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Meet HRVI Alum Gail Goldsmith


Meet HRVI Alum Gail Goldsmith

Jan 24, 2023

Photo of Gail and her wife Kathleen Davis standing on the steps in front of a red brick building with a green door and shutters. Gail is wearing her clerical collar and a black dress. Kathleen is wearing a blue patterned shirt, blue sportcoat, and khakis.

We continue our HRVI intern alum spotlights with Gail Goldsmith, Marist '12.

Gail majored in Communication/Journalism with a minor in Public Praxis; today she is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Gail shares some memories of her time at HRVI:

I think about this piece of Chris advice often: “assume people want to read what you have written: the journal is in their hands, they are on your website. You don’t have to convince them to read, they’ve already started: you do have the responsibility to inform and fascinate them.” Also, the work environment was just plain fun: there was always time to talk about whatever history fact caught your attention, and Andy set a great example in how to be a good colleague. HRVI was the first office I ever worked in and none since has EVER featured the kind of music Jason Schaaf listened to, especially Caninus, the metal band with the dog as a lead singer—but that aside, I was dealing with a significant health problem in the latter half of college, and the whole HRVI crew was graciously understanding and supportive and I remain so thankful for them.

Read Gail's full update here. This update, and all of the updates to be featured this year, will be linked to each alum's name on the Interns page of the website.