York College will recognize two individuals and one family at Homecoming 2014 for their lives of service. The Alumni of the Year awards and the Legacy award will be presented to Dr. Jackie (Hance) Humphrey ’59, Dr. Scott Abraham ’99, and the Roger ’58 and Betty (Williams ’58) Lessly family.
The awards will be presented during alumni chapel on Saturday October 11. Chapel begins 9:30 a.m. at East Hill Church of Christ. Homecoming schedule
Dr. Jackie Humphrey has been an educator for more than 27 years. Her doctoral studies were in special education, but she has taught many types of learners at all levels of education. She has also worked in healthcare administration. From 2009-2012, Jackie and her husband, Dr. Joe Humphrey ’59, left retirement to volunteer at York College. During this time, Jackie was an integral part of the creation of York College Online while also teaching courses in education.
Currently she teaches for York College Online in the Master’s of Curriculum and Instruction program. Jackie joined the York College board of trustees in 2012. She and Joe live in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Scott Abraham is an orthopedic surgeon in Overland Park, Kansas. He played basketball at York College from 1995 to 1999 and has used his firsthand knowledge of the needs of athletes in his career: he specializes in joint replacement, sports medicine and fracture management. Dr. Abraham enjoys working with athletes of all ages to get them healthy and back in the game after an injury.
Scott is married to Dr. Beth Abraham, a pediatrician. The couple has two sons, Wesley (6) and William (4), with whom Scott enjoys an active lifestyle with lots of sports. The couple also recently started doing foster care in their home.
Scott is a member of the York College President’s Council as well as a lifetime member of the Lettermen’s Association.
While their own time as students at York College was brief, the legacy of the Roger ’58 and Betty (Williams ’58) Lessly family has continued for more than 50 years.
Betty and Roger met in 1956 during their freshman year at YC. They were among the first class of students to attend the college after its reopening.
Betty and Roger married the summer after their year at YC and left to pursue studies at several other colleges, eventually landing at Iowa State University, where Roger completed a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degrees in engineering. He also earned a master's degree in utility management from the University of Michigan and spent his career working in the utility industry, primarily with nuclear power.
This year, the couple will celebrate 57 blessed years of matrimony. Their five children each attended York College; four of those children met their spouses at York College. Additionally, four of the couple’s grandchildren have attended York College, and two have met their spouses here. Roger and Betty also recruited three nephews to the college. The couple's daughter Joan '82 and her husband Brian are currently serving on the York College President's Council.
Something unique about this family is the impact that they’ve had on the arts at York College. Most all of the 17 members of the Lessly family to attend YC have participated in Concert Choir or other musical ensembles, including pep band, East Hill Minstrels, and Psallo. Additionally, nine of the 17 have been Songfest hosts or hostesses.
Roger and Betty now live in Kimberling City, Missouri. Roger has been a part of the York College advisory board and served five years on the Board of Trustees as well. The Lesslys visit campus frequently to see their granddaughters, who are current students or recent alumni.
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