Endowed Professorships and Lecture Series
Frances I. Eeraerts Professor of Foreign Language:
This professorship was established in 1997 by a bequest from the
estate of Miss Eeraerts, a non-traditional student who graduated in
Milner Professor of Education:
The Milner Professorship was established in 1988 by the Vera A.
Milner Charitable Trust. The trustees of the Milner Trust, Belle
Turner Lynch, class of 1961, Virginia Turner Rezetko, and Vera
Turner Wells, created the professorship in honor of their aunt, Vera
A. Milner. The holder of the professorship is a scholar in early
Manning M. Pattillo Jr. Professor of Liberal Arts:
This professorship was established in 1991 through the
generosity of Miriam H. and John A. Conant and the John H. and
Wilhelmina D. Harland Charitable Foundation in honor of Dr. Pattillo,
the 13th president of Oglethorpe from 1975 to 1988. The
professorship honors the work of an outstanding faculty member. A
new Pattillo Professor is chosen every two years.
The Mack A. Rikard Chair in Business Administration and
The Mack A. Rikard Chair supports a scholar in business
administration or economics, advancing Mr. Rikard’s own interest in
the free enterprise system. The chair also coordinates the Rikard
Lecture Series, aimed at helping college students understand current
issues in business. Established in 1991 by Mr. Rikard, a 1937
alumnus and an honorary degree recipient, the lectures bring to
campus guest speakers who are recognized leaders in their
professions. The series is intended to foster in students a
particular appreciation of economics.
Endowed Prize Funds
The Lu Thomasson Garrett Annual Award for Meritorious
Teaching: This prize
was created in 1994 through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. David (Lu
La Thomasson) Garrett. The late Mrs. Garrett was a 1952 graduate, an
Oglethorpe honorary degree recipient, and member emerita of the
Board of Trustees. The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding
faculty member selected by a committee of his or her peers.
The Anne Rivers Siddons Award: This fund was endowed by
Anne Rivers Siddons, the celebrated novelist, former member of the
Board of Trustees, Oglethorpe honorary degree recipient, and
daughter of L. Marvin Rivers, a 1928 graduate. The prize is awarded
annually to a graduating senior majoring in English who has
submitted the best work of short fiction.
Special Purpose Named Endowed Funds
The Herman Daughtry Fund: This fund was established in
1980 by a gift from the Daughtry Foundation. It provides support for
professional travel and scholarship by the President and for special
projects relating to the Office of the President.
The Grenwald Faculty Salary Endowment: This fund was
established in 1991 by a bequest from Edward S. Grenwald. Mr.
Grenwald was a law professor before coming to Atlanta to engage in
the private practice of law. He served as a member of the Oglethorpe
University Board of Visitors and of the Board of Trustees. The fund
is part of the University’s permanent endowment and, at Mr.
Grenwald’s request, used primarily for the enhancement of faculty
The Eugene W. Ivy Endowment Fund: Established by planned
gifts from Mr. Ivy, a 1949 graduate of Oglethorpe, the Fund provides
unrestricted income to the University.
The National Endowment for the Humanities Core Curriculum
Endowment: In 1996, Oglethorpe University was awarded a
challenge grant in the amount of $300,000, which enabled the
University to raise a total of $1.1 million for an endowment to
support the Core Curriculum and library purchases for the Core.
The Cemal and Armagan Ozgorkey Entrepreneurial Endowment Fund:
in 2001 by Cemal, class of 1984, and Armagan, class of 1985,
Ozgorkey, the fund supports entrepreneurial activities in the
Division of Economics and Business Administration. Such activities
include residencies by guest entrepreneurs and business plan
The Pattillo Faculty Lounge Endowment Fund: Created in
2000 by the Pattillo Family Foundation in honor of Manning M.
Pattillo Jr., the 13th president of Oglethorpe, this fund provides a
permanent source of funds to maintain and improve the Faculty Lounge
on the third floor of Hearst Hall.
The Garland Pinholster Fund for Academic and Athletic
Excellence: The fund was established in 1995 by friends and
admirers in honor of Mr. Pinholster, who served as Athletic Director
and Head Basketball Coach from 1956 to 1966. Mr. Pinholster received
an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Oglethorpe in 2004. The
fund provides incremental funding beyond the Athletic Department’s
normal operating budget.
The Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program Endowment:
Established in 1996 by the Rich Foundation, this endowment provides
funding for the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program, a
certificate program that challenges its participants to pursue their
leadership potential while utilizing the city of Atlanta as a living
The Philip Weltner Endowment: This fund was created in
1981 by memorials to Dr.
Philip Weltner, the sixth president of Oglethorpe. Earnings from the
fund support instruction in "human understanding, citizenship, and
community service," three of the pillars of the Oglethorpe
curriculum during the Weltner years, 1944 to 1953.