Josephine Beatty Chadwick ’43 Leaves a Lasting Legacy at Peace

February 2, 2021

Josephine Beatty Chadwick ’43, died Sunday, January 24, 2021. Josephine, or “Jo,” as her friends and family affectionately called her, was an active member of the Peace Community and a champion for students. Josephine received an associate’s of arts degree from Peace in 1943. In 1945, she graduated from Longwood College with a bachelor’s of arts in history. Following graduation, she taught school in Elizabethtown and Wilmington.

Her three children survive her, George Harris Chadwick, III, and wife, Beth; Elizabeth Beatty Chadwick Cherry ’72 and husband, Bob; Mary Gibbs Chadwick Ives ’76 and husband, Bryan. She is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Mommy Jo.” Josephine created a lasting legacy at Peace; her daughter’s Beth ’72 and Mary Gibbs ’76, and her cousin, Ginger Rogers Hester Beatty ’56, are also alumnae who are all as involved the Peace community as she was.

Chadwick was active as a community volunteer for the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Queen’s Court Division of the NC Azalea Festival. She has been a charter member of the American Association of University Women and a director of the Friends of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She also served as a member of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Board and an honorary member of the Women of the Church of St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder and has been a member of the Cape Fear Garden Club for over 40 years.

Josephine Chadwick ’43 at the 2020 Wilmington Alumni and Friends Event.

Josephine was a true woman of Peace. She served on the Alumni Board and was president from 1971-1973. From 1986 to 1995, she was a member of the Board of Trustees. She also served on the Peace Board of Visitors several times throughout her life. She also received the Distinguished Alumna Award (1974), Distinguished Service Award (1992), and William Peace Medallion (2007)–the University’s highest award. She was named an Honorary Trustee during Peace’s sesquicentennial anniversary and is one of the most philanthropic alumna supporters of Peace to date with giving society memberships in the President’s Circle and Heritage societies, as well as the prestigious William Peace Lifetime Giving Society.

 “Josephine Beatty Chadwick has been a vital part of the Peace campus since her arrival for classes nearly 70 years ago… She has been a champion for education and providing opportunities for the students since graduating. Her broad thinking and vision for a better future for students of all ages have been the fire for her passion since her days spent on the Peace College campus.”

Elizabeth Beatty Chadwick Cherry ’72

Passionate about Peace and passionate about education, Josephine established the George Chadwick Jr. Scholarship in 1978, in honor of her late husband. The scholarship was renamed in 2021 to the Chadwick Family Scholarship to honor the continued family commitment to Peace. The scholarship is awarded to students in need who contribute to their school, church, and community. To commemorate all of her contributions to Peace, the Board of Trustees granted her an honorary Ph.D. in the 2012 commencement ceremony. Her daughter, Beth, presented the degree to her mother. In her remarks, she stated, “Josephine Beatty Chadwick has been a vital part of the Peace campus since her arrival for classes nearly 70 years ago… She has been a champion for education and providing opportunities for the students since graduating. Her broad thinking and vision for a better future for students of all ages have been the fire for her passion since her days spent on the Peace College campus.”

*Click here to read Josephine Chadwick’s official obituary.