Barbara Crookshanks

Kurt Leidecker (1902-1991)

A longtime professor of religion at Mary Washington College, Kurt Leidecker published a wealth of insightful books and scholarly essays on world religion during his life. He first arrived in the United States at the age of nineteen, in 1921, and became a U.S. citizen in 1927, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees from Oberlin College and his doctorate from the University of Chicago. In 1948, he came to Fredericksburg, becoming a professor of philosophy at Mary Washington College and beginning the long tradition of Asian studies that would enrich the institution.

Dr. Edward Alvey, Jr.: The Dean Who Lived and Chronicled a Century

When Dr. Edward Alvey, Jr., died at the age of 97 on July 11, 1999, generations of Mary Washington College students remembered him as their beloved Dean.

They -- and generations of Fredericksburgers -- also remembered him as a writer and historian who illuminated the life and times of our area.