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Brenau dedicates iconic fountain to longtime university supporter

POSTED: April 12, 2014 11:17 p.m.

May Court princesses Pam Konkin, left, and Beth Eldridge prepare to wrap the May Pole Saturday at Brenau University's Alumnae Reunion and May Day celebration. The May Queen, Lea Mason, stands at the pole.

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The iconic fountain on Brenau University’s front lawn is restored and now dedicated to one of Brenau’s longtime figures.

The late Grace Hooten Moore, who came to Brenau in the 1930s and was a regular on campus ever since, was honored Saturday during the university’s Alumnae Reunion Weekend.

President Ed Schrader said in a news release that Moore loved Brenau and was always attending events on campus.

“If it were anything that had to do with Brenau, Grace was attending,” Schrader said. “She loved being around all the girls in the Women’s College.”

When Moore died in 2012, the family gave the university funds to use where needed. The fountain’s plumbing needed work, so the money was applied, along with contributions from the class of 2013, to restore it.

“This is a fitting way to honor the woman who spent her life serving Brenau and quietly making her presence known,” Schrader said.

Moore served as the first female chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, and her son, Jim Moore, now serves on the board.

“She was never the one to beat the drums about herself. But she’d be thrilled,” Moore said of the fountain dedication. “Mother would be so proud of the continued success that Brenau has had. She was proud it had continued many of the ideals that were in place when she was here.”

Moore was drawn from McDonough to Brenau for the university’s music and drama programs. She settled in Gainesville, marrying and raising five children. She also was a founding member of the Junior League of Gainesville and volunteered with the local library.

The fountain, or some version of it, is at least a century old, and it has its own lore, too. Students of the women’s college are traditionally dunked in the fountain when they get engaged.


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