An heiress’ surprise $40 million gift pumps life into girls school

Ruth T. Bedford, back left, at Foxcroft in 1932. (Foxcroft School)

Foxcroft School in Middleburg, Va., will receive $40 million from estate of Standard Oil heiress Ruth T. Bedford.

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