Waxter Forum creator dies

| August 15, 2012

The Sweet Briar community was saddened to learn of the death of Julia “Judy” Baldwin Waxter ’49 on July 30, 2012.

Waxter, who earned her degree in political economy, had a strong interest in the sciences and environmental issues. A longtime supporter of the College, she and her husband, Bill, created a fund to host the annual Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum at Sweet Briar.

Since 1999 the forum has featured such notable speakers as naturalist E.O. Wilson, environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard, and food journalist and activist Michael Pollan, as well as a spirited debate between Virginia state climatologist Patrick Michaels and climatologist Michael Mann on global warming.

Waxter’s survivors include her husband, her children Susan and Peter, and grandson James Waxter.

A memorial service was held Aug. 12 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

An obituary appeared in the Baltimore Sun on Aug. 3.

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