Katie C. Forshee graduated from FSU, then Fayetteville State Normal School, in 1941 and fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a public school teacher. After retiring from the Fayetteville City School System, she taught History and Political Science at FSU. Forshee had a passion for learning and teaching students. She dedicated her life to education and was an avid supporter of Fayetteville State throughout her life, and in her death, she kept that tradition.
Chonna Campbell a 1997 graduate of Fayetteville State University is helping give scholarship opportunities to others through a planned gift to the university. With a bequest to the university, Campbell became the youngest member to join the Bronco Legacy Circle. Campbell, who serves as the chapter president of the Triangle-Durham FSU Alumni Chapter, majored in Biology at FSU and has since obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University. She currently works at Duke Clinical Research Institute as a Clinical Research Associate.
Clarence Llyod, Class of 1965, joined the Bronco Legacy Circle after accepting a challenge from a classmate to make a significant gift to the university. Dr. Lloyd, a loyal supporter of FSU science students who wanted to continue their education, was looking for a vehicle that would allow him to “give back” in a substantial way. Lloyd decided then to make a planned gift to the university though a whole life insurance policy.
Dorothy Hardy joined the Bronco legacy Circle after accepting a challenge from a classmate. The class of 1964 was challenged by classmate Willis McLeod during their 40th reunion in 2004 to make a significant gift to the university. Hardy decided then to make a planned gift in the amount of $10,000, and became a member of the Bronco Legacy Circle. Hardy graduated from Fayetteville State University with a degree in education. The one time Miss National Alumni Association Queen spent her career in the Wayne County Public School System teaching primary grades and then became a certified reading teacher. She went on to retire as a Title 1 Coordinator.
Ethel Ford graduated from Fayetteville State in 1964 with a degree in elementary education. Ford decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy and designated her gift to go toward the Willis B. McLeod RISE Scholarship. She received a master’s degree in education from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1970. She retired in Fairmont, NC where she currently lives.
Margaret Daffodil Graham has indicated three organizations in her will which she considers near and dear to her heart. She has named her home church, current church, and FSU as benefactors in her will. “It’s important to do this to keep them going. It’s a contribution to hopefully guarantee that those organizations will always prosper and will continue on from generation to generation,” Graham said. She majored in Sociology and spent her career as a social worker. She retired from the Child Welfare Division of the Department of Social Services. She still does volunteer work as a social worker.
Rene' Stinson Hall graduated from Fayetteville State in 1976 with a degree in Elementary Education. Dorothy Hardy, '64, told her about the legacy gift she was giving to the university. She was convinced that this was something she would like to do. Mrs. Hall decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy. She designated her gift to go towards the Willis B. McLeod RISE Scholarship. While at FSU, one of Rene's most memorable experiences was joining Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Being a member for over 30 years, she has many stories and lots of "love" for her Delta sisters.
Grace E. 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.
The 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.” Beth prefers that we recognize the many accomplishments of her aunt, Marie Cauline Brown for whom the endowed scholarship is named.
Victor Pace graduated from FSU in 1994. His love for the university showed as a student, alumni, employee, and now shows through a planned gift of support. “Aside from the key patriarchal – matriarchal family influences in my life, Fayetteville State University is the source that poured into me a belief that I could achieve any goal that I set my sights on,” Pace said. “If someone or something pours into you, I feel that I am obligated to give back so that another can experience this great institution ... For me it was important to show that all alumni can make a difference today.”
Gloria Moore Carter graduated from Fayetteville State in 1977 with a degree in elementary education. She joins several of her classmates and fellow alumni who recently made legacy gifts to the university. Mrs. Carter decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy and designated her gift to go toward FSU Scholarships. Mrs. Carter serves as a current member of the FSU Board of Trustees. Mrs. Carter recommends that students recognize the importance of asking for help if they need it, “Most folks at FSU care about the students and want them to succeed. They want to be there for the students.”
Paul Gerald Jr. graduated from FSU in 1965 as one of the first degree recipients in the Sociology Department. His love for the university has been demonstrated over the years as an alumni and now shows through by making a planned gift to the university. Mr. Gerald serves on several local and regional boards, to include: Cape Fear Regional Workforce Development Board, Columbus County Partnership for Children, and the Columbus County Hospital Foundation.
Nealie McLean a Fayetteville State University alumna, knows the importance of giving to others during the holiday season. McLean, Class of 1949 and widow of Dexter A. McLean, made an annuity with the corpus held in trust. The interest from the annuity will go toward the establishment of the Dexter A. and Nealie Bacote McLean Endowed Scholarship to assist students who are members of the university’s marching band or play on an athletic team. The corpus of the annuity, valued at $20,000, will be a gift to FSU upon Mrs. McLean’s death. Mrs. McLean received a degree in education from FSU. A retired school teacher, she was born in Parkton, NC and currently resides in Rex.
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Pearl Everette Durham graduated from Fayetteville State University in 1955 with honors. She went on to receive her master’s in education from North Carolina A&T University. Growing up in a poor family, Durham was able to attend college through the help of scholarships. Now, Durham is glad to be able to help future students attend college through a legacy gift that establishes the Pearl Everette Durham Endowed Scholarship in Education. Durham named FSU as a beneficiary on her life insurance policy.
Willis McLeod graduated from FSU in 1964 as one of the first two people to graduate with a degree in mathematics. He later received a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Virginia. McLeod made a legacy gift to the university that will benefit the Willis B. McLeod RISE Scholarship, an endowed scholarship which will provide students with scholarships for years to come.
Eunice Thomas Strange graduated from Fayetteville State in 1964 with a degree in Elementary Education. While celebrating her 40th Class Reunion in 2004, she, along with several others, was challenged by classmate Willis McLeod to make a legacy gift to the university. Strange decided to make a legacy gift by naming the school as beneficiary of her life insurance policy. She designated her gift to go towards the Willis McLeod Rise Scholarship.
Mel Ott Battle graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education. He taught for 11 years and then became a school administrator and high school principal, working with students from elementary school through high school. “My philosophy is this -- I believe you should come back and give back ... I feel that everyone should try to come back and support the university because I believe very strongly that those who came there wouldn’t be where they are without that background,” Battle said.