Surprise vows

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Surprise vows

Photo by: Andrew Davis Tucker

As UGA students, Loyd (BSEd ’53) and Mary (MAEd ’82) Landrum met through the Redcoat Band. Mary Landrum was working on a master’s in art, a degree she wouldn’t complete until 30 years later, while Loyd Landrum was getting a bachelor’s degree in music education. They married in Atlanta in 1953 and soon moved to Macon, where Loyd served as a minister of music and Mary taught art.

In June, on their 60th wedding anniversary, they came back to Athens and UGA where a surprise ceremony awaited them at the Chapel. Their daughter Lynn Withers planned the event—a renewal of vows—and lured her parents to the campus (and lunch at the Varsity) as a gift.

“They loved the university,” says Withers (BSEd ’78, MEd ’80). “What could’ve been better than bringing them back?”

—Chase Martin