Bonnie Hohn 1941-2009

December 11, 2009

With great sadness I share the news that Bonnie Hohn, a longtime member of the Mary Baldwin biology faculty, passed away yesterday morning. Her roots ran deep here: not only did she personally contribute much to building the biology program (she was particularly known for the biology of women course and her horticulture and botany classes), but her father ran the Pearce greenhouse for many years.

She was a person with seemingly infinite generosity, devoting much of her life outside of work to caring for others — her sister, bedridden for life after being stricken by polio as a child; her elderly mother; critically ill friends; Hospice patients; and dozens of cats, dogs, and birds that needed a home. I am personally very grateful to her for her substantial contributions to the President’s House renovation project, making it a warm and gracious living space and inviting setting for college events.

Funeral arrangements are pending; they are being handled by Henry Funeral Home (; 540-885-7211). We expect to be able to send you details by tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, December 12.

Mary Baldwin invites friends, colleagues, and former students to post tributes and memories to Facebook at

The memorial service for Bonnie Hohn has been postponed due to the expected winter storm. It has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 9, at 2 p.m. at Henry Funeral Home in Staunton.

With best wishes for you and your family,
President Pamela Fox