Russell Cody of Weston, a retired entrepreneur, has made a $230,000 gift to create two endowed scholarships at West Virginia University.
The gift, made to the WVU Foundation, will create the Phyllis Christine Gango Cody Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship in the School of Nursing and the Phyllis Gango Cody and Philip Vincent McGance Environmental Scholarship in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The scholarships honor Cody’s late wife and stepson. Both scholarships will be used in support of the WVU Scholars Program, which was founded in 1987 to attract outstanding students to the university.
Mrs. Cody, who passed away July 31, 1999, at the age of 85, managed the Pure Food Market in Weston and had been employed by Montgomery Wards. A native of Clarksburg, she graduated from Washington Irving High School in 1930. The couple had been married for 49 years.
McGance served on the staffs of U.S. Senators Jennings Randolph and John D. Rockefeller IV. He was a graduate of St. Patrick’s in Weston and the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and retired from the Army as a captain. Following McGance’s death in October 1987 at age 49, Sen. Rockefeller headed a group that established the Philip V. McGance Public Service Fellowship, an endowment which has grown to more than $236,000.
The WVU Foundation, a private non-profit organization, is the designated agency to receive and administer gifts from private individuals and organizations for the benefit of West Virginia University.