Headmistress Maureen E. Walsh. “Beginning with M. Carey Thomas, the Carey Family has consistently shown their generosity and dedication to Bryn Mawr and to our mission of educating girls. We are proud to name the Carey Quadrangle in honor of their remarkable contributions.”
This gift is one of six of $1 million or more received by The Bryn Mawr School. The contribution to the endowment will enable Bryn Mawr to continue to pursue critical initiatives and provide leadership in girls’ education.
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Contact: Stacy Williams / 410-323-8800 x1278 or williamss(at)brynmawrschool(dot)org.
About The Bryn Mawr School
The Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, MD, is an independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school for girls from preschool through grade twelve. Within a nurturing environment, Bryn Mawr's rigorous academic curriculum inspires a passion for intellectual curiosity and emphasizes the delights and demands of learning. In the classical humanistic tradition, Bryn Mawr promotes the full development of mind, body, and spirit. The school cultivates respect for diversity and engenders habits of moral and ethical leadership and a sense of responsibility to the broader community. For more information, visit http://www.BrynMawrSchool.org.