Mrs. Frances Boyette Dickson, a long-time resident of Burlington, North Carolina and the widow of Dr. Malcolm Shields Dickson, passed away on Friday, February 14, 2014, at age 97. She is survived by a sister and three daughters, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A 1935 alumna of Louisburg College, Mrs. Dickson gave freely of her time, talents, and resources in support of her beloved alma mater. She served on the Board of Trustees from 2002-2006, and also served for a time on the Golden Anniversary Council; she held the status of Trustee Emeritus through the rest of her life.
"In the over 225 year history of the College, it would be difficult to find a person who loved it more," says College president Mark La Branche. "Frances expressed her love not only in words, but most importantly, through her stalwart service and great generosity. Her gifts of herself and her resources transformed the institution, leaving an enduring legacy."
A strong believer in alumni giving, Mrs. Dickson was a member of the Society of 1787, the Old Main Society, the President's Club, and the 220 Giving Club. In 1987, she endowed the Lillian Cherry Boyette Scholarship in honor of her mother.
Mrs. Dickson was the 2002 recipient of the Cecil W. Robbins Public Service Award, and in 2009 the Board of Trustees named the College auditorium the Frances Boyette Dickson Auditorium in honor of her years of commitment and support.
Her daughter, Ann Bowen of Charlottesville, Virginia, currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Mrs. Dickson's great-grandson, Mack Roberts, is also a graduate of Louisburg College.
Louisburg College's most generous benefactress in its history, Mrs. Dickson has left an indelible imprint on the face of the institution, and her legacy will continue to inspire and challenge others to help ensure her alma mater remains strong and flourishes.
The memorial service will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday, February 18 at Front Street United Methodist Church in Burlington.