Our community was devastated to receive the news of Kelly Ward’s passing on July 8. On July 10, we paid tribute to Kelly at our annual summer networking picnic, held at the home of emeritus professor and AFW past president Nancy Magnuson.

We were joined by several invited guests, including Savannah Rogers, President of the Associated Students of WSU; Amir Gilmore, President of the Graduate & Professional Student Association; WSU Provost Dan Bernardo; and Kelly Ward’s husband Gene Solomon with their daughter Lucy Ward.

At the event, we announced a joint effort between the Association for Faculty Women and the Commission on the Status of Women to develop major initiatives to honor Kelly Ward’s vision and legacy in cooperation with the WSU Office of the Provost and the family of Kelly Ward. Donations may be made to the Kelly Ward Legacy Fund.