Mount Holyoke Club of Pittsburgh women celebrated!
2014 Recognition of Tacy Byham, PhD
Tacy's article "Gender Diversity Pays Off, first published in DDI's newsletter "Talent Management intelligence", presents some recent research DDI completed on the economic value of women in organizations. The data is very powerful! The article is available at:
Tacy was interviewed by several publications and the article 'went viral' among women's college graduates. Way to go Tacy!.
2014 Recognition of The Rev. Liddy Barlow
Liddy's election as Director of Christian Associates of Southwest Pa. was reported and celebrated in an article by Peter Smith in the March 9, 2014, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
2013 Celebration of 2 Pittsburgh Women! Having a Global Impact
Congratulations to Tacy Byham, honored as a "Fabulous FIve" leader on July 5, 2013, and honored Nov. 16, 2013, as an Awardee; and to Mari C. Dumbaugh, honored as a "Fabulous Five" leader on August 2, 2013, for making a global impact by the Women and Girls Foundation. Please read more from the Women and Girls Foundation!
2012 Celebration of 5 Pittsburgh 'Uncommon Women'
From May to Sept. 2012, the remarkable contributions to our Pittsburgh community of 5 MHC alumnae were honored in obituaries/news articles in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
- Jean Hartley Davis and Nancy Lane Davis, Class of 1936, memorial service held May 12, 2012
- Barbara Flinn Bosse, Class of 1944, died May 23, 2012
- Margaret Ferry Houston, Class of 1963, died July 4, 2012
- Nellie Fergus Smith, Class of 1941, died August 8. 2012
Obituaries and news stories are below.
OBITUARIES and NEWS STORIES
Obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: DAVIS JEAN HARTLEY of Pittsburgh, and Perry Co., Pennsylvania, passed away on October 7, 2011, at the age of 97. Beloved twin sister of Nancy Lane Davis, and daughter of Frank H. and Blanche E. Davis. She was born in Wilkinsburg. She earned two college degrees, in English from Mt. Holyoke College, and in Music from the University of Michigan, pursuiing her love of the arts, and of piano and classical music. She taught music at the Hindeman Settlement School in Kentucky and at Tarentum High School. After World War II, she joined the U.S. Army Special Services to work in occupied Germany, serving at Karlsruhe, where she supervised the operations of recreation centers for the GIs. Upon returning to the U.S., she served at Ft. Meade in Maryland, managing on-base recreation centers. She was lifelong, devoted member of the Wilkinsburg 2nd United Presbyterian Church, singing in the choir with her sister, Nancy. A member of the Edgewood Country Club, she competed in many tounaments. Into her 90s, she volunteered with her sister to deliver Meals on Wheels. She was an active member of the Wilkinsburg Women'a Club, the Rockledge Garden Club, and the Photographic Society of America, and competed in many of its salons. Gardening was her special passion, and her beautiful flower gardens were immense. She is survived by two nieces and two nephews. The family extends its deep appreciation to the many caregivers from Home Instead, who provided excellent care to Jean and made her last wishes possible.
Obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette DAVIS NANCY LANE of Pittsburgh, and Perry Co., Pennsylvania, passed away on February 22, 2012, at the age of 97. Beloved twin sister of Jean Hartley Davis, and daughter of Frank H. and Blanche E. Davis, she was born in Wilkinsburg. She attended the Pennsylvania College for Women (Chatham), and graduated from Mt. Holyoke College. For many years, she served as an executive secretary at Westinghouse, at one time was involved with the Manhattan Project. During World War II, she served as a WAVE at the Navy Department in Washington DC, providing secretarial support. She was a lifelong and devoted member of the Wilkinsburg 2nd United Presbyterian Church, and joined her sister as a singer in the choir. A member of the Edgewood Country Club, she was an avid golfer whose sharp memory kept track of pro golfers, their scores, and competitive standings every season. Into her 90s, she volunteered to deliver Meals on Wheels. She was often the secretary of the organizations she belonged to and an active member of the Wilkinsburg Women's Club, the Rockledge Garden Club, and the Photographic Society of America. Nancy's passion for gardening kept her busy with huge vegetable gardens at both her homes. She is survived by two nieces and two nephews. The family extends its deep gratitude to the many caregivers from Home Instead, who provided tender care to Nancy and fulfilled her last wishes.
The Davis twins were featured in a news story published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sept. 14, 2012, "Pittsburgh Foundation given $20 million".
The article is available at http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/pittsburgh-foundation-bequeathed-20-million-653322/
Her news obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is available at
Obituary from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: HOUSTON, MARGARET FERRY On Wednesday, July 4, 2012, Margaret Ferry "Peggy" Houston died from complications related to metastatic breast cancer. She was 70 years old. Beloved wife of John D. Houston, II; mother of John D. Houston, III (Jennifer A. Houston) and Sally Houston McCrady (William D. McCrady, Jr.); sister of Gardner Ferry (Nancy Ferry); grandmother of Abby and Emma Houston, Liam and Henry McCrady. Peggy was born in White Plains, NY, and attended Mount Holyoke College. She met John Houston at a wedding of a mutual friend in June of 1963, and they married within the year. They moved to Pittsburgh in 1966. After having two children, Peggy decided that she would like to become a lawyer and start a second career, which in 1978 was a novel idea for a mother with young children. She entered law school at the University of Pittsburgh at the age of 37. Peggy graduated Cum Laude and had a successful 25-year career as a civil litigation attorney at the law firm of Houston, Harbaugh. Peggy fought an epic 15-year battle with breast cancer. What her family will remember most is her overwhelming desire to continue fighting so that she could do the things she most enjoyed, which included traveling, cooking, gardening and spending time with family and great friends. She was also a voracious reader, often reading a book a day. In recent years, her greatest joy has been her four young grandchildren, with whom she tried to spend as much time as possible.
SMITH, NELLIE FERGUS, Class of 1941, died on August 8, 2012.
Her news obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is available at
Her news obituary in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is available at
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Sales of these blazer button sets have enabled the Club to send numerous donations over the years to the Alumnae Scholar Fund.