Keeping Memories Alive

Amanda Fischer '15 performs a grand jete while taking a class taught by Dominique Angel, whose position is funded in memory of an alumna.

Amanda Fischer ’15 performs a grand jete while taking a class taught by Dominique Angel, whose position is funded in memory of an alumna.

Sally Marie Spencer ’84 is fondly remembered by her friends and classmates for many things, including her long, flowing brown hair, her talent in ballet and modern dance, and her passion for photography and videography.

However, for Elizabeth Earle Kojaian ’84, there was much more to Spencer than the obvious. “She never said a negative word about anyone or anything. She would make good out of any situation,” Kojaian said. “She found a way to find beauty and art in every aspect of her life.”

Since Spencer’s death about 14 years ago, Kojaian has funded the Sally Marie Spencer ’84 Visiting Artist in Dance Program Fund, which helps dance students by bringing nationally recognized artists to teach techniques and choreography. She is glad that she has been able to support something in memory of a wonderful friend.

“If you think about someone that has passed on, then they continue to live on. Their ideas and their passions live on,” said Kojaian, who is one of the many who give to the College to honor the memories of friends, relatives, and classmates.

Other examples include Elwood Clingempeel and Richard and Jean Nooe Miller ’56, the husband and parents who created the Holly Miller Clingempeel ’81 Scholarship Fund, which provides assistance to students majoring in mathematics; and Edward and Elizabeth Day Dinwiddie ’59, who funded the Anne C. Dinwiddie ’86 Endowed Scholarship in memory of their daughter.

Another fund is the Lee Brammer May ’80 Memorial Scholarship. Bob and Dot Brammer established the scholarship shortly after their daughter, Lee Brammer May ’80, died in 1984. When Bob Brammer retired in 1995, his long-time colleague Keith Evans purchased his engineering company and decided to continue funding the scholarship. He sees this as an opportunity to honor not only May, but her parents as well.

“It’s hard to give something to somebody who is that successful in life,” Evans said. “This was a way that I could do something that I know would be meaningful to Bob and Dot—much more than any gift I could give them or any gesture of good will we could have extended to him.”

Seven women currently receive the Lee Brammer May ’80 Memorial Scholarship. Evans believes helping people obtain an education is a great way to keep alive the memory and legacy of the honoree as well as the giver.

“A good education is a valuable gift to give,” Evans said. “Not everyone has the same opportunities that we have, and trying to help people along is the right thing to do, both corporately and personally. It’s very heartwarming to see the names of the people that you are helping, in some small way, better themselves through the great opportunity to receive an education at Randolph College.”