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September 2001

Release Date: September 24, 2001

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Dr. Doreen Grimes, who taught music theory and piano for 29 years in Angelo State University's music program, has established an endowed scholarship to benefit future piano students at the university.

Established with a $3,500 gift to ASU, the Dr. Doreen Grimes Piano Scholarship will be awarded to music majors with a concentration in piano. The first scholarship is scheduled to be presented for the 2002 fall semester.

A Weatherford native, Grimes taught music theory, music history and piano from 1971 until her full retirement in 2000. She was also the first female president of ASU's Faculty Council, forerunner of today's Faculty Senate.

"During my tenure at ASU, I saw the potential for many students who were really talented and quite gifted, but they did not have the financial means to continue their piano studies without interruption," she said. "I wanted to help students and I wanted to help the department get top-notch students because I think the department has a great future."

Grimes said that she loved teaching and the contact with students.

"The most satisfying aspect of my career was watching students as their musical talent developed and as their careers blossomed," she said. "Now it is gratifying when they come back to see me or call to see how I am doing and to tell me about their families and their careers."

The majority of her former students are teachers, band directors or choral directors though some have actually gone into performing careers.

In addition to helping students, she had another reason for starting the endowment.