Al Glover '71 Gives a Garden in Honor of His Wife
Left to right: Chairman of the FSC Board of Trustees Robert L. Fryer, Jr. '70, President Anne Kerr, Al Glover '71 and his wife, Marla.
LAKELAND (March 19, 2010) Many men give their wives a bouquet of roses for their anniversary. Al Glover '71 gave his wife, Marla, a whole garden.
To celebrate the couple's 40th wedding anniversary, Mr. Glover donated a garden to his alma mater and named it after his wife, who he said had stood behind him and given him strength and love as he pursued his career. "You have given me and our children our entire lives, and we thank you and love you with all our heart," he said at the garden dedication Friday morning.
Mrs. Glover said she lived near the College as her husband finished his degree at FSC, and she had wonderful memories of walking through the campus. "I always felt such pride when I came by and knew he was a student here," she said.
FSC President Anne Kerr said, "Gardens provide a haven for reflection in many places, and on a college campus, they also serve as a hub of thriving activity. Within the borders of these gardens, students read, become engaged, make life-altering career decisions, study for tests, have conversations about the things in life that make them happiest, and contemplate the course of their lives and their futures."
Dr. Kerr also announced that next year, the College plans to build a meditation chapel inspired by California's Wayfarers Chapel, which was designed by Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright. "This garden has turned out so beautifully, we have decided to build the chapel so it will overlook Marla's Garden," she said.