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November 2002

Release Date: November 21, 2002

LeGrands Establish $1 Million Scholarship Endowment at ASU

As an expression of their thankfulness to patients from area communities, Dr. Robert H. (Bob) and Jean Ann LeGrand of San Angelo have established a $1 million endowment to provide scholarships for students wishing to attend Angelo State University.

In keeping with the intent of the LeGrands' gift, ASU President Dr. James Hindman formally announced the endowment a week before Thanksgiving. He said the endowment would not only benefit Angelo State University but also the residents of those area communities that have been home to Dr. LeGrand's numerous patients since he began his career as a San Angelo neurosurgeon in 1976.

"You will find few people anywhere with bigger hearts than Bob and Jean Ann LeGrand," Hindman said. "This gift exemplifies their generosity. We at Angelo State University are grateful to be a part in such a thoughtful gift in the best spirit of Thanksgiving. It is a gift that will touch the lives of students for decades to come.

"Over the years Bob LeGrand's medical skills and Jean Ann's nursing skills have helped thousands of West Texas patients," Hindman said. "That in and of itself is a major contribution to the people and communities of West Texas. For Bob and Jean Ann to further demonstrate their gratitude to the people of those communities in this new way is indeed a testament to their spirit and philosophy of giving."

The Dr. Robert and Jean Ann LeGrand Scholarship Endowment will provide a minimum $1,000 scholarship per academic year to eligible students graduating from high schools in 148 different West Texas communities. To be eligible, students must be full-time freshmen meeting regular ASU admission requirements, graduating in the top half of their high school classes and having a strong desire to succeed. They also must be recommended by their high school principals. Recipients will be announced April 1 of each year. The first recipients are scheduled to be announced in 2003.

The endowment has been started with an initial $200,000 gift and will be completed with matching annual payments over the next four years. Earlier this year the LeGrands donated $500,000 to the ASU Alumni Association to be used toward the construction of the university's alumni and visitors center that has now been named in their honor.

Dr. LeGrand is a board-certified neurosurgeon, having established the San Angelo Neurosurgical Association in 1976. Mrs. LeGrand, a registered nurse by profession, is a 1972 graduate of ASU's nursing program.

In a joint statement regarding their latest gift, the LeGrands said, "It is our sincere desire and privilege to present Angelo State University this scholarship fund. We hope it will benefit the surrounding communities, promote education, encourage students and support ASU for many generations to come."

Mrs. LeGrand grew up in Tom Green County, attending Fairview Elementary and Wall High School before enrolling at ASU where she was the 1971 Homecoming Queen and a member of the Angelettes. Also during her ASU tenure she was the 1971 Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity Rose, the 1971 ASU Mistletoe Belle and a member of the Student Senate. Since graduation she has stayed active in the ASU Alumni Association and is a past member of its board of directors.

Dr. LeGrand attended school in Greensboro, N.C., and graduated from Wake Forest University in 1964, then earned his M.D. in 1968 from Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He completed his residencies in surgery and neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University. He served two years, including one in Vietnam, as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon.

He moved to San Angelo in 1976 to begin his private neurosurgical practice, forming San Angelo Neurosurgical Association that same year. He has served on the staff of all three San Angelo hospitals since he began practice in the community. Over the years, he has served more than 40,000 patients from throughout the region.

Dr. LeGrand is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, the Southern Neurosurgical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Association of Neurological Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the North American Spine Society.

The LeGrands have a blended family that includes six children and a grandchild.