Imbued with compassion and a strong work ethic, Winborne Hamlin has dedicated her life to serving her community. She spent many years as an English teacher at Eastern High School in Maryland and at Lancaster Middle and High Schools in South Carolina, and as a teacher and director of the art program at the High Museum of Art in Georgia. Ms. Hamlin also held positions like board member of the St. Philip’s School and Community Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Highland Park Independent School District Foundation for Child Care in Texas, and troop leader of the Senior Girl Scouts in South Carolina. Other notable roles include docent of the Dallas Museum of Art, vestry and volunteer of the St. Michael and All Angels Church, national selection committee for the Jefferson Scholars Program at the University of Virginia, president of the Friends of the Library for Park Cities, executive council member for the Diocese of Dallas, delegate of the Triennial Conventions of the Episcopal Church, and secretary of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts League.
One of the highlights of Ms. Hamlin’s career was helping a young refugee from Vietnam. She got the child a library card and tutored him in the summers. He eventually moved to California with his family, and although they lost touch, Ms. Hamlin received a letter from him years later thanking her and telling her he had just graduated with a master’s degree and was getting married. She was thrilled to know she made a difference in his life.
Ms. Hamlin prepared for her endeavors by studying at The Graham School and by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Sweet Briar College in 1958 and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University in 1959. While in school, she garnered experience as a babysitter, a receptionist for an advertising agency, an employee of Seaboard Citizen’s National Bank, a student waitress in the Alumnae/President’s Office, and an English teacher at Sweet Briar College.
In recognition of her achievements, Ms. Hamlin was honored with the Acorn Award for the Establishment of the University Park Library, the Most Popular and Best All-Around Award from The Graham School, and the Highest SAT Senior Award. She was also featured in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in Religion.