Southern receives gift for
new auditorium sound system
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 11, 2002) - Florida Southern College has received
a gift of $125,000 from Jay Corwin Troxel, a retired businessman
residing in Lakeland. The donation, given in memory of Troxel's
wife, Eloise, will fund a new sound system for Branscomb Auditorium.
Troxel is a patron of FSC's Festival of Fine Arts program.
A 1939 graduate
of the University of Michigan, Troxel began working as an appraiser
for the Federal Housing Authority in Detroit, transferring to the
FHA office in Washington D.C. in 1944. In 1946, the Troxels moved
back to Michigan and worked together as independent appraisers for
banks and mortgage companies. They retired in 1979, spending their
winters in Florida, and in 1989 moved to New Port Richey. They relocated
to Lakeland in 1991.
a philanthropist after his wife's death in 1997, donating $400,000
to the Baltimore chapter of the Society for Progressive Supranuclear
Palsy. Eloise Troxel died from the disease, an incurable, degenerative
condition that mimics Parkinson's disease. He established scholarships
for students majoring in health care at Polk Community College,
donated $1 million to the Lighthouse Ministries' shelter for women
and children, supported Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE)
in building their new home, gave $450,000 to the Talbot House in
Lakeland for a new structure named for his wife, and has consistently
donated to "Newspaper with a Heart," the Lakeland Ledger's
Christmas fundraising drive. In appreciation of Troxel's donation,
FSC will dedicate a Branscomb classroom to the memory of Eloise
Troxel, and future Festival of Fine Arts program brochures will
include a statement acknowledging Troxel's generous gift of a new
sound system for the auditorium.
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.