Lecture hall named in honor of Matthew and Geraldine Wright Lewis
Kesha Williams November 26, 2012
On November 17, alumni, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the naming of Lecture
Hall #107 in the Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology Complex.
The Matthew and Geraldine Wright Lewis Lecture Hall, is named in honor of the alumni
from the classes of '64 and '65. Mr. Lewis was an educator and a retired executive
with Verizon. He is vice president of the Virginia Beach Alumni Chapter. Mrs. Lewis
was an active member of her church and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority who
taught English in Virginia's public schools for 32 years.
Mr. Lewis and his family committed to endow a scholarship in the amount of $250,000
in wife's memory. The Geraldine Wright Lewis Endowed Fund will support a scholarship
which is reserved for an ECSU student who has a grade point average of 2.5. In year
one of the scholarship, the recipient shall be an English major. In years 2 through
4 the scholarship may go to a student in any discipline. In year five and every fourth
year thereafter, the recipient shall again be awarded to an English major. This is
not a recurring scholarship. Recipients may not be immediate family of the donor or
any member of the recommending group.
The Lewis Family made personal contributions and also held three memorial scholarship
dances to raise funds for the endowment. Mr. Lewis, his son Anthony, '86, Tamara Lewis
Harris, '96, and Monica Edward Harris, are avid supporters of the university and are
proud to continue their family legacy.
The Division of Institutional Advancement seeks donors to contribute to the university
in various ways. Naming opportunities exist to satisfy a wide range of donor interests
that will contribute greatly to the future of the university. An extraordinary, once-in-a
lifetime gift or bequest from a benefactor could enable the university to name a building,
classroom, walkway, outside park, street, an auditorium or a conference room. For
more information, call the division, 252-335-3225.