GrandBears

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 have reached 90 years of age.

To be recognized as a GrandBear, one must meet at least one of the criteria listed above. To request recognition, contact the Missouri State University Alumni Association to verify your year of graduation and/or date of birth by:

  • Calling 417-836-5654
  • Sending a note in the mail to the Missouri State University Alumni Association Office at 300 S. Jefferson, Suite 100, Springfield, MO 65806
  • Sending an e-mail to alumni@missouristate.edu

Graduates who qualify as a GrandBear will receive:

  • Personalized GrandBear certificate
  • GrandBear medallion

GrandBears

  • Louise Atwood, '57
  • Nova Babb, '34 & '39
  • Ceola Barnes, '42*
  • Gertrude Gilbert Bechtold, '45
  • Dr. Dale Blackwell, '46*
  • Mrs. Betty Scarborough Callaway, '44
  • Jane Temple Campen, '27*
  • Laura Zumwalt Cloyed, '61
  • Bill Coleman, '49
  • Pauline Pickett Curtis, '45
  • Mr. W. Eugene Dabbs, '48
  • Lydia Elizabeth Daugherty Davis, '57
  • Virginia Patton Delano, '36
  • Fern Little Denton, '36
  • Norma Jean Dickens, '66
  • David Drake, '50
  • Harold Dunn, '50
  • Hester Harrison Eldredge, '53
  • Phyllis Miller Elson, '40
  • Anthony Estes, '50
  • Rosalind Oetting Fellwock, '49
  • Richard Gardner, '33*
  • Elizabeth Ellis Gilbert, '36
  • Eugene Gilbreath, '49
  • Bill Glazier, '51
  • Charles Gray, '49
  • Raymond Haley, '52
  • Ralph Hamilton, '34*
  • Mr. C. Wade Hartley, '49
  • Gerard Hennessy, '55
  • Gene Hinkle, '50
  • Louise Badanske Holman, '51*
  • Luther T. Hoover Jr., '51
  • Frank Hungerford, '52
  • Jack Irish, '49
  • Dell Temple Jamison, '37*
  • Mr. Leslie W. Kinser, '49
  • Dr. Raymond Lansford, '47
  • 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*
  • John E Roam, ’53
  • 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 Collins Stottlemyre, '56
  • Dortheta Swearengin Stracke, '48
  • Mary Wall Sutter, '30*
  • Leona Murray Thomas, '28*
  • Windsor Warren, '44
  • Marilynn Loving Weaver, '46
  • James R. Wills, '50
  • Joseph H. Wilson, ’40
  • Joe Wise, '47
  • Lt. Fred Wolter, '49

*Deceased