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Dr Mary Ledgerwood “M'Ledge” Moffett

Dr Mary Ledgerwood “M'Ledge” Moffett

Birth
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Death 2 Feb 1969 (aged 77)
Virginia, USA
Burial Fairlawn, Pulaski County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section E, Lot 5, #2
Memorial ID 67541827 · View Source
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Dr. Mary "M'Ledge" Ledgerwood Moffett was the daughter of William Ledgerwood Moffett and Mary Ann Stoops, the granddaughter of William Moffett, Jane Robinson Moffett, John B Stoops and Mary Ann Dawson Stoops; GG of James Moffett and Mary Stuart, GGG of John Moffett, Jane Ledgerwood, Thomas Stuart and Elizabeth Moore, etc. Her Scottish Stuart line, goes back to Mary Queen of Scots, Robert the Bruce, 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 a few times, also to my surprise.

On the 1900 South River, Rockbridge Co., VA census, I found home owner and road overseer, William L Moffett, 58, VA born Oct 1841, wife of 11 years, wife Mary S Moffett, 40, Feb 1860, MO and daughter Mary L Moffett, 8, Jan 1892, OH born.

On the 1910 Manassas, Prince William Co., VA census, I found teacher and principal, Mary S Moffett, 51, MO; daughter Mary L Moffett, 18, OH; nephew and hotel asst mgr Thomas A Schuly, 29, OH born.

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 the new major, Household Arts. In 1913, M'Ledge Moffett graduated with a Bachelor's degree at Teachers College, in New York City. In 1921 she received her M.A. and in 1929 received her 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. Now called Moffett Hall, it was remodeled in 2012 and houses about 350 upper class students. She was the first Dean of Women at Radford University. In 1924 Radford U. was then 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 unlisted) 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).

The Library of Virginia has her personal papers including her Scrapbook, 1932 - 1968. Also Radford University has a collection or her artifacts.

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 and 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 had left bonds for her. Would loved to have known you and your lively spirit.


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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


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  • Created by: LSP
  • Added: 27 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67541827
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Mary Ledgerwood “M'Ledge” Moffett (11 Jan 1892–2 Feb 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67541827, citing Sunrise Burial Park, Fairlawn, Pulaski County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by LSP (contributor 46860931) .