Historian, university professor, college president. Born– September 10, 1910, Durham, N.C. Parents– Alexander Henry and Anne Roche (Thomas) Gary. Married– Henry Clifton Pannell, September 2, 1936 (died 1946); married George A. Taylor. Children– Two. Education– Barnard College, B.A., 1931; Ph.D., Oxford University, 1935. Taught at Alabama College, 1934-1935; University of Alabama, 1939-1949; Academic Dean, Goucher College, 1949-1950; president of Sweet Briar College, 1950-1971; led the college in the expansion of its enrollment and physical plant. Member of the American, Southern, and Alabama Historical Associations, and Phi Beta Kappa. Served as president of the Southern Association of Virginia Colleges and the American Association of University Women (1967-71); vice president of the American Council on Education. Awarded an International Fellowship at Barnard; elected to an Oxford place at the Institute of Historical Research at London University (1932-33). Honorary doctorates from University of Alabama, 1952, and several other institutions. The Sweet Briar College Art Gallery, dedicated in 1985, is named in her honor. Awarded the status of president emeritus on her retirement, 1971. Died February 18, 1984.


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