Scholarship Honors Legacy of "Dynamic and Remarkable" Nursing Instructor
Patricia (Pat) A. Huttegger was firmly dedicated to the service of others and continuing education. A former student and instructor at Southeast Missouri State University, Pat was staunchly committed and passionate about the rewards of hard work and helping others, and the recent endowed scholarship established in her name will encourage the students of future generations to do the same.
Pat received her nursing diploma in the early ‘60s, earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Southeast in 1976 and enjoyed 48 years in the nursing field. A dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, Patricia was a committed caregiver and spent her career furthering her knowledge.
"She was rooted in her profession. She spent a large part of her life giving to others and asking nothing in return. It was just how she was," her daughter, Lisa Newcomer, explains. "She held the hands of the dying and welcomed the births of babies. She had high expectations, yet never expected someone to do something she would not do herself."
Instead of Flowers ...
When Pat passed away, Lisa and her brother, Mark Masters, could think of no more appropriate way to honor their mother's legacy than to establish an endowed scholarship in her memory. Lisa and Mark asked for donations in lieu of flowers to honor her with this scholarship.
"My mother was a gifted nurse who spent her life in service to others," says Mark. "We know she would be appreciative of this scholarship. One of her main beliefs was helping others. She was firm yet tender and considerate and always had kind words for those who may need them."
Lisa and Mark have fond memories of their mother and her time at Southeast. "I remember playing in Academic Hall as a youngster," Mark recalls, "when my mom was an instructor in the nursing program. It was then located in the basement of Academic Hall."
"It Doesn't Take Too Much to Make a Difference"
Lisa and Mark both believe their mother would be touched by their generous gift to Southeast in her name. "I know she would be honored and humbled," says Lisa. "She would expect the students who receive the endowment do their very best and ‘stick it out,' even during the most challenging of times. She did just that. When the going got tough, she was able hang in there and finish. We are very proud of her for instilling in us those same values."
The Patricia A. Huttegger Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to single parents and non-traditional students majoring in nursing. Mark and Lisa were also struck by how effortless it was for them to establish this tribute to their mother.
"It was very easy to establish this legacy for my mother," says Mark, who has worked for Southeast for many years. "I already give a portion of my salary to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. I needed only to call the Foundation, and Lisa and I were guided by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our mother was always proud of being a part of the University family, and this is our way to honor the University's impact on our lives and our commitment to our mother's memory. It doesn't take much to make a difference in the lives of Southeast students."
"This scholarship will enable her children, grandchildren and their children's children to honor and remember a dynamic and remarkable woman. It will also have a positive impact on students who may need financial resources to get through school," says Lisa. "Southeast Missouri State University was an integral part of our mom's life. She was a scholar and instructor at the University and was always very proud to have been a part of it. It seemed the best legacy to leave for her."