Condolences to friends and family of Lyn Orr, Brenau benefactor and supporter

Lyn Orr
Lyn Orr

Marvilyn “Lyn” Harden Orr, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 18, in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a former member of the Brenau Board of Advisors and she and her husband, Eston Wycliffe “Wyc” Orr, Sr., were longtime supporters of the university.

The Orrs established the Aileen Grace and Emogene Gaskins Women’s Studies Endowment at Brenau in honor of their mothers. Proceeds from the endowment were first used in 2008 to bring to the Gainesville campus the documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, the youngest daughter of former U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy, who was also appointed U.S. Attorney General in the cabinet of his brother, President John F. Kennedy.

In 2015, Orr dedicated the Brenau Women’s Leadership Colloquium in her husband’s memory, accepting a proclamation alongside their daughter, Kris Orr Brown.

Orr was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia, the daughter of Aileen Grace Harden and Oren Hall Harden, Sr. She was predeceased by her husband of 46 years, who consistently noted, “Lyn is the best thing that ever happened to me.”

In addition to her service to Brenau, Orr was a 43-year member of Gainesville First United Methodist Church, was president of the Gainesville-Hall County League of Women Voters and the Children’s Center for Hope and Healing. She was active in the Gainesville-Hall County Junior League.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Gainesville First United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service at the church and a private burial will follow.

Those wishing to send online condolences to the family may do so at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Children’s Center for Hope and Healing, P.O. Box 907401, Gainesville, GA 30501, or Family Promise of Hall County, 1001 Riverside Drive Suite B, Gainesville, GA 30501.