Marguerite Pippenger Is First Recipient of the John Harrison '84 Magnanimitas Award
Pictured are keynote speaker Lock Reddic '84, Marguerite Pippenger '23, Kerrie Harrison, and Assistant Head of School Shaw Wilson '84.

The inaugural John Harrison ’84 Magnanimitas Award was presented Friday, Nov. 19 to Baylor junior Marguerite Pippenger, nominated and chosen by a committee of faculty members, as one who embodies Harrison’s qualities of resilience, grace, kindness, dignity, and compassion.  The annual award will recognize a student with relentless positivity, passion, and selflessness while giving to others, the school, and the community with a true greatness of spirit.

Watch a video of the ceremony below.

Harrison, a member the Baylor advancement department, died on Nov.  22, 2020 at age 55, after courageously battling the life-long effects of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and resulting kidney disease. 

“It is a pleasure to recognize Marguerite Pippenger as the first John Harrison ’84 Magnanimitas Award winner,” said Shaw Wilson ’84, assistant head of school. “Marguerite truly embodies the spirit of giving while demonstrating a real love for her community and for Baylor, much like John did.”

Nomination Excerpts

"Margie is also the epitome of a humble human being. She has so many incredible accomplishments, but she always directs the attention on others, and is the best friend to everyone."

"She embodies and continues to promote so much of what Mr. Harrison stood for. I never knew Mr. Harrison but from the stories she has told of him, I can say he was a phenomenal person. I’ve served with Margie on Honor Council and her intelligence and grace were vividly present in the discussions she helped lead. Her spirit for her school, and especially her friends, shines like a beacon to all around her and I cannot think of a more deserving individual for this award."

The award comes with $500 for Pippenger to use in whatever creative, philanthropic efforts that are most meaningful to her. “The Magnanimitas Award gives us the opportunity to celebrate John Harrison and tell the story of Baylor’s great culture of philanthropy every year,” said Wilson.

The John Harrison ’84 Magnanimitas Award and Scholarship Fund launched in early 2021 thanks to the generosity of Harrison’s family and friends. In fewer than 12 months, $1.3 million was raised for this endowed fund which will support the annual award and an annual scholarship for a returning Upper School student who is selected for the honor.

The award ceremony was attended by members of Harrison's family, friends from the Class of 1984, and Baylor Upper School students. Invited guests attended a reception following in Hedges Library.

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For information about giving to the John Harrison ’84 Magnanimitas Award and Scholarship Fund, please email Anna Hall, Director of Major Gifts, at:

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