As part of the West Virginia University Order ofAugusta Welcome Home Initiative, WVU
Presidential Student Ambassadors and Order of Augusta recipients were invited
to a February 2021 preview of Mary Bess Marantz’s new book, Dirt
personal memoir about growing up in West Virginia. The following week, she was featured as a
speaker in the WVU Festival of Ideas.
of Ideas Host Carolyn Atkins introduced Marantz’s story as a reminder that a successful life encompasses many
traits: drive, determination, hard work,
patience, passion, and the desire to connect with others. Atkins continued, “Who
would have thought that a young girl who grew up in a single-wide trailer in
rural West Virginia… would be the first in
her family to attend college…would continue to graduate from Yale’s
prestigious law school….and would build with her husband, Justin, a successful
online education platform for creative entrepreneurs?”
Inducted into Order of Augusta in 2006, Mary also is host of
the Mary Marantz Show. Read more
about this WVU graduate’s stellar accomplishments at https://marymarantz.com/.