Bahai News - College honors teacher, dream
College honors teacher, dream
WMC scholarship created for professor who died this year
By Maria Blackburn
Originally published December 24, 2001
During her 22 years of teaching art and art history at Western Maryland College, professor Julie Oeming Badiee
led students and faculty members on nearly a dozen European tours, sharing with them her enthusiasm for other
cultures, her love for travel and her extensive knowledge of art history.
"She was just in love with the
arts," said Heshmat Badiee, her husband of 29 years.
However Julie Badiee never forgot the students who
were not with her at the Louvre or the Vatican Museum - the ones who couldn't afford the trip.
"There are so many students who deserve to be here with me when I talk about real art in the museums,"
Badiee would tell her husband, adding that someday she wanted to start a scholarship that would help art history
students at the Westminster liberal arts college to study abroad.
Seven months after the 54-year-old Badiee died of a brain tumor, Western Maryland
has established a scholarship in her name. The college began soliciting donations this month for an endowed
scholarship that would be open to art history majors who want to study abroad.
"Julie studied abroad her
junior year in Germany while she was a student at the University of Michigan," said her colleague and close
friend Thomas Deveny, a professor of foreign languages at Western Maryland. "It really opened up so many
horizons for her.
She knew that offering this opportunity to a young WMC student would have the same
The Julie Badiee Memorial Scholarship is the first WMC scholarship designated to helping
students study abroad, according to college officials. The school has collected $2,000 for the fund, including a
bequest Badiee made to the school in her will.
The minimum amount the college needs to establish an endowment
is $25,000, according to Steve Krahling-Haddad, Western Maryland's associate vice president for development.
From 1978 until she retired last year because of her illness, Badiee taught introductory and graduate-level
courses in art and art history at Western Maryland College. The courses addressed Western and non-Western
She was a member of the Baha'i faith, which emphasizes brotherhood and social equality, and
was the author of An Earthly Paradise: Baha'i Houses of Worship Around the World. Her second book will be
Deveny has contacted several hundred friends, faculty, staff and alumni of the
college's art and art history departments about the fund-raising effort. He is also contacting Badiee's
friends in the Baha'i community about the scholarship.
"I hope we can make her dream become a
reality," Deveny said. "To have this legacy for her would be very fitting."
the Julie Badiee Memorial Scholarship at Western Maryland College should be sent to Beverly Staub, Office of
Institutional Advancement, Western Maryland College, Westminster 21157. Information: 410-857- 2250.
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