I was saddened to read about the death of Nancy Imes. She was a remarkable and generous woman who contributed to and sponsored so many local events and projects.
I will always remember a few years back when I was teaching at Mississippi State. An official from the French Embassy in New York was coming for an event on campus. The university had planned his weekend but did not have anything scheduled for Saturday night. My department head asked me if I could organize something for that evening.
After thinking for a few minutes, I phoned Nancy, knowing that she loved all things French. I asked her if it would be possible to have an event at her “chateau.” Without hesitation, she answered, “of course!”
At the time, the majority of the tennis players and coach were from France. Everyone was stunned and delighted to see what awaited them in the middle of the Mississippi prairie. Nancy hired Dot Reichle to prepare some of her wonderful appetizers and a bartender kept everyone’s glasses filled. Afterwards, Dr. Bilodeau invited everyone to dinner at his Oak Tree Inn in Macon.
I will never forget that evening or Nancy’s hospitality that reached around the world.