AASU Donor Establishes Endowed Economics Scholarship
(February 2, 2010) A friendship that began more than 25 years ago between two colleagues working in Savannah has led to the establishment of the endowed Lillian A. Hood Economics Scholarship that will benefit future students at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Captain Dale Lewis, a 1992 AASU graduate, established the scholarship in honor of Lillian Hood, a long-time Savannah resident and mother of two Armstrong Atlantic alumni. The two first met in 1984, while Hood worked for C&S National Bank (now Bank of America) in Savannah. At that time, Mrs. Hood was responsible for coordinating trips aboard the bank's yacht, the "Flying Lady."
Lewis, then captain of a passenger ship sailing the Caribbean and North Atlantic, was recruited in 1987 by C&S to operate the "Flying Lady" and did so for six years. For the first two of those years, he rented a room in Hood's home. The two became close and Hood was very supportive of his return to college to complete his bachelor's degree.
Hood's daughter, Marilynn Hood Mueller, received an education degree from Armstrong and was crowned the campus Ms. Geechee in 1967. Her son, John Hood, earned an economics degree in 1991.
"All I can say is that I'm honored to receive this distinction," Hood said of the endowed scholarship established in her honor. "I was close with Dale and his family for several years, and I must have made more of an impression on him than I realized."
Hood moved to Savannah with her family when she was 10 years old. After attending secretarial school, she went to work as an office manager for Ophthalmologist Associates in Savannah for 15 years before joining C&S Bank and becoming acquainted with Lewis.
"Lillian Hood was a great support and offered continuous encouragement while I obtained my bachelor's degree at Armstrong," said Lewis. "My education at Armstrong gave me a solid foundation for graduate school at M.I.T., and that has led directly to this opportunity to honor Mrs. Hood, a great friend, and my major professor, Yassaman Saadatmand. They both mean a lot to me and have had a positive impact on my life."
Laura Harris, AASU donor relations, said, "Mr. Lewis' generous gift to the university allows for an endowed scholarship that will benefit future students for perpetuity. His support will allow AASU to make a significant impact on the lives of untold future students."