Monday’s question: This picture was taken 100 years ago, in 1911. Who is the woman, and what does she have to do with Agnes Scott?
This is Mary Wallace Kirk, who graduated in the class of 1911, as pictured in a memory book kept by a classmate during their senior year. This “prophetic picture” by her classmate predicted that Mary would be a poet, which she was – we have several of her books in the library. More importantly for the college, however, she became a member of the Board of Trustees of the college in 1917, and served actively in that capacity for over 60 years, until her death in 1978 – the longest serving trustee in the history of the college.
For more information about Mary Wallace Kirk, see this student tribute to her at the time of her death.
This photo can be found displayed, along with hundreds of other photos of the campus and students over the years, Agnes Scott’s family Bible and spinning wheel, George Washington Scott’s Civil War cavalry sword, and other Agnes Scott family and college history artifacts, in the Betty Pope Scott Noble ’44 College Heritage Center on the second floor of McCain Library. Visit during open hours Mondays: 2 pm – 3 pm, Tuesdays: 12:30 pm – 3 pm, Wednesdays: 8:30 am – 10 am, Thursdays: 3 pm – 5 pm, Fridays: 12 noon – 1 pm, Saturdays: 10 am – 12 noon.