Opening Doors to Learning – Blended Gift
Betty Thompson Messenger '47 and John Cowan Messenger Jr. '42
John, a physical training officer in the Army Medical Corps, visited his alma mater in 1945 while on leave. We met. He returned for track and football and completing course work, and I graduated in 1947. A Beta-Delta Gamma wedding followed. Building on John's B.S. in geology and my B.A. in psychology, we became cultural anthropologists, John's Ph.D. awarded by Northwestern, mine by Indiana.
Together we conducted ethnographic research that frequently took us out of the country—to Nigeria, Ireland (pictured), the Caribbean and New Zealand; our studying and teaching took place mostly at six large major universities in the Midwest and Northern Ireland, but Lawrence was where we returned for reunions. And, although options for giving were numerous, after we chose to focus on education, Lawrence became the primary beneficiary of that decision; we believed a small university would benefit the most.
To supplement our charitable gift annuity and annual donations to the Lawrence Fund, the college crafted for us a scholarship fund agreement, with preference to be given to recipients from West Africa. That reflects our deep interest in human and cultural diversity and it ties with one research area.
Recently, I asked to make a gift that would mesh with the goals of new Lawrence president Mark Burstein. An endowed fund for athletics in memory of John both does this and is a reminder of an important influence on John's life.
He loved Lawrence; I still do and our gifts are meant to enable students to experience fully the "Lawrence Difference," clarified beautifully by Rik Warch, our late former president, in A Matter of Style.
Shelby Harder, 2018
Dr. Irving Auld and Dorothy
Roher Auld Scholarship
"Many students take for granted what a university has to offer. However, I am thankful every single day for the opportunity to attend this prestigious school. At Lawrence, you have the ability to engage in Socratic debates about the world we live in at dinner, play recreational or NCAA sports, and talk one on one with brilliant professors. At Lawrence, you don't just 'learn' a subject, you are immersed in it. You dive into the liberal arts and these professors show you the beauty in it all, and how everything is tied together. I am a Biochemistry major with a soft spot for rocket science, philosophy, and evolution. Lawrence is my dream school, and it would have never been possible without the Dr. Irving Auld and Dorothy Roher Auld Scholarship. I am forever grateful for their generosity."