Remembering Dorothy C. Fuqua
January 27, 2015
Last week, we lost one of Skyland Trail's dearest friends and benefactors: Dorothy C. Fuqua. There is no question her loss will be widely mourned as her generous spirit can be seen and felt all over Atlanta. Nowhere was her influence greater than at Skyland Trail. For more than two decades, first as a Board member, then as an Emeritus Board member, Mrs. Fuqua shared her wisdom, vision, time, and talents in service of our clients and our organization.
Whether inviting clients to visit her gardens, talking to clients about their work in art therapy, or inspiring other Atlanta leaders to get involved in our boards or auxiliary group, Mrs. Fuqua led by example, demonstrating her enthusiasm for our mission through meaningful and personal commitments.
If you were to tour our main campus, you would see her handprints everywhere . In the greenhouse and gardens you would see the impact of her deep involvement in the development of our unique horticulture therapy program. In the welcoming lobby, open dining area, and educational spaces of our Health and Education Center, you would feel the influence of her leadership in the design of that building, the centerpiece of our clinical treatment program.
Skyland Trail would be a different place if not for the vision and generosity of this remarkable woman. In 2005, the Dorothy C. Fuqua Center was opened and dedicated in her honor for her many contributions to our organization, and the Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture Series was established to honor and celebrate her 90th birthday. We are honored to have these lasting and fitting tributes to Mrs. Fuqua.
We are thankful to have Mrs. Fuqua’s son and daughter-in-law, Rex and Duvall Fuqua, as part of the Skyland Trail community and extend our sympathy to them during this time of mourning.
Like her gardens, Mrs. Fuqua cultivated Skyland Trail and helped us grow from a small start up to a world class organization. Mrs. Fuqua’s immeasurable impact as a benefactor, leader, and friend will be missed, and forever remembered.