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Estate Gift to Catawba College Establishes New Scholarship, Buys Choir Robes and Funds Choir Tour

October 10, 2008

Category: Academics, Alumni, Gifts, Music


The late Ruby Miller Sanchez of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Spencer, N.C., was a 1947 alumnus of Catawba College. Through a gift from his estate, her husband, the late Jose R. Sanchez, memorialized her at the institution by establishing the Ruby Miller Sanchez Endowed Scholarship. Monies from his estate also funded the purchase of choir robes and the costs of an annual choir tour at Catawba.

Preference for the scholarship will be given to students from Spencer or students from Rowan County. Spencer was where Ruby Miller Sanchez grew up. Her father was employed there as a fireman with Southern Railway.

After graduating from Catawba with a degree in sociology, Ruby Miller Sanchez earned her master’s degree in psychology from MacMurray College in 1950. She was retired as a clinical psychologist with Chicago Read Mental Health Center. She died in September of 2004.

According to Phil Kirk, Catawba College vice president for external relations and a native of Rowan County, the Miller family was a very prominent one in Spencer. "Not only was Ruby active in the community and at Catawba College, but her brother, George, was a prominent member of the North Carolina General Assembly for many years and still practices law in Durham, N.C. Ruby Miller Sanchez’s sister, Marie, taught social studies for many years at Salisbury High School. We are most appreciative that the family has remembered Ruby’s affection for Catawba College and Spencer in this way."


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