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Condolences: Virginia Bell Webster and Gwendo McSwine, friends of the college

July 13, 2014

Beloit College offers condolences to the families of philanthropist Virginia Bell Webster who passed away July 6 at the age of 98, and Gwendo Delores McSwine, who passed away in Beloit on June 30.

Webster was predeceased by her husband, Scott Webster'35, and is survived by her sister Dorothy Hay and nephews Ed Henby'64 and Larry Bell'58. Mrs. Webster was a major supporter of the college and its Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit. Webster, who resided in the Stateline Area, was a pioneer for women in aviation, serving in World War II in the Women's Air Corps, and later in the Civil Air Patrol and as one of the first female air traffic controllers for what is now the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the time of this writing, the family has yet to announce plans for a service. Read more about the Webster’s contributions to Beloit College here.

McSwine was a woman whose work touched generations of Beloiters. As she served in Beloit College’s dining services for more than a decade, her smile, personality, and undeniable presence were an unforgettable part of the college experience for countless students.

The Beloit Daily News obituary for McSwine is available here; online condolences may be shared with the family at