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Morrisville College Foundation Receives Special Bequest From Alumni

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Two Morrisville State College alumni who met on campus, fell in love and were later married, have left a loving legacy behind.

The gift, a $65,000 bequest to the Morrisville College Foundation, comes from the estate of Marion Chapin Rood (’38). Marion and her husband, Bill Rood (’40), participated in drama and chorus together on the Morrisville College campus and were married in 1940, a union that lasted 56 years until Bill’s death in 1996.

The legacy they left behind is a testament to what their experiences at Morrisville State College meant to both of them.

“Both Marion and Bill felt strongly about the quality of education they received at Morrisville State College and attributed it to the success they both enjoyed in their careers,” Leland Chapin, Marion’s cousin, said.

Throughout their lives, the Roods, who lived in Baldwinsville for many years, enthusiastically participated in alumni events at the college and kept in touch with fellow alumni and their favorite college professors. Marion studied in Morrisville’s former clothing program and Bill studied in the former agriculture-poultry husbandry program.

A brass plaque bearing their names will be added to the college’s newly renovated theater in the Student Activities Building (STUAC) as a permanent tribute to their loving legacy.

The Roods, who were also active in several community groups and organizations throughout Central New York, also bequeathed $22,000 to the Madison Hall Association.

“We are so grateful to see that Morrisville State College meant so much to Marion and Bill,” James Hastie, executive director of the Morrisville College Foundation and vice president for Institutional Advancement, said. “It will be an honor and privilege to forever honor their legacy by continuing to provide meaningful and lasting experiences at Morrisville that shape the lives of current and future students as well.”

The Morrisville College Foundation was established in 1976 to function as the fundraising entity for Morrisville State College, providing the means to raise charitable gifts from private and corporate sources to assist the college in carrying out its educational mission.

Thanks to outside generosity, Morrisville State College is able to continue providing students with one of the largest merit-based scholarship programs in the SUNY system, attract and retain the best faculty, and construct, maintain, and equip state-of-the-art buildings, Hastie said.

To learn how you can include Morrisville in your charitable giving, visit or call (315)684-6030.
Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.