Missouri State Alumni Association


GrandBear medallionWhen the University celebrated 100 years of excellence in educating students, we were reminded that Missouri State alumni are significant contributors to the institution's rich history. During the year-long Centennial celebration, the GrandBear program was introduced as an avenue to recognize some of the University’s earliest graduates. The Alumni Association’s GrandBear program recognizes alumni who received a degree 70 years or more ago and/or has reached 90 years of age or better.

To be recognized as a GrandBear, one must meet at least one of the criteria listed above. Simply contact the Missouri State University Alumni Association to verify your year of graduation and/or date of birth by:
1) calling 417-836-5654;
2) dropping a note in the mail to the Missouri State University Alumni Association Office at 300 S. Jefferson, Suite 100, Springfield, MO 65806; or 3) sending an e-mail message to alumni@missouristate.edu.

Graduates who qualify as a GrandBear will receive:

  • Personalized GrandBear certificate
  • GrandBear medallion
  • Recognition on the GrandBear web page



Louise Atwood, ‘57
Nova Babb, ‘34 & ‘39
Ceola Barnes, '42*
Dr. Dale Blackwell, '46*
Mrs. Betty Scarborough Callaway, ‘44
Jane Temple Campen, '27*
Laura Zumwalt Cloyed, '61
Mr. W. Eugene Dabbs, ‘48
Lydia Elizabeth Daugherty Davis, ‘57
Virginia Patton Delano, ‘36
Fern Little Denton, ‘36
Phyllis Miller Elson, '40
Richard Gardner, '33*
Elizabeth Ellis Gilbert, '36
Ralph Hamilton, '34*
Mr. C. Wade Hartley, ‘49
Louise Badanske Holman, ‘51*
Dell Temple Jamison, '37*
Mr. Leslie W. Kinser, ‘49
Ward L. Lampkin, '29*
Grace Land, '39
Mildred Phillips Leaver, '35
Fern Young Miller, '36*
Dorothy Curl Missey, '51*
Harold Lyman Mooney, '32*
June Crussell Richter, '43
Aleeta Reser Riney, ‘40*
Helen Lusk Robberson, '33
Charlene Purviance Russell, '46*
Zella Matthews Samuels, '34*
Virginia Cranford Shean, '38*
Mrs. Mary Freeman Sheppard, ‘44
Pauline Klepper Sidebottom, '42*
Laverne Stockton, ‘39
Mary Wall Sutter, '30*
Leona Murray Thomas, '28*
Joseph H. Wilson, ’40