A bequest to North Central Missouri College in Trenton from the estates of brothers Frederick and Franklin Bosley was announced during the annual NCMC Foundation Gala on Saturday. The gift will total $1.2 million. Twins Frederick and Franklin were Trenton natives and retired gentleman farmers. Franklin passed away in 2011 and Frederick died in 2012.
Gary Black, of Trenton, personal representative for the Frederick L. Bosley estate which represents the estates of both brothers, commented on their love for education.
“Anyone who knew the Bosley brothers would be aware that they were champions of higher education and mindful of the sacrifices that go along with that. They were World War II veterans and thereafter attended Trenton Junior College (now known as North Central Missouri College). Franklin received an associate degree from TJC and then became an accomplished businessman, working to help support his brother Frederick as he earned advanced degrees at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Franklin was for many years the Head Accessories Buyer for The Jones Store in downtown Kansas City, and Frederick taught history at Shawnee Mission High School in Kansas City and was also a college and university adjunct faculty member. After the brothers retired, they returned to the family farm just west of Trenton.”
Teresa Cross, director of the NCMC Foundation, said that Franklin and Frederick Bosley both dearly loved North Central Missouri College / Trenton Junior College.
“The Bosleys were always quick to applaud the growth of our institution and all the wonderful things the college offers to students and the community. They attended Central School near downtown Trenton for their junior high years after attending a one-room school in the country. Central School is now Geyer Hall, the landmark building of North Central Missouri College. The brothers often pondered the thought of what an architecturally renovated Geyer Hall might look like with beautiful new period-appropriate windows.”
NCMC President Dr. Neil Nuttall described how the bequest will be used.
“It will be our recommendation to our Board of Trustees and NCMC Foundation to utilize $1 million of this generous bequest from Frederick and Franklin Bosley to launch the renovation of Geyer Hall. In 2005, North Central Missouri College’s Long Range Strategic plan established three primary areas of focus for future campus development. The first was the construction of a new allied health building, which we were able to complete in October 2008. The second was the development of our new agricultural campus just south of Trenton. We have three anchor buildings (with one more building in the planning stages) at the Barton campus and a new conservation area under development. The third area of focus was to retrofit and renovate our historic Geyer Hall to enable us to transition our student support programs (Academic Resource Center, Student Support Service/Upward Bound, and library) under one roof in a Learning Commons delivery system. We have a detailed plan for this Learning Commons, which was developed by one of our Strategic Planning Action Teams. The plan has been adopted by our Trustees and our architects are currently working with this team and the college administration toward specifications required to provide form to this function.”
Page 2 of 2 - “The Bosley estates have had and will continue to have a great impact on our students, NCMC and our campus. We very much appreciate their gracious gift,” said Ms. Cross.