Mary Elizabeth Beale Eaton 56 Makes a Gift of Gratitude
After Mary Elizabeth Beale graduated from Hathaway Brown in 1956, she attended Simmons College in Boston, where she met medical student John Eaton. She married him during her senior year, launching a life that took her overseas and to several locations in the states before they settled in California. Throughout her lifetime, Mary Elizabeth has fondly remembered Hathaway Brown, which she credits for propelling her to success in college and the many life experiences that followed.
"Standing up at the assembly each day and having to say something really helped later in being able to speak in front of large groups. I also had an English teacher who entered our writing in a short story contest. As a result, my story was published in the Atlantic Monthly," says Mary Elizabeth, who attended HB from second grade through high school. "I was fully prepared for college-level studies and research."
Mary Elizabeth and her husband, John, who is a retired neurologist, are active volunteers in their hometown of Truckee, in northern California near Lake Tahoe. She generously donates her time at the Tahoe Forest Hospital hospice thrift shop, a source of funding for a program she passionately believes in. Over the years, she also has volunteered with the Truckee River Watershed Council, Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary, Truckee Donner Land Trust and the League of Women Voters.
"Philanthropy is a natural extension of my volunteer work," Mary Elizabeth says. "My husband is interested in contributing to his schools, and that got me to reflect on my own good education and experiences at HB. Helping other girls achieve is something that I would like to do."
Mary Elizabeth has consistently been a contributor to HB's annual fund. By including HB in her planned giving through a bequest, she ensures future support for a great school.
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