Formerly a World War II naval officer, sales executive and financial consultant, Virginia Laddey had many passions. She was an avid art collector, literature devotee, philanthropist and social progressive. After a long and productive career, Laddey retired and moved to a new home near UCI, where she could immerse herself in her passions and the university community.
Laddey, a founding member of the Friends of Art History and a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, was also a devoted UCI supporter, particularly of the School of Humanities and Department of Art History.
As a member of UCI’s Legacy Society, Laddey left a generous bequest to the department of art history, a source of her passion and enthusiasm. Her gift will support students participating in the department’s new 4+1 master’s program.
Kylie Ching and Jasmin Pannier are the first recipients of the Laddey Fellowship in Art History. Pannier will use the funds to continue her research on the influence costume books had on the composition of photographs of ethnic types in the 19th century; and Ching will continue her research on artist Shigeko Kubota.