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Remembering Kathryn Stripling Byer


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Since her graduation from Wesleyan, Kay Stripling Byer ’66 devoted a lifetime of service to her alma mater and remained an active alumna volunteer until her death. Kay wrote many poems for Wesleyan landmark occasions, including “In the Still Here and Now” for the inauguration of President Ruth Knox ’75, “Corragio,” a poem in honor of the Class of 2006 when she served as commencement speaker, and “Fandango,” written in honor of the 50th reunion of her own class. In 2007 she and her family established the Campbell-Stripling Visiting Writer Series that brings renowned writers to campus annually to interact with students. In 2006 the College recognized her with an honorary doctor of literature degree. Kay leaves behind her husband James, her daughter Corinna, and the beautiful mountains in Cullowhee, NC, where she made her home.

Remembering Kathryn Stripling Byer: A Celebration in Poetry and Music
Thursday, April 5, 7:00PM
Pierce Chapel
Enjoy the work of Poet Laureate and Wesleyan alumna Kay Stripling Byer '66 plus a musical performance by Nadine Cheek '79. Free and open to the public.