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In Memoriam Our giving societies represent donors
whose support has transformed
Bluefield State College and its
Here we honor and remember our classmates and
friends who have passed on. If you know of someone,
please send us the relevant information to:
[email protected] In celebrating the 125th, Bluefield
State College has created three
societies in which you can support the
college, see below.
Centenarian Alumna Passes
Irma Black Thompson
Irma Blake Thompson, Class of 1938, passed
away at her hometown of Buena Vista, VA, on
December 26, 2019.
After receiving her degree from what was
then called the Bluefield Normal College, Mrs.
Thompson had been an educator for many
decades. She was a public school teacher for
35 years, then spent seven years supervising
student teachers for Mary Baldwin College in
Mrs. Thompson was also active in her
community serving on various boards and
government organizations, honored often for
her service. She was often heard saying, “I’ll
wear out, but I won’t rust out.”
The 1895 Society
The President’s Circle
The Hamilton Hatter
BECOME A DONOR TODAY!
Ways you can give:
• Make checks out to BSC Foundation
• Online at
The Office of Institutional
Advancement and Alumni Affairs
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• Text GIVE to 304-223-4449
Mail checks to:
1895 - Join the
• CashApp to $BSCAdvancement
Mrs. Thompson is survived by two sons
and one daughter, eight grandchildren, 12
great-grandchildren and one great-great-
grandchild. Her husband John William
Thompson preceded her in death.
Mrs. Irma Blake Thompson with Dr. Deir-
dre Guyton, Director of Alumni Affairs.
219 Rock Street
Bluefield, WV 24701
Throughout its 125 years, Bluefield State
College has remained true to its mission of
serving the underrepresented and challenging
students to reach their potential.
Since its founding in 1895, Bluefield State
continues the legacy of making a high-
quality and affordable education accessible for
our local, regional and global communities.
Join us as we proudly celebrate our first 125
years and look with sanguinity to the next 125.
TOGETHER, WE CAN ENSURE
ANOTHER 125 YEARS TO COME!