A graduate of Missouri State University has donated $835,000 to help the students enrolled in the College of Business complete their education.
Raymond Lansford, who graduated from the university in 1947, recently passed away just two weeks before his 99th birthday.
“Dr. Lansford devoted his entire career to educating students. His intentions were to continue helping students attend college long after he and his wife, Beuna Lansford, passed away,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the MSU Foundation.
“These scholarships at MSU will certainly make a positive difference for now and generations to come.”
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Lansford was born in Judge, Missouri — an unincorporated community in Osage County — and attended a one-room schoolhouse. He graduated from high school in Belle, Missouri in 1939.
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He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and general business from MSU in 1947.
After a career in the U.S. Army, Lansford became a professor of business at the University of Missouri. He taught until his retirement in 1984.
He served as president of Kiwanis International from 1984-85.