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A Golden W&L Anniversary for Agnes Gilmore

Happy anniversary to Agnes Gilmore, who started work at W&L 50 years ago today— Aug. 6, 1963. Visitors to Elrod Commons and callers to the University switchboard receive a warm greeting from Agnes, whose official title is receptionist/office assistant for Public Safety.

That title tells only part of the story. Since 1963, first in the lobby of Washington Hall (which served as the unofficial W&L visitors’ center for many years), then in the Commons (which opened in 2003), Agnes has greeted thousands of visitors to campus, answered telephones in all of their technological iterations, maintained the lost-and-found, monitored security cameras, befriended students, and so much more.

Carrying on the family tradition at W&L is one of Agnes’ daughters, Jill Gilmore Straub, who’s the administrative assistant for the Department of Theater and Dance.

Thank you, Agnes, for embodying the civility and courtesy of W&L for five decades—and counting.