Distinguished Alumnae Awards

The Baldwin School Alumnae Award

The Alumnae Award was established in 1967 to honor Rosamond Cross on her 25th anniversary as Head of School. It is given annually to an alumna who has distinguished herself in her field of endeavor and whose life reflects a dedication to the principles of The Baldwin School.

The 2017 winner is Margaretta Walton '97.  Margaretta was an active member of the B-Flats and Maskers. She graduated from Skidmore College with a B.A. in Global Environmental Resource Management and did her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School. Margaretta has worked at SEI for 13 years, and spent the last 6 years as the Marketing and PR Manager for the Investment Manager Services division.

Additionally, Margaretta is focused on her own entrepreneurial venture as  co-owner of Forever Stone, the area’s leading recycled granite and stone distributor. Forever Stone produces solid stone products such as fire pits and pavers from 100% reclaimed and recycled granite, marble and stone. Margaretta has been an active member of the Baldwin alumnae community since graduation.

She has served on the Alumnae Association Executive Board for almost ten years. During that time she was co-chair and chair of the Awards Committee, on the reunion planning committee and she spent three years as the AAEB President. Margaretta was the cochair of Baldwin's 125th Anniversary Celebration. She spent two years planning the year-long event with her co-chair Patti Deitrich, a Baldwin parent, and enjoyed being part of the excitement around this historic milestone for the school.  Finally, she served on the Board of Trustees for three years, on the Board of Trustees finance subcommittee for five years, and chaired the audit committee for three years.

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Distinguished Young Alumna Award

The award was also established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has graduated within the last 25 years and has made significant contributions in her profession, avocation or volunteer services.

The 2017 winner is Dr. Mira M. Sachdeva ’97.  Mira graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Biochemical Sciences, after which she received both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. During this time, she published several papers and presented at national and international meetings on her work studying the genetics of diabetes. She then completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by residency in Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the most prestigious training programs in the world.

She then pursued a Surgical Retina Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, MA, and is currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Service at the Wilmer Eye Institute in Baltimore, MD, where she is responsible for the clinical and surgical training of the Wilmer residents, while establishing her own clinical practice and research laboratory.
As an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins, her academic interests include identifying new strategies to prevent damage to retinal neurons, and ultimately vision loss, in patients with diabetes and other diseases affecting the retina. She is forging a path for women in science and medicine, while focusing on training the next generation of young doctors.

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Alumnae Award for Life Achievement

The Award for Life Achievement was established in 1991. It is given to an alumna who has either demonstrated a lifelong dedication and commitment to helping empower those who have struggles with challenges and societal barriers or who has had a significant impact on an institution or community.

The 2017 winner is Dr. Crystal Jones Lucky ’82. Crystal has been a professor at Villanova University since 1996 where she teaches a variety of courses in 19th and 20th century African American literature. In 2005, she became the first person of color to be tenured in the English department in the University's history. From 2005-2015, Crystal served as the Director of the University's Africana Studies program. Her research interests focus on the narrative and cultural productions of black women writers.

She has published several works exploring the literature and lived experience of African Americans, the most recent of which is a critical edition of the autobiography of the Rev. Charlotte Riley. Crystal uncovered the privately published document in the library archives of Wilberforce University. A Mysterious Life and Calling: From Slavery to Ministry in South Carolina (Wisconsin University Press, 2016) reveals the life of a black woman born into South Carolina slavery who rose to the ranks of clerical leadership in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She is currently working on a book that traces the image of the pious black woman in American culture. Crystal's intellectual interests stem from her personal and religious life. She is the Pastor of Sword of the Spirit Church and has served in the Lansdowne community for nearly twentyfive years. Her work at both the university and in the church allows her to care for the intellectual, spiritual and social wellbeing of all those whom she is privileged to encounter.

Crystal graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985 with a double major in English and Communications in just three years and went on to earn an M.A. in African American Studies at Yale University in 1989. In 1990, while living and teaching in Germany, she received her call to preach the gospel and was later ordained in the Church of the Living God International, Inc. in 1995. Finally, she received her Ph.D. in English from Penn in 1999. Crystal’s love of learning and dedication to hard work began in her Baldwin days. She is a current member of the National Board of Advisors.

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The Baldwin School Legacy Award

The Baldwin School Legacy Award was established in 2017 to honor an alumna who has selflessly given her time, talent and treasure to Baldwin that stretches above and beyond.

The 2017 winner is Nancy-Beth GordonSheerr ’67For Nancy-Beth, proud mother of Melanie Sheerr ’96 and Lauren Sheerr Beshears ’00, engagement with Baldwin, women’s education and educational institutions more broadly has been a constant throughout her life. She began as a member of the Baldwin Alumnae Board, worked with the Parents’ Association and served on the Baldwin Board of Trustees for eight years, returning in 2002 as Chair for four years.

Similarly, Nancy-Beth has been deeply involved with Radcliffe College and Harvard University, serving several terms on their respective Alumnae/i Boards and on the Radcliffe College Board of Trustees from 1985 to 1999, chairing the Board for the latter nine years. She was a principal architect of the merger between Radcliffe College and Harvard, creating the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has served on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Institute since its inception. She also chaired the Conference of Board Chairmen, an organization composed of board chairmen of small, liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Outside of her board work, Nancy-Beth has had a career in wealth management. Currently, she is an independent director of the Value Line Funds and an independent trustee for the private trusts of several families. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, has an A.B.D. in counseling psychology from Columbia University and holds a post doctorate certificate in family therapy. Nancy-Beth received an award from the Harvard University Alumnae Association for Distinguished Service in 2010.

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