Education: Berry Award

One year after Appomattox, her parents christened her Martha McChesney Berry. For her they must have envisioned a gracious membership in the Colonial Dames of America, and the Daughters of the American Revolution, also a brilliant Southern marriage. But Miss Berry never married. Nor did she choose the delicately charming life of a Southern aristocrat.

Twenty-six years ago Miss Berry founded a school high in the Georgia mountains. The schoolroom was a log playhouse on Captain Berry's estate. The pupils, ten, were the children of poor families living in the mountains.

Today 1,000 students attend the Berry Schools, now an institution of more...