CMU Dedication of Thogmorton Center

New academic building

The new Thogmorton Center for Allied Health on the Fayette campus of Central Methodist University will be dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 3. It is the first academic building added to the campus in more than 50 years.

The dedication will begin at 11 a.m., and all are invited to come. There is no fee involved.

Among the speakers at the dedication will be Dr. Roger Drake, president of Central Methodist University, Jay Jacobs who financially supported and named the building, and Jim and Helen Thogmorton's daughters, Louann Thogmorton Shaner from Chicago and Hilton Head, S.C., and Cathy Thogmorton from Fayette.

The building will house Central's nursing program, physical therapy assistant program, and occupational therapy assistant program. The $6.5 million building is the first stage of the three-part Campaign for the Heart of Central. It was announced in the summer of 2014 and built during the school year and this summer. Classes began in the new center at the beginning of school this fall.

Dean James P. Thogmorton was an icon at Central College, Central Methodist College, and even Central Methodist University. He graduated in 1943 and entered the Navy. He brought his family back in 1955 and became Dean of Men, Dean of Students, and ultimately, Dean of Alumni Affairs. Early in his career he became "Dean T" and generations of students knew him by that name.

Helen Puckett Thogmorton, "Mrs. T" was a musician at heart. She graduated from Central in 1943, having gone through school in three years. She taught piano, played the organ at church, was senior adviser to Phi Beta Fraternity for the Creative and Performing Arts on Central's campus, played in the bell choir at Linn Memorial UMC and sang in its choir.

Jay Jacobs IV grew up in Fayette and became good friends with the Thogmorton family, as were all the Jacobs' family members, including sister Janet who runs Commercial Trust Company in Fayette.

Jay Jacobs went into international finances and rose rapidly. He and his wife, Kelly, spent years based in the international venue, along with their children. In 1995 Jay became a member of the Central Methodist Board of Trustees, the youngest trustee in Central's history.

When the family returned to the United States, Jay Jacobs became president and managing director of PIMCO, a global investment solutions provider serving millions of clients around the world. Because he had seen firsthand the influence that Dean and Mrs. T brought to Central and to Fayette, Jacobs offered to donate the first $3.6 million for a new academic building that would bear their name.

The new Thogmorton Center for Allied Health began holding classes on the first day of Central Methodist University's fall semester. On the day of dedication, the building will be alive, not just with visitors, but also with nursing and other demonstrations by current students and faculty. Tours will be available after the dedication.thogcenter.jpg


Posted September 21, 2015