Focus on Stewardship

Librarian Phil Shore Leaves Guilford $1.7 Million for Scholarships

A scholarship allowed Marvin Shore ’24 to attend Guilford College, where he met Pansy Donnell ’26, who would become his wife.

Their son, Phillip Shore, left more than $1.7 million to the Marvin H. and Pansy D. Shore Scholarship Fund, an existing endowment to support students seeking Quaker higher education at Guilford.

Phil, a retired Earlham College librarian, died Jan. 18, 2013, in Richmond, Ind. He was 80.

“It was a scholarship that made it possible for his father to attend college,” said Tom Hamm, executor of Phil’s will, a former colleague at Earlham and a close friend. “Since his parents made him what he was, he felt that he was repaying a debt.”

Student support is one of the key elements of the College’s Advancing Excellence campaign.

“Quaker values are at the core of our identity at Guilford College,” said President Kent Chabotar. “Phil’s generosity helps ensure that a Guilford education, a learning experience infused with Quaker values, is accessible to future generations.” 

After graduating from Earlham in 1954, Phil did alternative service in Central America and Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee and then earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After one year on the staff of the library at Cornell University, he returned to Earlham as cataloguer and associate library director in 1959.

While on the Earlham faculty, he led off-campus study programs and was central in the creation of the college’s Wilderness Program in the early 1970s. He was among a group of faculty who spent the summer of 1962 studying in Japan under a Ford Foundation grant, laying the foundations for the college’s program in Japanese Studies.

Following his retirement in 1996, he continued to read widely and voraciously, and indulged his interest in travel by participating in several Elderhostels. He adamantly refused, however, to allow a computer into his home.

A lifelong Quaker, he was an active member of West Richmond Friends Meeting.

“Phil was an embodiment of George Fox’s advice to the first Quakers: ‘Let your life preach,’” said Max Carter, director of Friends Center and interim chair of religious studies at Guilford.

“Phil’s life ‘preached’ in his deep commitment to his students and his work, his passion for peace and justice, and his simplicity. He was a model Friend, and I was privileged to have known him both at Earlham and during his frequent visits back home in Carolina.”


A Place to Gather

Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Plaza 

A mist rises from among the 28 boulders at the center of the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Plaza, between Founders and Milner halls. Recently planted oaks and Japanese maples surround intersecting brick walkways.

Paid for entirely by a gift to the College, this informal gathering place at the heart of campus was completed in September.

“The plaza caps over a decade of overdue investment in the functionality of our buildings and grounds,” President Kent Chabotar said. “It is one of the few projects visible from the Quad because most of the effort has been in interior renovation and building systems.

"I could not be more proud of the many community members who helped to design and build this magnificent contributor to how our campus looks and works."

The project cost $700,000 with $300,000 for roadwork and parking, $175,000 for the plaza and walkways, $120,000 for the misting rock garden, and $105,000 for improvements to the Founders loading dock.

The plaza was made possible by the generosity of the Joseph M. Bryan Foundation of Greater Greensboro. The foundation gave the College $1 million to honor Joseph M. Bryan Jr. ’60 for 40 years of service to the College. The $300,000 of the foundation’s gift not used for the plaza will be added to the endowment for the Center for Principled Problem Solving.

Established by Joseph M. Bryan Sr., the Bryan foundation has given $2 million to the College, including a $1 million gift to the Our Time in History campaign toward construction of the Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Auditorium in the Frank Family Science Center.

Joseph M. Bryan Jr., a private investor and civic leader, has been a member of Guilford’s Board of Trustees since 1973. Chair of the Board of Trustees and the Advancing Excellence campaign, he has endowed the Bryan Series with gifts of $2 million toward a commitment of $3.5 million.

“One of Guilford’s greatest strengths is its sense of community,” Joe said. “I’m honored to be associated with a project that helps build community by providing a place for students to gather.”