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Message on the passing of Marion Dover

William & Mary Chief Operating Officer Amy Sebring sent the following message to the campus community Oct. 14, 2021. - Ed.

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share the sad news that Marion Dover, a dedicated W&M Dining Services employee for 48 years, passed away on October 6, 2021. She was 70 years old.  

Marion started working at the Commons Dining Hall in 1973, and leaves a legacy of service to the William & Mary community. Marion was the youngest of nine, and all of her siblings worked for William & Mary at some point in their career. Marion took great pride in getting to know students during their time at William & Mary, greeting them by name and becoming a part of their W&M family. In a 2009 W&M News story, Dover was quoted as saying she had “more than 5,000 children. Three of [my] own and the thousands of students that cross the threshold of the Commons Dining Hall each and every semester.” She was recognized for 40 years of service to W&M in 2014.

She was also a constant source of support for other members of the dining team and will be missed by all who knew her.

Marion is survived by three sons - Bryant Charity, Shawn Charity, and Khalid Dover; five sisters; and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers, Lawrence Charity and Robert Charity.

A public viewing will be held from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on October 15 at March Funeral Home, 2110 E. Laburnum Ave. in Richmond, with funeral services being held at 11 a.m. on October 16. Notes of condolence may be shared with the family on Marion’s Life Tributes page.


Amy Sebring

Chief Operating Officer