William & Mary dedicates memorial garden

  • Rest in peaceJack Garrett '40 (L) and William & Mary President Taylor Reveley discuss the College's new Memorial Garden at its dedication in August. The Garden is a reality due in large part to the generosity of Garrett and the Class of 1959.

    Photo by Stephen Salpukas

    Rest in peace

Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of the College gathered Friday to dedicate the new William & Mary Memorial Garden.

Located in College Woods – just off the main path between Miller Hall and the Lake Matoaka Amphitheater -- the garden will serve as afinal resting place for members of the William & Mary family "in all timecoming," President Taylor Reveley said at the ceremony.

"With the dedication of this Memorial Garden, the campus can become a place of remembrance for all alumni and alumnae going forward whochoose William and Mary as their final earthly home," Reveley said.

The garden was funded entirely through private donations, including gifts by Jack Garrett '40 and the Class of 1959's 50th Reunion class gift. In addition to Garrett, reunion gift chairs Jim Brinkley'59, Kathy Watson Lawler '59 and Earl "Tuggy" Young '59 were applauded duringthe dedication ceremony for their efforts in making the Memorial Garden areality.

"We just loved doing it," said Lawler. "Our class got right behind it. It was a wonderful project and we just thank everybody who participated."

Administered by the Alumni Association, the garden will be available to members of the William & Mary family who wish to have their ashes, or the ashes of their immediate family members, buried at the memorial site. A plaque on the surrounding brick wall will mark each person whose ashes are placed in the garden.

The centerpiece of the garden is a towering bronze sculpture of a dove, created by David Turner '83. Turner's sculptures appear all overcampus, including Bald Eagles in the Sadler Center and Great Blue Heron and Marsh Wren in Crim Dell. Turner presented Garrett, who initially proposed the idea for the garden several years ago, with a small replica sculpture of the dove at the ceremony.

Reveley also unveiled a plaque commemorating the efforts of Garrett and his wife, Ann, and the Class of 1959. The Memorial Garden project, he said, echoed other memorials on campus, such as the small cemetery near BlowMemorial Hall or the crypt below the Wren Chapel.

"This Memorial Garden will become a sacred precinct on ourancient grounds, cherished for countless generations to come," Reveley said."In the words of our Royal Charter, it is well to say, to be clear, thatWilliam and Mary's Memorial Garden will be supported and maintained in all timecoming."

For more information about the William & Mary Memorial Garden, please contact Cindy Gillman at the Alumni Association at 757-221-1168or cbgill@wm.edu.