MURRAY, Ky.—Murray State University alumni have created the James Frank and Patricia Ann Wilson Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics Scholarship Endowment.
James and Pat both entered Murray State University in the fall of 1962, but they came from very different backgrounds. James was born in Murray and graduated from Murray High School. Pat was born in the Bronx, was raised in Rye, New York, and graduated from Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. At the end of their sophomore year, they met when running for office of junior class representative.
Both were members of Murray State Greek life. Pat Rankin Wilson was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and James was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Pat served a term as the Pi Kappa Alpha Dream Girl, but, James said, “by that time I already knew she was my dream girl.”
The Wilsons married in 1966 at First United Methodist Church in Murray and immediately moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where they still live. James has served as a Tennessee attorney in private practice for more than 40 years, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics and a minor in chemistry. Pat is a former Oak Ridge elementary school teacher. [Read more…]