Caroline Baytop Sinclair, a pioneer in women's sports and 1996 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame inductee, died May 22, 1996. She was 91. Sinclair was the driving force in establishing varsity sports and physical education departments at JMU, Mary Washington College, and the College of William and Mary, JMU's Sinclair Gymnasium is named for her. She was a teacher, coach and administrator
in women's intercollegiate athletics in Virginia and won acclaim for her work in health, recreation and physical education. Sinclair served as teacher and department head at Mary Washington (1934-41), at William and Mary (1941-50) and at JMU (1950-66).
Through a life income agreement, Sinclair had established a $10,000 endowment to support JMU's kinesiology program.
To honor Sinclair's contributions to JMU, Harry and Jean Hogge Corr ('55) have contributed the Caroline Sinclair Memorial Garden to the JMU Arboretum. The terraced garden of shrubs and perennials occupies the slope facing University Boulevard just north of the arboretum entrance.
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