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Margaret Thomas RUDD

Skinquarter Baptist Church Cemetery
Chesterfield County,

Margaret Thomas
1907 - 1999

This is Margaret Thomas (Tom) Rudd, daughter of Rev. Augustus Bartow Rudd and Virginia May Bagby. Her full birth/death dates are December 15, 1907 - October 22, 1999. When she died, the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote: "When Margaret Thomas Rudd retired from the University of Richmond's Westhampton College in 1963, a newspaper article declared "Margaret Rudd lets no grass grow under her feet." The author, poet, intrepid traveler and former chairman of modern languages at Westhampton College, died Friday at Goodwin House in Alexandria. She was 91. The youngest of five children born to Baptist missionaries, she spent the first 12 years of her life in Puerto Rico and Mexico. She earned a degree from Westhampton College in 1929 and taught language at Stuart Hall in Staunton for three years. In 1937, she earned a master's degree from Columbia University. She also studied at the University of Mexico and The Sorbonne in Paris.
She taught Spanish and French at the former Blackstone College and was a dean of women there. She also taught at Stephen's College in Columbia, Mo., before joining the faculty at the University of Richmond in 1942. At Westhampton College, she helped found the language laboratory by placing her personal record player in a small basement room. For eight years, Miss Rudd served as chairman of the modern languages department. She took a two-year leave of absence from 1946 to 1948 to accept an appointment from the State Department as a teacher in the Cultural Institute in Concepcion, Chile. She took a sabbatical to study in Spain in 1959 and that year she published "The Lone Heretic," a biography of the Spanish writer and thinker, Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo. In 1976, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Richmond. The honor summed up her accomplishments. "To transmit human values of the Hispanic culture in which you were born motivates your every role; scholar, teacher, biographer, poet." In retirement, she published a book of poetry "Arrow Through Time" and wrote a biography of her father, missionary and former UR professor Augustus Bartow Rudd. The work, "A Practical Mystic: A.B. Rudd," was published in 1987."

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Submitted: 7/21/07 • Approved: 7/21/07 • Last Updated: 11/12/12 • R5246-G0

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