A generous gift of $835,000 from the estate of Dr. Raymond Lansford will help more students from Missouri State University’s College of Business complete their education.
Lansford, who’s a Missouri State alumnus, passed away just two weeks before his 99th birthday.
“Dr. Lansford devoted his entire career to educating students. His intentions were to continue helping students attend college long after he and his wife, Beuna Lansford, passed away,” said Brent Dunn, executive director of the MSU Foundation. “These scholarships at MSU will certainly make a positive difference for now and generations to come.”
Born in Judge, Missouri, Lansford attended a one-room country schoolhouse before graduating high school in Belle, Missouri, in 1939.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and General Business from Missouri State in 1947.
After a career in the U.S. Army, Lansford became a professor of business at the University of Missouri and taught until his retirement in 1984.
He served as president of Kiwanis International from 1984-85.