Stone's Legacy: Building Strong Futures for Students

Dr. Marge Stone

Dr. Marge Stone taught at Emporia State for 25 years and gave a generous gift to the university in her estate plan.

Dr. Marge Stone was known best to her Emporia State University students in her role as a professor, she also served in numerous other roles such as coach, coordinator, volunteer, athlete and charter member of an organization within higher education. She impacted Emporia State students and colleagues in the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness (HPER) department.

Marge supported students not only in the classroom but financially as well. In 1988, she established the Marjorie Stone Scholarship that provides renewable scholarships for students who are majoring in physical education and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Marge later committed to boost the scholarship's impact by making a planned gift through her estate. After she passed away in spring 2015 at age 89, her ultimate gift of more than $500,000 ensured that many future Hornets would have the support they need as they earn their degrees.

A note Marge wrote to the ESU Foundation in April 2013 summarizes who she was as a human being, and the everlasting legacy she will forever have: "I am happy to help students fulfill their dreams of achieving a higher education, and ultimately, making a contribution to the betterment of society."

"Dr. Stone not only had a significant impact on the direction and growth of the HPER program but also on the students," said Dr. Kathy Ermler, dean of the Graduate School at Emporia State. "She was coming through a generation when physical education and athletics were separate but not equal. That generation went through a lot to bring them together."

A few of the accomplishments that highlight the impact of the late Dr. Marjorie E. "Marge" Stone's lifetime achievements are charter member of the National Association of Physical Educators in Higher Education, recipient of the Division of Girl and Women's Sports National Pathfinder Award, the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (KAHPERD) Honor, and the Emporia State University (ESU) Teachers College Service Award. She was the first non-ESU alumnus to be inducted into the Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Wellness (HPER) Hall of Honor.

Marge's professional career at Emporia State spanned for 25 years, from 1964-89. As a professor in the Emporia State HPER program, her main emphasis was teacher preparation. She also was a volunteer in the following honor organizations: Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Lambda Theta, Delta Kappa Gamma and Who's Who in American Women. Marge not only supported students in the classroom but outside the classroom as well.

One of the ways she inspired students was through her passion for competition, as both an athlete and coach. Marge coached the Hornet softball, women's basketball and gymnastics teams while playing competitively on state/regional softball and basketball teams. As Marge was a coach and an athlete, she coordinated summer girls' sports clinics.

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