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TWU English professor’s estate endows scholarship for graduate students


DENTON – More scholarships will be available to Texas Woman’s University graduate students, thanks to a $325,000 gift from the estate of Dr. Charles Bruce, emeritus professor of English. The gift will be used for the Bruce Family Memorial Scholarship Endowment to benefit graduate students in American Literature who are native Texans.

Dr. Bruce joined the TWU English department in 1969 and served the university for more than 25 years until retiring in 1995. He passed away in September 2005 at the age of 84.

“Dr. Bruce was a congenial colleague with a devotion to American literature and culture,” Dr. Phyllis Bridges, TWU professor of English, said. “He also was known for living a modest life — setting aside resources to benefit others.”

Dr. Bruce specialized in teaching American literature, focusing on the authors Stephen Crane, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. He also served as the co-chair of the TWU Writer’s Conference for several years and was an invited panelist at many scholarly meetings.

Dr. Bruce was born in Mount Vernon, TX and attended college at Texas Tech University, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on American literature.

For more information on planned giving or to make a contribution to the Bruce Family Memorial Scholarship Endowment, call the TWU Office of Institutional Development at 940-898-3863.


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Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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