August 31, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Eric Braun, director of Shawnee State University’s
Development Foundation, presents a check to SSU
President Rita Rice Morris for $549,896.98 from the
estate of Loretta Cooper Woods to establish an endowment
for The Graydon Woods and Loretta C. Woods Scholarship
Teacher leaves a legacy at Shawnee State University
In 1989, Scioto County lost beloved retired teacher and
community leader Loretta Cooper Woods. More than twenty
years later, her legacy lives on, together with that of her
husband V. Graydon Woods, who passed away in 1980.
A gift of
nearly $550,000 to the Shawnee State University Development
Foundation has established the Graydon Woods and Loretta C.
Woods Scholarship Fund.
contribution demonstrates the significant impact people can
make to their communities long after they leave us,” said
Development Foundation Executive Director Eric Braun. “The
generosity and forethought exercised by Mr. and Mrs. Woods
through planned giving years ago will today make a direct
positive difference in the lives of Shawnee State students
and their families. Furthermore, this new endowment will
continue to benefit Shawnee State for generations to come.”
A graduate of
Portsmouth High School, Loretta Woods served as a member of
the Ohio House of Representatives from 1950 to 1958 and was
executive secretary for Sixth District Congressman E.O.
McCowen in Washington, D.C. from 1940 to 1945. Woods
received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State
University and a master’s degree from Marshall University.
Woods was a
retired teacher from Clay High School, and a member of
Wesley United Methodist Church, the Scioto County Women’s
Republican Club, the Elks Ladies Bridge Association, the
Portsmouth Chapter 424 Order of Eastern Star, the Portsmouth
Garden Club and the Women’s Literary Club. She worked for
many years as member and secretary of the Scioto County
Retired Teachers Association.
information on how to support scholarships and other
initiatives at Shawnee State University, contact the SSU
Development Foundation at (740) 351-3284 or http://giveto.shawnee.edu.