Mason Alumna Remembers the Libraries in Her Bequest

Mrs. Graves, an avid gardener, in her backyard with her dog ChiChi.


Marylyn T. Graves, BA ’69 embraces her teaching career – a career that she is now making her legacy. It is a legacy she is creating with a planned gift that will establish a library endowment.

The Marylyn T. Graves Library Endowment will support digital resources such as e-books, e-journals and other digital formats in the subject area of mathematics and computer science acquired by the University Libraries. Mrs. Graves received a BA in mathematics in 1969 as a non-traditional student. Upon graduating, she taught math for twenty-three years at Key Intermediate School in Springfield.

Mrs. Graves retired from Fairfax County in 1991. Since then, she established the Thomas William Graves Memorial Scholarship Endowment, named for her deceased spouse, and the Marylyn Thompson Graves Scholarship Endowment. Both endowments are for students majoring in either mathematics or computer science.

Mrs. Graves strongly believes that scholarships help open doors to student opportunities. Her library endowment opens those doors even wider. In doing so she has created a lasting legacy that honors her dedicated career and her unswerving commitment to academic achievement.