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    Nell Hall Vickrey Estate gift establishes Scholarship for Students at MSU

    Murray State University is the recipient of a $500,000 estate gift to establish “The John C. and Nell Hall Vickrey Scholarship” in the MSU college of science, engineering and technology (CSET). Application for the scholarship is open to all students pursuing a major in CSET with preference given to mathematics majors or minors.

    One of Murray’s early graduates, the late Nell Hall Vickrey ’33 earned an A.B. degree in mathematics, with minors in French and physics. It was important to her father that Nell and her sister receive a good education so he sent them to Murray State. After graduation, Nell began her teaching career in Tennessee.

    Vickrey spent her early life in northwest Tennessee where she met her future husband, John, while they were in high school. They married in 1946 and moved to Marietta, Ga., where John was employed and she taught math in the Georgia Public School System. The Vickreys spent the rest of their lives in Marietta, but made sure to return to Puryear, Tenn., for every class reunion until John’s death in 1996.

    Nell continued to visit the area with good friend Robert Amacker, who would drive her to Murray four times a year to spend time with local acquaintances such as Catherine Purdom, Frances McKeel, Minnie Craig and Maureen Taylor.
    “Nell was tons of fun and everybody loved her. Since she and her husband didn’t have children of their own, it was very important for her to leave a gift that would help students at Murray State,” Amacker said.

    “We are grateful to the Vickrey family for this wonderful bequest to our college,” said Dr. Steve Cobb, dean of CSET. “It demonstrates the Vickreys’ high esteem for MSU and communicates their strong support for education in math and science. This generous gift will provide scholarship funds for generations of students and will have a significant impact in helping them achieve their academic and career goals.”