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Portraits of FMU First Ladies to be Unveiled at Wallace House

    Portraits of late FMU first ladies Rhondda Miller Smith and Sara Louise Stanton will be placed in the Wallace House during a special ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 25.

    The ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. at the Wallace House.

    “These ladies served on the campus with dignity and grace, and I am delighted that we can honor them in such a memorable way,” said FMU First Lady Folly Carter.

    Smith was the wife of Walter D. Smith, FMU’s founding president who held the position from 1970 to 1983. Smith was born in 1920 in Brisbane, Australia, and passed away on Jan. 8, 2000. She served in the British and Australian Navies as a communications instructor during World War II. While serving in the Australian Navy, she met her husband, who was stationed in Sydney. Smith also had a strong interest in art and music and loved to sing.

    Stanton was married to the late Thomas C. Stanton, who served as FMU’s second president from 1983 to 1994 and died in 2006. A Pee Dee native, Stanton was born in Cheraw in 1918 and passed away on Dec. 28, 2005. She was an avid golfer and member of the Women’s Golf Associations at both the Florence Country Club and the Country Club of South Carolina. Stanton also worked as a bookkeeper and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Florence.

    “Both of these ladies were so unassuming and worked hard behind the scenes,” noted Libby Cooper, director of community relations. “Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Stanton were very supportive of their husbands and this university.”

Last Published: January 29, 2007 11:09 AM
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