THE CAMPAIGN FOR MADEIRA
Sisters Give Their Largest Ever Gift to Madeira
In speaking with Lisa Heun Locke ’60 and Margo Heun Bradford ’64, it is easy to feel the affection they have for their alma mater. Their history with Madeira runs deep, and they have chosen to make a joint gift to the Campaign in memory of their parents, Mary Gentry Heun ’34 and Howard T. Heun, and former Headmistress Allegra Maynard.
What motivated them to give back during the All the Difference Campaign?
“We like the Co-Curriculum program because it is so valuable to young women.” Even though Co-Curriculum began after they graduated, the sisters feel, “It helps girls explore interests and options for their future lives.” Lisa’s daughter, Dr. Emily Gentry Locke ’87, was able to participate, spending semesters on the Hill with Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont and at a veterinary hospital. Margo and Lisa are impressed with how the schedule has evolved to accommodate a more intensive Co-Curriculum experience in recent years. Margo continues, “This is why I continue to support Madeira. It is important to help high school girls succeed. It strengthens their potential to make a profound impact in their communities. Changing to a modular schedule—five straight weeks instead of every Wednesday all year—provides a more concentrated, intense experience.”
Another improvement is the increase in faculty and staff living on campus, adding a communal feel to the School. There were a few who lived on campus when they were students, but not nearly as many as today. For Lisa and Margo, one of those special
campus residents was Allegra Maynard. Miss Maynard was Lucy Madeira’s invaluable
colleague, becoming Associate Headmistress in 1944, and succeeding Miss Madeira as Headmistress in 1957. The sisters consider her part of their family. Miss Maynard’s profound impact inspired
Lisa and Margo to include her along with their parents in the dedication of their generous gift.
The sisters recall their impressive teachers and speak fondly of many, including history teacher Millicent Rex and math teacher Catherine Heap, both of whom left a lasting impression. They want future Madeira girls to learn from the best and most passionate teachers, as they did—not only in the classroom and the Madeira community, but in the wider community as well.
The communal feel of the School, the passionate commitment of the faculty and staff, and the focus on an all-girls education (including a strong Co-Curriculum) are three pillars they feel are important going forward.
An anecdote shared by the sisters: After Mary Gentry graduated from Vassar College, she returned to work and live at Madeira for two years. During this time, Howard Heun courted Mary and would walk her back to her North Dorm apartment after lights out. A few window screens were dislodged when girls tried to see if Mary got a goodnight kiss!
Their parents fell in love on Madeira’s beautiful campus, which added to this family’s connection to Madeira and their ongoing commitment to give back to the School they love.