John Massey Heritage Society inducts new members
Montgomery, Ala. —The Huntingdon College Board of Trustees established the John Massey Heritage Society in 1993 to recognize those who have been instrumental in providing for the long-term financial security of Huntingdon College by including Huntingdon as a direct beneficiary in their estate plans. During a special celebration for Huntingdon benefactors held earlier this summer, the College honored Frank and Tricia Grier of Montgomery, the late Dorothy Hoag Bell of Montgomery, the late Robert Doyle Pullum '67 of Lafayette, Louisiana, and the late Charles W. and Adaline Hooper of Selma as members of the John Massey Heritage Society.
Frank and Tricia Grier, both of whom have become members of the Huntingdon staff during the past year, will establish an endowed scholarship in worship leadership through a provision in their estate plans. Tricia Grier's brother, Wes Sarginson, a long-time news broadcaster in Atlanta, is a member of the Huntingdon Class of 1966. "We are grateful to them for instantly adopting the Huntingdon spirit and elevating Huntingdon College to the status of a family member in their estate plans," said Anthony Leigh, vice president for college and alumni relations.
Bell, a member of the Class of 1952, passed away in August 2011, leaving a gift to the Huntingdon College library in her estate. Bell, a former medical technician, completed her degree in sociology at Huntingdon when she and her husband, the late Dr. Hugh Bell, relocated to this area from Indiana. They then moved on to Atlanta, later retiring in North Georgia, where they raised orchids, blueberries, and vegetables in their retirement retreat. Throughout the 1990s, the Bells made several gifts that enabled and facilitated library automation and technology upgrades. Mrs. Bell was inducted into the Order of the Countess of Huntingdon and received the Huntingdon Alumni Loyalty Award in 1997. Her daughters, Barbara Bell Stalzer and Elizabeth Bell Strub, and granddaughter, Cara Stalzer, accepted the certificate in Mrs. Bell's memory.
Class of 1967 alumnus Robert Doyle Pullum passed away August 30, 2011, leaving Huntingdon the proceeds of a life insurance policy in his estate. Pullum graduated as a non-traditional student at age 35. His wife, Christine Sidaris Pullum, was a member of the Class of 1959 and passed away in 2009. Mr. Pullum was a veteran of the Florida Army National Guard and a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Lafayette, Louisiana, who loved children and delighted them by adopting the persona of Santa Claus each Christmas. Huntingdon has established a gift scholarship for a non-traditional student in Mr. Pullum's memory. Accepting the certificate on Mr. Pullum's behalf were his sister, Willie Jean Sellers, and her husband, Robert Sellers, of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; and Mr. Pullum's nephew, Greg Sellers, with his wife, Christy Cole Sellers, both members of the Huntingdon Class of 1986 living in Montgomery.
Charles Hooper, of Selma, Alabama, passed away December 10, 2011, leaving a gift to Huntingdon College in his estate. His wife, Adaline Houghton Hooper, passed away in July 1986. The Hoopers were honored for their contributions.
Dr. John Massey served Huntingdon as president from 1876 to 1909, when the College relocated to Montgomery from Tuskegee, Alabama. His presidency is considered pivotal in Huntingdon history, setting and maintaining standards of excellence and paving the way for the College's growth.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.