The University of Mary Washington paid tribute last month to a trio of alums who graduated in the Class of 1950 and gave their alma mater generous gifts to name spaces in Seacobeck Hall. Now home to UMW’s College of Education and Office of Disability Resources, the 1930s era building was recently renovated, providing more gathering places for the campus community.
The Weatherly Wing represents college sweethearts Marceline “Marcy” Weatherly Morris and Elmer “Juney” Morris Jr., now married 72 years. Named in honor of Marcy’s late parents, William Rupert and Lavon Gardner Weatherly, the 150-seat auditorium is already being used for meetings, lectures, recitals and other special events.
The Morrises, part of a Mary Washington legacy family that spans five generations, were visibly moved as a series of speakers thanked the couple for their lifelong dedication to their alma mater.
“You embody so much of what we try to impart onto our students,” President Troy Paino said. “Your generous gifts help our students learn, grow and pursue their interests and passions, just as the two of you did while you were here at Mary Washington.”
In addition, the University dedicated the Mason Team Room, thanks to an unrestricted gift from the estate of Helen Chiles Mason, who died last year, and her late husband, Judge Leslie Mason Jr.
A former elementary school teacher and dramatic arts major at Mary Washington, Helen spent her years passing a love of learning along to her students and her four children. In turn, UMW put the funds toward a collaboration space for aspiring educators.
“Education was so important to both of them,” said Ben Mason, Helen’s son, who attended the ceremony with his siblings and his own son. “Mom liked teamwork and for people to gather together, so we appreciated that you did this for her, for us and for Mary Washington.”