Elizabeth Dillard Reynolds, 1967
Oil on canvas
24” x 20 1/8”
Portrait Collection, POR2007.1.70
On January 1, 1933, twenty-seven-year-old Richard Joshua Reynolds, Jr. (1906-1964), the eldest son and namesake of the founder of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, married Elizabeth McCaw Dillard (1909-1961). Dick and Blitz as they were known to friends and family, moved from Reynolda, the family estate in Winston-Salem, to one of their own creation in rural Surry County. They named their estate Devotion and would model its construction after FDR’s new deal by employing local carpenters and tradesmen to build and develop their private retreat.
During their seventh year of marriage, architect Luther Lashmit designed a new Winston-Salem residence for Dick, Blitz and their four boys. Their new house called “Merry Acres,” was a modernistic design which contrasted sharply with the established legacy of other Reynolds family properties. In 1966, the home was presented to the University by the Reynolds children in honor of their mother. The home was dedicated “ The Elizabeth Dillard Reynolds Alumni House at Merry Acres”.
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