St. Catherine's honored three alumnae today with special awards. Nell Cox '55 received the Distinguished Alumna award., Elizabeth Redford '05, received Distinguished Young Alumna and Anne Howell McElroy '78 received the Outstanding Service Award.
These awards are traditionally announced during Reunion Weekend in the spring. It was canceled this year because of the pandemic. The three were honored today during a special virtual celebration.
Nell Cox '55 Nell Cox produced and directed numerous award-winning documentaries and, in the late sixties, founded Nell Cox Films, Inc., launching a career that spans six decades and includes work on PBS dramas as well as prime time network dramas, including "M*A*S*H" and "L.A. Law." As impressive as her directing and producing career is, it is Nell’s work as one of “The Original Six” that truly sets her apart. Nell was among six female film "resister" directors who organized under the banner of the directors' union and took a stand in the 1980s against discrimination toward women and especially women directors. She remains passionate about the importance of arts generally, and especially the importance of the arts representing women as well as men.
Elizabeth Redford '05 As the co-founder and Executive Director of the Next Move Program in Richmond, Va., Elizabeth is a champion for a segment of our society that is often overlooked and ignored. The non-profit partners with businesses and school systems to create guided internship experiences for youth with disabilities, and a defining mantra is: We believe in the power and value of inclusion. The stated goal of Next Move is to combat the 70% unemployment rate for this population. In addition, Elizabeth opened Tablespoons Baking in 2017 as an offering to Next Move Alumni to encourage continued development work and life skills.
Anne Howell McElroy '78 Dr. Anne Howell McElroy has never been one to shy away from hard work—as a member of the Class of 1978, she served as a prefect and class secretary while building an impressive transcript that took her to Princeton and later Case Western. During her years with a full-time ophthalmology practice, she raised two sons and a daughter, and has served on the Richmond Chapter of the Alumnae Board, worked on class reunions, hosted school events, and year after year volunteers for Annual Giving and Leadership Giving tasks. She joined the Board of Governors in 2010 and served as Board Chair from 2016-2018. Most recently she co-chaired the search committee for our new Head of School.