Nanci Fox Taylor: Remembering What's Important in Life
Early in their marriage, Nanci Fox Taylor and her husband, John, created a will in which they named several organizations that had played an important role in their lives, including Hathaway Brown.
"Hathaway Brown has been part of my life almost as far back as I can remember," says Nanci, who entered HB in seventh grade and graduated from high school in 1972. "My mother, Joan McDonald Fox Graham, was in the Class of 1949 and my sisters, Debbie Fox Roderer and Betsi Fox Oliver, followed me at HB."
Nanci often thinks of her mother, who passed away in 1984 at the age of 52. She remembers how important it was for her mother to give back to the school as a volunteer. Her mother also left a gift to Hathaway Brown in her will.
When she recalls her own experiences at HB, Nanci considers them to be "life-shaping." As a junior, she was managing editor of the school newspaper, The Hathaway Brown Review. That experience nurtured her love of writing and her interest in the newspaper field. At Dickinson College, Nanci wrote headlines and articles for the newspaper and, as part of the layout department, was responsible for "putting together a puzzle" of headlines, articles and artwork. She became managing editor of The Dickinsonian in her junior year and was appointed editor-in-chief as a senior.
Today, Nanci and John are permanent residents at a Virginia mountain resort. They devote much of their time to Wintergreen Performing Arts (WPA) and its month-long music festival that includes 250 artistic events. Nanci has served as board vice president and chair of the marketing committee. She continues to feed her love of language by editing and proofing just about everything that comes out of the organization. "It seems like someone is always asking me to proofread," Nanci says. "I still have my ninth grade grammar book, which I refer to on occasion when I am editing."
Nanci's recent involvement in development efforts for both WPA and Dickinson has shown her that every contribution counts. She understands that a will is a private and personal matter but has come forward with her decision to include HB in her own will with the hope that it may inspire others to do the same. "It's important that the fine opportunities HB affords to young women are there for the next generation," Nanci says.
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