Meredith College Mourns Loss of Former Trustee Ruby McSwain


The Meredith College community mourns the loss of former trustee Ruby McSwain, of Sanford, N.C., who passed away on August 30, 2015, at age 97.

MagnoliaMcSwain was a philanthropist who supported the arts, higher education, and her community. In 1999, McSwain was recognized as an honorary alumna of Meredith’s Class of 1954 in recognition of her many contributions to the College.

McSwain was first elected to the College’s Board of Trustees in 1992. She served on the board until 1995, and again from 1998-2001. Her support of Meredith College also included serving as a member of the Board of Associates and on campaign steering committees.

In 2010, McSwain provided funds to support the creation of the Ruby McSwain Magnolia Collection, which supplemented the beauty of Meredith’s landscape. Her generous support also made a scholarship and library renovation possible, and she sponsored the Spring 2010 Alumnae Art Exhibition.

Arrangements and condolences can be made through Miller-Boles Funeral Home of Sanford, NC. Visitation and funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church in Sanford on Thursday, September 3. 

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