Mizzou Legacy Stories

Dynamic Duo: Preston, Cathy Dean Leave Law Legacy

Preston and Cathy DeanThe law careers of Cathy Dean, BA '70, JD '82, and her late husband Kenneth Preston Dean, BA '68, JD '71, spanned nearly 40 years and left an indelible mark on the legal landscape of Kansas City, the state of Missouri and the Midwest region. More

Alum’s Adventurous, Frugal Life Leads to Generosity

Marvin Eslton and FamilyMarvin Elston lived a quiet, frugal life of high adventure. As a computer engineer for Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he lived aboard a research ship for months at a time exploring the ocean and the world. More

Allcorn Gift for Center for the Study of Organizational Change

AllcornAfter completing his education and joining the workforce, Seth Allcorn soon learned that the workplace was a much different place than the academic world. For more than 30 years, Allcorn studied and examined the reasoning behind why an irrational and dysfunctional workplace is perceived as a rational place. More

Good and Good for You: A Mizzou Charitable Gift Annuity

Dick and Carol DowdyPassionate and motivated about education, Dick and Carol Dowdy established a charitable gift annuity. Not only does this provide them with a steady level of income for life, but it also supports the Nutritional Sciences program at Missouri University for students in need through scholarships. More

Fortners Forge Their Mizzou Legacy at MU

FortnerEarly in life, Martha Fortner understood the significance of nutrition. Marthas husband, Roy Fortner, understands the importance of being financially independent. Together, the Fortners have forged a great marriage and happy life together. Out of a shared commitment to MU and higher education, the Fortners have created an estate gift that will endow scholarships for students in nutrition, personal financial planning and business. More

Fulton Remembers Her Greatest Supporters With Gift to MU

Norman Gerald BarrierNorman Gerald Barrier submitted an entry into a high school essay contest describing why he wanted to be a social worker. He won. His own essay convinced him that he could not be a social worker. He was too sensitive, says Joanne Fulton MSW '76, his wife of 29 years. More

Gifts to Benefit Research in Medicine

George and Melna BolmGeorge and Melna Bolm's own health issues were the catalyst to support research in the MU School of Medicine. They established the George L. and Melna A. Bolm Distinguished Professor in Cardiovascular Health and the Distinguished Faculty Scholar in Ophthalmology. They wanted to help ensure advances would be made in medicine in the areas of ailments they experienced. More

Do You Remember?

last issue (2010) of Mizzou LegaciesThe last issue (2010) of Mizzou Legacies stated: "This 1957 picture of the Shack includes members of the Missouri Showme staff. If you recognize someone in the photo or can tell us more about it, we'd love to hear from you. Your responses were wonderful. Here are a few: More

It's Amazing What a College Education Can Do for You!

Mable Emilie MeitesMable Emilie Meites '42 SO WK knows firsthand what a college education can do. From her childhood in rural Ellington, Mo., to her days at MU, her life has evolved in vast ways. In return, Mable and her late husband, Dr. Joseph Meites, strongly supported education and research. More

Scholarship Makes a Lasting Impact

James S. RollinsThanks to the James S. Rollins Scholarship, Brendan Abberton, BS CiE '10, graduated summa cum laude in May 2010 without financial stress. More

A Sign for "Bud" Weiser

Bud and Sue WeiserMore than 55 years ago, Bud and Sue Weiser met at MU and fell in love. Read why these two alumni pledged a legacy gift from their estate in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. More

Tigers for Life...

Greg and Tara BoehneIf you ask Greg and Tara Boehne, they will tell you they are Tigers forever. Now, through a gift of life insurance, they will create scholarships for future Tigers forever. When asked about how they settled on doing a gift for MU, Tara, BHS '91, said that it is something they've thought about for a long time. More

Responses to "Do you remember?"

Bob DavidsonBob Davidson, BS BA '70, said the photo was taken during the 1969 Homecoming parade. Davidson was the drum major for Marching Mizzou in 1968 and 1969. "What is unique about this picture is that it was unusual for Marching Mizzou to perform in street parade formation because the band was accustomed to performing half-time shows on the football field," Davidson says. More

Love at first sight ...

