$3.3 million Perrine gift will benefit SMU English Department

Cover of Laurence Perrine's 'Sound and Sense'The impact of a beloved SMU professor will continue for generations to come through a bequest from his wife. The $3.3 million bequest from the estate of Catherine Perrine, wife of the late English Professor Laurence Perrine, will fund scholarships and an endowed faculty chair in Dedman College’s Department of English.

A total of $1.5 million of the bequest will establish the Laurence and Catherine Perrine Endowed Chair in English, which will support a faculty position specializing in creative writing. An additional $1 million will establish the Laurence and Catherine Perrine Endowed President’s Scholarship Fund to support at least two President’s Scholarships, SMU’s most prestigious academic scholarship. The President’s Scholars will be chosen from among Dedman College majors.

The remainder of the Perrine bequest will establish the Perrine Endowed University Scholarship Fund to provide scholarships for English majors, who will be known as Perrine Scholars in English. Read more from SMU News. (Right, Laurence Perrine’s classic text on poetry, Sound and Sense.)