Turgeon Thanks Mother by Establishing Scholarship
UM Alumnus Creates Nursing Scholarship Through CRUT
Rose Turgeon never had the opportunity to become a nurse. But her son is now giving that chance to others.
It's in honor of his late mother that Robert "Bob" Turgeon of Northridge, Massachusetts, has established the Rose Audet Turgeon Scholarship Endowment at the University of Mississippi. His gift of $100,000 through a charitable remainder unitrust will provide support for students enrolled in the BSN Pre-Nursing program at the University of Mississippi.
Stephen Monroe, assistant dean of the UM College of Liberal Arts, says the endowment will benefit not only deserving students but also the communities they'll someday serve.
"Bob Turgeon is enabling students to receive the education they need to launch their nursing practices," Monroe says. "His gift will have an impact throughout the state of Mississippi, enriching the health of its citizens."
For Turgeon, the fund honors his mother's memory, on his behalf and that of his late father, Joe and sister, Viola.
"This is about paying back my mother for taking care of the family," he says. "It wouldn't have been a family without her. She was the glue."
The daughter of French-Canadian immigrants, Rose Turgeon was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, and raised among seven siblings. She married and became a mother, then returned to work when her son started school.
"My mother lived a simple life," Bob Turgeon says. "My father was a factory worker. We didn't have a lot of money back then. But I would catch her making out little checks to charities from time to time."
Rose Turgeon worked in textile mills and for the state hospital. Her patient care work included nursing duties, but she was unable to seek the education needed to earn her the title.
Her son, meanwhile, finished Worcester Junior College. He met two teachers, graduates of Ole Miss. He'd already thought of returning to college; their charms sealed the deal.
Turgeon earned an Ole Miss degree and enjoyed varied careers, finally settling in the hotel and real estate industries. He ultimately retired from the U.S. Postal Service's Central Massachusetts Processing and Distribution Center.
Along the way, Turgeon made sound investments. He'd considered establishing a scholarship and, with his 80th birthday approaching, decided to act.
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