TU receives $1.5 million in bequests for College of Education

TOWSON, Md. (Oct. 16, 2007)—Towson University has received $1.5 million for student scholarship endowments in the College of Education from the estates of two benefactors, Louise Lippy McMahan of Frederick and Arthur Smith of Baltimore.

Ms. Louise McMahan, class ’27, graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the Maryland State Normal School, now Towson University, and taught school for almost 40 years. Through an estate gift, she provided scholarships for students planning to become Maryland teachers. The Louise Lippy McMahan Memorial Scholarship Fund was established following her death in July 1996. Through an additional estate provision, the scholarship endowment in her name was substantially increased in September of this year.

Arthur D. Smith left a bequest to honor his wife, Helen Hornig, to whom he was married for 40 years. Mrs. Smith died in April 2002 and Mr. Smith in January 2007. The Helen Esther Hornig Smith Memorial Scholarship Endowment will benefit Towson students with a demonstrated financial need who pursue a major in education.

“Preparing teachers is the foundation from which Towson University has grown. It is especially gratifying, then, to be able to acknowledge the generosity of these donors whose largesse will allow more students to pursue degrees in education,” said Robert L. Caret, president of Towson University.

"The College of Education is truly grateful for this expression of confidence in the college’s contributions to preparing the highest quality teachers for Maryland and the region, said Raymond P. Lorion, Dean of the College of Education. “From its very beginning, Towson has maintained its commitment to providing all children with the opportunity to learn from a committed and talented educator. These gifts will help us continue that cherished tradition."







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