Endowment To Support Future Teachers

In 1955, when Norma Casey was in her sophomore year at State Teachers College at Boston, she confided to the head of the music department that she was going to have to drop out because she couldn’t afford the tuition.

“President Looney was able to provide me with a scholarship for my junior and senior years,” she says.

After graduation, Casey’s life was full with public school teaching, organizing educational tours, and raising a family. Her busy schedule left little time to stay in touch with her alma mater, which also evolved over the years with names changes and an enlarged academic focus. Boston Teachers College, merged with the University of Massachusetts in 1982.

Twelve years ago, two of Casey’s worlds – Florida and Boston State College – converged at the Naples St. Patrick’s Day parade and its annual contingent of University of Massachusetts alumni.

She grew to appreciate that Boston State College’s legacy continues in UMass Boston’s mission of educational access and excellence. Further, she champions the university’s College of Education and Human Development and its focus on preparing teachers and leaders for urban schools. 

In 2014 Casey decided to strengthen her ties with UMass Boston by making a bequest to establish an endowment to support students at the College of Education and Human Development.

The Norma Ross Casey Endowment will continue Casey’s commitment to education and extend the value of “Education for Service,” which was the motto for her beloved alma mater.

Norma Ross Casey '57 shares a fun moment with Chancellor J. Keith Motley at a Cape Cod alumni reception.