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Truett Beighle, Lindsey Wilson Trustee (1929-2014)

Longtime Lindsey Wilson College trustee helped lead college to 'to the forefront'
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By Duane Bonifer
COLUMBIA, KY - Longtime Lindsey Wilson College trustee Truett Beighle of Florence, KY, died Tuesday, September 30, of complications caused by a massive stroke. He was 85.

Beighle was among a group of trustees who guided LWC from being a quiet junior college of a couple hundred students into a vibrant liberal arts college of more than 2,600 students.

"He is one of a handful of giants who served this college through turbulent times," said LWC President William T. Luckey, who has been president since 1998. "He was incredibly bright with an insatiable curiosity for all things intellectual. He was a quality human being with a passion for our mission."

For 30 years, Beighle chaired the board's academic affairs committee -- a period in which Lindsey Wilson was transformed from a junior college into a liberal arts college with 28 undergraduate majors, three master's programs, a doctoral program and a 111-member full-time faculty.

"His passion was academics," Luckey said. "His leadership as chair of the academic affairs committee helped bring Lindsey Wilson to the forefront of Kentucky independent higher education."

Beighle joined the LWC board in 1981 and was named its academic affairs chair in 1982. He stepped down from the board in December 2011 and was named a trustee emeritus. Beighle advised three LWC presidents, and he was among the trustees who recommended that Luckey be named the eighth president of the United Methodist college.

"Truett was highly regarded by trustees and administrators," Luckey said. "He was loved by so many of Lindsey Wilson's dearest and closest friends, and he had a beautiful way of articulating the college's mission. Every college should be so blessed to have at least one trustee like Truett Beighle."

While Beighle was the board's academic affairs committee chair, the W.W. Slider Humanities Center was renovated; the Holloway Building, which houses the Katie Murrell Library, was built and later expanded; and three classroom buildings were added to the A.P. White Campus: the Jim and Helen Lee Fugitte Science Center, Bob & Carol Goodin Nursing & Counseling Center, and J.L. Turner Leadership Center.

Born in 1929 in Gardnersville, KY, Beighle was an Army veteran, serving a tour of duty in the Korean War. Most of his business career was spent with Beighle Brothers Inc. of Carrollton, KY, where he retired as its CEO. He received an honorary doctorate from LWC in 1999.

Beighle was a 1956 graduate of Georgetown (KY) College. He is survived by his wife, Martha, of more than 57 years.

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Truett Bieghle (1929-2014) remembered at LWC

2014-10-02 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, LWC. Truett Beighle speaks at the 2005 LWC Trustee and Fall Scholarship Luncheon as LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. listens. - Duane Bonifer
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Truett Bieghle (1929-2014) with 7th LWC President

2014-10-02 - Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia, KY - Photo submitted by Duane Bonifer.
Truett Beighle
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Truett Beighle, Lindsey Wilson Trustee (1929-2014)

2014-10-02 - 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY - Photo from Lindsey Wilson College.
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