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Virginia Ragsdale built this house in 1935 with the understanding that it would become the residence of the college president after she died. Dr. Ragsdale, an 1892 graduate of Guilford College, was a mathematician and professor at Woman's College (now University of North Carolina at Greensboro) from 1911-1928. Her dissertation, "On the Arrangement of the Real Branches of Plain Algebraic Curves," was published in the American Journal of Mathematics and continues to garner the respect of mathematicians today. Since the president already had a home at the time of Ragsdale's death in 1945, the house served for a time as an alumni and guest house. A large reception room was added to the rear in 1968 to make the home more suitable for presidential social functions. The house continues to serve as the president's residence.
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