In her 67th academic year at The Webb School, Dorothy Elkins celebrated her 97th birthday on Aug. 29 and was the guest of honor at chapel. She received a standing ovation from students, faculty and staff who sang “Happy Birthday” and a bouquet of flowers. Later in the day, she was also presented a collection of birthday cards mailed from near and far from alumni and others helping to celebrate her special day
"Mrs. Elkins is one of the easiest people to celebrate, and we are so fortunate to have her work in the Alumni and Development office. She knows and remembers decades of Webb alumni and families - and they all remember her (she is truly a Webb icon!),” said Leigh Adams, director of Alumni and Development. She is so caring and has a way of making those around her feel special and comfortable -- something that a lot of people only feel when they're with family. But that is exactly what Mrs. Elkins has been for so many -- she is family, and she brings so much joy to Webb and the Bell Buckle community."
“It was just wonderful and so amazing,” said Mrs. Elkins. Speaking of her long tenure at Webb, she added, “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it and still enjoy every year.”
Mrs. Elkins joined Webb in 1957 and served as assistant to six heads of school and secretary to the Board of Trustees. She joined the Alumni and Development Office in 1988.
“We're always excited to celebrate Mrs. Elkins' birthday, but every day is special with her,” said Jonathon Hawkins, associate director of Alumni and Development. “In the A&D Office, we have the honor and privilege to work with her in our efforts to engage with Webb alumni, parents and friends. She is a vital member of our team sending birthday wishes and sympathy notes as well as making fundraising calls for the Webb Fund and other school priorities. Mrs. Elkins is beloved by generations of alumni and continues to make an impact on students and their families today.”
L.R. Smith, Dorothy Elkins, Jim Callis, associate head of school
Jonathon Hawkins, associate director of Alumni and Development and Dorothy Elkins