Alumna's estate gives Roland Park Country $850,000


The Roland Park Country School announced this week that it has received the largest planned gift in its history - $850,000 from the estate of a 1932 graduate.

Elise Gettier Watkins, who played goalie on the school's 1931 undefeated field hockey team and remained active with Roland Park Country throughout her life, died Jan. 11 last year at her home in Northern California.

A Baltimore native, she moved to California in 1946 when her husband, James T. Watkins IV, joined the faculty of Stanford University. He died in 1982.

The bequest will go toward the school's tennis court complex now under construction, as well as an endowment to help fund faculty salaries.

While Roland Park Country has received larger individual donations - including at least five $1 million gifts in the past 10 years - the $850,000 is the largest planned gift from an estate.

Roland Park Country is an all-girls school with an enrollment of 710 students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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