MISS MARY L. BONNEY
Described as “pleasantly rotund and merry,” the motherly Miss Bonney was known for her quick sympathy and kind heart. Her chief talent as an educator was her patience in dealing with less promising pupils who needed extra attention.
Miss Bonney had significant outside interests. She played an important role in organizing the Women’s Union Missionary Society, training men for the Christian ministry. She also was concerned with correcting the social injustices to Native Americans, and helped form the National Indian Association, representing the society with a petition for reform at the White House in 1880.
Though she retired soon after the school’s move to the Ogontz estate (1883), she remained very active in her causes. In 1888, while a delegate to the World’s Missionary Convention in London, she met and married another delegate, Dr. Thomas Rambaut, a minister. When he died three years later, she told a friend, “They were the best years of my life.”