Alta F. Fowler Memorial Fund

The Alta F. Fowler memorial fund was established in 2007 by her late sister, Jean Fowler Wolfe and her nephew Andy Wolfe, to honor her memory and her passion for the educational mission of the Episcopal Church. The earnings from the fund are presented annually to R. E. Lee Memorial Church for distribution to mission programs that they identify. Andy Wolfe said, “I wanted the Community Foundation to manage the fund so that it would grow in principal and continue distributions in perpetuity”.

The Fowler family came to Lexington from London, England in 1940 following the Battle of Britain. Her father, Paul Fowler, remained in England, first with the British Army and then the American Army, for the duration of the war. Alta was among the first woman admitted to W&L, as a summer student, in 1942. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Northwestern University in 1945, received her master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University in 1950, and attended the National War College in 1977.

Alta enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the U.S. Department of State. She started at the bottom and worked her way to the top, beginning as a file clerk in the U.S. Embassy in London, England. She was assigned to posts in Tunisia; and at the Middle East Institute, and in the CIA. Alta commissioned as a Foreign Service Officer in 1957 with postings in Dacca, Ireland, Malta, Belgium, Australia, the Department of State (Washington, D.C.) and performed her final service as the U.S. Consul General, Curacao, and the U.S. representative to the Netherlands Antilles.

She retired to Lexington in 1983 and lived in the family home on Jackson Avenue. Alta was very active in the Rockbridge Historical Society and numerous organizations and clubs in Lexington.