“She was my most memorable boss,” said Erv Rokke, president of Moravian from 1997 to 2006 and Mrs. Hurd’s friend. “She built her life on her integrity — a virtue most crucial for leadership. Her words were thoughtful and crisp … she could grasp the essence of an issue and dissect it … and she expected the same in return.”
The result was an honest leadership culture which improved the lives of all who came in contact with her. In addition to her candor, Rokke praised her sense of service and excellence in all she did. These qualities were balanced out by her occasional short fuse. “She didn’t tolerate lengthy verbal recitations from male members of the board,” he added.
Rokke also recalled her love of burgers and chocolate sundaes at Bubba’s Restaurant in Quakertown and the enjoyment she got from sharing stories about the bucolic farms around hers in Springtown. “She brought the area to life for me with her stories,” he said.
“When she was around, we smiled more and stepped higher. Because of her, this national treasure is even better,” he concluded.
Lyn Trodahl Chenowyth ’68, chair of the Board of Trustees, added her thoughts, concentrating on Mrs. Hurd’s wit and sense of humor and her devotion to everything connected with Moravian College.
“She laughed a lot and her eyes sparkled when she did,” began Chenowyth. “And she kept that sense of humor to the end.”
She was a mentor to Chenowyth before the word was widely used, and the two women bonded over their passion for Moravian. And although she was not a graduate and had no family members who attended Moravian, “she loved the faculty, staff and students and the great tradition of Moravian,” said Chenowyth. “And she always asked me about the ‘kids.’ I want you all to understand how much you meant to her.”
“Thank you for being a constant guiding presence,” Chynowyth said, addressing the portrait of Mrs. Hurd that was poised on an easel to her left. “Thank you for your gifts of service, friendship and love.”
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