Monday, February 16, 2018

Yesterday evening was special. The Washington Bach Consort performed. The music was sublime. The atmosphere was a celebration of the work of J. Reilly Lewis, whose music collection was given to the Bishop Payne Library. The homily by our Professor of Church Music, the Rev. Dr. William Roberts, was an affectionate portrait of a remarkable man.

Despite the wet weather, we had over 250 in the chapel. I was so impressed by the VTS operation as we shifted arrangements to accommodate the weather. The reception was no longer on the north Terrace but in the Lettie Pate Multipurpose Room. Guides help guests to park. The program was beautiful. And the dinner was delightful. 

Lots of people worked hard behind the scenes. I am grateful to them all. However, I would like to just mention the work of Ms. Ann Roebuck and Dr. Mitzi Budde. For Ann, these occasions are a work of art. From name tags to flowers, Ann creates beautiful spaces and does the hard work of attending to details with passion. And Dr. Mitzi Budde has made the growth of special collections in the area of choral music her mission. Her strategic sense is remarkable: she wants to ensure that our library is a mecca for research resources in this area. Her hand hovered over the entire event. For her hard work and strategic sense, I am deeply grateful.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President
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