Titus J. BlackmonThat is how Titus J. Blackmon, M Ed '88, describes his relationship with MU. Blackmon, who served as President of the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA) Board of Directors in 2007-08, says he fell in love with MU the first time he stepped on campus as a junior in High School. Through the years the love-affair with Mizzou has grown. Early in his career... More

Cheerleader for Education: Joanne Harrison

Joanne HarrisonStanding in the frozen air of Arrowhead stadium in November 2007 Joanne Harrison says she experienced the atonement Mizzou fans have awaited 40 years: MU beat KU in football knocking them out of 1st place in the polls avenging a loss in 1960 when the Tigers were ranked No. 1. More

$1 billion better, thanks to you: The impact of planned giving on the For All We Call Mizzou campaign

On Nov. 7, 2008, Chancellor Brady Deaton announced that the For All We Call Mizzou campaign has achieved its $1 billion goal. Over the past eight years, the planned gifts of Legacy Society members helped the university reach this monumental achievement. More

The House That Ham Built

Morris BurgerMorris Burger is no "ham." In fact, Burger, BS Ag '57, will tell you he's shy by nature. But when it comes to ham, no one knows more and no one does it better. Burgers' Smokehouse, or "the Ham House," makes country hams cured the old fashioned way. More

Chemistry at 7:30 a.m.

David LevineBeing outnumbered by University of Texas supporters in his hometown of Austin doesn't intimidate David Levine, who loves his alma mater enough to wear Mizzou attire in any state. But wearing black and gold in Longhorn country isn't the only sign he is a loyal alumnus. More

Photo-finish Legacy Society Event, April 26, 2008

When black and white was the only photographic option for newspapers, light was the paintbrush with which the photographer painted his picture. Angus McDougall was a master. More

$125,000 Donation to MU Supports Missourian, Honors Alumnus

Reynolds MillerA recent gift to the University of Missouri will provide support to the Columbia Missourian newspaper in the School of Journalism. June Reynolds Miller donated $125,000 in memory of her late husband, MU alumnus George H. Miller. More

Maximizing Potential: from sailing to surgery Max Heeb is better than good

Max Heeb, MED '51Max Heeb, MED '51, knows something about maximizing potential. Potential was about the only thing anybody had growing up in southeast Missouri during the depression. More

Circle of Influence: Banning gives back to Mizzou

Circle of InfluenceBack in 1954 a freshman was photographed as he matriculated for classes at MU and his image appeared in the alumni magazine but no name was mentioned. More

Gem for Geology at Mizzou-John Marshall

John Marshall, BA '49, MA '50John Marshall, BA '49, MA '50, has taken that gift and helped others reap the rewards throughout his lifetime. From his decades-long career as a geologist in the oil industry to his involvement as a volunteer and donor for the Geological Sciences Department in the MU College of Arts and Science, Marshall has shown others where to find the proverbial "diamond in the rough" all of his life. More

Piano Prodigy turned Patron of the Arts

Isobel DegnanWhen entering Isobel Degnan's great room, the concert piano is the first thing you see. The Steinway sits prominently beneath a massive mirror in a room of equally generous proportions-a suitable venue for a recital. More

Brizendines Create Their Own Mizzou Legacy: Investing in Tomorrow's Leaders

Lyle BrizendineLeadership has been a passion for Lyle Brizendine since his days as student body president at Lee's Summit High School. It continues in his current executive leadership role for Bank of America in St. Louis. Throughout his career in banking, a career that began soon after he completed... More

MU Graduates Honor Their Mother Through Endowed Scholarship Fund

MU Graduates Honor Their Mother Through Endowed Scholarship FundLosing a family member can be a difficult experience for all parties involved. Often, gifts, cards and donations are made to honor relatives who have passed away. Now, a family of University of Missouri-Columbia graduates and their father are going beyond traditional means to pay tribute and honor their hero. More

Spirit of "MU" Inspires this Journalism Grad to Set His Own Mizzou Legacy

Bill DanielThe news of Bill Daniel's birth didn't make the front pages of the St. Louis newspapers on May 20, 1927. But the journalists of that day might be forgiven for the oversight-after all, that was the very day Charles Lindbergh gunned the engine of his "Spirit of St. Louis" down the dirt runway of Roosevelt Field in Long Island and lifted off toward Paris. More

Joyce Lake Created Her Own Mizzou Legacy

Joyce LakeTalking about Mizzou for Joyce Lake, BSEd '59, M Ed '63, is like breathing for most other people; it just comes naturally. After two degrees from MU and 16 years working for the University, Joyce said, "I am Black and Gold. People who know me know how much I love Mizzou." More

Mizzou Alum Knows Great Performances

Denis Overholser knows a thing or two about great performances. A 1958 graduate of the College of Engineering, he has seen-or been a part of-some of the best. More

Shaping a Legacy: Moberly Residents' Small-Town Values Help Make a Better World

The quiet town of Moberly, Mo., has a hero. Standing tall in Moberly's beautiful Rothwell Park is the sculpture of General Omar Bradley, a local boy who grew up to lead 1.3 million men into battle during World War II, helping to save the world from tyranny. More

Stirred to Action: A Lifetime of Helping Others

Martha Faye Fouts WoollumsThroughout a teaching career that began in the throes of the Depression, Martha Faye Fouts Woollums has never lost her passion for the young people of Missouri--or for those who helped light her path to success. More