Jean Stockton Tells her Story of Generous Gifts to TTUHSC
Jean Stockton loves to tell stories; she says it’s the Irish in her. Some of her favorites are about her college days at Texas Tech.
Like the time Hal Stockton (who later became her husband) serenaded her at the window of Horn Hall. And that she had “EE” inscribed in her 1957 class ring for elementary education because Hal’s had “EE” for electrical engineering, along with his degree in math.
Mrs. Stockton’s desire is for others to have their own stories as Red Raiders, including those who attend in her hometown of Abilene. She recalls watching as TTUHSC built its campus just two blocks from her grandfather’s first home. “I spent a lot of my childhood there; it was my job to gather eggs from the chickens out back.” Ironically his next home later became a parking lot for Hendrick Memorial Hospital, where Mrs. Stockton was born.
Her generous gifts throughout the past 20 years have provided scholarships for TTUHSC students and enabled its academic programs to prosper. She has contributed to the Garrison Institute on Aging as well as to the schools of Health Professions, Medicine, and Nursing. Additionally, Mrs. Stockton has made a planned gift to the School of Pharmacy at Abilene.
“When I went to school, the only scholarship available was $25 from Reader’s Digest and you had to be valedictorian for that. There were a lot more who could have gone to college back then, but they just didn’t have the money.
“I feel for people who want to go but just can’t afford it, and I just want to give those students a boost.”