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Sandra and Tad Addy establish estate gift for academic scholarships

Sandra & Tad Addy

Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement at Black Hills State University, has announced that alumnae Sandra (Turney) Addy and her husband, Tad, have included BHSU in their estate plan for a major gift to establish two endowments, the income of which will support undergraduate scholarships in music and education. The retired couple lives in Spearfish.

“We believe that it is vital to support excellence in undergraduate education in South Dakota,” said Sandra. “A planned gift is a great way to accomplish our goal while keeping our assets available in case they are needed during our lifetimes.”

One half of the gift will establish an endowment for scholarships to recognize academic excellence in the music program at BHSU. This gift was inspired by Sandra’s current service on the board of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute. “I am deeply impressed by the accomplishments and dedication to students of Dean Holly Downing and Professor Emeritus Janeen Larson at BHSU,” said Sandra. “Furthermore, the influence of retired international opera star Johanna Meier on the BHSU music program bodes well for future excellence in that area.”

“We like the idea of investing in an academic area where there is potential for a bright future at BHSU,” added Tad.

The other half of the gift will establish an endowment in a traditional area of strength at BHSU, education. The scholarships to recognize academic distinction in education will honor the memory of Sandra’s mother, father, and brother. Sandra’s mother, Marie (Reetz) Turney (1906-1988), attended Spearfish Normal School (now BHSU) in 1928 and taught for many years in one-room rural schools in Tripp and Gregory Counties in South Dakota.  Her father, Dello Halsted Turney (1905-1997), and her brother, Samuel Reetz Turney (1949-1986), were South Dakota farmers.

Sandra received her teaching certificate from BHSU in 1956.  Her first year of teaching took place in a one-room rural school in Tripp County. She went on to earn three degrees in education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: a B.S. in 1963, an M.S. in 1967, and a Ph.D. in 1974. She taught for several years in elementary schools in Ohio and Illinois. From 1983 to 1998 she served as Coordinator of Alumni Affairs within the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Alva L. (Tad) Addy graduated in 1958 with a B. S. degree with high honors in mechanical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. He earned a M.S. degree in 1960 from the University of Cincinnati under the auspices of the General Electric Company Honors Program. In 1963 he received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the mechanical engineering faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1963 and served as head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from 1986 until his retirement in 1998. He conducted his teaching and research in the field of fluid dynamics. Among many honors and awards received over the years, in 2006 the American Society of Mechanical Engineers bestowed their highest honor, Honorary Membership, on Professor Addy.

“Both of us were helped by scholarships and fellowships throughout our academic studies,” said Tad. “Our university degrees opened many doors that enabled us to lead interesting, challenging, and rewarding lives. We believe that our planned gift to BHSU will someday help many other young people to enjoy equally rewarding opportunities.”

For more information on establishing a scholarship endowment at BHSU or to execute a planned gift for a future endowment contact Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement, at 642-6385 or e-mail Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu.

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