Cameron University Foundation receives proceeds from sale of shares of Wichita National Life | Community

The Cameron University Foundation has received $650,568 from the sale of shares it received as gifts more than 40 years ago from community leaders Floyd Freeman and Ewell Lacy. As partners in a group of Lawton businessmen who chartered Wichita National Life (WNL) in 1957, Freeman and Lacy were instrumental in establishing a locally owned and operated insurance company. which has served the citizens of southwestern Oklahoma ever since.

Freeman served as president of Freeman Inc. and FRASCON Inc., the region’s largest construction company. Lacy, owner of Lacy’s Furniture, would also be president of Home Savings and Loan. Both were members of the Lawton Rotary Club. Twenty years after chartering WNL, Freeman and Lacy, who shared a love for Cameron University and the impact UC graduates had within the Lawton/Fort Sill community, took steps to lighten the load. financial burden borne by degree-seeking students.

“They often talked about Cameron University, and they started conversations about donating their stock rather than selling it so they could make a difference in the lives of students for years and years to come” , says Randy Gilliland, president and CEO of WNL. Gilliland, who worked and served closely with Lacy and Freeman on the board of Wichita National Life for many years, is also a board member of the Cameron University Foundation.

WNL stock donations to the Cameron University Foundation resulted in the establishment of the Floyd J. Freeman Endowed Scholarship in 1978 and the Ewell B. Lacy Endowed Scholarship in 1980. Both endowments provide scholarships to assist students full-time students pursuing studies at Cameron University.

“Lacy and Freeman’s commitment speaks to the value of Cameron University and demonstrates a desire to see the university and our students succeed,” said Albert Johnson Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “The support and personal commitment of our donors and the community continues to be the hallmark of Cameron University’s affordability. We are truly grateful for the continued support of alumni and friends.

Community members who wish to follow in the footsteps of donors such as Floyd Freeman and Ewell Lacy in creating an endowment that will benefit Cameron students in perpetuity are encouraged to contact the Office of University Advancement at 580-581-2999.

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