Éloïse Raymond, 1924-2021 | Hendrix College

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CONWAY, Ark. (August 16, 2021) – The Hendrix community is saddened by on August 1, the death of Eloise Raymond, who taught in the Department of Economics and Commerce at Hendrix College from 1951 to 1988.

she came in Hendrix alongside her husband, Dr Albert Raymond, who was hired to teach biology (and who retired as the first distinguished professor of biology Virginia A. McCormick Pittman). The couple were married for 66 years, until Albert’s death in 2012.

Eloise Raymond’s death notice highlights her work for the advancement of the accountancy profession and her mentoring of Hendrix students as part of this work. She received the President’s Award from the National Association of Accountants in 1986-87 and was commended by the American Institute of CPAs in Arkansas for inviting students to meetings of the organization to present them with networking opportunities. and education.

In the book by James E. Lester Jr. Hendrix College: a century-old history, Eloise Raymond is cited as one of the two faculty members responsible for introducing the first computer programming courses at Hendrix in 1973. Thanks to her efforts, by 1982 more than a quarter of Hendrix students had received some form of computer education.

Dr. Lyle Rupert ’82, C. Louis and Charlotte Cabe, distinguished professor of economics and commerce at Hendrix, knew Raymond first as a professor and academic advisor, then as a colleague when he joined the faculty.

“I loved his teaching style – energetic, stimulating and encouraging,” Rupert said, noting that his encouragement influenced his decision to attend graduate school and teach. “I ended up attending his alma mater, the University of Chicago, and was thrilled to be offered a teaching position at Hendrix. She continued as a mentor and helped me get my teaching career off to a good start. I have many fond memories of her that I will cherish for the rest of my life and appreciate the positive and lasting influence she has had on me.

Rupert also told a story about Raymond’s energy level impressing his students in the 1980s: “Our classroom was on the third floor of Mills, pretty much the same with his office on the second floor. She entered the classroom and dropped off her materials. She commented on leaving a certain document in her office and left the classroom. Within seconds, she was back in the classroom with the document. We concluded that she must have jumped over the railing from the third floor to the second floor, retrieved the document, and climbed back over the railing to get back into the classroom so quickly. There was no way she would have time to use the stairs!

In addition to his work within the faculty, Raymond has been active with the Hendrix Dames, a group that has helped with scholarship fundraising efforts, campus beautification, and graduate banquets, among other improvements to the College; and in the First United Methodist Church, where its activities included helping to establish the Clifton Day Care Center, a nonprofit organization that provided child care services to working poor people.

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