Sally Bagley: Board member builds a legacy

Sally Bagley


"When I was asked to consider serving on what was then the Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital Board I didn’t have to think twice. I was so honored to be asked particularly since my late husband, Phil, had been Chair of its board for six years.”

Sally serves as Vice-Chair of the MEDARVA Board and chair of the Education/Outreach Committee of the MEDARVA Foundation. She is very enthusiastic about the MEDARVA Vision and Hearing Screening program which screens preschool aged children in order to prepare them for kindergarten – 80% of what a child learns in school is through vision and 75% through hearing. She describes this as a history-making program with success stories that are heartening.

No stranger to community involvement, Sally has served as president of numerous organizations including the Junior League of Richmond, The Children’s Museum of Richmond, and the Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where she also was a Foundation Director. She was the 2010 Richmond Christmas Mother and in 2014 was the National Philanthropy Day honoree for the “Spirit of Giving” award.

Sally loves being a board member and really appreciates the efficiency of the team getting so much done, always with a touch of levity. She is so proud of all that MEDARVA has accomplished and what it has done and continues to do in the Richmond community.

Sally spends her afternoons teaching piano, something she has done for 45 years. Very often her dogs, Betsy, an Irish Setter, and Diddles, a Cockapoo, join her at the piano. She has two daughters, Tunstall of Richmond and Faulkner who lives in Georgia, as well as six grandchildren.

Philip BagleySally’s late husband, Philip J. Bagley, III was a former President of Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital Board and was a partner at Mays & Valentine, now Troutman Sanders.