Mary E. Anderson Covington ’42 passed away June 24, 2016. She and her late husband Robert, “Bob” A. Covington ’41, met at the University. Their daughter, Ruth Ann Covington Williams Nydam, shares this fitting tribute:
“While at U of R, my mother, Mary Anderson Covington, was a member of the Freshman Club and freshman dorm representative responsible for Homecoming. In her sophomore year she was in SPURS and formed an organization for off campus students. In her junior year she joined Alpha Sigma Pi sorority. Her other responsibilities included: Chapel checker, YWCA college representative, representative for the Girl Reserves Groups, dining room worker, organizer of dry cleaning for all the dormitories and she sat on the Peer Review Board for disciplining students. She was instrumental in forming a chaplain service for students (she coordinated this project with Pastor Foerster of the Lutheran Church in Redlands), she established a scholarship for students majoring in government, was co- chairman with Wendy Rigney to organize the first group alumni meeting of U of R grads and was instrumental in forming a Panhellenic organization for the sororities on the U of R campus. She was a patroness of Alpha Sigma Pi sorority, past president of the Sigma Alumnae and chairman of many class reunion gatherings. She and my dad also established scholarships for students. My mom always enjoyed being a part of the University of Redlands community and promoted it to others whenever she could. It was very dear to her heart.”
In May of 2003, Covington received the Distinguished Service Award from the University for the many gifts she gave of her time and talent to our institution. She was honored most recently for over 66 years of membership and dedication to the Contemporary Club of Redlands. She was a charter member of PEO chapter PK and a charter member of the Inland Empire chapter of Childhelp. Her family members include Ruth Ellen Anderson Weaver ’50, Ruth Ann Covington Williams Nydam, Janey Covington Walser ’67, Jim Covington, Cathleen Covington Crombie ’08, Holly Williams Nickel and Russell Williams ’99.