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McClurg creates lasting legacy for late husband

McClurg creates lasting legacy for late husband

Ruth Mitchell McClurg and her husband, the late Raymond McClurg '47, of Tulsa, Okla., have been long-time champions of Northwest and education in general - both through volunteerism and financial support.

n memory of her husband and as a testament to the quality education and programs at Northwest, Ruth has made a $25,000 commitment to create the Raymond McClurg Memorial Scholarship for students studying education, and a $225,000 commitment for the American Dream Grant. "We've always understood the value of a well-educated population - it's not only worthwhile for the region, but for the entire country," Ruth said.

Ruth was born in Burlington Junction, attended College High School at Northwest and later received her two-year teaching certificate from Northwest in 1940. Ruth taught in the rural schools of Nodaway County, and in 1957 received her bachelor's in education from Wichita State University. After a few years teaching in Wichita, she received her master's in education from Tulsa University in Oklahoma. Ruth taught elementary school in Tulsa for 20 years, retiring in 1982.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Ray received his bachelor's in education from Northwest, where the couple met.

Ray was the Missouri state auditor for two years and then became an auditor for Standard Oil of Indiana, later known as Amoco. He retired as the company's auditor in the late 1960s. He spent the following years, until his death in 2003, as a volunteer for special causes, including his efforts as a member of the Northwest Foundation Board of Directors.

"Ray dearly loved this University," Ruth said. "It's important to me to create a significant and lasting legacy for Ray at Northwest. And really, there's almost nothing that gives you more satisfaction than knowing that you helped a student along the way."


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