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Randolph College Dedicates Caldwell Commons in Honor of Trustee

Katharine Kitty Stark Caldwell 74 is recognized for her support and commitment to the College

10/21/2011 3:01:20 PM


Lucy Williams Hooper ’73, Katharine “Kitty” Stark Caldwell ’74, and President John E. Klein

LYNCHBURG—Randolph College dedicated a newly renovated area on campus Friday, October 21 in honor of long-time trustee, Katharine “Kitty” Stark Caldwell ’74.

Caldwell Commons, located near Cheatham Dining Hall, includes three conference rooms, the recently relocated campus store, and a special seating and social area. The space was renovated this summer.

During the ceremony, Lucy Williams Hooper ’73, chair of the Board of Trustees, praised Caldwell for her dedication to the board and to the College.

“She has been out all over the country raising friends for the College, improving relationships, and, by her own example of generosity, inspiring others to give,” Hooper said.

Frances Jones Giles ’65, who served on the Board of Trustees in 2002 when Caldwell joined the board, said she was impressed with the outcome of the renovation project that created Caldwell Commons.

“This is so special,” she said. “It’s so beautifully done and quite an asset to the college.”

Students have grown to love and appreciate Caldwell Commons, said Janie Campbell ’12, who spoke during the dedication. “When I first arrived back on campus this summer, I saw Caldwell Commons, and I was taken aback at how much it had transformed,” she said. “It’s a perfect place to meet and catch up with friends.”

Randolph College President John E. Klein thanked Caldwell and her husband, Hacker, for their consistent and strong dedication to the College.

“Kitty leads a very busy life, but she always has a place and time for the college,” he said.

He and Caldwell unveiled a plaque bearing a message naming the facility and honoring Caldwell.

Caldwell has served on the Board of Trustees since 2002. They have been consistent supporters of the College. In 2008, the Caldwells gave a $1 million gift to the College.

This year, they also helped fund the creation of an illustrated book documenting 100 years of the Maier Museum of Art Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations