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Celebrating Philanthropy: Elizabeth Swailes '65

A Sandusky native, Beverlie Buck Mayer graduated cum laude from Baldwin Wallace University in 1938 with majors in music education and speech. She was inducted into Mu Phi Epsilon and Theta Alpha Phi, national honoraries for music and theatre, and was White Rose Orator for Commencement Weekend.

She taught junior high school music, as well as private voice and piano, in the Sandusky area for 40 years. A mover and a shaper, she employed music to enhance countless lives in her church, community and throughout Ohio. She also held leadership roles for many Ohio professional organizations in music and music education. She established the Beverlie Buck Mayer Music Scholarship with her husband, Jack, and received the Outstanding Conservatory Alumni Award in 1997 from her alma mater.

The Beverlie Buck Mayer Wing was made possible through the generous gift of her daughter, Elizabeth M. Swailes 65, a passionate advocate for the Conservatory and active member of the Baldwin Wallace Board of Trustees.

A former soloist with Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians, Beth Swailes was active in establishing the Melvin Hakola Scholarship to honor her voice teacher. A successful businesswoman, she also established the Elizabeth M. Swailes Music Theatre Fund here. She received an honorary degree from BW in 2006.

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