Professor Linda Hudson Scanlan loved Norfolk State University.
For 17 years, Scanlan taught journalism at NSU. In addition, she also chaired the journalism department for seven years. She actively engaged her students and kept up with them, even after they graduated and she had long since retired. Scanlan, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 80, had made plans in 2000 to remember the University she loved so much. Even in her death, she continued to demonstrate her love for Norfolk State. “My mother loved NSU and I have fond memories of this place,” said Alice McCalla, Scanlan’s daughter, told a small gathering of the professor’s NSU family of friends, co-workers and those who learned of her because of her generosity. “She would often send me to the library to get copies because the copier in Brown Hall was not working. When I got bored, I worked on dry transfer letters . . . tons of them,” she quipped. McCalla notified the University that her mother had bequeathed a gift . . . a percentage of her VA Deferred Compensation package to the Department of Mass Communications and Journalism. Scanlan designated her gift be used to help students attend national journalism conferences and to repair equipment in Brown Hall! During the presentation ceremony, Dr. Wanda Brockington, a veteran mass communications and journalism faculty member, gave a brief history of how the two once separate departments were merged in 1993. She called Professor Scanlan, Dr. Wilbert Edgerton and Dr. Grady James the “icons of our legacy.” “Linda Scanlan represented journalism so well. She gave her heart and soul to NSU. We honor her and the others for their contributions. We deeply appreciate all that she did. Our students can certainly make good use of the gift,” said Brockington.
Dr. Deborah C. Fontaine, interim vice president for University Advancement, said that Scanlan’s name will be added to the list of donors in the Spartan Legacy Society* and that a classroom or seminar room in the Brown Hall Replacement Building would also bear the late professor’s name.
*The Spartan Legacy Society is NSU’s planned giving society. It is for donors who have made plans to leave a bequest gift to the University. For more information on how you can leave a bequest, to Norfolk State University, email Kelvin Arthur at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757-823-8323.