Lecture hall named in honor of Matthew and Geraldine Wright Lewis

Kesha Williams
November 26, 2012

lecture-hall-named-in-hon 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.