Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Leaving an impression on Wheaton

Heather Corbett '86 and Sharon Howard '87, P'09

Sharon Howard ’87, P’09, executive director of alumnae/i relations and annual giving, retired from Wheaton this summer after 38 years. And Heather Corbett ’86, director of alumnae/i relations, accepted a position at Tulane University after 24 years at Wheaton. Here, former trustee Lou Ann Daly ’76 celebrates the Dynamic Duo’s contributions.

Where to begin?

It is so easy to relax into the rhythms of complacency and confidence when the leaders are so competent, so thoughtful, so seamlessly effective as to guarantee the success of whatever they touch. One reserved, shying away from the limelight and anything loud, Sharon; the other right there waving the flag in the front row, or scheming and dreaming up fun with cohorts, Heather.

Together, these two women showed a community why relationships and alumnae/i engagement are critical to sustaining a college.

They led and represented us for decades—cajoling, prodding, supporting the alumnae and alumni who are such an essential part of the fabric of Wheaton. On Reunion weekends, one could be found sitting in a golf cart, waving her arms, ready to play with returning alumnae/i; the other slipping in and out of Mary Lyon to personally greet and welcome us with a warm hug; both making sure that the grand gesture and individual details were being addressed.

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