Hueston Scholarship Gets 90th Birthday Bump
So, what do you give a guy for his 90th birthday? Chances are he already has everything he needs; he might even have two or three of 'em. So what's a gift-giver to do?
Those kinds of questions arose back in the summer as word got around that beloved former Bridgewater accounting professor Robert L. Hueston was approaching the Big Nine-O.
Hueston, who earned his bachelor's degree from Bethany College and a master's in business administration from the University of Wisconsin, came to Bridgewater in 1953. Over the next 33 years he educated more than 1,000 Bridgewater students in the principles of accounting, and as a result many of his students went on to fulfilling careers in the fields of business and accounting.
He retired in 1986, holding the prestigious Carman G. Blough Associate Professor of Accounting chair.
"The esteem in which Bob Hueston is held is illustrated by the fact that both our current students and our alumni are moving ahead vigorously in establishing the Robert L. Hueston Endowed Scholarship Fund," said Dr. Wayne F. Geisert, Bridgewater's president at the time. "Professor Hueston was known as a demanding professor, and his students came to understand why he was demanding. They know that they became true professionals because he is thoroughly professional in his teaching activities. Both Bridgewater College and the whole accounting field owe Bob Hueston a real debt of gratitude."
The scholarship in Hueston's name was created to honor and recognize the outstanding contributions Hueston made to learning and to Bridgewater College. Under its terms, annually a rising senior business major is rewarded for demonstrating exceptional promise in accounting and good campus citizenship.
Fast forward to 2013. Hueston's daughter, Agness Henderson '80, contacted a number of her father's former students and requested cards that she could present when the family celebrated Hueston's birthday on Sept. 30. Several of those people, including Bridgewater College board of trustee members Mensel Dean '67, G. Steven Agee '74 and Donna P. Walker '75, decided to put together a brand new campaign to raise money for the Robert L. Hueston Endowed Scholarship Fund.
"He was a great teacher," said Agee. "You can imagine the concept of accounting not necessarily enticing a lot of folks, but Proffessor Hueston had this extraordinary ability to communicate complicated technical concepts to a broad cross-section of students so that they could understand it and embrace it."
In addition to creating a new push to enrich the scholarship, the board formally honored Hueston on Nov. 1 in a ceremony at a board of trustee meeting. At that ceremony, which was attended by Hueston and three of his four children, Bridgewater College President David W. Bushman noted:
"As a student, I had the privilege of having such faculty as Professor Hueston, and many here have had that privilege, as well. Certainly Professor Hueston in a very personal way represents and puts a face on the mission of Bridgewater College."
Agness Henderson, speaking for her father, said it means a great deal to him to re-connect with students he taught years ago and to know that he had an impact on their lives.
"He's humbled by that," she said, "and he's pleased that this scholarship can help students in the future."
It's not too late to give to the Robert L. Hueston Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contact Bob Armbruster via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 540-828-8002. Or, give online at bridgewater.edu/onlinegiving.