International House Foundation Honors Daugette and Forney Families
Mrs. C. W. Daugette, Jr. receives a copy of a resolution given by the Jacksonville State University International House Foundation in honor of the Daugette-Forney families' contributions to the International House program and academics at JSU. Looking on, from left, are JSU President Dr. Bill Meehan, International House board member Clarence Daugette, III, and, far right, Cleo Thomas, Jr., president of the International House Foundation.
JACKSONVILLE -- November 9, 2001 -- Jacksonville State University's International House Foundation recently honored the Daugette and Forney families of Gadsden for their long-time contribution to the International House and JSU's academic programs.
JSU President Bill Meehan and International House Foundation President Cleo Thomas presented the following resolution to Mrs. C. W. Daugette, Jr., during a banquet in honor of the families:
Whereas, the Daugette-Forney families have been associated with Jacksonville State University for more than one century, with both serving as tireless advocates of higher education in Northeast Alabama; and,
Whereas, Clarence William Daugette served as the institution's president from 1899 to 1942, providing an energizing force for growth for 43 years, constructing the institution's first modern buildings and recruiting outstanding faculty, resulting in his recognition as the man who transformed the institution from one building worth $16,000 to a physical plant worth several million; and,
Whereas, Annie Rowan Forney, daughter of the famous Confederate General John H. Forney, known for her instrumental efforts toward adoption of the first Great Seal of Alabama, for which she was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree at Jacksonville State University, became the wife of Clarence William Daugette and known affectionately as "the mother of the institution," serving as the first lady of the institution; and,
Whereas, annual perpetual scholarships for outstanding seniors were established by COL and Mrs. C. W. Daugette, Jr., Mrs. Annie Forney Daugette, and Mrs. Kathleen Daugette Carson, providing the first significant endowment program to fund deserving students; and,
Whereas, the senior designated most outstanding in character and excellence receives the Clarence William Daugette Award, while outstanding graduates in art, talent and character receive the Annie Forney Daugette Award, the senior named most distinguished academically in military science is awarded the General John H. Forney Award, and the most outstanding graduate in education receives the Mary C. Forney Award; and,
Whereas, one of the Daugette family's major contributions to Jacksonville State University's cultural and academic curriculum is the International House Program; and,
Whereas, the International House facility was completed in September, 1964 and named in honor of COL C.W. Daugette, Jr., who served as chairman of the International House Endowment Foundation beginning in March 7, 1960, and who was a member of the original Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees, serving as chairman of the board prior to his death; and,
Whereas, the Daugette family today serve with dedication to the International House Program. Mrs. Florence Daugette is very active in support and Clarence Daugette, III serves on the International House Board. The daughters, Mrs. Lynn Lowe and Mrs. Raymond Renfrow are faithful supporters of the program.
Be It Therefore Resolved that Jacksonville State University and the International House Board of Directors express appreciation and regard for the several generations of faithful, selfless and loyal service and support rendered to the institution. This Resolution presented on this the 16th day of October, 2001.
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