If you attended or worked at Sweet Briar anytime since 1954, odds are you know this lady.
Yesterday the College celebrated the retirement of Shirley Reid from the library staff after 57 years of service. The kind of loyalty and dedicated service “Ms Reid” has shown to the College is rare and precious.
As is her sense of humor. I am not publishing here one photo from yesterday, in which Ms. Reid was making rabbit ears behind the head of an unsuspecting colleague. On more than one occasion, I talked with Ms. Reid about College matters; she would not hesitate to remind me — with a bit of a twinkle — that she had come to the College in the year I was born and knew a thing or two that I might learn. I have learned to listen attentively, even at her farewell party.
She will be much, much missed, although I am sure we will enjoy her company often, as she promises to visit us whenever she can take a break from the many activities she has planned for her retirement.
Holla holla Shirley Reid!