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Alumna bequeaths $735,000 to Georgia College

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POSTED: August 28, 2008
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Alumna bequeaths $735,000 to Georgia College

large photo Georgia College & State University recently received a gift of $735,000, a bequest given by alumna Miss Emily Myrtice Lynch (1909-2007). A woman who exemplified the ideals of life-long learning, this generous bequest will endow a scholarship that bears her name. This ensures that she will be remembered for future generations and that students will continue to learn on her behalf.

Miss Lynch's education and career inspired students. She grew up in Apollo, Georgia, in Putnam County, where she attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. She later graduated from Monticello High School.

She went on to attend what was then Georgia State College for Women, and was graduated in 1930. A talented and active young woman, Myrtice 'Mutt' Lynch was the president of the mathematics club, a member of the literary guild, active in basketball and tennis, and she was captain of the baseball team. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree from GSCW, she went on to Columbia University in New York City where she earned her Masters Degree in Mathematics.

Miss Lynch spent her professional life teaching math. Her career started in Lincoln County, Georgia, and then she moved to Atlanta where she taught at Girls High and O'Keefe High School. She became the Math Coordinator for the Atlanta School System and retired holding that position. During her teaching career she received a Ford Foundation grant that allowed her to study math as it was being taught in schools around the world.

Former student, Phyllis Cole noted, 'We at O'Keefe were very fortunate to have her as a teacher.' Another former student, Joyce Gould, remarked, 'What a wonderful, genteel Southern Lady! I was privileged to be a student in Miss Lynch's math class when I was at O'Keefe High School. She was a special teacher who treated her students with great respect.'

And with that same respect, Georgia College is privileged to be able to award the Emily Myrtice Lynch Endowed Scholarship.

The endowment will be used to honor Miss Lynch and provide scholarships for outstanding undergraduate students - half of the scholarships designated for Education majors and half designated for students in any major. Preference will be given to graduates of public schools in Jasper or Putnam Counties needing financial assistance in order to attend college. The generosity shown by Miss Lynch will honor outstanding and deserving Georgia College students for years to come.

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For more information, contact Judy Bailey in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.