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32 During Reunion last year, Johanne Pryor ’61 was overwhelmed by fond memories, like the Odd class traditions. Already a strong supporter of the College through financial gifts and even a class ring donation, Pryor found herself wanting to do more for her alma mater. “I believe strongly in education and the education of women,” she said. “And as a high school student, you hear too often that you’re expected to go to big schools. I think it’s important for everyone to realize that there are other options and you can go to a smaller school where you won’t get lost in the shuffle.” So Pryor decided to make a sizeable bequest in support of scholarships for women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at Randolph. A mathematics major at R-MWC, Pryor worked at IBM in Washington, D.C., every summer during college. Upon graduation, she was hired by the company and served primarily in marketing and customer support departments for 31 years. During her career, she witnessed firsthand not only the transformation of computer technology, but also the changing role of women in the workplace. “We were changing over at that time from what you would see on TV shows like Father Knows Best, where the woman was in the home cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children,” Pryor said. “There was a world of difference just between the ’50s and ’60s in the workplace and at home.” Pryor said the College prepared her for the scientific aspect of her job and also to be a skilled communicator. “For me, I discovered you have to be able to talk to people and have some knowledge that’s not pure science.” Following her retirement, Pryor moved to North Carolina, where she continued to use her communication skills as activity director for a local senior center. She now volunteers for several organizations focusing on senior needs. At Neuse River, she coordinates an event that serves six counties. Pryor remains engaged with the College and many of her classmates, and believes strongly in the College’s continued mission to provide a high quality, liberal arts education for today’s students. “If you’ve had good experiences and have gained a lot, whatever the endeavor was, you need to give back,” she said. “I’d like to be able to help things continue to improve, and make sure the experiences that I had, enjoyed, and profited from, are still there and available for future generations.” “Johanne, like many other alumnae, has had a long, successful career enabling her to leave a lasting legacy at the College,” said Marianne Ramsey, senior major gifts officer. “An estate gift is not only a tax-wise choice—it may also allow a donor to have a larger impact than they thought possible. The Randolph College community is grateful for Johanne’s philanthropic legacy, which will provide meaningful support to future students.” Find out more about planned giving to Randolph College by contacting 434-485-8050. PLANNING AHEAD Bequest allows alumna to give back


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