Eliza McCaslin Pope

Pope_Eliza‌After serving as a paralegal, she entered the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. While fighting her illness, she graduated on May 13, 2012, with a Juris Doctor degree, becoming the third generation in her family to attend the law school. Eliza will always be remembered for her quick wit, kindness to children and skills as a great chef and painter.

pope eliza painting

Pictured is one of Eliza’s many paintings. She possessed a wisdom beyond her years, and one always knew where she stood on an issue. During her battle with cancer, she never displayed anger or self pity or complained of pain, and she was always ready with a wisecrack to lighten up the most difficult moments. The tone she set, her sense of humor, and her courage inspired awe in everyone around her. 

Eliza passed away on October 8, 2012 surrounded by her family. Eliza’s little sister, Betsey, is currently a sophomore history major at Sewanee. She hopes to follow in her sister’s footsteps and continue her legacy.

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