Weems Scholarship Established for MSU CSET Students
WEEMS SCHOLARSHIP ESTABLISHED FOR MSU CSET STUDENTS
Murray State University students in the college of science, engineering and technology will benefit greatly from the Thomas N. and Marjorie J. Weems Scholarship, recently established through a generous bequest gift in the amount of $320,598 from the late Dr. Thomas Weems and his late wife Marjorie, both of New Mexico.
This endowment will provide financial support to pre-medical and pre-dental students pursing degrees at MSU. Recipients will be selected based on the financial needs of the student and the student’s scholastic ability.
Thomas, a native of Montgomery County, Tenn., was a 1934 graduate of Murray State Teacher’s College. After graduation, he served in the United States Aircorps in WW II. As navigator for a squadron of four B26 medium bombers, Thomas received the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest honor for “extraordinary heroism in action near Midway Island on June 4, 1943.” His squadron was first in the Army Aircorps to carry out a torpedo attack against enemy ships. His plane was one of the only two to return from their mission that day. Following Midway he saw further action in the South Pacific where he was based on the island of New Caldeonia.
After his return to the United States, Thomas obtained the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery at the University of Tennessee. Upon completion of dental school, Thomas returned to active duty in the Air Force as a dentist for two years. In 1952 he left active duty and entered the U.S. Air Force Reserve from which he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He then opened his dental practice in Las Cruces, which he maintained until his retirement in 1983.
Thomas married Marjorie Jean Milne in April of 1943. Marjorie was born in Ukiah, Mendocina County, California and was a member of a pioneer California family. She was educated in local schools and graduated from a business college. For fifty eight years Marjorie devoted her life to being a wonderful wife to her husband. She enjoyed traveling with him, hosting family reunions and entertaining their wide circle of friends. Both Thomas and Marjorie were active in their church, as well as in local civic and business organizations.
Even though they did not have children of their own, Thomas and Marjorie dearly loved their extended family, which included nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and grandnieces and nephews.
Because of their generous nature, their love of children and their wish to help students obtain degrees in higher education, Thomas and Marjorie worked with the Merrill Lynch Trust Company to establish a trust to benefit students at Murray State University. This gift is one of the largest ever received by the university and will greatly assist MSU scholars wishing to pursue degrees in the medical and dental fields.
Mrs. Marion Milne, sister-in-law of the late Mrs. Weems, said “Thomas and Marjorie were both wonderful people and they would be so pleased to know how much their gift to Murray State University is appreciated.”