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SMU dedicates Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro ’39

The life of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro was built on faith, family and philanthropy. Her legacy of thoughtful leadership and generous support is evident at SMU and other institutions of higher learning across the country, as well as myriad religious and cultural organizations.

“Elizabeth Prothro left an indelible mark on SMU and on all who knew her,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Her contributions to this University and to its students, faculty and staff are truly historic.”

Mrs. Prothro earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and political science at SMU. She served as an SMU trustee from 1972–87 and was named a trustee emerita in 1991. She was a founding member of the boards of Perkins School of Theology and Colophon/Friends of the SMU Libraries and later served on the Texas Committee of A Time to Lead: The Campaign for SMU. Mrs. Prothro received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978.

She and her husband, Charles N. Prothro, who died in 2001, jointly received SMU’s Mustang Award in 1996.

SMU dedicated Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, a 20,000-square-foot Perkins School of Theology facility that is the centerpiece of a revamped theology quad, on September 11. The dedication also marked completion of renovations to Kirby and Selecman halls.

The new and renovated facilities will support the work of students and faculty with a range of new resources and the latest technology. Features include five new seminar rooms and classrooms; a dedicated commons lounge; additional office space for faculty and staff; additional space for meetings and community dining; full access to all buildings and floors for the disabled; and updated electrical systems to meet current and future technology needs. Prothro Hall is eligible for LEED certification.

Following the dedication, family, friends and members of the SMU community gathered in Perkins Chapel for a memorial service honoring Mrs. Prothro, who died May 23 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“My mother believed with all her heart in the importance of learning and the power of knowledge,” said her daughter, Kay Prothro Yeager ’61. “She decided early in life to maintain a family tradition of enabling others to better themselves through higher education.”

Including the $6 million lead gift for the new and renovated facilities, the Perkins and Prothro families and their foundations have given more than $36.3 million to SMU since the first gift from Mrs. Prothro’s parents two years before the University opened in 1915.

To learn more about supporting Perkins School of Theology, please contact Todd Rasberry at 214-768-3166 or trasberr@smu.edu.

September 11, 2009

Elizabeth Perkins Prothro ’39

The life of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro was built on faith, family and philanthropy. Her legacy of thoughtful leadership and generous support is evident at SMU and other institutions of higher learning across the country, as well as myriad religious and cultural organizations.

“Elizabeth Prothro left an indelible mark on SMU and on all who knew her,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Her contributions to this University and to its students, faculty and staff are truly historic.”

Mrs. Prothro earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and political science at SMU. She served as an SMU trustee from 1972–87 and was named a trustee emerita in 1991. She was a founding member of the boards of Perkins School of Theology and Colophon/Friends of the SMU Libraries and later served on the Texas Committee of A Time to Lead: The Campaign for SMU. Mrs. Prothro received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978.

She and her husband, Charles N. Prothro, who died in 2001, jointly received SMU’s Mustang Award in 1996.

SMU dedicated Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, a 20,000-square-foot Perkins School of Theology facility that is the centerpiece of a revamped theology quad, on September 11. The dedication also marked completion of renovations to Kirby and Selecman halls.

The new and renovated facilities will support the work of students and faculty with a range of new resources and the latest technology. Features include five new seminar rooms and classrooms; a dedicated commons lounge; additional office space for faculty and staff; additional space for meetings and community dining; full access to all buildings and floors for the disabled; and updated electrical systems to meet current and future technology needs. Prothro Hall is eligible for LEED certification.

Following the dedication, family, friends and members of the SMU community gathered in Perkins Chapel for a memorial service honoring Mrs. Prothro, who died May 23 in Wichita Falls, Texas.

“My mother believed with all her heart in the importance of learning and the power of knowledge,” said her daughter, Kay Prothro Yeager ’61. “She decided early in life to maintain a family tradition of enabling others to better themselves through higher education.”

Including the $6 million lead gift for the new and renovated facilities, the Perkins and Prothro families and their foundations have given more than $36.3 million to SMU since the first gift from Mrs. Prothro’s parents two years before the University opened in 1915.

To learn more about supporting Perkins School of Theology, please contact Todd Rasberry at 214-768-3166 or trasberr@smu.edu.