University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: Sizable Gift Left to UMHB Christian Studies

December 5, 2012
G. C. Slough
G. C. Slough

Belton, Texas – When he passed away in June, G.C. Slough left behind quite a legacy. During his life he had touched the lives of countless friends and family. He also made an impact on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in the form of a gift to the school’s Christian Studies program.

“We were so excited because from our perspective the gift came out of the blue,” Dean of Christian Studies at UMHB, Tim Crawford said.

In his will, Slough bequeathed large gifts to three local institutions, including a donation of more than $600,000 to religious studies at UMHB.

“He and his wife were very generous community philanthropists who took stock in their faith in higher education, and we’re blessed that this endowment will benefit generations and generations of Christian Studies majors,” UMHB Vice President for Development Brent Davison said.

“Since the economy has been having trouble, we’ve seen a little bit of a dip in the number of our Christian Studies majors,” Crawford said. “We’re hoping that this gift will help us to attract some new students to study what they are called to do.”

“One of the priorities in our strategic plan is to increase the amount of dollars that we had available for Christian Studies majors,” Davidson said. “This gift has enabled us to do that.”

G.C. Slough was born on November 4, 1922. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Army in the Philippines. He and his wife, Durinda, moved to Temple in 1956 and founded the Shallow Ford Construction Company.  He ran the company until his retirement in 1981.

“We are very grateful for [the Slough family’s] generosity,” Crawford said, “and we want to honor them for the impact it is going to have for years to come.”