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Librarian Nancy Reeder Honored with 2017 Devanny Award

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Middle School and Upper School Librarian Nancy Reeder, who is retiring this year after 44 years of service to Heathwood, is the 2017 recipient of the Devanny Award.

Earl H. Devanny was headmaster of Heathwood Hall Episcopal School from 1972 until his death in 1977.  The Earl H. Devanny Memorial Award is given by Heathwood Hall Episcopal School each year to a member of the Heathwood community who has been significant in the development of the School and who reflects values and principles upon which Heathwood Hall was founded. 

Mrs. Reeder started working at Heathwood in 1972, when the school was still located in the Heath Mansion on Heathwood Circle. Over the course of her 44-year tenure, she oversaw relocation of Heathwood's library four times. She has educated and cared for thousands of students, and is responsible for the wall of newspaper clippings about Heathwood students next to the checkout desk in the Upper School library.

In his remarks honoring Mrs. Reeder at Commencement, Head of School Chris Hinchey said, "This year’s winner of the Devanny Award has shaped the school in a way that few can claim. Heathwood won’t be the same when she leaves, and it is not the same because she was here .... Nancy’s own motto: 'Life's too short to read bad books,' may also capture the essence of the focus on years of service.  44 years speaks to a great relationship filled with happiness, compromise, sacrifice, rewards, and joyful partnership .... Nancy Reeder is a great librarian, an amazing person, a superb colleague, and a Highlander for the ages."

As well known for her sporty red Mazda Miata as for the "Please Disturb" sign on her office door, Mrs. Reeder is beloved by generations of Heathwood students and will be greatly missed when school resumes next fall.