Yacht club to host celebration of Virginia Rothwell

A celebration honoring the life of Virginia Sterling Rothwell, a former university employee, will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Inverness Yacht Club, 12850 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Inverness.

Rothwell died Aug. 5 at her home in Inverness of a form of lymphoma. She was 97. At Stanford, Rothwell worked as the assistant to the registrar and the dean of scholarships from 1946 to 1958. She was the widow of C. Easton Rothwell, a founder of the United Nations and director of the Hoover Institution from 1952 to 1959.

Rothwell was born March 15, 1907, in Portland, Ore., and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Oregon in 1932. She first worked at Stanford in the late 1930s to support the family while her husband was a graduate student in history. The Rothwells moved to Inverness in 1968 but Virginia maintained contact with faculty residents and visited Stanford frequently, said Carroll Beckett, a family friend. "She was most passionate about educational scholarships, the U.N. and the environment," Beckett said.

Rothwell is survived by her daughter, Anne Carr, of St. Helena, two granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Inverness Garden Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 724, Inverness, CA 94937; Hospice of Marin, 150 Nellen Ave., Corte Madera, CA 94925; and West Marin Senior Services, P.O. Box 791, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.