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Grad to leave 2nd largest bequest to NSU
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Several members of the Waskom family and friends joined Lee Waskom as he announced a planned property bequest to Northwestern State University upon his death.  The property is located across University Parkway from NSU’s Watson Library. From left are Evelyn Anderson, former director of operations for Campus Corner Bookstores;  Rita Fontenot, Sarah Waskom, Mary Kay Waskom, Ginny and Lee Waskom, Tracy Brown and Michele and Scott Waskom.
Several members of the Waskom family and friends joined Lee Waskom as he announced a planned property bequest to Northwestern State University upon his death. The property is located across University Parkway from NSU’s Watson Library. From left are Evelyn Anderson, former director of operations for Campus Corner Bookstores; Rita Fontenot, Sarah Waskom, Mary Kay Waskom, Ginny and Lee Waskom, Tracy Brown and Michele and Scott Waskom.
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Northwestern State University alumnus and Natchitoches businessman Lee Waskom and his wife Ginny established a planned gift through the NSU Foundation in which a strip of property along University Parkway will be donated to the university upon his death. The donation includes 12-1/2 lots with an appraised value at more than $2.1 million, the second largest bequest in university history, officials announced Tuesday.

“My life was all about Northwestern,” Waskom said. “I bleed purple and white. It’s been a joy to work with the Foundation and to feel able to contribute. I was able to purchase and develop this property so at the end of my life and Ginny’s, it will pass to NSU. I trust the Foundation and know they will manage it well. I hope it’s 40 or 50 years from now and I hope the property continues to increase in value.”

The property is located opposite NSU’s Watson Library and currently houses several businesses.

Waskom earned a degree in accounting at Northwestern State in 1986, but his family’s association with the university goes back much further. His family moved to Natchitoches when he was 11 months old when his father, Dr. John Waskom, became a member of the faculty. The family purchased Pat’s Economy in 1985, later renamed Campus Corner, a college-oriented bookstore that sold teaching aids, classroom materials, office supplies, textbooks and clothing. The business flourished during several years that Northwestern State experienced unprecedented growth, eventually growing to seven locations in north and central Louisiana.

Waskom attended the NSU Elementary Lab and Middle Lab schools and several members of his immediate and extended family also graduated from Northwestern. He served on the NSU Foundation Board of Directors, including a term as president, during the university’s first-ever capital campaign that raised more than $17 million. He has also served as president of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce and as a board member and treasurer of Natchitoches Kiwanis Club and the Historic District Business Association. Waskom has been an active personal and financial supporter of many local charitable organizations. In 2005, he was inducted into the Northwestern State School of Business Hall of Distinction.
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