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Minor Meyers

story & photo
by Chris Annino

Former Stonington resident and Ohio native Minor Myers Jr, was a multi-talented individual who utilized his gifts for good causes. Minor was a skilled author, scholar, and composer who wrote eight books and an original musical play titled “The College Inn Revisited.” The play focused on the 1920’s jazz movement in Chicago and the role the city played as a launching ground for Broadway theatre in New York. He served on numerous the boards of directors, including The Lyman Allyn Museum at Conn College in New London.

Minor had many interests such as music history, furniture, and higher education during the American colonial period, and history of Revolutionary France.  He was the 17th president of Illinois Wesleyan University for 14 years and was arguably one of the greatest presidents in Illinois Wesleyan University history. During his reign at the school, student enrollment increased, and he raised $137 million dollars for the college. Minor also helped with renovation and construction of many buildings on campus. He was viewed as a visionary for expanding many of the major and minor programs at the university, such as American studies, anthropology, biochemistry, cognitive science, women’s studies, environmental studies, Greek and Roman studies, international business, Russian, and Japanese studies.

“He was viewed by his family, friends, students and faculty as an individual who cared about everyone and never asked anything in return,” said his son Joffre, administrative assistant, Film Forum, New York City.

Minor Myers was best known for his philosophical words of wisdom about life after school at each graduation ceremony, “Go into the world and do well. But more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

The quote gained such acclaim that it shares its place on tote bags and coffee mugs among world famous individuals such as John F. Kennedy, and Robert Frost through a company called www.quotablecards.com.

“He would always make time for everyone. He always kept in touch with friends, family and students. Despite himself being very interesting, he would always be very interested in other people and their interests,” said his wife Ellen.

Several years ago Minor Myers passed away from a battle with cancer. It is unfortunate that Minor isn’t able to witness all of what he helped create.

In honor of Minor Myers, Wesleyan University in Illinois  will name a green-friendly admissions and career counseling building after him this fall.

Outstanding Leadership Award Honors Ulysses Hammond and CorePlus Federal Credit Union

story & photos
by Alexis Ann

Inside the Gathering Space at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center on an unusually hot June 12th, a couple of hundred business leaders and family members joined together to honor Ulysses Hammond, Vice President for Administration, Conn College, as the Outstanding Leadership Award recipient and Core Plus Federal Credit Union as the Community Service Awardee presented by the CT Rivers Council, Boy Scouts of America. The evening’s celebration began with a tour of the Museum followed by cocktails, dinner and ceremony.

Keith Fontaine, Eagle Scout (1976), VP for Corporate Communications, Backus Hospital, Norwich, served as Master of Ceremonies. Kenneth Capano, Sr., owner of ShopRite and former Community Service Award recipient co-chaired the gala with Jeffrey Godley, Eagle Scout, member of Brown Jacobson, P.C..

The Outstanding Leadership Award is presented annually by the Boy Scouts to publicly acknowledge the accomplishments of an outstanding community leader; a person who lives by the Scout Oath and Law in his or her daily life. “Certainly, Ulysses Hammond is a person who exemplifies these characteristics,” said Bill Stanley, L&M Hospital, as he introduced the honoree. Bill served side-by-side with Ulysses on the Boards of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT and the United Way of Southeastern CT, described Ulysses as, “A true leader, a true community champion, a true gentleman and as good a friend as anyone could have in the world.”

“While he was not a Boy Scout himself, Ulysses did experience vicarious Boy Scout life through his son, Damon, who did, fortunately have access to a Scout troop while he was growing up,” Bill said. “Ulysses Hammond also lives each day as a Boy Scout would, demonstrating that he is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”

At Conn College, Ulysses serves as the chief administrative and business operations officer and is coordinator of the college’s legal and community affairs. Currently, Ulysses is leading the college’s $53M, 10-year campus renewal effort.

A leader on campus and in the community, Ulysses holds numerous honors and awards, including OIC of New London’s 2008 Community Champion Award, Dominion Nuclear’s “Strong Men & Women: Excellence in Leadership” Award, the 2006 Connecticut Man of the Year Award, and the “Measure of a Man” Award from the Washington Inter-Alumni Council of the College Fund/United Negro College Fund and he is co-founder of the Tutoring for Success/Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program in the New London Public Schools.

Of all the organizations for which Ulysses serves, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund is “near and dear to his heart.” He is also vice chair on the board of directors at L&M Hospital, and is past board chair of both the United Way of SECT and Chamber of Commerce of ECT. As experienced and knowledgeable as Ulysses Hammond is, his favorite service to the community involves rolling up his sleeves to wash dishers at the New London Meal Center, where he volunteers as a member of the Rotary Club of NL.

In acceptance of the award, Ulysses Hammond stressed the importance of character development in our youth and thanked the Boy Scouts of America for its vital role in this mission. Ulysses thanked the attendees, his dear wife and his close friend, Reverend Watts for being there in his time of need. It was a tear-breaking moment, as he relayed his fight to beat prostate cancer.

The Community Service Award is presented annually too to organizations and individuals who play a vital role in the development and growth of a community. The spirit of Eastern CT is greatly enriched by the continual support of our business community and CT Rivers Council, BSA, is pleased to recognize those organizations that make a significant contribution to the quality of life in the communities it serves. On behalf of Core Plus Federal Credit Union, Warren P. Scholl, President & CEO, accepted the Community Service Award.

“In 1936, Core Plus started with 27 members and $15.00. Today, we are proud to provide sound financial health to over 20,000 members and over $180M in assets,” said Warren. “Core Plus is extremely honored to receive this award and we are especially privileged to share the evening with Ulysses Hammond.”

“Scouting touches lives! In more ways than we realize the fundamental lessons learned in scouting carry over as preeminent indicators of good character and right thinking in our society.”

“Whether an individual’s encounter with scouting was brief or whether they, as individuals, rose through the ranks to soar with eagles, scouting touches lives.”

“Do our best to do our duty” because scouting touches lives!