Dr. John “Jack” R. Scudder, Jr., a former philosophy professor at University of Lynchburg, recently created a scholarship to honor his wife and a longtime colleague.
Dr. Scudder has pledged $25,000 to create the endowed John R. Scudder, Jr. and Mary C. Scudder Scholarship fund. In March, he visited LC to present the first check for the endowed fund to University of Lynchburg President Dr. Kenneth R. Garren.
He created the scholarship in memory of his wife, Professor Emerita Mary C. Scudder, who was director of the college library for 25 years, and his longtime colleague and co-author Dr. Anne Hughes Bishop.
The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student who embraces the values and principles of a liberal arts education, making contributions in the classroom as well as in the campus community. Donations to this fund from others who wish to honor the Scudders and Dr. Bishop are welcome.
“University of Lynchburg is blessed to have a wonderful faculty today, but we also benefit greatly from former professors, such as Dr. Scudder, whose gifts continue their legacy of helping students succeed,” said Dr. Garren. “Jack made contributions to the lives of countless students during his service to the College, and this scholarship will ensure that his influence continues for years to come.”
Dr. Scudder, a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force, taught philosophy at LC from 1967 to 1993. His wife was director of the college library from 1969 to 1994 and retired as professor emerita. Dr. Bishop was instrumental in founding the LC nursing program and served as a professor of nursing from 1978 to 1997. Dr. Scudder and Dr. Bishop have co-authored five books on nursing, one of which was translated into Japanese, and three books on personal relationships.