Monday, August 24, 2015

A Gift from Barry Cecil's Daughter

One of the founding fathers of Vol State passed away in 2003, but his daughter has left the college with something very personal to remember his commitment to the school. Barry Cecil was a business leader who worked with founding President Hal R. Ramer to bring the college to Gallatin in 1972. Cecil even served as the master of ceremonies at the college groundbreaking ceremony. The Cecil name is remembered in a Vol State scholarship set up by the family. Now his daughter Nan Rankin has donated the military flag from Barry Cecil’s funeral to Vol State. The flag was given to his daughter after the death of Mrs. Cecil in 2013.

“I have had it at home and every time I see it I think that’s nice, but why can’t we do something meaningful with this to honor Dad?” said Rankin.

The flag is flying over the college at the Ramer Building this week.

“The college meant a lot to him. He frequently gave scholarships to people without ever giving his name,” Rankin said. “He knew how important Vol State is to people in this area.”

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