Lifelong teacher provides gifts for UNK faculty support

Robb Crouch
director of public relations, University of Nebraska Foundation; Office 402.458.1142; Mobile, 402.304.3085;

The College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney benefits from a new endowed fund to provide professional development support for faculty and instructors.

The Eva Reed Logan Professional Development Program was established with a $43,500 bequest to the University of Nebraska Foundation from the estate of NU alumna Eva R. Logan, who lived in Plattsmouth.

Marilyn Hadley, dean of the College of Education, said the fund is aligned with the college’s commitment to faculty who are dedicated to quality teaching, advancing knowledge through scholarship and providing professional service.

“We are extremely grateful for this gift,” Hadley said. “Because of tight budgets, it can be challenging to provide resources for ongoing professional development and training. The Eva Reed Logan Professional Development Program provides much-needed support for the college’s outstanding faculty, who in turn prepare tomorrow’s teachers.”

Logan’s nephew, Judge Donald R. Ross of Omaha, said: “Eva loved the University of Nebraska and she was a respected and devoted teacher. Our family felt that establishing a resource for current and future teachers was the most fitting way to honor her memory.” Judge Ross’ daughter, Sharon Stephan of Lincoln, worked with the NU Foundation to establish the memorial.

Logan was born in 1907 in Stamford, Neb. After high school she began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse in Stamford, where two of the students were older than her. She left teaching for a time to work in her family’s business in Curtis, but did achieve her dream of becoming an accredited educator. She graduated with an education degree from the University of Nebraska in 1954.

After graduating, she moved to Oceanside, Calif., where she taught kindergarten and special education until her retirement in 1969. She married John Logan in 1969, and after his death she returned to Nebraska in the mid-1980s to be closer to her family.

The University of Nebraska Foundation is a nonprofit corporation supplementing support for students, faculty, facilities and programs at the University of Nebraska’s four campuses through gifts from alumni, friends, corporations and other foundations.