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Jennifer Strawbridge '01 Named Distinguished Young Alumna

Washington and Lee University’s Alumni Association has bestowed its 2011 Distinguished Young Alumna Award on the Rev. Jennifer R. Strawbridge, of the Class of 2001.

Announcement of the award was made on Friday (Sept. 30) during the annual Young Alumni Reunion on campus.

Rev. Strawbridge is chaplain of Oxford University’s Keble College in England, where she is responsible for the day-to-day life of the chapel, including conducting daily services, teaching and organizing various Chapel activities.

At the same time, she is pursuing a DPhil. degree in New Testament and classics at Oxford.

The citation honoring Rev. Strawbridge read, in part: “The leadership, scholarship and service Jenn Strawbridge exhibited as a student has flourished and brought credit to her alma mater.”

A summa cum laude graduate in physics and religion, Rev. Strawbridge was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa. She was a University Scholar, a R.E. Lee Research Scholar and a member of the lacrosse and tennis teams.

She was a student leader in the Shepherd Poverty Program and spent two summers as an AmericCorps volunteer in Kentucky during her undergraduate career.

After graduating from W&L, she earned a master’s in New Testament theology from Keble College, a master’s in divinity from Yale University and a diploma in Anglican studies from the Berkley Divinity School at Yale.

She was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2004 and began her ministry as curate at Christ Church Episcopal in New Haven, Conn. She also served as an oncology and hospice chaplain at Bridgeport Hospital in nearby Bridgeport, Conn

Immediately prior to her current position, Rev. Strawbridge was associate rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Va., for five years and also served as curate at Christ Church Episcopal in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 2009, Rev. Strawbridge presented the Baccalaureate Address at Washington and Lee.

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