class of 1927
inducted in 2002
Athlete, Coach &
Virginia Redford, Class of 1927, was
known as a regional tennis celebrity in the 1940's. She attended Skidmore College where she earned a B.S. in 1931 and the
University of Pennsylvania where she earned an M.S. in 1940.
She returned to Cheltenham where she taught physical education.
She was appointed assistant department chair in 1961 and later served as
department chair of the girls' physical education department. She coached
hockey and tennis at Cheltenham High School for many years. Her prowess as a coach
is best reflected in the number of All-American and All-Philadelphia hockey
players that came through the Cheltenham program while she coached. Some of these included Sue Wagner Lubking, Adele Boyd, Nancy Wood Dennery,
Joan Moser and Sandy Wood Wilkes.
Miss Redford's sports enthusiasm soared beyond the Cheltenham playing fields. She achieved
recognition throughout the Philadelphia area in both tennis and squash. She won
the Middle States Lawn Tennis Association's Clay Court Tournament in 1942,
and in 1943 she won the women's singles. Ms. Redford also received numerous
tennis awards from the Philadelphia Rifle Club.
A natural athlete, Miss Redford joined the Germantown Cricket Club where she
triumphed in her debut appearance (1941), after having played for only three
months. In 1942, she upset the favorite, Mrs. Bolton Earnshaw,
in the opening round of the Philadelphia Women's B Squash Championship at
Germantown Cricket Club.
Born in West Virginia, Miss Redford spent the majority of her
life in Elkins Park. She moved to Meadowbrook after retiring in 1972. Miss
Redford died July 15, 1997, at the age of eighty-eight.