In a show of appreciation for their years of dedication to Weatherford College, a ceremony was held Thursday, Nov. 10, dedicating the bell and arch display on campus as the Roy and Jeanne Grogan Historic Plaza.
The bell, arch and other historic items from the original campus on South Main Street sit at the top of a walkway used every day by students, faculty and staff climbing the WC hill.
In fact, the campus being situation on the hill was, in part, Roy Grogan’s doing. He served on the WC Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1978, during which time the college purchased land “outside of town” for the construction of a new campus.
Roy was also heavily involved with Project Opportunity for many years, a scholarship program that has paid for hundreds of Weatherford High School graduates to attend WC. In addition, the Grogans have given more than $120,000 personally to the WC Foundation.
The WC Board of Trustees formally re-named the plaza in honor of the Grogans in their October meeting.
“There isn’t a more deserving couple than Roy and Jeanne Grogan to have their name on our historic plaza,” said WC President Dr. Kevin Eaton. “Both attended Weatherford College in the 1940s and their family has lived in Parker County since their arrival by covered wagon in 1861, eight years before the founding of our storied institution.”
Roy said supporting the college was one of the best ways they could express themselves in their community of which they have been a part of for so long.
“It’s a special day for us,” he said.
Jeanne, his wife of 65 years, added her thanks and doted on her husband who recently celebrated his 90th birthday.
“He is the most generous, competent person of integrity that I have ever known in my life,” she said. “And people who know him say the same thing. He is remarkable in many ways, but I’m along for the coattails. I thank you for honoring him.”