Owensboro, Ky. (April 30, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan College announces the receipt of an estate gift of $354,973 from Dr. Harold W. Dorsey, a 1938 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dr. Dorsey served as a United Methodist minister in Kentucky for 45 years. He passed away in Lexington, Ky., in 2012. Dr. Dorsey was a member of the Kentucky Wesleyan College Board of Trustees from 1973 – 1988 and became a trustee emeritus in 1995. His wife and son, Irene Cochran Dorsey and Edwin Cochran Dorsey, preceded him in death. The bequest supports the Cochran Dorsey Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for Wesleyan students studying for the ordained ministry of the United Methodist Church. The fund was established in 1971 by the Dorseys in memory of their son.
“Harold Dorsey was always grateful for the role Kentucky Wesleyan played in his life and for the impact our college’s graduates have made in the world,” remarked Wesleyan President Barton D. Darrell. “Wesleyan, likewise, has always been grateful for Dr. Dorsey’s contributions to the college, the church and society. His generous investment will help many others experience the great Wesleyan education that meant so much to him.”
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Thomas B. Grieb remembered Dr. Dorsey as “a stalwart in the Kentucky Annual Conference who served with distinction and effectiveness.” Rev. Grieb is the senior pastor at Centenary United Methodist Church in Lexington. “Persons across the state benefitted mightily from his ministry,” said Rev. Grieb. “Dr. Dorsey was a great supporter of Kentucky Wesleyan, and he offered wise and able leadership as a member of the board of trustees for many years. Wesleyan is a stronger institution because of Harold Dorsey.”