Happy New Year from all of us at Marymount, and welcome to the January 2022 edition of the Alumni & Friends E-Newsletter. This month, we’re showcasing a talented alumna from the class of 1960, as well as a philosophy professor who recently co-edited a fascinating new book about granting legal rights to nature and the environment.


Carole Harding Whittle ‘60 is from the small town of Emporia, VA, which she came to realize was very different from Arlington when she arrived at Marymount in the late 1950’s. Carole has always had a love for being on stage, which she got from her mother, who was a performer in plays in New York City, and the assistant to famous ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. Her mother also attended Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, so she thought it was fitting that she attended a Marymount of her own.

As a student, Carole showed her love of performing by participating in shows at Marymount, as well as dancing on stage at Georgetown University and cheerleading for one of their classes. She also made friends with many Marymount nuns and Father Francis Demers, who she is still in touch with today, over 60 years later. After graduating, Carole worked as a model in the ‘70s and early ‘80s, and taught etiquette classes for Miller & Rhoads. She started Fashion Adventures by Carole, where she coordinated fashion shows, programming, TV segments and fundraisers from 1980 to 1985. She then became a fashion consultant with the Carlisle Collection headquartered in NYC for 20 years, where she eventually became District Manager for the state for 10 years.

Carole was an active community member in Lynchburg, VA, serving as President of the Lynchburg Historical Society and board member for Point of Honor. In Roanoke, she was President of both the Garden Club of Roanoke Valley and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Among other boards were the Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Mill Mountain Playhouse and the Roanoke Arts Council. She was also President of the Junior League of Roanoke Valley, where she held a main conference on recognizing learning disabilities. Carole currently lives in Roanoke and has three children and seven grandchildren.


Dr. Daniel Corrigan is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Marymount. He received his B.A. from Iowa State University, his M.A. from Georgia State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Miami. He joined the faculty at Marymount in 2018, and prior to this, was a postdoctoral associate in business ethics and bioethics at the University of Miami Business School. Dr. Corrigan has always been interested in ethics and political and legal philosophy, and especially in determining how theory can inform and guide us in practice.

Dr. Corrigan teaches undergraduate courses at Marymount in Business Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Cyber-ethics, and Environmental Ethics, as well as an MBA course on Business Law and Ethics. In the classroom, Dr. Corrigan aims to provide his students with different levels of perspective. For example, in the area of business ethics, he encourages his students to examine issues from the perspective of our overall economic system, the perspective of an organization and the perspective of an individual business person. He also informs his students not only about the issues they'll currently encounter, but also about new or emerging issues they're likely to confront in the future. For example, new issues in cyber-ethics arise on almost a daily or weekly basis alongside new technologies. He finds it important that his students are aware of these emerging issues, so they can anticipate new trends and are ready to approach issues they're likely to confront in both their careers and personal lives in the years ahead.

Recently, Dr. Corrigan co-edited a book, Rights of Nature: A Re-examination, which discusses the philosophical, legal and political dimensions of granting rights to nature or natural objects, such as forests, rivers or entire ecosystems. Historically, legal rights have only been granted to people and institutional agents, such as corporations, but never to the environment. The book discusses this new frontier in environmental protection and sustainability and how we should relate to and value our environment. Rights of Nature was published in 2021, and was launched internationally this past July. Outside of teaching, Dr. Corrigan likes to spend his time reading and developing his next research projects.

Charcuterie Board Building 101

Wednesday, February 9 @ 6:15 - 7:30

Ridgewells Catering (or virtual option available)

Join Susan Lacz ‘83, CEO and President of Ridgewells Catering, to learn how to build a vibrant charcuterie board using colorful and flavorful ingredients, make a delicious cocktail and prepare easy hors d’oeuvres. Her catering tips make entertaining easy and will surely wow your guests! Click here for more info and to register.

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