Cardinal Cadence Spring/Summer 2012


Through the years, many alumni and friends of Lamar University have chosen to establish vibrant legacies through endowments that support scholarships, programs and academics. The newly established permanent endowments listed below are the latest additions that will provide for the future of this great university and its students. An endowment can be established with as little as $15,000. Awards are made from the interest earned on the endowment—effectively making the donation an eternal source of funding. A planned gift through an individual’s estate plan is a viable option for creating a permanent endowment to benefit Lamar in the future. The university is grateful for the vision and commitment of the benefactors who established the planned gifts listed below, which have made and will continue to make significant contributions to our future.


Family and friends established the DEBORAH LYNN ADAMS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN WOMEN’S GOLF in celebration of the life of a woman dedicated to those who face disabilities and addiction. Debbie played on the women’s golf team at Lamar. She set a high standard for the services necessary to care for those who require assistance to live their daily lives with dignity and meaning. She established several intermediate care facilities for people with mental retardation across the state and played a vital role in founding numerous home and community-based service programs.

The BILL AND JOHNNIE GRANTHAM SCHOLARSHIP IN NURSING is available to students seeking associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees in nursing. Bill was a founding member of the Lamar University Cardinal Club, and the two have been faithful supporters of Lamar athletics. They have also supported the arts throughout the area, including events at Lamar and the Symphony of Southeast Texas. Since 1966, Bill has worked with Sanitary Supply Co. and now is chairman of the board.

The family and other generous donors funded the LILA AND HUNTER W. HENRY JR. SCHOLARSHIP honoring the nurses in the Cardiovascular Recovery Unit at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, who provided care and support to Hunter, as well as his family, during his final illness. The scholarship is awarded to deserving Lamar University nursing students who will provide the same wonderful care and support to patients and their families for generations to come.

Mrs. Sue Switzer Mann Weisenfelder established the STEPHEN MANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN ART in celebration of her son’s life and passion for art. Stephen’s love for art led him to work for the Dallas Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and, ultimately, Atthowe Services. Stephen specialized in the storing and shipping of fine art.

George Moore established the LIN (SCROGGS) MOORE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP IN MATHEMATICS in memory of his wife of 34 years. She graduated from Lamar University with both undergraduate (1971) and master’s degrees (1975) in mathematics and was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. During her career, Lin taught mathematics for more than two decades.


Evelyn Northcutt Hustmyre made provisions in her estate to endow a scholarship in memory of her husband. The FRANK WALSH HUSTMYRE SCHOLARSHIP IN MUSIC was established to assist music majors during their freshmen year. 

J. Robert (Bob) McLendon ’64 and his wife, Susan (Terry) ’64, will increase the value of their scholarships through beneficiary provisions in an IRA. THE BOB AND SUSAN MCLENDON SCHOLARSHIP IN ENGINEERING and the SUSAN AND BOB MCLENDON SCHOLARSHIP IN BUSINESS were both established by the couple in 1999. Bob generously served 12 years on the Lamar University Foundation Board and is an emeritus member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council. He is the retired president of the Texas Instruments software division. 

Through provisions in her will, Patsy (Smith) Morphew ’65 will establish the SAM W. AND PATSY E. MORPHEW SCHOLARSHIP to benefit students studying physics and math. Sam Morphew ’63 spent most of his career in information technology but also taught physics at higher education institutions across the nation. Patsy taught mathematics at both the secondary and collegiate levels.

Jerry Rudd ’56, ’71, made provisions in his estate to establish the JERRY RUDD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP that will benefit Port Neches-Groves High School graduates. Jerry felt that the education he received at Lamar significantly contributed to his successful 32-year career with Mobil Chemical Co. He retired in 1991 as assistant controller, international planning supply and distribution, in the petrochemicals division. Jerry Rudd died February 23, 2012.

Through provisions made in her will, Martha Salim ’72 will increase the value of the SAMUEL J. SALIM SR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP. She established the scholarship in memory of her husband in 2006. After serving seven years in the Naval Reserves, Samuel Salim ’49 spent 38 years working for Mobil Oil as a building inspector, construction supervisor and senior ship supervisor for Mobil Construction Service. His hard work and dedication to detail ultimately led to his service in Indonesia as a supervisor for Mobil Oil International. During his college career, in 1948 and 1949, Samuel earned All-America honors in football and was inducted into the Lamar Hall of Honor in 1976.

To begin your own endowment or to add a gift to an existing endowment, please contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.