With a big laugh, easy smile and larger-than-life personality, Professor Rhett Leverett made history come alive for generations of Marymount Saints. Serving the university from 1991 until his death in October 2012, Professor Leverett was a passionate historian, a delightful storyteller, and a sincere friend. Most of all, this beloved Southern gentleman was completely invested in the success of his students.
He came to Marymount while still working for the federal government. Always a character, his 25-year career as a civil servant was as unique as his personality. He would be the first to tell you – with a grin – that the Wall Street Journal once called him the U.S. International Trade Commission’s leading expert on the trade of toilet brushes.
Armed with an unbridled enthusiasm that rubbed off on all those he encountered, Leverett lived life with joy, whether he was introducing people to his West Highland Terrier, Beth (named after Queen Elizabeth, of course), attending a Marymount swim meet or offering an undergraduate a bit of encouragement.
“Everyone who knew Rhett Leverett would agree that this was a man with great heart,” said Marymount President Matthew D. Shank. “He will be remembered for many things, including his kindness, his sense of humor, and his unfailing dedication to Marymount University and our students.”
Will you show the same dedication with a gift to a scholarship in Professor Leverett’s name?
We’re halfway to our goal of $25,000. To ensure our success, Brad Cantrell and Patrick Flanagan of Madison, Wisconsin – longtime friends of Professor Leverett – will match gifts up to a total of $6,000.
Please help honor a professor we lost too soon. Once endowed, the Rhett Leverett Memorial Scholarship Fund will provide financial aid to a student majoring in politics or history. We think you’ll agree that this would make Professor Leverett proud. Click here
to make your gift today.
Professor Rhett Leverett with his West Highland Terrier, Beth.