Annie Gets Her Stone


By Laura J. Cole ’04 ’08MLS






Annie Russell. I am always a student; I shall never stop thinking, studying, learning as long as I live.

In January 1932, Rollins laid the cornerstone of the Annie Russell Theatre, named in honor of legendary stage actress Annie Russell ’32H, who was present for the ceremony and went on to serve as the Theatre’s artistic director until her death in 1936. In January 2009, more than three quarters of a century later, Rollins placed another stone in tribute to the actress: this time, in the College’s celebrated Walk of Fame. Russell’s relatives were on hand to set the stone, which came from Russell’s home in Winter Park. The stone—the 531st to be placed in the Walk of Fame—is inscribed with an abridged version of the following quote from one of the many letters Russell wrote: “I am always a student; I shall never stop thinking, studying, learning as long as I live. There is so much to do, so much to express, such worlds of artistic beauty to explore.”

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