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12-10-2012


Cumberlands alumnae gives gift to honor sister

 


On Nov. 14, 2012, University of the Cumberlands 1953 alumnus Mrs. Frances Begley Morris made a gift in memory of her sister, 1950 alumnus Bobbie “Sue” Begley Stooksbury, who passed away in 2010. The magnanimous gift was given because Morris said her sister “loved this school.”

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — On Nov. 14, 2012, University of the Cumberlands 1953 alumnae Mrs. Frances Begley Morris made a generous gift to the University in memory of her sister, 1950 alum Bobbie “Sue” Begley Stooksbury, who passed away in 2010. The magnanimous gift was given because Morris said her sister “loved this school.”

Mrs. Morris has fond memories of Cumberland, and smiled as she recalled living over the cafeteria in Johnson Hall (now basement of Gillespie Hall), taking public music with Dr. Dubois and math with Ms. Compton.

Morris recalled that Compton often ran late to class and would speed into a parking space next to “the Gray Brick,” now known as the Bennett Building. “There were two trees next to the Gray Brick, and she would park in between them,” said Morris, laughing, referring to how quickly Compton would rush into the space. “We would swear one of the trees moved over!”

Morris and her sister grew up in Ingram, Ky. with their parents George and Gertrude Begley, two sisters and two brothers. After leaving Cumberland, Morris completed her education at Union College and taught for 30 years at Buckeye Elementary in Pineville, Ky. After being graduated from Cumberland, Bobbie “Sue” went on to work at and retire from Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Inc. in Oak Ridge, Tenn., living in nearby Clinton for more than 50 years before she died.

Mrs. Morris is certain her sister would appreciate the gift made lovingly in her honor. “I think this is what she would want me to do.”

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu.