Press Release

HLGU Establishes Middleton Endowment Fund

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
by Rebecca Sneed

Hannibal, MO- Hannibal-LaGrange University is pleased to accept a gift of over $379,000 presented by the Missouri Baptist Foundation to establish the Willard Burton and Hattie Holle Middleton Memorial Endowment Fund. The growth from the Middleton endowment will be used for student scholarships and campus projects.

Hattie was a music teacher in the Hannibal Public Schools for over 25 years, in Mark Twain, Central, and Pettibone Elementary schools. She and her husband, Willard, enjoyed attending Fifth Street Baptist Church while they lived in Hannibal.

Though neither of them attended HLGU, “Hattie and Willard Middleton were long-time friends of Hannibal-LaGrange University,” said President Emeritus Dr. Woodrow Burt. “The Education Department suite was named in their honor as a result of a generous gift made by them several years ago. The Middletons were faithful members of Fifth Street Baptist Church.”

“We very much appreciate the opportunity to serve HLGU in this capacity,” said Christopher Calmer, President of the Missouri Baptist Foundation. “We are also delighted to present this check to Dr. Allen as he begins his leadership at the University, and we look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the staff in accomplishing their mission of equipping students in a Christian environment to become leaders both personally and professionally.”

“Estate gifts like to one the Middleton’s left to Hannibal-LaGrange make a significant impact. Endowed funds are so helpful during uncertain economic times,” Steve Miller, Vice President of Institutional Advancement shared. “We are so grateful to the Middletons for their willingness to work through the planning process and leave a lasting legacy on the Hannibal-LaGrange campus.”

For more information on how you can make an impact at HLGU by a sacrificial gift, contact Steve Miller at 573.629.3123 or via email at smiller@hlg.edu

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations