Class Ring Is Returned to Hollins Alumna Seven Decades After Its Loss

lostringHollins alumnae are renowned for their strong sisterhood, and their passion in going the extra mile for one another was wonderfully on display again recently in a feature story published by a South Carolina newspaper.

The Rock Hill Herald chronicled the discovery of a Hollins class ring on eBay, the online auction website, by Kathleen McDonald Roglan ’97. She contacted the alumnae relations office at Hollins for help in finding the ring’s original owner and learned it belonged to Frances McDowell Leitner ’39 (pictured here from her senior yearbook), who lost the ring in a Petersburg, Virginia, train station around 1941. Working through Leitner’s daughter, Frances Leitner Rouse ’73, Roglan returned the ring to Leitner at her home in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Read the entire amazing story of how Leitner was reunited with her class ring after 72 years at  and watch her first-person account at