Dedication set for Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m., behind the Murphy House
CONWAY, Ark. (August 31, 2022) — Hendrix College will
dedicate the John Churchill Memorial Plaza on Saturday, September 17, at 10
a.m., behind the Bertie Wilson Murphy Building on “Tabor Top” in the heart of
campus. A reception will follow the dedication. In case of inclement weather,
the ceremony will be held inside the Murphy House.
The plaza celebrates Dr. Churchill’s numerous contributions
to the academic reputation of Hendrix and his enduring support of the College’s
liberal arts heritage. During his 24 years of service to the Hendrix community
from 1977 to 2001, he served as a professor of philosophy, vice president of
academic affairs and dean of the College, and twice as interim president.
Churchill retired in 2013 as executive secretary of Phi Beta
Kappa in Washington, D.C., before his passing in November 2019. An Arkansas
native, Churchill graduated from Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in
Memphis, Tennessee, where he played football and received a Rhodes Scholarship
to study at Oxford University. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University.
The plaza, designed by Hendrix alumni Melanie Siegel ’85 and
Will Lentz ’12, is located near the Bertie Wilson Murphy Building on Tabor Top,
the former site of Tabor Hall, one of the original Hendrix buildings. In 1890,
the area was recognized as the highest point in Conway.
In addition to the plaza, Hendrix will house the John
Churchill Collection at Olin C. Bailey Library, and the College will also
create an endowed scholarship in memory of Churchill and his wife, Jean, who
died in September 2021. Jean Hill Churchill grew up in Little Rock, graduated
from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and later taught in the Conway
Public Schools. Their oldest son, Will, is a 1999 Hendrix graduate.
To attend the Churchill Plaza dedication, RSVP to Ginny
McMurray, Associate Vice President for Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or
501-450-1431, by Monday, September 12.
To learn more about Dr. Churchill, visit the John Churchill
Collection in Hendrix College’s Bailey Library Archives. Materials from the
Churchill Collection will be on display at Bailey Library during the dedication
of the Churchill Memorial Plaza. For inquiries about donating materials to the
Churchill Collection or viewing the collection, contact Britt Anne Murphy,
Director of the Library, at 501-450-1288 or email@example.com.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix
College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal
arts institutions and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools
That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and
rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous
college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been
affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.