Alumna of Achievement Award

The Alumna of Achievement Award recognizes an alumna who has excelled in her professional or volunteer accomplishments and are a recognized leader in her fields of endeavor.

2017 Recipient: Mary Randolph Carter, MC ’67

Mary Randolph Carter, more commonly known as Carter, is a Richmond, Virginia, native and the oldest of nine children. Immediately following her Marymount graduation, she began her career as a guest editor and later beauty and health editor at Condé Nast’s Mademoiselle. After a decade with the magazine, she left to create New York magazine’s first regular fashion feature, “New York Looks,” featuring real New Yorkers. She returned to Condé Nast a year later to collaborate on Self—one of the most successful magazine launches ever—as creative director. She remained at Self for 10 years before accepting Ralph Lauren’s invitation to join his company, where she has remained for 30 years. Carter is now a senior executive at Ralph Lauren Corporation. She first joined the company as vice president of advertising for Polo Ralph Lauren, overseeing worldwide advertising for the brand and its licensees. In 2001 she became senior vice president and began leading the creative development of, and in 2003 she created Ralph Lauren Publishing. Today she is working on a 50th-anniversary volume of Ralph Lauren. The book will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Polo Ralph Lauren and update the 500-page volume from 2007. She also works closely with Ralph Lauren himself on special projects, his women’s collection, advertising, book development, and employee communications.
An incurable collector, Carter is also the author of American Family Style: Decorating, Cooking, Gardening, Entertaining, as well as a best-selling series of junk design books. The first books in this series were American Junk, Garden Junk, and Big City Junk. These were followed by For the Love of Old, A Perfectly Kept House Is the Sign of a Misspent Life, and Never Stop To Think...Do I Have A Place For This? Her next collecting tome will be published in fall 2018. Carter is also the author of “The Collecting Life,” a regular column in Country Living magazine.

She has appeared on Good Morning America among other TV shows, and has been featured in many national magazines—including Elle; Elle Décor; Vogue; Cosmopolitan; Entertainment Weekly; House Beautiful; O, the Oprah Magazine; and Good Housekeeping—as well as The New York Times. Carter, her husband, Howard Berg, their two grown sons, and a daughter-in-law live in New York City. On weekends and holidays they spend time at Elm Glen Farm, their appropriately junk-filled country retreat in the foothills of the Berkshires.

Past Recipients

  • 1998 Joanne “Tracie” Casella Lawrence, ’72
    1999 Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, ‘61
    2000 Maureen Kelleher, R.S.H.M, J.D.,  ‘60
    2001 Joan Carter McHugh, ’63
    2002 Ellen Campbell, Ph.D., ’52
    2003 Marie Bertona Kuffner, M.D., ’63
    2004 Nola Masterson, ’69
    2005 Nancy Naples O’Neill, ’70 
    2006 Kathleen Connell, R.S.H.M., Ph.D., ’61
    2007 Kristine Lowe Welker, ’88
    2008 Kathleen McGahran, Ph.D., J.D., ’72

  • 2009 Joyce Brown, Ph.D., ’68
    2010 Jean Wynn Shea, ’80
    2011 Mary Begley Murphy, ’66
    2012 Jeanne Fisher-Thompson, ’72
    2013 Eugenie Fleri Doyle, M.D., ’43
    2014 A. Gail Prudenti,  ’75
    2015 Susan Lucci Huber, ’68
    2016 Martha Walsh, ‘81