Jan. 11, 1892 Cincinnati Hamilton County Ohio, USA
Feb. 2, 1969 Virginia, USA
Mary is the daughter of William Ledgerwood Moffett and Mary Stoops, the granddaughter of William Moffett and Jane Robinson, GG of James Moffett and Mary Stuart, GGG of John Moffett, Jane Ledgerwood, Thomas Stuart and Elizabeth Moore, etc. Her father served during the Civil War. He died when Mary was only 16.
I note the Radford University site gives her middle name as Ledger instead of the family name, Ledgerwood. Her father used Ledge also to my surprise.
M'Ledge followed her mother's footsteps in education and made her own. She graduated from James Madison University, then called State Normal School, with a degree in Household Arts. In 1913, Dr. Moffett graduated with a Bachelor's degree at Teachers College, in New York City. In 1921 she received her M.A. and in 1929 in Ph.D. from Columbia University.
She began teaching at Radford University 11 Sep 1913 as the youngest professor and chair of the Home Economics Department. She was designated the Dean of Women at Radford in 1920 and kept it until her retirement there in 1963.
Radford University dedicated a hall to her, the Dr M'Ledge Moffett Hall. She was the first Dean of Women at Radford University. In 1924 Radford U. was called State Teachers College at Radford. She wrote a History of the State Teachers College, Youth Looks at Marriage and authored many papers.
She spoke at the National Association of Deans of Women on Friday (year not listed) at the annual meeting in Atlantic City. She had just finished her book about an extensive study of the social background and activities of teacher's college student across the states. She described the results of this study, believing extra curricular activities develop character. (source: Unidentified newspaper clipping, with her photo. See mom's site for photo, due to free space limitations on FaG).
The Library of Virginia has her personal papers including her Scrapbook, 1932 - 1968.
In 1996, Jeanne Johnson at Radford wrote The Legend of M'Ledge Moffett, Radford's Revered Matriarch. Data from it is on the Radford University Site in 2011. Read it. She sounds like quite a witty, charming and full of life character. She had a pistol, a big heart and high expectations for everyone. She is described as a "trailblazer, with a life full of service and devotion," "alternatively motherly, motivational or even mischievous."
She left Radford with it's first endowment, providing scholarships for future students. She was buried in her school robe and "Full academia regalia."
She has 3 separate markers, inscriptions below. I note her father's name is not written correctly, it is not Ledger Wood but one word, Ledgerwood, as is hers. A photo of his gravestone in Manassas supports my family record and gives his full middle name, Ledgerwood. He is directly related to Jane Ledgerwood, the daughter of William Ledgerwood and Agness Mitchell. He used the "Ledge" middle name also.
I was at home when my father got the phone call of your passing. Someone was trying to locate his niece as M'Ledge left bonds for her. Would loved to have known you.
Inscription: This is a "large marker next to the road:" IN MEMORY OF WILLIAM LEDGER WOOD(sic)MOFFETT (INTERRED AT MANASSAS, VIRGINIA) HIS WIFE MARY STOOPS MOFFETT AND THEIR DAUGHTER MARY LEDGER (M'LEDGE) MOFFETT "LIFT YOUR EYES UNTO THE HILLS FROM WHENCE COMETH YOUR STRENGTH"
2) M'LEDGE MOFFETT JANUARY 11, 1892 FEBRUARY 2, 1969
3) STATE FOUNDER DELTA KAPPA GAMMA SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL