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Alumni Award Recipient Doris Cline Egge
Doris Cline Egge '46
2012 Ripples Award
Doris Cline Egge was born in Harrisonburg, Va., on Aug. 28, 1923, the daughter of A. Fred and Frances Zigler Cline. One of the lasting memories she has of her years at the College occurred on Dec. 8, 1941. She was walking across campus toward Yount Hall when, through a loudspeaker, she heard President Franklin D. Roosevelt declare war on Japan. She also remembers Weyers Cave High School principal Clifford T. Riddel, BC class of 1933, approaching her at the end of her sophomore year to teach via special permit.
"It was during the war and teachers were hard to come by," recalls Mrs. Egge, who enrolled in summer school at Bridgewater to keep up with the classes she missed during the year. At war's end she had one semester remaining to finish her degree and moved to Bridgewater to be near the College.
"I found someone at BC to pick up my teaching job in January 1946, and I returned to campus to have a 'real graduation' a year later than my class," said Mrs. Egge.
She and Dean L. Egge, Bridgewater class of 1950, were married June 28, 1946, in the Harrisonburg Church of the Brethren. They remained married until his death in May 2004.
During her early days as an educator, Mrs. Egge mostly taught English, but because the schools were small, she also taught topics such as American history, French, bookkeeping, physical education and typing. In addition to Weyers Cave High School, she also taught at North River High School in Augusta County, Va., before becoming guidance counselor at William Fleming High School in Roanoke. Mrs. Egge, who earned her master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1965, also taught life planning and was career counselor in the Women's Center at Hollins College (now University). She taught adjunct classes at Roanoke College and UVA and wrapped up her career as a psychotherapist in private practice for Mental Health Services.
Mrs. Egge has been intensely active in the community and the Church of the Brethren. Her community work includes having served on the Mayor's Council on Youth and on the Nursing Education Advisory Board for Virginia Western Community College; chaired the Clinical Pastoral Education Board of Community Hospital; served as president of the honorary teaching society Delta Kappa Gamma; directed Municipal Days, a Roanoke program for high-school seniors; held a post on the executive committee of the Roanoke Chapter of the League of Women Voters and of Fellowship of Reconciliation; and served as president of the Ripples Society.
Her work with the denominational Church of the Brethren includes serving on the standing committee and general board, chairing the General Services Commission and copy editing Brethren Thought and Life. She also contributed her services to the Virlina district of the Church of the Brethren, moderating the district and two congregations as a member of the district board and chair of the district's Outdoors Ministries Committee.
Mrs. Egge has served as moderator, deacon, member of the choir and Dorcas Circle president for the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren. She is currently moderator, deacon, member of the Leadership Team and teacher for an adult electives Sunday School class. She has taught for nearly 60 years.
Mrs. Egge was awarded Bridgewater College's Outstanding Service Award in 1998. She was also presented the first Leadership Award by the Hollins College Women's Center
She has four children – Frances Christine (Tina) Egge, '69; Meredith Carol (Merry) Egge, '73; Alan C. Egge, '76; and Kimball S. Egge. She also has five grandchildren and one great grandson.
The Ripples Society tonight recognizes Doris Cline Egge with the presentation of the Ripples Medal for her distinguished career and her life of service and commitment to her family, her community and her alma mater.