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College Remembers First Lady Ann McLain

December 12, 2014

Ann Hollingsworth McLain, widow of Washington College’s 22nd president,  died December 3 at age 98. Friends and family recall her days as a gracious hostess and engaged member of the greater Chestertown community. 

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Ann H. McLain ’40, widow of Washington College’s 22nd president, died December 3 at age 94 and was remembered in Chestertown as a warm and gracious hostess and active community volunteer.   

“She was a wonderful, gracious lady who had been a huge supporter of the college through her husband. Both of them had been students here,” interim president of the College Jay Griswold told the Baltimore Sun. “She was just a lovely lady in every way, and she and her husband were a great pair. Washington College has a way of grabbing people, and I’d put Ann at the top of the list.” 

“She was a fabulous, wonderful lady who loved Washington College, and everyone loved her,” added Barbara Heck, senior associate vice president for college advancement. 

The obituary recalls how Ann Hollingsworth and Joseph McLain met as students at Washington College and returned to Chestertown when he joined the chemistry faculty in 1946. He served as president from 1973 until his death in 1981. 

Read the full Baltimore Sun obituary by Fred Rasmussen here.

Ann McLain shares a fun moment with another WC alum, Louis Goldstein. Ann McLain shares a fun moment with another WC alum, Louis Goldstein.


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