In honor of Mrs. Bobby West Alford

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Bobby Alford, 1921-2009

Bobby West Alford, who taught literature and English grammar to thousands of students at GMA/Woodward over a period of 35 years, died on March 10, 2009, at her home in College Park.

Mrs. Alford began teaching in 1956 in the elementary school of Georgia Military Academy. She retired in 1990 as Chair of the English Department in the Upper School, a position she held for 17 years. Her passion for teaching was equaled only by her ability to whip students into line with a wry but appropriate one-liner, for which she is justifiably legendary. Mrs. Alford worked tirelessly to prepare her students for the rigors of college-level reading, writing and thinking.

During her years at Woodward, she was honored with tributes from students and parents. She received the Academy’s 1998 Joseph W. Jones Distinguished Service Award.

Mrs. Alford was buried in the West-Turner family plot at the Winchester, Ky., cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Woodward Academy on Monday, April 27, at 2:45 pm in Gresham Chapel. Memorial gifts in her name may be made to the Bobby W. Alford Memorial Fund at Woodward Academy.

There will be reserved seating for former students of Mrs. Alford. Because of limited seating in the Chapel, please RSVP by Friday, April 24 to 404-765-4040 if you plan to attend the service.

Former teacher colleagues are invited to be part of the procession during the service. Contact Peggy McNash (404-765-1415 or peggy.mcnash@woodward.edu) for information about the processional. Current Upper School faculty will process in academic regalia, but colleagues from the past will be in appropriate dress.

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