Wendy Talbot ’70 passed away in May 2015, just weeks after attending her 45th reunion at George School. Countless George School friends and family members attended her memorial service and recounted Wendy’s ability to relate so well to people of all ages and her genuine commitment to helping others. Inspired by Wendy’s life and deep connection to George School, Carol Powell Heller ’71 decided to endow a scholarship in her honor. This fall, George School will award the very first Talbot Scholar.
“Wendy was a natural giver,” said Carol. “She always helped when asked and instinctively looked for ways to extend a hand. She always had a smile for you and a joy for life. George School benefitted greatly from Wendy. I thought a scholarship in her name for a student in need of tuition assistance would celebrate her legacy in the GS community.”
Wendy grew up living on George School’s campus. Her father, Jack Talbot, taught in the English Department, served as Dean of Boys’, directed several plays in the drama program, and coached tennis and soccer for more than thirty years. Her mother, Mary Starr Talbot ’30, was a George School alumna.
During her time at George School, Wendy developed into a strong student-athlete. Anne LeDuc coached Wendy and shared that by senior year, “she was admired for her play on three varsity girls’ teams: in field hockey for her defense; in basketball for her shot; and in tennis for her passion.”
After graduation, Wendy attended West Chester University where she continued to play varsity tennis. She later returned to George School from 1976 through 1979 where she followed in her father’s footsteps and coached the girls’ tennis team. She also coached tennis at Pocono Manor and Skytop Lodge during her career.
Wendy became a certified caretaker during the later years of her life and worked mainly with elderly patients who enjoyed her encouragement.
“Throughout her life, Wendy cared for others and always stayed loyal to George School,” said Anne. “She set a wonderful example as an alumna and friend.”
Talbot Scholars must demonstrate a commitment to hard work, good sportsmanship, leadership, and character both on and off the field—in line with the attributes displayed by Wendy as a student and a coach at George School. If you are interested in contributing to this fund, you can do so at www.georgeschool.org/donate or by contacting Tessa Bailey-Findley in the Advancement Office at 215.579.6572.