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Preserving Our Purpose

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August 05, 2013
Born and raised in Baltimore, Beth Kahn Leaman felt personally connected to Washington College from the very start.

When the cost per college application limited how many schools Beth could apply to, she went on a search for her two top choices. Beth researched schools all over  Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. When it came down to making her choice, Beth’s neighbor across the street made her choice simple. Rosemary Cox ’67 wrote Beth a note telling her how much she loved Washington College and from then on, Beth knew she’d found her place.

Beth majored in Drama and was a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega. Beth also served as the President of the Pan-Hellenic Council.   In the early ’70’s, the Zetas (Zeta Tau Alpha) wanted a young African American woman to pledge their sorority; only their national chapter didn’t allow it at the time. Beth was able to work with both the local chapter and the national organization to revise their policies and the Zetas were able to welcome the first African American member of their chapter at Washington College. Her experience allowed her to personally impact sororities on campus and influence the history of WC.

After graduation, Beth went on to pursue additional degrees at Towson University and Johns Hopkins.  She is now retired after a successful career, culminating in her role as Vice President for Business Processes for ADP National Account Services.  She serves on the Board of Visitors and Governors and has held various volunteer positions within the WC community. To accompany her generous support of The Washington Fund and countless capital projects, Beth decided to bequeath a portion of her estate to Washington College.  She hopes that her gift will help preserve Washington College in a time of change to the educational model.  Her gift demonstrates the importance of one-on-one, individualized learning and connections, a nod towards the importance of the intimate classroom and campus experience we hold dear at WC.


Last modified on May. 28th, 2014 at 8:41am by Emily Kate Smith.