Power of giving

Donors’ gifts invigorate mission of the new College of Health and Human Services facility.




Indiana State’s new College of Health and Human Services building is a testament to the institution’s mission to bring up the next generation of health care professionals. It’s a pursuit invigorated by generous donors such as Beverly Spear and Barbara and J. Laurence Passmore.

Spear’s latest monetary gift, which will be used to benefit students in the College of Health and Human Services, continues her mission to cement the legacy of her husband, Richard Spear, who served as a professor of health and safety and chair of the health and safety department, 1966-93.

“My husband was a firm believer in the power of education, and I want that to be his legacy,” Spear said. “He worked a lot with graduate students, and the new Health and Human Services building has a seminar room to be used primarily for grad students. My husband would have liked that.”

In recognition of her generous gift, the Indiana State University Board of Trustees named last fall a second-floor conference room in the new facility the Dr. Richard D. Spear Seminar/Conference Room.

Spear’s family has a long history of generosity with the university. In 1998, she established an endowed scholarship in memory of their late son, Rick, an Indiana State alumnus, to assist a first-year student preferably from Vigo County who is pursuing a degree in health and safety, nursing, pre-med or life Sciences.

Following her husband’s death, Spear established in 1995 a department award and scholarship in his memory and named the Richard D. Spear Executive Conference Room. In 2006, she contributed to construction of the Student Recreation Center and provided funds to establish the Rick H. Spear Juice Bar.

“All three of us, myself, my husband and our son, are devoted to education,” she said. “We are firm believers that people are empowered through education.”

Artful giving

Indiana State emeriti Barbara and J. Laurence Passmore donated a gift to purchase artwork for the new facility.

The educational experience in the Health and Human Services building will also be enhanced by the Passmores, who donated funds for artwork to be purchased and hung in the new facility.

Barbara and J. Laurence Passmore were both on faculty at State from 1968 to 2004. Barbara Passmore taught physical education and later served as dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, and J. Laurence Passmore served as a counseling psychology professor in the College of Education.

“Barbara and I get a lot of pleasure out of artwork, so a donation to purchase artwork for the building seemed like a perfect gift from us to the university,” J. Laurence said. “The College of Health and Human Services has grown so much, and we hope that all of the faculty, staff and students who are in the building will find great pleasure in the artwork.”

The Passmores were eager to provide a donation that will further enhance the campus’ aesthetics. After all, it’s a place that provided them a lifetime of fond memories. They, too, are no stranger to giving and previously established an endowed scholarship for graduate students in the college.

“Thirty-six years is a long time to have dedicated our lives to Indiana State, and we’re so proud that of what the university is doing with this marvelous building,” Barbara Passmore said. “Donating this artwork for the new building is a token of our thanks for our many years of service and to the family we made at ISU.”



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