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Scholarship Honors Baldwin

The family of former ECU professor Karen Baldwin made a $100,000 gift to Guilford College to establish an endowed fund supporting scholarships.

Baldwin, who died at 64 last November, was a member of the Society of Friends and deeply committed to Quaker values, social justice and environmental causes.  

She was director of the East Carolina University Folklore Archive, past editor of the North Carolina Folklore Journal and former director of ECU’s North Carolina Studies Program.

Her more than 40 publications have appeared in national and international journals, anthologies and encyclopedias. Her ground-breaking work dealt with oral poetry, family folklore, folk medicine, women’s culture, deaf folklore, folklore and education.

“According to her husband, Ernest Marshall, Karen commented many, many times about her happy memories at Guilford and what it meant to her to have a Guilford education,” said Mike Poston, vice president for advancement and executive director of development for Guilford College.  

“Ernest is very pleased that this gift will help with the recruitment of Quaker students, and he believes that Karen would want to provide for scholarships at Guilford.”

Baldwin was previously honored with the establishment of the Karen Baldwin Folklore Archive at ECU, where she taught for 30 years.

Each year, one scholar will receive the full appropriation—5 percent of the value of the fund.  There is opportunity for others to contribute to the fund, which would increase the amount available to the student selected each year.

Additional gifts may be forwarded to the Office of Advancement, Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, N.C.  27410.

This page originally appeared in the Nov. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at