Bartons, Shucks to be Named ‘Friend of the University’

Photo of Bob and Marcy Shuck

Robert “Bob” and Marcy Shuck of St. Petersburg, Fla., pictured here, and June Barton and the late David M. Barton of Catron, Mo., will receive the 2009 Friend of the University Award from the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 17, 2009 – June Barton and the late David M. Barton of Catron, Mo., and Robert “Bob” and Marcy Shuck of St. Petersburg, Fla., will receive the 2009 Friend of the University Award from the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, will present the awards Feb. 20 at the President’s Council dinner at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

“We are very fortunate to have individuals like the Bartons and the Shucks as generous benefactors,” Dobbins said. “Their financial contributions will make a difference for current and future students in our agriculture programs and the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts.”

The “Friend of the University” award, which recognizes those who support and who are closely associated with the mission, purposes, plans and programs of the University, is the highest honor bestowed by the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. When the Foundation Board established the award, it also established the criteria for the Friend of the University. The Friend of the University must have the respect of the community and the University, and must have acted to confirm their interest and involvement with the University.

June Barton and the late David M. Barton

Last fall, June Barton, in memory of her husband, the late David M. Barton, made a seven-figure gift to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation, the largest single gift in its history, to benefit the Southeast Missouri State University Agriculture Research Center and the University’s agriculture program. Barton, a 1963 alumna of Southeast with a degree in elementary education, donated 850 acres of prime farmland in New Madrid County. Current income from the farm and the proceeds from the future sale of the farm will be divided with half going towards an endowment for the ongoing development and future upkeep and improvements to the facilities at the Demonstration Farm and the other half to establish the David M. Barton endowed scholarships for students pursuing a degree in Southeast’s Department of Agriculture.

Additionally, the University’s Research Farm in Gordonville, Mo., was renamed the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center in memory of Mrs. Barton’s late husband. The Agriculture Research Center is located at 6885 State Hwy. 25, one and one-half miles south of Gordonville, Mo., on the east side of Highway 25.

Originally from Arkansas, David M. Barton moved to Catron, Mo., in the early 1930s and farmed in New Madrid County until his death in 1987.  His contributions to the agricultural history of Southeast Missouri include 35 years on the board of supervisors of the Little River Drainage District, during which he served as board president from 1962 to 1987. Since her husband’s death, June Barton has served as owner and manager of David M. Barton Farms and continued farming the land she loves. 

Dr. Randy Shaw, dean of Southeast’s School of Polytechnic Studies and assistant provost of extended learning, said, “The funding available from this gift will insure that the new David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center will always have the resources needed to do cutting edge research and also provide scholarship assistance to many students wanting to study agriculture.  Mrs. Barton’s generosity will have a significant and lasting impact on the Department of Agriculture, and on behalf of the faculty and students, I want to express our deepest appreciation.”

This is not the first time Mrs. Barton has made a donation to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. She also has made gifts to support the University’s River Campus and to a scholarship established in her brother’s memory. She received the University’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Robert “Bob” and Marcy Shuck

Thanks to the generosity of Bob and Marcy Shuck, Southeast Missouri State music students are bringing their instrumental and vocal performances to new heights of excellence. The Music Recital Hall, which opened in fall 2007 at Southeast’s River Campus, is named for Bob’s late parents, Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck.

The new 205-seat music recital hall is in the area formerly occupied by the seminary chapel.  This handsome space, which retains the historic stained glass windows, is acoustically “dressed” for mid-sized musical performances and includes its own green room to accommodate performers or musicians when they are not required on the stage.

Bob Shuck graduated with honors from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree in accounting. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University and became a certified public accountant in Illinois and a Certified Financial Planner. Mr. Shuck is vice chairman and former director of Raymond James Financial, Inc., executive vice president of Raymond James and Associates, Inc., and a director of Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund. He is a 1994 recipient of Southeast’s Alumni Merit Award.  He has served on the University Foundation Board of Directors since 1995, served as chair from 2004 to 2006 and is a member of the University President’s Council.

Mr. Shuck has served on the Sales and Marketing Committee of the Securities Industry Association, has been past director for the International Association for Financial Planning, and a former trustee and member of the executive committee of the National Endowment for Financial Education in Denver, Colo.  He is currently vice chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank of Florida, Tampa Bay, and a board member of Florida Genetics, LLC.

Mr. Shuck and his wife, Marcy, make their home in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he has devoted time to many philanthropic organizations. He has served on the United Way Board, the Board of Trustees for All Children’s Hospital, the Long Range Development Committee for the Florida Council on Economic Education, the Development Foundation of St. Petersburg College, the Mahaffey Theater Foundation, and the policy board of the Tampa Bay Partnership for Regional Economic Development. He currently serves on the finance committee of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Largo, Fla., and the Planned Giving and Major Gifts Committee of Our Savior Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

June Barton

 

The late David M. Barton