Arabelle Laws Arrington ’41 fell in love with Mary Washington when she and her mother, Blanche Laws, first visited campus in 1937. In turn, Arrington made it possible for others to attend the University, and she gave tirelessly to ensure that "her school" maintained and honed its excellence. Throughout most of her 89 years, Arrington gave generously to Mary Washington, including substantial gifts to the Fund for Mary Washington, the Jepson Alumni Executive Center, and Friends of the Philharmonic Orchestra. She established challenge grants to fund Arrington Scholarships for children of UMW faculty and staff. In a 2006 interview she said "I would like for young people not to have to struggle to pay for school. If I can alleviate some of those fears about how to pay for college, I will be happy." In 1998 Mrs. Arrington was honored with the Mary Washington doctorate of humane letters for service on the Board of Visitors, Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Foundation Board of Directors.
Photo: Arabelle Laws Arrington '41, Board of Visitors, 1964