Gloria Piersall Estate bequests scholarship funds

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Gloria Piersall Estate bequests scholarship funds

NWOSU Foundation Release

The late Gloria Piersall of Hardtner, Kan., bequeathed $50,000 to Northwestern Oklahoma State University for the establishment of the Doc and Gloria Piersall English Scholarship.

Piersall grew up and attended school in Massachusetts and Vermont before moving to Hardtner after her marriage to Leland “Doc” Piersall in 1945.

A lifelong educator, Piersall taught for 40 years before retiring in 1972. She taught at Northwestern as an English instructor from 1962-1972.

Her niece, Luty Armentrout, recalls her aunt as a very unique person that spent a lot of her time grading students’ papers.

“She was very dedicated to her students,” Armentrout said. “That was her life’s work.”

“She had an attitude that was contagious,” said former colleague John Barton. “She was always upbeat and had a positive attitude. You could see it in her teaching,” Barton said.

Barton was a student when Piersall began teaching at Northwestern. He returned to Northwestern in 1966 to teach full-time, working alongside her until her retirement.

“She was very friendly and open to everyone, students as well as colleagues,” Barton said. “She was dedicated to students and to their success.”

“Gloria Piersall’s legacy and impact as a passionate educator will continue as this scholarship supports our Northwestern students, indefinitely,” said Skeeter Bird, CEO of the Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association. “We are grateful for and honored by this gift from someone who knew and loved Northwestern.”

Students majoring in English with a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible to receive the scholarship.