WFAE lost a long-time advisor and friend on March 26th.
Mary Dawn Bailey died at the young age of 71. The term “young” is used deliberately here, with all sorts of justification.
Mary Dawn served UNC Charlotte for 22 years, with leadership roles in the Urban Institute and the Graduate School.
She was an early and vigorous proponent of womens’ studies and environmental education. I got to know Mary Dawn when I came to WFAE in 1988, and she was serving on the stations’ advisory board.
An enthusiastic bicyclist, fitness advocate and world traveler, Mary Dawn was the epitome of lifelong learning. Our lives are richer because of her energies and her expertise, and WFAE is stronger because of her advocacy.