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February 2002

Release Date: February 5, 2002

Casey Family of Educators Honored with Endowment at ASU

The family of Thelma Casey and Mary and Glenn Casey, all three long-time West Texas educators, has established a scholarship endowment at Angelo State University to honor them for their impact on their students and their many contributions to the quality of life in West Texas.

The Thelma Casey, Mary and Glenn Casey Memorial Scholarship was created by a $5,000 joint gift from Danny Casey of Arvada, Colo., and Terry M. Casey of Fort Worth. The two donors are sons of Mary and Glenn Casey and the nephews of Thelma Casey.

In helping establish the scholarship fund, Terry Casey said, "I am sure I speak for the entire Casey family when I say that the reason we are so pleased to be able to establish this memorial scholarship is the readily apparent quality of ASU as an educational institution addressing the needs of West Texans."

The endowment is named for three educators who addressed a variety of educational needs during their careers in West Texas. Glenn Casey taught at several public schools before becoming a professor of natural science biology, botany and zoology at San Angelo Junior College. He was at the institution when it became a four-year college. He concluded his teaching career at San Angelo Central High School and then served as Tom Green County School District superintendent.

His wife, Mary Casey, spent her entire working life as a public school teacher in Tom Green County. She taught at several elementary schools in San Angelo, including Santa Rita and David Crockett. She concluded her 40 plus years of teaching as an English instructor at San Angelo Central High School.

Thelma Casey was Glen Casey's sister and worked for many years as the District Extension Agent for Home Economics with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. Earlier in her career, she worked as a public school teacher at several Texas locations. She was a strong advocate for women's education and was very well known in the State of Texas.

Michael P. Ryan, ASU's vice president for university relations and development, said, "By devoting their lives to education, the Caseys touched countless other lives. This scholarship endowment honoring them ensures that their legacy will continue to touch young lives forever."

Proceeds from the endowment will be used to fund a scholarship for a full-time junior or senior student majoring in natural sciences. To be eligible a natural science student must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average and have financial need, although the financial need does not have to be the primary factor in the selection process.

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