The Gift That Keeps Giving: Class of 1960 makes fitting tribute

Class of 1960

Class of 1960

WHEN LYNN HUME STUART ’60 WAS FIRST diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2011, her classmates were concerned and reached out to her. Betty Steele White ’60, the class secretary, relayed their questions. While Lynn did not want to draw attention, she eventually asked Betty to share that her condition had worsened. “There was an outpouring of support on the part of the class,” Betty said.

Lynn Hume Stuart '60

Lynn Hume Stuart ’60

Lynn’s husband, Bill, said her classmates were special to his wife, and she looked forward to visiting with them at Reunions and during their travels. This fall, Lynn, who was a physics major, and Bill decided to honor those friends by making a gift to support the Randolph College Science Festival and the Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) Awards over the next five years.

“Lynn admired these programs, as they engaged the students and showed the excellence of the College,” Bill said. After Lynn passed away in November, members of her class began making gifts to the Annual Fund in her honor.

John E. Klein, president of Randolph, said Lynn’s classmates found the perfect way to keep her memory alive. “I have always felt that, in her quiet way, Lynn was a wonderful example of an R-MWC woman: interested in intellectual matters, conscientious and hard-working, incredibly modest, and generous with her time and money,” he said.

“I loved knowing her and working with her. We are very fortunate that Lynn wanted to remain involved with the College following her graduation, and in multiple ways over the years, made it a better place. It is a fitting tribute that Lynn’s loyal classmates in the Class of 1960 have made gifts to the College in her memory.”

Peter Sheldon, a physics professor and director of the Center for Student Research, said Lynn’s gift will take to the next level the annual Science Festival, which allows the community to participate in free, science-related activities at Randolph. The funding will also strengthen the RISE program, which provides Randolph juniors and seniors with up to $2,000 in grant money to pursue original research, creative projects, and other scholarly work.

“I am so thrilled and touched by Lynn’s gift, and those made by her classmates,” Sheldon said. “They will make a real difference to these programs and to the Randolph community.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUPPORTING RANDOLPH COLLEGE, please call 877-769-2443 or visit The College welcomes gifts of all types, and our staff will work with you and your financial advisor to maximize the tax benefits for you and to enhance your gift to the College. Remember, any gift may be made in honor or in memory of friends and loved ones.

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