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Grace E. “Beth” Olmstead and Stanley Johnson

Grace E. “Beth” Olmstead

Grace E. OlmsteadThe family and friends of Cauline Brown, RN, ’48 established an endowed scholarship in her name in 2004 to honor Ms. Brown’s life’s work in the nursing field.    Ms. Olmstead, “Beth”, Ms. Brown’s niece, went a step further by naming the school as a beneficiary of her retirement fund and designated her gift to go towards the Marie Cauline Brown Endowed Scholarship for Nursing Fund, benefiting students in the Nursing program at FSU. Olmstead said. “After all are gone, this scholarship will speak for my aunt’s work and honor her, but also benefit many students to come.”  

Ms. Olmstead, a graduate of Kent State University was born in Philadelphia.  She retired from the University of Akron in Ohio after 30 years of service where she held the positions of Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities and Academic Adviser. Beth prefers that we recognize the many accomplishments of her aunt, Marie Cauline Brown for whom the endowed scholarship is named.

Cauline Brown, a native of Newton Grove, NC graduated from Garland High School before entering Fayetteville State University.  She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from what was then Fayetteville State Teacher’s College in 1948. Dr. Julius A. Fulmore, FSU Board of Trustee Emeriti and member of the Class of 1948, remembers Ms. Brown as an active member of FSU’s choir.  Along with the other members, the choir traveled around the region in the “Blue Goose”, the name fondly given to the FSU bus.

In 1953, Ms. Brown was awarded a Nursing Degree from The Community Hospital School of Nursing in Wilmington, NC.  Cauline Brown retired in 1990 after over 37 years as a registered nurse and supervisor at Sampson Regional Medical Center in Clinton, NC. 

Ms. Brown’s career field, “Nursing” best summarizes her life’s work.  She cared for and served others in her family and community throughout her entire life.  Ms. Brown was a loving matriarch and caretaker first for her mother, then her brothers, and then her many nieces and nephews. 

In the community, Ms. Brown loved to help others.  She was an avid volunteer and served on a number of boards including:  Social Services Board, Clinton City Schools Health Advisory Council, Sampson Community College Advisor Council for Nursing, and the Dogwood Consortium.  As a faithful member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ms. Brown volunteered many hours to the Church’s outreach ministries.  In 1996, the Sampson County Council for Women named her “Distinguished Woman of the Year”.

With this planned gift, Ms. Olmstead, honors her Aunt Cauline, assists in providing support for future FSU Nursing students, and becomes a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. To become a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle, donors must indicate FSU as a beneficiary in their will or be a participant in a planned or deferred gift such as an annuity or charitable lead trust.

 

Dr. Stanley Johnson

Dr. Stanley JohnsonDr. Stanley Johnson’s love for Fayetteville State University has been shown through the years by his dedication and commitment in service to the university. As a graduate of the university, Johnson’s impact on the university shows throughout the university’s history, and now he has given support that will last forever. Johnson made a legacy gift to the university that will benefit future students by supporting the FSU General Scholarship Fund.

Originally from Washington DC, Dr. Stanley Johnson attended FSU from 1959-1963 and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education.  While a student, he served the university as class president for two years, as a member of the Dormitory Association, and as a member of the Student National Education Association.  It was while at FSU, that Dr. Johnson became involved in the civil rights movement, particularly in voter rights and increased voter registration, volunteering with the NAACP.  He has continued those efforts to the present.  Dr. Johnson currently serves as the student advisor at FSU for the Student NAACP.

Dr. Johnson later received a doctoral degree from the University of North Texas in History. Johnson spent his career serving students in positions that include: teacher, advisor and professor.  He has held teaching positions at Grambling State University, Los Angeles Southwest College,North Central Texas College and also within the public schools systems in Baltimore, Los Angeles and Texas.   In 1998, Dr. Johnson returned to FSU as a professor in the Department of Government and History.  Dr. Johnson is an avid reader, especially those works that illuminate current affairs.  He has developed a personal library of motion pictures of the “western” and World War II genres..  These movies have had “a social impact that reinforces value systems, such as character, in our society”, Dr. Johnson says.  Most recognize Dr. Johnson as a “physical fitness buff” – as he is an avid runner and lifts weights.

As an undergraduate at FSU, Dr. Johnson remembers fondly those that had a lasting influence on him as a student and a professional.  Among those are Dr. J.C. Jones, former FSU Dean and Dr. Charles Asbury.  Both provided “models of scholarship”, assisted in providing direction, and encouraged Johnson’s love of reading, and “I made life-long friends at FSU”, Dr. Johnson remarks, “I will always be grateful for the academic experiences I received.”  He encourages other alumni to consider making a planned gift or providing support to the university in order to provide opportunity to future students and to strengthen the university. 

Dr. Johnson recommends students become involved in activities while a student, while taking their experience at FSU very seriously.  FSU is a place to “get a solid foundation” that will serve one for a lifetime.

Dr. Stanley Johnson has reached back and has given back to Fayetteville State University over the years through his service and dedication to the school. He now gives support through his legacy gift that supports endowed scholarships. 

Like other members of the Bronco Legacy Circle, Dr. Johnson received a bronze medallion and was recognized at 2008 Founder’s Day.  His name and likeness are engraved on the Bronco Legacy Wall, located in the newly renovated lobby of the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium, as are the other alumni and friends who have made a deferred gift to FSU.

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