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Somerset Community College Recognizes Murrell Sisters at President's Gala and Benefactors' Awards Dinner

Dec 17, 2013 - | 02:14 PM -

KCTCS Gala group pic
Front row left to right: Nancy Powell, SCC Dean of Health Sciences; Berniece Combs, SCC student and KCTCS Board of Regents student representative; Hilma Prather, executrix of the Dorothy and Virginia Murrell Estate; Dr. Jo Marshall, SCC President and CEO; John Prather Jr. , attorney for Dorothy and Virginia Murrell Estate; Donna Mosby, SCC Board of Directors student representative; and Cindy Clouse, SCC Director of Advancement. Second row, left to right: Kim Cleberg, Associate Dean of Transitional Education and Assessment; Jamie Foster, SCC instructor; Donna Eastham, Associate Professor and SCC Board of Directors faculty representative; and Charlene Harris, SCC Board of Directors Chair. Third row, left to right: Roger Angevine, SCC Dean of Applied Technology; Margo Hamm, Associate Dean of Library and Learning Resources; Annette Honeycutt; Dr. Tony Honeycutt, SCC Provost, Ann Zwick, retired SCC administrator; and Lois McWhorter, Associate Dean for Business and Professional Services.

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) recently hosted the 14th annual President’s Gala and Benefactors’ Awards Dinner at the Lexington Center. At the event, leaders from Somerset Community College honored Dorothy and Virginia Murrell in Memoriam.

More than 600 state and local dignitaries from across the Commonwealth attended the event, which provides an opportunity for all KCTCS colleges to honor state’s leading individuals, business and foundations for their generous philanthropic and voluntary support.

Virginia and Dorothy Murrell where honored by SCC for the use of their estates to benefit the students of Somerset Community College. Both sisters owned multiple properties in downtown Somerset for years and each left a portion of their estate to SCC.

Virginia Murrell passed away in 2012 at the age of 98. She was known statewide for her educational and musical endeavors. Murrell spent her professional career in Bellevue, Kentucky, where she taught music, directed the choral program and was the music supervisor for the school district for more than 35 years. She also held many statewide leadership positions and was locally involved with Lake Cumberland Performing Arts and the Chautauqua Circle. She was also a charter member of the Somerset chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. All students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for the Virginia Murrell Scholarship.

Dorothy Murrell passed away in 2007 at the age of 91. She was a music teacher and choral director in the Owensboro Public School System for many years. Dorothy Murrell was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Women’s Education Honorary society. She was also an avid golfer. The Dorothy Murrell Scholarship Endowment is awarded to students with financial need who are enrolled in high-demand programs and those who are transferring to a baccalaureate degree program in Kentucky.

Hilma Prather, Executrix of the estate, recalls a quote from a speech Virginia Murrell made to the Kentucky Education Association which epitomized her life: “We cannot find happiness unless we squander ourselves … giving yourself to something greater than you.”

Hilma Prather and Murrell Estate attorney John Prather Jr. accepted the award on behalf of the Virginia and Dorothy Murrell Estate.