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$1M donation is the School of Music’s largest

May 12, 2017

The generosity of Lt. Margaret "Peg" L. Boyce will be commemorated by Indiana State University's School of Music.

A $750,000 gift secured the naming rights for the Margaret L. Boyce Recital Hall and Atrium in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts. The donation will also support School of Music activities including visiting artist series, visiting lectureships, student scholars, faculty development, musical equipment and instruments.

An additional $281,918.20 gift will be added to the existing Margaret L. Boyce Endowed Scholarship in choral music.

"Lt. Boyce is an example of how music - like education - has the power to transform lives. Her gift will do both for both future Indiana State students and the Terre Haute community," said Dan Bradley, president of Indiana State.

Like Boyce's lifetime love of music, her generosity to Indiana State is longstanding.

"Lt. Margaret Boyce, an avid supporter of vocal music at ISU, has a long history of giving to the ISU School of Music," said Paul Bro, director of the School of Music at Indiana State. "Twenty years ago she contributed to the new music building, now the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, and had the Choral Rehearsal Room named in her honor. Ten years ago, she helped fund a new keyboard laboratory in the Fine Arts building."

Boyce is member of the 1865 Society, which recognizes donors with planned gift commitments benefiting Indiana State, and is a lifetime member of the alumni association.

"Peg's very generous gift establishes the largest scholarship endowment ever created at the School of Music," said Ken Menefee, director of planned giving at Indiana State. "This outstanding commitment will also create a School of Music discretionary fund that will impact hundreds of students for years to come. We are grateful to Peg for her love of music and love of Indiana State."

After earning a bachelor's in business administration from State in 1949, Boyce was in the second class of 26 women to be accepted for WAVES officer training following World War II. She was discharged in 1963 and joined the Naval Reserve. Boyce retired in 1975 and worked in civil service until retiring in 1990.

"I've loved music, vocal music since childhood. Both grandmothers and my father were musically inclined," she said during an earlier interview.

She felt so deeply about the academic foundation she received at State that she was compelled to give back to her alma mater. "I could never have been an officer in the U.S. Navy or risen to GS-11 in the federal government service without the fine education I received at Indiana State," Boyce said in an earlier interview.

Boyce's hobbies included traveling the world, photography, gardening and swimming. She was active in various veterans organizations, her church, the Order of the Eastern Star and the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America.

She enjoyed membership in the Sigma Kappa sorority, San Diego Opera and Civic Light Opera Associations, among other civic groups.

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Media contact: Libby Roerig, director of communications and media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or libby.roerig@indstate.edu

 

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A $750,000 gift secured the naming rights for the Margaret L. Boyce Recital Hall and Atrium in the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, and an additional $281,918.20 gift will be added to the existing Margaret L. Boyce Endowed Scholarship.

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