VALDOSTA -- The estate of Dr. John G. Youmans recently bequeathed $80,450 to the Valdosta State University Foundation Inc.
The funds will be added to proceeds from a gift annuity Youmans established several years ago to fund the university's Crockett-Youmans Dance Scholarship. The loan fund, with a total value of $100,000, was set up to benefit VSU students studying dance.
Youmans, who once held a faculty position at Valdosta State College, died in March of this year at the age of 84 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"We are so appreciative to Dr. Youmans for his support of VSU over the years," said Sandra Fletcher, director of planned giving and major gifts.
Youmans was a supporter of the arts at Valdosta State and was a patron to the VSU Theatre and Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, said VSU staff member Joan Dear. She and her husband, Allan, were close friends of Youmans.
"John was a generous man, and he certainly has left a legacy," Dear said.
Professor Eric Nielsen, VSU's director of dance, said the impact of the Crockett-Youmans Dance Scholarship in helping gifted VSU dancers achieve their goals will be tremendous.
"On behalf of the dance faculty, I would like to extend our thanks for the generous gift from John Youmans," Nielsen said. "John was always a big supporter of VSC dance concerts and expressed a sincere desire to help the future growth of our program. We are extremely grateful. Bless you, John, for making this dream come true."
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