Meridian Native Makes Lasting Gift

Jesse and Betty Tutor of Houston, Tex., have made provision for an estimated $500,000 from their estate to be given to the University of Mississippi to fund an accounting scholarship in their names.

A native of Meridian, Tutor said he chose to attend Ole Miss because members of his family were graduates and the university offered "excellent programs in pharmacy and business,” the two careers he was considering.

"We are so grateful to the Tutors for their deferred gift to the Patterson School," said dean Morris Stocks. "Financial support from our alumni and friends is critical to our success."

In paying tribute to the UM School of Accountancy for his career success, Jesse Tutor said, "Professors Jimmy Davis and Gene Peery were my mentors, and they had a lot to do not only with making sure that I took all the right courses but they also saw to it that I got job interviews with the right people."

The Tutors established the UM scholarship in 1998 and make regular contributions toward funding it. When Tutor retired in 2002, the couple looked for a way to ensure its funding in perpetuity, and the deferred giving arrangement seemed to be the best alternative, he said.