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Alumni Spotlight | Ellie Hodge Draper Flory ’72

Ellie Hodge Draper Flory ’72


“My experiences at BC nurtured a lifelong love of learning,” said Ellie Hodge Draper Flory of her Bridgewater College education.

As a high school junior, she accompanied her parents, Elizabeth Bowman Hodge ’46 and Roy Hodge Jr. ’47, to their class reunion, and they arranged for her to have a campus tour. She immediately fell in love with BC and the friendliness of everyone she met. Flory would go on to graduate with her B.A. in English in 1972. “I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to pursue a variety of interests through classes, volunteer opportunities, student organizations and more,” she commented. In addition, she made lifelong friends and met her first husband, Glen Draper ’73.

After graduation, her first job was an admissions counselor for BC. She taught as an English teacher at Buffalo Gap High School for several years and then became a stay-at-home mom. Eventually she took a position as Director of Volunteer Services at the Bridgewater Retirement Community, where she remained for 27 years, until her retirement in February 2015.  She said, “In that role I received so much joy. I was able to interact with BC students, faculty and staff, help with special events and match students, clubs and teams with BRC residents and departments.”

A mother of three, Flory is proud that her daughter, Jennie Draper ’03, also graduated from the College. Flory continued to be involved with Bridgewater throughout the years, serving on the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors as a member and secretary in the early '80s and again as a member, president-elect and president in the late '90s and early 2000s. She hosted and planned informal events, joined the Eagle Club and attended numerous Eagles games, continued to attend BCAA Board meetings as a past president and traveled on the alumni trip to Ireland and Scotland with the BC Chorale in 2011.

In December 2014, she married her second husband, Phil Flory ’75. “I was blessed to get a second chance at love and happiness.”

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